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 Posted: Tue Jun 12th, 2012 03:43 pm
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 General Early talking-

"I went on the field under General Ewell's orders, to superintend the burial of a portion of our dead, who had not been buried by their proper commanders. I found on the field, stacked up, a very large quantity of excellent rifles, which the division, detailed to gather them up, omitted to carry off. Some of the enemy's men were taking these rifles, but I made them desist, and demanded that a part already carried off, under direction of a staff officer of General Sigel, should be brought back, which was complied with. I then sent for a detail from my brigade and had these arms carried off in wagons sent to me from the rear, there being six full wagon loads. While this work was going on, I heard a Federal soldier say: "It is hard to see our nice rifles going that way," to which another replied: "Yes, but they are theirs, they won them fairly." "

http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/early/early.html#early1  page 102

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Old Blu wrote:
"Yes, but they are theirs, they won them fairly."

Men of that era understood honorable conduct: death before dishonor. Interesting anecdote that illustrates the inherent respect between adversaries.



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