Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

 "To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish.  Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."

 

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1906

 

 

 

“I feel that a duty is laid upon me, which I may not refuse to perform.  From the hills and valleys of more than a thousand battle fields, where sleep the silent battalions in gray, there rises to my ear a solemn voice of command which I dare not disobey.”

 

“We cannot be silent as long as any aspersion is cast by the pen of the historian, or by the tongue of the orator, upon their patriotic motives, or upon the loftiness of the object they had in view through all that tremendous conflict.  We make no half-hearted apology for their act.  It is justice for which we plead, not charity. “

 

“They loved their State; they loved their homes and their firesides.  They were no politicians.  They knew little of the warring theories of constitutional interpretation.  But one thing they knew--armed legions were marching upon their homes, and it was their duty to hurl them back at any cost!  For this, not we only, who shared their perils and hardships, do them honor--not the Southern people only--but all brave men everywhere.  Nameless they may be, but the name of "Confederate soldier" will echo around the world through the coming years and will be accepted as the synonym of valor, of constancy, and of loyalty to the sternest call of duty. “

 

“Not for fame or for reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition, or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it, these men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all--and died!”

 

1st Lt. Randolph McKim, 1910

 

 

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