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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.22 (search)
eks on account 0f the scarcity of forage. At the proper time all were ready to meet the foe, and our brigade was placed under the command 0f General James Dearing, a worthy successor of the peerless Turner Ashby and the gallant Rosser. John Williams Ashby took his place in the ranks and did his whole duty at Five Forks, and in every other action in which his command was engaged, including the hard fight at High Bridge. At Appomattax, Sunday, April 9, 1865, General Gordon was ordered to force a passage through the Federal lines, and in the midst of the fierce combat which ensued Ashby was mortally wounded by a cannon shot, and left in charge of John Buckner Ashby, a member of the same company. After undergoing the most intense agony for about two hours, Ashby died, and his remains were interred. He was a noble man, a dauntless soldier, a faithful comrade, an enthusiast in his love for his beloved southland, and one of the dearest friends the writer ever had. Requiescat in