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McCABE, James Dabney, clergyman, born in Richmond, Virginia, 15 April, 1808; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 1 August, 1875. He entered the Methodist ministry at the age of twenty-one, but afterward connected himself with the Protestant Episcopal church, and in 1856 became associate rector of St. Paul's church in Baltimore. He afterward was rector of other parishes in Maryland, and twice declined a bishopric. He edited the " Olive Branch," and also the "Odd-Fellows' Magazine," and published a" Masonic Text-Book."--His brother, John Collins, clergyman, born in Richmond, Virginia, 12 November, 1810; died in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 26 February, 1875, left school early, and became a clerk in a bank. He contributed a poem to the first number of the " Southern Literary Messenger," formed a friendship with its editor, Edgar A. Poe, and wrote constantly for it and other magazines poems, essays, and papers on colonial history. In 1845 he entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal church, and after being rector at Smithfield, Virginia, for five years, took charge of a parish in Hampton, and while there prosecuted researches among parish registers and family archives into the early history of his church in Virginia, and published papers on the subject, but, on the announcement of Bishop William Meade's work, handed over his materials to Dr. Meade. At this time he received from the college of William and Mary the degree of D.D. In 1855 he was chairman of the state yellow fever committee. He was rector of a church in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1856-'9, and then in Anne Arundel county, Maryland, till 1861, when he became chaplain of a Virginia regiment of Confederate troops. From 1862 till the close of the war he was chaplain of Libby prison in Richmond. In 1865-'7 he had charge of a church in Bladensburg, Maryland, then went to Middleburg, Delaware, and left that parish in 1872 to become rector of a church in Chambersburg. Dr. McCabe lectured frequently on literary topics, and delivered memorial addresses and poems, many of which were published. A volume of his early poems was printed under the title of "Scraps" (Richmond, 1835).--James Dabney's son, James Dabney, author, born in Richmond, Virginia, 30 July, 1842; died in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 27 January, 1883, was educated at the Virginia military institute. During the secession crisis he published a pamphlet entitled "Fanaticism and its Results," by "A Southerner" (Richmond, 1860). A war-story entitled "The Aide-de-Camp," was issued in book-form in 1863, and three plays of martial tenor were performed at the Richmond theatre in 1862-'3. In the winter of 1863 he published "The Bohemian," a Christmas book, to which his wife and Charles P. Dimitry also contributed, and in 1863-'4 he edited the "Magnolia Weekly." His "Sword of Harry Lee" and other war-poems were very popular. He published a "Life of General Thomas J. Jackson," by "An Ex-Cadet" (Richmond, 1863; enlarged ed., 1864) ; "Memoir of General Albert S. Johnston" (1866) : and "Life and Campaigns of General Robert E. Lee" (New York, 1867), in which he disparages Jefferson Davis, and ascribes the loss of the southern cause to his blunders. He also made a compilation of the romance and humor of the war entitled "' The Gray-Jackets" (1867). He was the author of several hundred short stories, essays, poems, and translations. His works include "Planting the Wilderness" (Boston, 1869); "History of the Late War between Germany and France" (1871); "Lights and Shadows of New York Life" (New York, 1872) ; "The Great Republic" (1872) ; and a "History of the Grange Movement," which, with some of his subsequent works, was published under the pen-name of "Edward Winslow Martin " (Chicago, 1874). His later publications are "Paris by Sunlight and Gaslight" (Philadelphia, 1875) ; "Centennial History of the United States" (Philadelphia, 1875); "Pathways of the Holy Land" (1877); "History of the Turko-Russian War" (1879); "Our Young Folks Abroad" (Philadelphia, 1881) ; and "Our Young Folks in Africa" (1882).--A son of John C., William Gordon, educator, born near Richmond, Virginia, 4 August, 1841. He was graduated at the University of Virginia in 1861, and immediately enlisted in the Confederate army, and served throughout the civil war, for the first year as a private, and afterward as a captain of artillery. After the war was ended he established the university school at Petersburg, Virginia, of which he is still (1888) head-master. While in the army he contributed many poems to southern magazines, and after returning to civil life published essays, reviews, sketches, and translations from mediaeval Latin poetry. He translated and revised "Aids to Latin Orthography," from the German of Wilhelm Brambach (New York, 1872), edited " Ballads of Battle and Bravery" (1873), and is the author of "The Defence of Petersburg, Campaign of 1864-'5" (Richmond, 1876). He has also published a "Latin Grammar" (Philadelphia, 1883), edited "Caesar" (Philadelphia., 1886), and is engaged (1888) in preparing an edition of "Horace's Works."
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