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The following was his order for the observance of the fast-day appointed for April, 1864:
In his dispatch announcing the result of the first day's battle in the Wilderness he says: . . . . ‘By the blessing of God we maintained our position against every effort until night, when the contest closed.’ . . . . And in his dispatch concerning the advance of the enemy on the next day he says: . . . . ‘Every advance on his part, thanks to a merciful God, has been repulsed.’ . . . . He closed his dispatch concerning the first day at Spottsylvania by saying: ‘I am most thankful to the Giver of all victory that our loss is small.’ And that concerning the action of June
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