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General Macy, after describing the terrible cold, the rain, the mud of that campaign, and the dreadful suspense of the time spent before the enemy's works at Mine Run, says:—

During all this time Henry bore himself with even exuberant cheerfulness. . . . . I can only repeat, that his constant cheerfulness, his perfect devotion to his work and duties, and his entire forgetfulness of self, endeared him to all; while in danger he exhibited that coolness and courage which is only the result of a strong character and a deep conviction of right and duty.

In his robust health, too, and in the powers of endurance which had earned him in the Forty-fifth the sobriquet of ‘the tough sergeant,’ he reaped the reward of a pure and temperate life.

For about one week in the middle of February he was at home, happy and well. It was the last time he was to see that home so dearly loved. Spring came upon the regiment in its winter quarters.

April 26.

This morning, as I was returning from battalion drill, my eyes were delighted with the sight of some beautiful little houstonias, also violets and saxifrages. Of course I gathered what I could of them as we passed along, and have been enjoying them in my hut ever since,—they call up to mind so many reminiscences of my beloved home . . . . . My love cannot be taken from you at any rate; and I shall ever be with you in spirit, living on earth or not. I am in the best of health and spirits. Write whenever you can, and God bless you both.


To a friend and brother officer of the Forty-fifth he writes, April 13th:—

As for myself, in the hour of personal danger, I am strong and courageous only in the faith that, should it please God to take my life while in the discharge of what I deem to be my highest duty here on earth, all will be well with me. Coward as I am by nature, I should be worth nothing either to my friends or my country without that faith in God, however short I fall of doing what I know to be right.

In the terrible battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, Henry was wounded in the jaw. General Macy writes:—

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