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Roster of Co. C\ 37th Va. Infantry. 185

Battalion forward! " rang the sharp command;

" Guide center! " and the banner was unfurled. Then, as if on parade, the little band

Dressed to the flag. A sad and sombre world Thrills with the memory of how they went Into that raging storm of fire and carnage bent.

A worn and weary world in sorrow weeps

For high hopes vanished at life's sunny morn;

Yet Truth with eyes that never falter, keeps

Her gaze on Freedom's face, that smiles in scorn

Of death for them who wear the laureled crown

The early dead, who die with an achieved renown.

Creeds fade; faiths perish; empires rise and fall;

And as the shining sun goes on his way, Oblivion covers with a dusty pall

The life of man, predestined to decay. Yet is there one thing that shall never die; The memory of the Dead for Truth and Liberty.

[From the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, May 16, 1902.]

COMPANY C, THIRTY-SEVENTH VA. INFANTRY.

A List of the Officers and Privates and Brief History.

To the Editor of the Dispateh:

Will you kindly publish in your Confederate Column the en- closed roll of Company C, 37th Regiment, Virginia Infantry ? By so doing you will oblige the few survivors of that old company, which was as gallant as any that ever kept step to the music of " Dixie " during the sixties.

And right here I want to thank the Dispatch for its generous de- fence of the worthy Confederate soldier. We claim the paper as our official organ, as some of us commenced reading it in the camps