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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.29 (search)
ty into the dying face of the foeman, so brave. Here the gallant Colonel Boston was urging forward his men, and it was the last I ever saw of him alive, for presently they brought him out dead, a ball having entered his mouth and caused instant death. Some few years ago, in conversation with General Rosser, he told me that he also witnessed this duel between Breathed and his Federal antagonist. The next day we passed through Farmville, and in the evening halted at the coal pits in Cumberland county, where two roads crossed. The wagon trains were passing, and our cavalry was massed between them and the enemy, held in readiness, but not anticipating an attack. Our beloved old General was sitting beneath an old oak tree near the road, leaning against the trunk of the tree, when suddenly the Federal cavalry opened fire upon us, and came near recapturing all our prisoners, who were held under guard in a bottom in front of us. General Lee slowly remounted his horse and rode past as w
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.34 (search)
liam M. Dame, of Baltimore, who entered the service of the Confederacy at sixteen and served gallantly throughout the war in the Richmond Howitzers. With his permission I have prepared the paragraphs below for publication, my manuscript having since been examined and confirmed by him. Mr. Dame was one of the sixteen youths mentioned in the first sentence. Truly yours, L. M. Blackford. Alexandria, Va., February 17, 1896. On the last Sunday in August, 1860, at The Forks, in Cumberland county, Virginia, was gathered a body of sixteen youths, with two exceptions, between the ages of fifteen and twenty. They were grandsons of the venerable Mrs. Lucy Page, daughter of General Thomas Nelson, Jr., Governor of Virginia in 1781, and widow of Major Carter Page, of the Continental Line, who served through the whole Revolutionary War. According to the custom of the family, the boys had been on a vacation visit to their grandmother, and were to disperse in a few days to their several home