crack of the rifles made me feel a little nervous, but I was too much taken up with the company to be scared. . . . . I believe the Rebels have skedaddled; but the papers will tell you more than I know.
I am waiting for them to find out about the battle.
A little later he served as Adjutant
of his regiment, and was consequently a good deal in the society of Colonel Webster
, for whom all his letters show the warmest affection and the most soldierly loyalty.
That the feeling was not only on his part is manifested by a passage in one of the Colonel
's letters: ‘There sits by my side Arthur,—a hero in the conflict, cool, calm, and brave.’
Unfortunately, Arthur was only too soon to prove his faithfulness to his commander and his father's friend, and to deserve and win once more the praise which he had already earned.
was killed at the second Bull Run
; and Lieutenant Dehon
, when the fight was over, obtained permission to go outside the lines of our army to search for his body, although he was informed that the intention of the Confederates
was to retain all officers.
He was detained, in fact; but Dr. Guild
, General Lee
's Medical Director
, on hearing the circumstances from Dr. McFarland
, the medical Director
of General Pope
's army, very courteously gave him a pass for the desired purpose.
Then for several hours he searched in vain, but having at last found the remains, he buried them himself on the spot.
Subsequently, however, having obtained an ambulance, he returned, disinterred the body from its deep grave with his naked hands for want of any instrument, and succeeded by his untiring energy in having it sent home to Massachusetts
, where, but for his efforts, it would never have arrived.
He wrote: ‘Every one I have met feels and deplores the loss of the Colonel
; he was so brave and gentle.
The regiment feels it most, and mourns him as a friend and commander.’
How he had fared in the engagement may be judged from his own words:—
The Rebels stole my sword, pistols, and belt.
I had a bullet through my coat and pantaloons in the fight, which ruined them,