The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 462
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462 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
over that many tenpins. Death meant little more to them, so far
as feeling was concerned, than the blowing of the wind. They
could pull the boots off a wounded-to-death, but-still-alive foe and
appropriate them for their own use. At the sight of one of their
own members being borne to the grave their comment would be,
"There goes old Bill." It was not that they were indifferent to
the passing of a comrade, but rather that the more humane feel-
ing was smothered under a layer of army coarseness. They could
roll a dead man away from a particularly smooth piece of ground
on a battlefield, and then lie down to sleep by the corpse. They
had gone many steps down the road to savagery, and it would
take a long time and much influence of home life to restore them
to the concepts of civilization. In fact some of these Rangers never
would be quite tame again.
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