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VOL. I.
NEWBEBN, N. C, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1873.
XO. 20
Southern SSlar iloctrn.
tnf Tn this column we desire to publish
such poetry as is commemorative of events
which occurred during the war, or of the
sentiments and feelings of those who par
ticipated in it, and memorial sketches in
verse of gallant ollicers and men who fell
in battle, or signally distinguished them
selves. Our supply of poetry on hand is
less than any other material, and we re
spectfully ask those who have such as is
suited to the purpose for which we de
sign this column, to add to our small
stock. North Carolina can boast of seve
ral (ladies and gentlemen) who have poet
ical talents of high order, and from
them we should be pleased to hear at all
times.
Written on hearing a distant Bugle blow,
and affectionately Dedicated to the sur
vivors if the (jallant Stonewall brigade.
1SY ANNA ALKX. CAMERON.
Fill thy sweet bugle once again,
And, thro' the wild wood let it thrill,
Altho' it caueed heartfelt pain,
I would not bid it notes be still.
Sweet mouiuries of by-gone hours
Come thronging as it tones I hear
When life's bright path was strewed with llowcrs
And we had all man holds most dear.
The boys then dressed all in '"the Grey"
And with high hopes their brave hearts beat,
And brightly passed the summer day,
l'or oh ! we dreamed not of defeat !
Freedom had gathered thirteen stars,
Soft blue from out the sky she rent,
Caught from the rainbow crimson bars
That with the stars and blue rhe blont,
Tht n gave the banner to our trus.t ;
And bade us to the conlhet go,
Never to trad it in the dust,
t r yield one bright star to the foe.
Full Liany a time the vandals broke,
W fore its charge, hue wreaths of air,
Virginia's hills with thunders woke.
And echoed back the Southern cheer.
(Mi. on e cl.nrg' d o'er moiuitali.s i-ttcp ;
N'.-t bet ding that our shoes were worn,
Ac.or-s the rivers dark and deep,
Our feet were bleeding, swelled, ami torn.
And only "re-ted 'n.afh the shade,"
When sliour. of triumph lloated l ack.
From '"Stonewalls" glorious old brigade
VVhi'-h foil jwed bar n , en li t ir tinck.
That, so'.ui I to soldier' ears so dear
lit ral 1 of Victory biavely won
When Jac kson fell upon their rear,
Ah ! tii en we knew the work was done.
Then, from our haversacks we drew
Our rations scant, perchance a eru-at
An ounce, or nioic of beef o bl n
Jlalf raw, and covered iiiick widi (hint.
And in low lone, the b.ys would tell
Of how some comrad'j, gallant met.
A fate so stern, and dying fell
h mg ere the burning sun had set.
They fell: and many a gallant naina
Win then in scribed on ilistory'tj scroll ;
Caught from oblivion's depth, by fame
Aul registered on ''Honor's hull."
i'H time wore on, I may not dwell
On the bright pages of the past :
Of darker scenes I now must tell,
Our days of triumph did not last.
Disease and want hell revel rare,
Hunger and cold did veil their part.
Ye could not last, oh ! comrades dear !
With wasted frames, and breaking heart.
We hurled thern back for four long years"
Struggling against their countless, host
Then came a change, and now in tears
We mourn our cause as almost lost.
On Appomattox's fatal plain
From oat our flag were torn the stars,
The blue crept back to heaven again;
The rainbow claimed its bloodstained bars.
Oh ! who can ere forget that hour,
In the long lapse of coming years ?
Men the we were, we had no power
To stay our bitter nobs and tears.
lint tho' our cherished hopes have fled.
Ami now in chains the Southland weeps,
Our cause is not forever dead
Twill rise again, it only sleep.
And when that glorious day shall come,
When bugles sound so mild, and clear, '
When' with the long roll beats the drum- -Ikneatll
the "Starry Cross" so dear ;
Then will we gather comrades brave,
Avenging swords we 11 theu unsheath
And make the South a mighty grave
Or crown her with a laurel wreath.
Hillsboro, X. V,., June 20th, 180G.
IX .11 KM OK I AM.
The fairest form amid all the slain,
Like a child asleep he nestled.
Iu .the solemn shades of the woodsthat swept
The field where his comrades found him
They bnrried him there and the big tears crept
Into strong men's eyes that had seldom wept,
(His mother, God pity her ! smiled and slept,
Dreaming her arms were around him.)
A grave in the woods with the grass o ergrown,
A grave in the heart of his mother
His clay in the one lies lifeless and lone ;
There is not a name, there is not a stone
And only the voice of tho winds maketh moan
O'er the grave where never a flower is strewn
13ut his memorv lives in the other.
