Jasper Abrams and Robert P.
Annals of Newberry,
Part Two by John A. Chapman, page 610-11
At a meeting of the Quitman
Riflemen, held near Fairfax Court House, Virginia, on the 29th of
September, 1862, the
following Tribute of Respect was unanimously
adopted: Although our late friends, Jasper
Fair, were by sickness forced to obtain a discharge from
service - and thus to sever their connection with our Corps - the sad news
of their death has excited within us
deeply painful emotions. Nearly
all of the last days of their earthly probation were spent in our ranks,
and their labors
were consecrated to the service of their country.
Becoming soldiers at an early age their patriotism glowed with all
fire of youth. With no vain ambition to gratify, their service was
pure and unselfish-unalloyed with those baser passions
urge men after military fame and glory. Though they espoused a sacred
cause with characteristic
modesty, they yielded to its support their
best energies, their firmest resolve and even life itself; stricken down
the morning of life, bright hopes have perished and two brave and
youthful spirits have been summoned from this,
we hope, to a better
May we not prove indifferent to those oft-repeated warnings, to
prepare for that life which is beyond the grave; "for in an
know not, the Son of Man cometh."
Resolved, that we are deeply pained
at the untimely death of our late friends and fellow soldiers,
and Robert Fair; yet, as is our duty, we now
submissively to the will of our great, good and wise
Resolved, that we will
cherish their memory and emulate their virtues.
Resolved, that we
sincerely sympathise with their respective families
in this their sad
bereavement, and trust that they may find consolation in Him "who tempers
t.he wind to the shorn Iamb."
Resolved, That a copy of this tribute be
sent to the families of the deceased, and that it be published in the