Resolutions of the Southern Historioal Society.
Various organizations of Confederate veterans in Maryland
and the Southern States
attested their regard for General Early
in expressive memorials which were duly published throughout our country.
He was the devoted President
of the Southern Historical Society from the time of its effective reorganization at the White Sulphur Springs
, August 15, 1873, and to his influence, his voice, and his pen was its perpetuity due as perhaps scarcely to any other.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Society, held March 9, 1894, the following resolutions were adopted:
, That in the death of General Early
it is felt that Virginia
has never sustained the loss of a truer son. In the maintenance of what he deemed his political rights he was ever consistent and persistent from his entrance on the threshold of manhood.
In the war with Mexico
he made a noble record.
With comprehensive patriotism, no one in the momentous Virginia Convention of 1860-‘61 pleaded more affectionately for the Union
of his fathers than he; yet the tie of Virginia
having been burst asunder, no one exemplified the truth and justice of her cause and of that of the South
more unflinchingly or with more heroic devotion.
He was a hero among grand examplars.
His utterances were the conviction of his faith.
His instincts were generous.
His heart was impressive to the wants of the unfortunate.
His bearing was ever chivalric, and none questioned his sincerity or his honor.
His life is historic and his memory will live.
As the Executive
of this Society from its vital reorganization in 1873, its continuance is essentially indebted to his interest and influence.
, The Society would express its profound sympathy with the family of General Early
in their afflictive loss.
[From the Richmond, Va.
, May 31, 1894.]