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Obituary of Field Arrowsmith, Pulaski, Tennessee.

"The battle's o'er, the victory won," and in the peace and quiet of Maplewood is laid to rest all that is earthly of our friend and comrade, Field Arrowsmith. He was born in Giles County, Tenn., on July 7, 1839, he lived beyond the allotted span, and in the fullness of years well spent in the service of his Master and his country he "fell on sleep" at midnight, April 30, 1916. As gentle and pure as a woman in thought and act, an exemplar of righteous living, a citizen of blameless character, a Christian without dissimulation, and a soldier of the Southern arms who bared his breast to the storms for four long years without fear or faltering is the epitome of his life. Truly "the gentlest are the bravest." Enlisting as a private in Company B, 32nd Tennessee Infantry, in 1861, he was made orderly sergeant of the company; was captured at Fort Donelson in February, 1862; exchanged September, 1862; wounded at Chickamauga in September, 1863, and again at Powder Springs in June, 1864, He was elected captain of his company after the battle of Chickamauga. At the reorganization of the army in North Carolina, in 1865, the 32d was consolidated into one company, of which he was elected captain, and assigned to the Fourth Consolidated Regiment under Colonel Searcy. Paroled at Greensboro, N. C., in April, 1865, he returned to Pulaski, Tenn., where as one of its leading merchants, he brought to the restoration of his broken fortune and the upbuilding of his ruined country all the energy of an unbroken spirit and the inspiration of a courage that, "making no apologies for the past," looked forward with all Christian hope and helpfulness to the confirmation of all that was best (in God's good time) in the cause to which he had consecrated the best years of his young manhood.

This is a short sketch of a life the deserves a better history; but the love and devotion of a noble wife, the abiding esteem of his old comrades in arms and of the community in which he lived will hold his memory as a sacred heritage.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, August, 1916.

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