he was twenty-one, and five feet seven inches high, but bulky no longer.
A threatening cough had reduced him to one hundred and seventeen pounds,--his weight four years earlier, though he had grown six inches. For a time his hours were fairly free; and he made the acquaintance of a classmate's sister, Miss Julia Dent
, living in the neighbourhood.
affairs called his regiment to Louisiana
in the following May, he found that he regarded Miss Dent
as more than an acquaintance; and they became engaged.
Before the end of the month he was in camp near the Red River
on high ground, so healthy that they named it Camp Salubrity; and presently he was cured of his cough, and developed a reddish beard that is described as being much too long for such a youth.
General Richard Taylor
, of the Confederacy