and you've no idea what a power of good it did Sarah Ann?
The Rev. Dr. Bellows, of New York, as President of the Sanitary Commission, backed by powerful influences, had pressed with great strenuousness upon the President the appointment of Dr. Hammond as Surgeon-General.
For some unexplained reason, there was an unaccountable delay in making the appointment.
One stormy evening — the rain falling in torrents--Dr. Bellows, thinking few visitors likely to trouble the President in such a stors, to accomplish the end sought, the President keeping steadily on signing the documents before him. Pausing, at length, to take breath, the clergyman was greeted in the most unconcerned manner, the pen still at work, with,--Shouldn't wonder if Hammond was at this moment Surgeon-General, and had been for some time.
You don't mean to say, Mr. President, asked Dr. B. in surprise, that the appointment has been made?
I may say to you, returned Mr. Lincoln, for the first time looking up, that
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Goldsborough, Admiral, 240.
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Greene, W. T., 267.
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impetuous was the first charge, the whole command would have been thrown into the wildest confusion, and, as a necessary consequence, suffered a severe loss and a disastrous defeat.
The force was in the hands of a master.
Speedily making his dispositions, the General hurled upon the insolent and advancing enemy the Fifth New-York cavalry--a regiment never known to falter in an emergency.
General Stuart in person led the charging column, and the Fifth was led by General Farnsworth and Major Hammond.
For some time the contest hung in the balance, but General Custer's brigade returning after a severe struggle, which lasted nearly four hours, the enemy was forced to retire.
They lost in this engagement a stand of colors, fifty men--ten of whom were killed — and included among the latter was Captain James Dickenson, of Baltimore, attached to the Tenth Virginia cavalry. Lieutenant-Colonel Payne, of the same regiment was taken prisoner, together with forty others — officers of the line