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Memorial t^ Capt. S.A. Ashe 

Heriot Glarkpon 






Cfje Libratp 

of H)f 

\}tt^itV of Jl^ortt Carolina 




ntion of il3ott^ CaroUniana 
from t^t JLihtaty of 

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UNIVERSITY OF N C AT CHAPEL HILL 



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This BOOK may be kept out TWO WEEKS 
ONLY, and is subject to a fine of FIVE 
CENTS a day thereafter. It was taken out on 
the day indicated below: 





MEMORIAL 

TO 

CAPT. SAMUEL A'COURT ASHE 

In Capitol Square, Raleigh, N. C. 

Vvritten by HERIOT CLARKSON 

.ViMMi 1. i:t41 








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0.\ ilif lic;iul il'iil ;iiHl l);iliiiy dny of Scji- 
IcIiiImT l;;. Ill 10. tllciv ;i".'liili|r(l ill tlic 
f;i|iirii| -i|ii;iiT. ;il lv;ilcii;li. X . < '., ;i l;ii'i:c i::illi- 
f|-iiii; (if liii;li ntlici;il> in the Stjitc aoxri-iiiiiciil 
iiikI ;i cniwd i>\ nil xirts ;iiiil cond ii khi- nj nnii 
;ill(l Wnliicli, to witness lllc I't ■ r( ' 11 lu 11 Ics (it till' 

iin\riliiiL; of tlic nioiiiiniciit of <';i|it. Snniucl A. 
A.dir. 

In thf (.';i|iitol S(|ii:ii-c ;ii-c only a few nioiiu- 
nicnl,- to i;(io(| nii'ii who Ii;i\c i^nwc lirforc; 
(icoi'iic Wasliiniiton. Zrl>. I!. \'anrc. ('Iiaric- 11. 
Ayeork. Cliai'lcs 1). .Mrlvcr, Kiisiizn Woitli 
J>a.i;lry and I'rivalc Wyatt. This mvat honor 
was a worthy trilnitc to a iiohic mMoii of a 
kni^li*ly I'.ici , jo one sjii-i niiino fi-nm ;i joni; 
line ot hoiioi'c(| aiKTstofs who lirl|ii d make tlii- 
lii'i'at ( 'oinnionwcallh. .\ U'W I niciirioii ; .1 oh n 
l)a|irista .\shc. colonial statcsnia n ; -lolin Ila|i- 
tista .\slic, II. colonial linxci-noi'-clccr ; .lolin 
Ashe. Kexdhit ioiiary licneral ; Saniiiel A-lie, 
jii(l,ii'e and colonial uovcriior; William Sliep- 
[>ai'd A-lie, jiidi:v; Tlio>. S. .\slic. ( 'oiii;fe»- 
man and ( 'oiifcdci-atc colomd ; a hrothci-. 'I'lios. 
A. Ashe, was a inemhcr ot the Sii|ii-eme ('ourl 
of .Xortli ('ai'olina. 'The present lienerarioii 
has eminent and patriotic meiiihei's. He canic 
down not ffoni the pee Wee hut eaiiles. 

I'erliap.s no man has e\-ei' lixcd who was sc, 
"Woi'thy ;i niemhei' of the Soidetv of the ('in- 
cinnati n\' Xoi'tli ('andina. ".\ towei' that 
stood tour sipiai'e to all the winds that hiew." 

PA(a'; 2 



We are riidier tHr hi- life. It i- a commend 
alile I'acl that iiieiiiher- of' the Society of the 
<'iiicinnati took part in the erection of thir, 
inoiMimeiif . 

('aptain .\>lie was hoi-ii Sept. i:!, 1 S4o, mid 
died .Vim. ;; 1. lli:;^. in hi,- ;i^th year. The 

I nnieiit w;is i)ii\eiled oil the lOOth hirtliday 

of ('aptain .\-lie. He was a i:allant ( 'oiifed- 
ei-ale oflirei-. He was all editor, historian and 

-tatesman. The eli;llt \iilunies of .\slie's Ilioi!,- 

raphical History of .Xorth ('arolina, written 
hy liini and other-, .-ind his twn \iduines of the 
History of Xorth ('ai'olina lia\c perpetuated 
the i;|orioiis lii>tory of Xorth ( 'arolina. and the 
li\cs and deeds of her dist i imiiislic(l -ons ami 
dauiihters. 

