Excerpt from Tom and Joe: Two Farmer Boys in War and Peace and Love; A Louisiana Memory
Many of its scenes and incidents, will appeal to the hearts of thousands who saw the great drama of a quarter of a century ago. To the middle-aged and the old of our dear Southland it will bring back that happy period when our country lived its golden age- the glorious summer day that closed in storm and darkness; to the young it tells how their ancestors lived and [loved and died; to those who loved and still love the Lost Cause, it will recall the tenderest memories of a lifetime, and to those who loved it not, the story tells how we loved it. The love Judge Mabry bore for the Union had its counterpart all over the South, and it lasted to his dying day, but he loved better the autonomy of States. With him local pride was above and beyond national greatness. His sons were repro sentative boys of the heroic age of our country, of such stuff as made that great struggle immortal, and made possible a glorious New South. They were farmer boys, proud of their occupation, and glorying in their identity with the class who ruled America during seventy progressive years. Many of the incidents are literally true, and all are founded upon facts in the lives of our two boys. This story is told that our young people of to-day may not be ignorant of the more glori.
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