inspired the spirit of the soldier of Louisiana
, is to be celebrated with a muster of the city's militia.
Every historic city, like Saragossa
, whose sons have from their native soil beaten back the invader, has a military day—a day wholly and gloriously its own. New Orleans is happy in her day. The world honors it It is hers by a double right: that of the invader's defeat and of her defender's valor.
The day and the memories connected with it have given her sons a peculiar quality of courage, combining with the inspiration of their French lineage that courage, steady like Plymouth Rock
, of their American ancestors.
That day—that one day of Chalmette
—fixed for all time the special dash of the Louisiana
troops, which was to be so signally displayed in those heroic armies which sustained unstained until the end the honor of the Confederate States