Today, June 3, 2013 at the First White House of the Confederacy the White House Association and guests commemorated the 205th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis.
Our guest speaker was Jay Hinton, who brought a stirring and thought provoking address in which he spoke in first person as Robert E Lee, quoting remarks Lee had made about Davis.
Here is what Lee wrote about Davis after his release from his long confinement at Fort Monroe: “…Your release has lifted a load from my heart which I have not words to tell, and my daily prayer to the great Ruler of the world is that He may shield you from all future harm, guard you from all evil, and give you the peace which the world cannot take away. That the rest of your days may be triumphantly happy so the sincere and earnest wish of your most obedient, faithful friend and servant.”
Jay ended his remarks by saying, again as General Lee, “It is said that some lives are linked across time connected by an ancient calling that echoes through the ages. Mine was graciously linked to my friend Jefferson Davis. Happy birthday, Mr. President.”