“Perhaps. Actually, he’s lucky. As an officer, he’s merely cashiered, as you saw—disgraced and sent away. A regular soldier might have been whipped for such offenses.”
In the weeks that followed, I witnessed many such whippings. They were common enough, for there were many offenses carrying such a penalty. Chief among them was desertion, but even such a small offense as failure to use the vaults—the latrine ditches—was punishable by five licks of the lash.
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