28 January 2008

Local Event & A Worthy Cause

The Paxton House Historical Society will present "General E. Frank Paxton, CSA: A Brief Heroic Life" on Tuesday, January 29 at the Stone Church of the Brethren at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at Forest Avenue and 22nd Street in Buena Vista.

Francis Lynn, Historian for the society will be the speaker, assisted by the PMHS Interact Club in a power point presentation.

A Rockbridge County native, General Paxton was the personal choice of his fellow Lexington townsman, General Stonewall Jackson, to lead the famous Stonewall Brigade. After a distinguished military career, Paxton died leading the brigade at the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863.

Elisha Franklin "Frank" Paxton lived from infancy in the Paxton House at Glen Maury until he married and began his career as a lawyer in Lexington in 1854. His birth actually took place in a very modest log house in 1828, while his father was erecting the beautiful brick mansion. The exact location of the original Elisha Paxton log house has only recently been confirmed, and Lynn will show remnants of the house.

Young Frank Paxton began his formal education at age 13 at the classical school of his cousin, Col. James Hays Paxton, at the ancestral home of the Paxton’s, Mountain View (opposite Ben Salem Presbyterian Church). Entering the junior class at Washington College two years later, he graduated in 1846. He then completed a two-year graduate program at Yale, and then completed a law course at the University of Virginia, graduating first in his class at age twenty-one.

The Paxton House Historical Society intends to dedicate space at the restored house as a museum to honor its most famous resident.

The program is free and open to the public. From the Rockbridge Weekly.

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