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    Washington [North Carolina] June 27th 1862.

    Dr Sir

    Your letter of the 12th came duly
    to hand and according to your request I
    have ascertained the following particulars of
    your brother’s death, from Sergt Nichols of Co
    H who was beside him when wounded. It was
    about 2.45 PM when the action was half
    over, that a bullet struck George in the
    throat, inflicting a mortal wound, just as
    he was rising to fire. He was immediately
    lead to the rear and just before reaching the
    hospital George motioned to them to lay him
    down on some bushes by the roadside, but they
    replied the surgeon was near and would attend
    to him if he could hold out a few minutes
    longer. He was laid on the floor in the
    little building, and although Drs Curtis &
    McGregor did everything in their power, he
    passed away without pain in about fifteen

    minutes after being struck, not having uttered
    a word. The first I knew of it was after the
    fight was over, when I saw him lying beside
    the dead body of Sergt Litchfield of Co A. It
    was a sad sight for me, as George had been
    one of my best friends in the regiment, and
    was beloved by all who knew him. Always
    doing his duty without complaining, no
    matter how arduous it was, he had thus
    gained the esteem of his officers and fellow

    The dead bodies, after being placed
    in coffins, were all carried to Newbern,
    escorted by men from the several Companies
    and there interred in the burying ground, each
    grave being properly marked, the name and
    date of his death carved on a head board,
    so that the remains can be removed at
    some future time. It was the intention to
    have sent all the bodies home, but the
    hot weather prevented this. Rev Mr Mellen,
    our Chaplin, conducted the funeral services

    and as he is now at home in Gloucester, you
    can probably obtain from him the full par-
    ticulars of the ceremony.

    In my letter to John I enclosed
    several little articles which I took from Georges
    pocket, and have since sent on by express
    a small bundle containing his private effects,
    this I have requested John to hand you
    as soon as it arrives.

    There is one consolation for his afflicted
    family, George died like a brave man on the
    battle field, doing his duty till the fatal bullet
    cut short his life, and although carefully tended
    by his comrades, tho' without avail till "his spirit
    returned to Him who gave it". The Regiment
    has lost the services of one of its best men, but
    we must remember that he is now in a better
    world. His memory will always be cherished
    by those who had the pleasure of knowing him
    as a true friend and a good soldier.

    Yours truly
    J M Lathrop