I )r. r. I). Kiiishuiv ,-aid : "I am ahoiii to 
wfite a (diaracter skefidi of a Xorth ('aridinian 
who has ne\'er occupied liii;li otHce. who, hy 
reason of original endowment, actual accom- 
plislinieiits and thoroiiiih usefulness, has pei'- 
fornieil real seiwice for the Heniocratic Tarty 
and the widfare id' X'ortli ('arolina in a time of 
political stress and peidl that eipials fully the 
services rendere(l hy any contemporary official, 
alone f.ci-f III t iiij l/nil jiiussaiil niuii nj Ihr jim- 
jil r , y.rhulon I'linnl 1 diirr. \ nd'er to Saiiiiiid .\. 
Ashe, a i-itizeii of conimandinii individuality, 
and one of the ahlest and hest eipiipped editors 
of the South in the last thifty years. He may 
not he so widl known as sucdi, hut that will not 
affect the truth id' the sfatenieiit nor in anv 




CaI'T. SaMIKI. A'CdlKT ASHK 



WAV (liiiiiiiish his uiiiiiisrak;il»lc merits. He is 
a Xorth Carolinian of the ])ni-csr ty|ic and de- 
serves most richly to hold a front ])laee anionu- 
the genuine men of mark in our time and in 
our State. While Captain Ashe's ehiefest 
reputation and most meritorious service are 
based on his editorial life, exteiidiiiii- throuiih 
many years, he has he-'n a really jidwei-ful 
factor in political management even when nut 
identified with a ncAvspaper. He has long heen 
a most usefitl. inflnential and judicious con- 
trihutor to the press when not actually engaged 
in ]ii'ofessional woi'k as an editoi'." 

The i>rop(ised ^Memorial foreword was as 
follows ; 

'Vm K ( \):\rMITTEE 
Tin: Ho.N. Gi:o. Gokuo.n Batti.k, 

Chairman. New York City 
Mks. Maky Wi.ndkk Oshohxk, 

Secretary-Treasurer. Box ISO, Richmond. Va. 
Miis. Jonx H. AxDKKSox. 

Daughter of Capt. Henry I.ondon. C. S. A. 
Mks. William J. Axinu:w.s 
Mrs. T. Murray Ai.lkx 
Mrs. Asiiby L. Bakeu. 

Daughter of Maj. R. S. Tucker. C. S. A. 



Mks. S. Wi stkav Battlk 
Gi:x. Ai.nKiM- L. Cox. 

Son of Gen. W. R. Cox. C. S. A. 
HoX. B( KTOX Crau.k 
JrsTKK, Hkmiot Clahksox. X. C. Supreme Court. 

Son of Major Wm. Clarkson. C. S. A. 
Mi:s. Chaklks A. Caxxox. Auth(n- 
Mks. Hlriot Clarksox, 

Daughter of Col. E. A. Osborne. C. S. A. 
Tni; Hov .Josdmus Daxikls. 

U. S. Ambassador to Mexico 
Hox. Thomas Dixox. Author 
Hox. J. C. B. EiiRixiiHArs 

Mrs. L. E. Fisih.k, Pres. X. C. Div. of U. D. C. 
Dk. Fraxk p. Graham. 

President. University of North Carolina 
Mr.. Erxest M. Greex, 

Vice-President. N. C. Order of Cincinnati 
Dr. Arciiikai.ii Hexdersox. 

University of North Carolina 
Dk. Jt r.iAX S. Miller. Editor, (luirlotte Observer 
Mrs. W.m. B. Little 
Mr. Loris T. Moore. 

Manager. Wilmington Chamber of Commerce 
Mrs. Loiis A. Mauler 
Dr. Clarexce Poe, Author-Publisher 
Mr. Charles Root 
Mrs. R. B. Raxev. 

Daughter of Capt. C. B. Denson. C. S. A. 



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In;. ('ii\KM-- Li.i Smiih. Ant Imr l'nlllisll^•l■ 
All;-. L \\\ i;i n< i Si'KI n i 
All;-. A I I i;i II W ii I I \ \i -. 

I i;iuuliii'i- "f (nil. P.r.\';iii (Iriims. (". S. A. 
.\li;-. .1 1 i ! \ \ S. W M I I I , 

I i;iimlii.T iif Col. Will. I,. (If Ums.<.'1, C. S. a. 
All:. .1. i-"i;\\u W'liKis. Sun n{ ( 'niiiiiKindir J.ihn 
Wilk.s. ( 'iiiif.Mlcriitr .\';iv.\- ^^inl. ('IniiinU.'. 
All;-. I'l III; Ai;i:i \i. i(i\ 
I lii\. W \i III; All i;rii > 

