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History of Cambria County, V.2

116 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
cracker wagon and for two days and a night was on my way to Harper's Ferry.
    “When Comrade Jones returned to the line he informed Col. Campbell of the situation, when he sent for the surgeon in charge, who made the excuse I was not under his care. Col. Campbell in his vigorous way when the occasion required it, told him what his duty was and what he should do with any of the wounded of his regiment.
    “I was wounded on Friday and laid on the field until Saturday at noon; sent back on Sunday, and on Monday the entire force under Gen. Sheridan fell back to Winchester. I have always believed if it had not been for Col. Campbell I would have been sent to a southern prison, with the chance of never returning to my home.
    “As a citizen, a patriot, a soldier and a statesman, Col. Campbell was the equal of any, in any worthy cause. My heart is as warm to his memory as it was in life.”

A REMARKABLE INTERVIEW-GOVERNOR CURTIN AND COLONEL CAMP-
BELL.

    The Fifty-fourth Regiment remained in Harrisburg from September, 1861, to March, 1862, owing to difficulties in adjusting the selection of the major. Col. Campbell and Capt. Linton were the leaders in recruiting it, and to those who had enlisted it was generally known and entirely satisfactory that Campbell was to receive the colonelcy and Linton the commission of major.
    Upon its organization in Harrisburg it was found that Gov. Curtin had another in view for major and insisted on his selection. Col. Campbell would not consent to it for the reason that he and others were pledged to Col. Linton in every way. The governor and the colonel met frequently and endeavored to come to some satisfactory agreement, but they failed, and weeks passed into months and no progress. The men were impatient to get to the front and insisted on Linton. Col. Campbell came to the conclusion that the matter must be settled at once, therefore, he called upon, Gov. Curtin, who was alone in the executive chamber.
    What took place between these two strong men was not known until after the death of Col. Campbell. The governor called upon Mrs. Campbell and her family, and in speaking of his friend, told here what her husband had done and how he had procured the commission for Maj. Linton. He said he had been engaged in writing when the colonel entered the chamber and both extended their usual friendly greetings when Campbell


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