How rare are such characters! I have never known one as young as he so faultless. His piety was active—a real living principle, whose movements and influences were seen and felt, not only by his fellow-Christians, but also by all who came in contact with him. His efforts to secure the salvation of his company were unceasing, and to compass this end he was much in prayer, and abounded in good works. As often as circumstances permitted, he distributed religious reading—tracts, newspapers, memoirs, etc.—among his company and sometimes in the regiment. It was also his custom, as occasion offered, to assemble his company nightly before the door of his tent for religious services. We deeply mourn his loss, and feel that his place can never be filled. But,
Though lost to sight, to memory ever dear.It gives me unspeakable pleasure thus to bear testimony to the inestimable worth of your noble brother. Your friend,
1G. B. S.
The last extract is from a letter to Rev. Dr. Brown, of Richmond, from one who, at the time, belonged to the Rockbridge Artillery, but who was soon after promoted to a place on General Jackson's staff Dr. Brown published this extract in the Central Presbyterian. The writer says:
The Stonewall Brigade received the attack well; was flanked by a strong body of the enemy, fell back a few rods, changed front and, again advancing, drove the enemy with great slaughter from the field and the cover which they sought. The result to our dear old brigade was fearful. Colonel Baylor, commanding, was mortally wounded, and O! how sad I am to tell you, that our dear friend, Captain Hugh A. White, of Lexington, the noblest of soldiers, fell pierced through his body, when in advance of the brigade, with hat and sword in hand, calling to his men, ‘come on, come on.’ I have seen no one myself who saw him fall. Just after this success of our brigade we advanced with our battery to cover their advancing columns. The ground was strewn around with the gallant, dearly loved