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[258] and his equestrian statue, with ardent sympathizers all over the land he loved so well and for which he laid down his life, I approach the discharge of the trust you have confided me—for trust I regard it —with unfeigned diffidence in my capacity to discharge it.

I feel assured I shall escape the charge of affecting a modesty not truthfully and sincerely felt, when I say, for reasons too obvious to be mentioned, that I would have preferred the selection of one more intimate with his personal and private life, and more nearly connected with him in his military operations; but while yielding to many I could name in this regard, I could to none in my love and admiration for his civic and public virtues—a love and admiration which has been quickened and intensified with the brief study and examination I have made since I received the invitation of your chairman, and my old friend and comrade in arms, Judge Rogers, to be with you on this occasion. I beg further, by way of preface, in treating of the typical soldier of the Tennessee Army, to say I am largely indebted for facts, circumstances and history embodied in the address to two persons holding the closest and most intimate relations with General Johnston during his entire life—I mean ex-President Davis, and his son and truthful biographer, Colonel Wm. Preston Johnston. It has been thought, and perhaps said, by some that the natural filial affection borne by his biographer for the subject of which he treated would in a measure disqualify him for the discharge of this duty faithfully. But it must be remembered that if the biographer inherited the capacity to love, honor and reverence his great subject, he at the same time inherited that fidelity to truth, that love of justice, that lofty sense of honor, which was the legitimate inheritance of such a son from such a sire. I may be permitted to say to the young men of Louisiana, who are before me to-day, as I said to my own son, when I placed this biography in his hand, and bade him read and study it, that it presents a portraiture of civic virtues and public honor that all may take pattern after.

Albert Sidney Johnston was born on the 2d of February, 1803, in the village of Washington, Mason county, Ky. He was the youngest son of Dr. Johnston, a physician, and one of the early settlers of that town. After the loss of his first wife, Dr. Johnston married Abigail Harris, the daughter of Edward Harris, who was an old citizen and a soldier of the war of the revolution. From this marriage sprang six children—three daughters and three sons—of whom Albert Sidney Johnston, the subject of this address, was the youngest son. General Johnston inherited from his father that solid judgment,

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