Saturday, August 04, 2012

W. E. Doyle & J. M. Doyle.

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These pictures of the Doyle brothers show them in their Confederate uniforms as soldiers of very youthful but determined mien, ready "to do or die."
W. E. Doyle, of Teague, Tex., sends pictures of himself and twin brother, who were born in Oconee Station, Pickens District (now Oconee County), S. C April 26, 1846, and belonged to Company G. 7th South Carolina Cavalry, Gary's Brigade. Mr. Doyle writes: "This brigade was formed in the early spring of 1864 of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry, the Hampton Legion, and the 24th Virginia Cavalry, and it operated continuously on the north side of the James River. Doubtless it was the last body of organized Confederate troops that crossed the James on the morning of the evacuation, and there is strong evidence that it fired the last shots at Appomattox. My brother, J. H. Doyle, was wounded at
Second Cold Harbor and surrendered a musket at Appomattox. I was captured at Darbytown September 20. 1864, kept at Point Lookout until about March iS, 1865. and was sent home on parole April 9. 1865. We were at Richmond last month, after an absence of fifty years, and hope to meet some of our comrades at Birmingham."

18 Faces Of Michigan 7th., Cavalry.

Here are 18 faces of the seventh Michigan Cavalry out of many faces.  Most of the men posted here had a story to tell of their time in the war, there was just not enough room to put here, however they will be given on request.
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Doctor Hugh William Caffey.

Dr. H. W. Caffey died at his home, in Verbena, Chilton County, Ala., on October 15, 1919, aged eighty-six years.  He was the oldest child of Hugh Patrick and Jane Caroline (Dunklin) Caffey and was born near Lowndesboro, Lowndes County, Ala., on February 2o, 1833. His father removed to Montgomery in 1836, and on his death, in 1847, the family went to Collirene, in Lowndes County, where Hugh Caffey grew to manhood. At eighteen years of age he united with the Bethany Baptist Church, and during the years since he had held important connections with his Church, of which he was ordained deacon in 1859. He graduated in medicine at Charleston, S. C, in 1855, and in January, 1856, he was married to Miss Jerusha May Rives, daughter of Green Rives, of  Collirene.

His wife died in September, 1861, leaving a son and two daughters. On April 18, 1862, Dr. H. W.  Caffey enlisted as a private in Company G, 44th Alabama Infantry, Capt. Thomas C. Daniel, with Col. James G. Kent in command of the regiment, which was sent immediately to Virginia. Dr. Caffey was then detailed to work in the hospital at Drewry's Bluff, and when his regiment went to Maryland he was sent with the sick to Richmond, where in the fall of 1862 he was promoted to assistant surgeon with the rank of captain. Failing to get approval of his request to be assigned to service with his regiment, he served until the end of the war in the surgeon-general's department and was paroled at Salisbury, N. C, after the surrender of Joseph E. Johnston's army.

Returning home, Dr. Caffey took up the practice of his profession and the management of his farm. His second wife, who survives him, was Miss Alabama Gordon, a daughter of Maj. Francis Gordon, of Gordonsville, Ala. They were married October 25, 1865, and to them were born three sons and one daughter, all living. He was county superintendent of education of Lowndes County from 1868 to 1871 ; Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge, 1870; Chairman Lowndes County Democratic executive Committee, 1872 to 187s; Judge of Probate and County Court Lowndes County, 1880 to 1886.

Removing to Verbena, Ala., in December, 1886, Dr. Caffey united with the Baptist Church there and was made deacon.  In late years he had been a member of the Chilton County Board of Revenue, Chairman of the County Confederate Pension Board, and a member of the Board of Control of the
Confederate Soldiers' Home at Mountain Creek, Ala., and he was also justice of the peace of Chilton County for ten years.  There was no U. C. V. Camp convenient for him to join, but Dr. Caffey was always ready and willing to help his old comrades or their widows and orphans, and many of them owe their pensions to his work in getting up their records. Next to his Church, there was nothing he enjoyed more than being with the "boys of the sixties."

Friday, August 03, 2012

Cumberland Last Few Minutes.

