Archive for September, 2009

The Last Words of Stonewall Jackson

September 15, 2009


Stonewall Jackson engraving by C.A. Powell taken from a photograph taken in Winchester, VA, in 1862

Stonewall Jackson engraving by C.A. Powell taken from a photograph taken in Winchester, VA, in 1862

Last photograph of Stonewall Jackson
Last photograph of Stonewall Jackson

The Last Words of Stonewall Jackson




By Mrs. J. William Jones


Brilliant, complete, but O how brief

Were the chivalrous deeds of the world’s great chief!

But crowded within that little span

Were records of glory scarce known to man.


Two continents watched with wonder and awe

As he sprang, full armed, from the god of war;

That quiet Professor, unknown to the world,

This offspring of thunder was suddenly hurled.


Into the arena, with God as his guide,

He fearlessly charged the great odds he defied;

And victory followed that old coat of gray

Till furrowed by bullets that ill-fated day.


On Sunday he heard that the end was so near,

When calmly he said without tremor or fear:

“I have always wanted to die on this day.”

So the way of the Father was Stonewall’s way.


With feverish brain, he’s a soldier still—

Crisp orders he sends to A.P. Hill.

The fire of battle burns in his eyes—

A warrior grand, though he lowly lies.


The soldier grows weary, the camp is in sight,

His countenance beams with celestial light.

“Let us cross over”—into heaven he sees—

“The river and rest ‘neath the shade of the trees.”


Richmond, Va, May 28, 1900

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Isaac O’Haver

September 1, 2009


Monument of Confederate Bugler at Corsicana, TX

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Isaac O’Haver


Isaac O’Haver was a member of Co K of the 17th VA Cavalry.  He was a  17 year-old bugler for his unit.  He was born Sep. 20, 1844 and died at the age of 27 on March 30, 1872.  He is buried at the Ladoga Cemetery.

Jonas T. Gish

September 1, 2009

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Jonas Gish was one the eleven Confederate soldiers who came to Montgomery County from Botetourt Co., VA.  He enlisted in the Confederate Army at the beginning of the War and was assigned to Co K of the 28th VA Inf.  He is one of seven Confederate soldiers who are buried in Montgomery County who survived Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Gish was born on Oct. 29, 1838 and died on Dec. 2, 1926 at Ladoga.  He is buried in the Ladoga Cemetery.