In writing history it is necessary to begin at the beginning, thereafter following our subject along the stream of time until we reach either the end of its course or its present anchorage; but the beginning of our present subject is lost in the haze of the distant past. In the earliest dawn of history we find men fighting; and battles, no doubt, were fought even in the primitive days. The history of the human race is, in fact, a history of battles and their results. But history had no eyes for those who dropped out of the struggle; seldom are we told of the wounded. Nevertheless, we must credit these old time warriors with sympathies which led them to care for their wounded, so that our subject finds a beginning as far back and as undefined as history itself.
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