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[127] the company, for which he had toiled, and suffered, and prayed, so much, was before him, he exclaimed, “ Company K, you have no Captain now;. but never give up; never surrender.”

Thus was his last breath for his country, for the young Confederacy, whose liberty, honor, and righteousness, were inexpressibly dear to him; for which he wept, and prayed, and made supplication in secret; for which he was content to endure hardness as a good soldier, and then cheerfully to die.

These dying words beautifully connect themselves with those of his brother Peyton on the field of Manassas, and, taken together, they have a special fitness to our country's present need.

When the second Virginia regiment, fighting on our left at Manassas, was broken by a sudden and destructive flank fire of the enemy, and by the unfortunate command of its Colonel, Peyton, and a few officers of like spirit, rallied a portion of the men and led them in a perilous but splendid and victorious charge. In the midst of it, however, he fell, shot like his brother, in the breast. Two of his men bore him from the field. His face was radiant with heavenly peace. He spent a few moments in dictating messages of love, and in prayer for himself, his family, and his country. “What more can we do for you?” asked the affectionate men who supported him. “ Lay me down,” was his answer, “I am ready to die; you can do no more for me; rally to the charge!”

These reverses, following each other so quickly, deeply affected the people, and produced a feeling of profound humiliation before God. The shortest month of the year carried the record of nearly all our disasters, and in the same month the Provisional Government expired, and the Permanent Government was established. The President deemed this a fitting occasion for us “again to present ourselves in humiliation, prayer, and thanksgiving ”

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