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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Pegram battalion Association. (search)
g Sunday they may worship and listen to the words of heavenly wisdom (to prepare them for their final march and eternal encampment) speak aloud the fact that we have not forgotten to remember them, nor will our children after us. My comrades! this is not a roll of the living but of the dead. It is not the only roll of honor. There is another, of mingled staff, infantry, cavalry and artillery, of officers and privates. Upon this may be found the names of Lee, Jackson and Stuart, of Sydney Johnson, Zollicoffer and Forrest (names we have honored), and some of whose memories we almost worship. Neither of these rolls are yet complete. As the years glide by other names will be added. Sooner or later you and I must appear before the one or the other. It may not be a pleasant thought, but it is a fact in the future, which should remind us so to live, that when we are enrolled our comrades will not be ashamed of our companionship. And there may be a third roll of honor of which I
e appointed, Matthew F. Maury Secretary of the Navy. It would have given us "respectability abroad and security and confidence at home," as Henry Clay said of the treaty of peace with England after the war of 1812. At Columbus, Miss., I was glad to see that Col. Hunt was a working man, establishing armories, factories, &c. To be independent, we must make all we want. We must supply material, and create sources and means of supply. I don't mean to quarrel with our President. He is much criticised out here. I try to smooth over matters by reminding others that he is mortal like us all, and erring like the best, and, with or without him, we cannot fail in the end. Sydney Johnson's undeserved censure should be warning enough. Jeff. Davis has patriotism, courage, piety and sense, and everything at stake — life, liberty, honor, home, and country. I cannot believe him weak, and will not believe him cowardly or faithless, and I am as sure of triumph as that the sun shines. L.