Edward Carmack Statue at Nashville Capital Building

Tennessee Representative Edward Carmack issued his famous “Pledge to the South” in a speech on the floor of congress in 1898 which reads:

The South is a land that has known sorrows;  
It is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with tears; 
A land scarred and riven by the pillowshare of war
And bellowed with the graves of her dead; 
But a land of legend. 
A land of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories. 

To that land every drop of my blood,  
Every Fibre of my being,
Every pulsation of my heart, is consecrated forever. 

I was born of her womb;
I nurtured at her breast; 
And when my last hour shall come,  
I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom 
And rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.  

**Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908) was a Representative and Senator for Tennessee. More on his life to follow soon….