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The Southern Advocate

Newsletter of The Oklahoma Division Of The Sons Of Confederate Veterans
Effective January-March 2013 edition, the name of the newsletter has been changed from the "The Southern Preceptor" to "The Southern Advocate"


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Carmack’s Pledge To The South


     Edward Ward Carmack represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1898 to 1901. He delivered one of the most eloquent and widely remembered speeches before that body on April 22, 1898 and ended it with what has become known as “Carmack’s Pledge To The South.” It is presented here from the book, 'When The South Was Southern", by Michael Andrew Grissom.

The South is a land that has known sorrows; it is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with tears; a land scarred and broken by the plowshare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead; but a land of hallowed and heroic memories.

To that land every drop of my blood, every fiber of my being, every pulsation of my heart, is consecrated forever.

I was born of her womb; I was nurtured at her breast; and when my last hour shall come, I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom and rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.


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