- The Colonel of an Alabama regiment, was famous for having everything
done up in military style. Once, while field officer of the day, and going his
tour of inspection, he came on a sentinel from the eleventh Mississippi
regiment sitting flat down on his post, with his gun taken entirely to pieces,
when the following dialogue took place:
- Colonel. " Don't you know that a sentinel while on duty, should
always keep on his feet? "
- Sentinel (without looking up). "That's the way we used to do
when the war first began; but that's played out long ago."
- Colonel (beginning to doubt if the man was on duty). Are you the
sentinel here ? "
- Sentinel. " Well, I'm a sort of a sentinel."
- Colonel. " Well I'm a sort of officer of the day."
- Sentinel. " Well if you'll hold on till I sort of git my gun
together, I'll give you a sort of salute."
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