- Jul 23, 2017
- Southwest Missouri
Just here the firing began in our front, and we got orders : "Attention! Fall in—take arms—forward—double-quick, march!" And we moved quite lively, as the rebel bullets did likewise. ….
The creek was running red with precious blood spilt for our country. My bunkmate and I were kneeling side by side when a ball crashed through his brain, and he fell over with a mortal wound.
With the assistance of two others I picked him up, carried him over the bank in our rear, and laid behind a tree, removing from his pocket, watch and trinkets, and the same little mirror that had helped him make his last toilet but a little while before.
We then went back to our company after an absence of but a few minutes.
A Soldier's Story of the Siege of Vicksburg