This little short well give you a little idea on what it may have been like to be on the Clmberland in her last few minutes.
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The " Cumberland"  kept up her fire the enemy returned it, their shells inflicting death on all sides.
Those who had escaped from below were decimated by the merciless shot and shell poured into them by the enemy as they stood crowded together on the spar deck. There is little generosity or sentimentality in war: the object is to kill and wound, and this was too favorable an opportunity to be neglected. In the absence of Com.
Radford, Lieut. George N. Morris was in command of the "Cumberland," and his heroism inspired his crew to the deeds which they performed on that eventful day. Of the ' ' Cumberland's " crew one hundred and twenty up a rapid fire until driven by the water from the lower deck guns, when they retreated to the upper deck and continued to fight the pivot guns till the "Cumberland " went down with her colors still flying.


Coley Jordan.

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Coley Jordan, of D. Cmpany was of the youngest members of Mosby's famous Partisan Rangers Forty-third Virginia Battalion Cavalry. Lieut. W. Ben Palmer, one of the bravest and most dashing young officers of that celebrated band of peerless Virginia cavalier, thus speaks of Jordan: "1 rember Coley Jordan when he first came to our command. He was then a mere boy: but it was not long before he made himself known. He was always eager for the fray, and as fearless and brave as the bravest. Col. Mosby soon saw what there was in Jordan, and whenever any special detail was made for dangerous or hazardous undertakings Coley was always selected to be one of the party. He followed Mosby till the last, and was one of the eight who heard Col. Mosby's last commands as that gallant and dishing Ranger gave up the light and bade the few who yet remained with him farewell, and thus disbanded the forty-third Virginia Battalion."

James B. Kemp.


James B. Kemp was born in Franklin County, Tenn., in 1833 and went to Texas in 1855. From Fayette County, that State, he enlisted in September, 1861, as first lieutenant in Company D, under Captain Isard, of Waul's Texas Legion. Shortly afterwards he was promoted to captain of the company and served with his regiment in all of its campaigns east of the Mississippi, where it did considerable fighting until shut up during the siege of  Vicksburg. After the surrender of that place, he was paroled and did not again engage in military service, but was detailed to the government shops in Austin, James B. kemp. Tex. His death occurred in Travis County, Tex., in 1882. Captain Kemp was married to Miss Eliza S. Woodward in 1854, and she survives him with several sons and daughters.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

William Moultrie Dwight

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William Moultrie Dwight, the son of Isaac Marion Dwight, of Charleston District, was born at Farmington, Fairfield County. S. C, June 28, 1839. he was educated at the Citadel Academy and completed his collegiate career at the University of Virginia. To the Southern cause lie gave his whole heart, he volunteered as private in the Governors Guard, of Columbia, went promptly to the front, and was w lunded in the first battle of Manassas. He soon rose to the rank of captain, and was appointed assistant adjutant and inspector-general on Gen. Kershaw's Staff, and in that city served through the war. lie was twice a prisoner. Was first captured at Boonesboro, in 1862, while bearing dispatches, but was released shortly afterwards.

He was again captured at Spottsylvania, in 1864, and confined in Fort Delaware until the close of the war.  In the memorable privations and hard-fought battles of the Army of Northern Virginia he distinguished himself for bravery and self sacrifice, and as a favorite of the camp his memory is still cherished with affection by his surviving comrades in arms from Maryland to Texas. At the close of the war he located at Winnsboro, where he was greatly beloved and honored. He was elected Mayor of the town, and in the fall of 1875 was chosen president of the college located there.

He was married in 1861 to Miss Elizabeth P. Gaillard, and was a faithful husband and father as well as soldier. Some friends and the pupils of Mount Zion School have erected a monument to his memory. It is a shaft and pedestal of Winnsboro granite, and is beautiful in its simplicity. On one side the inscription, with name, etc., states: "A. and I. Gen. Kershaw's Division." on another side is: "Erected by his pupils and friends."

His sister, .Mrs. L. N. Spencer, of St. Louis, Mo., has preserved this letter:

"U. S. Steamer Utica, "Chesapeake Bay, May 15, 1864.

"My Dear Wife: I write this little line in hope of sending it off at Fort Monroe. Was captured on Sunday, 8th, near Spottsylvania Courthouse, by the ene my's cavalry, whom I supposed to be prisoners. I am safe and well, hut suffering intensely at the thought of what you are undergoing on my account and for the dear ones still exposed to the dangers of the field. I would not pass through what I am now undergoing for the wealth of worlds. Cannot complain of my treatment as a prisoner. I think Fort Delaware is my destination. Write by flag of truce and through the Richmond Inquirer. Much love to all.
"Your loving husband,
"William Moultrie Dwight."

