Grave Matters: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
Now part of Gainsway Farm|
Photos by Liz Martiniak. © Liz Martiniak 2002; all rights reserved.
|Traveller's grave, located at the base of the chapel on the Washington and Lee University campus.
|"And now at last,
Comes Traveller and his master. Look at them well.
The horse is an iron-grey, sixteen hands high,
Short back, deep chest, strong haunch, flat legs, small head,
Delicate ear, quick eye, black mane and tail,
Wise brain, obedient mouth.
Such horses are
The jewels of the horseman's hands and thighs,
They go by the word and hardly need the rein.
They bred such horses in Virginia then,
Horses that were remembered after death
And buried not so far from Christian ground
That if their sleeping riders should arise
They could not witch them from the earth again
And ride a printless course along the grass
With the old manage and light ease of hand."
--A passage from Army of Northern Virginia by
Stephen Vincent Benet