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The Daily Dispatch: August 13, 1862., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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om old Abe, and now proclaims strict neutrality, and claims the protection of the British flag. The grave of the patriot sage is situated in the midst of a large field of luxuriant corn, is imperfectly shaded by five tall locusts, and is surrounded by a low brick wall, which also encloses several other tombs. The stone which covers Madison's tomb is a simple granite shaft, bearing only this inscription: "Madison. Born March 16, 1751: Died June 28, 1836." In letters almost as large, just below, is found the name of the artificer, "J. W. Davies, Richmond," which, under the circumstances, does not strike us as in good taste. Immediately in the rear is a smaller shaft of white marble, containing these words: "In memory of Dolley Payne, wife of James Madison. Born May 20, 1768: Died July 8, 1849." How little did the great statesman dream that in a quarter of a century after his death Northern and Southern armies would be confronting each other near his grave. Massanutten.