extension of my time to enable me to continue my work.
I am further thankful, and in a much greater degree thankful, because it has enabled me to see for myself the happy harmony which has so suddenly sprung up between those engaged but a few short years ago in deadly conflict.”
's gratitude was well founded.
With only insignificant exceptions, the Southern
press showed that the harmony was real.
So representative a newspaper as The Mobile Register
used this language: ‘The South unites with the North
in paying tribute to his memory.
He saved the Union
For this triumph-and time has shown it to be a triumph for the South
as well as the North-he is entitled to, and will receive, the grateful tribute of the millions who in the course of time will crowd this continent with a hundred imperial States, and spread to the world the blessings of republican freedom.’
's thankfulness for the spirit of brotherhood was shared by the survivors of the hosts he led. From July 2 to 4, 1887, was held the most impressive celebration of the decade, the joint meeting on the field of Gettysburg
of the survivors of the Philadelphia
brigade of the Union
army and of Pickett
's division of the Confederate army.
As part of the program, it was intended to return the Confederate
standards captured by the Pennsylvania
The plan failed because of the political turmoil of the time, but the failure did not lessen the heartiness of the good feeling that characterized the occasion.
The next year, the Grand Army of the Republic furthered these cordial relations by holding a reunion with the veterans of the Confederate armies on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the great battle.
Some three thousand old soldiers were in attendance.
The well-known Georgian, General John B. Gordon
, delivered an earnest and eloquent address.
The New Englander, George William Curtis
, followed him. One who was present reports that “his tribute to Confederate valor and the purity of Confederate motives was all that any Southerner could have desired, and brought a genuine glow of pleasure over Longstreet