to his side and asked what he could do for him, the answer was, ‘Nothing, unless you close column by division.’ That day his thoughts seemed to dwell upon his men, his regiment, though he was too feeble to say much. The next day he was removed into a small bed-chamber, and the ball, which had passed from left to right through his breast and shoulder, was extracted from its lodgement in the arm. He seemed relieved, talked freely for a while of home, of his wife and boys, his father, and his country, and with his wonted cheerful smile expressed the hope that he might recover. When at noon an officer came to parole such as were fit to take the oath, he took the pen and blank form in his hand, looked first at the one, then at the other, then gave them back, saying he could not write. During the afternoon he became delirious; again his thoughts went back to the battle-field, and he called, as if to his men, ‘Forward, men, steady!’ Then he sank quietly, and in the early evening passed away. The chaplain of the Third North Carolina Volunteers, Rev. George Patterson, who had been struck with the appearance of the wounded officer, had procured him a bed and privacy, had washed his body, had bathed his temples, and had tenderly watched over him. ‘I thank God fervently,’ he afterwards wrote to Colonel Stevens's father, ‘that it was my privilege to nurse him. . . . . He was gentle and tender; the heart of a woman in the body of a warrior.’ And a surgeon of the opposing army told the father that so gallant and soldierly was the young man's aspect, he had called in several brother officers to look at him. A further extract from the graphic narrative of Mr. Twichell will show the impression left among the officers of our own army.
So far as I ever knew or heard, his military life was without reproach; and every commander he had, from old Joe Hooker down, had marked him as one of the most promising young officers in the Potomac Army. Indeed, his corps commander once told me that he had been only waiting till he should have fought one battle as