Pvt. Boudreaux had lost his bayonet and thought he would whittle one from wood so he could stand inspection. He was hoping not to be discovered until the regiment had gone into battle where he could pick up one from a dead soldier. After locating a suitable limb he carved it out and did his best to darken up the wood by rubbing ash from the camp fire on it. But, the dreaded inspection came before another battle.
A hard eyed, well dressed officer, known to have graduated in a high place from West Point and not known for kindness but who was a very religious man asked to see his bayonet. Pvt. Boudreaux told him "Sir, I promised my father I would never unsheathe my bayonet unless I intended to kill with it." The Officer insisted he hand over the bayonet. As he handed his mock bayonet to this officer Pvt. Boudreaux looked skyward and declared "May the Lord change this bayonet to wood for breaking my vow."
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