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John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., A fight, a dead man, and a coffin: an incident of 1864. (search)
was the faint reply. I am one of Mountjoy's men. Tell him, when you see him, that I said, Captain, this is the first time I have gone out with you, and the last! As they assisted him from the saddle, he murmured: My name is William Armistead Braxton. I have a wife and three little children living in Hanover-you must let them know Then the poor fellow fainted; and the young ladies were compelled to carry him in their arms into the house, where he was laid upon a couch, writhing inflicting a mortal wound. At nightfall the Federal troops had torn the house to pieces, taken all which they could not destroy, and had vanished. Mountjoy had succeeded in getting off with his men. At six o'clock on the next morning poor Braxton breathed his last, still holding the hand of the young lady, which seemed to be all by which he had clung to life. Then a strange and unexpected difficulty arose. It is safe to say that the young ladies of New York or Philadelphia, at that