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Confederate Soldier

A young soldier, while dying very happily, broke out in singing the following stanza: “Great Jehovah, we adore thee, God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, joined in glory on the same eternal throne: Endless praised to Jehovah, three in one.” The chaplain then asked if he had any message to send his friends. “Yes,” said he. “Tell my father that I have tried to eat my meals with thanksgiving.” “Tell him that Christ is now all my hope, all my trust, and that he is precious to my soul.” “Tell him that I am not afraid to die—all is calm” “Tell him that I believe Christ will take me to himself, and to my dear sister who is in heaven.”

The voice of the dying boy faltered in the intervals between these precious sentences. When the hymn commencing, “Nearer, my God to thee,” was read to him, at the end of each stanza he exclaimed, with striking energy, “Oh Lord Jesus, thou are coming nearer to me.” Also at the end of each stanza of the hymn (which was also read to him) commencing, “Just as I am—without one plea, But that thy blood was shed for me, And that thou bid’st me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come,” he exclaimed, “I Come! O Lamb of God, I Come!” Speaking again of his friends, he said, “Tell my father that I died happy.”

His last words were, “Father, I’m coming to thee!” Then the Christian soldier sweetly and calmly “fell asleep in Jesus.”

Anonymous Confederate soldier—1861-65/ died in battle in the War Between the States