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

David O. Dodd.

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An Arkansas Youth Who Preferred Death to Dishonor.

The execution of David O. Dodd at Little Rock, Ark., Tanuary 8, 1864, should have been recorded in the Veteran long since. Dodd was a youth of seventeen years. M. C. Morris is the author of a sketch published several years ago, which is elaborate and shows a record quite similar to that of Sam Davis. On the 10th of September Gen. Price evacuated Little Rock, taking up winter quarters eighteen miles west of Camden. The Federals, under Gen. Fred Steele, occupied the city on the same day. The father of young Dodd had refugeed with his family to Texas. In November following he sent David back to Saline County, Ark., some fifteen miles southwest of Little Rock, to settle some business matters. Young Dodd procured a pass from Gen. J. F. Fagan, commanding the Confederate cavalry in that section, to pass the pickets on Saline River. Gen. Fagan's home was in Saline County, and he had known David from his infancy. He jocularly told the boy that, as he knew the country, he would expect him to find out all about the enemy and report on his return. 

With an ambition to comply, Dodd went into Little Rock, pretending to be in search of business. He remained three weeks, informing himself fully as practicable, mixing much with the Federals, and, when ready to go, applied to Gen. Steele for a pass to go to the country. The pass was procured, and he left the city on the old military road, going southwest.  He passed the infantry pickets and also the cavalry farther out, where he was permitted to go, but the pass was taken up, according to rule.  Unhappily, he afterwards was met by a foraging party of Federals, who examined him and found secreted in the soles of his boots papers that proved to be of much importance.  He was taken to Little Rock, and Gen. Steele had him placed under heavy guard. A court martial was ordered, and he was charged with being a spy and declared guilty.

Like Sam Davis, David Dodd was offered his life and freedom if he would give the source of his information, but he refused. On the day appointed for his execution there was anguish among the citizens, for they knew the lad and his family. It is stated that "ten thousand soldiers were in battle array around the scaffold.'' David was taken to the scaffold, in front of St. John's College, where he had attended school.

In a letter to his parents and sisters he wrote:

"Military Prison, Little Rock, January 8, 1864,
ten o'clock a.m.

"My Dear Parents and Sisters: I was arrested as a spy, tried, and sentenced to be hung to-day at three
o'clock. The time is fast approaching, but, thank God! I am prepared to die. I expect to meet you all in
heaven. I will soon be out of this world of sorrow and trouble. I would like to see you all before I die,
but let God's will be done, not ours. I pray God to give you strength to bear your troubles while in this
world. I hope God will receive you in heaven; there I will meet you. Mother, I know it will be hard for
you to give up your only son, but you must remember it is God's will. Good-bye. God will give you strength to bear your trouble. I pray that we meet in heaven.   Good-bye. God bless you all! Your son and brother,
"David O. Dodd."

On the scaffold the boy preserved manly fortitude.  Many of the soldiers refused to witness the scene, turning their backs to the scaffold. Gen. Steele in person made a plea for him to divulge the traitor in his camp, but he would not do it.

Soon after the execution Frank Henry began a subscription to erect a monument in his honor, but he died, and his father took it up. .-' ssisted by patriotic women of Little Rock, he procured a modest marble slab, on which is inscribed: "Sacred to the memory of David O.  Dodd. Born in Lavaca County, Tex., November 10, 1846; died January 8, 1864."


Born: 1754 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Pension Claim: W - 4182 Pennsylvania In 1851 this pension was still being paid to his widow, Lydia, then living in Clinton County, Ohio.

Service Record: While a resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, James Daugherty volunteered in August 1777, and served three weeks as a private in the Pennsylvania troops under Colonel Thomas Gaddis, stationed at Fort Swearingen. He served one month later in that year in Captain Samuel Swindler's company guarding against the invasions of the Indians. He enlisted September 1, 1778 and served in Captain James Dougherty's and John Evans' regiment; joined General Mcintosh's expedition to Fort Pitt, where he assisted in building Fort Mcintosh. He also helped in building Fort Laurens, and was discharged at Fort Mcintosh, March 1, 1779. He was afterwards called out on frequent alarms against the Indians. His service in all, amounting to nine months and three weeks.

After the Revolution, he lived twelve years in Bourbon County, Kentucky, then moved to Clinton County, Ohio, where he lived thirteen years. He then moved to Delaware County, Indiana.

