man, who had never entertained an unkind thought toward a human being, and who had only fired as a last resort when his life was in jeopardy, was condemned to die the death of a felon, and was actually hung, despite the entreaties of his wife and children, the appeals of his friends, and the protests of the Confederate
Thus died ‘a gentleman, a Christian, and a hero.’1
The deplorable circumstances which caused the visitation of extreme penalty on an involuntary agent, were presented by a distinguished physician of Norfolk
, Dr. L. B. Anderson
, well known throughout the State
, in the Landmark
of December 31, 1892.
This account is republished with a slight emendation, which is noted.]
On the 10th of May, 1862, a report reached the officials of Norfolk
that General Wool
, of the Northern
army, was advancing upon the city from the direction of Hampton Roads
at the head of 8,000 troops.
It seems that the advance upon the city was designed to have been via the Indian Poll bridge and Church
street, But when the enemy approached the bridge a squad of Confederates, who, seeing the dust raised by them, halted at the northern end and opened fire with two pieces of small artillery.
Their speedy disappearance, and the piles of knapsacks, blankets, and other superfluous incumbrances, fully attested the consternation with which they received the Confederate
They deflected their march and moved on until they intersected the Princess Anne road, a distance of seventeen miles, and approached the city from that direction.
In the meantime the city officials had held a meeting and drawn up the terms of surrender, and deputed Mayor Lamb
, the father of our present Colonel William Lamb
, Mr. J. B. Whitehead
, Mr. Charles H. Rowland
, Mr. George W. Camp
, and Captain James Cornick
, to proceed to meet General Wool
beyond the city limits, and arrange the terms of surrender.
They went out in two carriages just beyond a little bridge across Princess Anne avenue, a short distance beyond Chapel street, which was the eastern boundary of the city.
Here they raised a white handkerchief on a pole, and awaited the approach of the Federals
In a short time a squad of videttes rode up, who were informed that these gentlemen were city officials and desired to see General Wool
They immediately retraced their steps, and shortly after, the