* OFFICIAL *
Regtl. Staff Chickamauga 2018
- Mar 15, 2013
1st Sgt. William A. Brown; Stanford’s Mississippi Battery
Jan 2, 1863 Breckinridge’s charge - Battle of Stones River
"The shells seemed to explode amongst us every second, and there was not an instant that a shot did not hiss by. Before I dismounted, my little bay horse had his hind leg nearly torn off by a piece of shell that seemed to burst in six feet of my face. At the order to retire I remounted him and his last act of service was to carry me out of danger. A hundred yards or so from the guns I dismounted and led on after the limbers. … At our former position, I took my bridle and saddle off my wounded horse and put them on a spare horse.
As the faithful animal stood there bleeding and shivering with pain, and I powerless to help him in return for the great service he had rendered me at Shiloh*, I could not (keep from crying) …, and when we drove off and left him, I could not have felt it more keenly had I been leaving a wounded human friend. I never saw him again. I suppose he died near the place I left him.”
Stones River Battlefield archives, courtesy Stanford’s Mississippi Battery, Inc.
*Edit: See post #6 below to learn of the "great service" the Little Bay horse rendered at Shiloh.