whom I have already described.
But, in truth, it was not possible for the ambulance corps to do much more in a hot fight than to keep their stretchers properly manned.
Each ambulance was provided with two of these, and the severely wounded who could not help themselves must be placed on them and cared for first, so that there was often need for a helping hand to be given a comrade who was quite seriously wounded, yet could hobble along with a shoulder to lean on.
The designating mark of members of the ambulance corps was, for sergeants, a green band an inch and a quarter broad around the cap, and inverted chevrons of the same color on each arm, above the elbow; for privates the same kind of band and a half chevron of the same material.
By means of this designation they were easily recognized.
By orders of General Meade
, issued in August, 1863, three ambulances were allowed to a regiment of infantry; two to a regiment of cavalry, and one to a battery of artillery, with which it was to remain permanently.
Owing to this fact, an artillery company furnished its own stretcherbearers when needed.
I shall be pardoned the introduction of a personal incident, as it will illustrate in some measure the duties and trials of a stretcher-bearer.
It was at the battle of Hatcher's Run
, already referred to, or the Boydton Plank Road
, as some called it. The guns had been ordered into position near Burgess' Tavern, leaving the caissons and ambulance nearly a half-mile in the rear.
Meanwhile, a flank attack of the enemy cut off our communications with the rear for a time, and we thought ourselves sure of an involuntary trip to Richmond
; but the way was opened again by some of our advance charging to the rear, and by the destructive fire from our artillery.
Soon orders came for the battery to return to the rear.
In common with the rest, the writer started to do so when a sergeant asked him to remain and help take off one of our lieutenants, who was lying in a barn near by, severely wounded.
So actively had we, been engaged that this was my first