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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Personal heroism. (search)
Personal heroism. By Rev. John Johnson, of Charleston, S. C. Seeing in one of our late numbers the case of young Kirkland's ministering to the wounded, under fire, before the lines at Fredericksburg, so well chronicled by his commander, Major-General J. B. Kershaw, your present correspondent would ask a place in your valuable columns to verify, rather than to entirely vouch for, the incident to be related. In reading, not long since, a little book entitled Golden deeds, written by the distinguished author of The Heir of Redclyffe, Miss Charlotte M. Yonge, of England, I fell in with the passage given below. It occurs at the close of her spirited narrative of the heroism of the Burghers of Calais. My object in sending it to you is to ask, Is it true? and what are the full names and particulars? It is as follows: In the summer of 1864 occurred an instance of self-devotion worthy to be recorded with that of Eustache de St. Pierre. The city of Palmyra, in Tennessee,