The soldier, William Daugherty was allowed pension on his application February 12, 1834, at which time he was a resident of Delaware County, Indiana, where he had lived for five years.

Married: William Daugherty married in Pennsylvania, September 19, 1776, to Lydia Cox. After the death of William, the widow Lydia moved to Clinton County, Ohio, where she applied for a pension at 84 years of age. The pension was allowed. She died May 9, 1851. Their children were: Bridget Bell of Highland County, Ohio; James Daugherty of Clinton County, Ohio; Hannah Reed of Clinton County, Ohio; William Daugherty of Delaware County, Indiana; and Lydia Somers of Henry County, Indiana.

Died: August 31, 1841 in Delaware County, Indiana.

Buried: On land owned by David Campbell in Yorktown, Indiana, now the Yorktown Cemetery on the bank of White River.

Reference : Taken from the War Record, procured through the General Services Administration in Washington D.C.

Research by: Cecil Beeson

Franklin A. Taulman, 32nd. Texas.

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Here is a war-time picture of F. A. Taulman, of Hubbard City, Tex., taken just after he enlisted in the Confederate army, in 1861. He was a member of Company G, Thirty-Second Texas Dismounted Cavalry, Ector's Brigade. He went to Fayetteville, Ark., in September of 1861, and joined Gen. Ben McCulloch's escort at Camp Jackson. He was with McCulloch until that general's death, at Elkhorn (Pea Ridge). He was captured at Blakely, Ala., on April 9, 1865, the day of Lee's surrender, with the whole garrison, and sent to Ship Island, where he had a taste of discipline as dispensed by big buck negroes with bayonets and Yankee uniforms. Fortunately he did not have to stay a great while, release coming on May 6, 1865.

Comrade Taulman was the recipient of a cross of honor bestowed by the Daughters of the Confederacy of Hubbard City some time since. The father of this comrade was an ultra Unionist. In a letter to a friend during the crucial period of this country he states: "My second son, Francis, who went to Texas in June, i860, I have not heard from since the mail communication was cut off last July. I advised him to come home in my last two letters to him, as I expected trouble there ; but he seemed to think there was no danger, and stayed too long to be able to get away." It would be dificcult to imagine the elder Taulman's thoughts when he afterwards learned that when he wrote this letter his son was a Confederate soldier

Captain Joe Desha

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Capt. Joe Desha.

Capt. Joe Desha was born in Harrison County. Ky.. May 22, 1833, and died May 8, 1902. He raised the first company in Kentucky for the Confederacy that was raised in thai "neutral" State. They went by the L. and N. railroad to Nashville, from there to Virginia and became a part of the First Kentucky Regiment. In an engagement at Dranesville, Va., he was severely wounded in the shoulder, his left arm crushed below the elbow, rendering it almost useless the rest of his life; but the most remarkable of his many wounds was one in the head at Murfreesboro by a cannon ball, which left him apparently dead. While being carried from the field as dead he sat upright on the litter, and said: "What does this mean, boys? What's the matter?" Some of his men about him cried with joy. and said: "Captain, we thought you were dead." He stood up and felt of himself, and said, "I am all right, I believe," and went back to the line.

Afterwards, while in Richmond and passing the residence of President Davis, the President and his private secretary, Col. William Preston Johnston, saw the officer, and the latter mentioned that it was Captain Desha, of Kentucky, when the President said : "Call him back ; T want to see him." He was introduced to President Davis, who said: "Captain, I wanted to see the only man ever struck in the head with a cannon ball and not killed." The President asked him about the effects of it, and he replied: "I believe about the only bad effects I sustained by it was the loss of a fine pistol dropped from my belt when the boys were carrying me off the field." Mr. Davis excused himself for a few minutes, and returned with a new pistol in his hand, and said: "Captain, allow me to make you a present of this pistol in the place of the one you lost."

Another account of his wound by a cannon ball and the pistol, furnished by his widow, is that he became semiconscious, and asked the men what they were doing. They replied : "One of  the men is wounded. Captain." "O yes, that was Curd." After a pause of a few moments, they moved on again. He became conscious of their motion, and asked them what they were doing. Then they said : "Captain, you are wounded." He  turned off the stretcher, and asked, "Where?" feeling his arms and legs. One of them said sadly: "It is your head." He then put his hand up and felt it. and said: "Yes, there's blood." He tied a handkerchief around it and went back into action.

