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Beautiful tribute to Early.

Resolutions submitted by Captain W. Gordon McCabe and Adopted— officers elected.

Senator Daniel's oration evoked round after round of applause. When he had closed Captain W. Gordon McCabe, from the committee appointed to draft resolutions of respect to the memory of General Early, submitted the following:

Whereas, since the last meeting of this Association, death has claimed one honored comrade, Jubal A. Early, founder of this Society and Lieutenant-General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States; therefore, be it—

Resolved, 1. That in the death of General Early, we, the surviving officers and men of the Virginia Division of the Army of Northern Virginia have not only sustained the loss of one of the most active, generous and efficient members of our Association, but that, [333] in common with our veteran comrades throughout the whole South, we have to mourn an intrepid soldier, a resolute and sagacious captain, a sturdy patriot, whose name must be forever associated with the most brilliant achievements of that glorious army to which we belonged.

A sincere lover of the Union, as formed by the fathers of the Republic, he exerted his commanding abilities in the Virginia convention of 1861 to prevent the adoption of the ‘Ordinance of Secession.’

But when once that momentous step had been taken, he ‘paused not to cavil,’ but promptly offered his sword to his mother-state, threatened by invasion, and, thenceforth, dedicating both heart and brain to the service of his country, gave an unfaltering and single-minded devotion to a Cause which was to him, to his latest breath, ‘strong with the strength of Truth and immortal with the immortality of Right.’

Of his career in the war between the States there is no need for us to speak. The story of his life during those four historic years is in great measure the story of that momentous conflict.

From that thrice-glorious July day in 1861, on the plains of Manassas, when, as simple colonel commanding the ‘Sixth Brigade,’ he stormed through the dust and smoke of battle, sword in hand, across the plateau at the ‘hinn House,’ rolling up the Federal right and assuring decisive victory—even down to those last eventful days, fraught with so much mournful glory, when, as Lieutenant-General, he essayed with a mere handful of ragged veterans to dispute possession of the Valley of Virginia against appalling odds—his stubborn valor, his readiness of resource, his unshaken constancy in desperate and critical events, shone conspicuous on every hard-fought field.

Neither unduly elated by victory nor readily shaken by adversity, he met with an even serenity both extremes of fortune, and though, after long and brilliant service, assailed by unjust and ungenerous criticism on his effort to stem inevitable disaster, steadfast in the consciousness of utmost endeavor, he accepted all censure with the proud silence of a high spirit, and rested content in the unswerving confidence and regard of his beloved commander.

The simplest word of that leader, whom it is no exaggeration to say he reverenced with a reverence that bordered on worship, was ever to him as potent as the voice of conscience, and it was the expression on Lee's part that it was the patriotic duty of his old [334] soldiers to stand by their States in disaster and devote their energies towards repairing the ravages of war, which finally brought General Early back to Virginia from his self-imposed exile.

Simple in his manner of life to the point of Spartan simplicity, he yet exercised towards others, especially to the widows and orphans of Confederate soldiers, a princely generosity, and it has only been since his death that we have learned the extent of these benefactions through the grateful testimony of hundreds of humble recipients of his open-hearted liberality, who share in fullest measure our sorrow for this unselfish old hero.

His memory was prodigious, and, having borne honorable and conspicuous part in all the great campaigns, he possessed a knowledge of military events singularly minute and accurate. But while keeping to the letter he did not miss the spirit, and his ‘Memoir of the Last Year of the War of Independence in the Confederate States of America,’ published when he was in exile, is a master-piece of luminous military exposition and criticism.

His other contributions to the history of our struggle for independence bear equal witness to his wide and exact knowledge of the operations of the Army of Northern Virginia, while his trenchant pen was pitiless in caustic exposure of any who might seek to palliate their own lack of vigorous enterprise by belittling the military sagacity of his great captain.

Thus, full of days, inflexible to the last in his devotion to the cause to which he had consecrated the highest powers of his vigorous manhood, he passed away peacefully, at Lynchburg, Va., on the 2d day of March, 1894.

Zzzvictrix casa Deis placuit, sed victa Catoni.

Resolved, 2. That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of General Early, and be spread upon the minute-book of this Association.

Rev. Dr. J. William Jones moved the adoption of the resolutions, and Colonel Maury seconded the motion, and they were unanimously adopted.

Zzzelection of officers.

The next business was the election of officers for the ensuing year, which resulted: President, Judge George L. Christian, of Richmond; First Vice-President, Judge Theodore S. Garnett, of Norfolk; Second Vice-President, Colonel Charles S. Venable, of Charlottesville; Third Vice-President, Colonel Thomas Lewis, of Roanoke; Treasurer, [335] Robert S. Bosher, of Richmond; Secretary, Captain Thomas Ellett, of Richmond.

Executive CommitteeColonel W. E. Cutshaw, Captain John Cussons, Captain E. P. Reeve, and James T. Gray, of Richmond, and Captain W. Gordon McCabe, of Petersburg.

The President announced that the Association would adjourn to the Regimental Armory, preparatory to attending the annual banquet, and the audience dispersed.

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