Colonel Webster, on the 16th of August, rejoined his regiment, which was then encamped upon the Rapidan, near Mitchell's Station.
It was a part of Hartsuff's brigade, Ricketts's division, and McDowell's corps, forming a portion of the Army of Virginia, under the command of General Pope.
On the 18th of August, the army began a movement towards the North Fork of the Rappahannock, and by the 20th the main body was behind the river and prepared to hold its passes.
On the 24th of August, General McDowell's corps was at or near Warrenton.
On the morning of the 27th of August, he was directed to move forward rapidly on Gainesville, by the Warrenton Turnpike.
And the required position was reached before the next day. On the next evening a brisk engagement took place at Thoroughfare Gap between the advance of the Rebel force under General Longstreet and the division under General Ricketts, in which the Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment took part, and behaved well, having six
once vigorous system had broken under the surgical operation, and it was only left for him to bear, as he did with the fortitude of a fearless soldier and a Christian gentleman, his last excruciating agonies.
On arriving at the hospital on August 24th, he wrote to one of his brothers in the gallant vein which always marked him, —a letter designed to relieve anxiety.
But its painful handwriting bore witness against it.
dear brother,—Am well still, and improving.
We August 24.
dear brother,—Am well still, and improving.
We must hope in the future.
Of course something adverse may happen at any time.
But I have been singularly favored in former wounds.
I hope to be all right in this.
This is a most excellent hospital, and all is done that can be done.
Love to all. Henry. Six days later, he wrote to Professor Child as follows:—
Your letter gave me great pleasure.
We become sometimes almost as weak as children in our exile from home and civilization, and kindly words touch a very weak spot in us.
t is hard to part with it, but then I must look tomy health.
August 19.—Very hot day. Stayed in my tent most of the day; very weak like the rest of the boys, can hardly carry a bucket of water.
August 20.—For breakfast, beans, crust-coffee, corn-bread, fresh beef, and bacon.
August 22.—Played chess.
Some prisoners brought in, but not enough to equal the number of those that die.
August 23.—Very hot. Some prisoners escaped last night.
Drew some molasses yesterday.
August 24.—Had a long talk on the chance for exchange; still hope for one this fall.
August 25. —Hot day. Feel a little down-hearted once in a while.
August 26.—Draw raw rations now; do not like it; have not wood enough, and nothing to cook the rations in.
August 27.—Great excitement about exchange.
All to be exchanged in two or three weeks. Wish it were true.
August 28.—Draw beef in the morning, the rest of the rations in the afternoon.
August 29.—A little dow
he rear, there being rumors of a fight, in which every one, with characteristic and gloomy calm, assumes that we have been thrashed.
However, soldiers always grumble, I suppose.
August 20.—I began to appreciate how little an officer has to eat on the march.
It is rather ridiculous.
August 23.—We were aroused by the pleasant process of having our wood shelled by the Rebels.
I must confess it was highly disagreeable .... We could not raise anything to eat but a few unripe apples.
August 24.—Last night one of the officers said he wished he was dead, or a prisoner, or with the wagon train, he did not much care which; and I think we all felt pretty much the same way then.
Now that we have feasted on mutton, we feel better!
August 25.—We then, after an ear of corn apiece, sought our couch on the grass.
This marching without knapsacks, sleeping on the ground without blankets, and starving, is beginning to tell very severely on men and officers.
August 26.—Joy of joys!
ur men behaved perfectly.
Soon after this Arthur was appointed an Aid on the staff of General Meade, and came home on a short leave of absence early in August.
He rejoined the staff near Warrenton, and found the duties very pleasant.
He writes: Tell G—— not to feel any anxiety for my happiness, for I am far happier here than I could possibly be anywhere else.
I am more in my element and more at rest than I ever was before in my life.
I pray God I may always be as happy.
On the 24th of August he visited his regiment, which was then lying about nine miles from Headquarters.
He was last seen by a picket as he was returning, and for a long time he was supposed to have been captured by guerillas; but all inquiries were unavailing.
After fifteen months his friends received certain information of his fate.
Captain Rennie of the Seventy-third Ohio reported that on the 11th of September, 1863, he was going with an orderly on horseback from Bristow Station, where Lieutenant Parker'
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Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.
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