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    Kevin Stone, Commander
    NC Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Monday 23 Sep 2019

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"Don't pray to us," exclaimed "Wal" Sharpe with an oath. "Pray to God; he alone can save you." Some of the men still burning with rage, began to ridicule and mock them.

 

"Men," said "Wal" Sharpe, "we have given them time to repent, and you shall not bother them."

 

Colonel Sharpe then commanded every one to be quiet. All was still. He turned to me and asked me to pay for them.

 

"Colonel," I replied, "I cannot, for I have never had such feelings as I have now. I feared to approach the throne of grace just then, lest I might come into His presence without sincere desires. Rev. Si Oxford, captain of the Caldwell company, said to me: "Hold my gun, and I will pray for them."

 

I took his gun, and he thanked God that none of us were killed and that justice had overtaken them at last, and this was about the burden of his prayer, which was more than a thanksgiving.

 

We then moved on to the place of execution and bound them to the stakes. But before they were executed I turned to Colonel Sharpe and said: "Colonel, I believe I feel a desire to pray for them now." He said he would be glad for me to do so. I tried to pray for their forgiveness and salvation with all the earnestness of my soul. In a moment the command was given to fire, and they were sent into eternity.

 

The following incident may be of interest in this connection:

In our Alexander company there was a young man by the name of Froney Roseman11, who could shoot a rifle with great accuracy. He was a devoted friend of James Linney, who was killed there the Sunday before. He learned from one of the robbers that Will Beck12 was the one who had killed Linney. They had dug a hole into which they had thrown Linney's body and had covered him up. Taking up his body, it was found that the Minie ball had entered just above his right eye. Roseman asked Colonel Sharpe to appoint him as the detail to execute Beck. The request was granted and Roseman turned to us and said: "Now I am going to hit him just above the eye in the same place as he shot my friend Linney." And he did exactly what he had said he said he would do, as though he had placed it there with his fingers.

 

The question then arose as to what we should do with the house. Without much parleying it was consigned to the torch. Several barrels of unshelled corn were taken from the upper story of the building. When the flames had reached the lower basement the report of loaded firearms resounded like a lively skirmish. How many guns and how much ammunition they had stored away we were unable to determine. Such was the fate of "Fort Hamby." Wade was seen by some one in that vicinity not many days afterwards. He said he lay all day under the bank of the river, and sometime in the night he came out, walked around, discovered what had been done, and then went away. He said he should leave that part of the country very soon. He has never been heard of since.- What a pity that he too did not suffer death!

 



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