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[427] a great consolation to believe you always remember me in your prayers.

This same religious constancy followed him through the trials of the soldier's life. As illustrative of this, the following, related by a reliable comrade in arms, is pertinent: “While we were at Mechanicsville, awaiting Jackson's signal-gun, an officer indulged pretty freely in remarks which smacked strongly of infidelity. He had silenced those whom he had been more directly addressing, and appeared to be ‘master of the field.’ Jones, who had been an attentive but silent listener, modestly asked permission to say something in defence of Christianity. He began in a low, conversational tone to answer all that had been said. As he progressed he became more and more interested in his subject, until his whole soul was aroused, and quite a crowd had gathered around and were eagerly listening. The result was that the officer was astonished and silenced, and they who had not previously known the speaker were inquiring who the little fellow was that had made such a defence of Christianity.”

This incident illustrates not only his moral and religious character, but also that of his mind. One is ready to infer from it that he must have possessed superior mental powers. Such was the fact; though a boyish, yet not undignified, reserve hid from the superficial observer or transient acquaintance the intellectual worth of this young man. In him the mental and the moral were happily blended. The quick and retentive memory, the correct judgment, the delicate taste, susceptible of the highest degree of refinement, all characteristic of his vigorous and grasping mind, were sweetly harmonized by the spirit of fervid but unpretentious piety of this Christian soldier.

A short time after the incident related above the signal-gun was heard, and the command to march forward was given. The champion of the Christian religion went bravely forth to the defence of his country.

‘The result is known. He fell in the forefront of the battle. In accordance with his frequently expressed wishes his remains have never been removed. His couch was spread on the field of battle, and the soldier still “rests in a land hallowed by his efforts in the cause of liberty.” ’

Lieutenant Charles Ellis Munford, of Richmond, fought his

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