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GENERAL FIELD AT HOXX.
From the National Watchman.
Hon. James Gaven Field, the nominee
of thePeople'a party for the high office
of vice president, was born in Culpepper
county, Vs., February 24, 1826, and con
sequently Is in his sixty-seventh year.
A representative of the Watchman vis
ited Mr. Field at his Virginia home In
Orange county one day this week, and
spent a few hours under his hospitable
roof, south of Washington ninety-seven
miles; the picturesque little town of
Gordoneville Is located almost under the
shadows of the sun capped Blue Ridge.
The railroad seems skillfully to thread
Its way Into the town through a gorge,
and a beautiful valley, with it its match
less verdure and dainty farms, breaks
upon the vision. A short drive of three
miles on a historic dirt pike, over which
Jefferson and Old Hickory staged their
several ways to Washington to assume
the great office of president, and the
home of Mr. Field Is reached.
A REAL VIRGINIA WELCOME.
And such a home! A grand old house
set back from the pike on a commanding
eminence, verandahed, shaded and cool,
with the grassy lawns spreading away on
every side. It is a typical Virginia home,
indeed, a home that Is seen nowhere else
on this broad continent, save In the Pied
mont region of the Old Dominion. The
proprietor of this valuable estate, which,
by the way, embraces 2,000 acres of the
choicest land, met the writer at the
threshold nay, better than that, at the
very gateway and the hearty welcome
every stranger is accorded .by these big
hearted people was uttered before our
name or mission was known.
THE FIELD FAMILY.
John Gaven Field Is descended from
English ancestors, who, with propogan
dlst enery and rifle and compass, blazed
their way when the country was new.
One of these ancestors, John Field, was
a noted scientist in his day, and was
knighted for his astronomical discoveries.
Cyrus Field, just dead, and Justice
Stephen D. Field, of the United States
supreme court, are lineal descendants of
the same family as the subject of this
sketch, and so was Gen. Charles W.
Field, who distinguished himself as,a
division commander In the army of
The Virginia family naturally sided
with the colonies in their struggle for in
dependence, and the name figures prom
inently In the record of the conference
held at Williamsburg to protest against
the oppression of the mother country.
In both the war of 1812 and in the
Mexican war of '45, the family of Fields
contributed its quota of distinguished
.soldiers, and in the civil war three mem
bers of the family were slain in combat,
and two others were maimed by wounds.
NOT A GENERAL."
"I see the newspapers are beginning to
call me general," remarked Mr. Field,
laughingly.' "That la a misnomer; I
never attained to a greater rank than
major, and in that capacity was attached
to Gen. A. P. Hill's staff during the
"How did I lose my leg?
"Well, quite naturally, like many an
other soldier, I left it at Slaughter Moun
tain, or, as the FederaU call It, 'Cedar
"A. P. Hill's light division had a sharp
combat there just prior to the second
battle of Manassas, and the Federal ar
tillery was sweeping off everything above
the soldiers' heads. I was mounted, and
a piece of shell plowed Its way through
my horse's shoulder, cut my stirrup
leathers, and crushed my leg below the
knee. An amputation followed, and
that's the whole story."
GOVERNOR KEMPER SEEKS HIM OUT.
Mr. Field has never been a politician
in the sense of seeking preferment He
returned to his law office at Culpepper
after the war and took an active part In
the politics of khia county and state, act
ing always with the Democratic party.
In 1877 Governor Kemper selected him
to fill the unexpired term as attorney
general, and he was afterwards a candi
date for this office, and was elected on
the ticket that made Holllday, Democrat,
the governor; beyond this Mr. Field has
sought no office, but has seemed to prefer
the quiet and contentment of his home
HOW HE FARMS.
"My lands are fine, as you see, and
they are most interesting to look upon,
but I find that farming does not pay,"
remarked Mr. Field. "I take some in
terest in stock, of course. I have a pretty
flock of Shropshire sheep, black faces,
and my cattle are Holsteln and Short
HE 18 A HUNTER AND FISHERMAN.
"Do Hike the sports? Look at my
dogs, pointers, setters and the like.
"I am fond of hunting and the rod both.
I have killed a great many deer and tur
key In the mountains in my day, and I
manage to get my quota of birds now
whenever I go gunning."
A CHARMING FAMILY.
A brown-eyed lad of seven or nine
years is the eldest of three boys, the fruit
of Mr. Field's second union. Three cb.ll
dren by his first wife are living, and are
the pride of their father. The eldest son
Is a promising young attorney of Denver,
associated with the firm of which Sen
ator Wolcott Is the senior partner. A
second son, an accomplished young
gentleman, Is an assistant paymaster In
the navy, and was attached recently to
the Swatara. The only daughter Is the
wife of the principal of Roanoke College,
MI AM A BAPTIST."
Mr. Field Is a prominent member of
the Baptist denomination, and takes
quite an active part In church affairs.
He Is the president of the Virginia Gen
eral Association of Baptists at this time,
and has been for several years past.
HIS IDEA OF PARTIES.
"Located as I am," he remarked, "with
MontIcello,'the home of Jefferson, on one
side of me, and Montpeller, the estate of
Madison, on the other, I have, from the
very nature of my surroundings, as well
as from choice, affiliated with the Demo
cratic party, but my Idea is that the De
mocracy has outlived Its usefulness. So
It is with the Repullcans. The caucus
has taken possession of their representa
tives in congress, and the two parties
have surrendered whatever of principles
they once claimed to represent. The
war has been ended a quarter of a cen
tury, and yet we find these old party
commanders fighting their battles over
again as vigorously as ever and crimina
tion and recrimination Is the order In
stead of fraternity and good wllL I see
in the birth of the new party the dawn of
a new and brighter era for both sections
a tangible something that means some
thing more substantial than platitudes
"1 have never been an Alliance man
because my occupation as a lawyer
barred my admission into that order, but
I have been in touch with them as a
farmer, and I believe I was among the
first who sympathized with them and ad
vised them to organize Into a party and
demand their rights. Without organiza
tion they could accomplish nothing."
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