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[311] perceptible smile on his face, replied: ‘Yes, sir! that is right; you can take your seat, Mr. Gray.’ This, ‘Old Jack's conundrum,’ was the talk of that happy, merry-hearted corps for years afterwards. Little did we ‘young rascals’—embryo Southern soldiers—then dream that our plain, ‘big-footed,’ taciturn, fearless, prayerful, tender-hearted and punctiliously polite ‘Professor of Natural Philosophy’ was to flash so soon, meteor-like, before the world as one of its greatest military heroes, and that so many of us bright, ruddy faced boys, under his matchless leadership, were to go down to death with him under the ‘Stars and Bars,’ in defense of ‘Dixie,’ the land of fair women and brave men.

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