Are you a gentleman?
My sister, Lynne E. Kelley, was doing some research about our great grandfather during the Civil War. One of the sites provided this definition of a gentleman.
|"A gentleman is not merely a person acquainted with certain forms or conventionalities of life, easy and self-possessed in society, able to speak, and act, and move in the world without awkwardness, free from habits which are vulgar and in bad taste. A gentleman is something beyond this. At the base of all his ease and refinement, and tact and power of pleasing, is the same spirit which lies at the root of every Christian virtue. It is the thoughtful desire of doing in every instance to others as he would that others should do unto him. He is constantly thinking, not indeed how he may give pleasure to others for the mere sense of pleasing, but how he can show them respect, how he may avoid hurting their feelings. When he is in society he scrupulously ascertains the position of every one with whom he is brought into contact, that he may give to each his due honor. He studies how he may avoid touching upon any subject which may call up a disagreeable or offensive association. A gentleman never alludes to, ever appears conscious of any personal defect, bodily deformity, inferiority of talent, of rank or reputation, in the persons in whose society he is placed. He never assumes any superiority- never ridicules, never boasts, never makes a display of his own powers, or rank, or advantages; never indulges in habits which may be offensive to others."|
Lynne also discovered some documentation on our great grandfather.
Corp George H. T. MacRae
Centreville (Fairfax County)
Company F,6th Va.Cav., Lomax Brigade, Fitz. Lee's Division, Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia,-CSA
Residence Fairfax County VA.
Enlisted on 4/20/1861 as a Corporal, he mustered into "F" Co. VA 6th
Absent, leave 9/9/1861; Returned 10/28/1861.
Wounded in lung 4/26/1863 at Rowlesburg, WV, and left there; POW
5/23/1863 Rowlesburg, WV; Paroled 3/9/1864 Point Lookout, MD.
Detailed 6/10/1864 Medical Director's Office, Richmond, VA.
Disabled 3/22/1865; Certification of Medical Disability granted.
Oath Allegiance 5/6/1865 Winchester, VA.
Postwar: Resident of Centreville, VA. May 21, 1888.
Manassas City Confederate Cemetery
Created by: Scott Hutchison
Record added: Nov 11, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9792609
He was a prisoner of war at Point Lookout, MarylandPlease share your stories if you had relatives that served in Company F, 6th Va.Cav., Lomax Brigade, Fitz. Lee's Division, Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia,-CSA.
This is interesting for us. My mother was born in 1914, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her name was Madge Macrae Roberts.
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