Hon. Henry W. Flournoy
was the orator of the evening and made a splendid speech, which was well punctuated with applause.
spoke for about fifteen minutes, dealing almost entirely with the life and character of General Lee
He laid great stress upon the fact that General Lee
was the only man of the century whose name is not now reproached by his bitterest enemy.
In speaking of the new South
he said that all of it that is good is an inheritance from the old South
There is no new South
worth the name, he declared, for the new South
of to-day, as it is called, is but the old South
under changed conditions.
It is a fact, he continued, that when George Washington
retired from the presidency of the United States
thirteen men under the leadership of Andrew Jackson
refused to vote for resolutions of respect and eulogy upon the man who when he died was styled ‘The Father of his Country.’
So stainless and so completely above all controversy was the life of Robert Lee
, that when he issued his farewell address to his surrendered army the hearts of his soldiers and his people were more united in devotion to him than when he led the columns of his incomparable army to victory.