An Irish regular.--The following dialogue really took place between Lieutenant
A. C. C----d, late of the United States
Texan army, and Pat Fletcher
, one of the privates of the Second Cavalry, now at Car. lisle, then near Fort Bliss
Officer — Well, Pat
, ain't you going to follow the General
--If Gineral Scott
ordhers us to folly him, sir, begor Toby
's horse) can gallop as well as the best of 'em.
Officer — I mean, won't you leave the abolition army, and join the free South
--Begor I never enlisted in th' abolition army, and never will.
I agreed to sarve Uncle Sam for five year, and, the divil a pin mark was made in the contract, with my consint, ever since.
When my time is up, if. the army isn't the same as it is now, I won't join it agin.
Officer — Pat
, the “Second” (Cavalry) was eighteen months old when you and I joined.
The man who raised our gallant regiment is now the Southern President
; the man who so lately commanded it, is now a Southern General.
Can you remain in it, when they are gone?
--Well, you see, the fact of the matther is, Lieut.
C., I ain't much of a scholar; I can't argue the question with you, but what would my mother say, if I desarted my colors?
Oh, the divil a give — in I'll ever give in, now, and that's the ind of it. I tried to run away once, a few weeks after enlistin, but a man wouldn't be missed thin.
It's quite different now, Lieutenant
, and I'm going not to disgrace naither IV my countries.
Officer — Do you know that you will have to fire on green Irish colors, in the Southern
--And won't you have to fire on them colors, (pointing to the flag at Fort Bliss
,) that yerself and five of us licked nineteen rangers under?
Sure, it isn't a greater shame for an Irishman to fire on Irish colors, than for an American to fire on American colors.
An’ th' oath'll be on my side, you know, Lieutenant
Officer — D — n the man that relies on Paddies, I say.
--The same compliments to desarters, your honor.--N. Y. Commercial, April 29