oughout the world.
And to-day my theme shall be, How Hood's Brigade Won Its Spurs in Virginia.
To tell all of its achievements would make a book, and would worry your patience.
I shall, therefore, undertake a glimpse of the campaign of 1862—the first real campaign of the war, and one in which that band of heroes carved for themselves and their State immortal fame.
Had I the gift of genius or the skill of the literary artist, I might weave a romance that would set at nought the march of Xenophon and his Grecian band into the heart of Asia, or that would pale into insignificance the deeds of chivalry and valor which characterized the days of knight errantry, when Richard the Lion Hearted led the chivalry of Europe against Salladin and his hordes of Moslems in the Holy Land.
But, as it is, I must content myself with cold facts, and let history speak for itself.
Some of you here remember the Texas of 1861.
The Lone Star State was then a marvel of beauty, interspersed here and the