In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I would share these words that were written by Brigadier General Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, who commanded a brigade of Mississippians in the Army of Northern Virginia. I think the same ideals that motivated Humphreys over 150 years ago still run deep in Mississippians today:
My nativity fixed my allegiance to Mississippi. Beneath her soil my ancestors and my children slept in death. All I held dear on earth family, friends and property welded me to that soil by the strongest cement of nature. Her God was my God; her people were my people; her interests were my interests; her sympathies were my sympathies. I could not, did not deliberate after war was inaugurated and brought to her door-sills. I cast my lot with my mother state, and as she had crossed the Rubicon, I determined to march with her armies, whether her war-path led to Rome or ruin.