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Lee's greatness.

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.’

The Doctor said he would reply by telling what his friend, Major (now Dr.) Smith, 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.’

The Doctor 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 a London.

The Doctor concluded by comparing Lee's memory to the brightly-shining morning star.

After this Judge F. R. Farrar (‘Johnnie Reb.’) and others spoke.

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