Dr. Rawley W. Martin Dead

After illness of ten days prominent man passes at Lynchburg

From the Danville Register, Danville, Virginia, April 22, 1912

Portrait of Rawley Martin in the Pittsylvania County Courthouse

A telephone message received after midnight this morning from Lynchburg announced the death at his home in that city of Dr. Rawley W. Martin, one of the best known physicians in Virginia. Dr. Martin succumbed last night to an illness of pneumonia, aged 76 years. For several days his condition had been very grave and small hope was entertained of his recovery, owing to his age and his dangerous illness.

Dr. Martin was one of Virginia's most distinguished citizens, both in war and in peace. He was entitled to bear the distinguished title of Colonel in the Confederate service as well as that of M. D., and both as a soldier and a physician he attained high distinction. At all times, he was revered and honored for his high character and professional ability and consecration. Dr. Martin spent the greater portion of his life at Chatham [see article], in this county, but eight or ten years ago he removed to Lynchburg and there practiced his profession with unusual success. Indeed, he was one of the leading physicians and medical scientists of Virginia and had been honored by appointment to and long service on the State Board of Medical Examiners and in varioius other ways.

Rawley Martin as a Confederate soldier

As a soldier, Colonel Martin saw service during practically the whole of the war and during a portion of the struggle commanded an infantry regiment with gallantry and distinction, winning his rank on his merits. He was greatly esteemed by his comrades-in-arms, both during the struggle and ever since those fateful days. Since the war, though a very busy man, he was always responsive to every call from his old comrades and was active in all Confederate matters. One of Dr. Martin's last public appearances was in this city at a reunion of Confederate veterans on April 9th, Surrender Day, when he made a felicitous and feeling address to about 150 of the grizzled survivors of the thin gray line that won immortality of fame in the '60's.

The greeting accorded him by his old comrades and friends on that occasion was very touching, though few if any anticipated then that the eloquent tongue would so soon be stilled and the great heart would have ceased to throb in sympathy and love for his old comrades.

Dr. Martin was a Virginian of the best type and exemplified in his life the best traditions of Virginia chivalry. He will long live in hearts he leaves behind.

The deceased is survived by his wife and by four sons and two daughters, all of whom are well known in this city.

No arrangements for the funeral have yet been announced.


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