Till A-ii I, .M i-.\|(M;i \I. ( 'n\l \i 111 IK 

Ikis hi't'ii iiiu mi/.t-d f"\- llip iiniimsi' nT iil;iciim ;in 
;i|iliii)iiri;iii' ni;irl-:fr ;is ;i iieTiiuiiitin nnnn ni;il tn 
iln hiif (';iiii;iiii S;inin('l .V'Cnnn A.-ln . ('. S. A., 
and ;is ;i \\iirlli\' cxprfs.'-^iiin <i\' tlic iir\i' ;nid pstri-ni 
ill wliicli this iKitriiit, siddier. .srlidhir. Iiisturian 
;ind ( 'iii-iSi i;in ciliZfii was held ii.\ ;i Imsi uf iri. nds 
in his St;iti'. his Smilli ;ind liis X;itiMii. 
Till M I. AM ii;i.\i. W'li.i, l!i. I'l.vi in I .\ IiAi, 1,11,11 
;ind will I'diisist df ;i liand-iiiuc hi-on/.r i;ihlc;, 
Ixiiriii.LL ;i |i(irtr;iii nf (';iiit;iin Aslu'. in h;is-r('lifl'. 
h<';i\il.\' (•;irvfd, rfsiiim nimn ;i iii;issi\-i' iiiiiiuuiitiii 
(if Xditli (';ir(din;i ^r;iintc. ;ind witli the iicrinis- 
sidii dl' tlic Xdi'ih (';irdlin:i (IciU'r;!! Assi-inhl.w 
phici'd (111 the (';i|iil(il ;;rdiinds. As (':i|it;iin A-hc 
v\as lilt- hist sui\i\ini; cdiiiniissidiKd ojliccr n\ ihc 
(■(inlcd<'i;ilc St;itfs Army. ;i sinit li;is hccn silc.t- 
(-(1 iiclwci'ii the ('(inl'cdci';iic Aldiiiinn'iit ;ind ih<- 
W.viiti Aldiiiiiiicnt td the liisi sdhliiT df the Cdii- 
lt'ddi;icy td die ler the l.dst (';mse. 

TiM' .M (i\ I .\i K.\ r Wii.i. Ill I'mii 1-'(ii; l;-^ 
I 'i;i\'.\'ri-. Si i;si i;i r i ki.x 

and will lie dl' the licst (iii;ilil.\- dl' iiKitcrial ;iiid 
WdikiiKinslii]!. ixcciiti'd h>- ilid (hirlnini ( 'diiijKHi.w 
if Rliddc Ishiiid mil idiuiUx- knuwii. ( ipiidit unit >" 
will he dlYt'icil f(ir hdtii l;iru(- and simill .i^ifls frum 
the many wIki will wish to cxiu-t-ss tluir ;iff('ciidii 
and ;idniir;il idii Ud' (';ii)t;iin Ashe I'mnipi i< - 
spdiisc is urufd tlnil the (irder imiy he liivcii iny 
the wdik ;it ;ni i;irly date. 

Xdii.: (Mie(dss shdiild lie made ii;iy;ilile td the 

Treasurer ;ind will Ik- depdsited id the .\slie 

Aleiiidiial Fund. ;ii First-Citizens I';ink and Trust 

Cd.. ]{;ilei,iih. .X. (". 

1 lie lei:i.-lati\c enact iiieiit aiitliiiri/.liiu tlii- 
iiKiiiiiiiiciit i- a> t'lilldws : 

■'Ex I It. \ SissHiN, i!);;,s ("iiM'iii; ^:;. 

H. H. 2()t; 
AX ACT TO FKFCT A AIKAIORI.XL TO TllF 
MEAIURV OF THE LATE CAI'TAIX SAAI- 
UEL A'COURT ASHE OX THE AVESTERX 
Sn:>E OF THE STATE CAPFrOE OROFXHS. 
RALEICH, X. C. 

AA'niKi AS. in the death nf Captain Samuel 
A'Odurt Ashe, the State of Xortli Oitrolina has 
sustained the loss df a sdii wild in evej-y sense was 
Wdithy df Die iiroiid pdsitiun she has acliieved 



anidii.u her sister states. A son ;is l<iii,L;ht 1>-. ;is 
withdiit r( prd;ich ;ind ;is lie;iutiful ;is his L;ri';il 
I diiim;inder. the iiiinidrlal Ruheit 1-;. i>ee. I'er- 
sdirill.x' cdiniiris'^idned ;in dtlicer in the ( '(infeder;ite 

.Arill.X' ll.\ i'residelll |);i\is. he served the IdSt (•;illSe 

with the \;ildr and dist iiict idii df his r;ice. .A 
L;re;it man wlm did sn miicli to iiiimdrt;ilize ;ind 
iiKike heaiitifiil the life ;ind trjiditidii df Xnrth 
Candina. ;ind witli him died the last of the md- 
lant (■;iv;iliirs wlm dtficered the t;r;iy-cl;id Imsis df 
The ( 'diifeilei ;i( \". tluiii wlidiii lid hriivd' li;ind ever 
sTddd ;!rr;i>ed in the r;iiiks df war. and 

AX'iii i;i \-. Id preserve f(ir jinsterii .\- ;is ;in i-xam- 
lile (if this wurlh.v Sdii nf .Xnrlh ( 'a idliii:i. a cdiii- 
mjric df friends ;im'. admirers df C;ipt;ii) S;iiii- 
md .\'Cdiiii .\sli( . .-dldier. liisf(iri;iii. piihlicist ;iii{l 
u(Mtlem;in. pres( lit td ilie Cieiier;il .As<emlil.\' df 
.Xdi-th <':ir(ilin;i their pi(ipds;il Id preserx'e his 
iiK iiKir.N' h.\' ;i suit;ilile iiienidrial. and iiidst re- 

,~||ectfllll,\- fi ipieSt permissidll td place such niellld- 

ri;i] dii th( wfstern side nf the C;ipitdl ;im(iii,L;, the 
present iiieiiKirials df the C( iiifeder;ic.\-. ;ind id 
this end. 

