--The following preamble and resolutions, offered by Colonel Geo. W. Munford
, were adopted on Friday last at the meeting of the Honorary Members
of the Richmond
Light Infantry Blues and friends of that company, held at Bosher's Hall, corner of 9th and Main streets:
We, the honerary, active, and contributing members of the Richmond Light Intantry Blues
new in this city, with a few of those who have escaped the calamity which have recentry befallen our company, have met together to deplore our loss and to encourage and aid the survisors.
With mournful hearts we lament the death of our late Captain O. Jennings Wise
, who fell in front of battle a noble and gallant officer.
He was elected Captain
, a stranger to us except by reputation, upon the repre sentation of those who knew him to be every inch a soldier; who portrayed him as possessed of a warm, generous, and faithful neart, having a brave maghanimous, and chivalrons bearing, a mind enriched by deep research and diversified literature, an expsrisnce of men and manners, and injudgment ripened by council and by knowledge of the world, combining, with all, kindness of disposition and the polish of a high-toned up-right gentleman.
Ever ready to hazard his life to avenge an insult to himself, or those he love for honored equally ready to repair an injury or redress a wrong — ardently devoten to his country, and willing to peril everything for Virginia
and the Southern
We, having tried him, are able now to say, from intercourse in private, and from service under his command, that he has more than sustained the high estimate of others; that his character and usefulness brightened as his career advanced and shone gloriously in his death.
We mourn him deeply.
We tender to the large circle of his friends our warmest sympathy.
We would console his patriot father with the reffection that this painful dispensation is one that he would have coveted on such an occagion and in such a cause.
We have to lament that most of our officers, who were also gallant, brave, and efficient, and who fought with desperation against immense odds, and at great disadvantage, have been taken prisoners.
We grieve no less for the comrades who stood by their sides, and resisted to the last the over a helming force of the enemy.
They have each and all acted a noble part, and deserve the highest meed of praise and peculiar honors.
We drop a tear for the dead, and embalm their memories in our hearts.
For those who are now in prison, and in affilction, we hope to bring consolution and aid, and around those who escaped we rally with a brother's welcome.
We will aid them to renew the old company, and hope that, like the evergreen tree, as leaf after leaf shall fade and drop.
new buds and fresh leaves may spring and flourish in continual verdure.
That we will attend in a body at the care and escort the remains of Capt. Wise
to the Capitol
, where it is to be placed until the interment; that the honorary members who have heretofore been officers shall act as pall-besrers.
That we will assemble again on Sunday, and escort the remains to St. Jemes Church, and thence to the place of interment, and that those here present will wear the usual badge of monthing.
That Col. Munford
be requested to communicate this preamble and resolutions to General Henry A. Wise
, in such manner as may seem to him appropriate.