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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
to our camp, preached to the Second Regiment in the front yard of the single house near its encampment at Darnstown. The enclosure was crowded with companies of our regiment. The road beyond and the edge of the adjacent field was filled with men from the division, silent and attentive. Out of his heart the preacher spoke, as if inspired. How could it be otherwise? There on either side of that river, where reposed the ashes of the Father of his Country, there almost within sight of Mount Vernon, were the citizens of a common country gathered in arms for the attack and defence of that capital which bears the name of the immortal Washington. On that same Sunday morning, with our common glory a common inheritance there, on the other bank of the Potomac, were ministers of the gospel casting their eyes upward to God in prayerful petition for success in what they claimed to be a cause as holy as this in which we were engaged. It was not strange that the spirit which animated our an