Si ( iid\ 1. Tluii the fdlldwiiiL; ])ersdiis cdiisti- 
tute the cdmmittee to carr\" diit the piirpuses ;iml 
inteiiiidiis df this ;ict : lldiinrahle Ceinue (hirddii 
Ikittle df .Xew Vdik. clmiriiKin; 1 l(imir;ilile .luse- 
phiis li:iiiiels. Amh:iss;iddr id Alexicd; l)r. I'"r;iiik 
I'diter C,i;ih;iiii, I'lfsideiii nf tin- Fni\ crsit >■ df 
Xdith C;ir(iliii;i: l)r. Clnirles Lee Smith, histurijin: 
lldndr;ihle lleiidt ckirksdii, .lustice df Supreme 
Cdiirt: Ildiidr;ilile Tlidni;is Dixnn, ;iiitlidr; lldii- 
(ir;ihle .Ar( hilcild 1 l-nder.-dii, m;it lieiii;ii ici;in, his- 
idri;iii and liidm;iplier : lir. .Iuli;in S. Little; lldti- 
dr;ilile .1. C. 1!. Ehrinuhaus: Hdn(ir;ilile I'lirtnii 
Cr;ii.ue; i;eiier:il .Alhert L. dix ; Air. Ernest AI. 
Creeii: Dr. Chiicnce I'dc; Air. E. A. ()ldh;ini: Air. 
.1. Fr;ink Wilk.s: Air. Charles P.ddt ; lldiidr;ihle Ed 
Clmmhers Smith: Air. Lduis T. Aloore: Air. Fr;iiik 
P. lhi.\'W(i(id: Alislress Lawrence Spriini : Alis- 
fress S. AA'estray I!;ittle: Alistress L. E. Fisher; 
Alislress Clmrles .A. C;iiiii(in; Alistress .\slihy L. 
P.aker; Alistress William .1. Andrews; Alistress 
.Alfred A\illi;ims; Alistress .Jdhii 11. .Andersdii; 
Alistress R. P>. R;iiiey; Alistrt-s^ Heridf Chirksdii; 
Alistress .Iuli;iii S. Wliilt- Mistress Willi;im P.. 
Little; Alistress T. Alurray Allen; Mistress Ldiiis 
.A. Mahler; he. ;iiid the same are lierel).\- ;ipp(iiiit- 
ed as ;i ((imniittee for the purpuse df r;iisiii,L; the 
necess;ir.\' funds Id erect a suitahle. ludper ;iiid de- 
cent nieiiKirijil Id C;iiitain Samind .A'Cdun .Ashe on 
the m'dunds df the St;ite Capitid. western side, in 
the City (if R;ilei,i;h. Xdi'tli Cai'dlina. 

Si ( . 1'. Tlnit the cdsi df this meimirial slmll he 
withdul ;ippr(ipriat idii m- expense Id the St;ite <>{ 
.Xortli C;ir()liu;i, it ludii.u the desin- nf the alxive 
named cdinmittee id perpetuate the nieiiidr.\" nf 
.Xdrth Ciirdliiui's \;ili;iiit ;iiid hehived Sdii, hy Vdl- 
iintary iiiid sp(int;iiiedus cdnti-ihutidns fur the 
inirpose df Inindin.t; ddwn tn posterity the minie 
of a man whicdi eiiiiohles the hist(n'y. the tradi- 
tion and the .ulory of the Old Xortli State and 
this coinmittee alxive mentioned is hereliv direct- 



Pa(,k 4 




FIdN (IliiKi.l (IdKDdX i;\ITIi I )|.M\ I HI \(, AliDlli: 



ed and enipmvevpd to erect nnd place such prdper 
menidrial tliey may decide is tit ting and proper 
tipiin tile State ('apit(d .gniunds in the City of Ra- 
leigh with and hy the consent of the Governor of 
Xortli Carolina and the Council of State. 

Skc. 3. That this act shall he in full force and 
effect fr(un and after its passage. 

In the General Assenihly read three times and 
ratified, this the (Uh day of Maridi, 1939." 

"H.R. 1061. CiiAPTKR 374. 

AX ACT TO CORRECT ERRORS IX HOUSE 

BILL XUMRER TWO HUXDREI) AXD SIX. 

