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That is no place for an ofﬁcer. The place for the ofﬁcer in actual battle is behind the line. How often, as a staff ofﬁcer, I rode down the line, when our men were suddenly called to the line of battle, and the Rebel yells were coming out of the woods, and shouted: “Ofﬁcers to the rear! ” Then every ofﬁcer gets behind the line of private soldiers, and the higher the ofﬁcer’s rank the farther behind he goes. Not because he is any the less brave, but because the laws of war require that. And yet he shouted, “I, with my shining sword -- “ In that house there sat the company of my soldiers who had carried that boy across the Carolina rivers that he might not wet his feet.
Did the nation owe him anything? No, nothing then and nothing now. Why was he the hero? Simply because that man fell into that same human error -- that this boy was great because he was an ofﬁcer and these were only private soldiers. Oh, I learned the lesson then that I will never forget so long as the tongue of the bell of time continues to swing for me. Greatness consists not in the holding of some future ofﬁce, but really consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life.
We have seen leading his troops on to the deadly breach. We have seen his shining -- we have seen his shining -- his shining -- his shining sword -- ﬂashing. ” Oh dear, dear, dear! how little that good man knew about war. If he had known anything about war at all he ought to have known what any of my G. A. R. comrades here to-night will tell you is true, that it is next to a crime for an ofﬁcer of infantry ever in time of danger to go ahead of his men. ” I never did it. Do you suppose I would get in front of my men to be shot in front by the enemy and in the back by my own men?