Here is another story about Captain Desha, from the official records.

Statement of Colonel Boone, Twenty-eighth Kentucky Volunteers.

I occupied the time, after sending out the two companies above mentioned, in visiting the infantry pickets, to see that all were on the alert until 2 o'clock at night, and found them all at their posts doing their duty, and I cautioned them to extra vigilance. I then went to my hotel, where my wife was dangerously ill, and spent about an hour and a half there. I then adjusted my pistol, and just as I was starting out to make my final tour of the pickets I heard a knock at my door and supposed it was some of my pickets, as I had told those nearest where to find me if anything occurred. On opening the door some 20 men were seen, about a dozen of them presenting their revolvers at me and demanded my immediate surrender. Their pistols were cocked and the men much excited, apparently being afraid of shots from my pickets. I endeavored to gain time in parley, hoping my pickets would take the alarm and come up. On my asking by what authority their demand was made one of them stated that he was Captain Desha, of Brigadier General John Morgan's cavalry; that I was completely in their power, as my camp was surrounded by 1,200 cavalry, and demanded the surrender of myself and camp. I told them that I didn't believe it, and that I would never surrender my camp. They then demanded the immediate surrender of my person. I told them I would surrender my person if they would state the terms and I liked them. They replied, "As a prisoner of war, with the privilege of an immediate parole." I replied, "On these terms I will surrender." They then took my pistol and hurried me away in the direction of the court-house, where they said 2 of my pickets were found asleep. Morgan's whole force then filled the town and were eager to go to the camp. Morgan's adjutant-general came to me as soon as the greater portion had passed toward the camp (the men were going as fast as they could) and called on me to surrender my camp. I replied I had no command, as I had surrendered personally to Captain Desha. They threatened to shoot me if I did not surrender the command. I told them I could not and would not; that no one could do it but Captain Hughes, the senior officer at the camp. Captain Desha commanded them to desist; that I had surrendered as a prisoner of war to him, and that I should not be shot.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Samuel H Deane.

Samuel H. Deane.

Henry H. Deane, of Jacksonville, Fla., writes : Passed over the river to "rest under the shade of the trees," May 8, 1900, from his home at Griffin, Ga., Samuel H. Deane. He was born at Griffin, Ga., February 22, 1842. His parents were reared in the good old State of Massachusetts, but moved South ” to Georgia early in their married life. He developed in early life principles of character and stability of purpose.

When the great war was launched in 1861 his parents were greatly disturbed, as all of their relatives and the friends of their early days were in the far North, while a residence of more than two decades had endeared them to the Southland.

Samuel Deane was animated by the stirring stories of battle after battle until he could resist no longer the call to the defense of his country. Feeling that it was useless to try to gain the consent of his parents, he slipped away quietly at night. He enlisted February 15, 1862, in Company E, Second Georgia Cavalry, under Col. Lawton, Crews's Brigade, afterwards serving under Forrest. With the exception of thirty days spent in prison (having been captured at Lebanon Junction. Ky. ), he was in active service to the end of the war.

He was in the battles of Fort Donelson, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, Tenn. ; New Hope Church,Ringgold, Rcsaca, Marietta, and Kennesaw Mountain, Ga. ; and again with Forrest at Murfrcesboro.

Returning home to Griffin. Samuel embarked in mercantile pursuits, and so continued the remainder of his life. On October 27, 1869, at Indian Springs, Ga., he was married to Miss Caroline E. Varner, the ceremony being performed by his father, Rev. Henry L. Deane. He served his native city as alderman for some twelve vears, but refused the office of mayor.

His death is a sad loss not only to his family, but to hundreds of friends. Concerning his faith for the future, he said : "I made my peace with God years ago !"

Frank Page ( Colored ) Traner Of Gen. Lee's Horse.

Frank Page.

The readers of the Veteran are just now especially interested in Traveler, General Lee's war horse. A history of him has been published several times, but the first man who ever rode him has not yet been mentioned. The photograph here presented is a good likeness of Frank Page, as he was known to the people of Lewisburg, W. Va., when he was performing the duties of janitor at the school building and bank. He was born in 1846 a slave, the property of Mr. A. D. Johnston, near Blue Sulphur Springs, Va. (now West Virginia) ; and when quite a lad, he broke  the colt "Jeff" which afterwards became the favorite Traveler of General Lee.  This servant handled horses with much skill, and "breaking the colts" was his business. So he came to have the honor of being the first rider of Jeff (Traveler), and trained him for exhibition at the Lewisburg Fair in 1860.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jerry W. May ( Colored.

