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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta SFY WHO FED INJIDE THI LINES tess, mission Captain Netobury' Saved the Life of a Help- Wounded Comrade and Won a Union Com- THIS remarkable story is supplied by Gen- eral J. Madison Drake, historian of Army and Navy Medal of Honor Legion, TT. S. A., and has been taken by him from records under his care. Captain S. E. Newbury, hero -of the tale, is uow livirg in Elizabeth. and hearty, bearing no marks of the terrible experience rJvrough which he pasted early in civil war. Soon after the incident here set forth Nnivbury captured a deserter, from the .Union, lines as he was about to join the Con- feiieriites. This man was the first Union soldier io suffer dea.th for the crinie ot desertion In the great war. For his valuable serricee Kevbury rewarded with a commission of lieutenant in. the Eleventh New Jersey and served until June, 1865. when he returned to Kew Jersey the rank of captain. JOU. kr New York HruM. Co. rtrfm of the' enemy's plans or Intentions, any 1 -ihwl of was pnirerly sought in the fall of .bar hirter year. 1S61. after the disaster at" Bui! TUw. when seemed about to !n a triumphant Confederate ad- vance Hiipraies.of The authorities' wen; bent to defensive preparation about the capital. MfOJellfln wns centring aad reorganizing, the nfw Array of the rororoav. beyond. at Richmond, the forces of an pb.ted Confederucy were Be- tween toy ground. wlipre neither side1 di- rected definite measures and across which the lines faod each other. It'' Iras'.- early' Iii November that General Kivirny, coramandin- the First New Jersey brigade, then sta- tioned, 5n Aleia-idris. just to the sooth -of-. toa. to employ scouts upon tbe hazardous. work-' of feeliu- out conditions toward the. Confeder- sre poEkfca. The sfee of Johnson's was a mat- ter of ttfid eocjecrurt. hjg swift descent was feared and Seamy felt that total Isrsomnce what he must expect from that able a si determined rebel leader could no longer continue with ssfety. He cast about him for volunteers wUlto- to themselves into ihe danger zone in search of information. Scoat duty. It was called. But that was merely euphemism for the service of a spy. The aien tne.tr it. They knew that scouts wbnld run eitretne risk of capture' and tlut swift and terrible puh'wi- would fall to them if they were taken. It wa, no -rose water service. The courtesiei of war, stern _ at ihP besr. would :br in litt'e comfort to the 'Union' IBM ionod nboDt the Confederate front at "secb a' ilmp. Short shrift- and an nnbonorcd' p-aiv' lay ahead qf such a one. r.nd in the event of. S'.jceeV n-jihin- better than the doubcf.nl recognition aad qnesnonnl piory accorded nny spy. Amon? those who offered themselves for' the peroas but necessary undertaklnc was Edward s B Newbu-y. of ;be Third Xew Jersey. bury "was a nsrfre nf .Vortii Carolina, when? he had lived -hn bis fathers plantation- fcitril the Outbreak of IL- Hsvir- made hi? way to the .of -n nncla in Morris COUDTT. .V j.. hc hsd en3isted 5p Third JCSE as i: about ;o rstarr for the front, The young- man was derailed with Corporal Jbomas P. .IMwards la.push Into: the coantrv r.icbroomL -Their orders were to use thei'r best efforts toward setting word of the plans and'dji. position -of the Confcderatt forces. For the rest they were ro be povemed by rheir own wit and were Jn the -kitchen :iu'd, not kJJOTT-s "That tiu cup is lie "Get iue 1 lug force might be neur." they retreated. Milking his couipaoion as eoinfortwbltvas. poMibltii in They waited for no more. Drawing the one who the sloetlng raiu. the prU'ate back 'iiid recovered hud beeii wouudcd, they rode awnylutb ihe uiglit the tin cup. His iirst was to seek water at Newbnrjr, reloading wcc.poni uastily, Ijeard the plantation, but he remembered that he was no pouud of hoofs on the frozen rond once Wore, longer Jn a position to risk encounter with a detach- inp off !u the .direction of Richmond aaa'flnutly dying The Corporal was uow cutirely.rtepenrteufc in tUo 'lp uot place the olLer'is tfander He1 Crouched in s -of -Bashes