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 him and leading the Maryland regiment to the battle. Seeing Smith fall, Elzey—oblivious to the perilous situation—exclaimed to Major Bradley T. Johnson: ‘God is just; Smith is dead! Johnson, get his horse. This means for me six feet of ground, or a yellow sash ’-worn only by generals. The horse ran off and the gallant major was suffering from scurvy. Elzey, though brave, was presumptive; moreover, he did not possess the calibre of Smith. Smith had immortalized himself, and recovering from his almost fatal wound, he returned to us a Major-General. The sequence is strange: Almost a year thereafter, Elzey, commanding his brigade in the battle of Cold Harbor, received just such a wound as Smith's, which likewise made him a Major-General.
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