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Chapter 23: around Richmond. Seven Pines war at the very gates harrowing scenes woman's heroism crowded hospitals a lull Jackson's Meteor campaign Ash
n that the enemy had been driven back and badly punished.
The history of Seven Pines is familiar to all. Some days previous, General Keyes' division had been thr ent up that the Destroyer might not prevail.
The stillness that followed Seven Pines was not unbroken.
The armies were so near together that the least movement , and the dull incessant boom of artillery told of hot work even nearer than Seven Pines.
So sharp and clear were the reports that it seemed the fight must be on th oad its load of misery.
Manassas had hinted the slaughter of a great fight; Seven Pines had sketched all the hard outlines of the picture; but the Seven Days put in e chain of regular hospitals and even the temporary one-nearly emptied since Seven Pines-now rapidly filled and overflowed.
Private houses swung wide their doors an
Chapter 23: around Richmond. Seven Pines war at the very gates harrowing scenes woman's heroism crowded hospitals a lull Jackson's Meteor campaign Ashby dead! the week of blood southern estimate of McClellan what might have been Richmond under ordeal the battle rainbow sad Sequelke real sisters of mercy beautiful self-sacrifice. In the dead stillness of the afternoon of May 30th, the dull thunder of artillery and the crackling roll of musketry were distinctly heard
rned, whose hands have slain him, Braver, knightlier foe Never fought ‘gainst Moor or Paynim- Rode at Templestowe!
All the country missed Ashby.
But Virginia mourned him most; and among her stricken sons, those hard-handed, ragged heroes of Jackson's Old Guard-who had marched the furthest and fought the hardest following him — were the chiefest mourners.
Jackson had reared a noble monument, to be viewed from all the dimmest vistas of the future.
But the fair column was shattered near its