Front: November 14, 1825 – June 23, 1898, Chaplain 23rd S.C. Inf. Regiment, CSA. Prisoner of War, held at Johnson’s Island, SC. Professor, Didactic & Polemic Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary.
Back: “Are the religious principles of the martyr destroyed because he is burnt for them? Does the freeman lose his natural or political rights because tyranny represses their exercise? The very struggle to maintain them, the blood that was shed for them, the lives that were sacrificed in their defense render their rights and principles all the dearer to men out of whom all love of liberty is not completely crushed. our principles were defeated, not necessarily lost. It behooves us to cling to them as drowning men…They furnished the only hope for our political future – the only means of escape from anarchy on the one hand, or from despotism on the other, which are left to a once free and happy country.” ~ John Lafayette Girardeau May 10, 1871