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Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 17: Second battle of Bull Bun (search)
hat had happened or might happen to some beloved relative or friend still on the field of strife. At last, arriving at Lewiston station, the whole population appeared to have turned out to greet us. We were not suffered to cross the river into Auburn, and meet my little family after more than a year's separation, till words of welcome and appreciation had been spoken and acknowledged. Then the desired relief from such patriotic love came and we hastened to the hotel in Auburn where my wife aAuburn where my wife and children were. Sweet, indeed, was the rest of a few subsequent days when we enjoyed the nursing and comforts of home. My confinement to my room was brief — not over three days. Ten days after our arrival, accompanied by my friend Dr. Wiggin, later a surgeon in the Twenty-first Maine, I visited Portland and participated in a State religious convention, where I gave two public addresses. After speaking in Livermore on July 4th, in descending a flight of steps I slipped and fell. I tri