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RE: Jesse Baker of the Black Eagle Company

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  • Teej Smith
    Morning All, I thought some of you might enjoy this excerpt that comes from the SHSP. I m totally unfamiliar with the Black Eagle Company. Perhaps someone on
    Message 1 of 1 , May 19, 2001
      Morning All,

      I thought some of you might enjoy this excerpt that comes from the
      SHSP. I'm totally unfamiliar with the Black Eagle Company. Perhaps
      someone on the group knows something about them.


      "A GOOD MAN.

      Jesse Barker, the counterpart as a soldier, was of humble and obscure
      parentage, possessing no earthly comforts unless it was the battered and
      faded Confederate uniform which wrapped his body, serving as a winding
      sheet for his burial, he having been buried where he fell.
      Jesse Barker had seen more than a score of his comrades killed and
      wounded carrying the flag of his regiment. He saw Boston killed at
      Williamsburg, Va. He saw the entire color guard, consisting of a
      sergeant and eight corporals killed and wounded at Gaines' Mill, Va. He
      witnessed the same fatality among his comrades four days afterwards at
      Frayser's Farm, Va., when the entire color guard was again shot down. He
      saw the head of Garland Sydnor, of Lunenburg county, Va., one of the
      noblest soldiers in the army, crushed to a pulp with a cannon shot,
      bearing aloft this same emblem of liberty and love. With these facts
      before him, knowing, as he did, that to be the standard hearer of the
      regiment made his killing or wounding inevitable, <shv37_57>yet when a
      volunteer ensign was called for, Jesse Barker offered his services.
      The test came at Sharpsburg, Md. It became necessary to change the
      position of the regiment, then in action. Major George C. Cabell, of
      Danville, Va., commanding the regiment at that time, than whom no truer
      patriot or braver soldier ever drew a sword in defense of a country,
      gave the command, "Color and general guides post," which meant that the
      color sergeant should advance fifteen paces to the front of the


      In the din and confusion of battle Barker did not hear the command and
      did not advance. Major Cabell, seeing his orders disregarded, and
      supposing Barker was hesitating about it, reprimanded him, called him a
      coward, and asked that same brave soldier take the flag and go forward
      with it. Barker heard that and told Major Cabell he was no coward and
      was ready then to make as much sacrifice for the cause as any soldier in
      the army, and, if ordered to do so, he would advance with his flag as
      far toward the enemy as any other soldier would do, and asked that the
      order be repeated. Major Cabell again gave his order. Barker quickly
      advanced the fifteen paces to the front and stood waving the flag he
      loved so well in the face of the enemy till he fell a corpse.
      While Jesse Barker was poor in purse, he was rich in patriotic devotion.
      He was as true patriot, as fearless and intrepid a soldier as ever faced
      an enemy, and as proud of being a volunteer soldier in the Confederate
      ranks as if he had been commander in chief of the Army."
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