KXOWX AS THE ASHE MEMORIAL RILL, 

The flciieral A.sseiiibly of Xorfli ('(iroli)ui do riiact : 
SixTiox 1. That the name of Dr. Julian S. Lit- 
tle he stricken (nit and the name of Lr. Julian 
S. Miller he suljstituted therefor, and that the 
name of Mistress Mary Winder Oshorne he added 
to the list of oflflcials in said hill. 

The cost of the inoimnieiit. wIiIcIl lias liccn 
j)ai(i, was : 

The Gorham Co., Providence, R. I., sculp- 
tured cast bronze memorial tal)let 
with bas-relief portrait of Sanuiel 

A'Court Ashe $1,500.00 

Express charges 24.90 

Cast bronze tablet 30x20 "Ashe" 107.5.5 

$1.(532.45 
M. Arnaiz. Raleigh, N. C, stone work 

for memorial SS5.00 

$2,517.45 
Minor expenses about (itemized and 

paid for) $ 500.00 



I'lie \nlHiirary siilisci'i]itioii> u< pay for tlii- 
iiioiniiiiciit canii' from iiicii ami wonirii in all 
walk> of lif|. . . . the rich and tln' )M>or. the 
lii'i'al a imI the lowly. 

I he x'lccnoii and price of the iiioiiiiiiicnt 
\\as carefully lioiic into hy Hon. (ieoriic fiov- 
don IJaftle and a coiniiiittei'. The (Jorliani 
('()iii])aiiy is one of the most rcpiitahle firms 
111 the nation. Tlu/y wrote me -laniiary S, 
lit41 . as to the I'ost as follows : 

"This sculptured portrait model was made by 
Rernard Johnson, sculptor, who has created a 
number of portrait models cast by the Gorham 
foundries, and he has been eminently successful 
in this exacting type of work. X^aturally, the cost 
of this sculptured detail enters greatly into the 
cost of the completed memorial which we have 
furnished for the Ashe memorial committee. We 
most assuredly feel that the charges made for the 
two tablets were as low as could possibly have 
been quoted consistent with the above mentioned 
highest quality of craftsmanship and material." 

Having had experience in matters of this 
kind, heiiig on the X. C. Historical Commis- 
sion for long years, I think the charge most 
reasoiiahk'. 

Hon. George Gordon Battle was selected to 
deliver the address at the unveiling. He, too, 
is a Xt)rth Carolinian, like Captain Ashe, Avho 
came from a long line of distinguished fore- 
hears. 



Page 5 



Mir (|im| lc;i t mil ]il-n<:r;iin \\;i^ ;|- tnHows: 

l)|':i)|C.\TI().\ OF ASllK M KMOIMAI. 

Si:rii:.Mi;Ki; l:'.. lUld 

At '■'< :<iil |i.iii. < ';i|iiti)l S(|ii;ii-c 

(KMhii l'.ll;^llll\^ >>\ Cw\\\\ Swii ii A. Asm i 

Hi;Kim Ci u;kn<)\. SeiiiiH' .Iuslic<\ Supn'iiif Cniirl 

111' Xiirlli (';irnlin;i, I'l-nsidinii 
ll'dili liil';iiilry I'.iiiul nf tlu- N':itiiiii:il CiKiril 

IiiVdcnlinii _ Du. K(ii:i;i>i ('. h'\ \/n\[ 

Appri-ciiit inn , . Mits. M vki Wimmi; ()--i:i)K\i 
Shurt Addr. 'SSI'S 

l|(i\. .IdSM'lll s Dv.Nllls. Trlr-|;i||l lit' rt',i;ri'tS tn 

r»';i(l by Hon. .1. .\[. I!i; inn\ 

1 )i;. Ak< II ii;ai II Hi \im i:sn\ 

Mhs. I.;,\\ IS K. h'ism K. Pi-csiilriit. X. ('. Divisimi. 

V. I). (\ 
H(i\. W M 1 1 i: Al I Ki'ii 1 

Alus. ('ii\s, r.iiwiiM, (if Kicliinniid. \';i.. I'li'sidnit 
Crii. Ill' V. 1). ('. 
Address ^(|^. (iMUK.i (Ihkimin I! \ i i i i 

('Iniii'iiiiiii (it' Aslif Alt'iiinri;il ( '(iiiini i i in'. 
I'lfsi'iilal iciii 111' Alniiiiiiii'iit. 

H(i\. (;kmi\\i H. Amikiw.s. Ahiviir n{ \{:i\,-\u\t 

Ai ri'pl.inrt' Ul.s K.rrrllcinil. ClMM l{. Wm -^ 

I'lixi'iliiiLi ("iiuKi.i K. I!\.sii\, 

"^'niiimi'St (;r,-iii(ls(iii 111' (':ipt;iiii Ashi- 

Wri'Mlli Will I'.i' I'hic'd ;il lias.' id' Ali mil iii.'iil liy 

Ali;s. llMtKi AiiC.iKi, St'cmid \'iri'-l 'it'sidciii wi' 

Xnrlh (";irnliii;i Divisimi u|' I'. I). ('. 

