A man stood on a low hill overlooking a vast expanse of forest and field. Two or three farmhouses were visible through the haze, but none of them was light. A hundred yards away was a straight road The man could not rightly understand as he thought himself deaf, He remembered that there are natural phenomena to which someone has given the name ‘acoustic shadows you stand in an acoustic shadow there is one direction from which you will hear nothing. Then came a thought of self -an apprehension -a strong sense of peril, such as in another we call fear, and still the silent battalions moved slowly forward in the haze. He moved out of the shadow, walking rapidly toward the greying east. He sought with a terrible earnestness a solution of the mystery, but sought in vain As the stranger desired speech with him, he courteously reined in his horse and waited .’ Sir ‘said the stranger,’ although a civilian, you are perhaps an enemy ‘ ‘I am a physician ”Kindly tell me, what has happened here where are the armies “/Which has won the battle? ‘The man removed the hat, put his hand to his head, I was struck by a bullet and have been unconscious ‘How old are you ?; ‘Twenty- three The man was growing impatient, ‘I want to know about the army I saw a column of troops moving northward on this road . After leaving the road the man slackened his pace, and now went forward .with a distinct feeling of fatigue .’ I must have been a long time in hospital, he said aloud What a fool I am ‘The battle was in December, and it is now summer ‘He laughed In an inscription on one side his eye caught a familiar name -Hazen Bridge to the memory of its soldiers who fell at stone river Dec 31, 1862 . The man fell back from the wall, faint and sick. He crept to it to revive himself, lifted the upper part of his body on his trembling arms, thrust forward his head, and saw the reflection of his face, as in a mirror. He uttered a terrible cry. He fell, face ahead into the pool and yielded up the life that had spanned another life.
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