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John Burkman's Story of the Battle
THE STORY OF PRIVATE JOHN BURKMAN, CUSTER'S ORDERLY
From "OLD NEUTRIMENT"
THE MEN caught the skeer from the coward Reno and acted accordin'. Dan Neally -- he's livin' at Gilt Edge, Montana now -- he's been goin' all these years as 'Cracker-box Dan' on account of durin' the fight he kept hid back of a cracker box. And Captain Miles Morland -- I've heerd he was buried in Los Angeles a spell back -- he was known as `Aparejo Mickie' 'cause all the time he was layin' behind an aparejo. And then they was young Billy Blake, a private. Fur two days up thar he made out like he was wounded and laid with the wounded so's he wouldn't have to fight, and he want hurt at all. Arter it was over and he come to his senses poor Billy was ashamed o' hisself. He couldn't stand the joshin' he got from the rest o' us and so he got transferred to another company. Now, Billy and Cracker-box Dan and Morland was brave men, nat'ral, good soldiers, but the skirmish they'd been through down below with Reno, plumb out o' his head with skeer yellin' orders they couldn't hear, and the panicky retreat up the hill kinda made 'em crazy fur the time bein'. They was like riderless horses in a fire...
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