was always cold.
He wore overcoat, dress-coat, blouse, and flannels the full government allowance all at once, but never complained of being too warm.
He never took off any of these garments night or day unless compelled to on inspection.
He was most at home on fatigue duty, for he seemed fatigued from the start and moved like real estate
A sprinkling of this class seemed necessary to the success of the Union
arms, for they were certainly to be found in every organization.
Another and more positive type of beat were the men who never had any water in their canteens.
Even when the army was in settled camp, water was not always to be had without going some distance for it; but these men were never known to go after any. They always managed to hang their canteen on some one else who was bound for the spring.
If, when the army was on the move, a rush was made during a temporary halt, for a spring or stream some distance away, these men never rushed.
They were satisfied to lie down and drink a supply which
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they took their chances of begging, from some recruit, perhaps, who did not know their propensities.
If it happened to any man to be so straitened in his cooking operations as to be under the necessity of borrowing from one of these, he was sure of being called upon to requite the favor fully as many times as his temper would endure it.
Then, as to rations, their hardtack never held out, and they were ever on the alert to borrow.
It mattered not how great the scarcity, real or anticipated, they could not provide for a contingency, and their neighbors in the same squad were mean and avaricious — so the beats said — if they would not give of their husbanded resources to these profligate, improvident comrades.
But this class did not