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[27] that case they soon find their true level and come out with neither profit nor reputation.

He soon after entered the Law School at Cambridge, and had just finished his course there, when the call came for nine months men. He enlisted as a private in Company F, Forty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry,—a company, in large part, manned and officered by Cambridge graduates. To friends who urged him to seek a commission he said, ‘No, I might not make a good officer, and I know I can be a private.’

That single sentence shows how great a change had been wrought in Frank since his resolution to go to the war. It was never before his wont to distrust himself. His abilities fairly used would have made him master of any science or position, and he had formerly seemed conscious of this. Now he voluntarily enlisted in a company commanded by a young man who was a Freshman in college when he was a Junior, and chose to be where he must obey rather than where he might command. I have on the same page of a photograph album two pictures of Frank,—one taken before and the other after his decision to enlist in the army. ‘Who is that young gentleman?’ one asks, seeing the first; and then turning to the second, ‘But who is that man next him?’ And the questioner will scarcely believe that both are pictures of the same person.

His regiment was ordered to Newbern, North Carolina, in October, and his first letters home show a resolute, manly cheerfulness. He has no complaint to make. Everything is as good as they ought to expect. He wants the newspapers regularly, and at once starts a plan for a reading-room in the camp. No time was given, however, for the accomplishment of his plan. Four days after his arrival at Newbern, his regiment, forming a part of Colonel Thomas G. Stevenson's brigade, set forth upon the Tarborough expedition.

This was a severe test of the new soldiers, and some fell out by the way and ‘died of fatigue, or were caught by the Rebel guerillas and so mangled as to be unrecognizable.’ Frank stood the march, however, without breaking down. He says:—

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