Abingdon Virginian, 10/31/1862
Another soldier fallen in the struggle for our Independance. It is our duty as a Church to record the death of our much loved brother, MILTON FLETCHER, who fell in the battle at Kernstown, on the 23d day of March, 1862. He was born and raised in Russell county, Va., and lived in sin and folly until about the last of June, 1860, at which time a protracted meeting held by Elder D. Kitzmiller, at Hugh Johnston's, on Sorde's Creek, he professed to find peace by believing in Christ. So soon as he felt the evidence of pardon and peace with God, he then joined the Missionary Baptist Church, and was baptized by Eld. D. Kitzmiller, in which Church he lived an orderly member till his death. He was one among the first to rush as a soldier to the aid of his countyry in Capt. Hunt's Company, and fell while manfully fighting in defence of our liberties. Therefore,
Resolved, 1st. That in the death of brother Fletcher, this Church has lost another good member, our country a brave and patriotic soldier, his parents a dutiful and affectionate son; but while we mourn the loss of our brother we believe our loss is his eternal gain.
Resolved, 2d. That this notice of our beloved brother be entered on the Record of the Church, and a copy be sent to his bereaved parents, and also that it be published in the Abingdon Virginian. Done by order of the Church, Oct. 10th, 1862.
W. M. LOCKHART