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‘For the North and the South, with a Southron chief, kept time to the tune of Dixie

These two figures of 1861 and 1865 have a peculiar appropriateness for Wallace Rice's ‘Wheeler's Brigade at Santiago.’ They recall in detail the fullness of the warlike preparations in those distant days. The Union soldier is equipped with new uniform and shining musket, ready to repel any invader of the Nation's capital. More than once before the close of hostilities such services had been needed in the circle of forts that surrounded the city. The officer stands erect with the intensity and eagerness that characterized Southern troops in battle. A generation later, the Spanish war of 1898 became a magnificent occasion for proof that the hostile relations and feelings of the 1860's had melted away. Those who had once stood in opposing ranks, and their sons with them, in ‘98 marched and fought shoulder to shoulder, inspired by love of the same country and devoted to the same high principles of human freedom.

Union soldier: on guard over a prisoner in Washington 1865

Confederate officer: of the Washington artillery of New Orleans 1861


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