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 At one of the hospitals, was a boy of twenty, who had
been shot in the eyes. He used to enjoy sitting by the
window, his eyes bandaged, and singing: "O, I'm a sojer boy!"
"What's your name, my boy?" asked a visitor.
"Joe Parsons, sir?"
"What is the matter with you?"
"Blind, sir, blind as a bat; shot at Antietam.
"But it might ha' been worse," he said. "I'm thankful
I'm alive, sir."
"You see, I was hit, yer see, and it knocked me down.
I lay there all night, and in the morning the fight began
again. I could stand the pain, but the balls were flyin' all
round, and I wanted to get away. At last I heard a groan
"Hallo," said I. "Hallo, yourself," said he.
"Who are you?" said I. "A Gray Jacket?"
"Yes," said he; "and you're a Blue Jacket."
"My leg is broken," said he.
"Can you see?" said I.
"Well, I can't; but, I can walk. Now if you'll do the
 seeing, I'll do the walking and get us both away from here."
"All right; agreed."
"So that's the way we saved ourselves. And now I'm
getting along pretty well."
"But my poor boy," said the visitor, "you will never see
"Yes I know that, but—'I'm a bold, bold sojer boy.'"
"A bold, bold sojer boy"—and the visitor passed on, leaving
Joe singing as merry as a lark.