Friday, May 31, 2024

Remembrances for June - 2024


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:

Along with prayers and hymns for the departed:

June 3rd

Louisiana Confederate Memorial Day

June 4th

Governor Esteban Miro

Spanish Governor of Louisiana (1785-1791).  He gave the colony good Christian laws and oversaw the rebuilding of New Orleans after the 1788 Good Friday fire.  He left Louisiana to become a general in the Spanish Army ‘to the great regret of its whole community’.

June 5th

Kate Cumming

‘Best known for her dedicated service to sick and wounded Confederate soldiers. She spent much of the latter half of the Civil War (1861-65) as a nurse in hospitals throughout Georgia.’

June 6th

General Turner Ashby

One of Dixie’s best cavalry leaders during the War, though not without his weaknesses (he was a bit undisciplined).

June 6th

Patrick Henry

The famed Virginia orator (‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’), he served as Virginia’s first post-British governor, but later in life turned down many offers of powerful political office in favor of private life.

June 8th

President Andrew Jackson

A bit of a mixed bag as President, although he did fight manfully against the national banking cartel.

June 8th

Rev Frank Stringfellow

One of the most daring and successful spies for the Confederate States during the war; afterwards he married and became an Episcopal priest.

June 9th

The Synaxis of Banned Confederates

A celebration of the 11 Confederates whose names were unceremoniously removed from bases, etc., of the uS armed forces.  The names of these 11 are given here:

June 11th

Louis de St Denis

An early French explorer of Louisiana who helped found the city of Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in Louisiana.  He also had some adventures and romance in the Spanish territories to the west and south, where he married Manuela, the granddaughter of the Spanish Commandant.

June 11th

William Gilmore Simms

A key figure in the development of a specifically Southern literary culture.

June 13th

Douglas Southall Freeman

An excellent historian and journalist.

June 13th

Cormac McCarthy

One of the most recent of Dixie’s famed novelists.

June 14th

General Leonidas Polk

The ‘Fighting Bishop’ of Louisiana in the War.

June 16th

DuBose Heyward

A key part of the Southern Literary Renaissance in the early 20th century in Charleston, most remembered for ‘Porgy and Bess’.

June 21st

Captain John Smith

A military adventurer early in life, he was also a key figure in the settlement of Virginia.

June 23rd

Reverend John Girardeau

A fine pastor who labored much in the vineyard of the South’s slave population.

June 30th

James Oglethorpe

The founder of Georgia.  His original altruistic vision for the colony didn’t quite work out, but he is nonetheless a man of talent, vision, and good character.

Also, to celebrate some of the saints of June from the South’s Christian inheritance of various lands, follow these links:


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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