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General Hill was vociferously applauded as he took his seat, and was warmly congratulated on his speech. General Early was loudly called for, but excused himself from responding, except to remind his friend, General Hill, that the Federal estimate of the Confederate strength at Sharpsburg was made by General Banks, who always saw the ‘rebels’ through a powerful magnifying glass whenever ‘Stonewall’ Jackson was about. In response to calls, General W. B. Taliaferro made a brief and stirring speech, which was loudly applauded. The officers of last year insisted upon a change, and a committee consisting of Captain C. A. Bohannon, General William McComb, and N. V. Randolph reported the following who were unanimously elected: For President: Major-General William B. Taliaferro. Vice-Presidents: Major-General William Smith, Colonel Charles
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