J). J. II.
lIomlM'rs of the First Iermuiieut
CoiifVilerute Congress.
SENATE.
Alabama.
Wm L Yancey, Clement C. Clay.
Arkansas.
Rob rt W Johnson, Charles B Mitchell.
Florida.
A E Maxwell, J M Baker.
Georgia,
Benj. H Hill, ltobert Toombs.
Louisiana.
Edward Sparrow, T J Semrn.es.
Mississippi.
Albeit G Brown, James Peelan.
" M ittsouri.
John B Clark, Jl S Y Peyton.
Xorth Carolina.
George Davis, Wm T Dortch.
Sou tii Carolina.
Hubert W Barnwell, James L Orr.
Ttnnrssce.
Langdon C Haynes, Gustavus A Henry.
Tt was,
Louis T Wigfall, W S Oldham.
Kentucky.
II C Burnett, William Sr.mm.
Virginia.
R M T Hunter. Wm. B Preston.
IIOrSE-OF It E 1' I I ESE X T AT IVES.
Alabama,
1 Thomas J Foster, 6 W Ch.lton,
7 David (Jloplon,
S James E I'ugh,
'J E S Dargan.
j;y the autiiob of the conquered uanneb.
Young as tha youngest who donned the Gray,
True as the Truest that wore it
brave as the Bravest, he marched away,
(Hot tears on the cheeks of his mother lay,)
Triiunphant waved our Flag one day,
He fell in the front before it.
Firm as the Firmest where duty led,
He hurried without a falter
Uold as the Boldest, he fought and bled,
And the day was won but the field was red,
Add the blood of his fresh young heart was shed
On his country's hallowed altar.
On the trampled breast of the battle-plain,
V. here the foremost ranks had wrestled
On his pale, pure face, not a mark of pain,
(His mother dreams they will meet again,)
2 Wm K Smith,
;$ John V Balls,
-1 : L -M Curry,
0 Francis S Lyon,
Arkana .
1 Felix J liaison, 3 Aug. II Garland,
2 G 1) Royster, 4 Thos. B Hanly.
Florid t,
1 Jas. B Hawkins, 2 Hilton.
Georgia.
1 Julian Hai ti idge, G Wm W Clark,
2 C J Mumierlin, 7 B P Trippe,
3 J lines Holt, 8 L J Gartrell,
1 A II Kmkhi, D Haidv Strickland,
0 David W Lewis, 10 A B Wright.
Kentucky Not yet elected.
Lonixianft.
1 C!ias. J Villers, 4 Lueien J Dupre,
2 Cms M Cour.id, 5 John F L -.vis,
3 D F Keuner, C John Perkins, Jr.
Mi-iNxtppi.
1 John J McKae, f II C Chambers,
2 S W Chip,), G O B Su-gh ton,
3 Reuben Davis, 7 E Bartsdale.
4 Israel Welch,
Missouri.
1 John Hver, 5 W W Cook.
2 Casper "W Bc-11, t Thos. W Freeman
3 George W Vest, 7 Thos. A Harais.
4 A II Con re w,
JS'o rth Carolina.
1 W S H Smith, 0 Thos. S Ashe,
2 B B Bridors, 7 J B McLean,
3 Given B Kenan, 8 William Lander,
4 T D McDowell, '.) B S Galther,
0 A Arlington, 10 A T Davidson.
South Carolina.
1 W W Boyce, 4 John McQueen,
2 W Porcher Miles, 5 James I'airar,
3 ML Boa ham, G L M Ager,
Tennessee.
1 J T Heiskell, 7 G W Jones,
2 W G Swaun, 8 Thos. Menees,
3 W H Ttbbs, 9 JDCAdkins,
4 E L Gardenshirc, 10 Bullock,
5 II S Foote, 11 David M Currin.
G M P Gentry,
Texas.
1 John A Wilcox, 4 Wm B Wright,
2 Peter W Cray, 5 Malcolm Graham,
3 C C Herbert. G B F Sexton,
Virginia.
1 M B II Garnctt, 0 Wm. Smith,
2 J B Cliambliss, 10 A B Loteler,
3 John Tyler, 11 J B Baldwin,
4 Bo-er A Pry or, 12 W B Staples.
fj Thus. S. Bocock, 13 Walter Preston,
G John Gooile, jr.. 14 A G Jenkins,
7 Jas. I Holcome, 15 Hubert Johnson,
8 D C Dejarnette, IS C W llussell.
Total numoer 107.
Roll Call iu Heaven.
