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Veterans' reunion. [from the Staunton, Va., daily News, August 9, 1894.]

The meeting of the Rockbridge Dragoons at Lexington—List of the Survivors—Next reunion to be held at Staunton.

Lexington, Va., August 8, 1894.
The first annual reunion of the Second Rockbridge Dragoons or Company H, of Fourteenth Virginia Regiment, was held here yesterday. At an early hour the gray-haired veterans began to pour into the town. The trains brought their quota. Not only was the Fourteenth Regiment out in force, but other veterans were present in large numbers from various commands. Some of the old ‘vets’ had not met since the surrender, and reminiscences and war anecdotes [74] were the order of the day. At noon the bugle was sounded for the formation, and Company H, Company C, and Company I, mounted, formed in line facing the courthouse, ander the command of Colonel John A. Gibson. To the command ‘Right by twos,’ the ‘vets’ wheeled into column, and paraded the principal streets of the town.

After the parade the roll was called and the command given: ‘Prepare for action;’ the enemy to be engaged was an elegant dinner prepared by Comrade C. W. Irvine in his best style. After dinner speech-making was indulged in.

Hon. Wm. A. Anderson, Captain J. Pres. Moore, and Colonel W. Bolivar F. Leech were the orators of the occasion. Their remarks elicited the wildest enthusiasm, and the ‘rebel yell’ made the dining-room ring.

The next reunion will take place in Staunton on Court Monday, August 28, 1895, when all the surviving members of the Fourteenth will be brought together again.

The members of the companies represented were mostly from Rockbridge and Augusta Counties.

A noticeable incident of the day was that it was the thirtieth anniversary of the day when Captain Wilson lost his arm.

This command served all through the war, and was in the memorable raid through Pennsylvania.

The following officers were present and in command:

Captain John A. Gibson, Lieutenant James Lindsay, Lieutenant Wm. M. Sterritt, Lieutenant Wm. N. Wilson, Orderly-Sergeat J. S. Gibson.

The following is the roll of the survivors of Company H, as called by Orderly-Sergeant J. S. Gibson:


J. W. Anderson, J. Y. Anderson, W. A. L. Anderson, D. S. Black, H. W. Bagley, Wm. Blackwell, Tom Chittum, John Chittum, Wm. Davis, L. P. Davis, David Dice, Geo. Dice, J. B. Fierbaugh, Robt. Fulwiler, Wm. Fox, J. H. Greiner, Columbus Greiner, Granville Greiner, James Glendy, C. P. Green, J. W. Gibson, James Huffman, Napoleon Hull, Lorenzo Hall, C. W. Irvine, H. G. Lindsay, John Lowman, W. B. F. Leech, Wm. A. Lyle, James A. Lyle, Jacob Ludwick, J. W. Mackey, D. B. McClung, B. F. McClung, James A. McClung, W. H. McCutcheon, N. B. McCluer, A. J. Miller, J. L. Morter, A. H. Moore, David McCray, Tom Norcross, J. D. Ott, [75] Frank Ott, W. L. Patterson, Nimrod Patterson, David Pulse, Wm. Parrent, W. D. Runnels, James Runnels, John H. Reed, Samuel Ray, Wm. Landridge, Jacob Shaver, Samuel Strain, John N. Stoner, Wm. M. Sale, Robert Sale, Samuel W. Short, John Sheridan, J. M. Snider, J. H. Snider, Tom Sensebaugh, H. L. Terrell, F. H. Templeton, Arch. Taylor, J. H. Wheat, James Withers, M. D. Willson, John Whitmore, Wm. Wright, John Wright, Alfred Willson, W. A. Walker, and C. W. Walker.

An old darkey asked a ‘vet’ ‘What dis war dat was gwine on here ter-day.’

He was told that it was a reunion of the Fourteenth Virginia Regiment. He looked very innocent, and replied, ‘Dis 'em them what is a'liven, I suppose, boss.’

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