We cannot allow the grave to close over such a name as Col. J. A. Washington
without offering some tribute to his memory.
All who enjoyed the privileged of his friendship knew how high-minded, unselfish, and generous he was; how warm in friendship, and how affectionate and exemplary in his domestic relations.
He was distinguished for practical wisdom, of judgment, and energy in the management of his affairs.
When the United States
made war upon the South
he offered himself to the service of the South
he offered himself to the service of his country, and was appointed.
All to Gen. Lee
, with the rank of Lieut. Colonel
He devoted himself most assiduously to the duties of his office, without allowing himself any respite.
What his feelings were in engaging in the war may be learned from a letter to his family, from which we make an extract "While I think and hope that we shall be successful yet, of course, there is no telling who will fall in the efforts we are about making.
I am just, as likely to be one of them as any one else, and I can only say, that if God so wills it. I hope I am ready to lay down my life, and to sacrifice all I have in the just and sacred cause in which I am embarked.
I know that I any perfectly willing, if need he to die for this cause, and sooner than see it fail had put her that myself and children, and all I hold, were swept from existence.
For myself, I have no fear, for should my life be lost it is only anticipating by a few years what must happen at any not. The whole matter is in the hands of God, who will do with me as seems best to Him."
He has fallen a blessed marten in the just and sacred cause of his country, and a grateful people will enroll high his name, among those who have fallen in the defence of her dearest rights.
But we rejoice to add, that we have good reason to hope that he was prepared for his sudden death.
During the last year of his life, after the death of his wife, a marked change was observed in him by his friends.
No more earnest and attentive rearer in the house of God could be found.
He was a liberal supporter of the Episcopal Church, was in the habit of family prayer, and in his last letter to his children, enjoined upon them the continuance of it morning and
underscoring the words.
His last letter to his family contained religious advice, as though he foresaw his sudden death.
His funeral was attended by a large number of persons, who testified their respect for his memory and their sympathy with his bereaved family.