“  you have not strength to walk across the room.” “No matter,” he replied, “ I will go; God will give me strength.” Fortunately the message related to some other matter. A short time before the battle of Fredericksburg he resumed his command. Three days before that fatal battle, while riding with a friend towards Port Royal, his friend remarked: “In the seven days fight around Richmond I fought literally over my father's grave; my gun being but a few yards from it. If I should fall in this war I should prefer to fall upon such, to me, sacred ground.” Colonel Coleman replied, “If I am killed in this war I should prefer to fall here, for hard by my father lies buried.” Three days after, not far distant, he received his mortal wound. I am permitted to make a few extracts from letters written during his services in the army, which allow us a glance into his inner life, and reveal to us a little of his pure and loving heart. In immediate expectation of a battle near Yorktown, April 27, 1862, he thus writes:
In writing of his beloved wife, who, while visiting her sick father, had been surprised and detained within the enemy's lines,
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