An ireident is related by a chaplain
who wits in the army during one of our
hard fought battler. The hospital tents
had been titling up fast as the wounded
men had been brought to the rear. Among
the number was a young man mortiliy
wounded, and not able to tpeaK. It was
near midnight, and many a loved one
from our homes lay sleeping on the battle
iield, that sleep that knows no waking un
til Jesus should call them.
The surgeons had been their rounds of
duty, and all was quiet. Suddenly this
youug man, before speechless, calls in a
clear distinct voice "Here !" The surgeon
hastened to his side and asked what he
wished. "Nothing," said he; "they are
calling the roll in heaven, and I was an
swering to my iimiic."
He turned his h. a 1 and was gODe, goue
to join, the great arm; whoe uniforms is
white iu the bloo I of the Lamb. Beader,
iu the great roll call of eternity, your1)
namewill.be hear. I. Cm you answer
'Here !" Are yon one of the soldiers of
Christ, the great Captain of Salvation.
Bib. Recorder.
From Official Report November 1st, 18G1
KEGISTKK
or
XOKTII CAKOLIXA TROOPS, 1861
Continued Jrom last week,
6th lUst., c T 6th Stt Troops
IufUutry.
Wrillian D Pender, Colonel; Charles E
Lightfoot, Lieut. Colonel ; Robert F.
Webb, Major.
Company A Samuel S Kirklaud, Cap
tain; J C Turner, 1st Lieutenant; James M
Price, 2ud Lieutenant.
B William K Parish, Captain; Wm E
McManneu, 1st Lieutenant; Alvis K Un
stead, Thomas L Cooley, 2nd Lieuten
ants. (J William J Freeland, Captain; Hous
ton B Lowrie, 1st Lieutenant; Willie G
Guess, Evans Turner, 2nd Lieutenants.
D Samuel MeD. Tate, Captain; D C
Pearson, 1st Lieutenant; Neill W Bay, Jno
Carson, 2nd Lieutenants.
E IsacoT3 Avery, Captain; AJuhonzo C
Avery, 1st Lieutenant; James H Burns,
John A McPherson, 2nd Lieuienants,
F James W Wilson, Captain; Robert
(X Carter, 1st Lieutenant; Benjamin F
White, Henry C Dixon, 2nd Lieutenants?.
G James A Craig, Captain; Benjamin
R Smith, Adj't, 1st Lieutenant; William B
Lewis, James T Roseborongh, 2nd Lieu
tenants. II -William II Durham, Captain; Levi
II Walker, 1st Lieutenant.
I Richard W York, Captain; Malcus
W Page, 1st Lieutenant; Jeremiah A Lea,
M B Barbee, 2nd Lieutenants.
K James W Lea, Capt 'in; Joseph S
Vinceni, 1st Lieutenant; C N Rouey, S J
Crawford, 2nd Lieutenants.
71h K'jrt. X. '. Troops, 7tli Slate
Troops, Infantry.
Reuben P Campbell, Colonel; Edward G
Haywood, Lieut. Colonel; Edward D Hall,
Major.
Company A Junius L Hill, Captaiu;
James G Knox, 1st Lieutenant; Andrew A
Hill, Melmoth W HilJ, 2nd Lieuienants.
B Robert S Youug, Captaiu, Samel E
White, 1st Lieutenant; Solomon Furr, Jno
I' Young, 2nd Lieutenants.
C Robert B McRae, Captain; David
R Murehison, 1st Lieutenant; Thomas II
McKoy, Waiter B Widiam, 2nd Lieuten
ants. D William L Davidson, Captain; John
E Brown, 1st Lieutenant; William J
Kerr, Benjamin II Davidson, 2ud Lieut
enant, s
E Alsey J Taylor, Captain; Duncan C
Haywood, 1st Lieutenant ; Tredf 11 M William;-.
William A ('loss. 2nd Lieutenants.
V ) McLeod Turner, Captaiu; Thos G j
Williamson, 1st Lieutenant, Elau G
IJinckner, Francis D Stockton, 2nd Lieu
ti n;: ut.
G Hiram Wethfrspoon, Captain; Can-
Lowe, 1st Lieutenant; William M
Lowe, S Weatherspoon,2nd Lieutenant.
II James (J Harris, Captain; Samuel E
W Pharr, 1st Lieutenant; John M Alex
ander, J M V Alexander, 2'id Lieuten
ants. I Janes It McAuley, Captain; William
X D.fkey, 1st Lieutenant; Robert G Mc
A i!; y, Jonn Y Teii.pli ton, 2nd Lieuten
ants. K Matthew H Peoples, Captain; Na
than A Pool, 1st Lioutt u'int; William C
Green, Joseph C Miller, 2nd Lieutenants.
