Thursday, January 24, 2013

1863 January 13 Staunton, Va.

[from the diary of Joseph Addison Waddell, former newspaper publisher and civilian employee of the Quartermaster Dept.]

Tuesday night, January 13, 1863.
Just as the light of day was departing, we laid Addy Stuart's remains in the grave, by the side of his sister, little Cornie, who two years ago died in the triumphs of faith. The mail brought a letter from Mary, in which she told of Addy's last moments, as reported by young Maxwell, who accompanied the remains to Christiansburg. Nothing troubled him but the thought of his mother's distress. "It will kill Ma," he said, "but tell her that I trust in God, and am willing and not afraid to die." To his father he sent word that he hoped to meet him in heaven. Oh! the grief and bereavement I feel at the loss of this noble boy. He died at the home of a Mr. Camp, in Southampton Co., Va., and we are assured that he received every attention.
Important events have occurred during the last week, which will be recorded in history; nothing of local interest.

[transcript by the Valley of the Shadow project]

MSS 38-258

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