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VOLUME 8, ISSUE 4,           APRIL, 2006
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A quick jump to most of the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, APRIL Program (next), March Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Calendar of Events, Humor, Winner, McClellan, Communication, Boots


This May marks  the  113th  anniversary  of  the  burial  of
Jefferson  Davis  in  Hollywood  cemetery.   Davis died from
complications  resulting  from  bronchitis  and  malaria  on
December  6,  1889  in  New Orleans, Louisiana.  His remains
were first buried at Metairie Cemetery in New  Orleans.   He
was  laid  to  rest in the tomb of the Louisiana Division of
the Army of Northern Virginia.  This was  only  a  temporary
burial,  for his remains were soon brought to Richmond where
they rest for eternity.                                     

Plans to bring Davis to Richmond for burial began as soon as
the  news  of  his  death  hit  the  former  capital  of the
Confederacy.  Resolutions were passed and Varina  agreed  to
move  him  here.   She  was  offered  any  spot in Hollywood
Cemetery.  Three years of planning resulted in  one  of  the
grandest funerals in the South.                             

On  May  27th 1893 Davis's body was taken out of the tomb in
New Orleans, placed in a new oaken casket and taken  to  the
Confederate  Memorial  Hall  to  lie  in state.  On May 28th
after a grand memorial service with thousands in attendance,
his  remains  were  taken  to  the railroad station.  Davis'
casket  was  placed  on  a  catafalque  inside  a  converted
observation  car.   The  windows  of the car were removed so
people could view the casket, but due to the enormous number
of flowers in the car, the casket was hidden.  The crowd was
so huge that the funeral procession  had  a  difficult  time
getting to the train station.  The train left at midnight.  

Along the train's 1,200 mile journey to Richmond "Uncle" Bob
Brown, a former servant of the Davis family and a  passenger
on  the  train,  was  so  moved  by  all the flowers left by
children along the tracks that he wept uncontrollably.   The
first  stop  was  at  Davis'  beloved  Belvoir.   Varina had
considered  burying  Davis  there   but   the   plantation's
proximity to the Gulf put any memorial at risk to erosion by
floodwaters.  After leaving Belvoir, the train  traveled  to
Mobile,  Alabama  where  it  was  greeted  by  thousands  of
mourners and a  21-gun  salute  by  the  Alabama  Artillery.
Church  bells  rang  as  the casket was carried to Alabama's
capitol and through the portico.  It  was  at  this  portico
where  he  took  the  oath  of  office  as  President of the
Confederacy in 1861.  The casket was  placed  on  the  front
bench  of the Alabama Supreme Court.  Banners with the words
"Monterrey" and "Buena Vista" were hung above the  exits  to
commemorate  his  service  in  the Mexican War.  Davis was a
hero at the battle of Monterrey and  was  wounded  at  Buena
Vista.  Shortly after 12 p.m.  on May 30th the train resumed
its journey stopping next in Georgia.  After a brief stop at
West Point to pick up Georgia's governor the train continued
on to Atlanta.  Twenty thousand people lined the streets  as
the  funeral  procession made its way to the Capitol where a
memorial service was held.                                  

After Atlanta, the train traveled through South Carolina and
North  Carolina.  It stopped again in Raleigh so that Davis'
body could lie in state at the Capitol.  That  evening,  the
journey  continued  and  the  train  made  a  brief  stop in
Danville, Virginia where crowds of people stormed the  train
singing  "Nearer  My  God  To Thee" as the city church bells

Finally at 3:05 a.m.  on May 31st, 1893, the  train  arrived
in  Richmond.   The  Lee  and  Pickett  Camps of Confederate
Veterans,  the  First  Virginia  Regiment  and  about  1,000
citizens  were  at  the depot to meet the train.  His casket
was taken to the Rotunda of the Capitol to lie in state.  It
was then placed on a catafalque made of an artillery caisson
draped with  black  velvet.   Seventy-five  thousand  people
attended  the  final  salute  making  it  one of the largest
funeral processions in Richmond's history.  The streets were
lined  with people all the way from the Capitol to Hollywood
Cemetery.  The city was in mourning.  Public buildings along
with  many  houses were draped with Confederate and American
flags.  Six state governors served as pallbearers and 25,000
people  were  at the cemetery.  The services culminated with
the firing of a 21-gun salute and the playing of  "Taps"  by
William H.  Cowardin of the Richmond Howitzers.             

