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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.45 (search)
nd the true; Hands that never failed their country, Hearts that never baseness knew. The words on the rear of the base are: They died for the principles upon which all true republics are founded. On the left of the base is: Remember their valor, Keep holy the sod, For honor to heroes Is glory to God. The Monument Committee had the plinth so designed that at some future day four bronze medallions of Louisiana soldiers can be attached to it. These will probably be Colonels Taylor, Hays, Stark, and Stafford, who commanded the Louisiana regiments which were most constantly engaged in the Shenandoah Valley campaigns. When Colonel William Laughlin attended the reunion in Houston last year, he met Captain T. J. Bantz, of Winchester. The New Orleans veteran told his Virginia comrade about the superb collection of relics in the Confederate Memorial Hall, and interested him so much that he volunteered to secure a number of relics for the hall from the Winchester battlefields.