The older readers of HARPER�S MAGAZINE recall with
peculiar pleasure the papers of �Porte Crayon� about thir-
ty years ago�sketches of Virginian life written with de-
lightful humor and brilliantly illustrated. They were the
work of DAVID HUNTER STROTHER, who was born in Mar-
tinsburg, Virginia, seventy-two years ago, and died at
Charleston, in the same neighborhood, on the 8th of
March.x He was educated at schools in Virginia and in
Philadelphia, and early showed a strong inclination for
painting, which he studied with S. F. B. MORSE, the in-
ventor of the electric telegraph. In 1840 he made the
European tour, and upon his return devoted himself to lit-
erature and art, his chief productions being his illustrated
contributions to HARPER.
During the war General STROTHER and his father were
among the few conspicuous Virginians who remained stead-
fastly devoted to the Union. He served throughout the
contest, first upon the staff of General PATTERSON, the
under Generals BANKS, KEARNY, POPE, and MCCLELLAN.
Finally he was chief of staff to General HUNTER, and was
obliged to resign in 1864 on account of ill health, having
been brevetted Brigadier-General for meritorious service.
His military career was characteristic of the man. His con-
victions were strong, and his sense of duty clear. He was
not content to wish well to the cause which he held to be
just, and his active devotion to it involved sacrifices which
only a citizen of a Southern State could know.
After the war General STROTHER served upon the staff of
Governor PIERPONT, of Virginia, where he remained for seven
years. His �Porte Crayon� sketches are interesting as vivid
pictures of aspects of a local life which has now become
largely legendary. At the time of their publication they
shared the popularity of ABBOTT�S illustrated Life of Napo-
leon, which was read with great and general interest and
1888. Harper�s Weekly.