Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-65

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 512 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ADDITIONAL SKETCH SIXTY-THIRD REQIttENT., (fifth Cavalry.) By PAUL B. MEANS, Private, Company F. The Fifth North Carolina Cavalry was a superb regiment in every respect. It was composed of representative men, mostly active, intelligent young men, from the counties of Cumberland, Lenoir, Greene, Sampson, Rockingham, Chatham, Mecklenburg, Davie, Gnilford, Randolph, Lincoln, Catawba, Cabarrus and a few other counties. The moral character of this great body of men was remarkable. After diligent enquiry, there was not a grave offense of any sort, done in camp or elsewhere by any man of the regiment during the entire war, which survivors of the regiment now remember. Of course minor offenses were doubtless done, but none grave enough to be remembered today. And this is stated and emphasized because there can be no true courage without moral character as its basis. Such courage is of the soul. It is a purely psychological phenomenon. The soul is of God and cannot assert itself fully in an immoral person. And when the soul is not on guard, not supreme, we are all cowards at heart in the face of any great and recognized danger. And then, like any other simple animal, under this trying test, we will run, unless somebody else's soul restrains us or our own rallies us. In camp, on the march and on picket every duty was well done. In battle, whether fighting on foot, as infantry, or in the mounted charge, there never was any better troops. The First North Carolina Cavalry had a greater reputation than the Second, Third and the Fifth Cavalry, which, with it, constituted the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade, in the last years of the war.* But Colloquially so styled but by orders of the Adjutant-General's Department the First, Second, Third, 'Fourth. Fifth, Sixth, Seventh ...

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