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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 24: fatal mistake of the Confederate military authorities (search)
attempt was embodied in an Act of the Congress of the Confederate States, approved October 13, 1862, and several orders of the Adjutant and Inspector-General's office: No. 93, of November 22, 1862; No. 31, of October 3, 1863, and No. 64, of August 10, 1864-all to be found in War Records, Series I., Vol. XXX., Part 2, Reports, pages 532 and 533. The title of the Act is promising, and is as follows: An Act to authorize the grant of medals and badges of distinction, as a reward for courage aire scheme had been delayed a year or more because of the difficulty or expense of procuring the medals and badges, and an elective Roll of honor was the ingenious substituted device of someone to bridge over the difficulty. In the order of August 10, 1864, it was provided that: Should more than one soldier hereafter be selected by a company as equal in merit, the name to be entered upon the roll will be determined by lot. The imagination staggers at the task of picturing the scene where two