Reunion of Company D. First regiment Virginia Cavalry, C. S. A.Held at Abingdon, July 4th, 1892.
[From the Abingdon Weekly Virginian, July, 15, 1892.] We stated in closing the short notice in our last issue, of the reunion of the survivors of Company D, First Regiment Virginia Cavalry, that we would give a full account in this issue, and we now proceed to comply with our promise. The survivors were notified by a call, signed by C. T. Litchfield, Captain, and P. C. Landrum, Orderly Sergeant, published in this paper, to report in Abingdon (mounted) at 10 o'clock A. M., on July 4th, and in pursuance of the call, the following appeared and participated in the proceedings of the day, viz:  C. T. Litchfield, Captain. G. V. Litchfield, Lieutenant. H. C. Butt, Alexander Buskell, John Bryant, T. M. Clapp, W. L. Colley, John G. R. Davis, William L. Dunn, F. S. Findlay, M. H. Latham, David Lowry, Charles Morrell, James H. Page, Thomas Preston, F. S. Robertson, John B. Richards, John L. Smith, W. L. Snodgrass, Thomas K. Trigg, Wm. Buchanan, S. D. Black, James H. Clark, Thomas W. Colley, L. T. Cosby, David Debusk, M. V. Edmondson, Benjamin Gildersleeve, B. D. Ligon, Lil. Montgomery, R. M. Page, R. B. Preston, J. C. Rush, J. A. Rodefer, S. D. Sanders, Thomas Smith, C. F. Trigg, John C. White. The survivors were formed in a vacant lot at the East end of Main street, and thence marched in column of fours to a point on Main street in front of the Court-house, where the roll of all who had at any time been members of the company was called by John G. White, acting orderly sergeant in the absence of P. C. Landrum, who held that office at the close of the war. This was the first rollcall since ‘the day of Appomattox.’ The following is the roll as called, and it is believed to be reasonably accurate, and contains a statement of the men killed and those wounded, those who died during or since the war being marked ‘dead’: Captain W. E. Jones (afterwards General), killed. Captain W. W. Blackford, wounded. Lieutenant Rees B. Edmondson, wounded. Lieutenant G. V. Litchfield, wounded. Lieutenant Warren M. Hopkins, dead. Lieutenant Thomas B. Edmondson, killed:  Orderly-Sergeant James King, killed. Orderly-Sergeant John W. Butt, killed. Orderly-Sergeant P. C. Landrum, wounded. James Arnett, dead. Mansfield Asbury, dead. William Asbury, dead. L. D. Asbury. Abram Allison, dead. Walter Bailey, killed. Thomas W. Bailey, killed. Oscar S. Bailey. William Bailey, dead. James A. Bailey. Joseph H. Baker, killed. J. A. P. Baker. William Bearden, dead. Robert F. Beattie, wounded. Fountain Beattie, wounded. Walter Beattie, killed. Henry C. Butt. Randolph Buchanan, dead. William Buchanan. Alexander Buskell, wounded. Richard Buskell, killed. William D. W. Black. Samuel D. Black. James M. Byars. A. H. Byars. John Bryant, wounded. David Barr. William D. Barker. James H. Bradley. John Campbell, dead. D. C. Carmack, dead. A. P. R. Catron, killed. F. M. Catron, wounded and dead. James H. Clark. W. D. Clark, wounded. I. L. Clark, wounded.  Thomas W. Clark. W. F. P. Clark, killed. Riley Clark, killed. W. R. Clark. T. M. Clapp, wounded. Thomas V. Cole, dead. J. F. Cook. D. C. Cole, dead. Rufus R. Cassell, dead. J. L. Cato. Thomas W. Colley, wounded. William L. Colley. T. L. Colley, dead. B. C. Crawford. Thomas Crawford. A. M. Crockett, wounded. J. M. Cook, dead. L. T. Cosby. William Cubine. John D. Cosby. Charles H. Dulaney. John G. R. Davis. John M. Davis. Thomas Davidson, dead. J. B. Deyerle. David Debusk. Samuel Debusk. G. B. Duff, dead. J. M. Duff, dead. William L. Dunn. John B. Edmondson, dead. M. V. Edmondson. Strong Edmondson. J. Frank Euk, dead. F. S. Findlay, wounded. Thomas K. Findlay, dead. David A. Fields, wounded and dead. Charles B. Fields, wounded. Jacob L. Fields, dead. Charles H. C. Fulkerson.  Jacob Fleenor. Frank R. Fulkerson. Charles Foster. Samuel Fulcher, dead. J. L. M. French. G. C. Greenway. Benjamin Gildersleeve. W. T. Greenway, dead. F. T. Gray. R. E. Gray. D. C. Gray. C. P. Gray. James Gray, dead. J. A. Gallehon. Melville Gammon, wounded. Robert Grant. William H. Hall, dead. John D. Hall. A. Findlay Harris. John Hockett. William Hockett. Samuel Hockett. R. M. Hickman. George Hughlett, dead. Basil Home. ——Hubble. M. M. S. Ireson. David Jones (captured and hung by enemy, and Colonel Mosby hung seven of the enemy in retaliation). Jasper S. Jones. Robert Jones, killed. Henry S. Jones, wounded. William M. Johnson. M. G. Keesling. Robert J. Keller, dead. H. G. King. ——King. M. H. Latham. L. W. Latham. John Larrimore. B. D. Ligon.  