The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 144
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144 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Our regiment was engaged only twice during the battle and
that was when Federal cavalry tried to attack our army from the
rear. In one of these attacks we met and defeated the Fourth
Ohio Cavalry, mortally wounding their colonel and driving them
off, leaving their dead and wounded on the field. We passed back
over the field, and the Colonel still living and gasping for breath
wars sitting with his back against a tree. Some of our boys ap-
proached him and said to him, "Well, Colonel, as you will not
need your hat or boots any longer, we beg the privilege of exchang-
ing with you," and as the Colonel could not reply, the boys con-
cluded that silence gives consent, and proceeded to make the ex-
For the balance of the time our duties kept us policing and
guarding during that battle rather than fighting. The Federal army
returned to Chattanooga and our army took position near there on
Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain, where other battles oc-
curred later on. Our regiment moved up on the Tennessee river,
where we picketed on the river. On the opposite side at the time
was the Fourth Ohio Cavalry also on picket duty. The pickets
talked to each other across the stream and found out they were
somewhat acquainted from personal contact at Chickamauga and
some other point which I cannot recall; also feeling there should
be no animosity existing between men who had faced each other
in battle, they arranged for a truce, a suspension of hostilities until
they could have a swim, a few yarns, swap tobacco for coffee, ex-
change newspapers and have a good time generally. A Yank said
to Johnnie Reb,-these were the endearing names we were ac-
customed to give each other, "Where is Old Ironsides (our Col-
onel) today?" "At camp," says Johnnie Reb, "Where is Colonel
So-and-so?" (calling by name the colonel of the Fourth Ohio)
"Oh the devil, you know where we left him over at Chickamauga,"
was the answer. These truces were common in all parts of the
army when it could be arranged without a commissioned officer
being present. They could not afford to participate because of
position and commission. I believed then, and I still believe now,
if the terms of peace had been left to the men who faced each
other in battle day after day, they would have stopped the war at
once on terms acceptable to both sides (except the civil rulers)
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/154/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.