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IN DESCRIBING Union Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys, Theodore Lyman, a volunteer aide on the staff of Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade, probably put it best: “[H]e is most easy to get on with, for everybody; but, practically, he is just as hard as the Commander [Meade], for he has a tremendous temper, a great idea of military duty, and is very particular. When he does get wrathy, he sets his teeth and lets go a torrent of adjectives that must rather astonish those not used to little outbursts.”

Humphreys undoubtedly set his teeth and let colorful adjectives fly when he read

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