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Restoration of Name of Jefferson Davis.

We Confederates can never be as grateful to you as you deserve, but you have won our united hearts forever.

Your friend,

Clement A. Evans.

P. S. — I will return the valuable letters, etc., you sent me.


1909
WAR DEPARTMENT.

Washington, January 4, 1909.

My Dear Mrs. Behan:

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your favor of the 21st ultimo, in regard to the desire of the Confederated Southern Memorial Association to have the name of Jefferson Davis restored to "Cabin John Bridge." I shall be pleased to take this matter up with the President and see what can be done.

Sincerely yours,

Luke E. Wright.

Mrs. W. J. Behan. President Confederated Southern Memorial Association, New Orleans, La.


New Orleans, La., Jan. 9, 1909.

Hon. Luke E. Wright,

Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

Dear Sir, — I was so happy to receive your letter of the 4th, in which you said you would take up the matter of the restoration of the name, Jefferson Davis, with the President. Pardon my persistence, but the Memorial women of the South are deeply interested in this movement, and would like to know in what way they may further its accomplishment.

The Memorial Association is more far-reaching than its name indicates. It is formed of organizations from each of the Southern States. One of our Vice-Presidents is the daughter of Senator Bankhead, of Alabama; another officer is the wife of Senator Clay, of Ceorgia; and still another is Mrs. C. B. Bryan,