Monday, June 3, 2013
SOME THINGS YOU WONT' HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE...but the South takes care of it's own.
Today is the birthday of the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis was born June 3, 1808 in Kentucky.
He and his wife adopted a black child and raised him with their own children in the Confederate White House; or that he commanded the First Regiment of Mississippi Riflemen in the war with Mexico. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1828; served in the Black Hawk War in 1832; promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in the First Dragoons in 1833, and served until 1835.
When he died thousands of mourners came from out of town to join the residents of New Orleans to pay their respects to the man who once was the South's beloved leader. The men saluted their former leader and the women bowed their heads in prayer. Tears filled the eyes of young people who were born at the time Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederacy.
The church bells rang throughout the city. On December 11, 1889, twenty thousand people lined the streets of New Orleans as the body of Jefferson Davis was taken, by funeral carriage, to Metairie Cemetery in the crescent city. The funeral procession included those who wore the gray during the War Between the States. All flags flew at half mast. It is sad that the War Department of the United States did not lower the United States flag in his honor. Jefferson Davis was the only former Secretary of War who had ever been denied the honor.