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shot, he would fall into it. In every other one of the guns of the detailed men was a blank cartridge, and the other half the guns were loaded. At the command to shoot, the work was done and the prisoner dropped dead and back into his coffin.
Mr. Rogers was taken seriously sick and sent to a tent hospital, where it could hardly be said that he was encouraged to see the physician place above his cot a card announcing him among the dangerously sick, which meant he was liable to die at any moment, but he recovered and joined the army again. When recovering there was another soldier very sick near him, who had a high fever. He bathed daily his head, and one morning they found him missing, and after a while, not far from the hospital tent was found a cask of water, and there they saw his feet projecting out of the cask and his head in the water. They suppose during his high fever he must have escaped out of the tent to get water to drink, or to drop his head in the water to cool off, and fell into the cask and was drowned.
Enlisted Sept. 1, 1862. Engaged in the battle at "White Hall," aslo [sic] in battle at "Young's Cross Road," and one at Kinston. It became necessary at one time to go in transports, loaded with provisions, etc., to Little Washington where Gen. Foster, their commander, was stationed, and to do this it was requisite to run the blockade. The commanding officer asked for volunteers, and as no one seemed to respond, he asked Mr. Sherman if he
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