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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Annual reunion of Pegram Battalion Association in the Hall of House of Delegates, Richmond, Va., May 21st, 1886. (search)
d, of battle, and march, and bivouac; and yet, again, the yesterday is as a thousand years! How many are the faces we miss of those who quitted like men in the great emprises of that momentous struggle! How sharply have we been reminded even since this flag was furled, that the fell sergeant is strict in his arrest, and that every yesterdaybut lights the way to dusty death. Of the Field and Staff of the Battalion— Pegram, of whom I shall speak presently, was slain at Five Forks. McGRAW, thrice wounded, is gone—a superb soldier, who, enlisting as a private in the Purcell, rose through sheer force of grit and practical skill as an artillerist through every grade—corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain of the Purcell, major—to be Lieutenant-Colonel and Battalion-commander. Brave old Joe, with the empty sleeve! John Morris, Ordnance Officer, whose forward spirit ever lifted him, where most trade of danger ranged, was slain at Gettysburg. Hampden Chamberlayne, so long i