Rev. Dr. M. D. Hoge
was called upon by Major Stringfellow
to respond to the toast: ‘In memory of General Lee
—great as a man, great as a soldier, and greater still as an exemplar of Christian life.’
said he would reply by telling what his friend, Major
, was too modest to relate.
That was that after General Jackson
was wounded that Major Smith
shifted his own body so as to put it between the wounded General and the men who were firing on him.
As to the toast, he could say, in the words of Carlyle
, who was not a parson, that ‘a man's religion is his chief part and turns all the rest.’
said that in point of service he was the oldest man in the regiment, and that counting by seniority he was entitled to ride five yards in front of Colonel Jones
Referring to the governor's fifty-year prophecy, he said that at the end of that time Norfolk
would be a Liverpool, Lynchburg
an Edinboroa, Richmond
a Paris, and Farmville
concluded by comparing Lee
's memory to the brightly-shining morning star.
After this Judge F. R. Farrar
.’) and others spoke.