from one of his letters may serve to show the pleasant spirit in which all these privations and annoyances were met:
A day or two later he writes: “I have just finished a large stone chimney to my tent, and shall have it floored with poles to-morrow; then I shall be in great state.” On Monday night, February 10, six days before his death, he thus closes a long letter from the camp before Fort Donelson: “Oh, how all these adventures, with their perils and deliverances, their privations and blessings, do drive us to our God! I want no other strength than the Lord Jehovah; no other Redeemer than our blessed Saviour; no other Comforter than His Holy Spirit. I believe that when we do our duty the Lord will fight for us. I feel a constant, bright and cheery trust in Him. I think of my precious wife and little ones, and long for their society and caresses; but I am satisfied that it is right that I should be here, and I await the development of His will. I think His mercy in making us His children, in spite of all our ill-desert, ought to make us willing meekly to bear all that He chooses to lay upon us.” Mightily as many earthly loves drew upon his soul, his Lord's
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