Civil War Transcendence, part 152

I yelled at Jonah and Jeremy to disarm the two Yanks that had fallen in the initial firing of weapons by our group. Then, I took off running to the Yank that had fallen about two blocks away.

As I approached his inert form, I feared for the worst. He was twisted with the upper part of his body face down in the street, while the lower part of his body, from his waist to his feet, was turned 90 degrees and resting on his left hip. I gently turned him over onto his back and his sightless eyes conveyed his demise. I then saw two bloody holes in his abdomen. One of our bullets had severed his spine. How his body was able to stay in the saddle for two blocks was a miracle. I disarmed his corpse and turned his body face down in the street.

I yelled for Jonah and Jeremy to come to me. They waved and ran to me. I asked if they had disarmed the other Yanks and if any of our men were wounded. They stated they had the Yanks’ pistols, and none of our men were hurt. I asked how badly the Yanks were hurt. They grinned and said one had a flesh wound in the right arm, and the other had been wounded in the left shoulder.

I said, “Let’s go check ’em out.”

We walked back to the base of German Street. The other six of our group, which I dubbed the Nasty Nine, had surrounded the downed Yanks. The townsfolk had suddenly come out in droves, and were patting all of us on the back and heaping compliments of praise on our courage. I was still trembling from the exchange of gunfire, but had to get the situation under control.

Image “Frowners” via istolethetv on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Image “Frowners” via istolethetv on flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Once I had a look at the Yanks and saw they could be moved, I yelled, “Friends, if I could have your attention. We need to unite these Yanks with the ones that were captured at the bridge. Does anyone know where Marshal Wells, Mr. Throckmorton and Mr. Black took the captured Yanks?”

The crowd quieted down, and one man volunteered that they were at the livery stable.

That shocked me because the livery had three ways out of the building. I told the men of the Nasty Nine to bring the two hurt Yanks to the livery. I motioned to Jonah and Jeremy to follow me, and we took off at a run for the livery.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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