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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 8.70 (search)
him under an obligation. Of this a touching illustration occurred in his last moments. Having given directions for the disposition of his personal effects and official papers, he said to me: You will find in my hat a small Confederate flag, which a lady of Columbia, South Carolina; sent me, with the request that I would wear it upon my horse in a battle and return it to her. Send it to her. And again: My spurs, which I have always worn in battle, I promised to give to Mrs. Lilly Lee, of Shepherdstown, Va. I was at loss how to interpret the directions concerning the flag; for I had never seen any such decoration upon his hat. But upon examining it the flag was found within its lining, stained with the sweat of his brow; and among his papers I found the letter which had conveyed the request. Probably from the time of its reception the matter had passed from his attention, and yet upon his death-bed he could remember and provide for the granting of this request.