Capt. John Howard, mineralogist for the Charlestown M., M. & I. Co., and who during the late war was an officer in the 7th Md. Regiment, U. S. army, has shown us a pocket bible which he secured during the fight at High Bridge, two days before the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox, and which belonged to a Confederate soldier. The former owner, the captain says, was a gallant fellow and stood his ground to the last, only retreating when finally compelled to do so by overpowering odds. Inside the back of the book is written “A present by William Croson to John McMichael,” and between the leaves are a lock of hair, (probably that of a sweetheart,) and a gilded card bearing the following verse:
Emblem fair to you I send,
Token of affection true,
Showing where my feelings tend,
Like the magnet unto you.
Worlds may pass away and perish,
Every feeling die away;
But the constant love I cherish
Never, never shall decay.
Capt. Howard would like, if the former owner be alive, to return him to this relic. The captain’s address is Charlestown, Jefferson county, W. Va.
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