I'.t'iii'dictinii 'I'm: \{\\. Is\.\( W \ -, \ i Hi mils 

Ml', iliillli' is ,'i lirilli;iiit ;iihl siii'i'r-st"iil\ ;ii- 
t(inn'\- iiuw |ii-;irt iciiii: l;i\\ in Xi'W ^'|||•k. S|i;ii'i' 
will ;illii\\ niily simi't cxcci-pt- frmii hi- inii-lrr- 
fiil .'iililivss: 

'A\ (• li;i\ (• Mirt liri-i' tii(l;iy tu Imimr llii- 
.Ui'i'.'it smi (if Xdi-tli ( ';i i-iiliiui. wliii 1 liniiiiilmut 
liis Idiii; lit'i' (|('\(il('i| his tiih'iits ;iii(| his cii 

I'Tiill's t(i tile s('r\i( f his IlKithc!' St.'llc. We. 

the siiiis ;iii(| ihilli;ht('i-s of rh:it St.'llc. ih'liuhl 
to |i;iy him this tfiiiiiic. To inc. ;is ;i Xorih 
< ';i foliiiKiii. horn mill hi'cd. it is ;i sdin-c,' ot' 
[iriih' ,'ini| ur;il ificiif ion to |i;i rt ici |i;ilc in these 
(•ercinonics. S|)(';ikinii for those of iis who for 
one re;is(iii or miotlier h;i\i' |);iss|.,l oiir li\r- 
lieyoiiil the hor(h'i's of oiif n;iti\i' Sinte. I ;iiii 
sure th;il I he iiieinories of oiir hoinehind ;i re 
;ill tile more \-i\i(l mid our hixc nil the \\;irm- 
(.'!■ hecmise of tiuit ah.^elice. .\ml ;is the 
shadows leiiiilheii ;ind our faces turn townril 
the AVcs! these fceliiij^s ofow still stroiii^vr and 

more |Miii;iiant 

From the earliest days of Xortli ('arojina 
his family had liecii lu'oiiiinciit and distiiii;- 
uished. doiiii lla|itisla Ashe was S|ieaker of 

Pa(,i: C. 



the Ass,.nili|\ hefol'c tile 1 u ' \ ( i| 11 1 i o || . lie took 

U|i arm- at the lie^in iiiiii; of that war. he- 
eaine a niapu- general and died in 17>l, a- a 
result of wdiinds I'cccixed and illiie-- coiitracr- 

ed III the -er\ ice. Another aiiee-tor. SaillUel 

A-lie. was prohahly the last siir\i\or of the 
Xorth ('arolina ( 'out iiieiitals. riiere were iid\- 
enior- and jiidue-. there were leiiisla tors, hotli 
I'eileral and State, and always in time of war 
There were in Xorth ('arolina soldier.- of the 
race and name of Ashe. (And now ave) ( 'a|i- 
taiii Samuel A"' 'oiirt Ashe \\a- the la-t siirvix'- 
llli: (•(iinim--ioiicd oltieer of the < 'on I'edel'ate 

forces. And -o. spriim; from such .Xorth 
''arolina -lock, he |da\i'd well hi- |>arr in 
I'Vt'vy phase of the history of his Stale, lie 
was acti\e 111 iiianv and \aried tield- of clloi't; 
ami he touched iioihiiii; which he did not 
adorn, lie tiuui'ed in i^real and iintalile exciits; 
and he wa- alway- ei|iial to llie occa-mn. ""lie 
iioihini: common did. or mean. ii|ioii that 

nietnorahle -celie. . . . 

.\nd in adililioii lo my sentiment a- a .Xorlli 
< 'a roli ma II. 1 had llie slroiii^e-t |ier-oiial ad 
miralion. i-e-|i('('t and atfeciion for ('a|itain 
.\-lii'. lie wa- an old and \alued friend holli 
of my father and of my nioiher. .More than 
once. Ill 111- iravi'l- lliroiii.;li the Stale he s|i('iit 
ihe niiiht al our Imuie of ( 'ool S|iriiii: down 
on the Tar Iii\er in Fdi^ecomhc. And indeed. 

I delect in all the Word- ihal lia\C heeli s|i(ikell 

here and in llie aliiio-|ili('re ot tin- occa-ioii a 
sense of (lee|i |iers(iiial aficctmu and Ik reavc- 
meiit. We all feel that We lia\(' lost a friend 
wlio-e nienior\' we can never forget. I his is 
not always the case on occasions -udi as these. 