While a Detail of Marched By rheir own wit aad by circum- With this and with full oaderstandinc of rhe perils the two left th- camp on the evening of Xovember hit for the South. Edwards bad pir-ked .up dirccri.ms from .nesro that wnulrf tfaero io fhc home of, Air. lirst intimation that suspicion was abroad came with the audden cessation of the sounds of THV- -elrr iu the mansion. Uneasy, ihoaph st-wrce willing to abandon a sltnstlon of so much promise, they ajrreod. Jn whispers, to occopy the sizable log.cabin Just at the rear of the house, which was nsed as .1 detecrion while themselves from The accordingly, took his lhc cnbin'5 front entrance, wnlic racn'now listenccl Ih the They heard nothing tinklins of.dead hngb. a wealth- plsnier. who to be Influ- kitclien- Tnere to this kitchen, front ential ar Kichmond. The plantation lay some ten and rhnc by concealing them- njiles from the Union lines, and k was the suggestion witb'n- suardtaj: a tney wen'd be Edwards that they should approach It in .the hop overhearing conference or conversation that SIirpn5ie- raight prnv. of value. FJtehush. he .irguert. would b, jU'St faily informed of the Confederate pinn5. and would be most unlikely to suspect the presence lurking scouts. It was possible, then, rhnt they mlpht secrete themselves on the premises, might intercept a or in 5ome other way place rberascires on the track of information. Close upon nine o'clock they proped into the planta- tion grounds. It was n moonless night, with a raw wind and low hunjs that ?ave promi.se of rain, llakfajp their way atncns the cabin-, or the necro Barters they came np to the house only to find It dark and apparently denned. A fnlnr Ilsrhr appeared Rt the window of one of th? cabins, and, stealing actosr. to ir. they locked within. -Vn aced w.-.s sltilns by a red.; cot which Jay an einacialed younc tti -Tlir-y rhe doorway of tbu cabin, where again be entered and quietly mr.Je inqnirie? .i< to the wher- of Fittmnrtj. The nezress. who. witli her III s-on. represented -.lie remnant uf bcniy of servants. toM them that The pinnu-r hs.J his family to .1 few days before, but that he woiilrl return in a hours with ?omr friends carljme- Kut Iiine he Inhered hLs iveapon, re- c'osin? the house. The hastened to i.ike their iuat his mission was not to engage in leave, assnrinz the woman that they w.niW remrn upon tiielr eimnd nest day. leaves In tbe chill wind was thnt cauie to their With carbines ready and. revolvers .In-hand they waited while the conviction grew upon them chut the darkness held some danger that was circling and clos- ing in on them. Edwards, peering Into the sombre mystery of the night, saw a dlio nguru flit across his line of vision, lie y.-ivr a signal of warning to New bury. A moment later the figure reappeared, still in front of the cabin. It stood for a moment and then slowly and silently ap- proacL'pd. As the man came on Edwards backed pentiy away. The Southerner advanced until he g and The scouts stilled their breiithlug. Twice Edwards his carhir.? and troverfKl tlie unknown. It was a point-blank shot. From where he stood the Cor- poral coulil almost have touched the man with the comim. .Suddenly ihere was a sharp exclamation from the They entered the by way or a window end after CRiitiousiy Mrikinc Hchrs Voked about for a hid'nc pince. But "sVwnury disapproved of the ar- When they left the house ac-ain the.v took them the bed. blankets, some and of food a tiny tin cup which f-Mwards, for some Inscrutable rea- son, in.cisterf upon appropriatlncr. had cause to be" gr.itefr.1 for that cup before the ntivenrure was oven r-Tney were tired, tbe bod was ami t'ne blankets were warrs. nnd they had not been settled beyond the boxwood hedpe many mlniitos before they fell asleep. It was a'tcr-mlflnighr, they wore armiserl Oj .by the paddlnpr of hoofs along tho froron road. Creep- lairrurongh the hedge, they saw.five horscmrn pull up before the resfdeuce and dismount. One was left in charge of tbe animals and the others, with Innch and claiter. entered tbs ftnusc. The rnddy flash of flre re- flected from the windows showed that