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General Sumner had a son, a captain on his staff, who is but twenty-one years of age. During the battle of Antietam, when the bullets were whistling around the General's ears, he found it necessary to send the young man upon a mission of duty to a certain portion of the field. After giving him the requisite instructions, Gen. Sumner embraced him and said: “Good-by, Sammy.” “Good-by, father,” was the response, and the captain rode forth upon his mission. On his return, the fond father grasped his hand, with the simple remark of “How d'ye do, Sammy?” The spectators of this filial scene were much affected.

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