230 SOUTHERN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PAPERS.
THE CHARACTER AND SERVICES OF THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIER.
Address by Captain John Lamb before R. E. Lee Camp, December 12, 1913.
A brave Confederate soldier said to me a few days ago that he was tired of hearing about the war. A well-educated young woman, to whom I offered a fine address on Gettysburg, from the Federal viewpoint, expressed the same view, but said she might read it when she had finished a certain piece of em- broidery that was then occupying her time.
How far these two opinions find lodgment in the minds of our citizens we cannot well decide.
The members of this camp certainly deserve all praise for their noble efforts in preserving the true history of the unfortu- nate but heroic conflict of fifty years ago. The collection of these portraits of the distinguished actors in that struggle is a labor of love that will be appreciated more and more as the years come and go.
You may be certain that 100 years from now men will be studying thesej characters and the campaigns in which they figured. They will know more of the details of the battles in which these old soldiers were engaged than we know now. If some of the members of this camp will interest themselves in having the battlefields artound Richmond properly marked they will be rendering good service to their State and city. So much by way of suggestion and for "the good of the camp."
For a short time permit me to .invite your attention to the character and services of the Confederate soldier in war and peace.
The war was brought to our doors. We had to fight or "yield ourselves and all we were, cowering slaves forever."