Abingdon Virginian, 8/14/1863
LIEUT. JOHN SMITH VERMILLION
The death of Lt. Vermillion has already been mentioned in the public journals, but it is due to his memory that more than a mere record of the fact that he was kiled should be given. He was one of the members of Co. C, 37th Regt. Va. Vols. from Russell county, Va., having volunteered early in the outbreak of our troubles as a private, which position he occupied till the re-organization of the army in April, 1862, when he was appointed 1st Sergeant, which office he filled with great credit to himself till after the battle of Sharpsburg, when he was made 2d Lieutenant, which office he held till he fell on the bloody field of Gettysburg, Penn.
It was the good fortune of Lt. V. to enjoy almost uninterrupted health for near two years, and had just returned to his company from a sick furlough of some two months, (his first sickness,) only to render up his life as a sacrificed upon the altar of his country, aged 30 years.
Lt. Vermillion was a man of excellent character, and possessed that unaustentatious piety which is always the result of principles formed upon the standard of the bible acquired in youth; for in youth, his principles for life were established, and he was an almost constant reader of the Book of Life, and such religious books as made him firm and decided in his course of life. He was decided in his views, but always liberal and tolerant of the religious opinions of others. Lt. V. was unmarried but leaves a father, mother, brothers and sisters, and numerous relatives and friends to mourn, but they do not mourn as those who have no hope.