Addington, 1st Lieutenant; Will H Roan, died, in the primo and vip-or f manhool ,;v d il.l-v,
2nd Lieutenant. iu the full flush
possession of all tho endearing heart treas- r -I - : v -ures
that make life lovely and attractive t :. I ii. a.
gloriously died, for a cause, in one sense, tomM " d.ate.
now :ost, imt none t!u less right and holv
because so lost, and in the justice of which
he believed as fully as he did in the exis
tence of that truth which he idolized.
Arriving in R ileigh, he was comtnisMou
ed, by Gov. Ellis, us Colouel of the 4th
North Carolina State Troops, on the Mh
Jay of May. This retriment beincr one of
lOtli Kcgt. X. C. Troops, 10th State ! ho c?rljest in the State, was compostd of
. the choicest material and included in its
irooim, rmierj.
James A J Bradford, Colonel;
The following 2nd Lieutenants belonged
to the Regiment, but their companies are
not put down in Register.
James L Gaines, James L Morrow, Wm
E Broadnax, Laban J Grier, Benjamin P
Ellis, Kerr Craig, Noah P Foard, Jesse II
H Person, John B Neal, John S. Fores
ter, Cadwallader J Iredell, and John L
Smith.
Lieut. Colonel; William B Thomp
son, and Stephen D Ramseur.Majors.
Company A Basil C Manly, Captain;
William J Saunders, 1st Lieutenant; Ber
nard B Guiou, Thomas B Bridgers, 2nd
Lieutenants.
B Henry T Guion, Captain; Alexander
C Latham, Thaddeus Coleman, 1st Lieut
enants, Jos W Stevenson, Edward D Walsh
2nd Lieutenants.
C Thomas H Breni, Captain; William
B Lewis, 1st Lieutenant; Joseph Graham,
Atthur B Williams, 2nd Lieutenant.
D James Beilly, Captain; John A
Ramsey, WTilliam V Myers, 1st Lieuten
ants; Jessie F Woodard, William L Saun
ders, 2nd Lieutenants.
E Alexander D Moore, Captain- John
A Baker, 1st Lieutenant; John O Miller,
John C Mcllhenny, 2nd Lieutenant.
F Wm S G Andrews, Captain; Daniel
Cogdell, Azariah J Biggs, 1st Lieutenants;
Cicero S Primrose, Richard W Evans, 2nd
Lieutenants.
G Josiah S Pender, Captain; James L
Ma"uey, Walter II Peuder, 1st Lieuten
ant; John B Robinson, Robert E Walker,
2nd Lieutenants.
II Stephen D Pool, Captain; John C
Mansou, 1st Lieutenant; Joseph P Robin
son, Benjamin F Miller, 2nd Lieutenants.
I John N. Whitford, Captain; John L
Pennington, 1st Lieutenant; Stephen G
Barringtoii, Edward Whitford, 2nd Lieu
tenants. K Thomas Sparrow Captain ;Wm Shaw,
1st Lieutenant; J J Whitehurst,A Thomas,
2nd Lieutenants.
1st Lieutenants company not designa
ted: B H S Thompsou, Josiah Collins", jr.
(To be Continued.)
From the Land We Love.
Sketch of e:i. ioo. 15. Amlcrsou.
BY MAJOR SEATOX GALES.
a!av
Slli Btegt., X. C. Troops, HtU tate
Troops, Inlaaitry.
Henry M Shaw, Colonel; William Price.
Lieutenant Colonel; George Williamson,
Major.
Company A James W Hinton, Captain;
William II Bagley, 1st Lieutenant; Daniel
A Sawyer, Joseph T Spence, 2nd Lieutenant-?.
B Tames M Whitson, Captain; Thomas
J Jarvis.lst Lieutenant; Benj F Simmons,
Enoch F Baxter, 2nd Lieutenants.
C Henry McRae, Captain; Charles II
Barron, 1st Lieutenant; Thomas W Davis,
W L S Townshend, 2nd Lieutenants.
D -Andrew J Bogers, Captain; William
II Howertcu, 1st Lieutenant; John J Bell,
William M Wilhelm, 2nd Lieutenants.
E James M Williams, Captain; John
M Murehison, 1st Lieutenant; K M Mur
ehison, Neil G Monroe, 2nd Lieutenants.
F Charles J Jones, Captain; William
M Walker, 1st Lieutenant; Alfred Alston, t
Leonard Henderson, 2nd Lieutenants.
G Edward C Yellowly, Captain; Amos'
o xnnes, ist ijieutenaut; unarlcs V Koun
tree, Walter N Peebles, 2ud Lieutenants.
II Rufus A Barrier, Captain; Jacob
File, 1st Lieutenant; Jonas Cook, H C
McCallister,2ud Lieutenants.
