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Obituary of Alexander H. Compton, Manassas, Virginia.

Alexander H. Compton was born in Prince William County, Va., in 1840. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army as a private in the 8th Virginia Regiment of Infantry. His watchword as a soldier was duty. He participated in the battles of Bull Run, Second Manassas, Ball's Bluff, around Richmond, and was one of the men captured inside of the stone wall at Gettysburg in the charge which made Pickett's men immortal. When the flag which he followed on so many victorious battle fields was furled at Appomattox, never more to be unfurled in battle, Comrade Compton returned to his home and helped rebuild his devastated country.

In 1866 he joined the Methodist Church at Sudley; and just as he had in the days of trial, hardship, and danger been true and loyal to his country, so was he true and loyal to his Master and his Church. He has passed from us, having heard the great Commander's call to come up higher and join the host of Christian men who followed the cause of the Confederacy. But in his going he has left a rich legacy to his loved ones and friends in the highest type of soldier and Christian gentlemen.

[Tribute by the Commander of Ewell Camp, Manassas, Va.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1916.

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