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J. A. Early (search for this): chapter 60
Remarks of General Early—oration of Major John W. Daniel, Ll.D., of Va.—description of the ceremonies, &c. The occasion of the unveiling of Valentine's superb figure of Lee, was one of extraordinary interest, and deserves a place in our records. General J. A. Early, First Vice-President of the Lee Memorial Association, presided on the occasion, called the vast assemblage to order, and called on the Rev. R. J. McBryde, of Lexington, who made an appropriate and fervent prayer. General Early then made the following Introductory remarks. Friends, Comrades and Fellow-Citizens, Ladies and Gentlemen: The sickness of General Joseph E. Johnston, the distinguished President of the Lee Memorial Association, which prevents his attendance here, has devolved on me, as First Vice-President, the unexpected duty of presiding on this occasion; and I am sure no one can regret the cause of this change in the programme more than I do. The great commander of the Army of Northe
Jubal A. Early (search for this): chapter 60
raordinary interest, and deserves a place in our records. General J. A. Early, First Vice-President of the Lee Memorial Association, presiwise counsels of such men as Robert E. Scott, Robert Y. Conrad, Jubal A. Early, John B. Baldwin, Samuel McDowell Moore, and A. H. H. Stuart, snet, as he styled it, is confronting Lee near Chancellorsville, and Early is holding Sedgwick at bay at Fredericksburg, Jackson, who, under Ltain the whereabouts of his adversary, the next scence unfolds: General Early has planned and executed a flank march around Winchester, worthments of Lee's greatest Lieutenant,—the ever-to-be-counted — on Jubal A. Early, who had been dispatched to meet him with a force not half his the Potomac to save Washington, which was trembling at the sound of Early's guns. In that wonderful campaign of Lee from the Wilderness to Prom his horse and put up a farmer's fence. In the city of York General Early had in general orders prohibited the burning of buildings conta
lege of Washington, went forward in a career which, for nearly threescore years and ten, was a period of uninterrupted usefulness, prosperity and honor. All ranks of honorable enterprise and ambition in this rising empire felt the impress of the noble spirits who came forth from its halls, trained and equipped for life's arduous tasks with keenest weapons and brightest armor. What glowing names are these that shine on the rolls of the alumni of this honored Alma Mater! Church and State, Field and Forum, Bar and Bench, Hospital and Counting-Room, Lecture-Room and Pulpit—what famous champions and teachers of the right, what trusty workers and leaders in literature and law, and arts, and arms, have they not found in her sons! Seven Governors of States—amongst them Crittenden, of Kentucky, and McDowell, Letcher, and Kemper, of Virginia; eleven United States Senators—amongst them Parker, of Virginia, Breckinridge, of Kentucky, H. S. Foote, of Mississippi, and William C. Preston, of S<
the inner country, and renew the unequal strife? Not till that hope is tested will they yield! As the day dawns, a remnant of the cavalry under Fitz. Lee is forming, and Gordon's infantry, scarce two thousand strong, are touching elbows for the last charge. Once more the thrilling rebel cheer rings through the Virginia woods, and with all their wonted fierceness they fall upon Sheridan's men. Ah! yes, victory still clings to the tattered battle-flags. Yes, the troopers of our gallant Fitz. are as dauntless as when they followed the plume of Stuart, the flower of cavaliers. Yes, the matchless infantry of tattered uniforms and bright muskets under Gordon, the brave, move with as swift, intrepid tread as when of old—Stonewall led the way. Soldiers of Manassas, of Richmond, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, of the Wilderness, of Spotsylvania, of Cold Harbor, of Petersburg—scarred and sinewy veterans of fifty fields, your glories are still about you, your
H. S. Foote (search for this): chapter 60
i of this honored Alma Mater! Church and State, Field and Forum, Bar and Bench, Hospital and Counting-Room, Lecture-Room and Pulpit—what famous champions and teachers of the right, what trusty workers and leaders in literature and law, and arts, and arms, have they not found in her sons! Seven Governors of States—amongst them Crittenden, of Kentucky, and McDowell, Letcher, and Kemper, of Virginia; eleven United States Senators—amongst them Parker, of Virginia, Breckinridge, of Kentucky, H. S. Foote, of Mississippi, and William C. Preston, of South Carolina; more than a score of congressmen, twoscore and more of Judges—amongst them Trimble, of the United States Supreme Court; Coalter, Allen, Anderson, and Burks, of the Court of Appeals of Virginia; twelve or more college presidents, and amongst them Moses Hoge and Archibald Alexander, of Hampden-Sidney, James Priestly, of Cumberland College, Tennessee, and G. A. Baxter and Henry Ruffner (who presided here), and Socrates Maupin, of
