"On a memorable day in 1977, residents of Smyrna, Tennessee, played host to an important historic commemoration as visitors and dignitaries from across the country gathered to honor a native son, Pvt. Sam Davis of the Confederate Army. . . . Of signal note was the fact that his was the first Confederate Medal of Honor ever designated. . . . And of course, the cynics sneered, 'Why, at this late date, as our modern union of United States prepares to enter the 21st century, resurrect this never-presented decoration of a long-dead government for posthumous commemoration of heroics found only in legend?' . . . The answer is as simple as it is enduring, and surprisingly it has nothing to do with medals and ribbons.
The soldiers of that time, whether they wore blue or gray, were fighting for America. Their sacrifices, their forfeitures of hearth and home, family and future and life itself - regardless of geography - must never be forgotten. They are of us. Their hopes and dreams are still our hopes and dreams. And on a hundred fields in a dozen states, they are with us still. Why remember the valor of those who served the old Confederacy? Then . . . and only then, just as Gen. Stephen D. Lee reminded the next generation of his time, will the 'true history of the South' and indeed this great country, be 'presented to future generations.'"
from the Introduction.
With appendices, photos, and index.