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Editorial paragraphs.


Renewals are still in order, and we are very anxious to hear from a number of subscribers who have not yet sent their $3 for 1880. Please ask your neighbor if he has done so. And we again beg our friends to exert themselves to secure us new subscribers, to recommend to us suitable agents, to whom we can pay liberal commissions, to canvass for our Papers, and to secure the sale of our back volumes to public libraries or private individuals.

We have on hand about $4,500 worth of back numbers, which we are anxious to dispose of, and the sale of which would greatly help our treasury just now.


“old debt” is never a pleasant subject of discourse, and we sincerely wish that our friends would take from us all opportunity of ever speaking again of ours. We repeat that our future is assured, if we can only rid ourselves of the debt that has lapped over from ‘76-77. Some of our friends have responded liberally, others have promised to help, and we beg to hear from you. You can help us in either of the following ways:

1. Take a life membership.

2. Make us a special contribution of $1 or more.

3. Buy our bound volumes or induce others to do so.

4. Secure us some subscribers or advertisers.

5. Get us an efficient canvasser. And as “he gives twice who gives quickly,” please respond at your earliest convenience.


The warm appreciation of the value of our work which we have received from every quarter is very gratifying to our feelings, and encourages us to persevere in our efforts to collect and preserve “material for the future historian.”

Major Scheibert (our able and zealous friend who has done so much to give his brother officers of the Prussian army a correct understanding of Confederate prowess) thus introduces his sketch of Jackson's Valley campaign, which we have before noticed:

The Southern Historical Society has undertaken the careful publication of whatever is to be found of prominent military importance. The truly interesting, masterly edited organ of the association, the Southern Historical Society Papers, publishes amongst other things the hitherto unknown original reports of the Southern Generals, which are to be distinguished by a regard for truth which has not been a special characteristic of trans-Atlantic reports. Among other articles in the January number, 1879, is to be found an address which Colonel Allan (formerly Ordnance Officer of Jackson's staff), basing his views upon official documents and his personal experience, delivered before the last annual meeting of the Association of the Army of [190] Northern Virginia, which I find so entertaining and instructive that I venture, holding fast to that lecture as a text, but invoking also my personal acquaintance with the leading actors, and my practical knowledge of the field of operations (which I have twice traversed on horseback from one end to the other), to give to my comrades-in-arms as a detailed picture of that drama of the Valley of Virginia.


The little Girl who wished to die for Stonewall Jackson, because only her immediate family would weep for her, and all the world would weep for him (and for whom General Fitz. Lee, in his address before the Army of Northern Virginia Association, expressed the earnest hope that if still alive she was “beloved and happy” ), it will be interesting to our readers to state was Miss Lucy Chandler, but who has been for some years Mrs. Charles K. Pendleton. As the wife of a brave Confederate soldier and worthy gentleman, and the mother of several children, she has already realized the wish of the gallant cavalier.

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