lips of the corporal himself, who, let me say in passing, was reduced to the rank of private, and mustered out of the service as such, for daring to keep two whole legs under him. His bravery in the hour of peril — to him — deserved better things from his country than that.
But to return, to the field hospital again; on the ground lay one man, wounded in the knee, while another sat near, wounded in the finger.
This latter was a suspicious wound.
Men of doubtful courage had a way of shooting off the end of the trigger-finger to get out of service.
Placing A wounded man on A stretcher.|
they sometimes did it in such a bungling manner that they were found out. The powder blown into the wound was often the evidence which convicted them.
These men must be proud of such scars to-day.
Three wounded Rebels also lay in the tent, waiting for surgical attention.
Of course, they would not be put upon the tables until all of our own wounded were attended to; they did not expect it. In one part of the tent lay two or three of our men, who were either lifeless or faint from loss of blood.
Only a few rods away from the tent were some freshly made graves enclosing the forms of men whose wounds had proved fatal, either having died on their way to the hospital or soon after their arrival.
Among these was the gallant Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore Hesser
, who was shot