February 12, 1863
MAGNANIMOUS CONDUCTóWe learn that when Capt. Garrett was
made Colonel of the 5th North Carolina State Troops, on the
resignation of Col. McRae, Capt. Hill, who was entitled to the position of
Lieutenant Colonel in the line of promotion, was appointed to that office, and
Capt. Lea was appointed Major.† But Capt.
Hill, with singular magnanimity declined the position, and returned his
commission to Gov. Vance, with the understanding that Capt. Lea should fill that
place, on the ground that Capt. Lea was better qualified for, and more entitled
to the office of Lieutenant Colonel than he was.† Capt. Hill therefore, becomes Major and Capt.
Lea Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment.†
Such instances of unselfishness are rare, even in the army.† Capt. Hill is a noble hearted man, and as
brave as he is unselfish.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]