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the rights of man, nor of the Constitution of the State and of the United States. I rest confident of justification in that great day when the Judge shall disclose the secrets of all hearts.

The South asked for peace, and they gave us a sword. No man but the Governor of Virginia had the right then, nor has anyone else the right now, to order me to the field. I would obey our good Governor as cheerfully now as I did Governor Letcher thirty-five years ago. I still love the flag, but not as of yore. Sometimes the first love is the deepest and strongest.

Let no man cheat you out of your inheritance, my comrades. There is not enough money in the coffers of all the banks to buy the proud claim that I was a loyal soldier of the Confederate States; that from Big Bethel to Appomattox I was true to her flag and glad to serve her. This shield I shall hang up in my house for my children's children, when dust shall return to dust, and the soul return to the God who gave it. It is not often the privilege of a man to serve his country for years without pay and on half rations. This has been your privilege, my dear comrades. Wear this badge of royalty upon your hearts, while they beat proudly your grand and solemn march to eternity. This is but a small part of life. Let your last days here be your best and brightest days. It matters not what sort of garments cover your proud hearts. Gold is gold, whether in the rocky drift or on fair woman's brow. not dry goods. Oh! how I love dear old Virginia! the mother of Washington, Jackson, and Lee.

God weighs actions,

"Virginia! Virginia! the land of the free,

Three cheers for Virginia from mountain to sea."

[From the Atlanta (Ga ) Constitution, November 9, 1895.]


General Schofield's Recognition of the Bravery of a Southern Woman.

It was on the first and second days of September, 1864, General Hardee, of the Southern forces, was sent to Jonesboro from Atlanta with 22,000 men to head off a formidable flank movement of the enemy which had for its purpose to cut off Southern communication

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and thereby compel the evacuation of the city of Atlanta. The flank movement consisted of 40,000 or 45,000 men, and was commanded chiefly by Major-General John M. Schofield, together with General Sedgwick, who was also a corps commander, and consisted of the best fighters of the Federal army.

As the two armies confronted each other two miles to the north and northwest of Jonesboro, it so happened that the little house and farm of a poor old widow was just between the two lines of battle when the conflict opened, and having nowhere to go she was necessarily caught between the fire of the two commanding lines of battle, which were at comparatively close range and doing fierce and deadly work. The house and home of this old lady was soon converted into a Federal hospital, and with the varying fortunes she was alternately within the lines of each contending army, when not between them on disputed ground. So the battle raged all day, and the wounded and dying of both armies were carried to the humble shelter of this old lady until her yard and premises were literally strewn with the dead and dying of both armies.

During the whole of this eventful day this good and brave woman, exposed as she was to the incessant showers of shot and shell from both sides, moved fearlessly about among the wounded and dying of both sides alike, and without making the slightest distinction. Finally night closed the scene with General Schofield's army corps in possession of the ground, and when the morning dawned it found this grand old lady still at her post of duty, knowing, too, as she did, the fortunes, or rather misfortunes, of war had stripped her of the last vestige of property she had except her little tract of land which had been laid waste. Now it was that General John M. Schofield, having known of her suffering and destitute condition, sent her, under escort and arms, a large wagon-load of provisions and supplies, and caused his adjutant-general to write her a long and touching letter of thanks, and wound up the letter with a special request that she keep it till the war was over and present it to the United States Government, and they would repay all her losses.

She kept the letter, and soon after the Southern Claims Commission was established she brought it to the writer, who presented her claim in due form, and she was awarded about $600-all she claimed, but not being all she lost. That letter is now on file with other proofs of the exact truth of this statement with the files of the Southern Claims Commission at Washington.

Her name was Allie McPeek, and she died several years ago.

[From the Richmond (Va.) Dispatch, February 9, 1896.]



Company C, Ninth Virginia Cavalry, Confederate States Army, was organized in Westmoreland county, and named in honor of General Harry Lee, of the Revolution, "Lee's Light Horse." It was mustered into service at Montross on May 23, 1861. The survivors of the company were among the last troops engaged in action at Appomattox, and escaped from the field without surrendering. The roll is as follows:


Thomas S. Garnett, first captain, promoted colonel of Forty-eighth Virginia infantry; killed at Chancellorsville. R. L. T. Beale, second captain; twice wounded. John N. Murphy, third captain; resigned. John W. Hungerford, fourth captain; killed at Middleburg. Charles C. Robinson, fifth captain; wounded and captured at Upperville. George W. Beale, first lieutenant, twice wounded. A. G. Dade, second lieutenant; promoted major in commissary department. W. W. Murphy, second lieutenant; resigned. John T. Stewart, second lieutenant; killed in Charles City county. Lawrence Washington, second lieutenant; severely wounded. Ro. B. Lewis, second lieutenant, twice wounded.


Richard Washington, first sergeant; killed near Hagerstown. Stephen C. Hardwick, first sergeant; killed at Nance's Shop. Thomas W. B. Edwards, first sergeant; captured. Henry Benson, sergeant; John W. Branson, sergeant; severely wounded. Gordon F. Bowie, corporal; wounded in Charles City county. John Graham, corporal; died in service. W. C. Marmaduke, corporal; captured. John Critcher, corporal; promoted colonel, Fifteenth Virginia Cavalry. George B. Carroll, corporal; killed at Nance's Shop. Henry C. Baker, corporal.


