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he hardly knew how to ride, haggard -- or distracted -- made with General Lee the most striking contrast; but he also had proved himself, and his name was a power by itself.

As his Battalions gather wich Lee's forces, a new ardor seizes the Confederates . They f ight, gain foot -by- foot, chumb- by-thumb, the land thac the Federals are defendi~g bravely until six o'clock . At that time , co make the best of the l ast hours of daylight, Lee masses a ll his f orces in front of the indented hills, the surnrnits of which are still in the hands of the adversaries, and l aunches the supreme assault. This tirne, the Norchern soldiers give in, break off , ar:d considering that the baccle is lost, shoulder their rifles and deliberately abandon the field[1].

In vain, their Generals rushed to face them and bring thern back to the firing line. The ordeal had been too great for those improvised soldiers. They persist to turn their backs on their enerny. Three Frenchmen, corne from Europe in the noble purpose o f helping to liberate the Blacks, were serving in McClellan's

army. One of them has kept for us the moving description of

  1. The Prince du Joinville writes in Campagne du Potomac, "There is no panic. People are not running with a scare or fright, but deaf to all cause, the men leave deliberately, the rifle on their shoulder, like people who are fed up and no longer believe in success."