Bedford Forrest (search for this): chapter 60
ke the fire of batteries without returning it, than to rise and charge to the cannon's mouth. It is harder to give the soft answer that turns away wrath than to retort a word with a blow. De Long, in the Frozen Arctic wastes, dying alone inch by inch of cold and starvation, yet intent on his work, and writing lines for the benefit of others, deserved, as well as the Marshal of France, who received it, the name of bravest of the brave. The artless little Alabama girl, who was guiding General Forrest along a dangerous path when the enemy fired a volley upon him, and who instinctly spread her skirts and cried: Get behind me! had a spirit as high as that which filled the bosom of Joan of Arc, or Charlotte Corday. The little Holland boy, who, seeing the water oozing through the dyke, and the town near by about to be deluged and destroyed, neither cried nor ran, but stopped, and all alone, stifled the opening gap with earth, in instant peril of being swept to death unhonored and unk
herself may join in his solemn requiem. Come, for here he rests, and— On this green bank by this fair stream We set to-day a native stone, That memory may his deeds redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone. Come, for here the genius of loftiest poesy in the artist's dream, and through the sculptor's touch, has restored his form and features—a Valentine has lifted the marble veil and disclosed him to us as we would love to look upon him—lying, the flower of knighthood, in Joyous Gard. His sword beside him is sheathed forever. But honor's seal is on his brow, and valor's star is on his breast, and the peace that passeth all understanding descends upon him. Here, not in the hour of his grandest triumph of earth, as when, mid the battle roar, shouting battalions followed his trenchant sword, and bleeding veterans forgot their wounds to leap between him and his enemies—but here in victory, supreme over earth itself, and over death, its conqueror, he rests, his warfare done
ights of the Round Table to Arthur, the blameless King. His principle of discipline was indicated in his expression that a true man of honor feels himself humbled when he cannot help humbling others, and never exercising stern authority except when absolutely indispensable, his influence was the more potent because it ever appealed to honorable motives and natural affections. In the dark days of the Revolution, two Major-Generals conspired with a faction of the Continental Congress to put Gates in the place of Washington, denominating him a weak General. Never did Confederate dream a disloyal thought of Lee, and the greater the disaster, the more his army leaned upon him. When Jackson fell, Lee wrote to him: You are better off than I am, for while you have lost your left arm, I have lost my right arm. And Jackson said of him: Lee is a phenomenon. He is the only man that I would follow blindfold. Midway between Petersburg and Appomattox, with the ruins of an Empire falling on
G. W. Gordon (search for this): chapter 60
t till that hope is tested will they yield! As the day dawns, a remnant of the cavalry under Fitz. Lee is forming, and Gordon's infantry, scarce two thousand strong, are touching elbows for the last charge. Once more the thrilling rebel cheer rin the plume of Stuart, the flower of cavaliers. Yes, the matchless infantry of tattered uniforms and bright muskets under Gordon, the brave, move with as swift, intrepid tread as when of old—Stonewall led the way. Soldiers of Manassas, of Richmond, S frown the batteries of the Army of the James, under Ord—a solid phalanx stands right athwart the path of Fitz. Lee's and Gordon's men. Too late! the die is cast! The doom is sealed! There is no escape. The eagle is quarried in his eyre; the wouhibited the burning of buildings containing stores of war, lest fire might be communicated to neighbouring homes; and General Gordon, in his public address, had declared: If a torch is applied to a single dwelling, or an insult offered to a female of
William Graham (search for this): chapter 60
to Mount Pleasant, near Fairfield, in the new county of Rockbridge. In 1776, as the revolutionary fires were kindling, there came to its head as principal William Graham, of worthy memory, who had been a class-mate and special friend of Harry Lee at Princeton College; and at the first meeting of the trustees after the battle oesident of the New Republic—dedicated the one hundred shares of stock to the use of Liberty Hall Academy in Rockbridge county. Mayhap the friendship between William Graham, its principal, and his old class-mate at Princeton, Light Horse Harry Lee, the friend of Washington, had something to do in guiding the benefaction; but be tr. And so happily it has come to pass that the little school of the pioneers, planted in the wilderness, is to-day a great university; that the ambition of William Graham, the college mate of Harry Lee, has been realized beyond its sweetest dream, that the college which the Father of his Country lifted up by his generosity from
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