the psrty wna preparlnc 'or a comfortable session. But tbe sconts did Teal secnre enough Jo ap- proach Immediately. leaving: their hiding place, they crawled to tr-i of the house. liright t'arfh. The roar of the explosion was followed by a yell of pain from the Corporal, who. wounded as he was. charged upon bis assailant, believing that the only hope Iny In breaking through the rlnp of their The Southerner fled the r.'sm. Suonting as he mn. and Edwards through the hedge. NeVmiry, confused by tae shot and the uproar, hnd only tbe vaguest notion of what had taken place. Not knowing that the Corpora! had jumped for the open, he cai'ied him repeatedly by nnme and. receiving no an- swer. to crope abont the fioor. thinkinp'thnt his that Mwnrds was not in the cabin There was a Rnfl lhc of came in a rush for the front door of the kitchen. Flight of the Party. Newlmry blazed his carbine toward the spurts of flame and. whipping np his revolver, emptied the chambers as .fast as he could whirl the cylinder. The nttnckers 'or a moment under this vlctoua nre. Then one of them raised -n howi. "I'm down, The evidently tbonubt thnt there Newbury, silthongh he "had .been somewhat tardy ra getting into, found it to his. liking. He.had just'bejuu to find Ihe affair in- teresting. As it stood he .-found cause for satisfaction or any band. Ee .was left without ncv.-s he had come after, without bis companion, who hnd apparently vanished into tbin air. and with- out any achievement to his credit greater than hav- ing winged one.of the assailants. While the indignant and disappointed yoim-r man was consoling himself with, ircispiusry rirf ana. slaughter and counting- up his nvaiinble .ammunition he was startled by a noise as of splintering wriod a.long tht' ft'nce to his right. Making lib? way cautiously In thnt direction, be heard further sounds Indicating thnt Kume one was trying to climb the fence. He crawled through the field, carbine levelled, and came suddenly The Corporal was In fearful plight. The bullet from the pistol of the unknown assailant bad entered the arm just above the elbov.-. At the moment Ed-, wards had been holding his arm tight against, his body, and the ball, emerging six inches higher, had whirled by one of the strange freaks of such projec- tiles, ripped through his side and lodged against tlie spinal column. Almost paralyzed below his watet, terribly weakened, he yet made shift.so him- self to the fence and attempt to pull himself over. Ncwbury made n rapid examination thnt revealed the nature of the wound- By every luuono probability the Corporal would die within an hour. He could not walk, could not even stanu. There wns no help in th's enemy's country. The Uuioa lines were ten miles away. A Confederate detachment might shortly be expected. The whole region was Confederate territory. To add to the difficulties the promise of the lowering clouds was fulfilled and It began to rain a coJd, shsirp. penetrating r.iin. But the youns private never for a moraeut hesi- tated. The fighting spirit of the man rose to meet the problem. He first propped Kdwnrds up against the fence, where he could fcold on witb his hands. Then, straildllng.the top, he strained and dragged nnd lifted until he had raised the Corporal to his owa level and could lower him ou the other side. Edwards was heavily built, of greater weight than by some twenty pounds. Hc wna entirely unable to render any assistance in covering ground, and the prlvnte found it necessary to kneel in the road, worry the helpless Corporal onto and stagger along, half trnlling. half carrying the burden. In this way they xvon to a neglected field ot standing corn a short distance from the plantation mansion11. Here Edwards conld no longer endure his suffcrins and called to Ncwbury to act him down. "For God's sake, get roc water." he gasped. "My wonnd's fevered I'm burning with NeTFbury renchcf. for his canteen and found that HO had lost It somewhere in the darkness. The Corporal had cast his own aside Jn bin first struggle throngh the field. But Edwards remembered where he had Itft tiATercack by tlie fence. of life