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SPOTSWOOD HALL
The colonial home of Dr. Knight, on Peachtree Heights Road, seven miles from Atlanta,

named for the celebrated royal governor of Virginia. (See page 514)

Orations, Essays, Sketches

and Poems

ON

Topics Historical, Commemorative, Literary

and Patriotic

BY

LUCIAN LAMAR KNIGHT, M. A., LL. D.

State Historian

Founder of the Department of Archives and History for the State of Georgia;
Founder of the Georgia Historical Association, and its First President;
Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts; Member of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science; Member
of the American Historical Association and of the Georgia

Historical Society, and Member of the Phi Beta Kappa

Author of a “Standard History of Georgia and Georgians," in six volumes;
Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends," in two volumes;
"Reminiscences of Famous Georgians," in two volumes; a
"Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors.”

in one volume, etc.

BYRD PRINTING COMPANY
ATLANTA, GA.

1919

COPYRIGHT 1919 BY

LUCIAN LAMAR KNIGHT

DEDICATED

To the Sentiment of Brotherhood which a Great World War Has Intensified and Strengthened in the Heart

of a New America,

AND TO

Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, Who

Taught Me at Princeton.

But, in keeping with the broadest spirit of nationality, I desire, in a subordinate way, to inscribe these pages to two Confederate soldiers, each bf whom went to his grave a devoted champion of the Union. To me, the heroism of these veterans of the gray has been a fountain-spring of patriotism in its widest scope of meaning; and in thus linking their names to the fraternalism which this hour has kindled, I not only honor their memories, but, what is more to the purpose, I interpret their wishes. Permit me then to dedicate this volume:

First, to the only father I ever know in life, an uncle, JOHN BENNING DANIEL, whose unfailing hand bestowed upon me an early training, a college education, and an ample fortune, but whose best of legacies was an example of Christian manhood, embodied in that flower of all the virtues: a Southern Gentleman of the Old School.

an

Second, to

honored sire, GEORGE WALTON KNIGHT, a First Lieutenant in the Mexican War and a Captain in the war between the States; who dying, ere I could mirror his face in memory, bequeathed to me the inheritance of a good name, one which for half a century I have tried to keep unsullied and which, to the associations of an ancient chivalry, adds what is richer still: the memories of an old gray jacket and the pledge of an allegiance to the Confederate flag.

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