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of William. I hope you may get through safely to-day, but we must win a victory. Gibson says he felt greatly stirred by his words. Sharp skirmishing had begun before he reached the front. Here he met Colonel John S. Marmaduke, commanding the Third Arkansas Regiment. This officer, in reply to General Johnston's questions, explained, with some pride, that he held the centre of the front line, the other regiments forming on him. Marmaduke had been with General Johnston in Utah, at Bowling Green, and in the retreat to Corinth, and regarded him with the entire affection and veneration of a young soldier for his master in the art of war. General Johnston put his hand on Marmaduke's shoulder, and said to him with an earnestness that went to his heart, My son, we must this day conquer or perish! Marmaduke felt himself nerved to a tenfold resolution. General Johnston said to the ambitious Hindman, who had been in the vanguard from the beginning: You have earned your spurs as maj