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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Unveiling of the monument to the Richmond Howitzers (search)
e the litanies of heroes. Their valor was consecrated not under fame, but under duty. Their welcome to the foe as day by day he gained on them in numbers, but not renown, stands out for me as the most illustrious portrait of man's spiritual wrestle, wherein he greets a world in arms against him as his appointed angel, the true arena to which his sponsors in baptism devoted him. They steadily ascended on their ladder of pain. It was like the struggle of a strong will in a weak body. As in Angelo's figure, the soul grew as the body wasted. When the only way in which the victorious cause could commend itself to the consent of the governed was to wear out by attrition all who failed to perceive its beauty; when such a warfare did like pestilence maintain its hold and wasted down by glorious death that race of natural heroes. Obedient to their Captain. Our little band shared with their brothers the desolating tempest until it was their glory to stand with the 7,000 of Appomatto