Response by Major-General Fitzhugh Lee.
Major-General Fitzhugh Lee happily responded to an urgent request for words of greeting.
It is regretted that his address, which was entirely extempore, cannot be given.
He spoke in eloquent and forceful language of the cause for which each side had fought, involving differences which had to be settled by the sword, and by the sword were settled.
Looking out, said he, to-day upon yonder tented city, we see Illinois and North Carolina, Wisconsin and Virginia under one flag, for a common cause, the only rivalry being as to which shall carry the flag further for freedom.
He paid a beautiful tribute to those whom the monument commemorates, among whom were old comrades dear to him; that his first service after leaving West Point was in the company of Captain Kirby Smith, whose medallion appears on the monument.
La Marsellaise. Ye sons of fame, awake to glory, Hark!
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