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George L. Christian (search for this): chapter 1.12
bert S. Preston, William Allan, William Preston Johnston, Charles S. Venable, Charles Marshall, Walter H. Taylor, Henry E. Peyton, and Robert E. Withers; Commodore M. F. Maury, Captain R. D. Minor, of the Confederate States Navy, and scores of others of our leading officers, and hosts of the ragged veterans of the rank and file. The meeting was called to order by General Bradley T. Johnson, General Jubal A. Early was appointed temporary chairman, and Captain Campbell Lawson and Sergeant George L. Christian, of Richmond, and Captain George Walker, of Westmoreland county, temporary secretaries. Ex-President Jefferson Davis was made permanent chairman. General Early, on taking the chair, delivered an eloquent and worthy address, concluding as follows: Monuments of marble or bronze can add nothing to the fame of General Lee, and to perpetuate it it is not necessary that such should be erected. But the student of history in future ages, who shall read of the deeds and virtue
Edward V. Valentine (search for this): chapter 1.12
labors and desires to a consummation at once noble and appropriate, in placing over the tomb of the hero, at Lexington, Valentine's majestic Recumbent Figure, which is regarded by authority and held by general acclaim to be one of the grandest workshe soldiers and sailors to make up the sum necessary for the statue. The artists competing in this effort were: Mr. Edward V. Valentine, of Richmond; Miss Vinnie Ream, of Washington; Mr. Ezekiel, an artist whom Virginia is glad to claim, although herica, who were invited by special letter to enter the lists, declined, among them our distinguished fellow-townsman, Mr. Valentine. A satisfactory circular was framed, which was used as an advertisement in all the leading art journals of Europe determined to organize an association with the intention of marking in an appropriate manner the place of his burial. Valentine's recumbent statue is there to-day to prove they have fully and faithfully executed their trust. In this city the ladi
Daniel Ruggles (search for this): chapter 1.12
n. All of Richmond turned out. The column was led by Governor Fitzhugh Lee, accompanied by General Wade Hampton, followed by his regular aides, and General John R. Cooke, chief of staff for the occasion. Members of the Lee family, Generals Joseph E. Johnston, Jubal A. Early, Joseph R. Anderson, William McComb, Geo. H. Stuart, L. L. Lomax, Surgeon-General Samuel Preston Moore, Generals C. M. Wilcox, W. B. Taliaferro, R. E. Colston, William H. Payne, William P. Roberts, Eppa Hunton, Daniel Ruggles, J. D. Imboden, Robert Ransom, B. D. Fry, R. L. Page, D. A. Weisiger, William R. Terry, Williams C. Wickham, Hon. John W. Daniel, and other distinguished men with many accomplished ladies were present in carriages. The exercises on the grounds were as follows: Governor Lee called the vast crowd to order and said— Citizens and Comrades,—As Governor of Virginia I am by law a member of the Lee Monument Association, and by the action of the association I am its president. The d
survey of Colonel C. P. E. Burgwyn, including the broad intersecting avenues and open area or place about the monument circle, which dedication and survey are to be parts of the deed and recorded therewith, the location and site upon the Allen property are hereby selected and determined upon for the monument to be erected to General Robert E. Lee by this association. Preparing the site. September I, 1887, an engineer of the association was employed, and a contract was awarded to Messrs. Philips & Ford for excavating and grading, at $450. The engineer was directed to correspond with Mr. Caspar Buberl, a New York sculptor, and to employ him to cut the scroll work around the plinth of the pedestal, which was done. On June 15, 1887, the treasurer reported that the funds in hand amounted to $55,972.56. The following letter was laid before the committee in December of the same year by Governor Lee: My Dear Governor,—I send you a draft on New York for $1,000 as my contribu
Worshipful Chaplain (search for this): chapter 1.12
low-men that we may pass from lives of usefulness and honor into an immortality of rest and peace; and to God, most High, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, we will give the glory evermore. Amen. The Grand Lodge of Virginia, over which Most Worshipful Master William F. Drinkard presided, then took charge of the cornerstone, and in due and ancient form, and with the imposing rites of the order, proceeded to lay it according to the published programme. The prayer of the venerable Right Worshipful Chaplain, Rev. Dr. G. W. Dame, was fervent and appropriate. Corner-stone accepted. In response to the Grand Master, Colonel Burgwyn said: Most Worshipful Grand Master, I hereby accept these implements of operative masonry, and I pledge my best ability and skill in seeing that this structure is erected according to the designs of the sculptor and plans of the architect. I trust that this monument may rest upon its foundation as firmly as the veneration of the great chieftain is ro
