ermission I have prepared the paragraphs below for publication, my manuscript having since been examined and confirmed by him. Mr. Dame was one of the sixteen youths mentioned in the first sentence.
Truly yours, L. M. Blackford. Alexandria, Va., February 17, 1896.
On the last Sunday in August, 1860, at The Forks, in Cumberland county, Virginia, was gathered a body of sixteen youths, with two exceptions, between the ages of fifteen and twenty.
They were grandsons of the venerable Mrs. Lucy Page, daughter of General Thomas Nelson, Jr., Governor of Virginia in 1781, and widow of Major Carter Page, of the Continental Line, who served through the whole Revolutionary War. According to the custom of the family, the boys had been on a vacation visit to their grandmother, and were to disperse in a few days to their several homes.
The aged lady, full of the patriotic traditions of her historic line, was rallying them on the decay in their degenerate day of the spirit of chivalry and se