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-A_n Incident at the I
A i lo ttt a
In my last war story, "Tige Ander
son's Brigade at SharpBburg," I men
tioned bursting a cap at the heart of a
color bearer, and afterwards finding
him wounded on the field. Ile told
mc he was the color bearer of thc First
Minnesota regiment. Through thc
Atlanta Journal (and everybody reads
the Journal) I have learned his nunn:
and residence, and on thc '?\hh anni
versary of tho battle of Sh 2rj>^burg,
September 17th, I wrote him a long
and friendly letter, to which he replied
in a most interesting way, which I
think will bo equally interesting to
thc many leaders of that vaiuabie pa
per, thc Atlanta Journal, and which I
will give in full:
S ri l.l.WATEU, MI NN.,
September 28, 1.101.
Mr. W. ll. Andrews, Sugar Valley,
Dear Friend Johnnie-Your kind
and interesting letter of the 17th in
stant, the. 39th anniversary of our first
and last meeting on thc bloody battle
field of Antietam, Sbarpsburg, Md.,
has been received, and to say I was
surprised and pleased would be ex
pressing it mildly. In fact, I was
more than pleased to hear from tho
boy in gray that I laughed at for
dodging a shell that was in search of
"Why, Johnnie, it became second
naturo to us all to dodge those vicious
iron bumble bees that had a very dis
agreeable way of disturbing our quiet
ness. I was also very much interest
ed in your account of tho part your
brigade took in that day's work. It
was a terrible day for both sides. I
have often wondered What ever be
came of the pleasant, manly sergeant
with whom I chatted so freely on that
occasion, and who I felt sure was a
true soldier, hence my surprise and
extreme pleasure in receiving your
letter. I am also glad that you arc
among the living, and that the little
brown-eyed best girl did i.ot go back
on you for a stay at home, but pre
ferred the boy in gray in 'Tige' An
derson's fighting brigade. I am also
glad your gun missed fire when you
was so anxious to down me, for I am
confident by what you write I must
have beon your especial object, for
the First Minnesota was on tho ex
treme right of our lino at that time,
while yours was on the extreme left of
"Now, will you kindly tell me just
whero it was that your gun snapped.
Was it beforo you changed your posi
tion further to tho left while yet in
tho field, and bofore you tumbled over
the fence, or after? It must have
been before, because while wo were at
the fenoe at the edg3 of the woods most
of the boys on my right were down be
hind the fonoe, but those on thc left
were up and attonding strictly to bus
iness. I was standing up resting my
flagstaff on tho fonce in front of
me. Directly in front of me
only a few Johnnies were visible
in the corn field, but they were send
ing in 'their compliments to us rather
moro freely than was desirable to
wo'una. . Sergeant Bloomer sent me a
three-column clipping from thc Still
water Daily Gazette, in which is a
most thrilling account of his awful
fate on that bloody field, which I will
copy frets. It says;
Thc Minnesota regiment was in thc
thick of tho fight during tho entire
day and was located at thc extreme
right. Sam Bloomer was thc color
bearer of the regiment and early in
. the forenoon, about 9 o'clock, while
he was resting the flagstaff on a fence
in front of him and the boys were
lying down so tho bullets and shells
from the cuemy's guns could get by
without hindrance or delay, a minie
ball strick his right leg just below
thc knee cap. passing straight
At thc place of ogress thc bullet
left a ghastly wound. Sam snys that's
the nature of a minie ball, that'.s tho
way they ari built. Just about this
time our Hue was broken, at least
drivcu back about half a mile, leaving
it? faithful color bearer to his tate.
Sam crawled to the foot of a big oak
tree, organizing himself with tho tree
between him and the robel fire, but as
our men fell back and thc rebels occu
pied tho place, he found a change of
base desirable, and went over to thc
enemy so to speak. At least he crept
painfully and slowly around the tree
to nvoid the fire from his friends,
which carno pouring in thick and dead
ly. Tho rattling sound of musketry
and the crash o? artillery were in his
cars. The shells hurled oyer his head
with long, wild screams, while the
smoke rolled through the leakes: Bui
Ms whistled in tho branches and nip
ped at thc trees. Limbs from tho
tree, some of them of goodly, eixd, and
many leaves came sailing downy while
a mighty song of clashes and cracke
went bweoping through tho woods,
Battle o?" Sharpsburg,
One shell coming from thc Uuioo side
buried itself iu the tree. In the
meantime Sam had ripped away his
j clothing, bandaged his wound the host
; he could and kept it bathed with wa
I ter from his canteen. As the blood
i flowed profusely he bound his leg
above the knee with the strap from
I his blanket to prevent a fatal loss of
blood. Several days thereafter when
strap was out of sight, enveloped in
the swollen flesh on either side.
"Not far from uoon," says Sam, "a
rebel soldier, who I long afterward
learned was \V. II. Andrews, first
sergeant Company M, First Regiment
Georgia regulars, came up, his regi
ment not being engaged, and learning
my condition and of the fact that I
was between two fires he and some of
his comrades piled cordwood around
mc to protect mc from thc shots. 1
have no doubt more than 100 bullets
struck thc barricade of wood during
that day. Early in the evening
Stonewall Jackson came riding by.
