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Obituary of Robert Waterman Hunter, Washington, D. C.

Maj. Robert Waterman Hunter, who was adjutant general of Gen. John B. Gordon's corps, C. S. A., died in Washington, D. C., April 3, 1916, and was buried at Winchester.

Robert W. hunter was born at Martinsburg, W. Va., in 1837. His father was Col. Edmund Pendleton Hunter, a noted lawyer of his time.

Robert Hunter graduated in law from the University of Virginia. When the War between the States broke out, he joined the Confederate army and was with Stonewall Jackson in the battle of First Manassas. Later he was transferred to General Gordon's corps as adjutant general and chief of staff and was selected to carry the flag of truce from General Gordon to General Sheridan at Appomattox just before General Lee surrendered.

After the war Major Hunter located at Winchster, where he opened a law office and edited the Winchester Times, which he made a power in Virginia politics. During the first Cleveland administration he held the position of Inspector of Public Lands. Governor Swanson appointed him Secretary of Military Records, an office created to preserve the military records of the Old Dominion. After holding this office about four years he removed to Washington, D. C., some ten years ago and gave his entire time to the practice of law in that city. He was former law partner and intimate friend of the late Maj. Holmes Conrad, of Winchester and Washington, who was Solicitor-General of the United States under President Cleveland. These two Virginia lawyers were constantly together in their latter days.

Major Hunter was a Virginian of the old school, possessing the charm of manner of the old Southern gentleman. He was married three times and is survived by three daughters and two sons.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1916.

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