Last moments of a brave officers.
--The Charleston Courier
contains a notice of the last moments of Captain John C. Mitchell
, the commander of Fort Sumter
, a young officer who, by his bravery and good conduct in that and other positions, had made his mark in the record of this war:
bore his sufferings with the most heroic fortitude.
The doctor, in answer to his enquiry, having expressed the opinion that there was but very slight hopes of recovery, Captain Mitchell
declined to have amputation performed, and commenced giving directions and making preparations for death.
He requested the doctor to write to his father and mother, and tell them that he died, as a man should die, at his post of duty.
He said: "Tell them I die resigned, with the consciousness of having lived a blameless life, and in the endeavor to do my whole duty to the country.
My only regret is for my parents and the great shock my death will cause my mother.
Tell them also that I wish I could have died in defence of the liberties of my native land." He then called the senior officer
in the fort and said: "I turn over the command of the fort to you Never let it be given up or surrendered." He then desired that his remains should be interred in Magnolia Cemetery.
He retained his consciousness to the last, although in great agony, and expired at quarter to five o'clock.