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A Warrior's Death.
It was evident to the physicians that death was setting its clammy seal upon the brave, open brow of the General, and they told him so; asked if he had any last messages to give.
The General, with a mind perfectly clear and possessed, then made dispositions of his staff and personal effects. To Mrs. General R. E. Lee he directed that his golden spurs be given as a dying memento of his love and esteem of her husband. To the staff officers he gave his horses. So particular was he in small things, even in the dying hour, that he emphatically exhibited and illustrated the ruling passion strong in death. To one of the his staff, who was a heavy built man, he said, "You had better take the larger horse; he will carry you better." Other mementoes he disposed of in a similar manner. To his young son, he left his glorious sword.
His worldly matter closed, the eternal interest of his soul engaged his mind. Turning to the Rev. Mr. Peterrin, of the Episcopal Church, and of which he was an exemplary member, he asked him to sing the hymn commencing:
"Rock of ages cleft for me.
Let me bide myself in thee."
he joining in with all the voice his strength would permit. He then joined in prayer with the ministers. To the doctor he again said: "I am going fast now; I am resigned; God's will be done." Thus died Gen. J. E. B. Stuart – Charleston Courier.
The Daily Chattanooga Rebel. Griffin, GA., June 9, 1864, Vol. II, Number 243.