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[145] twenty-two, to accomplish far more for man's good and His own glory than they who live to threescore and ten years.

The young are not likely to find a more striking illustration of the truth, that “the ways of wisdom are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace,” than his life furnishes. He was habitually cheerful and happy. Seeking to enjoy everything in God, he enjoyed God in everything, and thus even the vicissitudes of life ministered to his comfort. His life was beautiful, and his death safe, honorable and useful.

It is no exaggeration to say that volumes could be filled with sketches of other officers and men, worthy to take their places beside those given above; but these must suffice.

Rev. Dr. J. A. Broadus, while preaching in the army, thus wrote, in the Religious Herald, on the ‘Influence of Officers:’

I recently became acquainted, in the Army of Northern Virginia, with Brigadier-General——, from one of the Gulf States, who is a Baptist, and a very interesting man. He is said to be an admirable officer, having taken charge of a brigade which had been in very bad condition, and made it one of the finest in the army, and having gained, by his skilful and gallant leadership in the field, the entire confidence and warm affection of his command. He struck me at once by his pleasing address, and his cordial greeting to a Christian brother. He would listen, with a glowing countenance and not without tears, to the more affecting truths of the Gospel, and in all our intercourse seemed to me an unusually zealous, devout and humble Christian. I hear that he is always ready to pray and exhort in the prayermeetings. His conversation showed an absorbing anxiety for the spiritual welfare of his men. And in mentioning incidentally an occasion on which he had tried to gather them into a special meeting for prayer, and the good results, he spoke with humble gratitude of the joy with which he found it possible to exert a marked religious influence over his officers and men. May God bless him in all his efforts to do good.

Every civilian who goes into the army will be struck with the wonderful influence possessed by the officers. Everything is arranged so as to give them authority and secure them respect—a thing necessary to the efficiency and the very existence of an army. And you very soon feel the effect upon


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