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Friday, May 24, 2013

Death of Captain Timberlake


Capt James B Timberlake.--The writer of this short obituary has been waiting for some one to notice the death of this young and gallant officer, who fell during the investment of Suffolk last month. Capt T was a native of New Kent county, Va and was just twenty-four years of age. He entered the service early in the spring of '61, a member of the company of which he died in command. He received two wounds prior to the one which proved so fatal; but he would not yield his position until the ammunition of the battalion of which he was in command had been exhausted — On retiring with his wearied command, having held his position about seven hours, he received the shot of which he died. He was taken to Petersburg as soon as possible, where he arrived on the 16th. Els physicians, fearing an internal hemorrhage, pronounced his wound mortal from the beginning; and though he was the first to discover the hemorrhage, he evinced no fears whatsoever, but with a conscience bold of offence he conversed freely with the Rev. Wm M Young of his future prospects, and expressed an abiding confidence in the efficacy of the atonement, and fell asleep without pain on the Sabbath morning of the 19thApril. He leaves an aged father, an affectionate mother, and sisters, to mourn their loss. An oppressed people mourn the loss of every noble son.

A Friend.

-Richmond Daily Dispatch, June 1, 1863

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