Valley Virginian: October 20, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: The author of this article reassures his readers who are currently overwhelmed by the difficulties facing Virginia. He points to other historical events to prove that Virginians have always overcome troubles--periods of war or oppression have always been followed by periods of prosperity.
Origin of Article: Richmond WhigFull Text of Article:General Lee
When Virginia was first settled her people were subjected to the severest trials of war, pestilence and famine. When those earlier troubles were over past, a period of prosperity and happiness followed. Immigrants poured into her borders, and she became the leading colony in these Western settlements in the wealth, intelligence and heroism of her people. Then came other sorrows of floods, political and religious repression and wasting wars. This was followed by a development of prosperity--civil, religious and material--far eclipsing all her former glory. Her sons were the framers of bills for civil and religious liberty--Constitutions and wise and just laws--leaders of armies, Governors of States and Presidents of the Republic. From that beginning of the late war ever and anon some great calamity has befallen her. The war came, and for four years her soil was drenched with blood; her fields and towns were desolated and sacked, and finally, torn and bleeding at every pore, she fell, crushed beneath the weight of overwhelming odds, her means destroyed, her labor gone, her social system overturned and the iron heel grinding her in the earth. Bravely, earnestly, quietly she adapted herself to the new order of things and manfully she struggled to meet the crisis. Then followed the memorable disaster to her Capitol, by which so many lives were lost, which was succeeded by withering droughts, destructive floods, and, last of all, the fall of her noblest, bravest, purest and most beloved son. Oh! what a catalogue of sorrows--what a volume of calamities!
Great calamities call out all the higher and nobler feelings of our nature; crush self in sympathy with the general misfortunes, bind in a great brotherhood a whole people; develop kindness, love, generosity, hospitality and a loftiness of mind and magnanimity of soul which result in the production of noble women and great men--prepared for every crisis and all emergencies. They have made Virginians a peculiar people in other days--peculiar people they will preserve them in times to come--Richmond Whig
(Column 02)Summary: The paper publishes a tribute to Robert E. Lee.
Origin of Article: New York World
(Column 01)Summary: The Augusta County Fair is in progress and drawing many visitors despite the "impassable condition" of many of the roads in the county.Tribute to Gen. R. E. Lee
(Column 01)Summary: This article describes a meeting held by the prominent citizens of Staunton to adopt a preamble and resolutions to be presented at the funeral of R.E. Lee. Included is a list of the committee chosen to attend the funeral obsequies on behalf of the town.
(Names in announcement: Col. Bolivar Christian, Thomas J. Michie, A. H. H. Stuart, J. B. Baldwin, Dr. F. T. Stribling, F. M. Young, N. K. Trout, Charles D. McCoy, William M. Bumgardner, Dr. Charles C. Phillips, Charles T. Arnall, Dr. Carter Berkeley, William H. Gorman, Frank Berkeley, William N. Bumpus, I. S. Hendry, J. Howard, J. Wayne Spitler, Rev. A. H. Kennedy, Ed Echols)Full Text of Article:Marriages
At a meeting of the citizens of the town of Staunton, held in the Court-house on Friday the 14th inst., to express their deep concern at the death of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and to appoint a committee to represent the town on the occasion of his funeral.
On motion of Col. B. Christian, Thomas J. Michie, Esq., was called to the Chair, and Col. Jas. B. Skinner was appointed Secretary.
Thereupon the following preamble and resolutions were offered and their adoption moved by Hon. A.H.H. Stuart, who, in presenting them, paid an appropriate tribute to the exalted genius and virtues of the illustrious dead:
The citizens of Staunton having learned that the family of the late Gen. R.E. Lee have expressed a desire that his mortal remains shall, for the present, be deposited in the Memorial Chapel of Washington College, and that the funeral obsequies will take place on Saturday, 15th inst., at 12 o'clock.
And the citizens of Staunton feeling a strong desire to testify in some public manner, their profound love and veneration for the memory and character of this illustrious man, who has shed so much honor, not only in his native State but upon human nature.
It is therefore resolved that a delegation, on behalf of the citizens of Staunton, be appointed to visit Lexington and unite in the ceremonies intended to mark the deep sense of the great calamity that has befallen Virginia, in the death of him, who next to Washington, enjoyed in the largest measure the affection and gratitude of his fellow citizens.
Col. B. Christian seconded the resolutions and briefly explained to the meeting the resolutions of the General Assembly of Virginia which had been transmitted through him by the Legislature of Virginia, to the family of the deceased, and the response made by Gen G.W. Custis Lee to the request therein contained.
The preamble and resolutions were then unanimously adopted and the following gentlemen appointed a Committee to attend the funeral obsequies: A.H.H. Stuart, Boliver Christian, J.B. Baldwin, Dr. F.T. Stribling, F.M. Young, N.K. Trout, Chas. C. Phillips, Chas. T. Arnall, Dr. Carter Berkeley, Wm. H. Gorman, Frank Berkeley, Wm. N. Bumpas, I.S. Hendry, J. Howard, J. Wayne Spitler, Rev. A.H. Kennedy, Ed. Echols.
(Column 02)Summary: Russell N. Wallace and Mrs. Mary Batis, both of Augusta, were married at the American Hotel on October 15th by the Rev. H. H. Kennedy.Married
(Names in announcement: Russell N. Wallace, Mrs. Mary Batis, Rev. H. H. Kennedy)
(Column 02)Summary: Lorenzo S. K. McCutchen of Augusta and Miss Hattie Dill of Rockbridge were married on September 22nd by the Rev. Mr. Riley.Married
(Names in announcement: Lorenzo S. K. McCutchen, Hattie Dill, Rev. Riley)
(Column 02)Summary: Robert Coyner, Jr., and Miss Lizzie V. Vanlear, both of Augusta, were married on October 3rd at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. William E. Baker.Married
(Names in announcement: Robert CoynerJr., Lizzie V. Vanlear, Rev. William E. Baker)
(Column 02)Summary: Samuel D. McCommon of Rockingham and Miss Mattie D. Hailman, daughter of B. F. Hailman of Augusta, were married on October 11th by the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Samuel D. McCommon, Mattie D. Hailman, B. F. Hailman, A. A. J. Bushong)
(Column 02)Summary: Mrs. Josie B. Richardson, wife of C. A. Richardson, died in Staunton at the residence of her husband on October 13th. She was 18 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Josie B. Richardson, C. A. Richardson)
(Column 02)Summary: Robert St. Mayer, son of William and Mary A. St. Mayer, died near Parnassus on September 25th. He was 17 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Robert St. Mayer, William St. Mayer, Mary A. St. Mayer)
(Column 02)Summary: Mrs. Rebecca F. Kinney, wife of the late William Kinney and daughter of the late Gen. Robert Porterfield, died at her Staunton residence on October 7th. She was 73 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Rebecca F. Kinney, William Kinney, Gen. Robert Porterfield)
(Column 02)Summary: John H. Ast died at his residence in Staunton on October 17th. He was 75 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: John H. Ast)
(Column 02)Summary: Peter Frenger died at Arbor Hill on October 7th. He was 66 years old.
(Names in announcement: Peter Frenger)