The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 70
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fifteen or twenty minutes he came to me and said, "I have found
a fairly good place, but there are two dead men on it." I said,
"They are as dead as they will ever be, are they not?" He said;
"Yes," and I said, "Then we will remove them a little space and
occupy their place." He said, "All right," and we went to the
spot selected and turned one man over one way and the other
the other way (they were lying parallel with each other), made our
bed between them and slept sweetly until daylight next morning;
and behold one of the dead was a Confederate and other one a
Federal soldier. Both had fallen on the same spot and died near
Some of our boys, nearly barefooted, were searching around
among the dead for footwear, all in the darkness. They had to
judge of what they were getting by the way it felt. Mullins of
Company D found a good pair of boots on Wheeler, I think, an-
other ranger who was asleep among the dead. He immediately
decided the boots would suit, grabbed one of them, and jerked it
off Wheeler's foot. This aroused Wheeler to consciousness and
he called out, "What in the h-ll are you doing there ?" "Nothing,
d-n you, I thought you were dead and I needed those boots."
John P. Humphries, of whom I have spoken before, needed foot-
wear and went out after daylight to see what were the chances.
He found a Yankee, dead, sitting against a tree, with a good pair
of shoes. John got down on his knees to take off the fellow's shoes
and, just as he got one unlaced and ready to pull off, took another
glance at the Yankee's face and the Yankee winked at him. He
left the shoes on his dead man and came to camp and told it, and
laughing that peculiar laugh, said he didn't want any shoes anyway.
Next morning our army moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and
the other army stayed near where they had camped before, not
seeming to want to follow us, except at a considerable distance
One other incident of the Perryville Battle I will mention.
There were two young men, about eighteen and twenty years old,
brothers, named George and Simeon Bruce who came to Texas to
live, from Vermont, about eight months before the commencement
of hostilities. They had no relatives or interests in Texas, but
when the war came up they volunteered in our regiment, saying
the South was right in its contentions, and they freely offered their
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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/m1/78/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.