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[203] through the exhausting service that preceded and followed the engagement at Chancellorsville, as well as in the terrible fatigues of the race with Lee's army into Pennsylvania. But after the battle of Gettysburg his strength failed him utterly, and he was forced to take to an ambulance. In writing to his sister on the 18th of July, he says, hiding the fact of his weakness and suffering in humorous words, as was his wont:—

We crossed the Potomac last night, and are to-day engaged in the pleasant occupation of marching, that is, the regiment is. As for myself, two days ago, when I found there was no prospect of overtaking General Lee on my feet, I concluded to give chase in an ambulance, which our doctor agreed with me in thinking the best plan.

Weston had been a good private soldier and he made an admirable officer,—cheerful and bright when in health, uncomplaining and patient in sickness, and in the march and on the battle-field the soul of fortitude and courage. In a letter written to a member of the family after his death, the commanding officer of his regiment, Colonel (afterwards General) Joseph Hayes, says:—

Let me express to you my sense of the character and services of Lieutenant Weston during the period of his service as an officer in my regiment. . . . . Although an entire stranger to the other officers of the regiment at the time of joining it, he soon, by his courtesy, manly conduct, and strict attention to duty, made many friends and won the confidence and esteem of all. At the battle of Chancellorsville, where the regiment was first engaged after he had joined, I, as his commanding officer, had occasion to mark his courage and gallantry.

Upon the subsequent march through Maryland and Pennsylvania to Gettysburg, one of the most painful and difficult this army has ever performed, Lieutenant Weston, although suffering from severe illness, at the time, marched with his company, and by his patience and fortitude won the regard of all who participated with him in that trying duty.

At the battle of Gettysburg his conduct was no less deserving of praise, being all that a gallant officer's should be.

Throughout Lieutenant Weston's military career to the hour when, leading his company in the attack on Rappahannock Station,

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