He is entitled to the absolute respect of the grandest in the land.
Already many stately granite shafts commemorate our hero leaders, but shall there not be one higher by an hundredfold and a thousand times more beautiful in design than any of these dedicated to the infantry privates of the South?
Aye! I wish a shaft of burnished gold could lift its head from Virginia's valley, in which sleep the remains of Lee and Jackson, in memory of the private infantrymen of the Confederacy, emblazoning their glory to coming generations, for their heroism is the grandest type of all the thousand bloody fields which heralded Southern valor.
The private infantrymen were lowest in rank, yet highest in their loyalty to the finest sense of honor the human mind can conceive—grandest in humility, greatest in sincerity, purest in purpose; and never can temples of fame enshrine the memory of knightlier souls! William H. Stewart, Late Lt.-Col. 61st Va. Infantry, C. S. A., Portsmouth, Va.
Colonel Daniel M. Lee, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Third-Lieutenant Grand Commander, Colonel Thomas Lewis, Roanoke, Virginia.
Quartermaster-General, Major Washington Taylor, Norfolk, Virginia.
Inspector-General, Colonel Charles Syer, Portsmouth, Virginia. Chaplain-General, Rev. Beverley D. Tucker, Norfolk, Virginia.
Surgeon-General, Dr. R. B. Stover, Richmond, Virginia.
Appointments by the grand Commander.
Adjutant-General, Captain Thomas Ellett, Richmond, Virginia.
Aides-De-Cas, are as follows.
No. 1. R. E. Lee, No. 1, Richmond, Virginia, T. P. Pollard.
Maury, No. 2, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Thomas F. Procter,
Pickett-Buchanan, Norfolk, Virginia, Walter F. Irvine.
Stonewall, Portsmouth, Virginia, R. C. Marshall.
No. 5. R. E. Lee, No. 2, Alexandria, Virginia, William A. Smoot.
No. 6. A. P. Hill, No. 6, Petersburg, Virginia, W. Gordon Mc-Cabe.
ClintonHatcher, Leesburg, Virginia, E. V. White.
No. 8. Sam. Garland