ld. As their inquiries have resulted in the selection of M. Mercie as the sculptor, and the completion of his statue, a histl committee. A plaster cast of it was ultimately sent to M. Mercie, and, of course, was invaluable in getting the shape and dolph, Miss E. B. Nicholas and Colonel Archer Anderson. Mercie's First model. Miss Nicholas, treasurer of the Ladies' st year is for a tomb to be erected in Constantinople. Mons. Mercie is a painter as well as a sculptor. He is a rapid worklt, airy figure, the opposite in personal appearance to Mons. Mercie; but, like him, he is of easy and graceful address, witoard, Miss Randolph, in a personal interview, requested Mons. Mercie to replace this group with a figure of Liberty, taken fd for an impersonation of the South. These suggestions Mons. Mercie soon elaborated into a beautiful group. Let us hope th A. Early. Colonel Anderson was requested to write to Mercie informing him that it was the desire of the association to
George Washington (search for this): chapter 1.12
informing him that it was the desire of the association to have the statue of Lee as large as the equestrian statue of Washington, to forward to him the drawing and the measurements of the same made by Engineer Burgwyn, and to ascertain the additiongo, when Virginia, in this beautiful capital of our Old Dominion, dedicated yonder noble and impressive monument to George Washington, she sent her bravest singer, James Barron Hope, then in first flush of his youthful genius, to swell the chorus ofns true, Both ‘rebels,’ both sublime. Our past is full of glory, It is a shut — in sea, The Pillars overlooking it Are Washington and Lee:— And a future spreads before us Not unworthy of the free. And here and now, my Countrymen, Upon this sacred swhich were written at Runnymede, whose leaves are stained with the blood of countless martyrs, and to which the hand of Washington set the blood-red seal at Yorktown. To them the cause was one for which it was an honor to fight and a glory to die
Maxey Gregg (search for this): chapter 1.12
onvention of South Carolina of the address proposed to be issued to the people of the slave-holding States, declaring the causes of the action of that State. Mr. Maxey Gregg, afterwards the brave General Maxey Gregg, who died nobly on the field of Fredericksburg, objected to the form of an address for that purpose submitted by MrGeneral Maxey Gregg, who died nobly on the field of Fredericksburg, objected to the form of an address for that purpose submitted by Mr. Memminger because it did not set forth the causes of the secession of South Carolina correctly. He said: In the declaration not one word is said about the tariff, which for so many years caused a contest in this State against the Federal Government. Not one word is said about the violations of the Constitution in expenditurehe recovery of fugitive slaves have been passed since 1852, I think the majority of them, but I do not regard it as a matter of any importance. In reply to General Gregg, Mr. Keitt made a statement which illustrates what I have said with reference to the Southern representatives in Congress being responsible for the Federal law
that such was the love and veneration of the men for him that they came to look upon the cause as General Lee's cause, and they fought for it because they loved him. To them he represented cause, country, and all. The wonderful influence of Napoleon over his soldiers had for its foundation the love of military glory. It appealed to no nobler sentiment. It was as intense in wars of ambition as in war for the defense of the country. Napoleon was the idol of his soldiers. Lee was the idoNapoleon was the idol of his soldiers. Lee was the idol of his men. I will relate an incident to show how the men regarded General Lee. While the army was on the Rapidan, in the winter of 1863-‘64, it became necessary, as was often the case, to put the men upon very short rations. Their duty was hard, not only on the outposts during the winter, but in the construction of roads to facilitate communication between the different parts of the army. One day General Lee received a letter from a private soldier, whose name I do not now remember, i
S. Basset French (search for this): chapter 1.12
tarded. In March, 1884, by an act of Assembly, the Lee Monument Association and the Ladies' Lee Monument were consolidated, but the two did not at once act in unison. During the administration of Governor Kemper a law was passed constituting the Governor, the Treasurer and the Auditor of the State a board of managers for the Lee Monument Association. The Soldiers' Association disbanded and turned over to this board their funds, and by the zeal and efficiency of the secretary, Colonel S. Basset French, collections were pushed and there was considerable additions to the fund. An unsuccessful effort was made to unite with the Ladies' Association. This association being anxious to secure a model and an artist for the work, made inquiries of those well versed in such matters as to the best living sculptors; for we are authorized to say that the ladies were positive on two points: one was that they themselves were not competent critics in art, and the other, that nationality shoul
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