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Colonel Theodore O'Hara. 275

Tactics, and Commandant of Cadets ; Lieutenant R. E. Colston, In- structor in French Language; Lieuteuant R. E. Rodes, Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences and Tactics.

Military Staff: H. M. Estell, M. D., surgeon; R. E. Colston, treas- urer; R. E. Rodes, adjutant; C. B. Williams, quartermaster; J. T. Gibbs, commissary and steward.

1850. Board of Visitors: General Braxton, president of board; General William H. Richardson, adjutant-general (ex-officid}\ Philip St. George Cocke, Esq., General P. H. Steenbergen, Charles J. Faulk- ner, Esq., William W. Crump, Esq., General D. B. Layne, Colonel Harvey George, John S. Carlisle, Esq., E. C. Robertson, Esq.

Academic Staff: Colonel Francis H. Smith, Superintendent and Professor of Mathematics; Major J. T. L. Preston, A. M., Professor of Languages and English Literature; Major T. H. Williamson, Pro- fessor of Engineering and Drawing ; Major William Gilham, Profes- sor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, and Commandant of Cadets; Captain R. E. Colston, Instructor in French Language; Captain R. E. Rodes, Assistant Instructor of Tactics and Assistant Instructor of Chemistry; Lieutenant J. W. Massie, Assistant Pro- fessor of Mathematics.

Military staff unchanged from 1849.

COLONEL THEODORE O'HARA.

Sketch of a Distinguished Kentuckian From an Army Officer's Pen A Brilliant Military Career Given Up for Literature and the Press.

Theodore O'Hara was a singular man in some respects, and while he was undoubtedly a man of a good deal of genius, he did not ap- pear to have that stability which is necessary to secure success. He did not stick close enough to any one pursuit to master it in all of its details. When a mere child he was taken by his parents to Ire- land, where his father, Kane O'Hara, was born, and being rather precocious, was noticed a great deal by his relatives. He used to be given a good drink of Irish whiskey, and then placed on a table, where he would make speeches and recite, to the infinite amusement of his listeners. With true Irish love of fun he was cheered on, and generally carried the whole house with him. When grown to man- hood he could recite remarkably well, and generally chose some scene from Aytoun's " Songs of the Scottish Cavaliers." He could hold an audience spell-bound.