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                       A. C. Hills.
into the army, I think in Baker�s unfortu-
nate California regiment which was so badly
cut up at Ball�s Bluff, at which disaster,
however, Hills was not present.  He served
throughout the Peninsula campaign and, as
Godwin told me, wrote �quite insolent� letters
to the Post in contradiction to its disbelief in
Mc Clellan, subsequently hating him with
all his capacity.   Hills suffered so severely
from privations and sickness that he declared
he must have died, if he had not got away
from the army in Virginia by the exer-
cise of a little diplomacy � getting himself ap-
pointed on somebody�s staff, or something; of
the kind.   He spoke of Mc Clellan with ex-
ceeding bitterness, describing how the General
had ridden down, among the men, in a
band-boxy get-up, looking so fresh and trim
and well-clad, while the soldiers lay in the 
mud, gaunt with famine and fever.     This
on the Fourth of July, I think at Harrison�s
Landing.       �I could have shot him!� said
Hills.      The feeling was in part personal,
for Hills was an innate egotist with the
keenest appreciation of his own interest: hence
his first falling-in with the popular current
setting in favor of Mc Clellan.   He wrote
with fluency; was an able reporter and had               
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