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One Christmas Eve, Ira D. Sankey was traveling by steamboat up the Delaware River. Asked to sing, Mr. Sankey sang the “Shepherd Song.” After the song was ended, a man with a rough, weatherbeaten face came up to Mr. Sankey and said: “Did you ever serve in the Union Army?” Sankey replied “Yes, I did, in the spring of 1860.” The man asked, “Can you remember if you were doing picket duty on a bright moonlight night in 1862?” Sankey was surprised and said, “Yes, I did.” The stranger said, “So did I. But I was serving in the Confederate army. When I saw you standing at your post I said to myself: ‘That fellow will never get away from here alive.’ I raised my musket and took aim. I was standing in the shadow completely concealed, while the full light of the moon was falling upon you. At that instant, just as a moment ago, you raised your eyes…

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