He seized at once the hearts of the regiment by his many virtues, by his courtesy to all and his kind visits to the sick, to whom he bore a word not only of sympathy, but also of pious exhortation.
On the lovely morning of July 18th, as we awaited the advance of the enemy and the opening of our first battle, our conversation was on sacred things.
In a few hours he was mortally wounded, and until midnight endured untold agony; but in his soul was the peace of God, and all was patiently borne for the sake of God and country.
He was ready to be offered up, and to leave even his loved family, at the call of duty.
I had a conversation with him; he spoke of his faith in Providence
, and the answers to prayer which he daily received.
I questioned him concerning the state of his mind at the time.
He replied that it did not rest on any subject, but now thought of a military order, and then of a Scriptural promise; now of his country, and then of his family; and often arose in a holy ejaculation to God.
His flesh rests in hope; his spirit rose to God.”
“ I recall,” says Dr. Granbury
, “an interview with the sweet-spirited and gallant Captain James K. Lee
, of Richmond, Va.
‘How glad I am,’ said he as he gave me a cordial grasp, ‘to shake the hand of a brother in Christ
I referred with sympathy to his intense sufferings.
With emphasis he answered, ‘Oh, they are nothing to the sufferings which Jesus bore for me,!’
In a few days he too was in the bosom of his Father.”
On Sunday, July 21, 1861, was fought the first battle of Manassas
. “As the first gun was fired,” says the same writer, “a few minutes after 7 A. M., I mounted my horse and hastened from the Junction
to our regiment, still stationed at Blackburn's Ford.
On my way I met several regiments, some of them Mississippians, moving from that Ford
to some other part of the line of action.
I hailed them as they passed: ‘Virginia
's salutation to her sister Mississippi
Let each State of the ’”