Precisely at noon, General Anderson
raised with his own hands the flag which had been lowered in 1861.
Long-continued shouting and the boom of guns from every Fort about the harbor was the salute to the banner that was held to be a symbol of the restored Union.
In the address of Henry Ward Beecher
the feeling of brotherhood to the South
These were his closing words, ‘We offer to the President
of these United States
our solemn congratulations that God has sustained his life and health under the unparalleled burdens and sufferings of four bloody years, and permitted him to behold this auspicious consummation of that national unity for which he has waited with so much patience and fortitude, and for which he has labored with such disinterested wisdom.’