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d, and the other through the heart, while upholding the regimental flag, the color-sergeant being shot down early in the action. And I saw in the hospital at the Lacey House the pale face of a third, who saved the colors, tattered and soaked in blood, and was desperately wounded in the act. Another song, which I should not omit to name, was one which is a favorite in the army: McClellan is our leader, so march along. This was given with great gusto, followed by a toast, The health of little Mac, and that received with three times three. About one half of the officers thus engaged were wounded in the battles on the Peninsula and in Maryland. Three of the colonels had been wounded, one of them having been struck, during the various engagements of the war, eight times. Fully one third of the party were killed or wounded two days afterward. The fact that it was the night before a battle — that the men all around me were to participate in it, and that interests of national breadth h
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 91.-General Sherman's expedition. (search)
presume, was one of the others who were to assist. It was also known to General Sherman that the President had selected and designated Gen. McClernand as his agent to command the expedition. This may account for the haste in which Gen. Sherman started from Memphis before he got the expedition half organized. He no doubt expected to take Vicksburgh quite easily, and so confident was he of reaping all the glory, that on the way down he was quite hilarious over the conceit, and wondered what Mac (meaning General McClernand) would think of it when he found how he had got the start of him? Alas for human vanity! The bladder is punctured and the wind let out, and it is to be hoped never to become so inflated again. All the principal New-York, St. Louis and Chicago papers had correspondents with Gen. Sherman's army, and from time to time, as despatch-boats went up the river from the fleet, sent to their respective papers full and detailed accounts of all matters pertaining to it, th