As his Confederacy was a being pounded to rubble, Jefferson David laid this curse upon the land:
“...It is for us, my countrymen, to show by our bearing under reverses how wretched has been the self-deception of those who have believed us less able to endure misfortune with fortitude than to encounter danger with courage. We have now entered upon a new phase of a struggle the memory of which is to endure for all ages and to shed an increasing luster upon our country. ...And what has the last half-century of Conservatism been if not the unclean, undead, voracious vampire spirit of the Confederacy rising up again and again to tirelessly lie, cheat, scam, shriek, suborn and otherwise "baffle and exhaust" those among the living who do not understand the nature of the enemy they face.
...If by stress of numbers we should ever be compelled to a temporary withdrawal from her limits, or those of any other border State, again and again will we return, until the baffled and exhausted enemy shall abandon in despair his endless and impossible task of making slaves of a people resolved to be free.”