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[265] sat in the seat of the man who, on the very Saturday before the battle, had sent a flag to the Federal lines with the words:

Humanity would dictate the removal of all noncombatants from Chattanooga, as I am about to shell the city!

Sat there, and announced to the Fourth Corps the congratulations and thanks, just placed in his hands, from the commander of the department:

Bragg's Headquarters, Mission Ridge, November 25, 1863.
In conveying to you this distinguished recognition of your signal gallantry in carrying, through a terrible storm of iron, a mountain crowned with batteries and enriched with rifle-pits, I am constrained to express my own admiration of your noble conduct, and am proud to tell you that the veteran generals from other fields, who witnessed your heroic bearing, place your assault and triumph among the most brilliant achievements of the war. Thanks, soldiers! You have made, this day, a glorious page of history.


There was a species of poetic justice in it all, that would have made the prince of dramatists content. The ardor of the men had been quenchless: there had been three days of fitful fever, and after it, alas! a multitude had slept well. The work on the right, left, and centre cost us full four thousand killed and wounded. There is a tremble of the lip, but a flash of pride in the eye, as the soldier tells with how many he went in-how expressive that “went in!” Of a truth it was wading in deep waters — with how few we came out. I cannot try to swing the burden clear of any heart, by throwing into the scale upon the other side the dead weight of

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