Ile halted a moment, spoke kindly to
mc, asked to what regiment I belong
ed and ordered the men who had
charge of a lot of Union prisoners to
supply our wants and make us as com
fortable as possible. A captain in a
North Carolina regiment came up a
little later, stopped and chatted with
me, gave me a drinkfrom his canteen,
spoke kindly und encouragingly and
"Previous to this, however, a rebel
officer appeared whose conduct and
conversation were quite unlike that of
General Jaokson and the North Caro
lina captain. He reviled me with bit
ter words, called me a 'nigger thief,'
etc. T had a revolver and a short
sword under my rubber blanket ou,
which I lay, and in my rage I at
tempted to get at the revolver, intend
ing to shoot the fellow, but he had his
eyes on me and immediately shouted:
j 'Disarm that mau.' The soldiers, of
t course, obeyed, and all I could do was
to protest and also volunteer thc re
mark in a most indignant tone that in
my opinion nothing but a d-n dirty
coward would io3ult and rob a wound
ed prisoner. I hated to part with tho
sword as it was a present to mc from
Captain Louis Miller.
"It is a long time since this happen
ed and time softens our animosities,
and I don't know that I would harm
him if I should meet him now, but for
many years after the affair I beliovo I
would have shot him on sight if he
had been in church."
Sam lay there on the ground until
the evening of the 18th, which was
Thursday, when the rebels carried him
to a little barn surrounded with straw
stacks, where he lay another night
Uko a warrior taking his rest with his
martial cloak around him. Martial
cloak sounds a little moro like tho
chivalrio days when officers wore suoh
garments, but as a cold faot Sam's
martial cloak consisted of a badly
crumpled rubber blanket. Ho was not
alone, for there were more than 100
other prisoners in the hands of the
rebels, whom it was their intention to
parole, but didn't for several reasons.
Didn't have time, anyway, as they
had urgent ?business south of the Po
tomac. Next morning, the 19th, Sam
and three others were conveyed in an
ambulance to tho Hofman barn. Sam
was obliged to sleep on the ground an
other night, however, as there wero
hundreds of others awaiting treatment
by the surgeon. Next day, Sunday,
Dr. Pugsley amputated the injured
leg. In describing this, Sam indig:
nantly remarked that ho did not at
tend church that day. lt is necessary
iu order to preservo the chain of this
somewh'. complex uarrative to go
back to the day of thc great battle.
At the time Sergeant Andrews, of the
Georgia regulars, visited Sam in his
bivouac at the foot of tho
friendly oak he was not'aware that ho
was protecting and caring for thc very ]
man he had coolly and deliberatoly
essayed to kill a fev hours before, ^n
a communication to Sergeant Bloomer
Sergeant Andrews scys: "Bead tho
newspaper clippings ant uote toe date
of this letter, September 17th. Just
thirty-nine years ngo t .?-day wo met
at Sharpsburg, Md., one qi the blood
est battles of thc civil war. You gave
us a warm reception foran early morn
ing call. You should have been
neighborly and let us get in position
-at least allowed us to get over tho
fence in a dignified way. When wo
tumbled over that fence we had not
had anything to eal io nearly threo
days, so you- see wo were hungry and
mad, too. My first shot was aimed at a
color bearer's breast, but my gun
"I have always believed you were
tho man, but will leave that for you to
"How 1 wanted to see the colors
faK and how small I felt when my gnu
missed lire. But fate favored, you, J
und I thank God it was not my bullet j
that struck you. We were fighting
for what each one of us believed to be
right. At thc same time thc North
dubbed us rebels and traitors.
"If you had been io my shoes would
you have turned your gun on your own
fireside and those you held dear? No,
you were too brave a man for that;
you would have fought for home and
kindred. So you seo I have no apolo
gies to make, but under thc same con*
ditions would do so again.
"Near thc same place a short time
after thc 6cenc changes. One of thc
boys in blue ia reeling against a large
oak, wounded in the knee with his
clothes ripped up, bathing his wound
from his canteen.
"On his knee in front of him, was
ooe of the boys io gray, holding an
earnest conversation with him. All
enemies, but civilized American sol
diers who believed in extending a
helping hand to an enemy in distress.
At that moment, however, the shells
from the Federal guns were burst
ing around our heads like firecrackers.
"I have thought of you many times
and wished I had done more for you,
but I have never been able to make
out what that would have been. The
southoru cross went down in defeat,
but not dishonor. We put up the
best fight the world -ever witnessed.
With nothing but honor left, we still
had ono consolation. We give you
boys hell while it lasted. But
times have changed, and the south with
To day we are are-united people; no
north, cast, south or west, but one com
posed of many. Thc south is now as
loyal to the union as the boys who wore
"I would like so muoh to see you and
grasp the stroug right hand that
held the Stars and Stripes steady and
erect on that bloody field 39 years ago.
