rn fighter — as aggressive, pugnacious and tenacious as a bull-dog, or as any soldier in the service, and he had a sort of monomania on the subject of personal courage.
It is certainly worthy of note that this fighting zeal is so frequently combined with a high degree of spiritual religion.
Almost countless stories are told of the grim courage and grit of General Hill.
In the first Maryland campaign he held the pass at Boonsboro for many hours with a mere handful of troops against McClellan's overwhelming numbers, thus giving time for Jackson to complete his capture of Harper's Ferry and join Lee at Sharpsburg.
It is said that toward the close of the Boonsboro fight, riding down his short line, his men reported that they were out of ammunition, and that the stern old North Carolina Puritan replied: Well, what of it?
Here are plenty of rocks!
His habit was, when his skirmishers were firing wildly, to ride out among them, and if he noticed a man lying down or behind protec
n, in the vain hope of finding a point from which we might fire upon the enemy without imperilling our own men, and I was carried from one to another of these positions, or as near as might be, in an ambulance, driven by a half-witted youth named Grover, employed for that purpose.
As I was getting out of the vehicle, for the third or fourth time, and preparing to hobble painfully up the hill to take my place at the gun, I said to him: Grover, why don't you go up yonder with me to fight?
YouGrover, why don't you go up yonder with me to fight?
You are better able to do it than I am.
Yes, said he, but there's a differ.
Well, what is it?
I asked; what is the differ?
Why, said he, you see, you ‘listed ter git killed and I ‘listed ter drive a avalanche.
It is of course familiar to students of the financial history of the Confederacy, yet it may not be devoid of interest to the general public, to note that, in the South during the war, banks, municipalities, companies, and, even in some cases, individuals issued fractional notes