Nobility of nature, like genius, must be born with the man, or he can never attain it by education and association. In the humblest ranks of life some men are born noblemen, whilst in the most polished, refined society there are others born with scarcely a single virtue. To be brave, honorable, magnanimous and patriotic, the man must be so by nature. These high qualities are what no art can acquire, nor education give. How often do we find the rarest virtues, as well as the rarest genius, in the humblest ranks of society. Shakespeare, Burns, Franklin and innumerable others, who have cast a halo of glory around their names, are happy illustrations of the latter assertion.
Colonel Benjamin Roebuck, the subject of this biographical sketch, was an instance of an humble and uneducated man, possessing all the great virtues which can adorn the human character. He was brave amongst the brave, patriotic, magnanimous, amiable and honorable. He was the beau ideal of a soldier and gentleman with his companions in arms. He inspired them with respect and admiration on all occasions and under all circumstances. They had implicit confidence in his courage, prudence and justice. He was modest, unselfish and unambitious. He sought only to serve his country and defend her independence and liberty. This was his sole ambition, and he discharged every duty of his life with honor and integrity. He sought no popularity or official position. When the latter was given him, and he thought he could discharge its duties to the interest of his country, he did not refuse it. He shrank from no danger or responsibility in the discharge of his duty. He fought through the whole of