Friday, June 28, 2024

Remembrances for July – 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:

July 3rd

John Crowe Ransom, one of the leaders of the Vanderbilt Agrarians and a leading 20th century writer and teacher.

July 4th

Thomas Jefferson, undoubtedly the South’s most recognizable Enlightenment philosopher, but his most important intellectual contribution is rather the opposite of all that:  his agrarianism and insistence on local customs and governance (i.e., the preservation of old English traditions).

July 6th

Paul Hamilton Hayne, one of the South’s best poets.

July 9th

Sir William Berkeley, a colonial governor of Virginia whose influence is felt within Southern culture to this day.

July 9th

Pierre d’Iberville, Canadian soldier and explorer, the founder of the first permanent French settlement in Louisiana.

July 9th

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, one of the great figures of Southern literature for his comic work Georgia Scenes, but also an active preacher and a leader of four universities.

July 10th

Gen Henry Benning, from the Georgia Supreme Court to a successful general in the War and back to practicing law afterwards.

July 17th

John Coltrane, the famous jazz composer and performer.

July 17th

Gen James Johnston Pettigrew, a good example of a Southern gentleman.

July 23rd

Eudora Welty, one of the South’s best writers.

July 25th

Wilmer Mills, a gifted Louisiana poet who died young.

July 26th

Sam Houston, one of the most influential men in Texas history, but the arc of his life also touched other States and tribes.

July 29th

John Slidell, an important diplomat during the War.

July 30th

George Fitzhugh, a helpful critic of the pure capitalist economic system.

July 30th

Gen George Pickett, a soldier for most of his life, he is best known perhaps for his part in the Battle of Gettysburg.

July 31st

Randolph Shotwell, a gifted writer, and a microcosm of the suffering South as she went through the War and Reconstruction.

Also, to celebrate some of the saints of July 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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