Thomas Arnold, transferred to Company I, B. B. Ashton, killed at Gettysburg, Charles H. Ashton, Benjamin Atwill, wounded, Thomas B. Baber, Ellison Barber, Thomas Barber, killed at Brandy Station, Burton B. Bates, died in service, Eugene Battaile, wounded, Albert Beale, B. B. Beale, killed in Dinwiddie, Richard Beale, wounded, Richard S. Beale, died in service, Robert Beale, Robert H. Beale, Ham Bisham, killed at Hatcher's Run, Benjamin Branson, accidentally wounded, James Brook, Horace A. Brooks, captured and imprisoned in Fort McHenry till close of the war, B. B. Brown, killed at Nance's Shop, Edwin D. Brown, severely wounded and discharged, John N. Brown, killed in Dinwiddie, Thomas Brown, Thomas Callahan, Richard H. Chandler, wounded, Edwin C. Claybrook, captured, Benjamin Courtney, Bushrod Courtney, David C. Courtney, James R. Courtney (bugler), W. Hank Courtney, Wm. W. Chewning, John Combs, Abraham Cox, captured, Ephraim F. Cox, killed, Eugene Crabbe (courier), Tasker Crabbe, Joseph Crask (ambulance driver, Selden Crask, discharged, Rhody Douglas, Philip Dozier, died in service, William R. Dozier, discharged, Charles Edwards (color-bearer), wounded, George Eliff, discharged, James English, Thomas English, T. W. G. Evans, blacksmith, Charles Everett, William H. Franklin, died of wounds received at Hanover, Pa., J. J. Garland, died in service, Philander George, John Gordon, killed, Chester Gouldin, killed near Reams' Station, Jesse Gouldman, severely wounded at Hatcher's Run, Joseph R. Gregory, captured, Levi Gregory, discharged, Thomas P. Greenlaw, severely wounded at Upperville, Frederick Griffith, William Guthrie, discharged, George Gutridge, wounded and captured at Upperville, W. Octavus Gutridge, killed, Joseph Haislin, James Hall, Luther Hall, drowned, Shelton B. Hall, discharged, Hackman Haynie, died in service, Benjamin Hardwick, John W. Harvey, Mungo P. Harvey, ordnance sergeant, James R. Holliday, Richard Hunter, killed at Charles City county, Hutt, Ogle Hutt, Steptoe D. Hutt, discharged, James Jenkins, wounded accidentally, Charles W. Jett, killed at Brandy Station, Lucius L. Jett, Thomas Jett, badly wounded in foot at Brandy Station, Toucey Jett, regimental bugler, wounded at Brandy Station, William Jett, severely wounded, Philip Johnson, William Johnson, Churchwell Jones, Robert Kennedy, Benjamin King, R. S. Lawrence, wounded at Fredericksburg, David Lowe,

Robert A. Marshall, Julian J. Mason, promoted as aid to General Fields, Thomas H. Massey, substituted, Chapman Maupin, transferred to engineers, George McKenney, discharged, James McKenney, discharged, Lucius McKildoe, wounded, Jeter Montgomery, Joseph J. Moone, wounded, James Morris, wagoner, Robert Murphy, John Neale, killed at Ashland, Benjamin Owens, W. W. Palmer, wounded at Gettysburg, captured, Richard Payne, Edward Porter, wounded, Edward F. Porter, Henry Porter, killed at Nance's Shop, J. Horace Porter, R. Louis Porter, Joseph A. Pullen, John Purcell, died in service, Broaddus Reamy, James Reamy, killed at Sailors' Creek, William A. Reamy, killed at Nance's Shop, Emmett Reed, Clarence Rice, Robert Wilbur Rice, William Rice, James Robb, Charles Rust, transferred to Company H, John Rust, died of wounds, William R. Rust, severely wounded at Gettysburg, Coral Robertson, William W. Rose, killed, Robert A. Sanfard, wounded, Robert Self, John Settle, Robert Spilman, severely wounded at Ashland, Thomas M. Spilman, Bruce Stringfellow, severely wounded, Hansford Sutton, disabled by a fall, and discharged, John E. Sturman, William Smith, died in service, Garvin C. Taliaferro, adjutant of the regiment, leg fractured, and amputated at Barbee's CrossRoads, Henry Thrift, wounded, Joseph Thrift, discharged, Robert L. Talent, died in service, Charles Taylor, Henry Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Robinson Taylor, Charles Turner, severely wounded at Upperville, Henry Turner, James Walker, discharged, Milton M. Walker, William M. Walker, severely wounded in Dinwiddie, Ro. J. Washington, wounded, promoted adjutant, William A. Weaver, killed near Shepherdstown, F. D. Wheelwright, discharged, F. D. Wheelwright, Jr., wounded, Thomas C. Wheelwright, wounded, J. N. Wright, wounded after being captured, M. U. F. Wright, wounded and captured, J. J. Yeatman, died of injuries received in service, Oscar Yeatman.

The above list shows a total enlistment of 175 men, of whom 36 were wounded, 26 killed, and I died in service, Of the whole number, about 70 are living, and over ioo are dead.

G. W. B.

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