of youthful chivalry and manly beauty.
The spectators stood like breathless statues, fearing most of all that they should see his face no more.
Just as he turned the corner at the end of the avenue, he cast one glance back to the scenes of his childhood, which never seemed half so dear.
After a long and uncomfortable transit by rail and forced marches, with weary limbs and blistered feet, he was thrown into the battle of Manassas
, on the 21st of July, 1861, with scarcely time to kneel by an apple-tree in battle-line, over which the shells were howling furiously.
Here in prayer he hastily committed his soul and body to his faithful Keeper, then rose calm and serene, with an assurance that no weapon of the enemy would harm him.
When the battle was over and victory perched upon our banner, Albert found himself surrounded with the dead and dying, among whom were some of his particular friends.
He was strongly and strangely exercised with a mingled feeling of joy and grief, a sort of hysteric paroxysm of laughing and crying, weeping for the slain, and rejoicing that he had escaped unharmed, with a deep consciousness that God had been his shield and hiding-place in the hour of danger.
Albert endured all the sufferings of fatigue, cold and hunger incident to a winter campaign; none murmured less, none were more faithful in the discharge of duty than he. The demoralizing effects of the camp, with almost the entire absence of religious privileges, produced a coldness in his state; and although he did not compromise his moral character by profanity, gambling and drunkenness, as many others did, yet he failed to enjoy the close communion and clear sense of the Divine presence which he had done in former days.
In this state of mind, he entered upon the seven days battles before Richmond
The solemnities of the occasion aroused him to a sense of his danger, causing him to cleave more closely to his Bible and its precious promises.
With his hand on this blessed book pressed to his heart, he called on God to be his shield and support in the hour of battle.
He passed the terrible ordeal of Gaines's Mill
on Friday and Malvern Hill
on Tuesday, where the men fell around him like grain before the reapers and covered the ground thick as autumn leaves.
A degree of joy and gratitude swelled his heart as he surveyed the field of death, in view of his own wonderful escape, but not so deep and warm as on a former occasion, when his faith and piety