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Jackson's confidence in him.

When at Chancellorsville Jackson fell mortally wounded, he looked to Dr. McGuire for such treatment as he could give with entire confidence. When amputation was suggested, he told Dr. McGuire that he must do what he thought best. In the midst of the operation the sufferer spoke from under the influence of chloroform, and said: ‘Dr. McGuire, you must do your duty, sir; you must do your duty.’ With fidelity and tenderness all care was given to the great General on the day of his passing away by his faithful friend. Perhaps there was no man to whom Jackson gave as much of the opening of his thought and of his love as he gave to Dr. McGuire. As long as Stonewall Jackson's name shall live among men, the name of Hunter McGuire will be linked with his in unfading honor.

After the death of Jackson, Dr. McGuire served with the same loyalty and the same success under General Ewell and under General Early. By General Lee he was known and trusted in the highest degree. Throughout the Army of Northern Virginia he was known with a rising fame, and admired and trusted by a great company of officers of all grades, and by a greater company of those noble men, the private soldiers of the Confederacy. To many he had given relief by his skill, and many by his care had been removed to health again. To the end of the war, and since the end, he was the same large-hearted friend of all Confederate soldiers, and the same loyal Confederate himself.

Of the staff of General Jackson, Major Jed. Hotchkiss, the topographical engineer, died in the last year. Now the great surgeon and friend has passed away. There remains of those regularly commissioned, who had service with General Jackson, Colonel Henry Kyd Douglas, of Maryland; Captain Joseph G. Morrison, of North Carolina, and myself.

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