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[522] Brutus.1 A sense of indignation pervaded the Republican members; many of them at once withdrew, not remaining to attend the funeral which followed immediately in the hall of the House.2 His remains were temporarily placed in the Congressional cemetery, where a cenotaph still bears his name, and later were taken to South Carolina, where there was a public funeral, February 13, combining civic and military honors, at the village of Edgefield Court House, his birthplace. All that was possible was done in the way of display and eulogy to pay respect to his memory.

Brooks was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Baptist Church at Edgefield village. In the centre of the family lot, which contains the gravestones of his parents and other kindred, rises an obelisk, the most conspicuous monument in the cemetery, which gives on three sides the dates of his career, carved insignia of the Palmetto regiment to which he belonged, and the assurance that he would be ‘long remembered as one in whom all the virtues loved to dwell.’ On the fourth side is this tribute, of which the last sentence was from Keitt's eulogy in Congress: ‘Ever able, manly, just, and heroic, illustrating true patriotism by devotion to his country, the whole South unites with his bereaved family in deploring his ultimately end. “Earth has never pillowed upon her bosom a truer son, nor Heaven opened wide her gates to receive a manlier spirit.” ’3

1 This passage. at Butler's request, was suppressed or modified in the Congressional Globe. It was severely condemned by the Northern press. New York Times, January 31; New York Herald, January 31 and February 2; New York Tribune, January 30; New York Evening Post, January 30, 31: New York Independent, February 5. James Buchanan, President-elect, who had arrived in Washington, took pains of his own motion to attend the funeral. although his presence had not been arranged for in the official programme. (J. S. Pike in the New York Tribune, February 2.) Brooks had been his partisan in the election of 1856, and Buchanan had been an apologist for the assault. (Wilson's History, vol. II. p. 490: Sumner's Works, vol. IV. p. 276.) Wilson was indignant that Savage's insult was not instantly repelled in the house; and he intended to brand it as ‘cowardly’ in the Senate if he could get an opportunity. The weakness of De Witt of Massachusetts. who accepted service on the committee of arrangements for the funeral; of Campbell, in taking part in the eulogies, and referring to Brooks's regard for the honor of his State; and of hale, in Moving an adjournment of the Senate out of respect to Brooks's memory.—were all offensive to Wilson. Letter to Sumner, Jan. 29, 1857.

2 Boston Traveller, February 2.

3 This spot was visited March 26, 1890. by the writer,—perhaps the only, or at least the first, Northern man who has ever stood there. Francis W. Pickens. who was governor of South Carolina at the time of the assault on Fort Sumter, is buried in the same cemetery. A fuller account of the visit was printed in the New York Christian Union, July 24, 1890. Keitt, Brooks's confederate and eulogist, lies buried in an unmarked grave at Old Tabernacle, near St. Matthews, Orangeburgh County, S. C. Edmundson is still living (1892) in Virginia.

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