Kate Cumming: A Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

October 1.—One of Mrs. May’s patients died a few days ago. His name was Huntley; was a lieutenant in the Twenty-seventh Mississippi Regiment. He was sick for some time, and died perfectly resigned, in the full hope of a blessed resurrection. He spoke a good deal about his family, and would like to have seen them before his departure from this world. Mrs. W. conversed and prayed with him, and was much gratified at the frame of mind in which he died. His father came to see him, but too late, as he was dead and buried. A few days before his death he told me that my friend, Lieutenant Booth, a member of the same regiment, was here sick. Dr. Hunter has sent a messenger around to all the hospitals in search of him, but he is not to be found.

In a letter received a few days ago from home, was a notice of the death of Charles Farrow, a member of the Twenty-first Alabama Regiment, the same who was taken prisoner at Shiloh. He was confined at Camp Douglas; was taken sick while on the transport, coming down; and, having no attention paid him, sank under his disease, and died on the 21st or 22d of September. Poor fellow! It seems but yesterday since I saw him, a boy. He was one of my brother’s school-mates. They are dropping off, one by one. I little know what at this moment may be my brother’s fate.

The relatives of C. F. had the consolation of closing his eyes and ministering to his last wants, as he reached his home a few hours ere he breathed his last. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, and, I believe, a sincere and devout Christian. I feel for his poor mother and sisters who mourn for him. —’He is not dead, but sleepeth."

  

       "Weep not for him! There is no cause of woe;

            But rather nerve the spirit, that it walk,

      Unshrinking, o’er the thorny path below,

            And from earth’s low defilement keep thee back.

      So, when a few fleet-swerving years have flown,

      He’ll meet thee at heaven’s gate, and lead thee on.

                  Weep not for him!"


Kate Cumming: A Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

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