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o i -4A ra ACH man, as he signed bis name on the enlistment roll, realized that war meant fight, and that fight meant kill. This idea was "further drilled into us In camp; it form ed the basis of the colonel's address as to the front; it as we marched brought our muskets to an "aim' we caught sig'jt of the enemy for the first time. Ws had become soldiers to march, fight and kill. It was to be look ed upon as a matter of business, as well as a patriotic duty. The sooner the strength of the enemy was exhaust ed the sooner we would have peace. We thought that every man in com pany "G" had the same feeling to kill but we had not been long at the front when we found an exception. A score of skirmishers were ordered down in front of the regiment to feel the strength of the enemy In the fringe of bushes along a creek. Ambrose Davis was one of us. He was a man of 30 a plain, every day man who had laid down the tools of a mechanic to take up the musket of a soldier. He was not given to enthusiasm, but he was an obe dient soldier and the best shot in the company. As we clambered over the fence and took "opea order" on the broad field which dipped down to the creek, the enemy in the fringe had a dead rest on every man. War with them also meant kill. To kill one of half a million men means little, and yet It means kill. Zip! Ping! Zip! It was not firing by file It was not firing by volleys into a battle line half hidden In the smoke, but every bullet that came pinging was meant for an individual soldier. We' crouched down and ran forward, We zig-zaeged to right and left We took the shelter of every knoll, brush and stump. The enemy had to develop his strength to check us. In front of Davis was an opening in the fring a spot where a farm road crossed the creek. The enemy to the right and left of this road was using the bank of the stream as a breastwork and we were firing a good deal at random. An officer suddenly appeared in the center of this opening, and raising a pair of glasses to his eyes he took a cool survey of the regiment far back of us on the hill. lie was within pistol shot of Davis and he must have known It, and yet he stood there as cool and calm as you please to take his chance. It was sheer bravado. Four of our twenty had been killed, and the enemy was seek ing the lives of the rest. I was to the right of Davis and could have almost hit the officer with a stone; the man on his' left had just as fair a target. He was not our "game," however he belonged to Davis. We saw our com rade thrust forward a barrel of his musket and bring his eye down to the sights. Then we watched the officer to see him throw up his hands and fall. Thirty seconds passed away, and we glanced back at Davis. He had lifted his head and was looking at the officer over his gun. At the end of a quarter of a minute he dropped it again. "It was his duty to kill,, but this was kill ing in cold blood, and he had to have a few seconds to nerve himself up. Back went our eyes to the officer. He was slowly sweeping the glasses across a front of half a mile, and I wondered If he would drop them as the bullet struck him, or whether his fingers would clutch and hold them the tighter. My heart came crowding into my throat as I watched and as the sec onds passed, and at length I heard the man on Davis' left shouting at him: "Shoot! Shoot! Why the devil don't you drop that officer?" I turned to look at Davis, and as I did so he slewed the muzzle of his gun to the right and fired into the bushes. A few seconds later the officer lowered his glasses, and swinging them in h!s hand and perhaps humming a tune, he slowly disappeared into the bushes. Later in the day, when Davis' singular action had been reported, the captain said to him: Davis, I can't believe you are a cow ard, because you went down on the skirmish line to be shot at, but when you had an enemy fairly under your gun, and an officer at that, why didn't you bring him down?" I "I was going to, sir, but I I couldn't," was the reply. "Cut they were shooting at you to kill." "Yes. I know." The captain could hardly reprimand a man for not killing an enemy as be would have shot down a rabbit, and there was no one to hint that Davis lacked courage. The incident was for gotten after a little, and such was the soldiery conduct of the man that he was made a corporal. When the enemy withdrew behind the works at York town to bar McClellan's road to Rich mond he covered his wings with sharpshooters, and our officers were their special target. One day, as three companies of us were dragging up some of the heavy siege-guns to be put in peltion, a major and a private were kill ed by a sharpshooter who was located In a tree top. He could be plainly made out, but the range was too far for our army muskets. A Berdan rifle was sent for, and -when it arrived our captain put it Into the bands of Corporal Davis and said: "You are by long odds the best shot In our company. With a dead-rest over that log you can tumble that man out of his tree." Davis hung back and turned pale. Just then a brigadier rode up to give an order, atod bis horse had scarcely come to a halt when a bullet from the sharpshooter passed through the gen eral's hat. He was not only a bit startled, but Inclined to reprimand that the fellow had not been disposed of. When he saw the heavy rifle in the hands of the pale-faced and hesitating corporal he shouted out: "Hurry up, man, and tumble him out of that before he can reload! If you bring him down I'll ask your captain to make a sergeant of you five minutes later!" Davis advanced to a stump a few feet away and knelt down and sighted his rifle across it We who knew his marksmanship felt sure that his bullet would speed true. He took a long aim, and we were holding our breath to hear the report of the rifle, when he drew back, rose np and said: "I I can't shoot that man!" The words were hardly out of his mouth when the man