Wore Lee's hat.
Major Robert Stiles
marched with the Howitzer Veteran Association
, having been a member of the First Howitzer company at the opening of the war, arrayed in his own veritable gray jacket and General Robert E. Lee
's hat, with a star from that General
's coatcollar sewed on the front of the hat.
The star was given by the General
himself to Miss Josie Stiles
, the sister, and the hat sent to Rev. Dr. Stiles
, the father of Major Stiles
The latter gift in its circumstances illustrates the sweet and playful grace of General Lee
's daily intercourse with his friends.
Just after the war Dr. Stiles
passed by General Lee
's house having on rather a shabby hat. New hats did not grow on trees in those days.
The General called to the Doctor
from his porch, but he did not hear and drove on.
Miss Josie Stiles
being at the time in the house, General Lee
went up-stairs and brought down to her this hat, saying: ‘Miss Josie, tell your father he is too good a rebel to wear such a bad hat as I saw on his head to-day, and I am too good a rebel to keep two hats as good as both mine are. Please give him this with my compliments.’
The hat is a broad-brimmed gray felt.