Stephen V. Southall

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S. V. Southall (University of Virginia Visual History Collection)

Stephen Valentine Southall (April 27, 1830 – March 20, 1913), third son of V. W. Southall, was born in Charlottesville, and in 1852 began to practice law in Lynchburg, Va. The next year he move to Charlottesville and became his father’s partner. For many years president of Miller Board at University of Virginia, also president for several years of Bank of Albemarle. Served one term as alderman of Charlottesville's town council (1872-1873) - preceded by R. F. Harris; succeeded by R. F. Harris.

In 1866, Southall married Miss Emily Gordon Voss of Rappahannock county and had four children. Brother-in-law to Colonel Charles S. Venable of Lee's staff and University of Virginia professor.

Southall owned the stately residence on Park Street, originally built about 1848 by Miss Betsy Coles, which in 1865 became General Sheridan’s headquarters while he occupied the town. In 1875, Southall came into possession of the property, and in 1880 made an extensive addition.

Stephen Valentine Southall died in Lynchburg, Va.

Brief Bio

Born in Charlottesville, Va., Democrat. Lawyer; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1876; delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Virginia, 1896. Died in Lynchburg, Va. (age 82 years, 327 days).

Sketch of the Dead

64 SKETCHES OF THE DEAD CAPTAIN STEPHEN VALENTINE SOUTHALL. BY R. T. W. DUKE, JR. Taken directly from the Memorial History of the John Bowie Strange Camp, United Confederate Veterans (1920), page 64

Stephen Valentine Southall was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 27th, 1830, and died on November 20th, 1913. He was a son of the distinguished lawyer Valentine Wood Southall of Charlottesville, Virginia, whose mother was a niece of Patrick Henry. Mr. Southall attended the University in the sessions of '47, '48, '49 and '50, read law in the office of his father, and commenced the practice of his profession in Lynchburg, Virginia, but remained there only a short while, returning to his native city, where for a long period of years he was one ofthe most prominent members of the distinguished Albemarle Bar.

At the beginning of the Civil War he entered the Confederate service and was commissioned Captain at the reorganization of the army in May, 1862. He served as Adjutant in Long's Artillery, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, and surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox Court House on the 9th of April, 1865.

After the war he returned to Charlottesville and entered into partnership with the distinguished lawyer and jurist, William J. Robertson, and on Judge Robertson's retiring from active practice, Mr. Southall continued to practice alone. He was a lawyer of great ability, a powerful advocate before juries, and a refined and cultivated gentleman of the highest integrity and personal worth. He served one term in the legislature after the reorganization of the State government, and whilst taking an active part in politics and in all civic matters, was never again a candidate for any political office. He married Miss Emily Voss and left surviving him S. V. Southall, Jr., a prominent attorney of Emporia, Miss Mary Southall and Mrs. Emily Dunn, wife of Reverend Joseph Dunn, of Lynchburg, Virginia. One daughter, Mrs. Dollie Waters, predeceased her father, leaving one child.

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