Excerpt: ... his canteen. From some mysterious place in his clothes
he drew forth sugar and dropped it into the cup. Next, from an old
worn haversack, he took a "chunk" of raw bacon and a "pone" of corn
bread. Then, drawing a large pocket knife, in a dexterous manner he
sliced and ate his bread and meat, occasionally sipping his coffee.
His evening meal leisurely completed, he filled his pipe, smoked,
and stirred up the imaginations of the boys by telling how
dangerous a duty they were performing; told them how easy it would
be for the Yankees to creep up and shoot them or capture and carry
them off. Having finished his smoke, he knocked out the ashes and
dropped the pipe in his pocket. Then he actually unrolled his
blanket and oil-cloth. It made the perspiration start on the brows
of the boys to see the man's folly. Then taking off his shoes, he
laid down on one edge, took hold of the blanket and oil-cloth,
rolled himself over to the other side, and with a kind "good night"
to Pg 114 the boys, began to snore. The poor boys stood like
statues in the pit till broad day. In the morning the old soldier
thanked them for not disturbing him, and quietly proceeded to
prepare his breakfast. After the fight at Fisher's Hill, in 1864,
Early's army, in full retreat and greatly demoralized, was strung
out along the valley pike. The Federal cavalry was darting around
picking up prisoners, shooting drivers, and making themselves
generally disagreeable. It happened that an artilleryman, who was
separated from his gun, was making pretty good time on foot,
getting to the rear, and had the appearance of a demoralized
infantryman who had thrown away his musket. So one of these lively
cavalrymen trotted up, and, waving his sabre, told the artilleryman
to "surrender " But he didn't stop. He merely glanced over his
shoulder, and kept on. Then the cavalryman became indignant and
shouted, "Halt, d
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