General W. H. C. Whiting. [from the times Democrat, June, 1895.] a Chevalier of the lost cause. His incomparable gifts and one Misfortune-were Mr. Davis and General Bragg responsible for his Fatalities?
A recent elaborate and sympathetic article on the career of the late General W. H. C. Whiting, while properly eulogizing the hero of it, may have, unintentionally, done injustice to Hon. Jefferson Davis, as President of the Southern Confederacy, and General Braxton Bragg, who was conspicuous in the same cause. The phenomenal accomplishments of General Whiting are admirably summed up. Few men have been born into the world with such astonishing endowments of body and mind. His personal masculine beauty was a splendid shrine for one of the most brilliant, comprehensive, and versatile intellects. His record at West Point has not yet, I presume, been matched. The late Dr. Greebough, of the navy, who knew him well, declared to me that Whiting not only surpassed all of his military contemporaries in serious or manly accomplishments, but could even beat all the boys of his time playing marbles. He was by parentage a northern man, southern born, however, and, like Byron, his ‘blood was all meridian.’ My personal acquaintance with him was very slight, but it happened at a time when this extraordinary man was in the crisis of his destiny, and, perhaps, with as much delicacy as possible, I may clear up some of the adverse criticisms made, in all sincerity, no doubt, upon men who, like Whiting, are with the historic dead, and whose characters need not fear truth as well as commendation. The charge made against Mr. Davis substantially is that he did not  thoroughly appreciate General Whiting, and so this gifted and intrepid soldier did not have the scope his eminent and exceptional talents, to say nothing of his services, deserved. This is a hard question to decide, where much, no doubt, could be said on both sides, but it may be due to Mr. Davis' memory, without injustice to the memory of Whiting, to state some facts which I have reason to believe well-founded.