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[285] for thus affording us an explanation of many other most marvellous statements in his very remarkable book. He makes a grave charge against a gallant gentleman, whom he professes to admire and respect, on no higher authority than mere ‘Camp rumor,’ and adheres to a slander against the same gentleman, on the same veracious authority, notwithstanding we have shown that it is morally impossible that the charge can be true. Then, of course, when we read some of the other marvellous statements in General Doubleday's book, we know exactly how to account for them. He got them not from official reports, field returns, or other reliable evidence, but from his trusted authority, ‘Camp rumor,’ and her ally, the ‘Grape-vine telegraph.’ This being understood. General Doubleday's ‘Chancellorsville and Gettysburg’ will soon sink into its merited oblivion.

But as cumulative evidence of the utter falsity of the slander to which General Doubleday still adheres, we give the following statement of the Rev. Theodore Gerrish, (now pastor of the First Methodist Church, Bangor, Maine, but during the war a gallant soldier in the Twentieth Maine Regiment,) author of ‘Reminiscences of the War.’

In a letter to the Secretary, dated March 16th, 1883, Mr. Gerrish says:

‘One of my church members, a very reliable gentleman, whose address is W. H. Moore, Cumberland street, Bangor, was formerly a member of the Ninty-Seventh New York Regiment, which, at Gettysburg, was in Robinson's Division of the First Corps. He was wounded on the third day and taken to a hospital in the rear. General Armistead was brought to the same hospital and placed beside him. Brother Moore had never read the discussions of General Doubleday's statements about General Armistead at Gettysburg, but when I learned that he saw General A., I asked him what opinion he formed of the General from what words he heard him utter. He replied that all who saw him there were strongly impressed upon two points in the General's character: 1. An intense, all-consuming desire for the Confederates to win the battle. 2. To die like a soldier. Brother Moore scouts the idea of General Armistead's making use of any such language as General Doubleday attributes to him. I have given you the substance of his statement, and you can put it into any form or make any use of it you may see fit.’

With thanks to Mr. Gerrish and Mr. Moore for their generous defence

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