New Orleans Bench and Bar Memorial to President Davis
“Resolved, by the Bench and Bar of Louisiana, That we deplore the loss of Jefferson Davis, the venerable ex-President of the late Confederate States, who departed this life in the city of New Orleans on the 6th day of December, 1889, in the eighty-second year of his age, honored and revered by the people, who, with abiding faith, had entrusted him with their lives, their fortunes, and their honor. Although misfortune attended the cause of which he was the chivalrous representative, we regard with satisfaction and pride the spotless integrity and resolute devotion to duty which characterized his career through life, and we emphatically approve the manly sentiments expressed by him in the last public paper which emanated from his pen:
“Instead of being traitors, we were loyal to our States; instead of being rebels against the Union, we were defenders of the Constitution as framed by its founders and expounded by them. We do not fear the verdict of posterity on the purity of our motives, or the sincerity of our belief, which our sacrifices and our career sufficiently attested.”
Resolved, That we tender the family of the deceased the assurances of our sincere sympathy.
Resolved, That the chairman transmit a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased, and that we attend the funeral in a body, as a tribute of respect to the memory of the Honorable Jefferson Davis.”
(The Memorial Volume of Jefferson Davis, J.W. Jones, B.F. Johnson & Co., 1889, page 521)