The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 330
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to us from a point some five hundred yards away, but we were
too busy to notice them until two or three of our number were
wounded; when one or more well directed volleys caused the
marksmen in blue to seek other quarters.
The pangs of hunger allayed, our fellows showed a disposition
to take in the camp, but we were forbidden to enter any tents ex-
cept those immediately along our line-not from any moral stand-
point, of course; the restriction was merely to keep us together,
as we were now in the extreme front and the enemy might at any
moment attempt to regain their lost ground.
Those of us who did secure plunder certainly displayed queer
taste in its selection. One notorious sloven in Company H, be-
came the happy possessor of a magnificent dressing case, and an-
other party, who had secured a silver mounted revolver, immedi-
ately traded it to a comrade for a hand mirror.
"Say, Thompson, what are you going to do with that watch?"
an officer asked a man who had captured a splendid gold repeater.
"Keep it to fight by," was the prompt answer, as the plunderer
shoved the spoils in his pants pocket. I guess Thompson contem-
plated reducing hostilities to the eight or ten hour system.
One pillager must have happened on the pay-master's quar-
ters, for he came out with a tin cash box which, when prized open
with a bayonet, proved to be completely filled with fresh, smooth
greenbacks, varying in denomination from one to one hundred
dollars. I will not attempt to estimate their aggregate amount,
but it was certainly sufficient to place several men in decidedly
comfortable circumstances. As it was, we knew nothing of the
value of Uncle Sam's I. O. U's, and regarded them as so much
worthless paper. The soldier who had captured all this wealth,
gave the box a contemptuous kick and the crisp notes fluttered
around as unheeded as so many autumn leaves.
An incorrigable rustler materialized from somewhere, the hos-
pital tent, doubtless, a half gallon jug, and was nobly sharing its
contents with a select circle of comrades when our major smashed
the jug and offered the cheering assurance that the next galoot
who brought whiskey into ranks would be "bodaciously" shot !
The regular fighting had now ceased, though an occasional rat-
tle of musketry would cause us to brace ourselves for what seemed
a renewal of the battle. We afterwards learned that at this time
almost the entire Federal forces, panic-stricken, were crowding
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