(1828–83), Virginia journalist, lecturer, and author of humorous local-color sketches. He edited the Southern Literary Messenger (1860–64), but is best remembered for his sketches of antebellum Virginia, with their sentimental picture of a past era, enlivened by a realistic homely humor. The Old Virginia Gentleman (1877) and Jud Browning's Account of Rubenstein's Playing are among his best sketches. T.N. Page published a selected edition (1910).
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.