in peril. A quarter of a mile away .was Aeeoiinck which they had crossed on the journey and IN'ew- bury. no uenrer means ot procurinif relist for his Hastening through the. darkness in that general directioc be came nt 'ast to the creek and tilled his WiUi.thb: shallow rocepiable. which tielu no tnnre'thftfj one good mouthful -oC the precious water, guarded carefully la his two bands, he set ma upon his rcrtirn. Succored Wounded Comrade. There was no ray of light to'guide'him." Tlie way was uneven, leadiujr across fields and fences. Twice he stumbled, and each time he lost pj-.rt of the water. He had arrived at the cornfield at last -when his font caught In a trailing vine and he sprawled headlong. The painful trip was nil to be repented. At tlie secoi'd attempt he reached the side of bU wounded comrade to find the Corporal sobbing with weakness nnd discouragement, eld wards made up his mind that the private had deserted him. New- bury propped up his head and giive him the dropj left in the cup) but the Corporal's fever had heightened nnd the small portion was no more than an aggrava- tion. He cried aloud for more, and N.ewliury. com- forting anil soothing him, set patiently forth-upon another Journey. He lost count of the number of times he went back and forth between the creek and the cornfield with the little cup that night, but whon a gray broke pnllenly lie was still nt task and Edwards was and sgaia -ha had the way. unmindful of his own weariness and content 5f hc brought momentary comfort to the Corporal. But now the coming of dny made the vicinity of the planta- tion doubly dangerous, and Xewbnry decided that tbuy must get away. Not for n monent tlid hc consider-de- serting the wounded man. His ono thought was to bring Edwards off, for he what would inevitably result from capture, and he knew, moreover, tbnt Corporal must die if mcdlc.it attendance wna not soon obtained. Edwards W.-T-; now on the verge of-delirium with pain nud fevtr. lie had no over hLs legs or his shattered arm. Ne-a bury fashioned a tind of nidc sling from their belts, and. passing it about tbe others body, lifted him once more on hLs shoulders. the Corporal's sound arm down over Ws neck tn ease the strain he off through the conftficlfi for the creek. The rain hnd not nbat'-rtf. Tbe wind wns higher. Drenched and chilled, burdened beyond his strength and exhausted by the night and lack of food. Xewbr.ry held dogcedly to his task. He was forced to stop and lor Kdwards slip to the ground through sheer inn Willy to proceed before he bad covered n hundred paces. He improved tbe bnlt by from bis own per- son and that of Edwards every tbat would les- sen the weight. HJs revolver be had In his porfcet hc nsod his as a clnmsy sraff. The carrying of the wenpoiis Txire upon him and he was abandon ihein. Ijut tieclcd thai: to be in enemy's try would jHy him attack a ctafkr picket, aud he determlaed to Again taolt his burden on back tu4 Barter mile to the WAS bjr 1.04 but iNewbury it tn.4 OP.te in the copse felt uiiVr His problea WM tv effort a stream was too deep and to of kJicw that, tlie bridge a mile' further ftiong watched by the Confederates, who, in fact, encamped on both of it. lu coniiaj ce plantation- and Edwurds had made ot fallen tree, which gave precarious k to bunk. He know tliMt It m'ould be almost possible to get the helpless Corpora) ncrosn thnt irate trunk, buf after searching In rain for a boat. was left with the nn'turai bridre as the More difflcwlt alouj tbe bank Jilm the tree, whffh was rooted on the shnfs. Ir hljjh and lay before aim at us upward slaat He bad good reason to fear that Confederate outpoats were. Btatloned In beyond, and he proceeded wirfa the utmost caaHon. s imor sind hitched aa inch at a time, pushing ahead. At each litsUmt he forcsci hug support, clutchinc the deiperately. At he had to font for ihe brtlance of both, er- ppctloj to witk the nan waters beneath. 