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“  successor of General Sumner (that old brave, with the courage of a lion and the tenderness of a child), replied to a question which I put to him as to whether he was ever afraid in battle. It was on that dark December day when the plains of Fredericksburg were lit up with baleful fires, and the placid serenity of the general amid the winged messengers of death prompted the question. I should strive in vain to convey the tender and unaffected grace of his words and manner; but, looking heavenward, he said: ‘No; for in battle I always see the figure of Christ in the sky!’ ” This recalls a somewhat similar anecdote respecting General Rosecrans, which was told me by the staff officer mentioned below, and which I believe has not before been in print. It is well known that General Rosecrans is a Catholic, and a devout and fervent Christian. At the battle of Stone river, the day for a time went against him. The whole right wing was disrupted, and irretrievable disaster seemed imminent. The commander constantly rushed to the front to animate his men by his presence-and on one occasion, when about to dash forward to a position of peculiar peril, one of his aides, young Captain Thompson, protested against his thus exposing himself. “0, my boy,” was Rosecrans' reply, “make the sign of the true cross, and let us go in!” Thus, unconsciously, that illustrious soldier, perhaps the greatest strategist of the war, uttered almost the very maxim of Constantine, “In hoc signo vinces”-in that sign shalt thou conquer. I afterward made with him that wondrous campaign from Murfreesboro to Chattanooga. Every move was preceded
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