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Cabell Prichard

Obituary of William Bond Prichard, San Francisco, California.

In San Francisco, Cal., on November 16, 1915, Capt. William Bond Prichard passed from this life into life eternal in the seventy-third year of his age.

Captain Prichard was a Virginian by birth and education. When the War between the States came on, he was a student at the Virginia Military Institute, and he was among the first of those boys to enlist in defense of the South. At first his corps of cadtes was stationed at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Va., as drillmasters for the gathering forces of the Confederacy, and he was in command of his company. Later these well-trained young officers were placed in various commands; and William Prichard became first lieutenant of Company B, of the 38th Virginia Infantry, under Capt. John Roy Cabell.

When the latter resigned, Lieutenant Prichard became captain of the company and carried it through the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia, serving faithfully to the end. Captain Prichard led his company in Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. Going in forty-eight strong, only seven of them returned; and of the seven, four were injured, including Captain Prichard.

After the close of the war, he accepted the chair of Civil Engineering and Mathematics at the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, which position he held for several years. He then went to California, settling in San Francisco, and there pursued his profession of engineering. He was engaged for several years in planning and laying out Golden Gate Park, now world-famed. He was then made city appraiser, which office he held until failing health caused his retirement.

Captain Prichard was a gentleman of the purest type, modest, gentle, firm. He is survived by his noble wife, Margaret Johnston Prichard, the second daughter of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, of beloved memory in every Southern heart, and also by a lovely daughter, Elsie Griffin Prichard, worthy in every way of such ancestry. Captain Prichard came of a remarkable family, an account of which appeared in the VETERAN for June, 1912. He was the eldest of eight sons, four of whom were Confederate soldiers, and his death is the first break in the family.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1916.

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