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[231] we ever attended, where, until the ‘wee sma' hours,’ there was a ceaseless flow of patriotic sentiment, and a most enjoyable mingling of old comrades, as soldiers from nearly every army of the Confederacy, and every branch of the service, ‘fought their battles o'er again.’

The next day, at 12 o'clock, we were ‘off for Texas,’ being escorted to the depot by members of the committee, and our gallant friend, Captain Charles Minnigerode, formerly of General Lee's staff, accompanying us on our journey.

It is not the slightest disparagement to other cities to say that New Orleans is to-day the very headquarters of Confederate sentiment, feeling, and action, and that nowhere are Confederate memories more sacredly cherished than here.

The Army of Tennessee, Army of Northern Virginia, Washington Artillery, Ladies' Memorial, Lee Monument, and other Confederate Associations are all live, active, efficient organizations. They have already completed the beautiful Confederate Monument, the Washington Artillery Monument, and the Statue of Stonewall Jackson, surmounting the tomb of the Army of Northern Virginia Association, in which all of the Association may find a burial place when called on to ‘cross over the river.’ The Army of Tennessee Association has just laid the corner stone of their tomb, which is to be surmounted by a beautiful statue of Albert Sidney Johnston, and the Lee Monument Association have completed a very handsome monument, on which is to be mounted a colossal statue of R. E. Lee, now being rapidly pushed to completion.

Besides this, these organizations have a benevolent feature, so wisely managed, and so liberally supported, that they never fail to provide for needy comrades, bury their dead, and take care of their widows and orphans. All honor to these noble workers! Would that Confederates everywhere would imitate their example!

And now, if they will add to all that they have done, an equal energy in putting on record the heroic deeds of ‘the men who wore the gray,’ then indeed will future generations say of them, ‘They have erected monuments more lasting than bronze— more enduring than marble or granite.’

Our trip over the ‘Crescent route’ to Houston, and thence down to


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