Continuing Sergeant Bloomer writes:
My friend Andrews, I quite agree
with you and think that the people of
the south are to-day as loyal to the
old flag as any people can be. They
have demonstrated that by their ac
tion in the Spanish-American war.
And trod knows, and we know, that
better and braver soldiers than the
boya who wore thc gray in 1861-?5
were never born. And such a thing
as war and strife will never again be
known among our people. Nothing in
this world would please me more than
to meet and grasp yours and that no
ble captain's hand in the deepest and
most sincere friendship.
I will send you a shadow of myself
taken about ten years ago to put in
your Yankee picture gallery. So you
can see what a specimen you would
have spoiled had your gun gone off
whefiffiu were so anxious to bring me
dowJfrflwHh those colors. Would be
pleasely? receive your shadow and to
hear from you again; also to know how
tho'world; or the people in it, used
you sinae you came over that fence to
Hungry, mad and with blood in
y?u.- eyes on that memorable 17th day
of September, 1862, 39 years ago, I
am, yours truly,
. Ex-Color Sergt. 1st Minn. Regt.
. I take off, my hat to Sergeant Bloom
er. He is both generous and brave.
How ho must have suffered during
those four days and nights. Nothing
less than the horrors of tho damned.
The famous Union general, W. T.
Sherman, in his definition of war,
"War is bell!"
Our new president says: "The time
has come when wc all can admire the
heroic deeds'performed by the Ameri
can soldiers during th; civil war.
whether he wore tho blue or the gray."
W. n. ANDREWS
Sugar Valley, Ga.
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stinct, and when
-(*>j?"^VS rca* motherhood
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who suffer intol
icrably during ma
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Hard to Explain Away.
"I gave you a parrot as a birthday
present, did I not, Matilda?" he ask?
"Yes; but surely, Albert, you uro
not going to ?peak of your gifts as
"It was young and speechless at the
''Yes, with increasing wonder; "and
it has never been out of the parlor."
"There are no other young ladies in
"No, there ere not."
"Then why-why when I kissed
your photograph in yonder album,
while waiting for you, did that
wretched bird imitate your voice, and
say, "Don't do that, Charley; please
Stricken With Paralysis.
Henderson Grimctt, cf this place,
was stricken with partial paralysis and
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side. After being treated by an emi
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out relief, my wife recommended
Chamberlain's Pain Balm, and after
using two bottles of it he is almost en
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Man, Logan county, W. Va. Several
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Joseph Reed tells a funny story re
cently narrated to him by Governor
McCorkle, of West Virginia. A col
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about another negro who owed him
two dollars and refused absolutely to
pay the debt. The creditor dunned
and dunned him, but all to no pur
pose. Finally the oreditor went to his
white friend, who is a lawyer, and
poured bin tale of woe into his ear.
"Well," said the lawyer, "if he pos
itively refused to pay you, what rea
son did he give?"
"Well, boss," said tho colored man,
"he said he had owed me dr.t money
fo' so long dat de interest had dun et
it all up, and he didn't owe me a
Old People llave Their Troubles.
Mr. Franois Little of Benton Har
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Since 1865 he has been troubled more
or less with indigestion and constipa
tion and has tried almost everything
in us J for those ailments. Last Au
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Stomaoh and Liver Tableta and was
noon feeling much better. In a recent
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An Unexpected Retort.
An emiuent American lawyer, bow
deceased, was sadly given to intoxica
tion. On one oecasion he entered a
ehuroh whilst the minister was holding
forth on ?b? future punishment of the
Fixing his eye upon the lawyer, who
was reeling near the door, the pret.cher
"There stands a man against whom
I will bear witness in the day of judg
At this the lawyer folded his arms,
planted himself as firmly aa he could,
and addressing tho man io the pulpit,
he electrified th* whole congregation
after this fashion:
"Sir, I have been practicing in the
criminal courts for 20 years, and I
have always found that the greatest
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- Our good deeds slip away easily;
our sins ride us with whip and spur:
- Love may be blind, but it has a
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He is a young man whose unbound
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characteristic. When he proceeded
to talk to the practical old nan about,
marrying his daughter, he was evi
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"Do you think you can support my
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The parent spoke with the air of a
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Thc suitor looked him in the eye.
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"Yes, sir. Her mother and I are
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-- Simkins-"Bilkins, junior, strikes
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- When a man starts a fight be
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indicated that it had lain there prob
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- Women in Austria are never put
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matter how terrible her reoord, in
stead of being sent to jail, is convey
ed to one of the con venta devoted
to that purpose, and there ' she is
kept until the expiration of the term
for which she.was sentenced.
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\H where the honey grows. The tremen
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there because everybody else
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RATLIFFE'S prices aro ns lo* a* the
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w busy DEAN & RATLIFFE may
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iATLIFFB tho Czar of all the Ru?sias
rem of the bargain ranch,
on their SHOES tnia benson, and
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