prisoner was seated on an end of his coffin, which had been placed in the centre of the open end of the rectangle, near Ills grave.
The chaplain then made a prayer, and addressed a few words to the condemned man, which were not audible to any one else, and followed them by another brief prayer.
next advanced, bound the prisoner's eyes with a handkerchief, and read the general order
for the execution.
He then gave the signal for the shooting party to execute their orders.
They did so, and a soul passed into
Death of A deserter.|
Throwing his arms convulsively into the air, he fell back upon his coffin but made no further movement, and a surgeon who stood near, upon examination, found life to be extinct.
The division was then marched past the corpse, off the field, and the sad scene was ended.
I afterwards saw a deserter from the First Division of the Second Corps meet his end in the same way, down before Petersburg
, in the summer of 1864.
These were the only exhibitions of this sort that I ever witnessed, although there were others that took place not far from my camp.
The artillery was brigaded by itself in 1864 and 1865, and artillerymen