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[153] of Manassas, and Garland just two weeks after, in the battle of Sharpsburg.

9. Each was slain while bearing aloft the flag of his regiment.

Reared in different parts of the State, these young men were never brought together except on the field of battle, and had no personal acquaintance with each other. They were taught to know and to love each other by their fathers, who were very intimate. ‘Their hopes, their fears, their aims were one.’ ‘Lovely and pleasant in their lives, in their death they were not divided.’

As showing the desire of the men to procure Bibles, and the expedients to which we resorted to supply them, I give the following clippings from the newspapers of the day:

March 17, 1864.
‘Last summer,’ says a letter in a Southern Baptist paper, ‘a chaplain arrived in Staunton with several large packages of Testaments and tracts, which he was anxious to get to Winchester, but had despaired of doing so as he had to walk, when a party of several soldiers volunteered to lug them the whole distance—ninety-two miles—so anxious were they that their comrades should have the precious messengers of salvation.’

Rev. B. T. Lacy, in the Central Presbyterian, says: ‘The New Testament is the most popular book, the Scriptures of Divine truth the most acceptable reading, in our army.’

Rev. W. R. Gaultney writes to the Biblical Recorder, that, during the battle at Fredericksburg, he saw a large number of soldiers reading their Testaments with the deepest interest, while lying in the entrenchments awaiting orders. He witnesses the same every day in camp.

‘We were present not long since,’ says the Soldier's Visitor, ‘when a chaplain, at the close of a public service, announced that he had a prospect of being able to get a supply of Testaments for the portion of the men still destitute, and that those who wished a copy could give him their names after the benediction was pronounced. Scarcely had the “Amen” died on the minister's lips before the war-worn heroes charged on the chaplain almost as furiously as if storming the enemy's breastworks.’

Another narrates the following: ‘As some of the Confederate troops were marching through Fredericksburg, Virginia, with bristling bayonets and rumbling artillery, a fair lady appeared ’

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