Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., and Edmund C. Sargus – “Disunion – The Editor Who Went to War” – NYTimes.com

“At approximately 4 p.m. on April 1, 1865, Drummond and the rest of Sheridan’s troops stormed the Confederate defenses at Five Forks. The Confederate defenders initially gave no ground. But on the third assault Union troops overran the Confederate position; by nightfall, thousands of Confederate troops had been killed or surrendered. Richmond was evacuated the next day. Eight days later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House…

On the final assault at Five Forks, Thomas Drummond was fatally wounded. As he lay dying, he asked to be buried next to his mother in St. Clairsville, Ohio, where she died when he was 8 years old. His body was taken to nearby Wheeling, W.Va., a former slave-trading center where he had once lived. His father, the Rev. James Drummond, together with the governor of West Virginia, met his coffin at the train station. His remains were taken into Ohio for final interment.

Years later, in 1904, the citizens of Vinton held a memorial for Drummond. His longtime friend and sometimes nemesis, Isaiah Van Meter, described the last time he saw Drummond, in the fall of 1861. Both had signed up to fight for the North. The two said nothing of politics. In Van Meter’s words, Drummond was no longer a “black Republican,” and to Drummond he was no longer a slave-driving Democrat. They saw each other as American citizens, serving in the same Union Army.”

via The Editor Who Went to War – NYTimes.com.

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Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., and Edmund C. Sargus – “Disunion – The Editor Who Went to War” – NYTimes.com

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