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Chaplain.-E. R. Goodrich. Bruns- The welcome
by Mayor wick.
Harris, and was a welcome that was Executive Committee.-W. S. a welcome. No one could doubt Noyes, Evander Gilpatrick, Lewis the mayor's sincerity, as he spoke Selbing, C. 0. Wadsworth, L. D. of the grand work of the veterans, Carver, F. F. Goss, M. H. Dorsey. and of his respect and esteem for
Commander-elect Murphy ap- them and their organization. pointed J. Edwin Nye of Auburn as
The evident happy condition of Adjutant-General, and J. M. Fernald the encampment was intensified by of Lewiston as Quarter master Gen- two ludicrous stories by General eral. The officers were installed by Wood, who started the pleasures of Chief Mustering Officer Lewis Sel- the evening's varied entertainment. bing.
His remarks then took a serious Voted, That the thanks of the turn and he delivered an eloquent department be extended to the retir- and touching speech on the war and ing officers.
its lessons. He paid a glowing General Emerson thanked the tribute to the noble work and sacricomrades for the hearty support fice of women in the war, illustrating given him during the past year. the patriotism and devotion of
Voted, That the Adjutant-General women by a case coming under his have printed and sent out twenty-five observation. A mother's four sons copies of the department command- had gone to the front with her coner's address.
sent and wishes of God-speed. l'oleil, that the thanks of the de- Three of them had been killed in partment be extended to Comrade J. battle and the fourth had been P. Cilley for publishing the proceed- wounded and brought home to be inge of the encampment. Closed. nursed by the mother. A neighbor
THE EVENING CAMP FIRE. called in one evening and they were After partaking of the two ban- talking about the taking off of the quets of dinner and supper, served three boys and the critical condition by the wives and daughters of the of the fourth. “Mary,” said the Sedgwick command, and ladies of neighbor, " this is all your own fault. Auburn.
You should never have consented Colonel Emerson, of Auburn, past
to let the boys go to war.” "No," department commander, and master said the mother, “ I'm not sorry I let of ceremonies, called this campfire them go. They were good boys ard to order at half past seven o'clock.
I loved them with a mother's love, The Grand Army hall was filled with but they died in a good cause--fightthe battle-field soldiers of the Union, ing for their country. No, I'm not members of the Grand Army, and sorry.
To tell the truth, if I'd the prominent citizens of Auburn, known thirty-five years ago that the who were present by special request, war was coming I'd have had more the latter including doctors, lawyers, boys to send out.” and ministers.
The unexpected ending of the story brought down the house, Appropriate remarks were made for many of the comrades were by Judge A. R. Savage, Rev. H. R. getting out their handkerchiefs in Rose, M. A. Murphy, Rev. C. A. anticipation of a very pathetic close. Towne, Col. L. D. Carver of RockGenei al Wood closed his remarks with land, Col. W. T. Eustis of Dixfield, quotations from the poem, “ We've Dr. B. F. Sturgis, Dr. Beede, Col. drank from the same canteen," and re- C. V. Emerson, General Cilley of ceived a hearty round of applause. Rockland.
By Isabelle Buker Chase.
When night had donned her sable robe
And pinned it with a star,
Shone through the blue afar,
Mong corses stark and drear,
Lay a wounded volunteer.
A comrade held the dying head
Upon his manly breast,
The suffering soldier's rest;
With sobbing, gasping cry,
And murmured Must I die?”
" I'm not atraid ! no, not afraid !
'Tis sweet to die to-night,
For God, the truth, and right;
who'll miss me so at home-
The boy who cannot come.
But God will help them bear, I know,
For they so gladly gave
The dear old flag to save;
'Tis but a few short days.
But God's are not our ways.
" Tell my darling only sister,
I longed to see her face ;
The dear old childhood place;
That while she loved me so, God and my country needed me;
How glad I was to go.
" Tell her, she will be proud to know
The boy who went to sleep,
And stars bis watch to keep;
And fought, till low he fell,
'Tis hard-and yet—'tis well.
My mother-dearest loved of all,
To feel her kisses now
Her dear hand on my brow,-
I do not fear to die,
And long to have her nigh.
" How she will mourn her · darling boy'
She always called me so, Her last words when she sobbed-good bye,”
But bravely murmured-go'-
Next to the dear old flag
That once-thank God—the rag
I trampled 'neath my feet,
Waved · Victory' complete.”
A gasping sob—I'm mustered out”
While angels stood in wait And bore a trusting patriot soul
Up through the Golder Gate.”
REMINISCENCES OF THE WAR.
