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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
on called in June, 1778, to consider the Federal Constitution, a United States Senator, envoy to France, England, and Spain, twice Governor of his native State, Secretary of State in Mr. Madison's administration, and President of the republic for two terms from 1817 to 1825-thus adding, by a long and meritorious public career, additional renown to the county of his birth, his State, and his country. James Madison, fourth President of the United States, was born in the adjoining county of King George seven years before Monroe, and but a few miles distant. To this section, from England, came, too, the Lees, who belonged to one of the oldest families in the mother country, its members from a very early date being distinguished for eminent services to sovereign and country. By the side of William the Conqueror, at the battle of Hastings, in 1066, Lancelot Lee fought, and a later descendant, Lionel Lee, followed Richard Coeur de Lion, taking part in the third crusade to Palestine, in 11
ngton, Thursday, June 4, 1863. The cavalry raid of General Stoneman's command was concluded yesterday by Colonel Kilpatrick's brigade in one of the most brilliant acts of the war. He left Gloucester Point on Saturday last, and passing in a north-easterly direction through Gloucester County, crossed the Dragon River at Saluta, and thence through Middlesex County to Urbanna, on the Rappahannock; crossing that river to Union Point, Colonel Kilpatrick proceeded through Westmoreland and King George counties to near the headquarters of General Hooker without losing a single man of his command. The rebels had divined that this force was to attempt to rejoin the command of General Stoneman, and therefore took special pains to capture it. The command was composed of about nine hundred men in all, the Second New-York (Harris Light cavalry) and the Twelfth Indiana cavalry. No difficulty whatever was encountered in Gloucester County, but upon reaching Dragon River it was found the rebels had
y 5, 1868. At an early hour yesterday morning several persons reached the city who were on the ambulance train at the time of its capture by the Yankees on Sunday evening. From one of them we obtained some particulars of the affair. As the train neared the hotel at Ashland, a couple of shots were fired at the engine, which was at once stopped. The Yankees were the Twelfth Illinois regiment, five hundred strong, and commanded by a Colonel Davis, who said he was originally from King George County, Virginia, and claimed kin with President Davis. By order of the Colonel the engine was uncoupled and burned. All the sick and wounded and passengers were then paroled. No interference was made with private property. Just as the train was first hailed by the Yankee cavalry, several persons who were in the back car, among them a bearer of despatches from General Lee, jumped off and succeeded in escaping, and are supposed to have made their way to our forces at the South-Anna, or to Han
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 1: from the U. S.A. Into the C. S.A. (search)
dopt the system and Myer and I were directed to exhibit it to the Military Committees. I was also assigned to temporary duty on a board of officers experimenting with breech-loading rifles, of which there were several models being offered to the War Department. By April, 1860, the Signal Bill having been favorably reported, I was relieved from special duty and ordered back to West Point, but was given a leave of absence for 60 days. During this leave I married Miss Bettie Mason of King George Co., Va. Soon after returning to West Point I was ordered to relieve Lt. Robert at Fort Steilacoom in Washington Territory with the detachment of our company. With my wife I sailed on the steamer Northern Light for Aspinwall on Aug. 10; by the John L. Stephens from Panama on the 19th; and by the Cortes from San Francisco on Sept. 8; landing at Steilacoom City on Sept. 20. All steamers of those days were side wheelers. The post was commanded by Col. Silas Casey of the 9th Infantry, and gar
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blockade. (search)
osition off the coast of Connecticut, where he proceeded, with reluctance, to execute Cochrane's cruel order. He bombarded Stonington (q. v.), but was repulsed. His squadron lay off the mouth of the Thames when the news of peace came. See New London. In the opening months of the Civil War, the Confederates planted cannon on the Virginia shores of the Potomac River, at various pints, to interrupt the navigation. One of these redoubts was at Matthias Point, a bold promontory in King George county, Va., and commanded the river a short time. The point was heavily wooded. Capt. J. H. Ward, with his flag-ship Freeborn, of the Potomac flotilla, was below this point when he heard of the Confederates being busy in erecting a battery there. He procured from Commodore Rowan, of the Pawnee, then lying off Aquia Creek, two companies of marines, in charge of Lieutenant Chaplin. Ward had determined to land there, denude the point of trees, and leave no shelter for the Confederates. On t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Smith, William 1727-1803 (search)