The  grave  was  not  closed  immediately.  It remained open
under guard until June 3rd when the  remains  of  his  three
sons  were  buried  next  to  him.   Once  the President was
interred, work began on erecting a suitable monument.  Years
of  designing  and sculpting resulted in the statue of Davis
standing over his grave that we see today.  It  was  erected
shortly before the close of the 19th century.               

This  month  is  Confederate  History  and  Heritage  month.
Ceremonies  will  be  held   honoring   Confederate   greats
Jefferson  Davis  and  Robert E.  Lee, along with many other
Confederate generals and southern  statesmen.   Let  us  not
forget  the sacrifices made by the thousands of privates and
enlisted men who are not named in the history books but were
just   as   heroic.   These  men  left  their  families  and
livelihoods  to  fight  against  tyranny  and  protect   and
preserve the liberties enjoyed by all Americans.            



A few hands are still needed to help with the  road  cleanup
Saturday April 15.  Meet at Enon Church, Studley Road (Route
606), Hanover County at 10  AM.   If  you  need  directions,
please  call  Lewis Mills or Walter Tucker.  The exercise is
not too strenuous, the  camaraderie  is  great,  and  you'll
learn  something  about  consumer  preferences  in  food and
drink.  Estimated work time is about two hours.             

At the March meeting we were pleased  to  induct  Robert  W.
Mahone.   There are no membership applications from our Camp
awaiting action at Headquarters.                            

We extend belated congratulations to Richard  Campbell,  who
was married February 18.                                    

Both houses of the Virginia General Assembly approved Senate
Bill 401, which directs that the money formerly going to the
Oakwood  Confederate  Cemetery  Trust  will  now  go  to the
Virginia Division of the SCV.                               

The Virginia  Division  annual  convention  to  be  held  in
Suffolk later in the week of our next Camp meeting should be
interesting, with two candidates announced for the office of
Division Commander.  Officers elected this year will serve a
two-year term.                                              

One sometimes wonders what goes through the minds  of  movie
makers.   We  recently saw The New World, about the founding
and early days of Jamestown,  the  first  permanent  English
settlement.  Much of this was filmed on and around the James
River,  which  made  the  scenery  fine.   John  Smith,  the
indispensable   and   phenomenally   interesting   hero   of
Jamestown, was portrayed in the  movie  as  a  self-absorbed
hippy  from  the  1960's.   History on the screen, even when
well done, cannot  match  that  in  accurate,  well  written
books.  An excellent book about Jamestown by David A. Price,
Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and  the
Start of a New Nation, is available in soft cover.          

A  few  years  ago, It was remarked that the Ken Burns Civil
War series on public television did a lot  to  interest  the
general  public  in  The  War.   A  knowledgeable SCV member
sagely commented, "Yeah, but what did it do for history?"   

By  the  time  this  goes  to  press  we'll  be  well   into
Confederate  History  Month.   April  was  so  proclaimed by
Virginia Division Commander Henry  Kidd  several  years  ago
during  his  term  of office.  Each of us is responsible for
doing something positive for our ancestors, particularly  in
this  most significant month.  Supporting the planned events
commemorating The War will help.  Wearing our lapel pins may
prompt  questions which perhaps can lead to new memberships.
Flying a battle flag will let our  neighbors  know  that  we
will never forget the sacrifices made by those brave men who
fought and perhaps died for  their  beliefs  and  for  their
nation.   Visiting battlefield sites and Confederate museums
will keep their memory alive.  The Museum of the Confederacy
is an international treasure which is worthy of our support.

There   are   several  worthwhile  battlefield  preservation
organizations which have done outstanding work  in  enabling
us  and our descendants to walk the battlefields and reflect
on what our ancestors did on that historic soil.  Nationally
the  Civil  War  Preservation  Trust  does magnificent work.
Locally the  Richmond  Battlefields  Association  is  to  be
commended in its efforts to keep alive the memory of The War
right here at home.                                         

Educating local government authorities about  the  worldwide
appeal  of Civil War battlefields and sites may wake them up
to  the  economic  benefits  of  tourism.   When  I  walk  a
battlefield,  I  look  at  license  tags and listen to other
walkers.  Walking Cold  Harbor  several  years  ago,  I  was
delighted  to hear British accents from two gentlemen.  They
told me they worked for the  United  Kingdom's  Ministry  of
Defence.  (Yes, that's the way our British allies spell it.)
They had been to Crane, Indiana and then  Washington  DC  on
business.    At   the   conclusion   of  their  business  in
Washington, they rented a car and drove to Richmond to  tour
the  battlefields.   On  another occasion, a lady had driven
from Texas with her son and  one  of  his  friends  to  tour
Virginia battlefields.  Our local governments are sitting on
a tourism gold mine and need to be  reminded  that  Richmond
will  always  be most famous for its role in The War Between
The States.  Our duty is to educate them.                   







