wrote on a fly-leaf a statement of these circumstances, and requested its return to me if it should survive the war. I carried it for a noble fellow in Wright
's Georgia Brigade, who had recently found Christ
in the camp, and to whom I had promised a Bible, but found that he had been killed on the skirmish-line that morning, and had gone to study God's truth with clearer vision and in the clearer light of heaven.
I gave it to another, and ten days after his messmate brought me back the Bible
, saying that his comrade had fallen in the forefront of the battle, and had died in the hospital in the full assurance of the Christian
faith, and with warm expressions concerning the comfort and joy which that Bible had given him. I then gave it to my old university friend and brother, Edwin Bowie
, of Westmoreland county
, who was badly wounded, but survived the war, and only last year the book, around which so many hallowed associations and precious memories cluster, was returned to Dr. Sydnor
was a cousin of Captain Hugh A. White
, whose death has been described in the previous chapter, and there are some interesting coincidences in their lives, and the circumstances attending their death, which seem worthy of record:
1. They were near the same age—Hugh born in September, 1840, and Garland
in March, 1843.
2. They were sons of ministers of the Gospel.
3. Like Timothy, they knew the Scriptures from childhood, each having been taught by a pious mother and a pious grandmother.
4. Each made a public profession of religion when about fifteen years of age.
5. Each decided shortly after his conversion to devote himself to the ministry, and had entered upon a course of study preparatory to that great work—Hugh at Union Theological Seminary, and Garland
at Columbian College.
6. Their studies were interrupted by the war, and each returned to his home and volunteered as a soldier in the Confederate army.
7. They proved themselves brave and patriotic soldiers, and through all their military career maintained an elevated and consistent Christian character.
8. Both lost their lives in battle—Hugh in the second battle