A Touching incident of the battle-field
A letter received in New York from Atalanta, Georgia, gives this incident of the battle at Stone Bridge
A staff officer from Charleston
, engaged in the battle of the 21st of July says:
I rode out the day after the battle to view the ground, and passed piles of dead in various positions.
Under a large tree I saw a body lying very handsomely dressed, with a fancy sword and a handkerchief over the face.
It attracted my curiosity.
I stopped, removed the handkerchief, and saw one of the handsomest faces I ever met with, of a boy not more than twelve or fourteen years old. His appearance and dress indicated high social position — probably he was a temporary aid to some general officer.
To ascertain who he was, I examined his pockets and found a testament, in which was written--
, New York.
From his loving mother.
My son, remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth."’
I wished very much to take the body away, but I was six miles from quarters, on horse-back, and it was impossible.