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1915 Nov. 4
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1915 Nov. 4
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Letter, 4 November 1915, from W. Gordon McCabe (1841-1920) of Richmond, Virginia, to Mrs. Norman V. (Janet Henderson Weaver) Randolph (1848-1927) also of Richmond regarding the monument of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) to be erected by the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Gettysburg battlefield. The Confederate Memorial Literary Society expressed dismay that Lee was to be depicted wearing the coat of a brigadier-general. McCabe defends the design of the committee charged with the design of the monument on the grounds that Lee was depicted wearing a "brigadier's" coat because it was part of the uniform that Lee had worn throughout the Civil War. McCabe provides Mrs. Randolph with a synopsis made at her request from a rough draft of a letter he had written in reply to one from Virginia Morgan Robinson (1851-1920), secretary of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society. Letter includes a transcript of the letter from Mrs. Robinson
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William Gordon McCabe was born 4 August 1841 in Richmond, Virginia, to John Collins McCabe (1810-1875) and Eliza Sophia Gordon Taylor McCabe. He graduated from Hampton Academy in 1858 and entered the University of Virginia in 1860. When the Civil War began, McCabe left the university and entered military service as a private in the 3rd company of the Richmond Howitzers, an artillery company. Serving throughout the war, McCabe rose to the rank of captain. After the Civil War, McCabe opened the University School in Petersburg, Virginia, in October 1865. He operated his school there for 30 years before moving it to Richmond, where he closed it in 1901. McCabe achieved fame as a scholar, author, poet, translator, and editor. He declined the offers of professorships from several universities. He married first Jane Pleasants Harrison Osborne (1840-1912) 12 April 1867, and they had 3 children. He married second Gilleria "Gillie" Armistead Cary (d. 1953) 16 March 1915. McCabe died 1 June 1920, and is buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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6
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Minor, Kate Pleasants
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000504834
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