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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The last charge from the Danville, Va., Bee, April 20, 1907. (search)
joined his father, and I was told it was all over. There I was; not a 14th man to be seen, and I felt like I was in a strange land, hungry. Pretty soon Captain Bill Smith who had as you may remember been in charge of the picket line, the night before, and we had not been relieved where we came from rear to front of Lee's armyh I answered I don't know, do you? They say we have surrendered, he said. I said, Well I am not going to surrender. Just then Gen. R. E. Lee, passed near us and Smith said to him, General, what is the matter? I am not going to surrender; can't I leave here? Gen. Lee said, I have surrendered this army; I cannot give you permission to leave, and captain you ought not to leave; stay with the rest of us. But Bill Smith said, I am going to get out of here or die, and he did leave and got out and lives to this day, the same brave, daring and every inch a man. He was at the regiment as I came back with those prisoners. I came by where Sam Walker was lying wo