1 -He had won to the brenfc of at tie itvmp, FOBIC five the frouud, tnd was pryparint to iotrer when a uioveniaat Corporal flunc MX weijlit Jo the onde a snatch for trunk, but wai unable his bold and chit ewo'mea fell heaTi'y jround. A scream ot from Hfs wounded arm had crushed hi lorture was more than aa4 agvln and he fell, the shriek wan re- iatcd. Xowbary, iu terror lest brlnjr tbem. ided silence him. Bwt Bdwardu jw qnKe deiiriour Be. ravprt. called 5s nnrf coiild not be q'uhrted. had but recwirse. Kamralne the kaod- kerehief into the nimith he his oVs about tbe other's kfid sad, Wmself at full upon poor uasjlcu Locy, put forth ail nj-i strength suppress the friyafcful It. By-this heroic method he forced BAwards to lie listening the while for the approach enr.ales. Ar- parcntiy he had reached the end. mor-i Uiij nifjn miles from succor, surrounded by hostile troops, weak. .panlon. ha 'misfit But .U was 'uot in N'ewbnry despair.' Not for the flicker', of.'a thoaght .dirt he jiip the srim'effo'rt -ec-hiinself. Thought Him Dead. After some time Edwards jrre-r '.CSP The maniacal-energy-called: forth by..fever.and excmclat- pain passed. ;Sudde'nly he relaied'and' Xowhury, bent ajHlionsdy, Mlfe Iiiid'flcd with that spa'sm.-Bnttthe WHS still beating faintly, and NewburyT SascIJj'i'ear- rangins his sling, sliealdered the unconscious mno once more and tottered on into the woods. All that .day he held bis coarse, more by instinct thaa by conscious" direction, towarfl the Unlou He kept away'from the roads and frorn [dwellings. la- boring through fields and cererts. Once crotifhed in a clump of bushes while a detail of Oonfet" parched by within nftr feet of him. He wan to make Bjore than a few yards at a singe, himself down In tbe mud beside his burden io gather i a. little strength after a dozen faltering scepe. scram- bling np again HIM! pressing ahead iinti" he coTild CQ further. On, always on. That was the one idea he clun? to. After the Hrst mi'e or so hc was in little better shnpe than tbe Inanimate En wards. His mind Io daze. Objects STVKIR before hlni dizzily. bad all scnsc'of time or distance. It seemed to him that through aJI eterniry he hart been strtifth'ni: on.throncii chilly hell, of wcfc brown ISHTOS. rnirj and wind. a torn and bloody body. Hc ceased to tkinU of Edwards a living who must be rescued. Ha no longer even cured to know whether the Corporal still breathed or not. It could have made 50 Aiffer- rnco. He was capable of but rhe one parpoee, fn on. always'on. and !o tnke the body with htm. out that single, ileflultt bold upon things he must jnven up and waited for death himself. ly the parly part of the be us lie was tryin? to raise the Corporal and fell. The shock took what little force fcfld left for a apace, and.' dosinp his be paassrt Into a painful and uneasy dw.i'- While he was in this condition sto'e into his bm'n thnt. until found no lodgement there. He had done tbe best be could, a voice aeemed to whi.sptc; be hnd done more than any man, the bravest, could be eipected to tio. Wtoy tot Edwnrrls-liFrtOen In thr brush and make his own way to tbe Union Uncs? Why set hrsrry on nnd gee help? Was t'lMt not The the wisest way7 fTe awoke with a start and A on hln He li.Tted himself for the traitor sngfestloii tkut bnri rrept upon him ID 1m wcalcncMMi. CnwtUiff to Edwards he hoirted the once afnln to Kalneri his the protest erery Hnib nnd went OR. .always on. He afterward retained 10 ot lat- Jpr pnrt of that and jvorney. U rf- roHined io bis memory a Ar.tK ,blot, kazet! wllh Rtit throach the afternoon he still toiled ahead Jxnd tbrouah one more marvel he was not seen by the Confederates. It seven In evea'jijf. howra after "Xrwbnry's from plantation, tfcut tM soldlcru at a Union picket post stnrtevl up vritb rifles ar a dim shape Shat crtrr.5 crawlin slowly over ther ground toward them. It answer to thcJr halls, and cautiously can-s. meet It, tblnklng to find Injured aalroal or ttej not what. As ttey cnme up tlify saw tbat It a man. was creepin; on all and on his back wan stepped the body of another. called xo him, but be did not answer, only crept or and on. Tbcn pUyinc bands took hold of him. nnd they relieved him or burden he scrnmblen to hie feet nboul him wildly nnd then collapsed. Private s? ctose attention M did Corjwral warfis night. ;