The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 56
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at that time.8 When the battle commenced on the 6th of April
our bugler sounded the assembly which brought us quickly into line.
The several companies were numbered to ascertain our effective
force at the beginning. Company F numbered 65 men in line, in-
cluding non-commissioned officers, a captain and second lieutenant.
This lieutenant had been elected by the company principally be-
cause he had slain two different men in personal combat, and was
therefore regarded as a hero of heroes. While the company was
being numbered, the musketry one-half mile away was heavy and
almost continuous and this officer riding up and down in front of
the company remarked time and time again, "Ah, boys, that is music
to my ears," making us believe he would perform many deeds of
valor when he reached the firing line. At last an order came for
us to march to the front and when near there we were ordered to
form columns of fours, move to rear of the enemy and make an at-
tack from that quarter; but failing to get far enough back to take
them in the rear we marched the head of the column right into the
flank of the enemy's line, who, concealed from our view, were lying
down behind some timber recently felled by a. storm. Being at
right angles with our line of march, they could concentrate the fire
of their whole line to enfilade our column from end to end; and as
the head of the column neared them they rose suddenly, poured a
volley into us which reached every company in the line of march,
killing and wounding men and horses clear back to the rear of
column. Of course nothing could be done but fall back and reform
for further action in a different move; but I must stop to tell you
about this officer to whose ears the battle at a distance was so
musical. Though not touched by bullets he became suddenly sick
at the sight of bloodshed and had to be sent to the rear to avoid a
nervous collapse. It was his first and his last experience in battle
for he resigned and returned to Texas and we never saw him again.
This lesson is that "the true test of valor comes, not in use of
words, but only in action in the crucible of battle."
The regiment was dismounted and made an attack on the enemy
on the left flank of our army and then moved to the rear of our
army for a support to other troops in firing line, and so fighting
and maneuvering was kept up until four o'clock in the afternoon
8Colonel Wharton's report of the battle is to be found in Offcial Records,
Series I, Vol, X, Part I, p. 626.-C. W. R.
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