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General Buckner had a varied experience. His wife owned large tracts of unimproved real estate in Chicago, which was confiscated, but afterward recovered. It was then mortgaged, built up, and, in a panic, sacrificed for the mortgaged money, leaving him poor. General Zack Deas, of Alabama, whose name may not have been equal to that of others, was a shrewd financier. He went into Wall street after the war and became rich. General P. D. Roddy, a dashing cavalryman, also made a plunge into Wall street, but his fate was different. He lost everything he had, and then went to London and earned a moderate income as financial agent of some banking-house. General W. J. Frazier, who surrendered Cumberland Gap, settled down in New York and prospered as a broker. General Thomas Jordan became editor of the Mining Record, and for years a familiar figure on Broadway. Major-General Loring served for four years in the Egyptian army, then returned to America and became connected with a mining company of New Mexico, where he made money fast and became wealthy. Another who went to Egypt was General A. W. Reynolds. He served awhile, dropped out of service, and then settled down in the country of his adoption.

The careers of Early and Beauregard are well known. They lived and prospered in New Orleans, where they superintended the drawings of the Louisiana Lottery Company. General Early's death occurred in Virginia only a few months ago. He was one of the last of the great southern generals.

The latter days of General R. E. Lee's life were passed in the quiet at Lexington, in his native State, where he became an instructor of young men. The duties of a college president were faithfully carried out by him, although it was probable that the last years of his life were filled with infinite sadness.

Of the remaining brilliant leaders of the Lost Cause some dropped from sight and memory, others had a quiet and prosperous old age, but few fared worse than General Thomas Benton Smith. He passed his later years in an insane asylum in Tennessee.

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