caused the minds of not a few to revert to appeals by Rienzi and Demosthenes. However much I admired the heroism of the sentiment expressed, yet in his general views or policy to be pursued in the then situation I could not concur. I doubt not that all—the President, the Cabinet and Congress—did the very best they could, from their own convictions of what was best to be done at the time.In the same volume, on page 657, Mr. Stephens speaks of me as a man ‘of very strong convictions and great earnestness of purpose.’ In a conversation had during the summer of 1863, which was reduced to writing at the time, Mr. Stephens said: ‘The hardships growing out of our military arrangements are not the fault of the President; * * * they are due to his subordinates.’ In October of the same year, (‘Life of A. H. Stephens,’ by Johnson & Browne, pages 445-47,) he wrote to a friend who had asked what would be his probable course in the event of the death of myself, as follows: ‘I should regard the death of the President as the greatest possible public calamity. What I should do I know not.: A large number of prominent and active men in the country * * would distrust my ability to conduct affairs successfully. They have now, and would have, no confidence in my judgment or capacity for the position that such an untimely misfortune would cast upon me.’ These passages (and others might be selected from the writings of Mr. Stephens since the war) bear voluntary and involuntary testimony to my character and motives, and more than answer the complaints contained in the letter to Mr. H. V. Johnson, and in the canvass just preceding his death. Mr. Stephens said that the only difference between us during the war was as to the policy of shipping the cotton crop of 1861 to Europe. That criticism, when made by another, was fully answered by Mr. Trenholm and Mr. Memminger, the two secretaries of the Confederate States treasury, in which they very clearly showed that the cotton crop of 1861 had been mainly exported before the Confederate government was formed, and that if reference was made to any later crop, the Confederacy had no ships in which to export it, and the blockade prevented, to a great extent, foreign ships from taking the cotton out. The ‘secret message,’ which is printed in this ‘historical statement,’ was communicated to the Confederate States Congress, and
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Annual reunion of Pegram Battalion Association in the Hall of House of Delegates , Richmond, Va. , May 21st , 1886 .
Presentation of Colonel Pegram 's sabre.
Extracts from the diary of Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Pressley , of the Twenty-Fifth South Carolina Volunteers .
Ceremonies connected with the unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee , at Lee circle, New Orleans, Louisiana , February 22 , 1884 .
Oration by Hon. Chas. E. Fenner .
First Maryland campaign.
Died for their State.
Report of the conduct of General George H. Steuart 's brigade from the 5th to the 12th of May , 1864 , inclusive.
Virginia 's preparation for the war.
Report of the Adjutant-General of the State .
Address before the Virginia division of Army of Northern Virginia , at their reunion on the evening of October 21 , 1886 .
Address of Colonel Edward McCrady , Jr.
Address of Bishop Joseph P. B. Wilmer , of Louisiana , on the demise of General Robert E. Lee , delivered at University place , Sewanee, Tennessee , October , 1870 .
President Davis in reply to General Sherman .
The letter of Mr. Davis .
The battle of Chancellorsville .
Fortification and siege of Port Hudson —Compiled by the Association of defenders of Port Hudson ; M. J. Smith , President ; James Freret , Secretary .
The position and occupation.
Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall J. Smith 's report of the Bat-Tle at Port Hudson on the night of March 14th , 1863 .
Official report of Colonel J. G. W. Steedman , First Regi-Ment Alabama Volunteers .
Roster of Confederate forces engaged in the defence of Port Hudson , May 21st to July 8 , 1863 .
River Batteries — Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall J. Smith commanding right wing in front of the village of Port Hudson .
An address of the chaplains of the Second corps ( Stonewall Jackson 's), Army of Northern Virginia , to the churches of the Confederate States .
The Maryland Confederate monument at Gettysburg .
General Johnson 's address.
A visit to Beauvoir — President Davis and family at home.
Two addresses of President Davis to the soldiers of the Confederacy .
Beast Butler outlawed.
General Stuart 's expedition into Pennsylvania .
Address of honorable B. H. Hill before the Georgia branch of the Southern Historical Society at Atlanta , February 18th , 1874 .
Address delivered by Governor Z. B. Vance , of North Carolina , before the Southern Historical Society , at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia , August 18th . 1875 .
The campaign from the Wilderness to Petersburg —Address of Colonel C. S Venable (formerly of General R. E. Lee 's staff), of the University of Virginia , before the Virginia division f the Army of Northern Virginia , at their annual meeting, held in the Virginia State Capitol , at Richmond , Thursday evening , October 30th , 1873 .
Campaign of 1864 and 1865 .
Narrative of Major-General C. W. Field .
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