Monday, June 26, 2017

An honorable soldier

A one point in the War Between the States, one gun crew under the commend of General Patrick Cleburne were caught plundering a local home and were placed under arrest. Shortly afterward, during the preparations for a battle, "Captain Calvert, commander of the artillery piece, approached Cleburne to request the temporary release of his crew so that they could work the gun. Instead, Cleburne ordered him to take his gun to the rear, and in a voice loud enough to be widely heard, he declared that 'his men expected to fill honorable graves and not to rest side by side with thieves.'"

(from Stonewall of the West, by Craig Symonds)

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