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        Sickness.  The Battle of Fair-Oaks.
fought during the next two days.  The rain
kept me in McQuade�s tent for two hours,
then I mounted mule and found my way
back to the 7th Maine, not without diffi-
culty, for great pools of water covered the
roads, trees and fences were torn down and
the whole face of the country seemed altered by
the violence of the storm.  Whittemore gone to
the White House, on some business.  Ill all
night.
     31.  Saturday.  Very sick with horrible
bilious diarrhea, so that I couldn�t mount
my mule.  All day long making little journeys
into the woods at intervals of fifteen minutes;
abortive purging, voiding blood and slime,
and vomiting.  My stomach so inflamed
that nothing would stay on it.  Got to the
doctor�s tent and he � his name was Eve-
leth � after suggesting opium, consented to
give me a mild dose of rhubarb, which I
took and then lay down on a stretcher in
his tent.  He got me a little farma, too,
but it wouldn�t stay down.  I lay on my sto-
mach in great pain, occasionally going out
into the woods. All this time, from noon,
the battle of Fair Oaks was raging furiously
to the left, we could hear the roar of the               
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