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 second line of stone walls, crests, and thickets, executed with as much enthusiasm and rapidity as if the army had just come into action. Remember that our gallant fellows had eaten nothing since the previous evening; that they had lost their canteens, and were tormented with thirst; that they had been fighting and manoeuvring, frequently at double-quick, for nearly twelve hours; and that they were sadly diminished in numbers by the slaughter and confusion of the morning. Remember, too, that this lost battle was retrieved without a reinforcement. Only veterans, and only veterans of the best quality, disciplined, intelligent, and brave, could put forth such a supreme effort at the close of a long, bloody, and disastrous conflict. As one of Sheridan's staff officers followed up our first division, and watched the yelling, running, panting soldiers, not firing a shot, but simply dashing along with parched, open mouths, he said, “Those men are doing all that flesh and blood can.” “Your fellows on the right went in mighty pretty this afternoon,” I heard Custer say that evening to Emory. “I had to sing out to my men, ‘Are you going to let the infantry beat you?’ ” Everybody now knows by reputation this brilliant officer, and can understand that we have a right to be proud of his praise. The battle was over. Cavalry on the flanks, and infantry in the centre, we carried the second line with the same rush and with even greater ease than the first. Again Early's army was “whirling up the valley,” in more hopeless confusion this time than after Winchester or Strasburg, no exertions of the rebel officers being
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