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[292] history. These things the historian will never record. And yet they constitute the real history of the war.

While the interesting preliminary engagement which I have attempted to describe was going on in our front an important movement was in progress on our left, which was to end disastrously to our little army on that eventful day. While this movement seemed to be a complete surprise to those in command on that part of the line it had been generally spoken of by the veteran private soldiers in the line as a movement of such obvious advantage to the enemy that he certainly would not neglect it. And so it proved.

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