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The Daily Dispatch: December 2, 1861., [Electronic resource], From
The Daily Dispatch: May 12, 1862., [Electronic resource], The battles on the
To the Editors of the Dispatch: As you kindly published in your paper a complimentary notice of young John Tyler Waller, who was wounded in the battle of Williamsburg, and as the valued friend who penned it made inadvertently a few slight mistaken, I will correct them, as the brave boy would not wish to secure more than his meed of praise. He was sixteen years of age, instead of fourteen, a few weeks before the battle of Leesburg. The night of the day on which he was wounded he said to his father who was anxiously watching by his bed, "Pa, if die I fell defending my mother's sacred grave" Williamsburg was his birthplace and former home, and his mother's loved remains repose in the family graveyard, not more than half a mile from the battle field this, of all places, was the spot he would most have desired to sued his blood to defend although, as an enlisted soldier, he would do his duty anywhere. C. P. S.