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Editorial Paragraphs.


A Louisiana Branch of the Southern Historical Society was organized at New Orleans on the 29th of March by a meeting called by about one hundred prominent Confederates of the city, and of which General F. N. Ogden as President, and Colonel F. R. Southmayd was Secretary. After a statement of the plans, objects, &c., of the Society by General George D. Johnston, our efficient General Agent, the following plan of organization was adopted:

This society shall be known as the Louisiana Branch of the Southern Historical Society, and its object is to collect for the archives of the parent society such historical material relating to the Confederate war as can be secured in the State of Louisiana.

It shall be located at New Orleans, and shall hold meetings at least once each year.

Membership in the parent society shall entitle the person to membership in this society.

The officers shall consist of a president, eight vice-presidents, a corresponding secretary, a recording secretary, a treasurer and an executive committee, who shall hold their offices for one year, or until their successors are elected.

The executive committee shall consist of sixteen members, with power to increase its number, and five of its members shall constitute a quorum.

The officers of this society shall be ex-offcio members of the executive committee.

The executive committee is charged with the general direction and management of the interest and work of this society; has authority to adopt rules for its own government (not inconsistent with this plan), and shall at the annual meeting submit a report of its proceedings to the society.

The president shall have authority to call meetings of this society whenever it is thought best.

The following officers were elected.

President, Rev. B. M. Palmer, D. D.; Vice-Presidents, General Fred. N. Ogden, General G. T. Beauregard, General J. B. Hood, Governor Francis T. Nicholls, Colonel A. Reichart, Major J. B. Richardson, General Brent, Major J. Moncure; Corresponding Secretary, J. Jones, M. D.; Recording Secretary, F. R. Southmayd; Treasurer, J. B. Lafitte.

Executive Committee--Dr. J. D. Burns, chairman, J. D. Hill, B. J. Sage, W. T. Vaudry, C. E. Fenner, E. A. Palfrey, B. M. Harrod, W. Fearn, J. G. Devereux, L. Bush, J. B. Walton, L. A. Wiltz, Douglas West, N. T. N. Robinson, J. B. Eustis, Archie Mitchell.

The following resolution was adopted:

Resolved, That we heartily welcome General George D. Johnston, the General Agent of the parent society, to New Orleans. and will cheerfully co-operate in assisting him to extend the membership of the society in our midst, and otherwise, as may contribute to the success of his important mission.

We cordially thank our friends for the heartiness with which they have taken hold of this matter, and we anticipate the happiest results from their action. As the Southern Historical Society originated in New Orleans, and [254] many of the gentlemen prominent in the recent meeting were its original founders (as we showed in our last annual report), it is especially appropriate that we should Still have their active co-operation in pushing foward our good work.


Fourteen years ago to-day (April the 9th) seven thousand five hundred ragged, starved, foot sore, weary, but heroic men, with arms in their hands, gathered around our grand old Chief and wept bitter tears as he told them that he was “compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.” They stacked their arms, furled forever their tattered battle flags, and returned home, not to sit in idleness around desolated hearthstones to mourn over blighted hopes, but to go to work with an energy worthy of their glorious record. That these men and those whom they represented have been law abiding citizens — that they have observed to the letter the terms of their parole — that they have deserved confidence and honor from all sections of the country — is a historic fact too patent to need discussion.

The South has honored the Confederate soldier to an extent that has excited the ire of Radical politicians. Our Governors, our Judges, our Legislators, our State and county officers, our Senators and Congressmen, the professors in our colleges, our leading business men, our prominent professional men, our preachers under forty-five years of age — in a word, nearly all of the men occupying positions of honor, emolument or trust which have been filled by the voice of the true people of the South, have been men who “wore the gray,” proved true to the land they loved, and have not abandoned their principles since the war. This has resulted not simply from the fact that there is a general feeling that we owe a debt of gratitude to these men which we can never pay, but also for the very obvious reason that when we select our best men we must choose Confederate soldiers.

Nor should the people of the North complain of this. If they choose to neglect their soldiers, and fill their places of honor with men who were “invisible in war,” and are proving themselves “invincible in peace,” that is their affair, but they must not expect us to follow their example. We trust the day will never come when our Southern people shall forget to honor the Confederate soldier — when our women shall cease to deck their graves with flowers and teach their children to cherish the memory of those who “died for us,” or when the voters of the South shall neglect to put the survivors into the high places within their gift.

But while we are doing this, we should not forget that it is of the very highest moment, that we gather the material for a true history of the principles, the deeds and the character of the Confederate soldier. The Southern Historical Society is engaged in just this work, and we think we have a claim on the sympathies and the active help of every Confederate soldier, and all who desire to see vindicated at the bar of history his name and his fame.


The Lee Mausoleum at Lexington, Virginia, is being rapidly pushed to completion. The executive committee announced in their report the 29th [255] of November last that they had received in all $21,140.95--that they had paid in lull for the recumbent figure of Lee $15,000, and on the mausoleum to receive it $2,844.67, leaving a balance in the treasury of $3,296.28, and a deficiency of $6,183.05 to raise in order to complete the mausoleum.

A recent Lexington paper states that only $2,000 are now needed. Surely the needed amount ought to be at once raised in order that at least one fitting monument to our grand old chieftain may be completed. Valentine's monument is one of the most splendid creations of genius in this country, and when the beautiful mausoleum designed by Neilson of Baltimore is completed, the tomb of Lee will be fitly decorated and appropriately cared for.

Let the old soldiers of Lee, and his friends and admirers everywhere, rally at once, raise the small amount necessary to complete this beautiful monument, and then combine on the grand monument in Richmond, which we are pledged to build.

We are authorized to receive subscriptions, and would be glad to be the medium of sending to Lexington a good part of what remains to be collected.

Send on at once, then, a contribution (large or small) for this noble object.


The Second reunion of the Louisiana division army of Tennessee was held in New Orleans on the 5th of April, and seems to have been quite a brilliant affair. We are glad to hear of all such reunions, and hope that they will keep alive the memories of the brave old days of 61-65. But we again urge that at these “gatherings of the clans” arrangements ought to be made to put on record the heroic deeds of the men who “wore the gray.”

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