Excerpts from the Published Works of Eric Buckland
From They Rode With Mosby
Col. William Henry Chapman
Passes At His Home In City
Distinguished Confederate Veteran and Prominent Citizen Who Was Lieutenant Colonel In Mosby’s Cavalry, Dies.
Funeral at 10 A. M. Today at St. Andrew’s.
Col. William Henry Chapman, 89 years of age, distinguished Confederate veteran and prominent citizen, died at 2 o’clock yesterday morning at his home, 840 West Market Street, following illness of 10 days. Death appears to have been caused by overtaxing of the heart due to the infirmities of advanced years.
Funeral services for this noted veteran, who was lieutenant colonel in the 43rd battalion of Virginia cavalry, known as Mosby’s battalion, will be conducted at 10 o’clock this morning at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, of which he was a vestryman. The officiating ministers will be Rev. C. E. Buxton, rector of St. Andrew’s; Colonel Chapman’s sons, Rev. J. H. Chapman, of Greenwich, Conn., and Rev. J. J. Chapman, of Kyoto, Japan, and his son-in-law, Rev. W. H. K. Pendleton, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, S. C. Burial will be in Green Hill cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be S. V. Ziglar, C. P. Langley, H. E. Redmond, G. H. Newman, Jackson Morton and J. R. Donnell. Honorary pallbearers will be Robinson Stabler, Dorian Blair, C. J. Faulstick, J. W. Angel, Judge S. B. Adams, Kenneth Pinnix, T. H. Crocker, C. E. Anderson, V. C. McAdoo, R. D. Douglas, Banks H. Mebane and Frank Challen. The honorary pallbearers have been requested to meet at 9:50 o’clock this morning at St. Andrew’s.
Colonel Chapman leaves four sons and four daughters. They are Major William A. Chapman, of Cedartown, Ga.; Rev. James J. Chapman, of Kyoto, Japan; Rev. John H. Chapman, of Greenwich, Conn.; S. F. Chapman, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. R. U. Booking, of Loretto, Va.; Mrs. W. H. K. Pendleton, of Spartanburg, S. C.; Mrs. Herbert S. Newman, of Gordonis, Va.; and Miss Katherine Chapman, of Greensboro. He also leaves a grandson, Cary B. Pendleton, of Spartanburg, S. C.; two granddaughters, Miss Elizabeth and Miss Josephine Pendleton, of Spartanburg, and two great-grandchildren, Sam Good and Miss Betty Good, of Cedartown, Ga. All of these were present at the time of his death.
William Henry Chapman was born April 17, 1840, in Madison County, Virginia. He was one of the large family of William Allen Chapman and Elizabeth Forrer Chapman. He was educated at the University of Virginia and was a student there when on his 21st birthday, April 17, 1861 his native state seceded from the union. Foreseeing the need of artillery for the new government, he took part in the organization of an artillery company; subsequently he became captain of the Dixie artillery, which had a very active part in sanguinary encounters of the civil war.
At the second battle of Manassas Captain Chapman, seeing General Longstreet riding rapidly toward the front, without orders but with unerring military instinct, ordered his horses harnessed and his batteries made ready for action. When a courier, spurring a foaming horse, brought General Longstreet’s order for artillery the Dixie battery reported, dashing to the front at a full gallop. The tide of battle was turned, but the Dixie battery had paid a fearful price. In the consolidation of shattered fragments of artillery all that was left of that battery passed out of existence, and the young artilleryman found himself temporarily without a command.
It was then that he joined Col. John S. Mosby’s battalion of artillery and soon he became lieutenant colonel, second in command. The bravery and achievements of that faithful band furnished some of the most brilliant chapters in the history of the Confederacy. But for the natural limitations of their command, which they were unwilling to leave, Colonel Chapman and his daring chief, it is said, would have worn general’s stars upon their collars long before the close of the civil war.
On February 26, 1864, Colonel Chapman was married to Miss Josephine Jeffries. It was a romantic wedding at sunrise. The house was filled with officers. In a great circle around the house sentries were posted in order to prevent a surprise attack by federal forces. The minister who was to officiate was captured on the way to the wedding and another was hastily procured. Later that day federal troops arrived but Colonel and Mrs. Chapman had left on their brief honeymoon. Mrs. Chapman, a woman of rare beauty and charm, combined with notable intellectual and spiritual qualities, died just a little more than a year ago.
One of Colonel Chapman’s sons, Major William A. Chapman, U. S. A. retired, is a veteran of two wars. He saw service in the medical corps in Cuba in 1896 and in France in the world war. Rev. James J. Chapman, another son, has lived for 30 years with distinction as a missionary to Japan. Rev. John H. Chapman, one of the sons, has long been in the service of the church and he also served overseas with marked ability as a chaplain in the world war. The other son, Samuel F. Chapman, has served many years in the internal revenue department of the federal government. Two of the daughters, Mrs. Robert U. Brooking and Mrs. W. H. K. Pendleton, have shared their husbands’ work in the ministry; the two others, Miss Katherine Chapman and Mrs. Herbert S. Newman, have long been leaders in the religious and patriotic activities.
