If I should not, Gen. Lee, why should you


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A few days before Gracie's death Gen. Lee went to the trenches, as was his habit, to inspect them in person. He always went alone. When he came to Gracie's line he stepped upon the " banquette " of the work, and taking out his field-glasses began quietly to examine the position of the enemy. He was in danger, and Gen. Gracie placed himself in front of him and obstructed his view, pretending to be pointing out objects to Gen. Lee.

Lee said, "General, you should not expose yourself so much."

Gracie replied, "If I should not, Gen. Lee, why should you, the Commander-in-chief?"

The General smiled, and under-stood then that Gracie had so placed himself to cover him with his own body in case the enemy had fired. Lee stepped down from the " banquette " and continued his walk down the line.

In Camp and Battle With The Washington Artillery
 

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