Wish I were in this pic with y’all. Alas! I was at the conference recording. I’m looking forward to next year’s ‘sea of hate’ pic – which, as I said, will hopefully be an ‘ocean of hate.’
PP, wish you were there too. Even so, you were doing more important work at the time. As for me, it was a very great and quite undeserved honor to be in the company of these fine young patriots.
“It is joyous in perilous times to look around upon a people united in heart, who are animated and actuated by one and the same purpose and high resolve, with whom the sacrifices to be made are not weighed in the balance against honor, right, liberty and equality. Obstacles may retard, but cannot prevent their progressive movements. Sanctified by justice and sustained by a virtuous people, let me reverently invoke the God of our fathers to guide and protect us in our efforts to perpetuate the principles which by HIS blessing they were able to vindicate, establish and transmit to their posterity, and with the continuance of HIS favor, ever to be gratefully acknowledged, let us look hopefully forward to success, to peace, and to prosperity.”
–Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861