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Pendleton Sexton

Obituary of Charles McDonald Sexton, Smythe County, Virginia.

At his home, in Cheatham Hill, Smyth County, Va., on March 11, 1915, Charles McDonald Sexton, a gallant Confederate soldier and Christian citizen died. Joining the Smythe Blues, under Capt. A. G. Pendleton, the first company organized in the county in 1861, which became Company D, of the 4th Virginia Infantry, a part of the famous Stonewall Brigade, he served throughout the entire four years of the war and was surrendered by Lee at Appomattox without ever having permission or opportunity to visit home.

He was born on March 22, 1839, near the place of his death having reached within a few days of the age of seventy-six years.

In the company with him was a brother and three cousins, all brothers, bearing the same name. The brother was shot down by his side in the battle of Chancellorsville; the cousins were all killed or died in prison.

Comrade Sexton leaves three daughters, His only son, A. C. Sexton, became a prominent citizen of Alabama and was connected with a department of the State government for several years, also being Adjutant in the State organization of Sons of Confederate Veterans. He met a violent death at his home in Alabama about three years ago. The private life of C. M. Sexton has been above reproach and such as we should expect from a man who had served his country so bravely and loyally throughout that desperate struggle for Southern independence. Honest, brave, moral, and sympathetic, his loss to his family and the community is irreparable.

[A brother's tribute.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1915.

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