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The death of Gideon J. Pillow--Weekly Stand Newspaper, Raleigh, NC Jun 08, 1859
Posted by: Catherine O'Briant (ID *****2777) Date: November 02, 2007 at 04:24:41
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A TRIBUTE FROM ONE SOLDIER TO ANOTHER--In copying our notice, says the Memphis, Avalanche, of the death of Gideon J. Pillow, Jr., Col. Clemens, the editor of the Enquirer, pays the following tribute to the soldierly worth of his distinguished father, which is as honorable to the former as it is just to the character of the latter:
We take the above notice from the Avalanche.--
We did not, know young Pillow, but we have a warm place in our heart for his father, and sincerely sympathize with him in his bereavement. Whatever may be our political differences, there are recollections of the past, and associations of the present, which make any sorrow that overtakes him a source of grief to us also. When he was promoted from Brigadier to Major General, our regiment was attached to his division, and we speak of what we know when we say a truer soldier never drew a sword in his country's cause.
On the bill of Chapultepec an incident occurred, which in Grecian or in Roman days would have rendered his name immortal. He was shot down while leading on the 9th Infantry in advance of the "Stormers." Charles J. Sprague, then adjutant of the 9th, ran up to him and asked, "What can I do for you, General?" The reply was brief and stern "Take the Castle, sir." In the midst of the agony he was suffering, he thought only of his country and the honor of his command, and from that hour there was not an officer of the "Old Ninth" whom Gen. Pillow could not name a friend. The survivors of those gallant spirits are scattered now from Maine to California, but wherever one of them is to be found, we venture to assert that it would a dangerous thing for any man to say unkind words of Gideon J. Pillow in his presence.


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