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baggage car. This was Colonel Lee, and had I known at that moment that he had just come from the presence of General Scott, who had prevailed upon President Lincoln to tender to Colonel Lee the command of the Active Army of the United States and that he had declined it, I would have fallen at his feet and thanked God for his unparalleled devotion to duty.
How few of us ever think of this!
How many of us know what would have happened if he had chosen the other course.
Imagine Lee at Sharpsburg with 87,000 men, and McClellan opposing him with 27,000.
Picture to yourself Lee at Chancellorsville with 120,000 men confronted by Hooker with 40,000.
Suppose, for one moment, that at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Lee, with 125,000 had moved against Grant with 45,000 men—where would Grant's place in history be to-day?
The journey to Richmond was interrupted at Gordonsville, and there I saw Colonel Lee uncheck his trunk, as we had to do in those days, and have it transferred to