Never, either with tongue or with pen, has he anything to say of his own exploits. His thoughts are always with others and for others. As in the present case, the fall of a comrade makes the news of the battle ‘sad news,’ no matter how glorious his own conduct, how narrow his escape, how joyful his safety and prospects. A word at the end of this letter alone explains his ‘slight wound,’—so described as to make it appear nothing,—if he had not unthinkingly mentioned his danger of falling into the enemy's hands and his physical inability to take care of a dear companion's sword. So it was with all his wounds, even to the mortal one. Now, therefore, the young soldier took perforce his first furlough, believing the campaign over, and seeking, before the next one, health for his exhausted frame and healing for his wounds in the bracing air of his New Hampshire home. As he limped about with his cane, his astonished friends found him already developed into a thorough soldier. They found him enthusiastic for the cause, for the Army of the Potomac, and never tired of sounding the praises of his regiment,—making up for this profuseness of eulogy by his extreme reticence and modesty with regard to himself. He was hardly at home when, unexpectedly, news came of Pope's disastrous campaign. Heedless of the remonstrance of his kind surgeon, away he went on his cane, with his wound unhealed, and, to his inexpressible satisfaction, reached his regiment before it had again encountered the enemy. The battle of Chantilly followed on the 1st of September. There the brigade fought, and then brought up and covered the rear of Pope's retreat to Washington. Without pause succeeded the great Maryland campaign, consisting of the brilliant battle of South Mountain and the
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