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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
oo, with beauty and fluency of expression, and once said to his brother Robert:. The Government employs you to do its fighting; it should engage me to write your reports. I admit your superiority in the exercise of the sword and in planning campaigns. I am, however, as you know, the better writer of the two, and can make my pen mightier than your sword after the battle is over. We could thus combine and be irresistible. He died, and was buried at his country seat, Windsor Forest, in Powhatan County. The third son, Sydney Smith, entered the United States Navy at an early age, and served with marked distinction in that service for thirty-four years. When Virginia withdrew from the Union of States he accepted service in the Southern navy. A daughter of General R. E. Lee writes of him: No one who ever saw him can forget his beautiful face, charming personality, and grace of manner, which, joined to a nobility of character and goodness of heart, attracted all who came in contact w
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 16: return to Richmond.-President of Washington College.--death and Burial. (search)
f the Rapidan, with which he was so familiar; but about that time Mrs. Elizabeth Randolph Cocke, of Cumberland County, Virginia, granddaughter of Edmund Randolph, offered him the use of a dwelling house situated on a portion of her estate in Powhatan County. As it was known that he had been dispossessed of his old home at Arlington, numerous offers of money, houses, and lands almost daily reached him, as well as requests to become the president of business associations and chartered corporatiot of the college's treasury! General Lee's favorite war horse, Traveler, the famous gray which had borne him so faithfully amid the flying bolts of battle, now carried him to peaceful pursuits. Unheralded and unattended, having ridden from Powhatan County in four days, his simple entree was made into the little mountain town of Lexington. As he drew rein in front of the village hotel, an old soldier recognized him, gave the military salute, placed one hand upon the bridle, the other upon the
ard's small party then also left the field, having killed five of the enemy and wounded some others--Louisville Journal, December 30. Major Gower, commanding a squadron of the First Iowa Cavalry, arrived at Jefferson City, Mo., with one captain, thirteen men, and ten wagon loads of stores, captured from Gen. Price's army.--Gen. Halleck's Despatch. Philip St. George Cocke, Brigadier-General in the Confederate army, accidentally or designedly killed himself at his residence in Powhatan County, Va. He was a wealthy, public-spirited gentleman, and a well-behaved and accomplished officer. Brigadier-General Cocke was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He entered that institute as a cadet in 1828, graduated July. 1832, was immediately appointed to a brevet second lieutenantcy in the Second artillery; promoted to adjutant of his regiment in 1833. He resigned in 1834. He was a native of Virginia, and at the breaking out of the present rebellion was com
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Powhatan troop of cavalry in 1861. (search)
cke was commissioned by the State of Virginia as a Brigadier-General. Captain Lay was elected to supply his place — Lieutenants Old and Skipwith promoted each a grade, and John William Menoboy elected to fill the vacancy. In March, 1861, the services of the troop were tendered to Governor Letcher by Captain Lay. The Governor then declined them, but requested the company to be held in readiness. In April, 1861, while the company was temporarily encamped at Saint Luther's church in Powhatan county for purposes of instruction in camp and guard duty, the sudden order was received from General Lee to report for active service in Richmond the following day. The members were immediately dispersed to their respective homes for hasty preparation. Some of them, residing at great distances, I was informed, were unable to reach their homes at all. On the next day, Saturday, a prompt and full attendance was had at the rendezvous on the River road or turnpike, about nine miles above Richmon
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clay, Green 1757-1826 (search)
Clay, Green 1757-1826 Military officer; born in Powhatan county, Va., Aug. 14, 1757. Before he was twenty years old he Green Clay. emigrated to Kentucky, where he became a surgeon, and laid the foundation of a fortune. He represented the Kentucky district in the Virginia legislature, and was a member of the Virginia convention that ratified the national Constitution. He also assisted in framing the Kentucky constitution in 1799. Mr. Clay served long in the Kentucky legislature. In the spring of 1813 he led 3,000 Kentucky volunteers to the relief of Fort Meigs (q. v.); and, being left in command of that post, he defended it against an attack by British and Indians under General Proctor and Tecumseh. He died in Kentucky, Oct. 31, 1826. Clay, Henry
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cocke, Philip St. George 1808- (search)
Cocke, Philip St. George 1808- Military officer; born in Virginia in 1808; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1832; brigadier-general in the Confederate army in 1861; and was commander of the 5th Brigade in the first engagement of Bull Run. After eight months service he returned to his home in Powhatan county, Va., where he died, Dec. 26, 1861.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hughes, Robert William 1821- (search)
Hughes, Robert William 1821- Lawyer; born in Powhatan county, Va., June 16, 1821; educated at the Caldwell Institute, North Carolina; taught school in North Carolina in 1840-42; editor of the Richmond (Va.) Examiner in 1852-57, the Richmond Republic in 1865-6, and the Richmond State journal. He was United States district-attorney for western Virginia in 1871-73; Republican candidate for governor of Virginia in 1873; and author of Law reports; The currency question from a Southern Point of view; The American dollar; and lives of Generals Floyd and Johnston in Pollard's Lee and his Lieutenants.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mosby, John Singleton 1833- (search)
Mosby, John Singleton 1833- Lawyer; born in Powhatan county, Va., Dec. 6, 1833; graduated at the University of Virginia in 1852, and admitted to the bar in 1855. He practised at Bristol, Va., in 1855-61. In the latter year he entered the Confederate army as a private, but a little later became adjutant of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. He was colonel in 1862-65 of Mosby's Partisan Rangers, an independent cavalry command, which caused the Union army much trouble by destroying supply trains, cutting communications, capturing outposts, etc. After the war he resumed the practice of law in Virginia. In 1878-85 he was United States consul at Hong-Kong, and in the latter year he settled in San Francisco. He is author of War Reminiscences.
valry services December 12. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Dinwiddie Court House March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Amelia Springs April 5. Sailor's Creek and Harper's Farm April 6. Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Expedition to Danville to co-operate with Gen. Sherman April 23-29. Assigned to provost duty in Amelia and Powhatan Counties till August 10. Mustered out August 10, 1865. Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 61 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 51 Enlisted men by disease. Total 117. 1st Ohio Independent Battalion Cavalry Organization commenced as 7th Ohio Cavalry October, 1861. Consolidated with 6th Cavalry as a Battalion of four complete Companies December 1, 1861. Duty at Camp Dennison, Ohio, till February, 1862. Ordered to St. Louis, Mo. Battalion perm
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Appendix: letters from our army workers. (search)
s were too meagre to deserve a part in your history. After thinking over the matter, I decided to send a few items, which you can use as you deem proper. In May, 1863, I went to the Huguenot Springs (convalescent) Hospital, located in Powhatan county, Virginia, and aided the chaplain, Geo. W. Hyde, for three weeks in a series of meetings. About thirty men professed faith in Christ. I baptized some six or eight. Rev. D. B. Winfree, of Chesterfield, preached five times in the meeting. In June knelt in the dust, all dropped down instantly. I feel a deep interest in your book, and wish you God-speed in it. Fraternally yours, Henry M. White. I>from Rev. John R. Bagby, Baptist, Lieutenant Powhatan Artillery. Powhatan county, Virginia, April, 1867. Dear Brother Jones: I am glad you have undertaken so noble a work, and am only sorry that I can contribute so little towards it. In giving information like this, I do not know where to begin nor what to say after I have
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