Excellent job of research on one of William B. Poore’s colleagues in the 16th Mississippi Infantry…

Mississippians in the Confederate Army

While doing a little research the other day, I found the following story, and as it was very  interesting I decided to share it on the blog. It’s from the Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA), April 23, 1863:

HOW OLD SMITH ESCAPED

‘Old Smith,’ an old German drummer in the 16th Mississippi Regiment, was notorious for

straggling on the march whether advancing or retreating, he was always in the rear. In General Jackson’s great retreat from the valley of the Shenandoah, after whipping Banks old Smith got some miles behind, and while sitting on the roadside, solitary and alone, resting and eating his beef and biscuit he observed a full regiment of Yankee cavalry approaching. He jumped out into the woods and as the Yankees came near he thundered away on his drum beating the long roll with a terrible vim. (The long roll is the signal of an enemy at…

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