And now good bye, wife and children. Bring them up, I know you will, in the fear of God and love of the Saviour. But for you and the dear ones dependent, I should die happy. I know the blow will fall with crushing weight on you. Trust in Him who gave manna in the wilderness.
Dr. Nash is with me. It is now after midnight, and I have spent most of the night in sending messages to you.
Two bullets have gone through my chest, and directly through the lungs. I suffer but little now, but at first the pain was acute. I have won the soldier’s name, and am ready to meet now, as I must, the soldier’s fate. I hope that from heaven I may see the glorious old flag wave again over the undivided Union I have loved so well.
Farewell, wife and babes, and friends. We shall meet again.