"In the many changes from the old South to the new, to which I have referred, it is most gratifying to observe that there has been less change in the noble daughters of the land. Still they are and will ever remain the peerless queens of the fairest land in the most chivalric people on the face of the earth. We have erected monuments to many of our heroes and are contemplating the erection of many more. I make no objection to thus attesting your gratitude in endeavoring to perpetuate the glory of your men, but I do say, that as they deserve to have their memory perpetuated in bronze and marble, the angel daughters of the Confederacy should have erected to their beloved memory and grander monuments than was ever built of pure gold and virgin silver."
Judge Houston, of San Antonio, in his oration before the veterans of the Hood Brigade Association Reunion as printed in the Brenham Weekly Banner July 15,