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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: January 22, 1863., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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ng in worn looks and a halting step the proofs of his valor and devotion to country on the ensanguined field of Fredericksburg. Who more honorably or characteristically than Nugent could represent Irish valor or Irish fidelity? Through the kindness of Capt Mead the excellent band of the North Carolina guard-ship were present, and assisted in the musical portion of the ceremony. The "Disc Idea" was beautifully rendered by the choir. At the class of the celebration of the mace the Rev. Father O'Reilly ascended the pulpit and delivered the funeral oration — an eloquent and beautiful tribute to the gallantry and heroism of the fallen heroes of the Irish brigade. After the sermon a dirge was performed, during which the clergy and attendant acolytes marched from the high altar to the cenotaph in the centre aisle in the following order; Acolytes, with Thurible and Navicular; Acolyte, with holy water; Sub-Reason, with cross taper bearers on either side; the Clergy, in double file.