Prayer for A dying enemy.--A correspondent of the New Orleans Crescent
says: A most touching scene took place in the affair of Major Hood
's, already alluded to. Among those mortally wounded was a Northern man; he was shot through both hips, and had fallen on the road, where he was discovered by a Louisianian.
He was suffering the most intense pain, his face and body distorted by his agonized sufferings.
He begged for water, which was promptly given him. His head and shoulders were raised to make him comfortable, and his face and forehead bathed in water.
He urged the Louisianian to pray for him, who was forced to acknowledge his inability to pray.
At that moment one of the Mecklenburg troopers came up, and the poor fellow urged his request again, with great earnestness.
The Virginian knelt at his side, and asked the wounded man if he was a Christian, and believed in the promise of Christ
to save repentant sinners.
He answered, yes. The trooper then commenced a prayer, fervent, pathetic, and eloquent.
The soldier's face lost all the traces of his recent suffering, and became placid and benignant, and, in his new-born love for his enemy, attempted to encircle his neck with his arms, but only reached the shoulder, where it rested, and, with his gaze riveted on the face of the prayerful trooper, he appeared to drink in the words of hope and consolation, the promises of Christ
's mercy and salvation, which flowed from his lips, “as the parched earth drinketh up the rain;” and, as the solemn Amen died on the lips of the Christian
soldier, the dead man's hand relaxed its hold and fell to the ground, and his spirit took its flight to unknown realms.
The scene was solemn and impressive, and the group were all in tears.
The dying never weep, 'tis said.
Having no implements with which to dig his grave, and expecting the return of the enemy in large force, they left him — not, however, without arranging his dress, straightening ins limbs, and crossing his hands on his chest, leaving evidences to the dead man's companions that his last moments had been ministered to by humane and Christian men.
We regret that the Louisianian could not pray.--Richmond Dispatch