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from the edge of the R. R. cut and bring the regiment back under cover of the smoke, leaving the colors to draw the fire of the batteries. But the movement, as it was executed, had greater results than I hoped. It deceived the enemy in our front also, with the idea that we had force enough to take the offensive, and they delayed their final attack on that account, and "every minute gained then and there was worth a regiment," as Col. Nicholson says. With an undisciplined command I should have hesitated to detach the colors, but the i4Qth needed noth- ing, as I believed, nor as it proved, to "rally round."
I have proposed to the Commission to establish the "key point" and mark it with a special monument, and shall ask the survivors of the I49th at their next re-union to co-operate in this work of justice to the brigade.
Please let me know what the plans of the regiment are for its next meeting, as I would like to attend.
With many thanks for your kind remembrance and the hope of seeing you and the rest of the "boys" soon,
I am respectfully yours,
ROY STONE. To Capt. J. H. Bassler, Myerstown, Pa.
Stone left the task of explaining our color incident entirely to Col. Dwight, and the humiliation he must have felt on read- ing the Colonel's official report was a deserved punishment for his neglect.
Col. Dwight was a brave and forceful man, possessing in a large degree the qualifications of a successful commander. He had great push; good judgment; was a thorough disciplinarian; enforced strict obedience to orders; looked well after the sani- tary conditions of his camps, and always saw to it that his men got the best that was to be had. He was one who had the cour- age of his convictions; was free and outspoken in his opinions, and never said behind a man what he would not say to his face. He was apt to be rough and profane when provoked, but to those who pleased him he was generous to a fault.