October 18, 1912
Old Soldier Died Tuesday
William J. Branson died at his home in Castlewood, Russell county, Tuesday and the burial took place Wednesday.
Mr. Branson was one of the brave boys who marched to the front in the sixties and in the memorable charge up Cemetery Ridge, at Gettysburg he fell pierced with a minnie ball and was left on the battle field as dead, but was later placed in a stable on some straw with other men, many of whom died after being removed to the stable. Mr. Branson recovered but carried the scar and the ball to his grave.
One by one the boys who fought in the gray are fighting their last bettle and leaving the thin gray ranks of earth.
Cancer caused the death of this honorable christian gentleman.