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His mother's visit and letter to his brother.

His mother visited him several days preceding the execution, and as soon as he saw her expression, he said: ‘I knew mother would endure the terrible sacrifice with courage.’ Captain Beall was betrothed to an accomplished lady in the South.

In the last letter to his brother, William Beall, who belonged to the ‘Stonewall Brigade,’ he said: ‘Be kind to prisoners-they are helpless. Vengence is mine saith the Lord. I will repay.’ Captain Beall, illegally executed, and in defiance of, civilized warfare, was one of the most heroic characters of the South. He was inspired to serve his State, Virginia, by the God-given right of self-defense and the preservation of home, and his record as a soldier is without stain or reproach. After the war his remains were taken to his old home, Walnut Grove, Jefferson County, W. Va., and buried in accordance with the rites of the Episcopal Church. He requested to be engraved on his tomb: ‘Died in Defence of My Country.’

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