David Lowry. David Lynch, dead. D. K. H. Lewark, dead. John Littleford. Willis Littleford. S. D. Meek. James R. Meek. Putnam C. Miles, killed. W. F. Montgomery, wounded. Lilburn Montgomery. William Morell, killed. David Morell, killed. Charles Morell. J. L. Morrison. Leander McNew. Tobias McNew, dead. George McNew. J. M. McReynolds, dead. William McReynolds, killed. S. J. McChesney, wounded. Wallace McChesney, dead. M. T. Meadows, dead. Thomas McConnell, killed. M. J. Munday. ——Munday. William Mehaffey, dead. William Meade, dead. John S. Mosby. David Moore. Samuel McCall. John D. Ornduff, dead. M. C. Orr. R. M. Page, wounded. James H. Page. John W. Page, dead. Robert Page, dead. M. M. Pendleton. H. G. Pendleton, killed. Joseph Pendleton, killed. William Painter, dead. R. B. Preston, wounded.  Thomas Preston. William H. Price. J. H. Roberts, dead. Edward Roe. S. E. Roe. J. K. Rambo. A. F. Rambo. J. L. Ritchie. John W. Riddle, dead. A. D. Rosenbalm. W. M. Roe. Newton Roe, killed. J. C. Rush. John Russell, killed. David Ryburn, killed. F. S. Robertson. J. A. Rodefer. John B. Richards. D. P. Sandoe, dead. Robert Sanders. J. W. S. Sanders, wounded. S. D. Sanders. W. E. Scott, dead. J. J. Schwartz, wounded and dead. William Smith. John L. Smith. Thomas Smith. William (Buck) Smith, dead. William L. Snodgrass. W. Trigg Strother. Thomas J. Sheppard. C. F. Trigg. Thomas K. Trigg. W. W. Vaughan, wounded. John G. White, wounded. William White. R. C. Williams, killed. A. H. Webb. William B. White, dead. C. M. Waldon.  A committee had been appointed to write to General Fitz. Lee, Colonel W. A. Morgan (the last colonel of the regiment), Colonel W. W. Blackford, the second captain of the company, and Colonel John S. Mosby, who went into the war as a private of the company, and remained in it about one year. Letters were read from General Lee, Colonel Morgan, and Colonel Blackford. No reply was received from Colonel Mosby, who, it is presumed, did not receive the invitation in time to reply before the day named. These letters and replies were read by Hon. C. F. Trigg:
Mr. Trigg also read the following letter from Sergeant M. M. S. Ireson, who was unable to attend:
A detail of eight men was then sent to escort the old battle flag of the regiment from its repository to the assembled company, which was done, it being carried by color Sergeant David Lowry, who bore it before the surrender and saved it on that day, and cheers rent the air as the old and tattered battle flag was brought into ranks, the cross of St. George, stained and torn, but yet the flag under which these veterans had so often fought for the Confederacy, which they loved and battled to maintain. The large concourse assembled from town and county yelled and cheered at frequent intervals during the proceedings, ladies waived their handkerchiefs, and to many eyes came the unbidden tear, and down the furrowed cheeks of many of the older men present and in line, trickeled the drop which comes of sorrow and of sadness.  After the proceedings in front of the court-house, preceded by a band, the veterans of Company D marched to the west end of Main street, and returning wheeled into Slaughter street, and thence down the connecting road, to the farm of Hon. C. F. Trigg, one and a half miles distant, where neath the shade of magnificent oaks surrounding his bold spring, they went into bivouac, and there remained until late in the afternoon. A splendid collation had been prepared by the families of those of the old company who reside in the town, and the veterans ate as if they had regained the appetites which came from marching and fighting. With song, story, anecdote and jest, and with reminiscences of the past, the time passed rapidly away, during which a photographer came upon the ground, and we hope obtained a good photograph of the assembled soldiers. Company I of the Second Regiment Virginia Volunteers (the Washington Rifles) our