By Susan R. Hull
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In May, General Breckinridge called for the aid of the cadets to repel the Federal army under General Sigel, and though Cadet Cabell was very ill, he resolved to do Page 29 his duty and undertook the march. It is said that he nearly fainted with debility, fatigued and overpowered by the labors of the way. At night, before the Battle of New Market, he spoke confidentially to a friend and fellow-student of the dangers of the impending conflict, saying that he feared nothing for himself, and that he was willing to incur the hazard, but of his brother, Cadet R.
Perhaps it was natural that the lawyer, who spent most of his time in Washington. should think affairs of the nation of more importance than the life of a poor little rebel boy. <><><><><><><><><><><><> A Brave Boy's Answer Among the prisoners brought from West Virginia to Baltimore was Captain Henry Robinson, of Staunton, who told me of the following incident: There were many boys captured with him. They were hungry, tired, some barefooted, all ragged; some bareheaded or with the merest apolo- Page 38 gies for hats.
I have always felt a little afraid that I might lose my self-control and disgrace myself. I have tried it now, and have no anxiety for the future. He was afterwards promoted (a major at nineteen) and assigned to duty Page 28 with Andrews's battalion, in command of which he received his fatal wound at Gettysburg. While gallantly cheering his men a fragment of shell struck his arm, shattering it completely. As he was carried off the field he passed his battery, and holding up the stump of his mangled arm, in a clear and steady voice exhorted them to fight harder than ever and avenge his loss.
Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy by Susan R. Hull