The Unfortunate Confederate Soldier

January 15, 1866


The editors at The Dispatch sympathize with a troubled former Confederate soldier accused of public intoxication for a second time as former Confederates struggle to readjust to society after the war.


John T.Gaines, the Georgia soldier who was before the Mayor on Friday for drunkenness, made his appearance again on Saturday for the same offense. It appears that this "boy in grey" fought bravely throughout the war, and was badly wounded in the eye at Gettysburg. In his last conflict, however, with King Alcohol he lost his hate, and appeared Saturday morning with a shawl over his head. He states that after being discharged on Friday he went to the General Joe Johnston to procure transportation to Georgia, and was informed that he must come back at 7 o'clock the next morning. The Genera; gave him a dollar to help him along, and he straightaway went to a tin shop, where he me with a Georgian, and the empathy which sprang up between the two caused a return of the "same old drunk." He declared to the Mayor that he drank nothing but ale. On his promise to leave at once for Petersburg, on foot if necessary, the Mayor discharged him from custody.
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