liam Livingston, published Revised laws of New York, 1690–;1762. He died in Quebec, Canada, Nov. 3, 1793. Jurist; born in North Carolina in 1762; graduated at Mount Zion College, Winnsboro, S. C., in 1784; member of the State Senate in 1806-8; appointed circuit judge in the latter year; United States Senator in 1817-23; returned to the Senate in 1826 to fill out an unexpired term; and settled in Alabama in 1836. He died in Huntsville, Ala., June 10, 1840. Lawyer; born in King George county, Va., Sept. 6, 1796; admitted to the bar in 1818; member of the State Senate in 1830-35; of Congress in 1840-42; chosen governor of Virginia by the legislature without being previously consulted, Jan. 1, 1846; member of Congress in 1853-61. He was then commissioned colonel of the 49th Virginia Infantry; promoted brigadier-general in 1862; and was re-elected governor in 1863. He was known as Extra Billy, a sobriquet which arose from his demands for extra compensation for carrying the Un
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 10: revivals in the Lower Valley and around Fredericksburg. (search)
that out of the whole number in it (115), there is hardly a single man who is not a professor of faith in Jesus, or in some degree an inquirer for the way of life. He states also that some seventeen have been baptized, not into communion with any particular denomination, but with Christ's people. The revival alluded to by Captain Kirkpatrick was one of the most powerful enjoyed in the army at this time. The meetings were conducted by Rev. Hugh Roy Scott, an Episcopal clergyman of King George county, who described the work of grace in a tract which was published by the Evangelical Tract Society, of Petersburg, and which contains so many details of interest that I insert it in full, as follows: Camp Nineveh. By Rev. Hugh Roy Scott. Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zech. IV. 6. During the month of October, 1862, it was my privilege to witness one of the most remarkable spiritual awakenings that has ever occurred in this country. I
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 13: results of the work and proofs of its genuineness (search)
devotion unto death. Let us add, in conclusion, that all these were animated by Christian principle and illuminated by Christian faith. The spirit of apostles, prophets, and martyrs, and of Him who is Head over all, had made its abode in him. A Divine Power had tempered into harmony, and had exalted into heroism the natural qualities of the man. That Power has raised him to a glory infinitely transcending the glory of earthly success or human applause. Burditt W. Ashton, of King George county, Virginia, private in Company C, Ninth Virginia Cavalry, was killed on the 3d day of July, at Gettysburg, and a friend thus closes a sketch of his noble young life: But these accomplishments and these fine points of character which adorn the outer man, are as nothing when compared with the jewel which he wore in his heart, and which was his confidence in the hour of death. The crown of his life was his trust in God. At the early age of fourteen, under the training of his pious paren
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
Leyburn. From Rev. Hugh Roy Scott, Episcopalian. Baltimore, January 28, 1867. Dear Sir: I saw in a paper some days since that you were collecting materials for a book describing the religious history of the Army of Northern Virginia. I send enclosed a tract which I wrote describing a very interesting work of grace that occurred in the division of artillery under General Pendleton. I am a Protestant Episcopal clergyman, and during the war had charge of a Church in King George county, Virginia. I made frequent visits to the army, and always found our noble men eager to hear the word of God explained, and on two or three occasions was gratified by seeing the truth take hold of many hearts. But rarely in my life have I seen anything like the awakening at Camp Nineveh. The Captain K——referred to in the tract was Captain Thomas J. Kirkpatrick, a lawyer of Lynchburg, Virginia. Praying that your important work, besides preserving a record of God's wonderful dealings w
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical: officers of civil and military organizations. (search)
ong for armed defense. He was a faithful friend of Lee and Jackson. His home was burned at the time of the destruction of the Virginia military institute, and after the war he was confined for some months in the Old Capitol prison. In 1876, while a member of the legislature, he was stricken with paralysis. He died January 26, 1884, at Lexington. William Smith William Smith, governor of Virginia from January 1, 1864, to the close of the war, was born September 6, 1797, in King George county, Virginia. After receiving a general education in academic institutions he took up the study of law and was licensed to practice in 1819. His political career began about this time also, but it was not until 1836 that he accepted office. He then sat in the State senate one term, and was re-elected. He became interested in mail contracts and had charge of some extensive routes, by coach and steamboat lines. In 1841 Mr. Smith was elected to Congress, and in December, 1845, he was chosen
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