Our own Adjutant/Treasurer, Walter Dunn Tucker, will be  our
speaker  for  April.   Walter's topic will be "The Heroes of
Monument Avenuer."                                          


David P. Bridges

Author and historian David P.  Bridges  spoke  to  the  camp
about  his  new  book  Fighting with JEB Stuart: Major James
Breathed and the Confederate Horse Artillery.               

Major  James  Breathed,  a  great-great  granduncle  of  Mr.
Bridges,  was  one  of  those  gallant  heroes  that  showed
incredible bravery in battle but has been forgotten over the
ages.   A  prewar  physician  and surgeon, Breathed opted to
join the Cavalry instead of the medical corps.              

Mr.  Bridges' book tries to explain the forces  behind  Maj.
Breathed's bravery and fearlessness on the battlefield. Like
most southerners before  the  War  of  Northern  Aggression,
Breathed  feared  subjugation by the north.  His worst fears
included confiscation of southern property  by  the  Federal
Government  and  he  considered  the  war  to  be the second
revolution against a tyrannical government.                 

Honor, Chivalry, and Reputation were paramount  to  Southern
gentlemen  and  nothing  could  be more detrimental to those
virtues  than  cowardice  on  the  battlefield.    Fear   of
humiliation  back  home led to some of the most unbelievable
actions in the face of the enemy.                           

Maj.  Breathed was one of those men  who  showed  incredible
bravery  on  the  battlefield.   One  of  his greatest feats
occurred at the Battle of the Wilderness.  While  firing  on
the  advancing  federals  he  and his men received orders to
stop firing and pull back.  Breathed refused to quit  firing
and  continued until the federals were almost on top of him.
Rather than abandon the gun he  hooked  up  the  cannon  and
mounted  the lead horse right at the last minute.  Before he
could start moving, his horse was shot out from  under  him.
He  then mounted the second lead horse but that one was shot
out from under him as well.  He tried to remount  the  third
horse  but  incredibly  that  one  was  shot  out  as  well.
Remarkably Maj.  Breathed managed to mount the fourth  horse
and  get  away  with the cannon while giving the Yankees the
"nose salute."                                              

Two days before  the  surrender  at  Appomattox  during  the
battle of High Bridge Maj.  Breathed was almost captured but
was able to escape by  shooting  two  Federal  captains  and
sergeants   at  extremely  close  range.   Doused  in  blood
Breathed remounted his horse and returned to fighting.      

After the war Breathed lived a quiet life  and  returned  to
the medical field opening his own practice.  He did not seek
fame and notoriety like many of the  Union  and  Confederate
notables  we  know today.  Mr.  Bridges' book sheds light on
this forgotten hero and tries to earn Maj.   James  Breathed
the recognition he deserves.                                

Copies   of   his   book   are   available  at  his  website or you may call 703-486-4275.         



Robert W. Mahone 

Robert W.  Mahone is shown above  as  he  is  inducted  into
Longstreet Camp by 1st Lt.  Commander Will Shumadine.       

We  are  delighted  to  welcome  him into the brotherhood of
Longstreeters!  Be sure to introduce  yourself  to  our  new
member if you have not already done so.                     


Commander: Taylor Cowardin 356-9625 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: William F. Shumadine, III 285-4044 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Michael Kidd 270-9651 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Richard B. Campbell 278-6488 Quartermaster: R. Preston Nuttall 276-8977 Chaplain: Henry V. Langford 474-1978


Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website: War Horse: David P. George 353-8392



The following is a cumulative listing of contributors to the
upkeep  of  “The  Old  War  Horse” for the period July, 2005
through  the  current  month. As you  know,  our  cumulative
listing starts in July of each year.                        

