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the 56th Virginia regiment. Our regiment, the 56th Virginia, has sustained some losses from deaths recently. The men died from diseases contracted amid the cold, exposure, and intense suffering endured at Fort Donelson. I regret to mention the death of Capt. R. B. Patterson, our late Quartermaster. He died of typhoid fever. He was a popular and efficient officer, and his loss is much to be deplored. Lieut. Ferguson, of Company D, wounded at Donelson, has since died. Capt. D. C. Harrison, of Company "K," 56th Virginia, who was killed at "Donelson," on the 15th of February, was a gallant and chivalrous officer. He was a Presbyterian minister, and his demeanor at all times was that of a Christian gentleman. I recollect distinctly at Donelson on Thursday morning about daylight, when at every moment we expected the enemy to charge on our breast works, he ordered his company in line, and repeated the 27th Psalm, and afterwards offered up the most fervent and eloquent pra