Southern Historical Society Papers.
VI. Richmond, Va., December, 1878. no. 6.
Annual meeting of Southern Historical Society, October 28th and 29th, 1878.
In the absence of Hon. J. S. C. Blackburn
, of Kentucky
, who had been prevented by unforseen engagements from fulfilling his promise to deliver our annual address, the Society was very fortunate in securing the services of Rev. Dr. J. L. Burrows
, of Louisville, Kentucky
, a resident of Richmond
during the war.
The hall of the House of Delegates was crowded with fair women and brave men, and scattered through the audience were some of our most prominent Confederates.
The President of the Society, General J. A. Early
After an appropriate prayer by Rev. Dr. Tupper
, General Early
, in a few well-chosen words, introduced Dr. Burrows
to the audience.
With a facecious statement of the circumstances under which he had consented to take the place of the distinguished orator (Hon. J. S. C. Blackburn
), Dr. Burrows
introduced his theme--“evacuation day in Richmond
--” by saying:
But I may be permitted to add to these preliminary remarks that