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Chapter 8: Colonel of the Third Maine regiment; departure for the front The cottage at West Point where with my family I resided May 28, 1861, was a square two-story building, a little back from
-taking, made a little harder by my wife's instinctive apprehension that I would not return to West Point.
Her instinct, womanlike, was superior to my reasoning.
In truth, I was not to come back I F greeable.
Truly yours, in great haste, [Signed] Blaine.
This letter did not reach me at West Point.
As soon as I found that I was chosen to the colonelcy, instead of asking for an enabling len Third Regiment a young man from the regular army, Oliver O. Howard, a lieutenant, teaching at West Point.
Oh, yes. He belongs to Maine--to Leeds; was born there.
He was elected.
Will he accept? t was evidently not quite the welcome thing for these free spirits to be put under anticipated West Point discipline.
Some of the captains who had been to see me at the Augusta House the night before
Chapter 8: Colonel of the Third Maine regiment; departure for the front The cottage at West Point where with my family I resided May 28, 1861, was a square two-story building, a little back from the street. This street, going south, passed the academy building and old Cadets' Hospital, and ran along the brow of a steep slope, parallel with the Hudson River. My cottage, just below the hospital, had an eastern face toward the river from which there was a pleasant outlook. The luxurious foliage of the highlands was then at its best. The cliffs, hills, and mountains on both banks of the Hudson had already put on nature's prettiest summer dress. If one entered our front hallway and glanced into the parlor and up the stairway, he would say: It is a pleasant and comfortable home. I came home that day after my morning lessons a little later than usual. Before entering my front gate, I raised my eyes and saw the picture of my little family framed in by the window. Home, family,