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“ [4] and we picked flowers. It will be hard to part — harder than we think for! How many a brave man has never come back! The retribution of Sin descends with compound force on the generations that come after. To-morrow I leave for the army. May I do my full duty; without that there can be nothing worthy.”

He left New York for Washington the next night, “getting a sleeping-car at Philadelphia.” In Washington he saw “the streets full of soldiers, many slouchy, some dirty; but nearly all tough and strong looking,” and he characteristically remarks of the Capitol, “The interior is an incongruous mixture of fine marbles, common plaster and tobacco juice.”

The following day found him about three miles from Warrington Junction, at the]

Headquarters, Army of the Potomac September 3, 1863
Behold me, installed in solemn state! having thus far lost no limb. Betimes, at seven this morning, I was duly at the Alexandria ferryboat with horses, Silas and Albert. Having shown my pass, I assured the worthy corporal on guard that there was no liquor in the saddle-box, and was allowed to go on board, and twenty minutes took us to Alexandria, a town in no wise remarkable except for an antique pavement, much resembling that of Pompeii and of the Via Appia at Rome, in respect to deep holes and ruts. Here I was driven to the “Depot,” which consisted in one wooden counting-room, closely beset on all sides by puffing engines and innumerable freight cars. Having, at great risk, got into the shanty, I of course found a Marble-header at the head of all affairs, viz., Colonel Devereux. He received me with tenderness, my horses were put in the


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