General Hancock, to whom Colonel Chapman surrendered his command, was so impressed by the spirit of the young Confederate that he wrote in his report that in healing the wounds of war and reuniting the country “This young man will be valuable to the government.” The prophecy was fulfilled in a life of devotion to the interests of the south without bitterness toward his former foes. In the midst of bitter feuds in the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina Colonel Chapman enforced the laws of his country against illicit liquor raiders with such determination and courage as to elicit the highest commendation from officials at Washington and to inspire admiration of the people in the communities which he served.
In half a century of service in enforcement of the laws Colonel Chapman’s work brought him to Greensboro from time to time, and since he retired from active service he had regularly lived here. He had an exceptionally large number of devoted friends and admirers. Yesterday a friend paid this tribute: “A man of exemplary character and spotless integrity, Colonel Chapman lived a life of simple and natural religion. He kept the faith received at his mother’s knee and walked with God every day. Death had no terror for him. He had faced it a thousand times. He was going home to meet the Savior whom he served and to meet the beloved wife whose presence could not but enhance the glory of heaven itself for him.”
HIS LAST GAME OF POKER
H. Cabell Maddux Suddenly Expires in Richmond, Va.
“I Am Not Going to Play Again for a Long Time” His Remark
Before the Fatal Seizure – Well Known in the State
for His Witticisms
Richmond, Va., June 24. – H. Cabell Maddux, familiarly known a “Cab” Maddux, died suddenly this morning about 1:30 o’clock in the room over a store on Broad Street, between Eighth and Ninth Streets. He had been stopping at Murphy’s for several days and complained of feeling badly.
Mr. Maddux, with a number of others, had been playing poker, and at the hour named Mr. Maddux arose from the table. He stood a second with some chips in his hands and the said:
“I am tired. Cash in these chips. I am not going to play again for a long time. I tell you that I am going to cut out this staying up at night.”
His chips were cashed and he turned to the door. Suddenly he put his hand to his head and sat down upon the steps. One of his friends asked if he could do anything for him, but Mr. Maddux waved him back with his hand. His friends assisted him to the window, hoping that a breath of the early morning air might revive him, but his head sank and in a moment or two he was dead.
His companions notified Coroner Taylor and the body was at once removed to Bennett’s undertaking establishment, at Belvedere and Broad Streets, and was prepared for burial.
A telegram was sent his mother, who keeps the Piedmont Hotel, at Louisa Courthouse, and this morning Mr. Bennett received a telegram saying:
“Fix the body for burial. I will arrive this evening on the C & C train.”
On the person of Mr. Maddux was found a handsome gold watch and chain, $23 in money, and a letter addressed to him at Murphy’s Hotel. It is said that his wife resides in Louisa and was also notified of his death.
Coroner Taylor reviewed the body today and gave a certificate of death from natural causes.
Few men were more widely known in Virginia than was “Cab” Maddux. He was a traveling man, and was at the time of his death employed by Ullman & Co., whisky dealers, of Cincinnati. He at one time represented Barbour’s grocery house of Washington. He was also proprietor of the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs.
He was a native of Fauquier, and brother to Webb Maddux, who is a well-known citizen of that county.
“Cab” Maddux was a man of proverbial wit, and all over the State thousands of anecdotes are told of his sparkling jests. He weighed at one time 420 pounds, but lately was reduced to about 350 pounds. He was not much of a drinking man, and recently drank nothing at all. He was fond of horses, and generally owned one or two which he kept on the tracks. He was a genial, companionable man, and had a host of friends everywhere. During the war he served with Mosby for a while, although he was only a boy then, now being about fifty years of age.
H. Coles Jordan, who was also a Mosby man, paid a high tribute this morning to the gallantry and dash of the boy soldier, and Colonel Mosby himself always spoke of him in the most complimentary manner.
An instance of his wit occurred a few days ago in a conversation with William L. Royall. Mr. Royall owns a farm in Fauquier, which does not flow with milk and honey, and indeed, is recognized as being “poor land.” Meeting Mr. Maddux on the street, Mr. Royall said:
“Cab, don’t you want to buy that farm of mine in Fauquier?”
“That farm of yours,” replied Cab; “not much. I tell you Mr. Royall, I would not give you my note for that farm.”
Another reply that caused great laughter was made at the Mosby banquet a few years ago in Alexandria. Colonel Mosby, Gen. Eppa Hunton, Senator Daniel and many others were marching around the banquet hall before being seated, and Cab was in the line. A spirited fiddler who had served with Mosby was making the music, and as Cab passed the reporter’s table one of them asked him what tune was being played.
“The Rogue’s March,” replied Cab as quick as thought, and those around joined in the laugh. He was never dull and his interest in State politics furnished him a never failing source of happy hits. When he arrived here last week the papers all carried some witticisms of his on the situation.
