assured, dear sir, that I do not attempt eulogy, when I add, our army has but few left like your beloved son.
A letter from the officer commanding his brigade, Colonel Norman J. Hall
, written on the field of battle, will indicate the estimation in which he was held by his superior officers.
One more testimony may be added.
Lieutenant Ropes was physically so strong that no exposures seemed to affect him, while no hardships could disturb the cheerfulness of his temper.
Wholly devoted to his duty, thoroughly chivalrous and manly, kindly and generous, he added to it all the graces of a remarkably pure and Christian life.
The officers of the regiment cannot now speak of this beloved brother without tears.