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death of a Confederate officer--"Old St. Paul's" Burying-ground — companies Disbanding, &c.



Norfolk, Sept. 13, 1861.
a flag of truce was sent up to Craney Island yesterday, from Fortress Monroe, with six ladies who reside in the South, and three of the wounded prisoners from Rich Mountain. A large number of letters were also brought with the flag of truce.

the death of Lieutenant U. F. Sherrill, of company K, second Regiment North Carolina Volunteers, is announced. At a meeting of the commissioned officers of a detachment of the Regiment, resolutions were passed relative to the deceased, from which I copy the first two:

  1. 1. Resolved, That in the death of Lieutenant Sherrill we have lost a noble and prudent man, a generous friend and an officer whose efficiency and kindness endeared him to both officers and men.
  2. 2. Resolved, That in our intercourse with him, both socially and officially, we have ever found him at his post, ready and willing to do his whole duty.
Lieut. Wm. Sharp, of this city, who was taken prisoner at Hatteras, and who fought with much bravery during the heavy cannonade by the Federal fleet, was considerably injured by the concussion caused by a shell that passed very near his head. One side of his face is much bruised, and he is entirely deaf in one ear. It is ascertained that the men at the guns of our insufficient batteries fought with great valor and desperation. There were but few present who knew how to manage the guns; but it is believed by persons of experience, that two or three rifled cannon, of large size, at the fort, would have enabled our men to disable or drive off the Federal steamers. It is ascertained, too, that the Wabash received several shots; but the guns were not large enough to do much execution at long range.

The ancient burial place of ‘"Old St. Paul's"’ is undergoing some necessary improvements at this time. The growth of trees becoming too thick and foliage too dense, the branches intermingling so closely as to prevent the proper circulation of air, it has become requisite to cut down some of the trees and remove many large branches of those that are left standing to shade and ornament the sacred enclosure and add interest to the old church--a venerated relic of the past.

St. Paul's Church (P. Episcopal) was erected in 1739 on ‘"the road leading out of town. "’ The walls only escaped destruction from the general conflagration of '76. In the indentation made by a cannon shot from one of the British ships, fired by order of Dunmore, a ball has been placed, which was found imbedded in the earth near the part of the building that was struck.

Like the sturdy old oak of the mountain, that defies the fury of the levelling tornado, and which has escaped the scattering thunderbolts of the God of Nature; or, like the aged pilgrim, who has long survived all the rest of his generation and lingers as a stranger amid the changes and desolation around him, this ancient temple stands among the silent dead — the ashes of those who assembled to worship within its walls, and make their vows at its altar.

Still sacred and honored the old relic should be,

By the sons of fair freedom in the land of the free,

Where the light of the Gospel, full mighty to save,

Encircles with glory ‘"the home of the brave."’

I regret to hear that two companies in the 6th Virginia Regiment have been disbanded. They were commanded by Capts. Myers and Parker. Capt. Myers was orderly sergeant of the Marines when the Navy-Yard was burnt, and came over to our side on the night of the great conflagration, after having frightened the Federal vandals so badly that they deserted the yard, by representing the Confederate force around Norfolk to be very large. --He was in the Florida wars, and was one of the best soldiers in the Confederate service.

Capt. George D. Parker, who as a Lieutenant in the Provisional Army distinguished himself at Sewell's Point, was persuaded by the officers of the 6th regiment to take command of a company, which, without notice to him, is now disbanded.

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