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Title: Belles, beaux and brains of the 60’s
Year: 1909 (1900s)
Authors: De Leon, T. C. (Thomas Cooper), 1839-1914
Publisher: New York : G.W. Dillingham Co.
Contributing Library: Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
Digitizing Sponsor: The Institute of Museum and Library Services through an Indiana State Library LSTA Grant
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sent to the V. M. I. becausehe was no larger than abroiling chicken, was fear-fully wounded, and it is awonder he ever recovered.He is now the Rev. CharlesRandolph, of Evington, Va.First Sergeant Erskine Ross,of A, was distinguishedfor gallantry. He is nowUnited States circuit judgein California, and Color-Bearer Oliver Perry Evansalso became a San Franciscojudge. First Sergeant A. Pizzini, Jr., was specially notedfor grit, as was peach-cheeked Coonie Ricketts, theenvied pet of the petticoats. Winder Garrett, of Williams-burg, ran his bayonet through a gunner in the charge thattook the battery, and he and Charlie Faulkner capturedtwenty-two big Germans, barricaded in an icehouse.Cadet Levi Welsh, of B, made a great mark for daring,and Patrick Henry, of Tennessee, won his spurs throughall the fight. Grim and gallant Professor-Captain HenryA. Wise always commended the bearing of EdmundBerkeley, Bob Brockenborough, Preston Cocke and PemThomson. All were Valley boys, except Cocke, who was
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GENERAL SCOTT SHIPP, V. M. I. BELLES, BEAUX AND BBAINS OF THE SIXTIES 44:i from the James River Valley, but of the old Preston blood. That a number of Alabama boys were in, I chanced toknow. H. Walker Garrow, a fine fellow, later loved inMobile, was one. Another letter, equally unsuspecting ofpublication, from Minge, says: The cadet corps little stunt at Newmarket seems tohave crept into history as a marginal note. This seed-corn battalion, as President Davis styled it, when he heardof the slaughter of the innocents, has been tenderly handledby ail the recorders. It was without question a most beau-tiful and touching illustration of Lees grand maxim, Dutyis the noblest word in thelanguage. And then thebook closes. There are no specific rec-ords left and no specificdeeds. Hunter, in his cam-paign of desolation up theValley, destroyed the instituteand its records, June 11th,1864. The rosters were ob-tainable only from the mem-ories of those officers whoseduty it was to call the com-pany
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