Ben Baird
Harry Boyd
Lloyd Brooks
Brian Cowardin
Clint Cowardin
Gary Cowradin
Ron Cowardin
Taylor Cowardin
Raymond Crews*
Jerold Evans
Kitty Faglie*
Richard Faglie
David George
Charles Howard 
Chris Jewett
John Kane
Frank Marks
Lewis Mills
Joe Moschetti
John Moschetti
Joey Seay
Bill Setzer
Austin Thomas
David Thomas
Walter Tucker*
John Vial*
David Ware
Harold Whitmore*
Hugh Williams

In Memory of Chuck Walton-Anonymous
In Memory of Chuck Walton-Ben Baird
In Memory of Hef Ferguson-David George
In Memory of Tom Lauterbach-Harold Whitmore

* - Multiple contributions                 
§ - Visitor Donation                       
+ - in memory of Past Cmdr. Tom Lauterbach 


Confederate Navy Exhibit, featuring ships, commanders, naval
technology,   paintings   and   artifacts.   Museum  of  the
Confederacy,   Richmond.    For   info:   (804)649-1861   or

APRIL 21-23
"Skirmish  at  Jeffersonville"  at  historic  Crab   Orchard
Museum, Tazewell, VA.  Living History camps, demonstrations,
period ball and battle reenactments.  Union and  Confederate
troops,   mounted  Cavalry.   Sutlers  welcome.   First  ten
participating cannon registered receive $100  powder  bounty
with   full  weekend  participation.   Proceeds  go  to  the
Historic Crab Orchard Museum.  For  info:  (276)988-6755  or

APRIL 21-23
11th Biennial  Jackson  Symposium  in  Lexington.   Speakers
include:  Keith  Bohannon,  Robert  E.  L.  Crick, Robert K.
Crick,  William  J.   Miller,  Frank  O'Reilly,   James   I.
Robertson,  Jr.   and  Robert G.  Tanner.  Pre-refgistration
required.  Sponsored by the  Stonewall  Jackson  Foundation.
For     info,     registration:     (540)     463-2552    or

Two hour Brandy Station Battlefield Tour of Kelly's Ford and
Stevensburg  from  Graffiti  House,  Brandy Station, 10 a.m.
Begins with discussion of Union river  crossing  at  Kelly's
Ford,   follows   route   of   Union   Cavalry  division  to
Stevensburg.  No reservations required.   $5  over  age  12.
Sponsored  by  Brandy  Station  Foundation.  For info: (540)
547-4106 or

Museum of the Confederacy sponsored  day  tour  in  Norfolk/
Hampton  Roads area leaving from Richmond led by USS Monitor
historian Jeff Johnson.  Sites include Fort Norfolk, Gosport
Navy  Yard,  Trinity  Episcopal Church, Portsmouth Navy Yard
Museum, Mariner's Museum  Monitor  Center  behind-the-scenes
tour.    $30   for   Museum   members.    $40   non-members.
Registration by April 12.  For  info:  Sam  Kraghead,  (804)
649-1861, ext.44, or

May 5-7
142nd anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness observance
by  Friends  of Wilderness Battlefield with multiple events.
Friday, annual live and silent auction and dinner with guest
speaker.   Saturday, bus tour of Wilderness Battlefield with
historian Gordon Rhea, Ellwood House tours.  Sunday, Ellwood
House  tours.   Fees charged for auction/dinner and bus tour
will benefit campaign for restoration of Ellwood.  For info,

 MAY 5-7
3rd  Annual  Spring  Tour  at   Pamplin   Historical   Park,
Petersburg.   Tour  of  the  Petersburg  Campaign  in  1864,
Wartime Petersburg and City Point with Executive Director A.
Wilson   Greene.    Optional   May   5  tour.   Reservations
necessary.  For Info: (804) 861-2408 or

Two-hour Brandy Station Battlefield tour of  Fleetwood  Hill
from  Graffiti  House, Brandy Station, 10 a.m.  The focus is
on the fight  for  Fleetwood  Hill,  the  most  intense  and
prolonged combat on June 8, 1863.  No reservations required.
Fee:  $5  over  age  12.   Sponsored   by   Brandy   Station
Foundation.        For       info:      (540)      547-4106,,

"If this Valley is lost, Virginia is Lost"  Symposium  about
Stonewall  Jackson's Valley Campaign at the Stonewall Hotel,
Staunton.   Free.   Sponsored  by  Shenandoah   Battlefields
National Historic District.  For info:                      
(888) 689-4545,

"Robert E.  Lee;Virginia Soldier, American Citizen"  lecture
by  historian  James I.  Robertson, Jr.  at the Commonwealth
Room, The Homestead, Hot Springs, 2 p.m.  Sponsored  be  the
Virginia  Hot  Springs  Preservation  Trust, Bath County Art
Association and  The  Homestead.   Free.   For  information:
(540) 839-1766

