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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Historical address of the former commander of Grimes Battery. (search)
fly and buried him under a tree in the field with Masonic rites. While we were engaged in the ceremonies, the owner of the farm joined us, and said: This shall be a sacred spot: I will put a fence around it to protect it. Soon after we were ordered to retreat to the Virginia side of the Potomac; we then disinterred the body, put it in an ambulance in charge of Keith Parker and John W. Snow, who brought it over the river and buried it on the farm of Mr. Levi Mohler, the father of Mrs. Arthur Wilson, of this city. There it remained until it was brought home and reinterred in our Oak Grove Cemetery, where the Portsmouth Light Artillery Monument Association has set a granite marker to tell the spot where the ashes of the brave soldier rest. The battle of Sharpsburg took place on the 16th and 17th of September, 1862. The artillery organization was reduced in men and horse to such an extent that on the second of October General Lee instructed General Wm. N. Pendleton to submit a