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[201] other, as he exchanged his soiled and blood-stained garments for those sent by the association, ejaculating, “ Yes, we will suffer, and die, if need be, in defence of such noble women” —fresh vigor would have been added to her zeal in providing comforts for our suffering “braves.” How much more comfortable and sweet would have been the slumber of that mother could she have seen her “patriot boy,” who had lain upon the bare ground, warmly wrapped in the coverlet or carpet-blanket she had sent for the suffering soldiers.

After the battle of Sharpsburg we passed over a line of railroad in Central Georgia. The disabled soldiers from General Lee's army were returning to their homes. At every station the wives and daughters of the farmers came on the cars and distributed food and wine and bandages among the sick and wounded. We shall never forget how very like an angel was a little girl; how blushingly and modestly she went to a great, rude, bearded soldier, who had carved a crutch from a rough plank to replace a lost leg; how this little girl asked him if he was hungry, and how he ate like a famished wolf. She asked if his wound was painful, and in a voice of soft, mellow accents, “Can I do more for you? I am sorry that you are so badly hurt. Have you a little daughter, and wont she cry when she sees you?” The rude soldier's heart was touched, and tears of love and gratitude filled his eyes. He only answered, “ I have three little children. God grant they may be such angels as you.” With an evident effort he repressed a desire to kiss the fair brow of the little girl. He took her little hand between his own and bade her “Good-bye, God bless you.” The child will always be a better woman because of these lessons of practical charity stamped ineffaceably upon her young heart.

‘As we were on our way to Manassas on the 19th of July, 1861,’ said an officer of the Virginia troops, ‘on a crowded train of flats, the people along the route of the Manassas Gap Railroad turned out in large bodies, bringing baskets full of provisions and luxuries for the soldiers. Everybody was full of joy, and we rushed on to battle with railroad speed amid the waving of handkerchiefs and the loud huzzahs of a loyal people— little thinking that many of the hearts that beat high for praise would “soon feel that pulse no more.” Not far from one of the depots, which we had just left in great glee, on an eminence by the road, there stood a lady of more than womanly stature, but ’

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