A correspondent of a southern paper writing from Cook’s brigade of the Confederate Army, relates the following incident:–“I will now give you an incident in the battle at Bristoe, which I can assure you is strictly true, as the officer who saw it, and told me about it, is a man of undoubted veracity. There was a man of Company A. Twenty-seventh North Carolina troops, named George P. Piner, who went into the fight, with a small Testament in his breast pocket. a ball struck the book, and penetrated as far as the fifth chapter of Matthew, twenty-first and twenty-second verses. It merely blackened that passage, glanced off, and left the man uninjured. The verses read: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of judgment.” The man said, that Yankee ball was like the devil,–it had to turn its course when met by scriptural opposition.

There was a man also of the same company and regiment, named J. H. Parker, who discovered a Yankee sharp-shooter behind an old chimney. He ran up to him, and bayoneted the Yankee through the body, killing him instantly. Parker was killed himself shortly afterwards

Originally posted 2009-01-08 18:29:30.

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