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hose darkest days it did not reach him.
On the retreat from Richmond the rear of the Confederate line was harried by sharpshooters and continued skirmishing.
The place of danger was in the rear, and there, on the evening of April 5th, he was mortally wounded, three of his men falling at the same time.
He was taken in an ambulance to Amelia Courthouse, where he was left by our retreating forces, with those who were wounded beside him, without the aid and comforts which might have spared him to life and usefulness.
He died at noon April 6th.
Thus, at the early age of twenty-six, a life beautiful and noble was ended in a soldier's grave, in a lost cause, though a cause that was not all in vain.
Dum spiro spero. Better had it then been said, Dum exspiro spero—true alike of the vivid life which was passing out of sight, and the cause which three days later at Appomattox received its burial, to unfold anew after God's inscrutable plan—not ours. Anna M. D. Smith, White Marsh, Va.