From Col. Toler's Command.
TUSCUMBIA, ALA., July 28, 1862.
[Special Order No. 6.]
Officers and Soldiers: After an absence of a few weeks to recruit my health, I again assume command of this regiment. — Feeling ten times more than ever the weight of responsibility which rests upon me as commanding officer, and knowing this responsibility, I shall redouble my energy and efforts to do and procure everything that will render comfort and efficiency to the soldiers in the field. In so doing I shall expect and require the unceasing exertions of officers and men, in the prompt discharge of their various duties. Unanimity and good feeling, coupled with a sense of duty, shall be my guide and rule of action — governed by that sense of honor which will raise us as officers and soldiers above the commission of a dishonorable act through prejudice or selfish motives, that would degrade us to a common level with the vulgar and base. Let honesty and frankness mark our conduct; and in the true spirit of genial hearts be ever ready to acknowledge and amend a fault.
In some respects I have no doubt the policy of the war will be changed. There will be less attention paid to guarding and protecting rebels and their property, and more attention to the comfort and welfare of our soldiers in the rebel country. The time is fast approaching when our men will not be called to guard the persons and property of those traitorous scoundrels, who turn and shoot them, after asking to have them placed at their doors on gates on duty. — We are tired of that sort of work. With order and due discretion, the army will be allowed to subsist on the resources of the enemy in the enemy's country, and our men will be allowed, under proper restrictions, to procure such articles of food as many are used to at home, and which are so refreshing and healthful to the soldier in the field. By this means the health of the army will be much improved, and in that respect we will be upon an equal footing with the enemy. Let us not be discouraged over the misfortunes of the past, which seemed to hang success upon a brittle thread; but look forward to a bright and glorious future, in which our efforts shall be crowned with a series of victories and rewards worthy of our ambition and of the best troops in the service. Let us be proud that we are soldiers, imbued with a high sense of honor and duty, that has impelled us to leave our homes and families, and all that is near and dear, behind, to go forward into the enemy's country, and endure all the hardships and privations of a soldiers' life to save the country, the Union and the Constitution, which our fathers gave us, and upon which hangs all our hope of future prosperity and happiness as a free and independent people. Let vigilance be our watch word, and let us be ever ready to discharge our duty, and success and glory shall blaze upon our banner; and when the struggle is over, we may return to our homes in peace, and there be welcomed by friends as good and faithful servants — there to enjoy once more the pleasant company of our families and friends that we hold most dear.
By order of
S. C. TOLER, Col. Com'dg.
THOMAS G. BARNES, Adjutant.