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[421] brigade, when, upon all three occasions, the ragged heroes shouted, ‘General Lee to the rear! General Lee to the rear!! We will drive them back if General Lee will go to the rear!’

Indeed, the pleasant incident which President Davis told of how he met General Lee at the front during the Seven Days battles, and while they were gently chiding each other for being out of place, ‘gallant little A. P. Hill’ dashed up and ordered them both to the rear, but illustrates the point that all of our Confederate leaders, from our chivalric, heroic President, down to the subordinates, were accustomed to say to their men not ‘Go on!’ but ‘Come on!’

Thus it came to pass that the list of our dead Generals were fearfully large, and that of those who survive, the large majority of them carry ‘badges of honor’ in wounds received during the war.

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