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ks unposted, the lawyer his brief unargued, the physician his patient unattended, the professor his chair unfilled, the student his classes, and the preacher his pulpit, and there rush to our northern frontier, not Hessian or Milesian mercenaries, not men bought up for so much bounty money, but the wealth, the intelligence, the refinement and culture, the virtue and patriotism, the very flower of our Southern youth and manhood.
Thus was formed what was afterwards called the Army of Northern Virginia—the noblest army (I hesitate not calmly to affirm, after the lapse of years) that ever marched under any banner or fought for any cause in all the tide of time.
But I do not propose, in this volume, to attempt even a sketch of the military exploits of this noble army of heroes.
I revert rather to another and far different scene from the one I have sketched.
Over a year has rolled by, and that fair-haired, rosy-cheeked boy, mother's darling, of April, 1861—now a bronzed veteran of