with the University continued to the time of his death.
Fitting honors were paid to his mortal remains, and the memory of his virtues and worth will long remain a precious heritage to those who were privileged to know him.
The Board of Trustees of the University of the South, adopted the following,
Minute in reference to General Josiah Gorgas, late Vice Chancellor:
General Gorgas was chosen to be the Head Master of the Academic Department upon its organization in 1868, and remained at its head until the close of the Lent Term, 1877.
During all this period his rule was signalized by the most faithful devotion to its interest, the most exact and patient performance of the duties of his position—all with a sweet and gentle courtesy.
This Board desires to record its high admiration of his character as a Christian gentleman, faithful to every trust.
Many tributes were paid to his memory.
Judge John A. Campbell
My acquaintance with General Gorgas, commenced after his marriage with the daughter of my friend, Judge Gayle, of Alabama, in 1853.
He had graduated with honor at the Military Academy at West Point.
He had served with credit in the Mexican War; and was then connected with the Ordnance Department of the United States.
After the formation of the Confederate Government, Captain Gorgas was attached to the Ordnance Department, became its Chief, and finally held the rank of Brigadier-General.
When John Brown, in the year——, made his incursion into Virginia, and was captured, there was discovered a correspondence by him with the Chief of Ordnance of the Department at Washington, and that he had obtained circumstantial information of the state and condition of the ordnance stores of the United States; the plans of their deposit and who had possession of them.
The inquiry ascertained the fact that the supplies in the slave holding States were comparatively inconsiderable, and in some of those States there was destitution.
This condition existed in 1861, when the war among the States commenced.
A Chief of the Ordnance Department became an organizer of a branch of industry of supreme importance in the circumstances existing in the South.
In his personal life, General Gorgas
was careful and regular in the performance of his duties—cultivated—simple in his tastes and modest in his deportment—faithful to his family and friends—upright and honorable in all his dealings.