Through rural quiet doth thy pathway lie?In his letters to his mother—to whom he always showed a reverential and chivalrous devotion—he frequently assures her that ‘Astra Castra’ is the governing principle of his life. In one, written on his way to join Garibaldi, he says: ‘We hope soon to be doing good service in the great cause of human liberty. Do not, dear Ma, fret about me. God will take me out of the world when He sees fit; and if He takes me while fighting for liberty, I shall feel that I have not lived in vain.’ Major Wheat's request to be buried on the battlefield was made the subject of several poems which were published in various papers of the South, accompanied by eulogistic notices of his character and services on behalf of the Confederacy. The following verses interpret his request most correctly, and in perfect agreement with his known sentiments upon the subject. The subsequent interment in ‘Hollywood’ was thought by his friends to be a virtual compliance, for all the neighborhood of Richmond was included in the battlefield.
Unending conflicts bear me to the sky.
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