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eral Baker is held in warm remembrance by Confederates everywhere, particularly in Virginia and North Carolina, where his bravery and devotion are most intimately known. He maintains a membership in Tom Smith camp, United Confederate Veterans, at Suffolk, and keeps alive his comradeship with the survivors of the great struggle. In 1855 he was married to Elizabeth E., daughter of Dr. Alex. Henderson, of North Carolina, and they have three children living: Alexander Baker, sheriff of Nansemond county, Va.; Stuart A. Baker, of Richmond, and Elizabeth E. Baker. Brigadier-General Rufus Barringer Brigadier-General Rufus Barringer was born in Cabarrus county, N. C., December 2, 1821. He was of sturdy German stock, a grandson of John Paul Barringer, who was born in Wurtemburg, June 4, 172, and emigrated to this country, arriving at Philadelphia, in the ship Phoenix, September 30, 1743. John Paul or Paulus Barringer, as he was called, married Catharine, daughter of Caleb Blackwelder
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The execution of Dr. David Minton Wright (search)
d and conducted Dr. Wright before Major Bovey, who committed him to jail to await trial. The above succinct account of this tragical affair, which has been derived from a close analysis of the testimony given by the leading witnesses, harmonizes with the account of Dr. Wright himself, and, I believe, constitutes the only rational and reliable portraiture of the whole transaction which has ever been given to the public. Who was Dr. Wright? Dr. David Minton Wright was born in Nansemond county, Virginia, in the year of our Lord 1809. After his preliminary education was sufficiently advanced he was sent to the military school of Captain Patrick, in Middletown, Connecticut. After completing the usual course here, he returned home and then entered the office of Dr. William Warren, of Edenton, North Carolina, the father of Dr. Edward Warren (Bey), now of Paris. After prosecuting his studies for some time under the tutorage of Dr. Warren he repaired to Philadelphia, where he was gra
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.14 (search)
isons, and there drew pay and clothing and subsistence till they could be exchanged and returned to their command in the field. From that point also emanated all the exemptions under law, and all the details for every service of men liable to military services not only to army rolls. Lieutenant James H. Binford, who had served with Colonel Shields in the field, was adjutant of the conscript department, and Major W. H. Fry was adjutant of the post. The late Captain W. L. Riddick, of Nansemond county, who had served on the staff of a Louisiana brigadier before Norfolk was evacuated, was in charge of the large department of exemption and details in the conscript service. The order and letter books of that branch of the service were under the direction and care of Mr. John W. Bransford, who at this time is Treasurer of the city of Lynchburg, or holds an important place in the government of that city. John C. Shields. Early preparation of the Howitzers. Colonel Shields, in a r
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Stuart's cavalry in the Gettysburg campaign. (search)
me could have been more cheerfully done, but I regret that one better qualified than myself had not been assigned this work. Fortunate, Capt. Murdaugh wrote something about his naval career, and much of this I will use. The subject of this paper should really be the Naval Career and Reminiscences of Capt. Murdaugh. William Henry Murdaugh was the eldest son of John D. Murdaugh, who, after graduating at the College of William and Mary, came to this city from his ancestral home in Nansemond county to practice law. He was a man ever active in city affairs, representing it in the General Assembly for years and also in the State Senate. Among the few instances of father and son meeting in the same service his was one. He was an elector for this district at the election of Harrison and Tyler. President Tyler offered the appointment of midshipman to his son, the subject of this sketch, whose naval career began first on the frigate Constitution, which sailed from here in October,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Colonel James Gregory Hodges. (search)
