A monument to Major James W. Thomson, Confederate States Artillery.
With an account of his death and of the organization of Chew's Battery.[We are not advised that the amount needed for the erection of the monument to Major Thomson has yet been secured, but we feel it will be. For additional particulars as to the career of the famous Chew Battery, see an account of a reunion of its survivors held in October, 1890. Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. XVIII, pp. 281-286.]
Colonel McVicar has written over one hundred letters for the object, and among them this one, written on monument circulars, in July.
The result was a return of the letter, a hundred dollar check and the following characteristic letter:
Charles Rouss is an active member of Ashby camp, of Baylor's Company, Twelfth Virginia cavalry, Rosser's Laurel brigade. Colonel McVicar states openly that people may comment on Charles Rouss, his ways and his ideas are his own. His whole-souled array of good deeds surrounded him as a wall, and who among us but dwarf and dwindle into insignificance alongside of his many acts of kindness showered on this community. Some envious people may wag their little tongues out, they do not hurt him with their paltry small talk. The monument fund stands as follows:  Colonel William R. Lyman, New Orleans, $50; Pem. Thomson, Summit Point, $50; Reuben Wonder, Shenandoah county, $5; Lieutenant Milton Rouss, Kabletown, $25; John Chew, Charleston, $5; Colonel Dulaney, Fauquier county, $10; Battery Boy, Winchester, $5; John Ambler, Lynchburg, $25; C. B. Rouss, New York City, $100; Thomas Timberlake, $1; John Adams, $2. The monument will be made here, and it is to be hoped that at the unveiling the old brigade and battery will be brought together in a reunion that will be one of the greatest tributes we have had since the gallant Ashbys were brought here, and that our people and veterans from other branches of the service will advise with and help us in these services and make it a grand success.