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[298] from Baltimore and Rickett's Division of the Sixth Corps, on the banks of the Monocacy, between six and seven thousand strong.

Right at this force Early hurled his men, and after a fierce, decisive fight that reddened the river for a hundred yards with blood, he drove it from the field, leaving its dead and wounded and many prisoners in the Confederate hands. Wallace lost ninety-eight killed, 579 wounded, and 1,282 missing; total, 1,959. The Confederate loss was about 700, including a number of gallant officers. The classic author of Ben Hur had found an experience quite as thrilling, no doubt, to him, as the famous chariot race he has so graphically described, and General Early has intimated that his report of Monocacy is not inferior to Ben Hur as a work of fiction; but all the Federals were seeing Early in doubles and trebles about that time, and I hardly think that Wallace surpassed the average reduplicating view taken of him.

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