Ralph Stewart's Grave

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To ihold the spirit of revolution in 'check the British had about 20,000 troops ready for action. Riding at anchor in Boston harbor were four English men-of-war. Massachusetts was not the only colony in which there was a stirring in the tops of.the mulberry trees, as an old Bible expression has it. signalling military action. Fired by the e l o q u e n c e of Patrick Henry, · Virginia patriots were "rarin" to ,go." George Washington and his brother Jack were giving companies basic training in the use of arms. South Carolina, always itching for a. fight, could hardly wait. , Francis Salvador, 28, of Ninety Six, S.C., was agitating the back country Scotch-Irish to gird for battle against the British. He was the first person of Jewish faith ever to hold an elective o f f i c e in America. He fell in battle Aug. 1, 1776, while fighting Indians with the state militia. GETTING a little closer to Beckley, there .was Ralph Stewart whose dust reposes in an out-oft h e - w a y g r a v e y a r d b e t w e e n Oceana and Kopperston, on the waters of Clear Fork. There, as the inscription in the picture above today's column reads, "Ralph Stewart, Va. Mil-Rev. War, Born Jan. 17, 1749, died Nov. 17, 1835, Age 86 years and 10 months." If you have keen eyesight you will detect that the "4" in 1749 is turned backward. When the Revolution broke out, Ralph Stewart was 26 years old and serving with the Virginia Militia. THERE also rest the remains of his wife. All the stone which marks her tomb has to say is, "Capt. Ralph Stewart's Wife." It would seem that Stewart's rise in rank was rapid, up to that of captain, the Army's most desirable rank. Soldiers remember their captain, but as a rule they don't give a hoot about officers of field grade, majors on up to generals. RICHARDSON writes that he doesn't k n o w of anybody who knows a thing in the world about who Capt. Ralph Stewart was. The Wyoming County man says there are about 15 graves in the isolated burial ground. He says, "Only one marker or stone has any true markings," that one being the g o v e r n m e n t m a r k e r a t t h e R e v o l u t i o n a r y W a r v e t e r a n ' s grave. · Since there are lots of Stewarts in Wyoming County, the chances are that Ralph Stewart was an early ancestor of some of them. I F W Y O M ' I N G C o u n t y ' s historical society is planning to celebrate our bicentennial in some fitting manner, they would do well to get James G. Richardson to pilot them lo the Revolutionary War veteran's grave. W i t h axe und scythe they could clear off the plot and plant a tree or two where Ralph Stewart Is untfor the sod und the dew. Maybe there are other graves Revolutionary War soldiers in Wyoming County where 87 per of the land is owned by business interests! Though Revolution establishei our national independence, Wes Virginia is a colony! Jack Anderson-Ex-Agent's WASHINGTON -- Top -CIA officials are debating whether to bring legal action against Philip Agee, whose book about his life the CIA has caused havoc. Agee listed everyone who worked with him in the CIA in L a t i n America. He also a d d e d n a m e s provided, he said, by "a small group of Mexican comrades whom I trained to follow the comings and goings of CIA people before I left Mexico City." -It has cost the CIA "several million dollars," according to inside sources, to transfer the who had been fingered and protect its operations in Latin America. The CIA, however, couldn't protect all the local people A g e e l i s t e d a "collaborators." Among them were many who had only dealings with the CIA, in such l e g i t i m a t e a c t i control, anti - hijacking techni- q u e s , a n d a n t i operations. . A number of them have harassed with threatening calls. One reported t h a daughter's life had been threatened and the front of his home been defaced. IN URUGUAY, a taxi driver whose name appeared in book stopped at a traffic light. Another car pulled alongside and an assailant emptied a the taxi. The driver miraculously escaped injury. In Ecuador, an engineer Agee's list appeared at the Embassy to plead for protection. Another man, with the same n a m e a s o n e o "collaborators," asked the CIA a letter attesting to the identity. CIA officials doubt whether can bring legal charges Agee as long as he stays out country, say our sources. Agee us by transatlantic telephone he hopes to return home, but he svill wail until he gets the light from his legal adviser. He is represented by Melvin Wulf, an American Civil Union attorney, who said he withhold his advice until he the Justice Department and its'intentions. "The only action they could bring against Agee," Wulf told the small society

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  1. Beckley Post-Herald,
  2. 27 Feb 1975, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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