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general court-martial, if we remained firm, “As sure as Christ.” There was little doubt that we were going to be tried though we felt that the military order was not lawfully given to us and that the trial would be unconstitutional. A light guard was thrown around our barracks and we were under arrest. Before we were started on our way to the Division Stockade, I wrote a hasty note home telling briefly what had taken place and added that Heaven only knows what might yet happen to us. I handed this to a guard and begged him to post it, which he promised, and half hoped that it might pass the censor. It did, and in about a week a reply reached me at the Division Stockade; it read something like this: “We have received your note of distress, and want to assure you that we are resigned to the situation, no doubt you will after conviction be sent to Ft. Leavenworth as that is where military prisoners are sent to.” Then followed a few sentences of scriptural encouragement and close [sic]. The letter was brief and to the point. It would be impossible to tell my readers how much this assurance from home meant to me – it buoyed my depressed spirit tremendously. Before being taken to the stockade it seems that another attempt was made to disuade [sic] us from our folly (?) in risking a trial. A young Frenchman from the Y.M.C.A. came to us with an attempt to show us that the doctrine of non-resistance is unnatural and unscriptural. He caused considerable annoyance, because we thought we had given our final answer and did not care to reopen the case. He was a wolf in sheeps clothing, but not very adept; it was easy to pierce his mask.

It was about the 18th of May when they took us to the Stockade which was to be our home till after the trial. On the way down we were

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