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Benjamin goes upstairs and looks at himself in the mirror. His father asked him to wear fake whiskers and eyeglasses to mask his youth, but Benjamin refused sadly. He thinks how he wants to join the war, but looks too young.
Just then, Benjamin receives a letter from the government asking him to become a brigadier-general in the war on account of his service in the Spanish-American War. Excited, Benjamin packs his thing and leaves.
When he gets to a training camp in South Carolina, however, no one believes he is a real brigadier-general. He is escorted back home.