There a '•(' many u I nieii and wiuneii whose 

\ii'tues we recoiiiiize and ^\ hose loss we w- 
i:fcl. hut withiuit tills keen einoimn. I think 
that the source of this seniinient which wc 
all -hare this afternoon i- our realization that 
We are monrninu not only one who truly loved 
his friends, hui one who had a deeji sym|iathy 
with all liunianity. who was an.xioUs to help 
evei-yoiie wlmiii lie met ill liis jiiuriiey through 
life. ('ajitain .Vshe followed consistently the 
admonition of the old (^)iiaker who said in 
nohlc and ineinorahle woi'il- : 

■'] expect to pass ihiiiuuh llii- wmrld hut 
once. .\iiy i^ood. therefore, that 1 can do or any 
kindness that I can show to any fellow crea- 
ture lei ine do il now. Fet llie Hot defer if or 
neiilecl it. for 1 shall md pass this way ai;aiii."" 




Statk Capitol at Nksht, Lighted by Floodlights 



r;i])tai]i Aslie never (Icfcn-cd imr neglected 
to do any good or to sliow anv kindness in liis 
power to any fellow crcatnrc and so the meni- 
ory of his path tlirough life is fragrant witli 
good thoughts and good deeds." 

He served with notahle distinetion through- 
out this four years of war, sliowing the same 
gallantry, the same icsourcofuliicss. and the 
same humanity that marked his entire career. 
The story of his military experience is a part 
of the war history of his State. 

'Idle next years of his life cover what lias 
well heeii called the tragic era of our country, 
('aptain Ashe was twenty-five years of age at 
the time of the surrender at Appomattox in 
1865. For the next eleven yeai's — until 1ST6 
■ — our State was plunged in the horror-^ of Re- 
construction — far more disastrous and hurtful 
than those of the Avar itself. There was, I be- 
lieve, no Southern State that sutfered so much 
from the crimes and evils of Reconstruction as 
did i^orth Carolina. . . . 

Crime and vice were rami)ant; the State gov- 
ernment was permeated hy shocking corrup- 



tion. State honds to the amount of millions of 
dollars, admittedly illegal ami fraudulent, 
were issued. The University was (dosed. . . . 

'idle forces of order gradually resunie(l con- 
trol. Finally, in 1>>76. \\-lieii those two great 
Xorth Carolinians, Zehulon I>aird Vance and 
Thomas Jordan Jarvis Avere elected Governor 
and Lieuteiuint-Governor respectively, the 
State was redeemed and the monstrous regime 
of Reconstruction came to an end. 

Dui'ing this period Captain Ashe was 
splendidly and most eificiently active in his 
effoi'ts to cuidi the malign forces of oppres- 
sion and tyi'anny and to help his State and its 
people. After the War, he found himself 
ruined and destitute as was the case with most 
Southern men at that time. . . . 

In the final campaign of 1S76, he was most 
active together Avith General William R. Cox, 
who Avas Chairman of the Campaign Com- 
mittee; and the success of the forces of de- 
cency and honesty in 1876 Avere largely due 
to his efforts. As a citizen, as a legislator, 
as an editor, he stroA'e constantly, and inces- 



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-.;intlv. Mini liiosi cHii-ifiif ly (liii-iiii; flicsi' tcl'- 
rililc _\i';irs u> \\r\\< .-iiid i'(m|c('iii Ins [icdplr. 
It IS ilii |i(is-l hie iu cx.-liilii'r.'ltc lllc 1 Ill|Hil-f;i llci' 

iif his scrxicfs til Ills Sr;irc <liii-iiii: tlii> tiim-. 

And lllc >tn|-y (if llis ili'tidlis III these Veni'S I'e- 
Hects the hisliiry mI" the Stnte. 

At'lel- lli;ir excillt'lll ye;i|- of \^l<i. when the 
illSdnlers n; the \\;ir :ill(| those (if Kecniislruc- 
tldll, which Were f;|l' Wurse, lilhl heell cnii- 
clllded. the Stilte uf Xurtll ('.•in.llli;i tulluueil 

its iKiniinl course. ( i f.-nhuillv the iiijm-ie> ninl 
wdiinds which were llle resldt nf tl|u,-e e\i| 
l;;_vs wcfe tfeiitcil ;,ii<l he;iled. The I ' n i \ ersi t y 
w;is I'edpelleil ;iiid elile|-ei| 1l|iii|i its i;re;it cnreer 
of success ;ilid Usef II I liess to the St;ite. The 
[dlhlic school system w;is j-ecoiist nicted ;iiid 
j)l;iced on ;i hiuli |d;ine under the le.i<lef>li i |i 
of (io\-enior Aycock niid his nssocuites. I'lie 
St;ite delit w;is fiii;illy ;ind |iro|M'fly settled. 
Then there cjiiiie the \;ist iiidiisln;il nwolution 
tlirolli;lloUI the >St:ite. . . . 

