[Correspondence of Richmond Dispatch.]
"Bury me at Lexington
, in the Valley of Virginia
." These words are said to have been uttered by that great, good, and lamented man, General T. J. Jackson
, just before his death, and, in accordance with his sacred command, all that is mortal of the most renowned and successful military genius that the war, or probably that modern ages, has produced, now lies interred within the walls of the Presbyterian cemetery
, located in the southwestern suburbs of this delightful village.
Nothing marks the spot where his mortal remains lie to distinguish his grave from that of others save a diminutive Confederate flag not larger than a lady's kerchief.
This tiny emblem is fastened to a staff not more than two feet long, and placed at the head of the grave, and there waves as if to illustrate the modest pretensions of the great hero of the Valley of Virginia
Close by his side a small grave is to be seen, which contains the remains of his child, who died a few years ago, and not far distant is the grave of his first wife, "Elinor, the daughter of George and Julia Junkin
," with a plain marble slab at the head.
His late residence is situated near the centre of town, and, like everything else planned by him, is modest and unpretending.
It is now tenanted by Dr. Freeman
, late of Shenandoah county, Va.
There is much to commend this town as a place of residence to the favor and preference of those seeking a home.
It contains about 2,500 inhabitants, and is located, as is well known to most of your readers, in the most fertile and healthy section of the State
, combining as it does natural beauty of scenery, together with the elegant style of the many splendid residences which are to be seen in and around the town.
It is also one of the principal seats of literature in the South
The Military Institute, now in a flourishing condition, has over 300 cadets.
The Washington College, a well arranged and commodious institution, was erected by the beneficence of John Robertson
, who willed his entire estate for its erection.
The Ann Smith Academy, for the instruction of females, is another institution of note, and is well conducted, deserving the liberal patronage which it receives.
To this may be added five or six public schools of lesser note.
There are five churches--two Methodist, one Baptist
, one Presbyterian, and one Episcopalian.
Like nearly all the residences in the town, they are remarkable for their neat and elegant appearance.
It is a fact worthy of note that there cannot be found a dilapidated building within the town limits.
Like most other towns the inhabitants have a Mayor.
Mr. Geo. W. Adams
is the present incumbent of that office, but quiet and good order reigns supreme, and he seldom has any culprits at his bar of justice.
As an illustration of the morals of the place, it may be stated that I have been informed by one of the "oldest inhabitants" that he never has yet heard of a robbery being committed in the town.
There is now very little business doing, and only three or four stores seem to have any goods, and these are scantily furnished.
Every man appears to be living, as it were, "on his own hook." Productive gardens are attached to nearly every house, which relieves the inhabitants of the imposition practiced by Lucksters and market men on us unfortunates of the crowded cities.
There are very few, if any, indigent persons here, and but few speculators in the necessaries of life who are residents.
and the counties around are, however, favored by a number of speculators, &c., from abroad.
They are said to have come principally from Lynchburg
The former city, however, has the reputation of having furnished the larger number who trade in this section, and all that need be done on arrival here is to register your name and write Lynchburg
opposite, and you are set down as a merciless extortioner and hell-deserving speculator at once.
Something might be said of the home of your correspondent, but knowing, as he does, that there are a number of his fellow-townsmen who have been guilty of the crimes alleged, he will leave those guilty the task of defending themselves.
A public meeting has been called here at November Court, to take into consideration and provide for the wants of the families of soldiers in service, and others in the county who may be in needy circumstances.
, formerly State Senator
of the Augusta district, will address the citizens on the occasion.
It is also stated that steps will be taken to put a stop to speculating in the necessaries of life within the county; but our Rockbridge
friends will find in this that "Jordan
is really a hard road to travel," unless they will tar and feather every man who is caught at the nefarious practice.