Devotion to Their Homes and Country
“As they walked through Fort Gregg and the surrounding Petersburg trenches following the evacuation of Southern forces in early April 1865, advancing Northern troops could not fail to notice the young beardless faces or the grey hair of many fallen defenders.
Major Washington Roebling of Pennsylvania wrote:
“Old men with silver locks lay dead, side by side with mere boys of thirteen or fourteen. It almost makes one sorry to have to fight against a people who show such devotion for their homes and their country.”
(Civil War Times, Vol. XLIV, No. 6, January 2006)