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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.52 (search)
General Rains or any one attached to his submarine defences during the war or since. If your memory still fails you, there are four well-known officers living who can testify to the exactness of all I have here written, viz: Captains W. H. Parker, J. Pembroke Jones, John M. Brooke, and J. Taylor Wood. I have therefore to request that as an act of simple justice you will answer this letter and correct the mistakes referred to. Very truly and respectfully yours, Hunter Davidson. Beauvoir, Harrison county, Miss., January 25, 1882. Captain Hunter Davidson: Sir—Yours of the 5th December (in duplicate) has been received and opens with a call on me to do you justice. If you were surprised at not finding in my book your name mentioned in connection with torpedoes, I was certainly not less so at your arraignment of me as having done you an injustice by the omission. If you will refer to the preface of the book you will see in the first paragraph the announcement of the pur
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The laying of the corner-stone of the monument to President Jefferson Davis, (search)
Every shaft aimed at Mr. Davis in Congress, at the hustings, or through the press, drew the hearts of the Southern people closer to him. They are a loyal and faithful folk. Their disfranchised leader became their Prometheus, chained to the rock, with the vultures gnawing at his vitals. It is not the least thing for which they love him that his last years were devoted to the vindication of their cause and the deathless story of their achievements. It is sweet to them to think of him at Beauvoir, aged and bent, invalid, and almost blind, pouring out his last energies in defence of their honor. The seductions of power never reached him. He died in the political faith in which he lived, unchanged to the end, standing like a mast where the ship went down. Brave, unconquerable old man! Enshrined in our affections. I question whether any other man ever received the popular demonstrations of affection which attended Mr. Davis. No sovereign in the height of his power ever witness