perfume that dwelt along the cool densely-wooded morass, as, in our rides about the camp, we frequently crossed the small tributary rivulets, and let our horses drink of the dark, clear water flowing over the pebbly bottom.
My relations with General Stuart had now become of a most friendly and intimate character.
The greater part of my time was spent in his company.
In this manner I became acquainted with his amiable and accomplished young wife, and his two bright-eyed little children, Flora and Jemmy, five and three years of age respectively, whose tender affections I was not long in securing.
Mrs Stuart, during a considerable period of the war, lived from time to time at her husband's headquarters, as they might be established at a point more or less safe and accessible; and I do not remember that I have ever seen a more interesting family circle than they presented, when, after a long ride or hazardous reconnaissance, General Stuart would seem to forget, for a brief interva
instructions, habitually observed by me, I opened with his other despatches, and found to contain the most painful intelligence.
It announced the death of little Flora, our chief's lovely and dearly-loved daughter, five years of age, the favourite of her father and of his military family.
This sweet child had been dangerously ill for some time, and more than once had Mrs Stuart summoned her husband to Flora's bedside; but she received only the response of the true soldier, My duty to the country must be performed before I can give way to the feelings of the father.
I went at once to acquaint my General with the terrible tidings, and when I had awakened huld not help tenderly embracing it. He thought of her even on his deathbed, when, drawing me towards him, he whispered, My dear friend, I shall soon be with little Flora again.
6th and 7th November.
The morning of the following day, to our great surprise, passed quietly, and we were enabled to take up our old line of defenc
fallen her and her children.
I myself mourned my chief as deeply as if I had lost a beloved brother; and so many of my friends being soon after called away, I really felt possessed with a longing that I might die myself.
On the evening of the 3th, in the midst of the roaring of the enemy's cannon, which reached us from Drewry's Bluff, we carried Stuart's remains to the beautiful cemetery at Hollywood, near Richmond, where he lies in a simple grave by the side of his beloved little daughter Flora.
Of a calm summer evening I frequently rode out to this quiet spot, sitting for hours on my leader's grave, recalling his excellent qualities, and musing over the many glorious battles through which we had fought side by side.
General Lee announced the death of General Stuart in the following order:--
Headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia, May 20, 1864.
The Commanding General announces to the army with heartfelt sorrow the death of Major-General J. E. B. Stuart, late Comman