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Major-General Rodes.

This officer, who was promoted for his gallant bearing on the field of Wilderness and Chancellorsville, is a native of Lynchburg, as before stated in this paper, we believe. --He has seen some very hard fighting in this war, especially at Seven Pines, where he received a painful wound. He has always distinguished himself; but at Wilderness his prominence and signal bravery in battle were such, indeed, as to extort promotion, had there been any reluctance in according it — an idea that is forbidden by the promptness with which it was done. He graduated in the Virginia Military Institute in 1848, in a very distinguished class, which has furnished some very fine officers for the Confederate service. A correspondent in the Sentinel states that, just before the war broke out, the Chair of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, held by the illustrious Jackson, was divided, the expansion of the school making such a division necessary. A Chair of Applied Mechanics was thus organized, and to this chair General Rodes was elected by the unanimous vote of the Board of Visitors. He was, therefore, Professor elect of this important department of the Virginia Military Institute.

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