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[112] father. Fighting in the 6th regiment of North Carolina, he was mortally wounded near the close of the struggle. “When he was dying,” said a friend, “he reposed a beautiful trust in his Saviour and spoke sentences whose echoes would awake the melody of thanksgiving and gladness in the harps of earth and the harps of glory. Between these hallowed utterances he asked a friend, ‘Do you think I have accomplished anything for my country? As I only had my sword instead of a musket, I fear I did but little in the fight.’ Instead of remorse for having defended an unrighteous cause, he only bewailed the conviction that, falling in the first, conflict, he had done so little for a cause that he honestly esteemed worthy of the sacrifice of life itself. It was a matter of high, patriotic principle with him, and he was so just in it as to be unshaken and complacent in the tremendous entrance into the presence of Almighty God.”

The feeling of dependence on God pervaded all classes. When the great victory was announced in the Confederate Congress, a Christian statesman from South Carolina arose in his place and offered the following:

1. Resolved, That we recognize the hand of the Most High God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, in the glorious victory with which he hath crowned our arms at Manassas, and that the people of these Confederate States are invited by appropriate services on the ensuing Sabbath to offer up their united thanksgiving and praise for the mighty deliverance.

2. Resolved, That, deeply deploring the necessity which has washed the soil of our country with the blood of so many of her noblest sons, we offer to their respective families and friends our warmest and most cordial sympathy, assuring them that the sacrifice made will be concentrated in the hearts of our people, and will there enshrine the names of the gallant dead as the champions of free and constitutional government.

By all the day was felt to be one of “prayer, of praise, ”

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