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caught a glimpse of the battery as it ceased its deadly fire for a moment or two. They were pushing the guns still nearer. A ringing cheer broke out at his right. There in full view, charging at a double quick, a regiment was dashing down from the house. The general and staff-officers had by this time mounted and were galloping away. As they disappeared round the corner of the building, the enemy sent a volley after them ; another, and yet another. No old-fashioned " Springfields " were those, but modern magazine guns. The firing was incessant. Carroll saw his horse fall, and before he could reach another near the fallen animal, he himself pitched headlong upon the ground. He knew that he was hit, but not seriously. He was on his feet in an instant, and hurried back into the house. Escape was out of the question now — everything was in the hands of the enemy. Well, he would die fighting. He crossed the hall and ascended the stairway. Then, drawing his revolver, he waited. With a rush the victors poured upon the piazza ; they thronged into the house. Carroll calmly awaited his death, for he knew they would fire upon discovering him. He thought of his past life — of his college course. Far, far away it all seemed to him now! How proud he had been during that last drill on his commencement day ! Little had he thought then that he was to die a soldier ' s death. There ! the enemy saw him — five or six of them at once. He fired at the nearest, and killed him. The others raised their rifles and took aim. Again Carroll discharged his revolver, but with what effect he could not see. There was a loud crash, a blinding glare, a fall — Carroll opened his eyes. A strange peaceful stillness was around him. There, far away on the horizon, the light in " Hamp " was still twinkling. The distant wall of the Holyoke range stood out dark and misty in the silvery moonlight. The leaves outside his window were rustling as calmly as before. A single stroke from the chapel tower sent its clear tone out upon the air. It was one o ' clock. " I must have been dreaming:. " That was all he said. 54
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