t his forced separation from me. These men are sent off to make room for the newly arrived wounded men captured at Cedar Creek, Virginia.
I am pronounced too weak to accompany those sent off. Some of my own regiment have arrived, among them Sergeant Burton, of Company B, from Coosa county, and Tony, the Italian, belonging to Company A, from Mobile.
From them I learn that the Twelfth Alabama lost seven men killed, and a number wounded.
Among the former was Sergeant Robert H. Stafford, who wasas been such, during his noble career as a soldier, as to constitute a reliable basis, on which to predicate the sublime conviction that in death he secured everlasting safety.
In him I lose one of my warmest friends.
Peace to his memory!
Sergeant Burton told me of the reception of the official papers retiring Captain McNeely, of his assignment to conscript duty, and of my own promotion to the captaincy.
I am now the only commissioned officer on the roll of the company, and I am away from t