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Jerry W. May.

.An interesting figure al the Louisville reunion was Jerry W, May, colored. Jerry is a mail carrier at Macon and has been in the service for over twenty tears. Each year when the time for the Confederate Reunion rolls around Jerry asks for his vacation and accomiianies Camp Sniith to the rendezvous of the old Coulederates.  Tliis is the fourteenth Reuion he has attended.

During the war Jerrv was thc body servant of William Wynn, of Georgia, who enlisted and served throughout the long contest as a private. His master was a member of the 7th Georgia Regiment of Harrison's Brigade. After the war, his master, who had lost everything by the ravages of the Federal army, moved to Prescott, Ark,, leaving Jerry in Macon. .A few years later be died, and his widow was left alone with nothing on which she might rely for a support.  Jerry began the task of securing a pension for her, and after several years of hard work he was successful. Through his efforts she was enabled to live comfortably.

The veteran wrote to Jerry in regard to the above, and he responded promptly, stating : "My old master, William Wynn, was born and reared in Monroe County, Ga, He enlisted in the 7th Georgia Regiment, as stated. Company D. He took me as body servant ; and after the war, everything was lost to him even I myself came near being lost to him. but not ([uite. Aiiir the war. he moved to Prescott, .Ark., and began farming: but he was quite old and feeble, so he could do but little at it. Later he wrote me that he could get a pension rnder the .Arkansas laws, hut he was too feeble mentally and physically, and he wanted mc to do it for him. I replied that I would do anything in my power on earth for him and his wife as long as they lived.

I went at once to Gen. C. M Wyley, the Ordinary for Bibb County, got application blanks, look one to every member of the old company that I could fmd. got them signed with affidavits before proper officers, made oath myself, and had seals put on where seals could be found. Sad but true, he died just before I got the papers ready. 1 then went back and got other blanks, and did the same work for his widow. I paid every cent of money necessary without any cost to her. 1 sent all the papers for him and her both, and the connnittec pnt her on the pension list.  She wrote me her sincere thanks for what I did. and said she was all Ibe more grateful because 1 had been one of her slaves."

These are sincere suggestions to young negroes as to how ihey may ingratiate themselves into the good will of white leopte. It would lie w-ell for them to consider how they can best advance their highest interests. Those of the South should not forget that the element of their color at the North are no credit to the race as a class, and that the result is creating far bitterer prejudices against them in that section than has ever existed in the South. If young ngroes at the South would accept conditions that cannot be overcome and steadfastly avoid impolite, not to say impudent, methods, they would speedily find friendships among' them that would be as lasting as it is with their parents. It is for the good of all and more for the inferior race that general friendly relations exist.

Let any of them try it, and they will not regret it. The Southern people remember the amiable dispositions of the race, and will be diligent lo aid them if they will adopt the only method possible for friendly relations. This advice is in as friendly spirit as it is possible to write, and it is meant to emphasize the advice to negroes. H they will maintain the rule of due politeness to white people, they will find among them stanch friends who will see that they are iustlv treated under all circumstances.

W. Marion Seay

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W. Marion Seay, Adjutant of Garland Rodes Camp, U. C V., Lynchburg, Va., was born in 1842, and had hardly completed his course at Lynchburf- College when in June, 1S61. he entered the Confederate service as sergeant in the Lyndiburg Rifles, or Company E, mh Virginia Infantry.  With his regimenl, under Col. Samuel Garland, he participated in the fight at Blackburn's Ford, battle of Manassas, jind Dranesville in 1861. In 1862. under the brigade command of Gen, A, P Hill, the regiment took a prominent part in the battle of Yorktown and Williamsburg. He also shared in the services of his regiment at Seven Pines, the seven days' fighting before Richmond, Georgetown, Second Manassas, and Fredericksburg, and participated in the campaign of Long street's Corps in 1862-63 about Suffolk and Newbern, N. C. He also shared in the heroic fighting at Gettysburg. During 1864 he was in the engagements at Drewry's Bluff and Milford Station, and at the latter place was captured He was held for ten months at Point Lookout, and released in March, 1865.  Tliough engaged in many encounters with the enemy, he escaped with but one light wound, received at Seven Pines