n the morning of the 3d of April, and saw the fire from a distance that lent sublimity to the view, without the terrors of the scene.
As is well known, he was before the war a prominent citizen of Richmond, and since the war has resided in Wilmington, N. C. During the war a more gallant and, for a civilian, a more justly distinguished Confederate officer was scarcely known.
If a pleasing reminiscence of his life in Richmond may be recalled, the marriage last evening at St. Paul's church of ht front, and the forlorn approach, amid deafening explosions of wrecked war vessels, to the sublime spectacle of burning Richmond, that, like Milton's ascending sun,
Flamed in the forehead of the morning sky.
Here is the letter:
Wilmington, N. C., October 25, 1878. To John Howard, Esq..
my dear sir,—I received your letter of the 23d instant this morning.
For several months prior to the retirement of General Lee's army from the defences around Petersburg, that portion of the co