in the head while bravely leading the Seventy-second Pennsylvania Infantry in a charge.
The graves were all plainly marked with small head-boards.
A drizzling rain added gloom to the scene; and my first call at a field hospital, with its dismal surroundings, was brief.
One regulation made for this department of the service was never enforced.
It provided that no one but the proper medical officers or the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the ambulance corps should conduct sick or wounded to the rear, either on the march or in battle,
Carrying A wounded man to the rear.|
but as a matter of fact there were probably more wounded men helped off the field by soldiers not
members of the ambulance corps than by members of that body.
There were always plenty of men who hadn't the interests of the cause so nearly at heart but what they could be induced, without much persuasion, when bullets and shells were flying thick, to leave the front line and escort a suffering comrade to the rear.
Very often such a sufferer found a larger body-guard than could well make his needs a pretext for their absence from the line.
Then, too, many of these escorts were most unfortunate, and lost their way
, so that they did not find their regiment again until after the battle was over.
A large number of them would be included among the Shirks and Beats,