MAY 13
142nd Anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court  House
at  Fredericksburg  &  Spotsylvania  National Military Park,
Fredericksburg.  Walking tours 10 a.m., "A Fuss  Over  Fence
Rails:  The  Opening  Engagement at Laurel Hill;" 1 p.m., "A
New Way of Fighting : Upton's Attack;" 4 p.m., "Struggle for
the Bloody Angle." For info:

MAY 17-20
"Stonewall-From Second Manassas to Sharpsburg"  15th  Annual
Spring  Tour of Shenandoah University's Mc Cormick Civil War
Institute.  Focus on Jackson's  war  experience  beyond  the
Valley in fall 1862 to Manassas, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg.
For info: (540) 535-3543;

As you can see, we are at the  height  of  War  Between  the
States activity all over Virginia in April and May.  Be sure
to take advantage of some of these  wonderful  opportunities
to increase your knowledge of our history.                  


Entering a crowded restaurant with a companion, Gregory Peck
found no table available.  "Tell them who you are," murmured
the friend.  "If you have to tell  them  who  you  are,  you
aren't anybody," said Peck.                                 

Pope  John  XXIII  had expressed a wish to take a short walk
around his garden each day.  Vatican officials hastily  made
arrangements  to erect a barrier around the path so that the
daily constitutional would not be observed by  neighbors  or
passersby.   The  Pope  learned  with  some surprise of this
proposal.  "What's the matter?"  he  asked,  "Don't  I  look

On  April  6,  1984  Ronald  Reagan  ended  a foreign policy
address at Georgetown University by recalling  his  entrance
to  a  recent  state  dinner  for  Fran‡ois Mitterand: "Mrs.
Mitterand and I  started  through  the  tables,  the  butler
leading us through the people, and suddenly, Mrs.  Mitterand
stopped.  She calmly turned her head and said  something  to
me  in  French,  which, unfortunately, I did not understand.
And the butler was motioning us to come on, and  I  motioned
to  her that we should go forward, that we were to go to the
other side of the room.  And again, very  calmly,  she  made
her  statement  to  me." An interpreter finally explained to
Mr.  Reagan that Madame Mitterand was  telling  him  he  was
standing on her gown.                                       

As  a  cub reporter, Mark Twain was told never to state as a
fact anything that he could not personally verify. Following
this  instruction  to  the  letter,  he  wrote the following
account of a gala social event: " A woman giving the name of
Mrs.   James Jones, who is reported to be one of the society
leaders of the city, is said to have given what purported to
be  a  party  yesterday for a number of alleged ladies.  The
hostess claims to be the wife of a reputed attorney."       


Preston Nuttall was the happy winner of  the  drawing.   The
Old War Horse was delighted also as Preston treated him to a
goodly portion of oats as a result!  He gave an appreciative
whinny of thanks to our resident author.                    


                                          "September 3, 1862

McClellan is an intelligent engineer and officer, but not  a
commander  to  lead a great army in the field.  To attack or
advance with energy and power is not in him; to fight is not
his forte.  I sometimes fear his heart is not earnest in the
cause; yet I  do  not  entertain  the  thought  that  he  is
unfaithful.   The study of military operations interests and
amuses him.  It flatters him to have  on  his  staff  French
princes  and  men  of  wealth  and  position; he likes show,
parade and power.  Wishes to outgeneral the Rebels, but  not
to  kill and destroy them.  In a conversation I had with him
in May last at  Cumberland  on  the  Pamunkey,  he  said  he
desired  of  all  things  to  capture  Charleston;  he would
demolish and annihilate the city.   He  detested,  he  said,
both South Carolina and Massachusetts.  andshould rejoice to
see both States extinguished.  Both were and always had been
ultra  and mischievous, and he could not tell which he hated
most.  These were the remarks of the General-in-Chief at the
head  of  our  armies then in the field, and when as large a
proportion of this troops were from  Massachusetts  as  from
any State in the Union..

