Tradition held that lieutenant Cochrane, as junior officer, would make the trip to Gettysburg as the Marine delegate
"I FEEL," said President Abraham Lincoln, "like a man about to be hanged." James B. Fry, Provost Marshal General of the Union Army, sat bolt upright. All the gallant general had done was to remind his Commander-in-Chief that he had not a moment to spare if he was to reach Gettysburg in time for the dedication of the new military cemetery. He hadn't expected this kind of reaction.
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