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Dunnington McCorkle

Obituary of Tazewell M. McCorkle, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Rev. Tazewell M. McCorkle, Chaplain and First Lieutenant Commander of Garland-Rodes Camp, U. C. V., was born in Lynchburg, Va., June 5, 1837, and died there December 7, 1914.

In April, 1861, Tazewell McCorkle, a student at Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia, joined a company of infantry made up of the student body of the college and was elected lieutenant. In September,, 1861, the entire company was captured at Rich Mountain. The members of the company were paroled and most of the returned to their Alma Mater and continued their studies till they were exchanged. After his exchange he joined the Rockbridge Artillery, which was one of the best batteries in the 2d Corps (Jackson's), A. N. V. Here he was engaged in many battles and was highly esteemed by his comrades for his many virtues. On the 13th of November, 1861, while awaiting exchange, he married Miss Susan Dunnington, of Farmville,Va.

After the close of the war Chaplain McCorkle completed his theological studies and entered the ministry of the Presbyterian Church and for several years was pastor of a Church in Lynchburg, and he served several other Churches in Bedford County, Va., till failing health compelled him to give up his pastoral duties, At its meeting in January Garland-Rodes Camp paid tribute to his memory: "A valiant soldier, a true gentleman, a splendid officer, and a Christian pastor has gone from our ranks * * * Gifted with an exceptional mind, with rare educational advantages, it has been a high privilege to know and walk beside one so endowed, whose added charm was his loving heart, his modest demeanor; one so kindly disposed and courteous, so brave and yet so gentle, so patient and steadfast, showing not from the pulpit only but in every bypath and everyday, by his calm and purposefule life, devotion to his Master's cause. 'He wore the white flower of a blameless life."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1915.

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