It is sad that a man, such as Otway B. Novell, should have to almost beg to be admitted to an Old Soldiers' Home at the end of his life......and, what a life that was. He fought valiantly for a losing cause in the Confederate Army, was a prisoner of war in one of the worst Union Camps, and was even chosen to be a personal body guard for Jefferson Davis in the last days.
The great respect and feelings which his commanding officer, Gen. Basil W. Duke held for Otway show in his letter of recommendation included here as a part of Otway's application.
Sadder still, is the fact that the three children he and his wife had were all outlived by them. Even sadder still, is the fact that he was paralyzed by a stroke, and bed ridden for the rest of his life.......hence the reason for seeking admission to this Soldiers' Home in Richmond, Virginia. I do not know how long he stayed at this home. I only know that he died at another Confederate Soldiers' Home in Pee Wee Valley, Louisville, Kentucky.
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