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	Heintzelman�s Headquarters after
man�s staff coming and going, prompting
him and attributing all of the glory (?) of the re-
cent battle to their cranky old chief, who sat
on the stoop, wrapped up in his shabby old cloak
and a little less arbitrary and ill-conditioned
than usual.     I am sure that all Wilkeson�s
eulogies of him ought to be admitted only with an
immense discount, and believe that Phil Kear-
ney�s estimate of Heintzelman, in the afterwards
famous �Pet� Halsted letter to be substantial-
ly correct.        Wilkeson, again and again, has
told me that he wrote thus �to pay a tavern-
bill� � in other words to discharge the grudging
hospitality accorded him by Heintzelman,
generally adding �And that�s how history is
written.�    He seemed utterly unaware of any
cause for self-reproach in this.         The man in-
deed was naturally approbative; prone to over-
do everything.      The old general really grud-
ged us the temporary accommodation of a room
to write in (shared by his staff), and a table
to write on.    However we were invited to sup-
per, in a  large, cheerless basement room,
where a plain meal was provided, Heintzel-
man sitting at the head of the table, and I,
as it chanced, in a fusty old chair with a
loose carpet seat, which I had noticed as belong-
ing to the General, and as accompanying him               
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