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He Stood Alone
Nathaniel D. Renfroe, Lieutenant of the Fifth Alabama Battalion of A. P. Hill’s Division, fell in the battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. The following are ...

He Stood Alone

Nathaniel D. Renfroe, Lieutenant of the Fifth Alabama Battalion of A. P. Hill’s Division, fell in the battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. The following are quotes from his letters by his brother, Rev. J. J. D. Renfroe, who revealed Nathaniel’s faith and readiness to meet the Lord:

In another letter he says: “And now, my brother, I have some reason to fear that you have not prepared yourself to meet the news of such a fate as may befall me … Let us be prepared for the worst—nay, rather for the best, for, though life is sweet, Heaven is infinitely sweeter! I am willing to go when God calls …”

The last words he ever said to me [were] … “Well, brother, now we part, and unless you visit the army soon, we will not meet again on earth; but shed no tears for me—we will meet in heaven.” How often have these words flashed through my memory, and carried solemn music deep into my soul! O that joyous meeting in heaven! Thank God, for the hope of heaven!

His last day’s work. He had offered up fervent prayer to God, and with the dawn of day the battle opened … The enemy rushed on and was too strong. An order came to retreat. It is supposed by his comrades that brother did not hear the order. The first Tennessee retreated, and the battalion retreated, except a few of his company who stood by him. The enemy coming up a few steps ordered surrender. He turned to his few men, with a gentle smile, and said: “Boys, this is a pretty hot place, and you must get out the best you can.” Then turning to the enemy with his Repeater in hand he began to fire, and was unhurt, and firing his piece with cool deliberation, when his “boys” left him! And here he was found dead. No friend saw him die … In the last moments he stood alone on that part of the field of carnage with his face to the enemy giving him battle.

Jesus died on the cross alone, forsaken by all, but he won the battle for eternity.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:46


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