By Frank 7. Bradbury, Tenth Maine Infantry.
I have written of marching out to in the struggle. Historian Gould Cedar Mountain and the engagement says that one hundred and seventythe next day, and will now give from five men were killed and wounded in memory a little story of our falling the regiment, and those who were back from the rise of land in the not hit in the body, showed the efwheatfield from our too far advanced fects of bullet or shell in gun, carposition, and running guard after re- tridge or cap-box, canteen, or some turning to camp two days later. part of the clothing. I am very posRight here Corporal James H. Mans- itive now it must have been on Tuesfield of Company G was shot by a day morning. August 12th, when I Minie ball, and I think in the groin. was detailed for the hospital in CulWhen about falling, two comrades peper Village. I think it quite late in near him caught the wounded soldier, the day on Monday before we reached and by permission of Commander Culpeper and the camp. Lieutenant H. R. Millett bore him All this is preliminary to what I from the field. If I remember cor- have
On getting partly rectly, the soldiers who carried Mans- settled in camp that Monday night, field from the field were Charles F. August uth, I received from ComGreenleaf and Sergeant
Sergeant Zebedee rade Zebedee Cushman who Cushman of Company G; a shell hurt in carrying Corporal Mansfield bursting near at the time caused from the field, a verbal request by Cushman to stumble over a log or some soldier imploring me to find stump, and he was also quite badly his blanket, knap-sack, and bring injured and carried further to the them to him that night at a meetingrear. Cedar Mountain fight occurred house hospital in Culpeper, where he Saturday, August 9th, 1862. The was confined. After considerable of enemy pushed us a mile or two from a search I obtained most of his the field and threw out a strong things. Now when ready to proceed picket front.
on my errand of mercy a greater Sunday following was a warm day obstacle stood in my path. It was with a fearful thunder storm in the now after dark and the guard had afternoon. The enemy wouid receive strict orders to let no one out without no fiag of truce on Sunday, but on a pass. A sick and suffering friend Monday allowed the dead to be buried or soldier with limbs aching on the and
wounded succored. Io hard benches in a near house of God marching back to Culpeper on Aug- made no difference to him ; those ust lith, after the engagement on were his orders and those orders Saturday only about half the men were facts. But I was desperately were in the ranks, who were engaged interested for the comrade that night,
and I took the bundle of things and tion of slavery, which was divine by stealthily made my way to a dark, un- edict of the Holy Bible and the crack frequented part of the line, where of the slave-driver's whip, but now the guard's eye did not lurk. My the day of reckoning had come; the impression is that the little village frightened parson had fled from the of Culpeper was hardly a third of a pulpit and the quiet town of Culmile from our camp.
The Northern about way to escape the guard and marching and the drums were beatin the darkness, I met with falls, ing, and only a little way out of town torn clothing, and a few scratches. the men of the South and North had But in due time I appeared at the old- as Greek marshaled against fashioned church in the village and Greek in battle array, and the red the guard at the door let me pass clover and golden grain were stained without a challenge. I had decided with the warm life blood of the conto put on a bold front and push right testing legions. along, trusting to my knapsack and In that clover field under the eastthings to help out or give me en- ern slope of Cedar Mountain where trance.
the Confederates were planting their The quaint church with the long death-dealing cannon ; in the bright rows of wooden seats with high sunshine of a summer day and its backs and little low pulpit in front foreboding stillness, Corporal Mans
now filled with wounded men field fell upon his knees in rear of from the battlefield, scattered about our battle line, spread down his rubin all directions and attended to by ber blanket and called to Edward men detailed from the ranks. I Burke, Horace Dresser, and Pompey found my disabled comrade lying in Mason to join him in a game of cards. a pew, stretched at full length on a The boys of Company G gathered to hard seat, and his tears, thanks, and hear Chaplain Knox say words of benedictions on the hand of encouragement and that right living humble private richly repaid me for was the best way to life. Some all my trouble and trials. In the played cards, and a few for money. fair Southern town, where the long They were not bad men. They resunny days are laden with the per- spected the chaplain at all times and fume of flowers, men, women, and remembered his visits to them in children had been sold on the auc- sickness. The camp became to be tion block to the highest bidder, by irksome when long in quarters, and the dissolute master for the greed of the boys were not used to such congold. Inside this little church where finement. The good chaplain had I was standing, to say a word of said to the soldiers on a Sunday, that cheer to my injured comrade and it was a sin to play at games for which is also called the house of money and that the God-fearing, God, the sainted minister had time praying soldier at the front fought and again eloquently told to all the bravely and the enemy always feared people around of the blessed institu- him.