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THE HAWAIIAN STAR, PHIIAV. SEPTEMBER I, 18W.-S1X PAGES.
A RUN FOR DEAR LIFE.
THE ADVENTURE OF A PICKET
IN FRONT OF PETERSBURG
Surprised Between the Lines by the Sud
den Interruption of a Truce, He
Ran the Gauntlet of Sharp
H. S. TREGLOAN & SON,
Picket shooting is murder. I plearl
guilty to the intent and to having done
my best to carry it out, but as I never
saw the body of my victim and no jury
pronounced him dead by the hand of
violence, my conscience is free of re
morse for the bloody deed. It was in
front of Petersburg, where the oppos
ing works were from sixty to eighty
rods apart and the picket lines from
thirty to forty. Our regiment was di
vided into two battalions and occupied
two fortified knolls, called forts. I be
longed to the second b utalion and one
day bad charge of several picket posts
on the right of the First battalion,
about eighty rods distant, as the bird
flies, from the fort. But owing to the
cussedness of certain bloodthirsty
sharpshooters on the Confederate side,
the distance was more than half again
as far that is, in going to and from
the picket line, even at night, we were
compelled for safety to steal along the
ditch behind the breastworks for about
eighty rods, then stoop and follow a
covered way running zigzag toward the
picket line, which was parallel to the
main works thirty rods in advance of
them. Even these precautions did
not insure a man's life, and I could go
now to certain spots on our brigade
front where officers and soldiers in
scores and hundreds were shot down
while passing on some errand of camp
routine during hours of peace, as un
suspecting of danger as one would be
The posts on my beat began at the
intersection of the covered way and the
picket line. The post nearest to the
way was headquarters for that section
of posts and was constructed to afford
shelter for several men. It was made
of saplings, laid above one another,
banked up on the outside with earth
These structures, known as picket pits,
were about four feet high and were
loopholed for an outlook. Directly in
front of the pit I speak of the Con
federates had a picket post about forty
rods distant and in front of that,
toward our line, was a thickly loliaged
tree a cedar, 1 believe. I hat post
and tree and the tall swamp grass sur
rounding them became notorious as the
lurking spot of a Confederate sharp
shooter who made it his special business
to keep up a fire on the exposed
stretches of our covered way. This
fellow became known by some terrible
nickname which I have forgotten,
given him by our Men and adopted by
his own comrades as very appropriate.
It will be just as well if I simply call
him "Snake-in-the Grass," fol we never
knew from what particular spot he
would strike his venomous blows. The
day I speak of was what we call
picket truce that is to say, by mutua
agreement there was to be no firing
on the picket line. At such times the
men of both sides walked freely back
and forth between their breastworks
and picket nits, and sworn enemies
ventured close enough to be able t
converse across the bloody chasm
Now and then they met for handshak
ing, exchange of newspapers, etc
These truces were unofficial, but they
had the effect of stopping the firing
and making existence of sold.ers in the
trenches quife endurable. At such
times the oicket's duty was of course
only a nominal one. He was to re
main at his post until relieved in the
regular order. It happened that on
the evening before a comrade with
whom I had served throughout the
war had returned from Andersonvi
prison to the camp of the First Bat
talion. Naturally 1 was very anxious
to see him, and about noon, while the
men were passing btck and forth freely
between the lini;s, and there being no
sign of danger for which picket! have
to be on lookout, I strolled leisurely to
About an hour before dusk I started
to return to my post the same way I
came that is, across the open field
between the breastworks and the picket
line, saving the distance around by the
covered way because it was unneces
sary. At that hour the greater part of
the men who had been visiting the
picket lines during the afternoon had
retired to their camps for supper, but
there was no firing and I stepped off
in a natural pace quite at ease
distance, as I have said, from
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50 or 100 lb. iron kegs.
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Oil, Stockholm and Coal Tar.
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We were almost out of those
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We have a full line of Elec
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as in a few months the current
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then everyone will want lights
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E. 0. HALL & SON.
The Popular and Scenic Route
to my post was about eighty rods.
had gone about half the distance when
suddenly a rifle rang out somewhere on
the picket line, just where 1 did not
nntirp immediately followed bv dozens
zrzstrjzs iPSOszl ENTERPRISE PLANING MILL.
see what was up as many shots were
answered back from our lines. Some
of the bullets whistled uncomfortably
close, but I walked on, confidentially
thinking it was only an accident and
that a sinele vollev would be the end
of it. As I was walking in a line ob
lique to our breastworks I was only
about 200 feet distant from them and
more than 6oo from the post where 1
belonged. However, the moment a
shot was fired it was, in a certain sense,
a signal of danger, and the picket
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Doors, Sash, Blinds, Screens, Frames, Etc.
nlare. esnecia Iv if he was invested
with any authority, was plainly at the
front. I never gave it a thought that I
could save myself by a short run back
ward to the breastworks, but hurried
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