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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1918 :: Death of B.V. Arnold


B.V. Arnold died at his home just north of the city limits Sunday night at 10:45 o'clock, after an illness which confined him to his bed only for a few days, but succeeding several years of what might be termed the gamest fight ever made by a Johnny Reb for his life. . . . He enlisted in the Confederate cause in December, 1861, in the Army of Northern Virginia, Longstreet's Corps, Hood's Texas Brigade, 18th Georgia Regiment, Company F, as a private soldier. . . . Mr. Arnold was for many years a regular attendant upon the annual reunions of the Hood's Brigade, and two years ago last June, he had the honor and satisfaction of serving that command as its president at its annual reunion held in Rockdale, having been elected president at the previous year's meeting at Floresville. . . . Thus passes one of Rockdale's most interesting characters. B.V. Arnold was a fine type of the Southern gentleman. With a heart naturally as gentle as that of a child, yet with convictions which when aroused brought forth all the old ante-bellum fighting blood, he was a type of the Old South which is rapidly passing to the Great Beyond. . . . Peace to his ashes. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. [45], No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 17, 1918 Page: 4 of 8 

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