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The figure of Governor Smith stands on a heavy pedestal sur- rounded bv a swinging chain fence. On the several sides of the base are the following inscriptions:
Virginia. Born Sept. 6, 1797. Died May 18, i887.
1 836-' 40 1 84 1-' 2
Member of Virginia Senate.
1 846-' 49
Governor of Virginia.
i84i- J 3 1853-1861
Member of United States Congress.
i86i-'62 Member of Confederate States Congress.
i 86 i- '2 Colonel Forty-ninth Virginia Volunteers.
i862-' 3 Brigadier-General of Confederate States Army.
i86 3 -' 4 Major-General Confederate States Army.
1 864-' 5 Governor of Virginia.
A man of strong convictions, bred in the strict States' Right school,
He yielded paramount allegiance to his mother State,
And maintained, with fearless and impassioned eloquence,
In the Congress of the United States the Sovereignty of Virginia,
When the storm of war burst, "His voice was in his sword."
Though past threescore, he entered the military service
As Colonel of Virginia Infantry,
And rose by sheer merit to the rank of