A veteran, indeed.
We had an interview yesterday with Mr. John Trussell
, of Alabama
, the here of three wars, viz: the war of 1812, the revolution in Texas
, and the Mexican
war. He is a hale, hearty old man of 67 years, who very recently, as per certificate of a gentleman of Alabama
, mauled 1,000 ten foot rails in one week!
The great rail-splitter of Washington
cannot equal that achievement.
And this veteran, who can beat the tyrant in that art for which he is most celebrated, is on his way to Manassas
, where he will join the army that will beat the plitters hordes, from Southern soil.
This aged man is a true patriot, and shows that indomitable spirit and constancy that distinguished our revolutionary fathers, A paper he beats with him says of his powers of end that ‘"when the best men fail, the old man will be all right, "’ His example is worthy of emulation.
He is a native of South Carolina
, has long lived in Texas
, and now halia from Alabama
The company of which he is an honorary member being detained here, and he being eager to leap into the fray on the Potomac, leaves immediately for that seat of war to fight when and where he can !
Before going he writes the following letters to his two daughters in Texas
It is no peculiar, and has so much of the impulse of true patriotism and native honesty and simplicity that we give it a place in our columns:
An old soldier's Farewell address to his family, written by his own hand.
Richmond, Va., Sept. 6, 1861.
My dear and kind daughters:
I am in this city and in good health.
I came here from Mobile, Alabama
, on the 3d inst., in Captain Young
's company, and am now making ready to go on the cars to Manassas
, as quick as possible.
Daughters, you are educated, you can read and write, and I am certain you have made yourselves well acquainted with the difficulties between the North and South, and if so, you know the North
has trampled the constitution of the United States
under their feet, and making it of none effect, and saying we shall be slaves to them and their Northern States.
Daughters, if you have well considered our situation you should be well satisfied to know that your old grey-headed father is anxious to take the field of battle, in opposition to all such horrid oppression.
Daughters, before I write more I will say to you, that I only regret leaving Capt. Young
, as he has paid all attention to me, and in full accordance of my age, and boarded me as his own soldiers.
I have often noticed that he was fearful that I was not well enough attended to and would ask me if I had enough to eat, and would say, ‘"if you want any comfort that I am able to give, call on me and you shall have it."’ He has given me money at different times, and seemed to be always ready and to have plenty, for when I would call on him his hand was immediately in his pocket to hand it out. He seems to be cool at all times and very pleasant and mild in all his commands; and by his soldiers he is loved and feared, and all his orders are promptly obeyed; and at all times, when necessary, he is looking out for the support and welfare of his company.
I am, in justice to the Captain
bound to say, that I have never seen him in a passion.
Now, if I had the chance to help to vote him into higher office before I leave for Manassas
I would go off better satisfied.
I wish that other officers and soldiers saw my statements and opinion about Captain Young
, and they could believe it, or not, which is their own right.
But, daughters, there is no use to write any more about him, as it is a private letter to you, and it can do him no good or harm; but, daughters, I hope I will not hurt your feelings or cause you to shed tears for your aged father; out the insult and oppression aimed at is so horrid that every patriot should be willing to forget his life and property — to lay to the ground all such roguish and abominable designs.
My daughters, you well know that I am an old soldier; for you have seen my papers and heard me talk about warfare, and; therefore, you are bound to know that I have been with so many officers that I know a good officer when I see him; therefore you will credit what I have said about Captain Young
I have only written it to let you know that your father has friends in any country where he may be. Daughters, then you would say one to the other, ‘"Why does father leave Capt. Young
after stating so many good acts in his favor?"’ I answer for myself.
is an officer and I am a private soldier; he is ruled by the movements of the army and I can go where I please with a passport.
I wish he was going with me, for I know that he will go into battle in that cool way that is natural with him.
Now, daughters, I will soon close, and give you my full determination.
A gentleman of this city told me this morning that a Northerner some time since wrote to a citizen of this place that he would apply his millions of money to subjugate the South
, and if they did not submit, the streets of Richmond
would run with blood.
Dear daughters, I am sixty seven years old. I was in the war of 1812 and in the revolution of Texas
, and in Stexico; and my grey head has broomed for the grave; but if the streets of Richmond
must run with blood, my blood shall run with it and help to stain the soil of my grandmother State Virginia
, where my father and mother had their youthful support.
Daughters, grieve not for your father.
I am determined on my course; and if all the South
feels as I do, we are unconquerable.
I will give my life for the South
, and wallow in my gore of blood and die before the South
shall be ruled by the thievish Yankees
Daughters, I should not forget myself.
I know there is an over-ruling Power that rules all nations, and we should be a very thankful people, for we are bound to see that His almighty hand is waving over our flag, and says it shall not be hauled down.
Daughters, I have written much more than I expected, but at the close will say to you that after I get to Manassas
I will try to give you my address, so that you can write to me. I have the following foolish thoughts in my mind — that when I am sure I will get into battle — if I can form some acquaintance with some person that I can depend on and show him some marks about my hands and arms and a crooked finger, I will ask him to find me among the dead and lay my body in some private place, and separate me from the balance of the dead, so that the place may be pointed out to my friends, if they should wish to find my remains — and if I should pass safe I will write to you as quick as possible.
Daughters, I have been trying to close, but other thoughts come into my mind, and I say that I cannot neglect the right and due honors that justly belong to the ladies of the different States and counties as we came on to Virginia
, where we could see at almost every house and plantation little girls and ladies, full-grown and aged, raising their flags for independence and waving their handkerchiefs, with huzzas for Jeff. Davis
; and all the boxes of clothing was marked in large letters, ladies' work.
It appears they have formed societies to work for the good of the South
; and there is so much patriotism among them that they would receive arms and take the ranks if their friends were willing.
I now close by saying such a Republic never can be conquered by the ungrateful and dishonest Yankees.