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Obituary of Robert Randolph Henry, Tazewell, Virginia.

Maj. Robert R. Henry, Past Commander of Brown-Harman Camp, U. C. V., died at his home, in Tazewell, Va., October 7, 1915. He was born at Chester, S. C., April 26, 1845, the son of William Dickinson Henry, a planter and cotton merchant of Chester, and Julia Hall, a native of Fredericksburg, Va. His great-grandfather came to America from County Tyrone, Ireland, in the year 1725 and settled near Harrisburg, Pa. The early life of Robert Henry was spent in Chester, until the death of his father, in 1856, when he went with his mother to Virginia and spent the remainder of his boyhood days in Fredericksburg and Petersburg. Just before the breaking out of the War between the States he entered the Bloomfield Academy, a famous school in Albemarle County, Va.; and from Bloomfield, at the age of sixteen years, he entered the Confederate army and served througout the war. He enlisted in Company E, 12th Virginia Infantry; but during the last two years of the war was on staff duty, first with Gen. R. H. Anderson and then with Gen. William Mahone. Major Henry was three times wounded and had five horses killed under him in action.

After the war he studied law privately and settled at Wise Courthouse in 1872 and there filled the position of commonwealth's attorney for three years. He then removed to Tazewell, Va., and practiced his profession until his death. He was associated with Judge S. C. Graham as early as 1873, and this law firm was thought to be the oldest practicing in Virginia. On December 19, 1869, Major Henry was married to Miss Lucy Strother Ashby, of Culpepper, Va.; and of this were born seven children, all of whom survive him with their mother. Major Henry was an affectionate husband and father. The ample competence left to his family was gained in a life of honest toil and close application to his profession. As a member and commander of Brown-Harman Camp he was always interested in its progress and welfare, and no needy comrade ever applied to him in vain. At the State reunion held in Norfolk in 1910 he was elected Commander of the 2d Brigade, Virginia Division, U. D. C., a recognition of his faithful service to his country.

[From tribute prepared by James P. Whitman, Horsepen, Va.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1916.

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