ary, 1826. The mother of James Gregory Hodges was Jane Adelaide Gregory. She was a descendant of the colonial clergyman, John Gregorie, who was rector of Nansemond county parish in 1680. Her grandfather was James Gregory, who married Patience Godwin, the daughter of Thomas Godwin and Mary Godwin, his wife. This Thomas Godwin was a descendant of Capt. Thomas Godwin, the original settler and ancestor of the Godwins of Nansemond county, who was a member of the House of Burgesses and the presiding justice of the county court of Nansemond county for many years. James Gregory was a vestryman of the upper parish, and afterwards, by a change of the boundariNansemond county for many years. James Gregory was a vestryman of the upper parish, and afterwards, by a change of the boundaries of the parish, a vestryman of the Suffolk parish of Nansemond. His son, James Gregory, the father of Mrs. Hodges, married Mary Wynns, the daughter of Col. Benjamin Wynns, of the Revolution, and Margaret Pugh, the daughter of Francis Pugh and Pherebee Savage. James Gregory Hodges was educated at the once famous Literary, Sc
ties of Savannah are about to erect a telegraph from that city to Fort Pulaski, a distance of twelve miles. Lime manufactured during the last year at Rockland, Me., foots up 899,460 casks, an increase of 50,000 casks over 1859. The immense appetite of London is fed every year by about 270,300 oxen, besides 30,000 calves, 1,500,000 sheep, and 30,000 swine. Sam. Jones, Deputy Sheriff of Maury co., Tenn., has defaulted for $100,000, and absconded. Mr. Jas. Pierce, of Nansemond county, Va., has lost in a few weeks past five children, from that dreadful disease, diphtheria. The Stowah (Ga.) Iron Works, have been sold to Messrs. Cothran, Shorter & Rhett, for $155,000. Jeremiah A. Reeves, a planter from North Carolina, was swindled out of $75 in Charleston, S. C., last week, by two confidence men. Dr. Gideon C. Marchant, who had held many prominent political positions in North Carolina, died on the 25th ult. The cooper shop of B. & J. A. Lancaster, in
Voice of the people of Virginia. A public meeting was held in Nansemond county, on the 8th inst., at which Col. H. H. Kelly presided — the object of which was to send delegates to the Suffolk Congressional Convention. After the appointment of delegates, the following resolutions were adopted: Resolved, That we, a portion of the citizens of Nansemond county, will cordially endorse as our next representative in Congress any man selected by the judgment of the Congressional Convention tNansemond county, will cordially endorse as our next representative in Congress any man selected by the judgment of the Congressional Convention to assemble at Suffolk on the 19th inst., who stands squarely upon the Constitution adopted by the "Confederate States of America" as his political platform. Resolved, That we utterly reprobate the political course of the recent Representative in Congress of the Second Congressional District. Resolved, That the delegation appointed by this meeting are requested to cast their votes in Convention for any gentleman who may be put in nomination in said Convention, save Hon. J. S. Millson, o
ents.--Martin Crouse, postmaster at Tumbling Creek, Tazewell county, vice James B. Crabtree, deceased. L. G. Martin, postmaster at Rosby's Rock, Marshall county, vice John L. Gibson, deceased. J, W. Bowman, postmaster at Lebanon Church, Shenandoah county, vice Jonathan Meadley, resigned. Robert Jackson, postmaster at West Milford, Harrison county, vice Marquis G. Patton, resigned, W. N. Horn; postmaster at Sneedville, Washington county, vice T. B. Edmundson, resigned. Wilson Bane, postmaster at Whits Gate, Giles county, vice James W. Newcomb, resigned. George W. Singleton, postmaster at Australia, Nansemond county, vice Wm. H. Smith, resigned. Susan Hank, postmaster at Maple Lawn, Monroe county, vice H. J. Male, resigned.--James H. Wangh, postmaster at Hockett's Bottom, Amherst county, vice Jno. D. Burch, resigned. My Myers, postmaster at Hainesville, Berkeley county, vice James Turner, removed, Edward T. Osborn, postmaster at Grafton, Taylor county, vice M. Campbell, removed.
Going ahead --Mr. Arthur E. Hall, of South Quay, Nansemond county, Va., is manufacturing a very superior bowie-knife, which it is said will compare favorably with any of these dangerous weapons made North.
x-Queen of Naples amuses herself at Rome by driving a four-in-hand phæton through the avenues of the Quirinal garden, striking attitudes therein, and having her portrait taken by a young brother-in-law, who is crazy on the subject of photographs. "Now, gentlemen," said Sheridan to his guests, as the ladies left the room, "let us understand each other. Are we to drink like men or like boasts?" Somewhat indignant, the guests exclaimed, "Like men, of course." "Then, " he replied, "we are going to get jolly drunk, for brutes never drink more than they want." Rev. Uriah Rawls, of Nansemond county, for a long time one of the most prominent ministers of the Christian Church, died on Friday last, aged 61 years. The pilot at Prince Edward Island is eighty-three years of age. His oldest child is sixty-five years old, and the youngest three months old. The Pensacola Observer, 9th inst., says that the flag of Pickens was at half-mast yesterday, for the death of some officer.
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