His Generals and his armies.
To the leadership of his soldiers whom did he delegate?
If some Messioner could throw upon the canvas Jefferson Davis
in the midst of those chiefs whom he created, what grander knighthood could history assemble?
Robert E. Lee
, Albert Sidney Johnston
, Joseph E. Johnston
, G. T. Beauregard
, Samuel Cooper
, and Braxton Bragg
were generals of the full rank.
, D. H. Hill
, A. P. Hill
, Richard Taylor
, R. H. Anderson
, Kirby Smith
, Hampton, S. D. Lee
, A. P. Stewart
, and Gordon
were their lieutenants.
, brigadiers and field officers, cavalry leaders, artillerists, and infantry commanders who became world renowned,
throng upon the memory.
The names of Stuart
, and their compeers spring from the full heart to the lip. Would that time permitted me to call that brilliant roll of the living and the dead; but why need the voice pronounce what all would speak?
Men judge Napoleon
by his marshals; judge Jefferson Davis
and his chosen chieftains, and the plea of words seems weak indeed by the side of Men and Deeds.
Troop behind them those armies of ‘tattered uniforms and bright musket’—but no, it is beyond the reach of either brush or chisel to redeem to the imagination such men, such scenes, as shine in their twenty-two hundred combats and battles.
Not until some new-born Homer
shall touch the harp can mankind be penetrated by a sense of their heroic deeds, and then alone in the grand majestic minstrelsy of epic song.