Tell about our visit to the battlefield of Manassas, said Mr. Semmes to his wife, as he warmed with his subject, and with a sweet pathos, Mrs. Semmes told how, after the famous First Manassas, it was resolved to erect a marble shaft on the spot where General Bartow had fallen, shot through the heart.
General Bartow was one of the bravest and most promising spirits in the South.
He had led the Georgia regiment, which had fought with the 4th Alabama like tigers in the strife.
General Berrien, a brother-in-law of Dr. Semmes; Mr. and Mrs. Semmes, the doctor, General Sam Jones and Staff, all went out to Manassas early in the morning to see the shaft erected.
For some reason or other it was impossible for Mr. Davis, who had been expected to be the orator of the day, to be present.
At the last moment the Georgia regiment and General Sam Jones called upon Mr. Semmes to be the orator of the occasion.
He was so totally taken by surprise, said Mrs. Semmes, that he came up to me