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The Daily Dispatch: June 8, 1864., [Electronic resource], An Incident of the Siege of Charleston. (search)
ded girl recovered her consciousness, she asked to know her fate, and when they hesitated to tell her--"Andrew," she said, "I beg you to tell me the truth. If I must die, I can die worthy of you." The young soldier's tears were his answer, and Miss Anna, summoning all her strength, attempted to smile. Nothing could be more heart-rending to see the agony of this brave girl, struggling in the embrace of death and against a terrible mortal pang. Gov. Pickens, whose courage is known, was almost without consciousness, and Mrs. Pickens looked upon her child with the dry and haggard eye of one whose reason totters. Lieut. de Rockelle was the first to speak. "Anna," he cried, "I will die soon, too, but I would have you die my wife. There is yet time to unite us" The young girl did not reply; she was too weak. A slight flush rose for an instant to her pale check; it could be seen that joy and pain were struggling in her spirit for the mastery. Lying upon a stoa, her bridal dres