February 12, 1863
For the Patriot
Camp near Goldsboro’ N. C.
February 3rd, 1863
At a meeting of the officers of the 46th
Regiment N. C. Troops, convened on the 2nd inst., in respect to the
death of Capt. William L. Johnston, on motion of Lt. Col. Boyd, Col. J. H.
Morehead took the chair and Lt. James A. Hopkins was requested to act as
On motion to appoint a
Committee of three to draft resolutions, the Chairman appointed Maj. Winston,
Capt. Smith and Capt. Rankin. The
Committee having retired, prepared and through their
Chairman Maj. Winston, offered the following resolutions, which on motion were
WHEREAS, It has pleased
the great God of War to remove from our midst, our beloved fellow soldier and
brother officer, Captain William L. Johnston, Assistant Quarter Master, C. S. A.
45th Regt. N. C. Troops, who died of typhoid fever after a brief
illness on the 26th January, 1863, at his home in Halifax county, N.
Resolved, That as he whom we mourn has been taken hence by the holy
will of our Father who doeth all things well, we submit to our loss with meek
reverence. From his daily walk while
with us, we are happy to have the cloud of sorrow which has settled upon us rainbowed with the hope that he has exchanged the mortal
strife he left, for the sweet harmony of heaven.
Resolved, That we receive this dispensation of Providence, as an awful evidence of the
uncertainty of life, whether on the battle field, or on the couch, in war or in
Resolved, That we tender our sincere condolence to the family bereaven.
Resolved, That a copy of these
resolutions be sent to his wife, and one copy each to the Greensboro’ Patriot, Raleigh Standard,
Richmond Dispatch, and Daily State Journal for publication.
On motion the meeting
COL. J. H. MOREHEAD, Chairman
LT. JAMES A. HOPKINS, Secretary
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