the hands of those nearest to them. The little town was overflowing with patriotism and thankfulness at the arrival of their preservers. While these things were detaining the column, the band struck up “Hail Columbia,” followed by the “Star-spangled banner.” many eyes unused to tears were wet then. The kind reception met with here did the command more good than a week's rest. Even the horses — faithful animals — seemed to be revived by the patriotic demonstration. No one who participated in the raid of Saturday night, July fourth, 1863, can ever forget the reception met with at Smithsburgh. It was like an oasis in the desert — a green spot in the soldier's life. May God prosper the people of Smithsburgh!
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