A King once said of a Prince struck down,I would like to speak of the ‘ancient and unbred integrity of the people of North Carolina,’ their valor and courage in the war between the Government and the Confederate States, which levied the tribute of death from all ranks—but I must keep within the lines your partiality has traced for me. I venture these remarks at the risk of fatiguing your patience. I have marveled these twenty and odd years at the extraordinary performances of the Army of Northern Virginia, and tried to analyze
Taller he seems in death;
And this speech holds true for now as then,
'Tis after death that we measure men,
And as mists of the past are rolled away,
Our heroes, who died in their tattered gray,
Grow taller and greater in all their parts,
Till they fill our minds as they fill our hearts,
And for those that lament them there is this relief,
That glory sits by the side of grief.
Yes, they grow taller as the years pass by,
And the world learns how they could do and die.
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