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rising, and diligent that he was often complained of for trying to do too much. He visited pickets and sentinels, and was ever riding around to test their vigilance. He went forward with skirmish lines, and was often his own scout. His soldiers were constantly warning him against exposing himself to danger. He was always aggressive, and he had that instinct of all great soldiers, which was so difficult to restrain in Lee and Jackson, to follow the guns. He believed in the maxim of Admiral Villaneuve, that every captain is at his post who is in the hottest fire. Zzzhis intellectual character. Early was a man of great intellectual gifts. His grasp was broad and strong and comprehensive, his mind solid, rather than brilliant. He knew men, and he knew things, and he was an acute and discriminating judge. He attained eminence at the bar, not by eloquence, but by rare judgment and indefatigable persistence. He was not a student in the sense of regular and continuous applicatio