John Muir


[Frances N.] Pelton


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seem as before Now wont you be sure and tell them I heard they had already seen the enemy The whole seemed anxious for fight I ws down the morning they left Madison and helped Byron to buckle on his knap -sack Dwight with his fife seemed uncommonly happy but O how terrible a work is assigned them How strange that many possessed of such tender emotions: whose hearts beat for others sorrows with the best sympathies of our nature; how strange that such can do completely compose themselves for such work and even march to the bloody fray on a half dance with a smile on their faces and perhaps a loud laugh Were all the secession soldiers safely arranged in rows side by side on long tables where the soldiers whose patriotism would enable them calmly or otherwise at such an hour to cut their throats for the common weal after having asked the married among them how many children they had and if they cried when their pa left them to go to camp. The mere mention of such a thing would shock any human feelings, but the gallant charge, the well directed grape shot, the exploded mine rending hundreds limb from limb in a moment, the dreadful shell thrown precisely into the thickest crowd rending righteous and wicked to shreds perhaps while asleep as they felt the soft hand of a mother on their fevered brow Ah this this is noble becoming all rogues or pastors who loves his country, well may the poor mother mourn that she is not a man and the unfortunate maid who would faint and make a poem on the untimely end of a mouse Well may she pine away


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[1861 ?]

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