,—In performing the duty assigned to me by your committee, it may perhaps be expected that I should direct attention to something directly or remotely connected with Morgan
's command, but about these matters I prefer to talk to you in the camp rather than to write about them.
I feel the more strongly justified in what I am about to state by a belief that in any meeting of Confederate soldiers incidents not hitherto made public in the life of that great leader of armies, General Lee
, will be found of interest; and quite recently I have received information from two different and independent sources of certain facts in the life of General Lee
which I believe have not been made public, and yet which reflect such honor upon his life and character that I have thought well, in this humble way, to preserve them.
One of the distinguished gentlemen from whom my information is derived has agreed to verify my statement over his own signature for the purpose of laying it before you. To obtain that statement in writing from him, and to give it an historic form by thus laying it before you, has principally determined the form of this address.
The two gentlemen to whom I allude are Colonel Thomas Ludwell Alexander
, recently deceased, and Hon. Charles Anderson
, exGov-ernor of Ohio
, now living near Princeton, Kentucky
A few weeks ago, sitting in the office of General John Echols
, in Louisville
, Governor Anderson
came in. General Echols
held in hand the closing portions of the address by John W. Daniel
at the unveiling of the Lee
monument at Lexington, Virginia
While General Echols
was reading and commenting upon portions of this splendid address, Governor Anderson
interrupted him with the remark that no Confederate soldier or officer could entertain a higher or more reverent regard for the character of General Robert E. Lee
than he did; that from the days of Miltiades
to the present time he believed no character in history had proved so exalted devotion to duty as General Lee
had done, at the sacrifice of personal ambition and personal inclinations; which statement he said he could verify by reference to one incident in the life of Lee
, which he had in part witnessed and in part received from an unquestionable authority.
I asked him to relate the incident to which he referred, which he