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Among these the plan to attack St. Albans was worked out, the prime purpose being to spread dismay, if possible, among the Union forces, for the safety of New England towns.

He had been with me from the beginning of the war and had never failed in duty to his country or obedience to me. He was gentle and amiable, indomitable in courage and pluck, and his bravery was as natural and unaffected as his death was beautiful. " Page 19 Lieutenant Niemeyer Lieutenant Niemeyer entered the Army at eighteen. On the fatal field of Gettysburg, July 3, 1853. he was conspicuously brave. Three times his brigade halted and was aligned under a galling fire. " A few minutes after he fell dead, pierced through the head by a bullet.

Cabell was only fifteen when the war broke out, and earnestly desired to join the volunteers, of which his brother, James Caskie Cabell, was lieutenant, but his father told him that having one son in the army, only seventeen, he was unwilling that another of tenderer years should become a soldier; so he reluctantly continued his studies at the Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated with the highest distinction. The theme and burden of his letters to his family was his longing to join the army of the South, saying repeatedly that he had rather die than that the contest should be over and independence achieved or lost without his contributing his mite to the struggle.

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