LLEWELLYN G. HOXTON
No. 1893. WEST POINT CLASS OF MAY, 1861
Died, February 12, 1891, near Alexandria, Va., aged 53
LLEWELLYN HOXTON, eldest child of William Wilmer Hoxton,
M. D., and Eliza Llewellyn (Griffith) his wife, was born in
Alexandria, Va., June 18th, 1838. His father had been a medical
officer in the army, but had resigned and for many years
previous to his death, in I855, was a leading practitioner of Alexandria.
His mother, whose death preceded her husband by
eighteen months, was a grand-daughter of the Rev. Dr. David
Griffith, sometime chaplain and surgeon in the revolutionary
army. He was afterward rector of Christ Church, Alexandria,
and the pastor and friend of Washington. Elected in 1786 first
Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, he could never command the
funds necessary to go to England for consecration, and finally resigned
the position to which he had been chosen. He died in
Philadelphia in I790.|
Young Hoxton's entire preliminary education was in Alexandria.
The excellent dame school of Mrs. Whiting-where
ex-Governor Lee, the Rev. W. F. Gardner, the late Dr. R. C.
Powell and many others well known in the community were
with him-was his first. He was afterwards taught by the Rev.
Messrs. Heaton and Knighton, and lastly by Caleb Hallowell,
still so well remembered as an instructor. From the death of
their father, he and his brothers and sisters resided with their
great aunt, Miss Sally Griffith, who survived until 1864. They
were wards of the late Dr. Benjamin King, of Maryland. With
this faithful guardian and friend-who was also a personal friend
of President Pierce-young Hoxton called upon that gentleman
and solicited one of the appointments at large to West Point.
The reception was kind, though the reply was by no means encouraging.
Subsequently, however, the coveted appointment
was made and there is reason to suppose the personal application
not without effect. The look of disappointment with which
the president's first answer was received at any rate made an
impression, for he told Dr. King that "that boy's face haunted"
him. Soon after his appointment, the young cadet-elect on two
occasions met the president in private, and he always recalled
gratefully the gracious courtesy of his manner.
Among the changes introduced by the late Jefferson Davis
when Secretary of War, was the extension of the course at West
Point from four to five years. The second class to have this
extended course-and, as it turned out, the last-was that which
entered the Academy in I856, and of this class, in the month of
June, Llewellyn Hoxton, when just eighteen, became a member.
His career as a cadet was marked by the same fidelity to duty
which was the characteristic of his after life, a fact of which,
were other evidence wanting, his standing would afford satisfactory
evidence. Until his fourth year there were indications that
he would at the least be second or third, but a month's incapacitation
for work by sickness then depressed him as much as four
places, so that he graduated sixth in'a class of fifty, in May, 1861.
The War of Secession was already begun, and, as might
have been expected, there was little hesitation on his part as to
which side to espouse. Resigning his commission in the old
army, he accepted service at once under the Confederacy, and
was for a time engaged as an artillery drill-master among the
troops near Fredericksburg. In July, however, he left Virginia
for duty elsewhere. Of his faithful and gallant service in the
western army it is not possible here to give even an outline. For
two years he was chief of artillery of Hardee's corps, and in one
important engagement-that at Franklin, Tenn.,-he commanded
all the guns opposed to General Schofield. In this memorable
campaign he at one time remained on horseback with very
slight intermission as much as forty-eight hours. He was with
the troops who surrendered with General J. E. Johnston, in April,
1865, and immediately returned to Virginia, making his home
temporarily with his sister, the wife of Rev. (now Bishop) A. M.
Randolph, at that time rector of a church in Halifax.
In the following autumn he became engaged as instructor in
mathematics in the school of Captain Chiffelle, at Catonsville,
Md., where he remained until February, 1867. From then until
the next September-the only time in his adult life-he was without
definite employment. Then he accepted as position as assistant
in the school of Dr. MIerillat, at Govanstown, Md., where
he remained three years. On the I4th of October, 1868, he was
married to Miss Fannie Robinson, of Jefferson County, W. Va.
In August, 1870, Mr. Blackford', who had just assumed charge
of the Episcopal High School, advertised for a mathematical
master, and he wrote to inquire about the place. The result
was a meeting of the two at the school and the commencement
of a connection with it on his part which terminated only with
his life. From the beginning he always presided in the school
room and was second in general control, discharging the duties
of principal, on occasion; but it was only in 1886 that, on Mr.
Blackford's earnest invitation, he accepted the title of Associate
Principal and became also in name what in fact he had always
Though less robust during the earlier part of his connection
with the school than afterwards, his regularity at the post of duty
was always remarkable. From all causes combined he lost on
an average during the entire period less than half a day each
session. During the last few years he had enjoyed excellent
health and never better than since last summer. For this and
other reasons the past six months of his life were as happy as
any he ever passed and his cheerfulness had been extraordinary.
Sunday, the 8th ult., was a beautiful day, and at ten that morning
in the seminary chapel he stood sponsor for the infant son of his
colleague, Mr. Kern. An hour or two later he had the happiness
of iitnessing the confirmation of one of his own soils.
Monday evening Mrs. Hoxton entertained some young company
and: his enjoyment of the occasion was keen. A social visit, the
next evening from Bishop Whittle, then lecturing at the seminary,
was spoken of by him as being specially enjoyed. Ash
Wednesday was another lovely day, and after service at church
he walked with Mr. Blackford, who remarked on his fine spirits
and relish of the air and exercise. That afternoon he went over
to the seminary to say good-bye to the young daughter of one
of the prefessors about leaving home for school, and then passed
the evening quietly with his family, not one of whom can recall
the slightest premonition of the awful event of the next morning.
From the Monthly Chronicle (March, 1891) of the Episcopal
High School, near Alexandria, Va.
West Point Annual Reunion, June 12, 1900
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