Dear friends, if you have time, please pray for these members of the Southern family on the day they reposed. Many thanks.
But one may ask: ‘What good does it do to pray for the departed?’ An answer is offered here: https://orthochristian.com/130608.html
Along with prayers and hymns for the departed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6je5axPodI
Cmdr Matthew Fontaine Maury. A pioneer in sciences of the sea: ‘Honored all over the world as the founder of a new science, Maury was the first man to describe the Gulf Stream and to mark sea routes across the Atlantic Ocean. He instituted the system of deep-sea sounding and suggested the laying of transoceanic telegraph cables, which later became a reality. His work earned him the nickname “Pathfinder of the Seas.”’
Jean Laffite. Brother of Pierre Laffite, he was the ‘respectable’ business manager of the two pirate brothers of Barataria Bay, Louisiana. He and Pierre are well-known for their role in the Battle of New Orleans and other acts of mischief. Quintessential lovable rogues. New Orleans’s Grace King gives details of their life:
Charles Gayarré. ‘New Orleans native Charles Gayarré wrote the first complete history of Louisiana: a four-volume series entitled Louisiana History (1866). Originally written in French, his study focused on the region’s domination by France, Spain, and then the United States. Many of the components for this work came out of public lectures that Gayarré began giving in the 1840s. He also wrote and published other histories, political tracts, government reports, plays, novels, biographies, and articles in numerous journals, establishing himself as one of Louisiana’s literary pioneers.’
Bishop William Green. He oversaw the building of 41 churches in his diocese in Mississippi during the years of his pastoral ministry, and later became the chancellor of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., which he founded.
Alcée Fortier. ‘Fortier published numerous works on language, literature, Louisiana history, folklore, Louisiana Créole languages, and personal reminiscence. His perspective was valuable because of his French Créole ancestry and he became the first historian to apply the folklore concept to Louisiana's cultural traditions.’
Oscar Adams, Jr. A sharp lawyer and judge in Alabama. He was the first black man to serve on Alabama’s Supreme Court.
Nicola Marschall, born in Prussia, he made his way to Alabama. He was a successful painter and designed both the first Confederate flag and the Confederate soldier’s uniform. He also served as a soldier in the War.
General Francis Marion (Swamp Fox), the wily South Carolinian who caused much grief for the British in the War for Independence.
William Gilmore Simms’s biography of Marion is available to read here:
Abel Upshur, one of Virginia’s many talented and well-respected sons. He died young in a naval accident while serving as Secretary of State in 1844. He wrote an important refutation of Justice Joseph Story’s theory that the united States are one, inseparable nation. It is A Brief Enquiry, linked here along with another of his works:
More about Sec Upshur is at these pages:
Also, to celebrate some of the saints of February from the South’s Christian inheritance of various lands, follow these links on over if you’d like:
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!