Friday, September 02, 2005

Beauvoir still stands!

The damage is extensive, but the Home and the Presidential Library still stand.

The "Old Library and Pavillion" was the administration building and hospital for the Confederate Veterans Home that used to be at Beauvoir. It is obliterated.

Here are some before and after photos of the Home itself.

The damage is obviously extensive, but not beyond repair.

Rick Forte, Chairman of the Combined Boards of Beauvoir called John Echols, Mississippi SCV Division Information Officer, to give a firsthand report on Beauvoir, as follows:

"The Hayes Cottage and pavilion are gone. Nothing remains but a slab.

"The small library where President Davis lived and wrote, located to the east of Beauvoir, is gone.

"The old chapel, museum, and gift shop are all gone, even the artillery piece inside is gone.

"The wall in front of the Presidential Library and the flagpoles in front are gone. Rick said the entire lower floor of the Presidential Library is washed out. He said it would be like driving a car under a carport. The only thing remaining is the President's statue, he said just as it was. The sayings located on the walls downstairs, as well as the plaques on the wall telling of the dedication, etc., are all gone.

"Rick said the really ironic thing is that he found resting in front of Beauvoir mansion a small stone that had come from one of the tablets with the quotes. He turned it over and saw what it said, and was totally amazed. On this small piece of stone were the words Deo Vindice (Editor's Translation:'Under the guiding protection of God'). What more can be said."


At 5:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been very worried about Beauvoir so I am glad to see it still stands. Can you tell me if the artifacts inside the home and the library are safe? Please tell me it hasent been looted.

At 5:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having visited Beauvoir many years ago, I was concerned for it's survival. I am greatful that the home still stands. I am saddened that some of the buildings and museum were destroyed. Can the artillary piece be found? Has there been looting? Did you get anything out before the storm? I represent many others that love Beauvoir!


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