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[479] perilous condition, did not renew the attack; new bridges were built, and the sacrifice averted. But Sumner was the man to have carried out his resolution to the letter.


“Suffer most-love most.”

In a quiet neighborhood, where there was more latent than practical patriotism, one earnest woman succeeded, by her energy, in awakening an interest in behalf of the country and our soldiers. The clergyman of the village opened his house to this patriot woman, and all the people vied with each other in the service of preparing comforts for the soldiers. They started on blackberry brandy and cordial, and succeeded in making seventy-six gallons. One night, after the clergyman and family had retired, they were aroused by some one trying to gain admittance; they found, upon opening the door, a humble man, who was not willing to give his name, but said that his children had picked some berries for the soldiers, and that he had brought them, after his day's work was done, a distance of six miles. It was subsequently ascertained that this man had been drafted while the three hundred dollar exemption clause was in force. With him there was no alternative. His family must starve if he left them. He therefore sacrificed every thing, save the bare necessities of life, to raise the three hundred dollars. His children were stripped of every article of clothing save one suit each, and when, during this time of rigid economy and trial, another child was born, it had literally “nothing to wear.” Still this family grew strong through suffering, and learned that they who for their country's sake suffer most, love her most.

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