His frank and agreeable face always cheered them in the camp, the march and the bivouac.
His bright, flashing eye, and clear, ringing voice, inspired and nerved them in the hour of battle.
A noble soul to liberty born-- A noble soul for liberty died!
In this engagement our loss was pretty severe.
Colonel H. Clay Pate, and Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Randolph, were also killed — both of them brave and accomplished officers.
Colonel Henry Clay Pate was a native of Western Virginia.
He gained some distinction for gallantry as a partisan leader in Kansas during the troubles which attended the formation of a government in that Territory, and on the breaking out of the present war raised a battalion of cavalry in this city, which was soon after merged into the Fifth Virginia cavalry, when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
He served through the principal battles in Virginia; and, after the promotion of Colonel Rosser to the rank of Brigadier, he was