etts, toward the last of August, was present at Chantilly, the closing combat of General Pope's disastrous campaign.
After the disasters under General Pope, the regiment fell back with the army across the Potomac to Tenallytown, in order to move upon the enemy, who had crossed the Upper Potomac into Maryland.
On the 17th of September, 1862, Dr. Revere accompanied his regiment in its advance under General Sumner, to follow up the charge of General Hooker upon the enemy's troops under General Lee.
The latter general had taken position for the battle on the heights in front of Sharpsburg, between that place and the Antietam River.
The Twentieth Massachusetts was in the hottest of the fight, and lost very heavily.
Dr. Revere, as usual, followed close to the line, being of opinion that his duty to his men required him to be as near as possible, in case of any casualty, so that they should receive immediate attention.
He had said that morning, as he was marching to the field, I me
ts, who were in plain sight.
Towards night I went, with Colonel Lee of the Twentieth, and a flag of truce, over to the Rebel time with several staff officers, and finally with General Fitz-Hugh Lee himself; but permission would not be given, unless all's Bluff to the surrender of the insurgent army under General Lee.
Early in September the regiment was ordered to Washipahannock, as commander of the regiment.
In June following, Lee led his army down the Valley of the Shenandoah, to repeat horth also, keeping the Blue Ridge between it and the enemy.
Lee, by rapid marches, had reached the Upper Potomac, and crosses all doubts on this point were removed by the appearance of Lee's main army in Maryland, the Union columns were pressed rapie.
By June 30th the whole army was in Maryland, moving upon Lee, who had a week before occupied Hagerstown in force, with hid in a line parallel to that pursued by the retiring army of Lee down the Shenandoah Valley.
On the 10th of November, near
ards the enemy.
Dr. Mason wrote home in great spirits at the prospect before him.
On the 28th of the month, near Fairfax Court-House, Colonel Greene found a cavalry force of the enemy twice as large as his own before him, commanded by General Fitz-Hugh Lee.
An immediate attack was expected, which was not made, however, owing to the strength of Colonel Greene's position.
Unfortunately the Surgeons, Drs. Dana and Mason, while selecting a house for the accommodation of the wounded, just outside the lines of their regiment, were suddenly captured and taken to the Headquarters of General Lee.
Here Dr. Mason unexpectedly met his former classmate at Cambridge, W. F. Lee, nephew of General R. E. Lee, and a Colonel in the Rebel service.
He received the prisoner kindly, and presented him to the General, who after examining him very closely as to the position and numbers of our troops, released him and his companion, retaining their horses, equipments, and attendants.
Dr. Mason's repli
stream, on reaching which he raised himself on his hind legs as if to make a spring to clear it, when, suddenly turning short to the left, Barker fell to the ground, as we all supposed at the time mortally wounded, in this most intrepid attempt to release his fellow-prisoners from captivity.
Such was my first acquaintance with Augustus Barker, and so much was I pleased with him, that the next day, when I was paroled and permitted to leave the other prisoners, to become the guest of General Fitz-Hugh Lee, I asked that he might accompany me, which request was granted.
Afterwards, in Libby Prison, under the most depressing circumstances, he displayed the rarest qualities; his buoyant spirits and good cheer never deserted him. He was, I may say, a great pet with all the prisoners, cheering the downcast and encouraging the anxious and low-spirited.
He was a child in spirits, and eminently a man in action.
His frank, joyous, and patient bearing was envied and admired by all.