The Death of Willie Abell*
A Poem by REV. DR. J. C. HIDEN.
[The following appeared in the Charlottesville (Va.) Chronicle of October the 9th, 1864, and is well worthy of preservation, as handing down the name of a hero, who, though a beardless boy, was as true to country and to duty as any plumed knight who figures in the world's history.]
We heard a day or two since an incident related which we think should be published, as not only illustrating a fine train of character in our young townsman, William M. Abell, who fell on the battle field near Luray just a week ago, but as illustrating also the spirit of devotion to duty which actuates so widely all of our young men.
Mr. Abel, who was acting adjutant
of his regiment (Fifth Virginia Cavalry), had gone forward to reconoitre
in advance of the skirmish line, and discovered that a squadron belonging
to his regiment was in a position where it was about to be cut off, which
it was unconscious. He stared immediately to inform the Colonel, that it
might be withdrawn, and just at this moment he received the fatal shot
through the body; but in this condition he galloped on, gave
ball has pierced his vitals,
He gallops through the carnage,J. C. H.
Charlottesville, October 5th, 1864.