in a vision.
No, there is the baby, amid the hell of shot and shell, and here come the enemy.
A moment and he has grounded his gun, dashed out into the storm, swept his great right arm around the baby, gained cover again, and, baby clasped to his breast and musket trailed in his left hand, is trotting after the boys up to Marye's Heights
And there behind that historic stone wall, and in the lines hard by, all those hours and days of terror was that baby kept, her fierce nurses taking turns patting her, while the storm of battle raged and shrieked, and at night wrestling with each other for the boon and benediction of her quiet breathing under their blankets.
Never was baby so cared for. They scoured the country side for milk.
and conjured up their best skill to prepare dainty viands for her little ladyship.
When the struggle was over and the enemy had withdrawn to his strongholds across the river, and Barksdale
was ordered to reoccupy the town, the Twenty-first Mississippi, having held the post of danger in the rear, was given the place of honor in the van and led the column.
There was a long halt, the brigade and regimental staff hurrying to and fro. The regimental colors could not be found.
Denman stood about the middle of the regiment, baby in arms.
Suddenly he sprang to the front.
Swinging her aloft above his head, her little garments fluttering like the folds of a banner, he shouted, “Forward, Twenty-first, here are your colors!”
and without further order, off started the brigade toward the town, yelling as only Barksdale
's men could yell.
They were passing through a street fearfully shattered by the enemy's fire, and were shouting their very souls out-but let Buck
himself describe the last scene in the drama:
I was holding the baby high, Adjutant, with both arms, when above all the racket I heard a woman's scream.
The next thing I knew I was covered with calico and she fainted on my breast.
I caught her before she fell, and laying her down gently, put her baby on her bosom.
She was most the prettiest thing I ever looked at, and her eyes were shut; and --and — I hope God'll forgive me, but I kissed her just once.