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Magee, one of the men who helped carry him, says: ‘When we first came to lift him up, he said, “Now, boys, don't think that because I'm wounded I've any less spirit than I had before. I feel just the same.” ’

General Gordon writes:—

As Wilder was brought from the fatal spot, I rode to his side. As I reined up my horse, his eye met mine, and he almost exultingly saluted me. At this moment bullets whistled over our heads, shot and shell crashed through the trees. I said, “I must have you removed from here.” He replied, “Never mind me,—whip them.” I ordered six men to carry him to the rear.

Chaplain Quint writes:—

I found him in the garden of a hospital, somewhat in the rear. He was lying on a stretcher, covered by a blanket, with his eyes closed, and quite pale from loss of blood. As I kneeled down beside him, he opened his eyes, and smiled as he took my hand. “Is that you, Chaplain?” said he. Doubtless he saw my sorrow in my face, for he said, “Don't feel bad,” and with a firm look, and natural smile, he said, “It's all right,—all right.” I replied, “I thank God you feel so cheerful” ; when he added, “Now, Chaplain, I know I'm done for, but I want you to understand I don't flinch a hair. I should like to live a few days, so as to see my father and my mother. They think a good deal of me, especially my mother,— too much,” (this was said smilingly,)— “but apart from that, if God calls for me this minute, I'm ready to go.”

Colonel Andrews soon came, and, bending over him, yielded to the grief which overwhelmed him. Dwight threw his arm around his friend's neck, and, drawing him down, said, ‘Kiss me, dear. Don't take it so hard, dear fellow; don't take it so hard. Think how much better it is that I should be lying here than you who have wife and children at home.’ He then talked freely. He said: ‘I want it distinctly understood that I have no personal regrets in dying. My only regret is that I cannot longer serve the cause.’ He gave him the history of the boy Saddler, who had been in his charge before the war, and for whom he wished Colonel Andrews's sympathy and care. He also told him that he wished a soldier's burial Turning to Chaplain Quint, he said, ‘I don't like display, ’

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