of Rev. Dr. A. M. Poindexter
, of Virginia
) showing his deep interest in the salvation of his comrades, and his readiness to work for that end.
Rev. Dr. J. A. Broadus
, in a memorial address on Dr. Poindexter
, thus described the heroic death of this young soldier, and the influence he exerted on his men:
‘The older son, Abran Wimbish Poindexter
, at the age of twenty-one, volunteered before his brother's death in an infantry company which he materially assisted in raising, and was elected first lieutenant.
Afterwards, by the death of Captain Easley
, he became captain; it was Company K, Forty-sixth Virginia.
The young man had made a public profession of religion the previous year, was a graduate of Wake Forest College, and principal of Talladega Academy, in Alabama
As teacher and as officer he showed superior talents and great force and charm of character.
He was exceedingly beloved by his men; some were converted through his recognized instrumentality, and his letters, for months previous to his death, showed deep and growing devotion.
Obituaries which remain from different friends present discriminating and exalted eulogy.
What a joy he must have been to father and mother and sister!
, July 30, 1864, the enemy exploded their now famous mine, and poured through the great gap in the works, enfilading with deadly fire the thin Confederate lines on either side.
's company was especially exposed, and stood its ground amid heavy loss.
Every officer but himself was borne away severely wounded.
Addressing the little remnant of his company, the young captain said: “Boys, we must hold this position, or die in our places, for the salvation of the town depends upon the enemy's not carrying these works.”
Presently an officer rode by, and seeing the little handful of a company standing firm he asked who was their commander.
They replied, pointing to a dead body, “There's our captain; he told us we must hold these works, or die in their defence, and we mean to do it.”
And they did. Without an officer, the little fragment of a company obeyed their dead captain's commands, and stood firm before the enfilading fire and the rush of the foe. The story was told to Dr. Poindexter
by one of the men. Truly that was a captain!
truly those were men!’
‘I am aware,’ said a Christian soldier, ‘that I have many hardships, trials and dangers to meet; but they will not hurt me, ’