Abingdon Virginian, 6/26/1863
WINCHESTER, VA., June 16th, 1863.
Dear Father and Mother:
I fear the news contained in this, will almost break your hearts, but I hope you will bear it with christian fortitude, when you learn that your dear boy in passing from this world, was cheered by the prospects of a better one, and desired me, and you all, to meet him in Heaven.
Frank was wounded Saturday, June 12th, near Bunker Hill. I helped to carry him from the field on a blanket, and was with him constantly till he died, just after 12 o'clock Sunday night. He spent most of the time in calm, fervent prayer, and talking of the dear ones at home.[...]
He fell by the side of his colonel, at the head of our victorious columns, and said, "I die in a holy cause, in defence of our liberties and homes." [...]
I have strong reason to believe his brave spirit is in Heaven. May God sustain us all. Oh, how much I miss him, and how much I need a letter just now from home!
JOS. D. ALDERSON
FRANK M. ALDERSON was 19 years old, attached to Co. A, 16th Va Cavalry, and son of Dr. Alderson, of this county.