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art. I. Stuart, chief of the Confederate cavalry in Virginia, was one of the Dii Majores of the recent conflict-his cadid laughter, appeared upon the great arena of the war in Virginia. This gay bearing of the man was plainly unaffected, the United States cavalry, and came to offer his sword to Virginia. He was sprung from an old and honourable family there, rroneously called, by his circuits of McClellan's army in Virginia and in Maryland, and other movements of a similar charact Rupert it was the love of royalty, in Stuart the love of Virginia. Both were men of the most impetuous temper, chafing at so much as a scratch. On all the great battle-fields of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, as well as in the close and a fame which will remain one of the supremest glories of Virginia, Stuart ranked with the preux chevalier Bayard, the knighies and of kings, like Arthur; on the arena of the war in Virginia he followed his instincts. Bright eyes were ever upon t
command upon terms of that sort. I will not have those people at Richmond interfering in my plans, and sending orders to an officer under me, without even informing me. No soldier can endure it. I care not for myself. If I know myself I do not act from anger-but if I yield now they will treat better men in the same way! I am nobody-but the protest must be made here, or Lee and Johnston will be meddled with as I am. It was only after the resignation had been withdrawn by the Governor of Virginia without his authority, and explanations, apologies, protestations, came from the head of the War Office, that the design was given up. Such is a little morceau of private history, showing how Jackson came near not commanding in the Valley in 1862. With the exception of these rare occasions when his great passions were aroused, Jackson was an apparently commonplace person, and his bearing neither striking, graceful, nor impressive. He rode ungracefully, walked with an awkward stride, an
state, who in 1861 came to take part in the war in Virginia, at the head of a Legion of six hundred infantry. de its mark without loss of time-stretching out to Virginia that firm, brave hand of South Carolina. At ten ovalry. The horsemen of the Gulf States serving in Virginia were placed under him, and the brigade became a po Stuart having fallen, Hampton commanded the whole Virginia cavalry; the hot fights at Trevillian's, at Reanisna, the James, the Rowanty, and Hatcher's Run — in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania-Hampton had fought witw enemy as those preux chevaliers with their great Virginia comrade, Light-horse Harry Lee, had met the old inses, of General Fitz Lee, in April, 1865. From Virginia, in the dark winter of 1864, Hampton was sent to oerbolt fell in South Carolina, as it had fallen in Virginia at Appomattox, and the struggle ended. The sword ier and gentleman, as he passed before our eyes in Virginia, working his work. Seeing him often, in camp, on
e enemy, and had fallen near the bloody ground of Port Republic, mourned by the whole nation of Virginia. Virginia was his first and last love. When he went to Harper's Ferry in April, 1861, withVirginia was his first and last love. When he went to Harper's Ferry in April, 1861, with his brother Richard's cavalry company, some one said: Well, Ashby, what flag are we going to fight under — the Palmetto, or what? Ashby took off his hat, and exhibited a small square of silk upon whd the virtues of Sir Philip Sidney with the dash of Murat. His fame will live in the valley of Virginia, outside of books, as long as its hills and mountains shall endure. Never was truer comparishing contraband about usyou can search our trunks and our persons; he replied, The gentlemen of Virginia do not search ladies' trunks or their persons, madam. He made that reply because he was Ashby.n his front. We are proudleave us that at least — that this good knight came of the honest old Virginia blood. He tried to do his duty; and counted toil, and danger, and hunger, and thirst, and exha
al man, not to make a figure of the fancy; to present an accurate likeness of General Beauregard as he appeared to us of Virginia in those first months of the war, not to drape the individual in historic robes, making him an actor or a myth. He wood the Texan; Beauregard is the marshal of Napoleon-or at least he looked thus in those early days when the soldiers of Virginia, gathering at Manassas, closely scanned the form and features of their new commander. From Virginia the great captaiVirginia the great captain went to the West, where, as the world knows, he won new laurels; and to the end he continued to justify his title of The fortunate. That is only, however, another name for The Able, The Skilful, The Master of events — not by luck, but by brains. rificing patriot-one of the great props of the mighty edifice then tottering beneath the heavy blows it was receiving in Virginia and the West. The self-sacrificing patriot. If any one doubts his claim to that title, it will not be doubted when
