From: Bazz Childress – basilchildress@insightbb.com
Date: Sun, Dec 6, 2009

Thanks to Bernie T for sharing the below editorials

The Daily States said in its editorial:

“Throughout all the South there are lamentations and tears; in every country on the globe where there are lovers of liberty there is mourning; wherever there are men who admire heroic patriotism, dauntless resolution, fortitude, or intellectual power and supremacy, there is sincere sorrowing. The beloved of our land, the unfaltering upholder of constitutional liberty…is no more…” “Jefferson Davis is dead; but the principles for which he struggled, for the vindication of which he devoted his life, for which he suffered defeat, and unto which he clung unto death, still live. The fanatical howlings of the abolitionists, the tumult and thunders of civil war, the fierce mouthings of the organizers of reconstruction, and reconstruction itself, that black and foul disgrace of humanity, are all departed, sunk into silence like a tavern brawl, but the constitutional principles upon which the Confederacy was founded and for which Jefferson Davis spoke and struggled, for which he gave life and fortune, still survive in all their living power; and when they shall have been, if ever, really destroyed, this Republic will be transformed into one of the most oppressive and offensive oligarchies that has ever arisen amongst the civilized nations of the earth.”

Rev. Dr. Marham’s Memorial to Jefferson Davis

“Reading yesterday, from the other side, a not unfriendly criticism, it was said Mr.

[Jefferson] Davis died unrepentant. And of what was he to repent? That as “a good and faithful servant” he had obeyed the voice of his own sovereign State and then of his and her sister sovereignties? Repent! Why, had the faintest whisper of such a word parted his lips, from a hundred Confederate cemeteries, and from a thousand battle-fields where sleep our undiscovered dead, skeleton forms, reanimated, turning uneasily in their graves, would have cried “shame!” and have rent the heavens with their groans. He repent! Why should he?
 
Who repents? Not the men who wore the gray. Not one woman. Thanks God, our wives, sisters, and mothers and the wives of your sons have never through one such utterance swelled the chorus of the time serving and timid. That to me would be treason. Treason to truth and right, to honor and duty. A crime which through that war and after could not be laid at our door. Could it have been, the man whose memories we are reviving tonight, would have expatiated that crime by the shedding of his blood. Never would he have stepped forth a free man from that fortress where they bound him in fetters of iron—fetters that we esteem anklets of gold, for he wore them for us.  Mr. Davis and we fought for the Constitution framed by our fathers.
 
At Appomattox, by the arbitrament of arms, that Constitution was changed…”
 
(Memorial Address of Rev. Dr. T.R. Markham, December 11, 1889, to the Association of the Army of Tennessee Veterans)