This story was found within the same Diggs Family History compilation that was found among the possessions of J. Martin Diggs. This is another Civil War story that appears to also have been written by S.P. Jordan in 1948.
This is about the death of Andrew Jackson Diggs of Mathews County, Virginia. He was the brother to Joyce Diggs and the son of Augustine Diggs and Lucy Ann Eddens. His wife was the former Martha Wesley Hudgins. They had three children, Viola, Nannie and Andrew Jr. They had one child, Bernard who died as an infant in 1858.
“…In 1861 Drew Diggs declared himself a secessionist and believer in States Rights. The time had come when brother was to be arrayed against brother. He enlisted in the Confederate Army July 23, 1861, at the age of 35. Troop F 5th Virginia Calvary. He was shot twice through the body and passed at the Battle of Haymarket or Thoroughfare Gap 22nd June 1863. In commemoration for his loyalty to the Southland and his supreme sacrifice, the Confederate Veterans of Mathews County, Va. named their organization The Diggs, Lane Camp of the Confederate Veterans. His Army record is recorded in the archives of Virginia. His loyalty and valor is commemorated by and exhibit of his accouterments, now in the Confederate Museum (now the American Civil War Museum) in Richmond, Va. It is of great interest to record a letter written by his Commanding Officer, notifying his family of his death on the field of battle.”
The following is the letter that his commanding officer sent to his wife informing her of his death.
Mrs. Diggs Louden (sic) Co. Va
June 23 1863.
It is with great pain I have to announce to you the death of your beloved husband and one of our best men. He was shot by the Yankees in a charge on yesterday and lived but a short while. I was with him when he died. He was perfectly resigned to death, asked me to give his love to his wife and children and to tell them all to meet him in Heaven and that he died a glorious death in defense of his country.
He was in his right mind up to the time of his death and often called on the Lord that he might die.
His last words were in speaking of his wife and children. I have had him buried at the place called Shakersville (sic-actually Snickersville) in this county and in a nice coffin and shall have his clothes and all taken care of and sent home as son as we can. Tip Fitchett, Geo. Hudgins, and Seth Marchon were also with him and took good care of him. All was done for him that could have been done.
He was struck on the left side by two balls both passing through. May the Lord ever bless you and his three children. I pray, for you have lost a good husband abd they a good father, and the country a good soldier.
My love to your Mother and all the family and Geo. Hudgins wishes also to be remembered to them.
As ever your Friend and Obedient Servant,
T. Fitzhugh, Capt.
Click here to see photos of the jacket that Andrew J. Diggs was wearing at the time of his death. It is in the permanent collection at the American Civil War Museum (formerly the Museum of the Confederacy) in Richmond, Virginia. They also have his pants and his cartridge box. All were sent back to his wife after his death as promised and they were donated by his son Andrew Jr. to the museum.