by some means, resume his place in line or column without him, seemingly not wishing to be left behind.
This quality was often illustrated when a poor, crippled, or generally usedup beast, which had been turned out to die, would attempt to hobble along in his misery and join a column as it passed.
Captain W. S. Davis
, a member of General Griffin
's staff of the Fifth Corps, rode a horse which had the very singular but horse-sensible habit of sitting down on his haunches, like a dog, after his rider had dismounted.
One morning he was missing, and nothing was seen of him for months; but one night, after the corps had encamped, some of the men, who knew the horse, in looking off towards the horizon, saw against the sky a silhouette of a horse sitting down.
It was at once declared to be the missing brute, and Captain Davis
, on being informed, recovered his eccentric but highly prized animal.