ng which others were obliged occasionally to seek, during those terrible weeks, was a proof of his physical vigor, until then undiminished.
His first battle was that of Antietam.
After that conflict the Second Massachusetts was encamped on Maryland Heights.
Here, having had no chance to become gradually acclimated, he was attacked with a slow malarious fever.
This sickness took him from active duty for a few weeks, most of which he spent as a convalescent at Frederick.
He returned to his pogo to Washington, where they will be put in metallic coffins.
I took a lock of hair from each one to send to their friends.
It took almost all night to get them ready for transportation.
After the battle of Antietam he writes:—
Maryland Heights, September 21, 1862.
Dear father,—. . . . We left Frederick on the 14th instant, marched that day and the next to Boonsborough, passing through a gap in the mountain where Burnside had had a fight the day before.
On the 16th our corps,