From From Rockbridge To Loudoun: Mosby's Keydet Rangers
Henry Clay “Harry” Bowen
Henry Clay Bowen was born in Fauquier County, Virginia on 3 April 1846; the son of William A. Bowen of Fauquier County and Ellen Dade Fitzhugh of Culpeper County, Virginia. Ellen was a descendant of the famous Fitzhugh family of Virginia; the daughter of George E. Fitzhugh and Sarah Battaile Dade and the 3rd great granddaughter of immigrant William Fitzhugh of England. Harry’s father, William A. Bowen, was a prominent Fauquier landowner, purchasing many properties ranging from the Warrenton area to the southern end of the county and extending as far south as Fredericksburg. In fact, William purchased a farm near the Rappahannock River and adjacent to the John Stone property that would later be developed into a community known as Bowenville. William influenced the location of the Orange and Alexandria railroad in order to assist in the town’s growth. Bowenville became Rappahannock Station and was incorporated as Remington in 1890. William and Ellen made their home at “Ellenslie” which was located just south of Mandley’s corner near the intersection of present-day Routes 28 and 29. William and Ellen had four children, the youngest being Harry. Harry had a brother named William A. Bowen, Jr. who was four years older.
By 1862, Harry apparently had an interest in acquiring a military education. At that time, he was attending Brookland School located near Greenwood Depot in Albemarle County. According to a letter written to “The Superintendent of the Military School at Lexington, Virginia” by Harry’s uncle Thomas Conrad Bowen, Harry and other family members were living there as refugees from the Yankees. Thomas had been Magistrate of Albemarle County prior to the Constitution of 1850. In January of 1864 his father, William A. Bowen wrote several letters to staff members at Virginia Military Institute requesting that Harry be allowed to attend, and by February of 1864, Harry had been accepted.
On 17 February 1864, Henry Clay Bowen matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute as a Private, Company A, Class of 1867. On 15 May 1864, having just turned 18 years of age, Harry found himself involved in the Battle of New Market. He was one of the 257 Cadets and six officers who crossed a half-mile plateau of open and level ground to come within easy range of three United States six-gun batteries located on Bushong Hill. In ankle deep mud they were bombarded by grape and canister shot combined with musket fire from the 34th Massachusetts Infantry. An appreciation is gained when we understand the cadets had marched over 70 miles in a drenching rain and mud. The Cadet Corps took 21% casualties with 10 killed and 45 wounded. Though there is controversy over the number of artillery captured, the Cadets were credited with routing the enemy and capturing between 60 and 100 prisoners. Henry Clay Bowen continued in the Corps until 6 February 1865 when he resigned to enter regular military service.
Harry enlisted in 1865 in the 43rd Virginia Cavalry, better known as Mosby’s Partisan Rangers. It is known that he attended the 1905 Reunion of the 43rd Virginia Cavalry in Fredericksburg, the 1920 Reunion in Culpeper, and the 1925 Reunion in Front Royal, Virginia.
His older brother, William “Billy” A. Bowen, Jr., served with the 4th Virginia Cavalry, the Black Horse Troop, and, according to correspondence, was at his father house wounded in 1864. William married Susan “Bettie” Martin in 1868. Susan was the sister of Dick, Bob, and Josh Martin, better known as the ‘fighting Martins.” The Martin’s were famous for their valiant service to the Confederacy and the Black Horse Troop and most of them are buried near Midland in the family cemetery. William was commissioned a Captain in the Virginia Militia after the war.
After the war, Harry returned home Fauquier County and lived for a time with his mother, his father having died in 1866. Harry was engaged in farming and owned and operated a lumber business, H. C. Bowen & Sons. During this time, the company dealt in lumber, rail ties, and pilings. Products were shipped from their lumber yard next to the Orange and Alexandria railroad and just south of the present rail crossing located on Main Street.
In December of 1869, Henry Clay Bowen married Georgia Carmichael Rothrock, daughter of Colonel William C.J. Rothrock of Fredericksburg. Georgia’s mother was Mary Rose Taliaferro, 2nd great grandniece of the famous John ‘The Ranger’ Taliaferro. Their marriage was conducted at the Braynefield plantation located in Caroline County south of Fredericksburg. The owners of Braynefield, the Burke family, were related to Georgia, and several of her sisters had stayed at Braynefield as refugees from the Battle of Fredericksburg. Colonel William Rothrock and his wife are buried on the city side of the Confederate Cemetery located in Fredericksburg.
At some point between the death of his mother in 1871 and 1883, Harry built a frame house on a knoll at the northern edge of what is now the corporate limit of Remington. At least eight of their ten children were born and raised in that home. The property is still owned and occupied by Martha Bowen Gill, Harry’s great granddaughter, and her husband Raymond Gill, Jr.
In 1920, Georgia died at her home. Henry Clay Bowen died 5 March 1928 at University Hospital in Charlottesville and was buried next to his wife in the Remington Cemetery, Remington, VA.