Dr. Joseph Holt,"
New Orleans, La."
I have read the articles and letters concerning the death of the brave and gallant
Jere Gage on the battlefield of Gettysburg with much interest. In some of the articles the
name of "James Howell" appears, he is now living in this town, Ripley, Miss., and
remembers every detail of the sad scene. His name, however, is not Howell, but Rowell."
James C. Rowell. He is old and his eyesight is not good but his general health is very
good and his mind is as clear as a bell. He speaks very tenderly of you and of your great
services to the Confederacy. I presume to write you this letter simply because his name
was connected with the story and I thought you would like to know that he is still living."
I am sending a copy of this letter to Mrs. V.G. Armistead and to the Times-Democrat,"
ith highest respect, I am yours very truly,"
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