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hich for a few brief moments had foamed in crimson fury round the embattled slopes of Cold Harbor, there was left him but the wreck of a noble army, which in sullen despair refused longer to obey his orders. Swinton, Army of the Potomac, p. 487; Draper, vol. III, p. 387. Confidence of the Army of Northern Virginia. Such was the retrospect of this thirty days campaign to Lee, as he sat in his simple tent pitched upon the very ground, whence, but two years before, with positions reversed,rare purity of the ideal Christian knight, joined all the kingly qualities of a leader of men. Above all, it is duty, which we owe those dauntless spirits who preferred death in resistance to safety in submission. For a little while, says Dr. Draper, the Union historian, those who have been disappointed clamor, then objurgation subsides into murmurs, and murmurs sink into souvenirs, and souvenirs end in oblivion. But no--Time cannot teach forgetfulness When grief's full heart is fed by