Abingdon Virginian, 4/29/1864
Died, of Typhoid fever, near Marion, Smyth county, Va., on the 29th of March, 1864, MR. HARVEY E. PURCELL, son of James M. and Elizabeth Purcell, in the 20th year of his age.
He was a member of Capt. Fuller's Co., Col. Bowen's regiment, in which he volunteered shortly after he had come to the proper age, and until death called him away, he so faithfully, and cheerfully, discharged his duties as a soldier, and was habitually so courteous and kind, that he had the confidence and esteem of his officers, and was universally beloved by all that knew him. In his 15th year, he earnestly sought and found redemption in the blood of Jesus, and about the same time joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he lived an acceptable member to the close of his earthly career. In a conversation with his faterh a few hours before he died, he remarked that he had done no harm to any body, and that he had done as well as he could, and although he would prefer to be at home and see his mother and little brothers, he was resigned to the will of god, and was ready to depart and be with Christ. in his last farewell to his mother, he said to her, that if he fell in the service of his counttry, he
would give his last good thoughts to his country and his God, and then he calmly passed into that better land where
Sickness, sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and feared no more.