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[254] Artillery. You see around you men who have been in the fore-front of battle; you see the father of the command, Colonel Walton, who has devoted a life to the service and welfare of the Washington Artillery. To whose tact, coolness and decision, the battalion owes much. His superior qualities as a commanding officer, and as a diplomat, have done much both in war and in peace to keep the battalion intact, and to preserve our esprit de corps.

And with such men as Eschleman, Richardson, Hero, Bayne, Dupuy, Kursheedt, McElroy, O'Brien, Fuqua, De Russey, Holmes, Palfrey, Leverich, and our whole host of veterans, the command will not lack backers and advisors for the future. And in the words of Coleridge, when

These good knights are dust,
And their good swords are rust;
Their souls with God, we trust,

they will leave you a precious legacy, of which you should be proud. Preserve it carefully without blemish, for it is purified by the blood of brave men; and should your country need you in case of foreign war, stand manfully by your country's flag, and this your ancient device, ‘Try us.’

Show the world that the courage and honor of the Washington Artillery live forever. For until our eyes grow dim, this Tiger's Head will serve to strengthen in us our memories and associations of the past. And to our children it will speak most eloquently of the past battles of their sires, of our struggles, of our victories and our defeats, of our living and of our gallant dead. Our cross of honor it shall be unto the great ‘Resurrection Morn.’ And

When the long years have rolled slowly away
Even to the dawn of Earth's funeral day,
When at the Archangel's trumpet and tread
Rise up the faces and forms of the dead,
When the great world its last judgment awaits,
When the blue sky shall swing open its gates,
And one long column march silently through,
Past the Great Captain for final review;
Then for the blood that has flowed for the right,
Crowns shall spring upward, untarnished and bright:
Then the glad ear of the war-martyr's son
Proudly shall hear the glad tidings, ‘Well done!’

And with Schiller, we conclude:

Brothers, God grant, when this life is o'er,
In the life to come we may meet once more.

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