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A clergyman present, in describing the last interview, states that the bishop said to the great soldier: ‘God bless you! God bless you, Robert, and fit you for your high and responsible duties. I can't call you “General,” I must call you “Robert;” I have heard you your catechism too often.’ General Lee was deeply affected by the interview, and when he turned to leave the room, the bishop, much exhausted and with great emotion, took him by the hand and said: ‘Heaven bless you! Heaven bless you! and give you wisdom for your important and arduous duties.’ On the death of Randolph Fairfax, who fell at Fredericksburg, General Lee, who highly appreciated the manly virtues of this young soldier of the cross, wrote the following letter to his bereaved father:
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