in skips and blouse in hand, which he was putting on as he went to the line; here was one with a blouse on; there, one with his jacket or overcoat (unless uniformity of dress on line was required — it was not always at the morning roll-calls, and in some companies never, only on inspections). Here and there was a man just about half awake,
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having a fist at each eye, and looking as disconsolate and forsaken as men usually do when they get from the bed before the public at short notice.
Then, this roll-call was always a powerful cathartic on a large number, who must go at once to the sinks, and let the Rebel
army wait, if it wanted to fight, until their return.
The exodus in that direction at the sounding of the assembly was really quite a feature.
All enlisted men in a company, except the guard and sick, must be present at this rollcall, unless excused for good reasons.
But as the shirks always took pride in dodging it, their notice of intention to be absent from it for any reason was looked at askance by the sergeants of detachments.
The studied agony that these men would work not only into their features but their