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Bankhead Magruder School


Principal Elsie E. Wilson,
Fall 1955

Sue Scott ('64) and Alice Fowler ('64)
1956 - Magruder School Dance Contest
Principal Thomas E. Baines,
Fall 1958
Courtesy of Chip Clark ('65)
of Northern VA - 01/25/03
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Courtesy of Sue Scott Moore ('64) of VA - 06/09/04
via Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/10/04
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Courtesy of Chip Clark ('65)
of Northern VA - 03/11/03
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  Saturday, October 4, 2003  
  Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/04/03
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MAGRUDER, John Bankhead, soldier, born in Winchester, Virginia, 15 August, 1810; died in Houston, Texas, 19 February, 1871. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1830, assigned to the artillery, and served in the west, in Maine, and at Fort McHenry, Baltimore. In the Mexican war he commanded the light battery of General Pillow's division, and was brevetted major for gallantry at Cerro Gordo, and lieutenant-colonel for Chapultepec, where he was severely wounded. After the war he served in Maryland, California, and Newport, Rhode Island, where he was in command of Fort Adams. While holding this last post he added greatly to the gayety of Newport by the splendid entertainments that he gave at the fort during the fashionable season. When Virginia seceded, he resigned his commission, that of captain of artillery, and entered the Confederate army. After gaining the battle of Big Bethel, he was made brigadier-general and placed in command of the Confederate forces on the peninsula, with his headquarters at Yorktown, where for several weeks he opposed the advance of the national army. He was then promoted major-general and took part in the seven days' fighting around Richmond, especially in the battle of Malvern Hill. On 16 October, 1862, he was placed in command of the Department of Texas, and on 1 January, 1863, he recovered Galveston from the National forces, capturing the steamer "Harriet Lane," and dispersing for a time the blockading squadron. He remained in command in Texas until the close of the war, when he entered the army of Maximilian in Mexico, with the rank of major-general, serving until the emperor's downfall and execution. He then returned to the United States and lectured, in Baltimore and other cities, on Mexico. In 1869 he settled in Houston, where he remained until his death.--His niece, Julia, author, born in Charlottesville, Virginia, 14 September, 1854, has published "Across the Chasm," anonymous (New York, 1885); "At Anchor" (Philadelphia, 1887); and "A Magnificent Plebeian" (New York, 1887).

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John Bankhead Magruder

(01 May 1807 - 18 Feb 1871)

Title: John Bankhead Magruder, Major General, C.S.A.
Deer Park, Campers Entrance,
Newport News VA
"U.S. Military Academy graduate, 1830, Virginia-born Prince John Magruder served with distinction in the Mexican War. In 1861 he resigned as Colonel, U.S.A. and joined the Confederacy. In the Civil War's first planned battle, his forces were victorious at Big Bethel, June 10, 1861. During April 1862 he delayed the Union drive up the Peninsula here at Battle of Dam 1. After the war he lived in Mexico. He died in Texas, 1871."

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 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs of VA - 10/29/03
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Old Galveston City Cemetery
Galveston County
Texas, USA

- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/24/03.

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"Not the Ash Grove, but the river, alone is my home --- "

- Carla Fine, May 1965


The Ash Grove

by John Oxenford

The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking,
The wind [harp] through it playing has language for me.
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.  
The friends of my childhood again are before me,
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me,
The ash grove, the ash grove again [alone] is my home.

My laughter is over, my step loses lightness,
Old countryside measures steal soft on my ear;
I only remember the past and its brightness, 
The dear ones I mourn [long] for again gather here.
From out of the shadows their loving looks greet me
And wistfully searching the leafy green dome,
I find other faces fond bending to greet me, 
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.

My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness
No dream of my future my spirit can cheer;
I only can brood on the past and its brightness,
The dead I have mourned are again living here.
From ev'ry dark nook they press forward to meet me;
I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome,
And others are there looking downward to greet me;
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.

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