in the tree fired again, and his bullet struck down a lieutenant within five feet of the briga dier. "You Idiot, but why don't you shoot?" shouted the indignant general, as he stepped forward. "It is cold blood, sir cold blood!" whispered Davis, who trembled in ev ery limb, and was as pale-faced as a dead man. "You poltroon, you coward !" raged the general. "Here, you man cut the stripes from his sleeves, and you, cap tain, see that be Is reduced to the ranks on1 the company roll! He ought to be court-martialed and driven out of the army In disgrace!" A soldier stepped forward and with his pocket-knife cut the chevrons from Arizona Co-operative Mercantile Inst. IIOLBROOK, AND SNOWFLAKE Wholesale and Retail Dealers in General JVterehandise l5 Í Silver Creció In rear of us and warning each man to aim low. I beard him cursing Davis, and twice after, that ere we fell back, I saw the man firing into the tree top3. The enemy crowded us back day by day and mile by mile, and there was fighting over every foot of the high ways. We had a fierce grapple at Fair Oaks, and again at Savage Station, but all I knew of Davis was that he was with us. It was only when weturned at bay at Malvern Hill that I found my self beside him again. He had been three times grazed by bullets, and that -was proof that he had stood up to a soldier's work. Our regiment was sta tioned at the base of the hill, strung along in the bed of a dry creek, and the banks gave us protection and a rest for our muskets. As the enemy came swarming across the open every man was a fair target. I had fired three or four times when j my musket fouled and !j0hn )8ere pQWS and Cultivators, Bridge & Bladl as I waited to clear it I watched Davis. o He was firing over the heads of the enemy by thirty feet Our position was one which could not be carried. The enemy realized this at last and the battle began to die away. On our front we had only dead and wounded men. as far as we could see, and all firing had ceased, when a man suddenly rose up from the ground about a pistol shot away and stood staring at us. A thou sand men shouted at him to come and surrender, but after a moment he turn ed his back and began moving away. I do not know why any of the hundreds of men who had him In range did not fire, but they did not Some were even cheering the man, when an officer of artillery Jumped down among us and shouted: "Shoot him shoot him why don't some of you bring him down?" His words were heard by fifty men, but not a gun was raised. The officer was storming at us when Davis sud denly lifted his musket and fired, and the retreating man flung up his arms, whirled about and sank down. Curses and groans followed, and Davis threw down his gun and hid bis face in his bands and sobbed. "A splendid shot!" cried the officer, "and if I were your captain you would be a corporal to-morrow!" Davis had done a strange thing. We looked at him and wondered over it The heat of the battle was yet strong upon us, but the killing of the mac seemed little short of cold-blooded mur der. "Did I kill kill him?" asked Davis ol a man beside him when he could con trol himself. 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His soldierly quali ties were such that he had been taken out of the ranks, and yet he refused to carry out a soldier's first duty to kill. We could not call him a coward no man is a coward who will face death but we called him strange and won dered what was back of it all. The cause I wouldn't kill." m laueJ tht shooter, as he hid his face again. That n'ght we fell back to the .Tame? River. Iu the darkness and confuslor, commands were mixed up. and it was night again before the company vvV. was called. Private Davis was anion;: the missing. He had survived the bat tle the retreat was unmolested it ALBUOUEROUE, N. M.t officers and directors: Authorized Capital Joshua Eayxolds Pres. 7 $500,OOO.GO M. W. Flourxoy ...Vice-Pr A. A. Keex Cashier Paidup Capital, Surplus and Profits ..$175,000.00 FeaxK McIvEE....Ass't Cashier A. A. Grant A. & B. SCHUSTER, HOLBROOK, A. T. '. ST. JOHNS, A. T. Wholesale and Retail Dealers in ww' General Merchandise, men of the company fell away from j alive he was bound to find his command him, and in a few days he stood almost i within a few hours. And vet he Uevel alone. When we followed up the ene my after Yorktown there was some heavy, skirmishing with the rear guard. found it. When the returns were made up his name was p'.aeed among the lead, tie nad neon disgraced ln-cause t ... 1 T .-; - .n ... ; . l. . i. . . I . , . ... . . ' .imuiusc f.n io aa nnu nit- v. uni,..i u. . ue WOU1U UOt K.1!. tie Uaa UCTVeil Uilll- and upon one occasion, when the nun- self up at last to lire upon a hir.iiar. dred charged and captured a gun. he target and then ? We sp.ike his nanit led us all In the rush and was the first! in whispers after that, and said onlv man to put a hand on it. After that we good words fur likn.-Ch.nies B. Lewis. said It was a case or "nerves, or that ;n Denver News. he had a hereditary fear of shedding blood, and he was looked upon mure favorably. We saw nothing more of the "strange ness" of Ambrose Davis until the battle which drove McClellan to make a change of base. For half a day our reg iment stood in battle liue, waiting to at tack or be attacked, and during this in terval our company lost two men killed and three wounded. It required all the nerve the men could work up to staud there and be shot at without firing a shot In return, but Davis showed no more nervousness than any of the rest. When at length we moved by the left flank for a quarter of a mile and then dropped down to open fire and hold our ground, Davis was the man on my left and as I loaded my musket I noticed when a man Is continually talking that be was firing high. Five minutes about his troubles, his neighbors never later a lieutenant came creeping along 1 trouble very much about his talk. 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