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‘ [450] could his friends wish for him, than to die in defence of such a cause?’

Louis Magoon Rogers, of Accomac county, was one of the gentlest, purest men I ever knew, and proved himself one of the most heroic soldiers the war produced. In letters from camp to his mother he said:

Do not be uneasy about me or the issue of the contest, which is evidently to be tremendous. God will care for me as well as for the issue of the approaching battle. He sees all things, past, present, future. Trust Him.

Soon after breakfast it is my custom to repair from headquarters to my regiment, where we have a chaplain. He sometimes preaches at a neighboring church. On such occasions, being left to my own resources, I go into the woods, to some secluded spot, where I read my Testament without interruption. Alone, I try to commend myself and you to the Creator. By meditation and study I try to withdraw my mind from the vexations of the world, and to concentrate my thoughts upon the vasty future, whose portals of joy or despair are so near to all of us.

Let us never forget, my dearest mother, that our Father above is not willing to do His children any harm; and even if the body seems to suffer here in this world, may not the soul be happier in heaven on account of that very suffering? Oh, mother, let us trust Jesus. I pray to Him to enable me to do my duty in His name. I find, thank God, that I am useful as a Christian. By holding prayer-meetings and Bible-class in my company the boys who are religious have greatly improved. They are much more thoughtful and attentive than they were when I first returned to my company.

He fell in the heroic effort to save Petersburg in June, 1864; lingered until the 24th of August, and calmly passed away, murmuring with his dying breath: ‘Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit.’

The noble death of Louis Rogers was but the fulfilment of the prophecy of his noble life when I knew him at the university.

General Henry A. Wise, in a letter to his father, pays this young soldier the following glowing tribute.

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