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Connollee Saunders Smith

Report of Deaths at Lancaster County, Virginia. July, 1920.

The loss of two members of the Lawson Ball Camp of Confederate Veterans has been reported by Mrs. L. G. Connollee, of Bertrand, Va., Historian of the Lancaster County Chapter, U. D. C.:

William A. Saunders answered the last roll in May, 1920, at his home, near Millenbeck, in Lancaster County, Va. When the clouds of war darkened over the South, Comrade Saunders volunteered in defense of the Southern Confederacy and on April 21, 1861, was mustered into service as a member of the Middlesex Artillery, Fleet's Battery, of which he was made third corporal.The winter of that year was spent picketing the Rappahannock River, but when the spring opened the command moved to Meadow Bridge and again did picket duty during the Seven Days' fighting around Richmond. At Cold Harbor and Fauquier Springs Corporal Saunders distinguished himself for bravery. He was with General Lee when arms were laid down at Appomattox, and he was ever ready to tell the sorrow of the great commander over the surrender. Shortly after the war Mr. Saunders moved to Millenbeck, in Lancaster County, where he spent the rest of his life. He was affectionately known as "Cousin Billy" and was loved by all who kenw him. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a charter member of the Lawson Ball Camp of Confederate Veterans; year after year he was sent as one of its delegates to the general Reunions. Amid the beautiful floral offerings the flag which he fought under and loved so well was unfurled on his grave.

Dr. R. C. Smith, another appreciated member of the Lawson Ball Camp, also passed away in May. He was a resident of White Stone, in Lancaster County, having located at that place some twelve years ago, and since that time he had been a member of the Camp. He was popular with the young people as well as the "boys of the sixties," possessing a bright, genial disposition which carried cheer and happiness wherever he went. Dr. Smith was born and reared in Gates County, N. C., and from 1861 to 1865 he served in Company B, 5th North Carolina Infantry, taking part in all the battles of his regiment. His war record, like that of his after life, was filled with brave and kindly deeds.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1920.

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