"The Horror of That Night"
Not all the horrors of war occur on the battlefield.
In April, a boyish, beardless Thomas F. Galwey of
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Then things went from bad to worse.
About dark, a party of 15 men crosses the bridge, bound for a shanty where liquor is being sold. Fighting breaks out and a gunshot is heard. A squad is sent to bring the rioters back, and in the dark the party stumbles over a dead body. The body, identified as Pvt. Stephen J. Carr of Galwey’s own company, has been stabbed through the throat with a bayonet.
The murdered private was “a quiet, inoffensive man,” according to Galwey. A soldier will be arrested on suspicion of murder, but he will escape conviction and remain in the army. Years later, Galwey will sigh, “It is impossible to forget the horror of that night.”>>> In the East, Union warships begin bombarding Confederate installations at Pensacola, Florida.