Biography of Charles L. C. Minor
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Minor, Charles Landon Carter, who was one of the distinguished educators of the state, was born at Edgewood, Hanover county, Virginia, December 3, 1835, son of Lucius H. Minor, Esq., and Catherine Frances (Berkeley) Minor, and grandson of Gen. John Minor, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and his wife, Lucy Landon (Carter) Minor, of Cleve, and of Dr. Carter Berkeley, of Hanover county, Virginia, and his wife, Frances (Page) Berkeley, daughter of Gov. Jchn Page, of Rosewell; he was educated under his father's tuition, attended a private school in Lynchburg, and later entered the University of Virginia, graduated therefronT in 1858 with the degree of Master of Arts, he then became assistant respectively of Dr. William Dinwiddie in Albemarle county. the Rev. Dr. Philips at the Diocesan School, the Virginia Female Institute in Staunton, Virginia, and with Col. Leroy Broun in Albemarle county, Virginia; when the civil war began he entered the Confederate army as a private in Mumford's Second Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and saw active service at Manassas, in the Valley campaign under Stonewall Jackson, and in the battles around Richmond; in 1862, by competitive examination, he was appointed lieutenant and there captain of ordnance, and was assigned to Gen. Sam Jones, then commanding the Department of Southwest Virginia; he followed Gen. Jones to Charleston, South Carolina, when he took command of that department in June, 1864, and some months later was assigned to duty as executive officer at the Richmond Arsenal under Gen. Gorgas, where he remained until the close of the war; after the war he opened a private school at his old home in Hanover county, but soon accepted the presidency of the Maryland Agricultural College; subsequently opened a school in Lynchburg, from which he was elected to a chair in the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, whence he returned to Virginia to accept the presidency of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College just opened at Blacksburg, where he remained for eight years; in 1880 he purchased the Shenandoah Valley Academy at Winchester, Virginia, and in x888 he accepted the charge of St. Paul's School, in Baltimore; he later becaine associate principal with his old friend and kinsman, L. M. Blackford, at the Episcopal high school, near Alexandria, Virginia; in Baltimore, where he spent the last years of his life, he was most successful as a teacher, and he also devoted much time to political and historical subjects, writing for the press mainly of the times of the civil war; he published in pamphlet form "The Real Lincoln," a second and enlarged edition of which, in book form, he was about to publish at the time of his death; in 1874 he received the degree of Doctor of Laws from William and Mary College; he married, in 1860, Frances Ansley Cazenove, daughter of Lewis Casenove, Esq., of Alexandria, Virginia; children: Fannie, who became the wife of the Rev. James F. Plummer, of Washington, D. C., and Anne Cazenove, who became the wife of the Rev. Andrew G. Grinnan, of Weston, West Virginia; Dr. Minor died at the home of his brother-in-law, R. M. Fontaine, Esq., in Albemarle county, Virginia, July 13, 1903.


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume III
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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