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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The laying of the corner-stone of the monument to President Jefferson Davis, (search)
pologizing for any pain which, in the heat of discussion, he might have inflicted. His last words on earth were, Please excuse me. Such gentleness usually marks a man of courage. On a memorable occasion he uttered the characteristic maxim, Never be haughty to the humble, nor humble to the haughty. We remember how, at Buena Vista, although painfully wounded, he refused to quit his saddle until the victory, so largely due to his own heroism, was won; how, in the the battles around Richmond A. P. Hill, that gallant and spotless soldier, twice ordered General Lee and President Davis to the rear. Mr. Davis was utterly without fear for himself. Notwithstanding the attempt made on his life at Richmond, he never had an escort. But I must correct myself, for on one occasion an unknown Confederate boy-soldier followed the President alone from the lines around Richmond to the city, to watch over his safety, and to die, if need be, for his sake. This youth but gave expression to the hea