From the 29 June 1883 issue of The New York Times.



LEXINGTON, Va., June 28.—Valentine’s recumbent figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee was unveiled here to-day in the presence of 6,000 persons. Gen. Wade Hampton acted as Chief Marshal and Gen. George Stewart as Assistant Marshal. The procession formed on the univesity campus at 9 o’clock A.M. and marched to the cemetery. Having there decorated the grave of Stonewall Jackson, it returned and paid a like honor to the grave of Gen. Lee. The exercises were opened on the university campus with prayer by the Rev. R. J. McBryde, after which Gen. Jubal A. Early, the presiding officer, after a few remarks, introduced the orator of the occasion—Major John W. Daniel.

The address delivered by Major John W. Daniel was a very long one, and reviewed the career of Gen. Lee from the day when he left this home to join the Army of the COnfederacy, in 1861, until he surrendered to Gen. Grant in 1865. Gen. Lee, the speaker said, was a Union man at heart, but he looked upon his duty to his State as greater than his duty to the Union, and that is his vindication, if any vindication of his course is required. His soldiers loved and honored him, and he in turn respected his men. At the close of the war he was offered many positions to which large salaries were attached, but he declined them all and decided to settle on a small farm in Southern Virginia and pass the balance of his life in the peaceful pursuit of agriculture. Just as he was preparing to carry this plan into execution, he was elected President of Washington College, Lexington, Va., and this position he accepted and retained until his death, in 1870. He said to a friend at this time, “I have a self-imposed task which I must accomplish. I have led the young men of the South in battle; I have seen many of them fall under my standard. I shall devote my life now to training young men to do their duty in life.” Gen. Lee, with his liberal educaiton, was eminently qualified for the task which he assumed, and the institution grew rapidly under his direction. He substituted the elective system for a fixed curriculum, and in the matter of discipline he abolished the system of espionage, and put every student upon a manly sense of honor. Of Lee the man, Major Daniel said: “In his manners, quiet reserve, unaffected courtesy, and native dignity made manifest the character of one who can only be described by the name of gentleman. His intellectual abilities were of the highest order and his attainments, scientific and military, were remarkable for one who had devoted so many years of his life to the exacting duties and details of the camp and field. He read much, digested what he read, and amplified his readings with reflective power. The military scientist studies his campaigns and finds in them designs as bold and brilliant and actions as intense and energetic as ever illustrated the art of war. The gallant Captain beholds in his bearing courage as rare as ever faced a desperate field or restored a lost one, and the private soldier looks up to an image as benignant and commanding as ever thrilled the heart with highest impulse of devotion.” In conclusion the speaker said: “And as we seem to gaze once more on him we loved and hailed as chief in his sweet, dreamless sleep, the tranquil face is clothed with heaven’s light, and the mute lips seem to voice again the message that in life he spoke: #&8216;There is a true glory and a true honor—the glory of duty done, the honor of the integrity of principle.’ “

After the close of the address, Father Ryan was introduced, and recited his original poem, “The Sword of Lee,” which was received with great applause. Among the distinguished persons present were ex-Gov. Smith, W. W. Corcoran, ex-Gov. Letcher, Gen. W. F. H. Lee, Gen. Fitz Lee, ex-Chancellor Bruce, of Louisville; Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and daughter, Gen. Corse, Gen. Lilly, Mrs. Gen. Pickett, Mrs. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, J. Randolph Tucker, and the Hon. C. P. Breckinridge, of Arkansas.

After the literary exercises, the Rockbridge Artillery fired several salutes from Confederate guns used in the first battle of Manassas. The Memorial Chamber was then thrown open to the public and thronged for hours with visitors.