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 to which they came. His austere manners made the world look upon him as a cold, hard man, but nothing was farther from the fact. Of his generosity I could name many instances if delicacy did not forbid. In charity he was by long odds the most liberal man I ever knew, and I do not believe there lives in the Commonwealth a man who gave more in proportion to his means to worthy objects than he did. Indigent soldiers, comrades in arms in straightened circumstances, the widows and daughters of old Confederates, charitable societies, churches, and Confederate monument associations were the continuous recipients of his donations. Were his executor to reveal the evidences in his hands of Early's charities, it would astonish the world; but he avoided publicity, and gave for the deed's sake. Early was always so active, enterprising, and diligent that he was often complained of for trying to do too much. He visited pickets and sentinels, and was ever riding around to test their vigilance. He went forward with skirmish lines, and was often his own scout. His soldiers were constantly warning him against exposing himself to danger. He was always aggressive, and he had that instinct of all great soldiers, which was so difficult to restrain in Lee and Jackson, to follow the guns. He believed in the maxim of Admiral Villaneuve, that every captain is at his post who is in the hottest fire.
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