Death of Col. Wm. P. O’Neal

The Cartersville Express Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
April 30, 1880 Page 3:
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Death of Col. Wm. P. O’Neal

Many of our readers in Tennessee will sorrow at the announcement that Col. O’Neal is dead. His entire life gives testimony to the praise of friends, and while we would add a tribute of columns, a brief notice must suffice and we quote one who knew him in the fiery furnace, as it were. Col. O’Neal was an uncle to Mr. J. H. Marbry, for some time connected with the Express:

“Col. Wm. P. O’Neal, who died, April 18th near Nashville, was the Lieutenant Colonel of the Thirty-second Tennessee Regiment, and his death will be deeply regretted by every surviving member of the old command, as well as by all who knew him, both in military and civil life, for he was a man who endeared himself to all who came in contact with him. It was the writer’s fortune to be intimately acquainted and closely identified with him from the organization of the Confederate armies in 1861. We were together at the memorable siege of Fort Donelson, were together in the military prisons at Camp Chase and Johnson’s Island; were together at the exchange of prisoners and reorganization of the army; we slept together, marched together, fought together, and endured all the hardships incident to a soldier’s life. I shared with him victory and defeat. I knew him in prosperity and adversity; and in all these relations, under all these circumstances, he evinced the very highest qualities of the man and patriot. I do believe that Col. O’Neal embodied in himself more of the element of true manhood than any man with whom I have ever been acquainted.


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