I Gaston D Cobb. Captain; Julius J
Wrigut, 1st Lieutenant; Linn B Holt, S
M Butler, 2nd Lieutenants.
K Pinkney A Kennedy, Captain; Arch
ibald II Gregory, 1st Lieutenant; Bobert
B Gilliam, James C Cooper, 2nd Lieutenants.
Troops
9th ESegt. X. V. T.,9th State
C'avalrj.
Robert Ransom, Colonel; Lawrence S
Baker, Lieutenant Colonel; Jas B Gordon,
Major. '
A Thomas N Crumpler, Captain; Wm.
II II Cowles, 1st Lieutenant.
B John H Whitaker, Captain: Akx B
Andrews, 1st Lieutenant; Wm R T Wil
liams, Joseph V Peele, 2nd Lieutenants.
C James 31 Miller, Captiin; M DL
McLeod, 1st Lieutenant, Robert W Max
well, 2nd Lieutenant.
D George N Folk, Captaiu; Samuel P
Caldwell, 1st Lieutecant; James W Coun
cil, John C Blair, 2nd Lieutenants.
E William H Cheek, Captaiu; R J
Shaw, 1st Lieutenant.
F Rufus Barriuger, Captain; Joseph A
Fisher, 1st Lieutenant.
G William R Wood, Captain, James L
Henry, 1st Lieutenant.
H Thomas Ruffin, Captain; Thomas L
Vail, 1st Lieutenant; Wm F Korneay
Johnson H. Brjan, 2nd Lieutenant.
William J Houston, Captain; Wiley
A Barrier, 1st Lieutenant.
K Thaddeus P Siler, Captain; Wm M
ranks some of the best representatives of j
JNortli Carolina. John A. louug, of Char- !
lotte, well known throughout the State as
a gentleman of high character, and as a
leading public man in his section, was Lt.
Col., and Bryan Grimes, of Pitt, who sub
sequently von a merited promotion to a
Major Generaley, was the Major. Among
its line ollicers were men, who had repre
sented the people iu many positions of
trust and promiuence. Cob AtnU-r.-on pro
ceeded at once with energy and enthusi
asm tc reduce the law and incongruous
elemcuts of his command to system, and
although applying to it the rigid regimen
of the regular army, he combined with
discipline and decision, so much of a lia
bility and kindness, to reconcile the impa
tient material to his rule, and to win the
hearts of his regiment. His men loved
him from the start, ami their affection
grew almost to idolatry as they, iu the
course of time, experienced his tender re
gard foa their comfort, his jtihtand impar
tial administration, and the judgment,
prudence and caution, which he utii'.ed
with tho gallantry of the Marshal of the
Empire. And he in turn w; s pioud of
his regiment, and well he might have been,
for a braver band of heroes, never faced a
fire, or marched under martial banners.
The regiment after being fully or
ganized at Garysburg was ordered to
Manassas, which it reached a few days
after the battle of tho twenty
first of July. A short time after its arri
val Col. Anderson was appointed comman
dant of the post and under his skillful
superintendauce many of the fortiri nations
around Manassas wore completed. Even
at this early diy he was strongly recom
mended for a Brigadier Generaley by
Generals Beauregard and Johnston who
were impressed with eminent capacity;
but owing to certain invidious representa
tions the Government at that time failed
to recognize his claims. He remained in
command tit Manassas until the t vacua
tioiiofthat post iu Marci l.SiJJ. At
Clarke's mountain on the Rapid in n
route, for the Peninsular, Gen. lYa'.h r
ston of Miss., was assigned to t!u com
mand of the brigade Gen. Johnston ami
Gen. D. H. Hill commanding the dii.-iiu
expressed surprise and regret at his super
set In re.
The command reported for duty lo
General Rains, at Yorktown on the lJtL
of April and was assigned to the left ol
Gen. Magiuder's line of defence. Al
though present and slightly engaged at
Williamsburg, on the 5th of May the regi
ment did not receive its real baptism oi
tire, until the great battle of Seven Pines,
on the 31st. Here Col. Anderson in the
absence of Featherston commanded tie
brigade, which consisted of the 47th Va.,
Col. (ex-Gov. Smith, the 27th and 2S:h
Georgia, and 4th North Carolina. Tie
latter carried into action 520 cniited m :.
and had 8G killed and 'J7G wounded ! Of
27 ollicers for duty, 21 were either killed
or wounded ! No comment is ucedelto
point the moral of such an exhibition. Not
is it our purpose to give any further de
tails of this desperate engagement, with
its many tragic and thrilling iueitb-uts.
