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[115] the death of both of these-one on the one side and the other-reached their afflicted mother on the same day.

This peculiar horror of civil war a poet has pictured but too truly in the following lines from an English periodical:

Bellum Civile.

“Rifleman, shoot me a fancy shot
Straight at the heart of yon prowling vidette;
Ring me a ball in the glittering spot
That shines on his breast like an amulet!
” “Ay, Captain! here goes for a fine drawn bead,
There's music around when my barrel's in tune!
” Crack! went the rifle, the messenger sped
And dead from his horse fell the ringing dragoon. “Now, rifleman, steal through the bushes and snatch
From your victim some trinket to hansel first blood;
A button, or loop, or that luminous patch
That gleams in the moon like a diamond stud!

“Oh, Captain,” I staggered and sunk in my track,
When I gazed on the face of the fallen vidette;
For he looked so like you, as he lay on his back,
That my heart rose upon me, and masters me yet. “But I snatched off the trinket-this locket of gold,
An inch from the centre my lead broke its way,
Scarce grazing the picture, so fair to behold,
Of a beautiful lady in bridal array.
” “Ha! rifleman, fling me the locket!-'tis she,
My brother's young bride-and the fallen dragoon
Was her husband-Hush! soldier, 'twas heaven's decree;
We must bury him, there, by the light of the moon.
” “But, hark! the bugles their warnings unite;
War is a virtue-weakness a sin;
There's lurking and looping around us to-night;
Load again, rifleman, keep your hand in!

During the autumn of this year (1861) the religious influence among the soldiers gradually increased. The appeals from the army for tracts, books, and for more

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