Jefferson Davis: An American Patriot &
December 6, 2008
What will Historians say about the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan?
We should never forget the hateful treatment some people showed our
brave Servicemen and women as they returned home from Vietnam in the
1970s. And, now, some people would malign the honorable name of the
Confederate soldier and his ‘blood stained’ battle flag. Isn’t it about
time we to speak-out for our American Veterans, living and dead, and to
proclaim that disrespecting some Veterans is dishonoring all Veterans?
There was a time when Union and Confederate Veterans were honored by the
American people and the world. Before the invention of radio and
television, parents told their children stories about their American
ancestors. The history of those men and women, who fought under the
United States and Confederate flags, was also taught in public schools.
Saturday, December 6th, 2008, is the 119th anniversary of the death of
In 2008, the mainstream media reported a renewed interest among the
American people in the War Between the States as the 200th birthday of
Jefferson Davis was celebrated. The Sons of Confederate Veterans,
www.scv.org, proclaimed 2008 as the "Year of Davis.” And the
Virginia Division SCV is also planning a dedication of a statue
depicting Davis and two of his sons-Joseph and black adopted son Jim
The New York Times reported the death of Jefferson Davis;
New Orleans, December 8, 1889 – "A careful tally of the visitors
shows that about 40,000 persons, mostly women and children, viewed the
remains today. This crowd included, in solemn and respectful attendance,
all conditions of Whites, Blacks, ex-Confederates, ex-Federals, and even
Indians and Chinamen."
Davis ' death was also the lead story in Southern newspapers:
December 1889, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution:
"The Great Chieftain passes over the river...and rests with Jackson
under the shade of the trees. The hearts of a great and loving people,
crushed by the death of a great leader. The Hero of hard-fought fields
in Mexico . The peerless Statesman in Federal Councils. Jefferson Davis
is no more!"
Who was Jefferson Davis?
Jefferson Davis graduated from the United States Military Academy at
West Point, served valiantly during the War with Mexico , served as
Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce, served as United
States Senator from Mississippi and was President of the Confederate
States of America .
Jefferson Davis was a Christian father and husband. He and wife Varina
were blessed with seven children who were; Margaret, Jeff Jr., Varina
Anne, Bill, Joseph, Samuel and their adopted African-American son---Jim
The Christmas of 1889 was a sad time for the people of the South.
During November, 1889, Jefferson Davis left his home to attend to family
business at Brierfield Plantation. On his way through New Orleans the
weather turned colder and he was exposed to the rain and cold. He came
down with a severe cold and bronchitis that was further complicated by
Milo Cooper, a former servant of the Davis family, traveled a great
distance to be by Davis ’ side. It has been written that when Copper
entered Davis ’ sick room in New Orleans , he fell on his knees in tears
and prayed God would spare the life of Jefferson Davis and bless his
Varina was by her husband's side when Jefferson Davis died at a friend's
home on the morning of December 6, 1889.
All New Orleans’s newspapers led with praises and tributes that
echoed throughout the South:
"Throughout 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, the typical hero and sage, is no more; the
fearless heart that beats with sympathy for all mankind is stilled
forever, a great light is gone---Jefferson Davis is Dead!”
The mortal body of Jefferson Davis lay in state at the City Hall of New
Orleans from midnight on December 6th to the 11th, 1889. The US and
Confederate flags hung from the walls.
It is written that two hundred thousand people lined the streets of New
Orleans when the funeral procession carried Davis ' body to Metairie
Cemetery for temporary burial.
On December 13, 1889, the New York Times reported the Davis Funeral
being the grandest ever seen in the South. The Sermon at Metairie
Cemetery was delivered by Bishop Thompson of Mississippi . Bishop
Gallaber delivered a brief sketch of Jefferson Davis' life...And a
Church Choir sang an old time favorite "Rock of Ages" to end the
Let’s Not Forget Our American Heroes!!