When its history is fully written the fact
will be lecoguized that few, if any, buttle;
of tho war were fought with more co aspic
uous valor, with finer exhibition of indi
vidual intrepidity or more splendid in
stances of aggregated daring. Col. Ander
son behaved throughout with such dit:u
guished gallantry and skdl as to elicit tie
highest encomiums from G-u. D. II. Iliil
ami tt) di aw from the goernmeut a, prompt
commission as Brigadier General, which
was issued to him o:i the 0th day i f Juno.
The brigade assigned him was compos- d
of 2nd, 4th, 14th, and 30th regiments ot
N. C Troops all of which earned and im
mortality of renown.
On the 2Gth of June, the series of battles
around Richmond began in all of which
the brigade participated, and iu tint con
cluding one of which (Malvern Hill) Gen.
Anderson received a wound iu the hand,
while leading his brave boys through u
terrific storm of shot and shell.
The writer of this sketch joined Gen. An
derson as Adjutant General of his brigade
ou the 25th day of August, 1SG2, while it
was in bivouac on the Rupidan the army,
after some six weeks reposo from the giant
struggles of the "seven days," being in
route for the first Maryland invasion. It
was nut the fortune of Gen. Hill's division
to have an active part in any of the en
gagements of this remarkable campaign,
until that of the 11th of September, at tu -South
Mountain Gap, near Boubao
in Abn-vhiiei 'jf which it mav witi.
i safety be observed that, in its cou
1 sequeuces, in the accomplish;. s-'nt "f pt '
! determined object, and in the : ku!;-u i -
position of small numbers to ; "
j whelming odds, it is without n p-ruii i
' war. The divi.-iou unaided uniil a late
i hour of the. afternoon, held in check th
! advance of the greater portion of McClel
! 1 an's vast army, endeavoring with butt-, r-
ing-ram impetus, tt) force its way- through
! the narrow gap, and thereby afiord tim;-
mg
tint
In 18G0, tht; strife in Congress between
the North and tin? South, growing out of
the Compromise agitation of that period,
invaded the preciucts of tho Academy, and
controversy was as excited and blood as
hot there as in the National Legislature.
While youug Anderson was earnest and
decided, in the vindication of the imperil
ed rights of his section, and devoted, with
all the enthusiasm of his generous nature,
tt the sunny land of his nativity, his dis
cussions were always marked by courtesy.
In one of these discussions as described
by Gen. Stanly, it was remarked by one of
the participants : "Well, if war must fol
low, I hope that my day may have passed,
that I may not live to see it. "No," said
Anderson, "deeply as I too would deplora j
it, it must come, I would teel it wrcng
that I should put off, for a succeeding gen
eration, a misery that I am more entitled
to bear." Those who were roosj intimate
ly acquainted with George B. Anderson
know that if there was any one trait next
to his scrupulous conscientiousness and
exalted sense of personal honor Unit
distinguished and made him the nature's
nobleman he was, it was his utter abnega
tion of self. And what a superb illustra
tion of it was here !
In 1852, the class graduated, Anderson's
standing entitling him to the "choice of
arm he should enter, he selected that of
the Dragoons. After spending six months
at the cavalry scliool at Carlisle, he was
detailed by the lion. Jefferson Davis,
theu Secretary of war, as an assistant to
Lieut. Parke, of the Engineers, ordered to
make a survey for a practical railroad
route in California. In this scieutislc
duty, he spent most of the summer, fall
ami winter of 1853.
We next find Lieut. Anderson joining
his regimeut, the 2nd Dragoons, at Fort
Chadburne, Texas. Auioug the officers
more or less connected with this extreme
anddesob.te frontier post, during the
year of his stay, may be mentioned- W.
J. Hardie, R. H. Anderson, Albert Sidney
Johnson, Geoige II. Stuart and H. II.
Sibley, afterwards Confederate Generals
and Pleasanton and Stanly subsequently
general ollicers in the Federal army. In
the fall of 1855, the regiment marched
across the plains from Texas o For t
Riley, Kansas, when Anderson, theu 1st
Lieut, commanded his company in the
absence of Capt. Patrick Calhoun, then in
his last illness. The winter of 1855-'5G
was spent at Fort Riley, and in the spring
of the latter year, the Kansas troubles
commenced. F'rom that time until the
middle of the summer of 1857, the troops
in the country were incessantly engaged
either in the arrest of predatory parties
headed by such marauders as Jim Lane
and Ossawatomie Brown, or iu iutei
posing to prevent the destruction of some
village by a Missouri mob. Here Lt. Ander
son had for a commander (Jen. E. V. Sum
ner and served in the same command with
the since illustrious Jos. E. Johnston, Jan.