I  cannot  relieve my mind from the belief that to him, in a
great degree, and to his example,  influence,  and  conduct,
are to be attributed some portion of our late reverses, more
than any other person on either  side.   His  reluctance  to
move  or  to have others move, his inactivity, his detention
of Franklin, his omission to send  forward  supplies  unless
Pope  would send a cavalry escort from the battle-field, and
the tone of his conversation  and  dispatches,  all  show  a
moody  state  of  feeling.   The  slight  upon  him  and the
generals associated with him, in the selection of Pope,  was
injudicious,   impolitic,   wrong   perhaps,   but   is   no
justification for their withholding one tithe of strength in
a  great  emergency, where the lives of their countrymen and
the welfare of their country were in danger.   The  soldiers
whom  McClellan has commanded are doubtless attached to him.
They have been trained to it, and has kindly cared for  them
while  under him.  With partiality for him they have imbibed
his prejudices, and some of the officers  have,  I  fear,  a
spirit more fractious and personal than patriotic."

                                   -Dairy of Gideon Wells


April 8, 2006                                               


First let me say that I was sorry to have felt it necessary,
along  with  the parade committee, to cancel the Confederate
History and Heritage Month Parade, but as the weather seemed
unsettled  on  Friday  evening,  I  felt it better safe than

Now on to something positive.  As you know, the Division had
a  bill  put  in  the General Assembly to create a specialty
auto tag in honor of Robert E.  Lee's 200th birthday.  Below
is  a  copy  of  the  concept  plate that we are developing.
Shortly, information on how to reserve your own  plate  will
be placed on this list and on the Division website.         

We  must have 350 people sign up for a plate by July 31st or
the plate will not be made.  I don't  want  anyone  dropping
their  SCV  tags, but if you have other vehicles without the
SCV plate then please purchase one.  We also anticipate many
others  such  as UDC members will want the plate.  The plate
will be available for everyone, not just SCV members.       


Major-General Patrick R. Cleburne
Killed in the Battle of Franklin, Tenn.
November 30, 1864

On  the  morning  of  the  battle  of  Franklin,  Tennessee,
Major-General Patrick Cleburne, while riding along the lines
encouraging his men, saw an old friend,  a  Captain  of  his
command,  bare-footed,  his feet sore and bleeding-a pitiful
sight to look upon, indeed.  Dismounting, at once, he walked
up  to  the Captain and said: "Captain, will you kindly pull
off my boots?" The Captain looked up in some surprise,  but,
always  ready  to  obey his commanding officer, responded at
once to the request of  the  General,  and  pulled  off  his
boots,  holding them in his hands as if asking, "What next?'
The General said to him, "Captain, will you try them on  and
see  if  they will fit you?" This the Captain did also.  The
General then turned and mounted his horse, saying, "Captain,
I  am  tired of wearing those boots, and can do well without
them." The Captain remonstrated, and so  did  others  around
him,  but  he  would  not  listen  to them.  With a pleasant
smile,  he  saluted  the  Captain,  and  saying,  "Good-bye,
Captain,"  he  rode  away.   That day he was killed, and was
taken from the field in the condition in which he  had  left
the Captain.                                                

	Oh, no ! he'll not need them again-
		No more will he wake to behold
The splendor and fame of his men,
	The tale of his victories told !
No more will he wake from that sleep
	Which he sleeps in his glory and fame,
While his comrades are left here to weep
	Over Cleburne, his grave and his name.

Oh, no! he'll not need them again;
	No more will his banner be spread
O'er the field of his gallantry's fame-
	The soldier's proud spirit is fled !
The soldier who rose 'mid applause,
	From the humblemost place in the van-
I sing not in praise of the cause
	But rather in praise of the man.

Oh, no ! he'll not need them again;
	He has fought his last battle without them,
For barefoot he, too, must go in
	While barefoot stood comrades about him;
nd barefoot they proudly marched in,
	With blood flowing fast from their feet;
They thought of the past victories won,
	And the foes that they were now to meet.

Oh, no ! he'll not need them again;
	He is leading his men to the charge,
Unheeding the shells, or the slain,
	Or the showers of the bullets at large
On the right, on the left, on the flanks,
	He dashingly pushes his way,
While with cheers, double-quick and in ranks,
	His soldiers all followed that day.

Oh, no ! he'll not need them again;
	He falls from his horse to the ground !
Oh, anguish ! oh, sorrow ! oh, pain !
	In the brave hearts that gathered around.
He breathes not of grief, nor a sigh
	On the breast where he pillowed his head,
Ere he fix'd his last gaze upon high-
	"I'm killed, boys, but fight it out," said.

Oh. no ! he'll not need them again;
	But treasure them up for his sake;
And, oh ! should you sing a refrain
	Of the memories they still must awake,
Sing it soft as the summer-eve breeze,
	Let it sound as refreshing and clear;
Tho' grief-born, there's that which can please.
	In thoughts that are gemmed with a tear.

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