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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Who was last soldier to leave burning city. (search)
d by this command from about 4 A. M., on April 3, until General M. W. Garey's Cavalry Brigade crossed at 8 A. M., and at 8:15 (in pursuance of instructions from Lieutenant-General Ewell given me just before daylight), I burned the bridge with my own hands, assisted by an engineer officer, who had placed barrels of tar along it at intervals from shore to shore for that purpose, I never knew his name, having simply found him there to await my orders. This was in the face of the cavalry of General Wetzel's army, who had poured down Fourteenth street in pursuit of Garey. I then marched on and overtook my division on the road to Amelia Courthouse about 2 P. M., that day. Coincidence of Promotion.. This same account was published in the Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, issued by the Century Magazine some twentyfive or thirty years ago. That magazine, having learned in some manner that I was the last soldier of General R. E. Lee's army to leave Richmond, wrote to me for a narr