"Died, on the 2d day of July, 1862, in this city, of wounds received at the battle of Mechanicville, Lieut. Edward Brockenbrough, company B. 40th Virginia regiment, in the 28th year of his age.
Few nobler specimens of manhood have fallen during this war than Lieut. Brockenbrough.--Those who know and loved him, feared when he should meet the foe, that that towering form would be too fair a mark to tempt Death with, and escape unharmed. The fatal bullet found him just as night and victory closed the eventful contest, which his valor and strong arm had aided in deciding. His friends at first hoped he would survive, though wounded severely in two places, but the injury was too deep and serious.
Of all the wounded brought to this city, none excited, a livelier interest or deeper sympathy than this gallant young officer, whose sufferings and heroic fortitude were as conspicuous on the sick bed as his bravery was on the field. When he died a throng of anxious friends surrounded him; the man of God was there ministering to his comfort; sold age, with its gray hair and tottering step, was also there, to cheer and honor suffering youth; beauty and female loveliness, too, were there, to heave a sigh and shed a tear over the couch of the dying soldier, and pay a tribute to his worth.
The deceased was a native of Richmond county, Va., and was universally esteemed by all who knew him. Long will he be remembered and [ remoaned ] in the "Northern Neck" for his virtues and chivalrous qualities. He left his home when the trumpet blast of war first sounded, to be among the first in the struggle for liberty — alas, to return no more! He has sealed his devotion with his blood — which is of the best and bravest in the land. He sleeps in Hollywood, with many a brave comrade near him." (The Daily Dispatch, August 19, 1862, Richmond, VA)