Gentlemen," he continued, turning to the workmen, "this is a new recruit
, with a knowledge of chemistry which will be useful to us.
Making his way to Nashville, already occupied by the Army of General Buell, he enlisted in the first organization that he found, a Kentucky regiment of cavalry, and in due time passed through all the stages of military evolution from raw recruit
to experienced trooper.
He was a great favorite with all of them; patient and gentle and brave; only wanting a little more judgment to be the most valuable recruit
who had joined the brotherhood.
On the contrary, he needed occupation and distraction quite apart from his love, so as to recruit
and rest himself from the violent emotions that agitated him.
I was standing on the wharf at this place, watching the passengers embarking in a steamboat which preceded that whose coming we awaited, and participating in the anxiety with which a sergeant's wife was collecting her few goods together - keeping one distracted eye hard upon the porters, who were hurrying them on board, and the other on a hoopless washing-tub for which, as being the most utterly worthless of all her movables, she seemed to entertain particular affection - when three or four soldiers with a recruit came up and went on board.
The recruit was a likely young fellow enough, strongly built and well made, but by no means sober: indeed he had all the air of a man who had been more or less drunk for some days.
I had several men who died in my ship of calentures, so that I was forced to get recruits
out of Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands, where I touched, by the direction of the merchants who employed me; which I had soon too much cause to repent: for I found afterwards, that most of them had been buccaneers.
Six days were allowed as the utmost term, and D'Artagnan was sufficiently acquainted with the good-will, the good-humor, and the relative probity of these illustrious recruits, to be certain that not one of them would fail in his appointment.
Calais was the place of general rendezvous, and at Calais he had named to each of his recruits the hostelry of "Le Grand Monarque," where living was not extravagant, where sailors messed, and where men of the sword, with sheath of leather, be it understood, found lodging, table, food, and all the comforts of life, for thirty sous per diem.
Orders were given to raise recruits
, ten men in every thousand for the regular army, and besides this, nine men in every thousand for the militia.
They had to be, or else they would not make a practice of venturing along the Malaita coast and into all harbors, two on a schooner, when each schooner carried from fifteen to twenty blacks as boat's crew, and often as high as sixty or seventy black recruits
They went about recruiting; and where could they enlist recruits
more hopefully, than among the fine gentlemen who, having found out everything to be worth nothing, were equally ready for anything?