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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Address before the Virginia division of Army of Northern Virginia, at their reunion on the evening of October 21, 1886. (search)
tegy mighty, in battle terrible, in adversity, as in prosperity, a hero indeed, with the simple devotion to duty, and the rare purity of the ideal Christian knight he joined all the kingly qualities of a leader of men. It is a wondrous future indeed that lies before America; but in her annals of years to come, as in those of the past, there will be found few names that can rival in unsullied lustre that of the heroic defender of his native Virginia. In the language of another. S. Teakle Wallis. And when they tell us, as they do, those wiser, better brethren of ours—and tell to the world to make it history—that this our civilization is half barbarism, we may be pardoned if we answer: Behold its product and its representative! Of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Here is Robert Lee. Show us his fellow. Our great leader was not only a great soldier, but more—a selfless man and stainless gentleman. On the 21st April, 1861, the Ric<