Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee’s Address at New Orleans
PDF format text of the full address by Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee to the assembly at New Orleans in 1906, including the full text of the Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The PDF is compliments of the Texas Division.
The current charge which the Sons of Confederate Veterans is abbreviated, and leaves out the final line and the following stanza:
“Are you also ready to die for your country? Is your life worthy to be remembered along with theirs? Do you choose for yourself this greatness of soul? Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves are triumph and defeat.”
CHARGE TO THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.