splendid company of volunteers, commanded by Captain James C. Watson, marched to the grounds during the the afternoon, went through the evolutions of the drill and the manual of arms, and fired a salute of honor to the veterans. Cheer after cheer rent the air as the old soldiers gave the rebel yell in recognition of the cheers of their young friends. Altogether it was a most enjoyable occasion, and we but voice the sentiments of the community when we say that it was well to have the reunion and that it was well and joyously carried out. The old soldiers have a right to be proud of their company, and of the record it made in the war, and its survivors, while following the pursuits of peace, have shown that the good soldier makes a good citizen; and while they looked with enthusiasm upon their old battle flag, we doubt not that in true and real loyalty to the government they may be relied upon as strongly as any who wore the blue, and fought upon the other side, and should this nation be engaged in another war, it would have no truer citizens than those who were true to their native States, and fought to uphold the Confederacy established by those States. We have been furnished the following letter from Captain L. C. Wilson, of the United States Army, who with seven of his men, was captured by Captain Litchfield with twenty-two of his men on the 5th day of August, 1862.  Captain Wilson wrote to Captain Litchfield as follows:
Captain Litchfield replied to this letter, inviting him to the reunion, and his answer was as follows:
We have been also furnished the following from the Democrat, a newspaper formerly published in this town, giving an account of a flag presentation to the company in 1861. The splendid address of Miss Hardin will more than repay perusal.
Flag presentation. [from the Abingdon Democrat, Friday April 26, 1861.]Tuesday last, a beautiful flag was presented to the Washington Mounted Rifles, wrought by the hands of our patriotic ladies. At half-past 12, the troop commanded by Lieutenant Blackford, formed in front of the residence of Mrs. Mitchell, when Miss Lizzie Hardin, a teacher in the Martha Washington College, advanced and addressed them as follows: soldiers—In the ages when cowardice was a crime and courage the virtue of a God, the men armed and went forth to battle amid the exhortation of the women, to ‘return with their shields or upon them.’ To day, the women of Abingdon would imitate their example, and though when you are far distant, amid the perils of war, many a heart here will be still with anguish—though full oft, from blood forsaken lips shall be sent up for you, a cry to Him who is ‘mighty to save,’ yet, with a firm hand we would give you this banner, and in an unfaltering voice, we bid you bear it on to ‘victory or death.’ We would bid you in the day of the battle look upon it—think of your mountain homes, and remember 'tis for them you strike. Think of the mothers, the sisters, the wives you have left behind, and remember 'tis for them you draw the sword. Tamely, and for years have we submitted to insult and oppression, and shall  we longer bow our necks, like slaves, to the yoke? Shall the descended of the men of 1776 hear the clanking of their chains and fear to break them? God forbid! what though you perish in the attempt?
The coward died a thousand deaths,Then men of Virginia, show yourselves worthy of the name you bear! From the women of your native mountains, take this flag beneath its fold, go forth to meet the oppressor, and fear not to die! After Miss Hardin concluded, Lieutenant R. B. Edmondson, on behalf of the troop, responded in a short but spirited speech in which he pledged the company to defend the flag with their lives, and return it to the fair donors untarnished by dishonor. J. T. Campbell, Esq., then, in a few remarks, in which he referred to a daughter having made the presentation, called for three cheers for Miss Hardin. They were given with hearty, good will. The veterans decided to meet next year at such a time as a committee appointed for the purpose shall fix, and late in the afternoon they marched back to town, wheeled into line in front of the courthouse, and there broke ranks and went to their homes.
The brave man dies but one!