Here is the Civil War memoir of a former Confederate chaplain, James Hugh McNeilly (1838 - 1922), who was attached to Quarles Brigade during his Georgia campaign:
"When I first saw men shot, my pity for their suffering was so intense an emotion that I didn't know what to do. After a while I could see a man shot with little more emotion than if it had been a beast, but pity as a motive made me spring at once to his help. So in this case, the moment I saw a boy fall I ran to him and, when I found him dead I had his body cared for. That night the pity of it came over me, and I was moved to tears as I wrote the record to be sent to his loved ones at home whenever we got a chance."
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