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of untold benefit have been the meeting of the Philadelphia brigade and Pickett's men at Gettysburg, the visits of Massachusetts soldiers to Richmond, and of Virginia Confederates to Boston, and many similar occasions. These, coupled with the strewing of flowers, in 1867, by Southern women at Columbus, Mississippi, on the graves of Union soldiers, which brought from a Northern man that beautiful poem, The Blue and the Gray, and a thousand similar incidents, have resulted in those acts that passed in Congress by unanimous votes, one providing for a Confederate section in Arlington Cemetery, the other looking to the care of the Confederate dead at Arlington and around the Federal prisons in the North.

Presidents Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft have each and all, by deeds and words, had their full share in the work of perfect reunion. And all over the land there are monuments to the dead of the Civil War, bearing inscriptions that will outlast the marble and bronze upon which they are written. Such is the legend on the monument built by the State of Pennsylvania to its dead at Vicksburg, ‘here brothers fought for their principles, here heroes died to save their country, and a united people will forever cherish the precious legacy of their noble manhood.’

another such is on a monument erected by the State of New Jersey, and the survivors of the Twenty-third New Jersey volunteers at Salem Church, Virginia. On one side is an appropriate inscription to their own dead; on the other, a bronze tablet bearing this magnanimous tribute, ‘to the brave Alabama boys who were our opponents on this field and whose memory we honor, this tablet is dedicated.’ that is a tribute, not by a Government, but directly by the men who fought to the men who fought them. It is truly noble.

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