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Maj Albert Gallatin Pendleton

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Maj Albert Gallatin Pendleton

  • Birth 20 Feb 1836
  • Death 2 Mar 1901
  • Burial Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot 11F
  • Memorial ID 71172886

Death Of Maj. A.G. Pendleton

On last Saturday morning, the 2nd, Maj. A.G. Pendleton died at his home, Roanoke, Virginia. He had been ill for several years, and for many weeks his family and friends have been hourly expecting the end to come.

Major Pendleton was born at Marion Virginia, on the 20th day of February, 1836, and had resided at that place most of it is life. His relationship in Tazwell County is very extensive, his mother being the eldest daughter of Samuel Cecil, deceased, and a sister of Mrs. Kate C Perry.

In 1854 Maj. Pendleton graduated at Emory and Henry College, and a few years thereafter was admitted to bar and began the practice of his profession at Marion. He was shortly afterwards elected Commonwealth's Atty. of Smyth County, and continued to practice law with success in Marion until the beginning of the Civil War. He was then authorized by Gov. John Letcher to raise a military company and proceeded to organize the "Smyth Blues", of which he was elected captain. That company was the first to board the cars in Southwest Virginia for Richmond, which was the 21st day of April, 1861. It became a part of the celebrated Fourth Virginia regiment of infantry and of the immortal "Stonewall" brigade. The "Smyth Blues" were commanded by Maj. Pendleton at the first Battle of Manassas and suffered heavily in that battle. It was as gallant a band of soldiers as ever marched and carried guns. Maj. Pendleton was afterwords commissioned Major of the Fourth Regiment and commanded that regiment at the battle of Kernstown, where it suffered heavily but made a glorious record, which was fully sustained through the remaining years of civil strife. In 1862 Maj. Pendleton was forced to retire from active service on account of ill health, but the latter part of the war he returned to active service on the general staff. At the conclusion of the war he practiced law, first at Richmond and then at Lynchburg. In 1871 returned to his former home at Marion, and resume the practice of law. In 1880 he was appointed superintendent of County school for Smyth County, and was superintendent for three terms. His conduct of the duties of that office was highly satisfactory to the state authorities, and he was greatly esteemed by the public school teachers and officers. Some six or eight years ago his health began to fail, and he gradually grew frailer until he could no longer perform any work in his profession. Last September he moved to Roanoke, his friends hoping that the change would be beneficial to his health; and for two months there seemed to be a marked improvement in his condition. Then there was a sudden change for the worse, and death came to relieve him of his sufferings on the 2nd.

The remains were taken to his old home in Marion on Sunday the third, and on Monday at 3 o'clock, funeral services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by Dr. L.L.H. Carlock, pastor of the church, who was assisted by Dr. J.J. Scherer, of Marion female college. The church was filled with a large and sympathetic congregation. A very touching feature of the occasion was the chair that had been occupied so often by the deceased, which was draped in mourning and placed in front of the altar, near the place where he had so often sat and joined in the services of the church. Dr. Carlock's sermon was a plain but splendid tribute to the life and Christian character of the deceased. Hymns that had been selected by him before his death were sung by the choir and Mrs. George W Richardson sang as a solo "Lead Kindly Light".

At the conclusion of the services at the church, the remains were taken to Round Hill Cemetery and buried in the family section beside his father near his mother, brother and little children.

Another very touching feature of the funeral was the array of active pallbearers that accompanied and carried the remains to the grade. They were made up of fourteen of the old veterans of the "Blues", men with whom had been immediately associated in the trying times of war as well as the more pleasant times of peace that had followed. He respected and love them while he lived, and they were present to testify to their regard for him all living and their affectionate remembrance of the dead. He had requested that his pallbearers should be selected from his old comrades of the "Blues". Twelve of the prominent citizens of the town and neighborhood were honorary pallbearers.

Maj. Pendleton is survived by his wife, one son, J. Sheffey Pendleton, and three daughters, Mrs. Kate Craig and Misses Alberta and Mary Pendleton. He is also survived by three brothers, Dr. J.S. Pendleton of Scottville Virginia, E.P. Pendleton of Erwin, Tennessee, and William C Pendleton, of Tazwell.

Published: Tazwell Republican, March 7, 1901



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  • Created by: James Archer
  • Added: 11 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71172886
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Albert Gallatin Pendleton (20 Feb 1836–2 Mar 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71172886, citing Round Hill Cemetery, Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by James Archer (contributor 47046691) .