A singular incident.--The Lynchburg Republican
of the 26th of November publishes the following incident, remarkable alike for its singularity as well as for its melancholy fulfilment to the brother of one of the parties concerned:
Just before the war broke out, and before Lincoln
's proclamation was issued, a young Virginian named Summerfield
was visiting the city of New York
, where he made the acquaintance of two Misses Holmes
, from Waterbury, Vt.
He became somewhat intimate with the young ladies, and the intercourse seemed to be mutually agreeable.
The proclamation was issued, and the whole North
thrown into a blaze of excitement.
Upon visiting the ladies one evening, and at the hour of parting, they remarked to Summerfield
that their present meeting would probably be the last; they must hurry home to aid in making up the overcoats and clothing for the volunteers from their town.
expressed his regret that they must leave, but at the same time especially requesting them to see that the overcoats were well made, as it was his intention, if he ever met the Vermont
regiment in battle, to kill one of them and take his coat.
Now for the sequel.
The 2d Vermont regiment, a portion of which was from the town of Waterbury
, was sent to Virginia
The battle of Manassas
was fought, in which they were engaged, and so was Summerfield
During the battle S. marked his man, not knowing to what State he belonged; the fatal ball was sped on its errand of
death; the victim fell at the flash of the gun, and upon rushing up to secure the dead man's arms, Summerfield
observed that he had a fine new overcoat strapped to his back, which he determined to appropriate to his own use. The fight was over, and Summerfield
had time to examine his prize, when, remarkable as it may appear, the coat was marked in the lining with the name of Thomas Holmes
, and in the pockets were found letters, signed with the name of the sister, whom Summerfield
had known in New York, and to whom he had made the remark we have quoted, in which the dead man was addressed as brother.
The evidence was conclusive — he had killed the brother of his friend, and the remark which he had made in jest had a melancholy fulfilment.
We are assured this narrative is literally true.
now wears the coat, and, our informant states, is not a little impressed with the singularity of the coincidence.