1857, the Utah expedition was undertaken.
the 2nd dragoons was one of the rejri- 1 for the concentration of our various eorp-
ments detailed for the duty, and Lieut, j dispersed in strategic directions, m seu-on
Anderson was appointed it's Adjutant. In 1 for the bloody issue at Sh irp.-hurg. In
the autumn of 1859, passing over interme- this engagement (South M u .ta in :' fi.
diate events, he left Utah for, Keutucky. Anderson behaved with hi.- 1. :r . i t
On the 8th ot Nov., of that year, he was i intrepidity, and additional cvak'j.e v.u
married to Miss Mildred Ewin of Louis- j furnished'tliis day that none of hi ; bn-.i
ville. The following spring, lie received ! commanders more enjoyed the co..li 1. n I
the recruiting detail and a stationed it the division commander than the v .'...
Louisville until April, lsGl, when he le- " and recent Bigadier. Tnisis ex.iltt-d y i
sicned his commission in the United when it is remembered that he was ao-
State Army, aud hastened to North Caro
lina, to link his fortunes with those of his
owu State, lie was the first ojftver of th:
old armg, then in service, who proffered
his sword and his life to So rth Cetrolin-t.
True to the patriotic and filial in.-tincts of
his great heart, he rushed to the defence
of the dear land of his nativity and his af
fections. In that defence he dii d,nooly
dated with such men a.- Garland a-e.
Ro b s. We need u t tell who they wr.
Garland (ujt'.veeu whom aud Gt-u. Au.ier
sou, by the way, there existed an '.riu -"
friendship an fadmiiatioui fell early i ;
thi.; action. An aeeompiih-d geutleiue
o ul.'itnnt.lr aaccvlcd
Hie iijii 1 i tht d vision
r. o.i tun h; j of
i.i-- was oats ot tao
wh;ch foreshadowed tho
final and approaching catastrophe.
We may not .-ay to describe tho une
qual field" of Sharpburg. It has lnvn
claimed as n victory for the Federal arms.
Hi-torv will not m write it, with all tho
facts and sequences impartially arrayed.
At daylight n Wed net day, Sept. 17th", 1.
H. Hill's division occupied tho cutro of
the line drawn up to receive tho brunt of
battle. Soon dcierute and heavy from
the left rolls tin In nun of artillery aud tho
rattle of Mjall arms. A retreating mass of
men sweeps over the hill in that direction,
where the enemy bus attacked with tre
mendous force. Gen. - Hill'a division is
ordered to chanpo front to the left, uud,
marching through a growing field of coin,
it takes position in a long lane Ripley on
the extreme left, th-n Garland's Bi gado,
(o mmanded by Col. D. K, McRaco, neit
Rodi s M.d Anderson ou tho right. But
a few months eLpsed ere this Miwli divis
ion, weakened by its losses it South
Mountain, was furioily availed by a
force imtiieu-utahW its wnperior. lt iu
ed niitdne-H to ftaud, but, truo to its glori
ous prestige, it ednily awaited tht? shock,
l i is u.e about s o'clock. And the air
'tool; with the din of arms, of muketund
of cannon, ..ud high above tho clasdi uud
roar rung the ungrv shouting of the Cap
taius, the ei ies ol ' tlie wounded Mini tho
groan-, of dy ing men. Geti. Audi rso.i oc
cupied a prominent position u idiKl-tly
lisoig gro;;ud, irnui.'diatt ly in the rear id
his I'liiimi an! . While thus txpod und
displaying the mo-t splendid courage an
imating his nu n by his example, and di
lectiiig th ni by hn cool uud collected order-,
in- was struck iu the f jot near tho
ankle-joint, by a tuiuuio ball mid fell. Ho
was it once carried with ddliculty uud
hmger, to an improvised hospital in tho
r ar, and the woiiuds examined and pro
nounced .sevtre but not sciiou. No ouo
dn aiu"d that one of tho truest and biavcKt
men that ever lived hud tho tt'o,.ndit of
d ath upon him.