lie edited the eit;ll t -N'ol ll nic hio" r;i | ill ic;d 
hlstiiry of fhr St;ite, which is ;ili ili\;ilu;iMe 
source of iji:ireri;il foi- the future. He h;i- 
writteli III t\\o \dluille- ;i liiosl interestilli; ;ilid 
detiiiili\c hi^toi-y of the St;ite, from llie d;iys 
of the Lost ( 'oloii\ down 1 hi'oiiah I he ye;ir 
I'.llTi. Till,- work i> in e\cry |mhlic lihr;ir\ 
;iiid is most ii^hly esteemed. ji i> m ni;isier- 
pie<-e 111 lii,-toi-|c;i 1 eruditiim ;iiid ;iccur;ic\'. 
.\iid diirinu lliese ye;irs (';i|il;iin .\s|ie w;i- 
;ihre;ist of ;ill the i^dod work of e\cr\' kind in 
the St;ite. ]le w;is ;ictl\e 111 its ell ;i r i t ;i hie :ind 
]iliil;int hro])ic enterprises. He w;i> .mr nf the 
])roiiiiiieiit iiiid distinguisheil niemhers of the 
J'rolest.'int l^^|dsco!)nl (Tnirch. llis life h;is 
been a sliini.ig- example to all the young men 
aud wouieii of the Sfute. Throughout ;ill hi> 
years, from his (diildhood to Iii> Inst days, he 
seiweil his St;ili' widl and iiohly. lie consis- 
tently represented her hest interest and lu'r 
highest standard. It jiiay truly he said (d' him 
that he rendei'ed iiKsfimahle service to his 
native State, hotli in war and peace, and that 
he holds a high j)lace in the hearts n( his 
Jieople. 

Xo one could hetter deserve the great honor 
which his heell ]»;ii(l him hy the Legishiture 
of North ("arolimi in authorizing this memo- 
rial tablet here in the ('a|)itol S(pi;ire of our 
Stati'. It is most artistic and beautiful in its 
conception and execution. "When we look ui)oii 

Pm,k S 



hi- high' ami iiohle f;ice. with it- iii(df;ihle 
e.xpressioii of humanity ;iiid kindiii'.-s, ;is widl 
;i- ot iiit(dligence ;ind cour;me. It recnils to 
ii< our friend who ha- gone. It is ;i common 
heliet tinit when file liumaii tr;i\eler IS piis.-ing 
from (Mle Sfnge of life to the ne.\t, when he 

st;inds on the \-erge ot that mysiei'y wlii(di 
wc call heath, the event- of his p;isf come up 
like a great pamu'ama hetore hi- d\iiig \isioii, 

so that he nia_\' see the course of hi- life fldin 
heiiinniiii; to end. As-iireilly, if Snuiiud 
.\'( 'oiirt Ashe had -ladi an outlook upon his 
century m\' lifi'. he would ha\e -eeii a (••n,-tant 
record of high and iiolih- achiexcmeiil and of 
i ,l.-uer\i iiu iH'vOiioli to the lllh lesi- ol the 

State of .Xorth ( '.-irolina, wlindi he hidd so 
ne;ir Ins heart. l)ouhtless ;il that supreme 
moineiii III- tlioiighls went hack to hi- early 
day- alonu the ('ape Fear, when he could hear 
the call of the kildee- along the ri\er bottoms, 
and the -wift rush of the ipiail in the uplands, 

when he could >ee the wild geese, aild tile wild 

duck- following each other in single tile from 
one end of the hori/.oii to the other, and when 
he could oli-er\e tile graceful aiid the majestic 
course of the hawks swooping down and wliecd- 
iiiL; their way through the southern -ky. l)oiibt- 
le--. he could remember tliose plains of the 
d'ldewaler. the hill- of the riedmont, and the 
lofty niiiiiiitain> of the We,-t. that all go to 
make up hi- native Slate, lie coiihl recall the 
peopl,. ot' that State whom he Indd and by 
whom he was Indd so dear. lie could I'ccall 
hi- long and noble service to that State ;iiid to 
his people, and as his eyes (dosed for his last 
sleep, he might Well reali/.e that no one ever 
bettei deseiwcil that fail, dial but nobles, (d' all 
accolades, 'AV(dl done, thou good and faithful 
>er\ailt I" Xo one better deserveil that sleep 
wliiidi (Jod gi\etli to llis bcdoveil. \]\<\ now 
llis life is ended. In the fullness of years and 
(d' a<diievement and of honor, he has passed 
fi-oiii us and has gone to his long rewai'd. We 
are here to do liiui widl-deserved honor. May 
hi' I'est in jieiice I 

"Life's I'licf irr/l run. 
Life's irurl,- irrll iloiii'. 
Life s ricl iifij iro/i . 
.\ iiir ciiitliili rrsl. 

These tributes were ])aid to a member of 
our Society of the ('incinnati. We are |U-(Mnl 
of his eomfadesliip and life.