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Obituary of Rev. Dr. W. W. Page, New York.

Another noble spirit, a gentleman, soldier, and Christian of the old type, is lost to earth in the death of W. W. Page, who died at St. Luke's, in New York City, on June 14, 1920. He was descended from a Virginia family of distinction. One of his ancestors was Governor of Virginia in colonial times, and two cousins have in recent years served as ambassadors of the United States government to the courts of England and Italy. He was a cousin of Gen. R. E. Lee, and for him General Lee had affectionate regard. He and I were friends for more than sixty years. I knew him intimately at college, where we were members of the same Greek fraternity. He went to the war in 1861 with the Hampden-Sidney boys under President Atkinson. The company was assigned to Pegram's Regiment, which was sent with General Garnett's forces to West Virginia, where the entire army was captured at Rich Mountain by General McClellan. I later was associated with him in the endevor to raise Richardson's Battalion of Scouts, Guides, and Couriers, which was to serve as General Lee's bodyguard; but I gave up the task when I found there was nobody in the Confederacy to recruit. With the uncompleted organization, Captain Page campaigned with Mosby for a while and was afterwards assigned to General Lee's staff, on which he served with the rank of Captain until the end of the war, while I returned to my battery.

After the war he took a theological course at Princeton, going from there. to New York City, where he became pastor of the New York Presbyterian Church. Some years before his death he united with the Episcopal Church and became rector at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson.

Of gentle birth, brave, loyal, and faithful, always moved by generous, unselfish, and lofty impulses, crowned with eighty years of active, consecrated labors, he was at last gathered home like a shock of corn fully ripe.

"He doth rest from his labors, and his works do follow him."

[G. Nash Morton.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1920.

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