1 Ashley Wilkes was elected captain, because he was the best rider in the County and because his cool head was counted on to keep some semblance of order.
2 Scarlett tiptoed above the crowd and saw the captain of the militia mounting the orchestra platform.
3 "I want to see the captain," she said.
4 "I'm one captain," said a fat man whose tunic was unbuttoned.
5 She sank into the proffered chair, glaring at the discomfited fat captain, and gave her name.
6 The fat captain was muttering through his cigar to the merry-eyed officer.
7 "If you wish, you may sit here in the orderly room," said the young captain.
8 The nice young captain was trying to pour a glass of brandy into her mouth and had spilled it down her neck.
9 The young captain paused in the doorway.
10 Pitty gave a little squeak, like a mouse who feels the trap snap down, as she saw massed in the doorway, a Yankee captain and a squad of bluecoats.
11 There was no meeting tonight, answered the captain grimly.
12 Behind them came the Yankee captain, his face a study of mingled suspicion and amusement.
13 The two men eased Ashley into a rocker and Rhett, swaying, caught hold of the back of the chair to steady himself and addressed the captain with pain in his voice.
14 Archie already had his arm under Ashley's shoulder and Pitty, frightened and uncertain, was on her feet when the captain interposed.
15 As the sergeant stepped into the room, his rifle at trail, Rhett, evidently trying to steady himself, put a hand on the captain's arm and, with difficulty, focused his eyes.