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Carter Leith Rector

Obituary of James William Leith, Herndon, Virginia.

James William Leith, son of the late William G. and Frances Leith, was born at Leithton, Loundon County, Ky. [Va.], July 11, 1838, and entered into eternal rest calmly and trustfully at his home, Herndon, Fairfax County, Va., April 10, 1920. Draped in the Confederate flag and covered with beautiful flowers, his casket was borne to its last resting place by old comrades and neighbors.

Lieutenant Leith volunteered in Capt. Welby Carter's company in 1860 for the defense of Harper's Ferry, later continuing service with Col. Welby Carter in Company H, 1st Virginia Volunteers. He was twice wounded during 1863-64 and had six horses killed under him. After recovering he returned to his post of duty and served continuously with Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's famous cavalry to the end.

Tim Leith, as he was familiarly known to his many friends and comrades, was a man of undaunted courage, one of the bravest men of the Confederate army. He was a Southern gentleman of the old school, gentle and unassuming, straightforward, honest, and sincere of purpose. He followed the dictates of his conscience without regard to popular approval or favor.

Lieutenant Leith was one of four brothers who followed the beloved commander, Robert E. Lee, and the destiny of the Confederacy for four long years. He was a member of the Clinton Hatcher Camp, U. C. V., Leesburg, Va., and never missed a reunion, celebration, or memorial until failing health deprived him of this greatest of all pleasures.

In 1868 Lieutenant Leith married Margarette, eldest daughter of the late Dr. Theodric Leith, of Loudon County, by whom he is survived, with three children and eleven grandchildren, also an only sister, Mrs. M. L. Rector, of Baltimore, Md.

The youngest son of Lieutenant Leith, a lad of seventeen years, made the supreme sacrifice on the alter of his country in the Spanish-American War of 1898.

[S. L. G., Leesburg, Va.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1920.

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