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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.32 (search)
uth, there has already been difficulty in identifying the Confederate war Colonel among the recurrent crop of each year, bearing the same title. Commander Northen is as modest as he has proven himself faithful. His earnest performance has received recognition in his repeated re-election to the post he so worthily fills. We republish from the Star, in preceding pages, a paper by Sergeant Charles T. Loehr, ex-Commander of Pickett Camp.] Comrade Northen said: On Saturday morning, April 19, 1861, five companies—the Petersburg City Guards, Petersburg A Grays, Petersburg B Grays, Petersburg Riflemen, Lafayette Grays, and Petersburg Artillery—were ordered to Norfolk, Virginia, distant from Petersburg about eighty-six miles. Just before we reached Norfolk we were ordered to load our guns, which we did with much elation and great care. We were told the Yankees were in Norfolk about 2,000 strong, waiting for us. We were landed at the depot about sundown and marched down Main street,