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1863 October 24: How Brave Men Suffer and Die

October 27, 2013

From the October 24, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal.

HOW BRAVE MEN SUFFER AND DIE.—In his report of the Chickamauga battles, B. F. Taylor¹ records the following solemn yet creditable fact :  “If anybody thinks that when our men are stricken up0on the field they fill the air with cries and groans, till it shivers with such evidences of agony, he greatly errs.  An arm is shattered, a leg carried away, a bullet pierces the breast, and the soldier sinks down Silently upon the ground, or creeps away, if he can, without a murmur or a complaint ;  falls as the sparrow falls, speechlessly, and like that sparrow, I earnestly believe, falls not without a Father.  The dying horse gives out his farful [feaful?] utterance of almost human suffering, but the mangled rider is dumb.  The crash of musketry, the crack of rifles, the roar of guns, the shriek of shells, the rebel whoop, the Federal cheer, and that indescribable undertone of grinding, rumbling, splintering sound, make up the voices of the battle fields.

THE COLORED TROOPS.—The numerical strength of the colored regiments actually in the field is somewhat over 20,000 men—less than has been generally supposed.  This number does not include colored men who have regularly enlisted in the service, and now employed as teamers [sic: teamsters], and in various other capacities by the Government.  The number so employed is about 25,000.—The skeleton regiments scattered throughout the country, (principally in the Southwest,) are being rapidly recruited to their maximum standard, and before the end of the year it is estimated that the Government will have 80,000 negro soldiers in the field.  It is the opinion of eminent military men here, that colored regiments will form the basis of our future armies, and that the Government will rely mainly on colored troops to finish up the rebellion.

1.  There was a B. F. Taylor who was a Civil War correspondent. After the War he wrote The World on Wheels.

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