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 high in the estimation of his superior officers, and I often heard would have been promoted but for his untimely death. General A. P. Hill, in his report of the battle of Sharpsburg, says: “The Confederacy has to mourn the loss of a gallant soldier and accomplished gentleman, who fell in this battle, at the head of his brigade, Brigadier-General L. O'B. Branch of North Carolina. He was my senior brigadier, and one to whom I could have entrusted the command of the division with all confidence.” General Lee, in his report of the same battle, says: “In this attack the brave and lamented Brigadier-General L. O'B. Branch was killed, gallantry leading his brigade.” The following is taken from the September No. 1874 of “Our Living and our Dead.”
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