THE CANINE MASCOT OF THE 22ND LOUISIANA
(from the Chattanooga Daily Rebel -- Army Edition, published in Griffin, GA, July 26, 1864)
A CANINE VETERAN. We saw at Battery Gladden yesterday, says the Mobile Register, a curiosity in the way of a small dog. We have read of the "fille du Regiment," and, in the early part of this war, we have seen genuine Vivandieres marching in military jackets in the ranks of regiments en route for the front; but we were yesterday introduced to a "chien du Regiment," in the shape of a fierce little specimen, who, at the moment he was pointed out to us, was bristling his back and trying to get up a fight with another dog five times as big as himself.
He had lost his left hind leg below the knee.--That was shot off at Shiloh. He had a hole through his ear, done by a Minnie at Vicksburg. On his body were the marks of a terrible wound received from a piece of shell, also at Vicksburg. He belonged to the 22d Louisiana, and has been with the regiment ever since it was formed. As the "dog of the Regiment," he is, of course, a great pet, and he has a game look and mien that does no discredit to that fighting corps.