r. The inhabitants of the region, subjected by General Hunter to the most merciless treatment, saw their powerful oppressor in hopeless retreat; and an advance which threatened to paralyse Lee, and by severing his communications, drive him from Virginia, had been completely defeated. Such was the first evidence given by General Early of his ability as a corps commander, operating without an immediate superior. He was destined to figure now, however, in scenes more striking and dramatic stim! was the cry of the people. Here is General Lee's letter relieving him of his command. It would be an injustice to the good name of Early to suppress a line of it. Hdqrs. C. S. Armies, March 30, 1865. Lieut.-Gen. J. A. Early, Franklin C. H., Va.: dear Sir: My telegram will have informed you that I deem a change of commanders in your department necessary, but it is due to your zealous and patriotic services that I should explain the reasons that prompted my action. The situation of aff
s, a gentleman. His family is one of standing and intelligence in Virginia, and he was educated at the University of Virginia, where he studih life as a county court lawyer had not the war taken place. When Virginia seceded he imitated other young men, and embarked in the struggle tions more perfectly conformed to the rules of civilized warfare. Virginia was invaded by the Federal forces, and large portions of her terrahannock, of harassing, retarding, or crippling any force invading Virginia, and of inflicting as much injury as possible upon his opponents.ass who would not willingly do injustice even to an adversary. In Virginia, Mosby is perfectly well known, and it would be unnecessary to argand Jackson, was worthy of it. Mosby was regarded by the people of Virginia in his true light as a man of great courage, decision, and energye untiring, never-resting adversary of the Federal forces invading Virginia. The burly-ruffian view of him will not bear inspection; and if t
arable. The body of the young officer was sent to Richmond, laid in state in the Capitol of Virginia, and we are told that some tender hand deposited an evergreen wreath, intertwined with white fl fallen hero. His family received the soldier's remains; they were taken to his Southern home; Virginia, the field of his fame, had surrendered him to Alabama, the land of his birth. The Major-Gealion of Horse Artillery which he subsequently commanded in nearly every battle of the war upon Virginia soil. Here I knew him first. From the moment when he took command of that famous corps, a illery on our left, and directed it with the hand of a master. When the army crossed back into Virginia, he was posted at Shepherdstown, and guarded the ford with an obstinate valour, which spoke in m the friends who cherished him, leaving a void which none other can fill. Alabama lent him to Virginia for a time; but, alas! the pale face smiles no more as he returns to her. As many mourn his ea
where his education was completed. The summer vacation gave him an opportunity of making a pedestrian excursion through Virginia; and thus, having enlarged his mind by study and travel through the North and a portion of the South, he returned to Souence, and he only reached the city on the day following. He was the first man in his district to fly to the defence of Virginia, whose sacred soil he loved with a devotion only inferior to that which he bore his own State. He joined Gregg's regimeds, warm from a woman's heart, to the affection which was felt for him: my dear madam-I want you to know how we in Virginia admired, appreciated, and loved your son. Had he been her own, Virginia could not have loved him more; certainly she couVirginia could not have loved him more; certainly she could not owe him more-so long and so bravely had he fought upon her soil. He was particularly well known in this unfortunate part of the State, which has been, sometimes for months, overrun by our foes. Many families will miss his coming, so daring w
John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., Hardeman Stuart: the young Captain of the signal corps. (search)
ad and swept him away, one of the truest gentlemen of the South disappeared. The old Greek dogma that the favourites of the gods die early, had in him another illustration. His figure moved before the eyes of those who loved him for a moment only; his brave gay voice was heard; his bright smile shone-then he flitted from the great arena like some youthful actor, who has played his allotted part, and is seen no more. It was not necessary to know him long to love him. He was with his Virginia comrades for a brief space only, but he soon won every heart. His kindness, his courage, his high-bred courtesy and delightful gaiety, made him the most charming of companions. Every one loved him. Indeed, to know him was to love him; and since his death even strangers have spoken of him in terms of the warmest affection, so deeply had he impressed all who saw him. He was scarce twenty-one when he died, and in the flush of youth and joy and hope. He was a native of the great State of
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