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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 2: the overture. (search)
count one thing noblest,--and that is soul. One other thing I may mention. General Warren, our Corps commander, came up to me with pleasant words. General, he says, you have done splendid work. I am telegraphing the President. You will hear from it. Not long afterwards I received from the Government a brevet commission of Major-General, given, as it stated, for conspicuous gallantry in action on the Quaker Road, March 29, 1865. I had previously received this brevet of the date of March 13th, purporting to be for meritorious services during that Virginia campaign. I begged permission to decline this and to accept the later one. First looking after the comfort of my wounded horse in one of the farmsheds, I walked out alone over the field to see how it was faring for the unreturning brave. It was sunset beyond the clouds; with us the murky battle-smoke and thickening mists wrapped the earth, darklier shaded in many a spot no light should look on more. Burials were even n