Alexander Spotswood's Transmontane Expedition

Extracted From A History Of Orange County Virginia, by W. W. Scott
(Richmond: Everett Waddey Co., 1907), 103

The Virginians Of The Valley.
Sic Juvat

The knightliest of the knightly race,
Who, since the days of old,
Have kept the lamps of chivalry
A light in hearts of gold.
The kindliest of the kindly band
Who rarely hated ease,
Yet rode with Spotswood 'round the land
And Raleigh 'round the seas!

Who climbed the blue Virginia hills
Amid embattled foes,
And planted there, in Valleys fair,
The lily and the rose;
Whose fragrance lives in many lands,
Whose beauty stars the earth,
And lights the hearts of many homes
With loveliness and worth.

We thought they slept! These sons who kept
The names of noble sires,
And slumbered while the darkness crept
Around their Virgin fires!
But still the Golden Horseshoe Knights
Their Old Dominion keep,
Their foes have found enchanted ground
But not a Knight sleep.

The above poem, written by Ticknor, of Georgia, about 1861, seems an appropriate introduction to the Journal, as copied from the "Memoirs of a Huguenot Family."

Exploration, Settlement and Conflict (1600-1799)