Bushrod Rust writes.
Dear Major Daniel,—In the Confederate column, Sunday, July I, 1906, I noticed your inquiry, ‘To what company and regiment Ashby, who was killed at Appomattox, belonged?’ Buckner Ashby, a wealthy farmer, resided near Stone Bridge, Clark county, Va., before and at the commencement of the ‘war between the States,’ and had three grown sons, James Lewis, John William, and Buckner G. Ashby. At the commencement of hostilities James Lewis Ashby enlisted in Company D, Clarke Cavalry, Sixth Virginia Regiment, and was killed in action at the battle of Trevillian's, June 12, 1864, Hampton commanding Confederates and Sheridan the Federals. He was a gallant soldier, a most estimable gentleman, and a true patriot. John William Ashby enlisted in Company I, Twelfth Virginia Cavalry, in April, 1862, and served his country well up to the time of his death, at Appomattox, April 9, 1865. He had participated in many hard fought engagements before the final campaign from Five Forks to Appomattox. Directly after the Beverley raid in January, 1865, our regiment the Twelfth, was furloughed home for some weeks on account 0f the scarcity of forage. At the proper time all were ready to meet the foe, and our brigade was placed under the command 0f General James Dearing, a worthy successor of the peerless Turner Ashby and the gallant Rosser. John Williams Ashby took his place in the ranks and did his whole duty at Five Forks, and in every other action in which his command was engaged, including the hard fight at High Bridge. At Appomattax, Sunday, April 9, 1865, General Gordon was ordered to force a passage through the Federal lines, and in the midst of the fierce combat which ensued Ashby was mortally wounded by a cannon shot, and left in charge of John Buckner Ashby, a member of the same company. After undergoing the most intense agony for about two hours, Ashby died, and his remains were interred. He was a noble man, a dauntless soldier, a faithful comrade, an