loyal sons will hold her traditions of honor in disesteem.
The defence of Charleston
, in which Captain Frank Harleston
bore his faithful part, will ever be as honored and as honorable as the defense of Charleston
nearly a hundred years before it. Fort Sumter
is as bright a star on the shield of Carolina
as the Palmetto Fort
The names of the officers and men who for four years defended Fort Sumter
against the combined and continued assaults of the army and navy of the United States
will never be forgotten in South Carolina
They will live in hallowed recollection of their splendid conduct, in admiration of their skill and courage, and in grateful memory of their self-sacrifice.
It was the lot of Harleston
to give his life in illustration of the principles of duty
that had formed the basis of his education and training.
How simple the details of a cadet's life!
How often the call to the duty of the hour!
And how deep the lessons
are written in the character
of those cadets, who refusing to be driven
to their tasks, move with spirit
and heart, at the tap of the steel, and take up the duty as an obligation too sacred to be shunned or shirked.
This is my recollection of Harleston
We were fellow-cadets and friends, and I had the honor for a short time, of being his instructor; and I recall him today as I knew and loved him then; modest, firm, manly, gentle, intelligent, true
The call of duty
to Frank was the call of honor
And, young gentlemen, the cheerful discharge
of duty brought him deserved honor here, at the Citadel; yonder, at Fort Sumter
; and wreathes his name and memory with these fresh and beautiful chaplets of flowers.
The Governor of the State
gave him an appointment as First Lieutenant
in the immortal First Regiment South Carolina Regular Artillery, in February, 1861.
In January, 1862, he was promoted Captain
of Company D., and assigned to duty at Fort Sumter
I cannot enter at this hour into a recital of the incidents of that duty.
They belong to the history of the defence of Fort Sumter
; a defence which has no parallel in our great struggle, and which, in some respects, has no parallel in military history.
You, who did not see and know Fort Sumter
before the 10th of July, 1863, can form no idea of its lofty battlements and towering walls, from the simple earth-work you see to-day!