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[170] Minnesota; Owens, with his ‘regulars;’ Meagher, with the ‘Irish Brigade,’ the Fifteenth Massachusetts and Rickett's battery recalled the Dunker Church and the terrible cornfield at Antietam; Hancock's old brigade recalled the glorious day of Williamsburg and Fort Magruder; Van Valkenburg and the Fourteenth Indiana told of Hatteras and Fort Clarke; the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-seventh Massachusetts of Roanoke Island. Then came Hawkins with the gallant heroes of the ‘Stone Bridge’ of Sharpsburg; the Fourth and the Eighth Ohio, who cleared the way at South Mountain pass, and the Thirty-fifth Massachusetts, who led the old Ninth Corps through the bloody gorge of Crampton's Gap.

All, all were heroes. No color flouted the winter air but recalled some glorious day.

During the brief interval of searching the houses in the city, companies E, F and B had been ordered to surround a certain dwelling and search it thoroughly. Capt. Mahoney, as senior officer of the left flank company, took command. Capt. Mahoney, with Lieut. McGinnis, of Co. F, and Lieut. Elisha W. Hinks, of Co. B, attempted to enter, but found the door locked. Capt. Mahoney, in his rich brogue, pounded on it and cried ‘Open the dure.’

There being no response, he said to a sergeant; ‘Joost lave me yure gun.’

Then, to any possible inmate of the house he said: ‘Now will ye lave the door be shut when I tells ye to open it!’ Clubbing the piece, he brought the butt of the gun with a mighty swing down upon the offending planks. Bang went the musket and in went the door just as the bullet from the inverted gun went singing through the long, jet black beard of Lieut. Hinks. The Lieutenant jumped as though he had been shot, as, in truth, every one near thought he had been.

Capt. Mahoney was startled and turned around with a ludicrous expression on his face, which instantly changed to one of wrath when he heard the torrent of angry words which Lieut. Hinks was hurling at him.

‘How dare ye, sorr?’ roared back the Captain, relieved to find that the Lieutenant was not killed through his carelessness,—‘How ’

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