“  cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.” His reward, as a faithful soldier of his country, will be meted to him by a grateful posterity. As a soldier of the Cross he now enjoys the perpetual bliss promised the good and faithful, and, in the very presence of God, wears the victor's crown of immortal glory.Colonel John Baker Thompson, of Staunton, Virginia, one of the most gifted alumni ever sent out from the university, thus wrote his father—the venerable Judge Thompson—on the eve of his gallant death at the head of his regiment:
John Thomas ones, of the Fifth Alabama Regiment, I knew as a consistent Christian at the university, and his character in the army is thus described:His letters to his parents and sister during that period are full of affection. He spoke often of death, but with the fullest assurance of a happy eternity. Nor did he ever write despondingly of the cause in which he was engaged. In one of his letters to his father he said: “Do not be uneasy about me. Even if it should come to the worst, remember me, but do not regret me. Death can be but a temporary separation at most, and I had rather go before than survive you or my dear mother. I do not write thus to make you sad, but I cannot write otherwise than I feel. Our parting on that memorable morning in Pickensville is vividly before me, and your last words are yet ringing in my ears. I have as far as possible kept your parting injunctions. Father, if this should be my last letter, I implore your forgiveness for the coldness or ingratitude with which I may at any time have returned your love.” Again he wrote:
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