Petersburg High School - Missile Yearbook (Petersburg, VA)

 - Class of 1937

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A modern memorial to Washington, the Masonic National Memorial to their first Worshipful Master, stands upon the original choice of James Madison for the site of the national capitol. The selection of Shooter's Hill behind Alexandria was vetoed by Washington for some unknown personal reason. Nevertheless, the first boundary stone of the District of Columbia was located at Jones' Point by the Alexandria Lodge of Masons and included Georgetown as well as Alexandria. Congress re- turned to Virginia in 1846 all the land on the west bank of the Potomac, but the continual growth of Washington may make it necessary for that land to be receded to the government. if 1 3 In the second act of her prominence Alexandria took a leading part in the drama of the War Between the States. It was one of the strange contradictions of the time that this definitely Southern city should have been made capital of Pierpont's farcical "Restored Government of Vir- ginia." Although the northernmost city of Virginia, with a population of perhaps 12,000 had sent 700 men to the Confederate army, it was a part of the national capital and lay within the circle of forts that protected Washington. Because of this latter fact, Francis Pierpont, confident of the Union's success, chose to establish the valid General Assembly of the State of Virginia in Alexandria. With a vote of twelve of its members fagainst onel he followed Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation with a constitutional provision for abolition of slavery in this State of Virginia. In view of the fact that no one could vote who had given assistance to the Confederacy, the number of voters was negligibleg taxes were insufficient for support of the government. Consequently, before the close of the war, their jurisdiction was limited to two counties, Alexandria and Fairfax. However, with the victory of the Union forces, the state government of the Confederacy was declared null and voil, and Pierpont was directed to take charge of the civil administration of all Virginia. Governor Pier- pont, in all justice, was strongly in favor of Lincoln's plan of Reconstruc- tion, but with the President's assassination and the Reconstruction days which followed, no power on earth could have saved Virginia the ravages of the war's aftermath. Placed as it was between two fires, there were incidents derogatory to both sides. There was the woman who was so pleasingly courteous to one Confederate troop that they took away all that they could to remem- ber her by. Not wanting them to miss anything she sent her old colored Moses with a scraggly donkey they had somehow overlooked. The gen- eral said, "Thank you." Better known is the circumstance that the first blood shed in the war Pagefell THE MISSILE

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