Virginias Famed Rebels, Both Earlier and Later
“He is but a narrow-souled or a most ignorant American who does not hold the name Virginia in reverence. Whether he comes from the oldest settlement of New England or the newest “clearing” in the youngest territory, if he knows aught of the history of his country, or feels the faintest spark of pride in contemplating the achievements which have made it great, the name of this grand old Commonwealth must always be associated in his thoughts with what is noblest and most venerable in our annals.
Who shall pronounce a fitting eulogy upon her, who not stand abashed before so great a theme?
The fame of more than one of her sons has filled the earth, and will live in the hearts of men when every material monument to their memory has perished. Will it diminish that fame to know that they, both of their earlier and later days, were called Rebels?”
(An Address before the Association Army of Northern Virginia, Hon. A.M. Waddell, October 27, 1887, William Ellis Jones Printer, 1888, page 31)