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‘ [419] may go with me as Lieutenant.’ On the envelope is written in pencil, ‘Would you give me leave to go if I were intent on it?’ ‘Yes,’ is the answer in his mother's hand, ‘if you were well.’

At the end of August, Fitzhugh, now a Sophomore, rejoined his Class. October 27, he wrote:—

I have the war-fever again. That fight at Edward's Ferry!— in it six from Harvard that I knew, or knew of, were wounded or taken prisoners. And I am not strong! I might get along in a cavalry regiment. The riding would do me good. What if I did not get along? I should have done what I could.

To another:—

I must go to the war. My father sacrificed all for freedom. My brothers are already in the field. . Am I not dishonoring my name and the cause with which it is identified?

These reflections weighed on his spirits. His physician shut up his books, recommending some active out-of-door employment. November 28, he wrote from Camp Graham, near Washington: ‘I am now First Lieutenant, Company A, Twenty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, Colonel David B. Birney.’

He was soon detached from the regiment for signal duty. ‘On the battle-field,’ he wrote, ‘our position is dangerous. But the greater the danger, the better the service.’ He acted on the signal corps seven months, and was considered ‘one of its three most able and accurate officers.’

A friend once found him on the Chickahominy, with two attendants, far from any Union force. In this position, very dangerous but favorable for watching the enemy's movements, he had been several days. A hostile scouting party might have come upon him at any time; but the advantages, he thought, overbalanced the risk, and he stayed.

In February he had an attack of cough and fever, during which he wrote: ‘I do not like to think of the country. Its situation saddens me. The war is the price of slavery. I hope it will prove to be the price of liberty.’ He returned to duty towards the middle of March, but shortly

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