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[257] by our host. Indeed, so happy were we, that we found some difficulty in getting back to camp, though the road was plain, and there were few paths in the country around Manassas unknown to Stuart's Cavalry. They had learned them all, as the infantry would say, in ‘buttermilk ranging.’

I do not know that this will meet the eye of any of those who met at Stuart's Tavern that Christmas day, or even that any of them survive the storms of twenty years; but should it do so, I feel assured that they will recall with pleasure this little episode in our camp life, and sigh to think of the days that can come no more, and of the comrades who will meet no more, who counted it happiness to endure fatigue, hardships, and privations in the cause we loved, and under the man we loved as only soldiers can love such a leader as the glorious ‘JebStuart.

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