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that capacity also discharged the duties of war
correspondent at many of the engagements in
which the Army of the Potomac participated.
Two of his sons and six nephews fought in that
army. His oldest son, Bayard, was killed in com-
mand of a battery of artillery at Gettysburg.
Some of Mr. Wilkeson�s work on the field has
passed into history. An idea of his forcible and
vivid style of writing may be obtained from a
single sentence from a letter written from the
front to combat the �On to Richmond!� cry that
was popular in certain quarters early in the war.
Keenly alive to the obstacles in the way of such
a movement, he wrote of the possibilities of it,
�And the looms that weave crape shall rattle in
pain for the dead that shall lie before Rich-
Mr. Wilkeson practically left the Tribune, at the
request of Jay Cooke, to assist in popularizing
the war loans of the government through the
newspapers and other channels of publicity. His
success in that work induced Mr. Cooke to inter-
est him in the Northern Pacific enterprise at its
inception. In company with W. Milnor Roberts,
the great engineer of his day, Mr. Wilkeson, then
upward of fifty years of age, prospected the entire
line of the road, and upon their joint reports the
work was undertaken. He survived all the changes
in the management of the undertaking, and died,
as he had hoped to, virtually in its service, though
recently retired from active duty on full pay.