The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 54
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
be to have been where I now am, contributing to his every want and
comfort, and, if it must be so, to cheer his expiring life to its pre-
mature end. An hour before breathing his last his request was that
I should take him out to the stage quick, that he could not stand
it much longer, and deeming it my duty, however painful to me,
I told him that it was absolutely impossible to move him in his
present condition, that if he ever went home it must be when he
grew stronger and was more able to support the fatigues of the
journey, that if he was moved then at all it would kill him almost
instantly. He then shortly afterward bade me Goodbye and told me
he was going and that all of his friends and I should live a better
life and meet him beyond the grave. He died slowly and like the
glimmering extinguishment of an expiring lamp until 5 P.M., when
his soul deserted its clayey tenement of sorrow and pain. May God
grant for him a happy place in eternity-he died with his hands
clasped in mine and tears would flow at the thought of how dear
he was to one, to me the dearest thing on earth. He was with the
assistance of his friends and fellow soldiers then clothed in his last
earthly habiliments, and on
Sept. 27 Sunday was followed by a concourse of the same to the
grave where he was buried with the martial honor due a private
in the Army of the Confederate States. The inscription on his head
board is, Henry Rowley, a private of Co. E, Spaight's Batn., T. V. I.,
age 18 years, died Sept. 26th, A.D. 1863. Uncle Jake Beaumont7 was
very kind in his capacity of hospital steward doing much that could
not have been demanded of him. He left $94 in money and the
expenses of burial and last sickness were as follows: For making
head board $i.oo, for washing clothes, Soo, at Capt. Burton's-
Henry always manifested a heroic disposition to suffer more than
his constitution could bear rather than be found absent from his
post. Learned this evening from official circles that we are to cross
the river to attack the enemy tomorrow night.
[to be continued]
7lJ. K. Beaumont, the company commissary, was over fifty years of age. His
son, also in Company E, was 1st Corporal Jacob Beaumont.
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