lit; was s'lloe-pi. atly conveyed across
the Potomac to S.h p.trdstow n, and re
ceived every attention at tho hands of tho
e-timable !a lo s of the tanoly of Mr-. Bo
tehr, until Friday morning, when th full-
lie. i he army necessitated hu fur
re.nov::!. Fri. rids counselled his re
maining, b.ii he revolted at the hlea of
falling I!!'' ih hands of the enemy, and
his heart timed for thf ministrations of
hi i-Ievote.t and lovely wife, and the ell
deainw litis of hi infant bo. Hv slow stu-
ges, in company with his brotht r and Aid
, oe-c:.mp, L ent. Rot crt Wallace Ander
son, vho was wounded in the same battle,
aud who was afterwards killed iu tho Wild-rue.--,
on the 5th of May, IsCI, (and a
nobie typo of the Christian gentleman ho
was,) 1 e was carried in a wagou up tho
valley to Staunton, and thence by rt il to
Raleigh, which place he reached .ib.uit tho
-'hli ni tin; ui'iuih. At the residence of
his brother, William E. Anderson, he was
the recipient of eVtTV kindness that H HVtU
paihi7.;ug community could bi slow, and of
tne tie -t siilgieai atU ntio'.i. Wo may not
iuuuc the j recihct o that home aud
: peak of the ti nder love that ungtl-liko
li-ivi lot aroun hi- couch. After a fort
night of ii.tci.se siiti'" ring, mortification
h.iviiig talien place, amputation was d em
e i lee ry as thelat hope id saving hi
valuable bte. The operation was skillful
ly p. rfoira al, but he hvuk und-T it, a,nd
died on th,: morning of the ltilh of )oto
bel, iv.i I retch l'el his pmo and lioblo
SOU I to V i t id.
One of the largest public meeting ever
h id in R.tl " .h testified the borrow of tho
citiz- :i-- at the groat public lo.-, and their
sympaJ.y with th aousfced fatudy. Ami
:u ti.o iutv.il ir;euco of hi it dfith reachetl
tiiu" army, i-ravo men iu"Unn"l und wet,
hoath V as, and I. ad been, all around tbeiu,
andthyiiul become used, and perhaps
.a lou-, r Lt. eoutvinpl-ition, but the lost
of thcr I. td' r and their friond moved them
i: .m uu I explessive emotion.
Lb," wni liuried iu the City Ci'metery.
The fui.erai w;u one of the most imjMj.dne;
over wiU'-e.-icd in Rdeigh. Th old tlaj
which waved abore him utSuveu linej rid
dled with bulh-Ls, ai borne ou its idiivt
teicsl latTin tho cortege, und attached bj
th sudviloon tho Lor.se, which was levl by
his body hcrvant, was the sword which hj
wort.- wtion hv received tho fatal wourd.
This svvonl wui once the property of liin
gallant uncle, Capt. J. 11. K. Burgwyn,
and was on his ierson when ho fell brave
ly lighting at th; battle of Rueb'a de Tars,
iu Mexico.
What is left to be Hold, may bo compre
hended iu few words. Such u life needs
nt f'jrmal t uhgy.
r.-rhapt the mod marVetl traits of Gen.
Anderson, were his sincerity, his conscien
t i u n s i aiul his earnest dovt .tion to truth.
These might, if qualities so Uoble ev
er could be so deemed, have been consid
ered by some, jvs almost Quixotic iu the
extent to which he carried them. Ho
would have died, if possible, a thousand
times, before bo would have hwerv-d ou
inch lrom the straitest ath.s d rectitude
d h : r. Witli a spint as g -ntlo and
. ,r , ; .. ei..'t i's h" hal nil the nervo
r . i .. ...! U-nt tyi- of man. Mod
, . . -1; a... u.t in re unassuming than
1. . . . , that ever k'.i'W him can forget
his s.mie , wii -ii ph-.i.-atit and genial emo
tions vt i :: I ? lt Vkiislike tot ibeam
light.!. g x p his hativLsoruj fae, bii.I win
ning the prep e - r.-i,ua of all who ap
proached him by an lmaistiblo magic.
.Mi -h a smile could only Lave been born of
a heart in which the purest thought had
their home. Audit wa, if we mar 5
sjM-ak, the index to hi whole inner nature.
lb' i he been spared, Li would undoubt
ed y . obt a' lied the highest rank. But
;. i : ! ! f a ".' t f home and omie
'r.. ' - '. o i ! f:-t)'meof clorr, Rfd
. ." r ii t ar na uukei tin her" n dl of
-nof ... he iU't, und will do, wh-u
.-..hu- r tir;es s-ai.etv ne full justice wid
t hi Tueriiorr. Snrvevinir i:i
U' 3
1
raournful und grateful rt trpcct, tV.e lour;
eitatogue ol tleatl l.t -roeMUlio have illustra
t d her name ami history, the will dwell
with p '.diar j ritl upon the life and t er
vice.i ot Gloi: ou Bv.i;tivvi Axi.i:i;.hon.
the verv soul tf chivalry and olie th
first civ I an ofiicers in th-t
wjtt'd have won high distinction
li"e
Evenl tnly says the Fair held at Wt-ldon
this we:'; was a c-c.uplet Mi.vis We .ird
'-i p; ; 1 t elir Jiiijlc this news.

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