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 transportation, he spoke a few words, but died within two hours of his fall. The event occurred on the 9th of December, 1864. It was afterwards ascertained that General Davies, when he heard the firing, had directed Lieutenant-Colonel Sargent to recall the advancing squadron, and that the latter, instead of sending an orderly, had gone himself. General Davies afterwards described the movement as ‘a most gallant charge, contributing greatly to the success of the late movements.’ Certainly to fall thus, sword in hand and in the face of the enemy, was the very death which Sargent's impulsive and daring nature would have chosen. ‘Had he lived,’ wrote his former commander, Colonel Robert Williams, ‘I am sure that he would have added many additional laurels to those he had already gained.’
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