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[97] our allegiance to truth, honor and vested rights impugned, or our genuine manhood drawn into controversy at our own homes and within the shadow of our cherished monuments. To our descendants do we naturally and confidently look for the protection of our posthumous reputations. They should be the guardians—they are the legitimate transmitters of the aims, doctrines, and principles which we held dearer than life.

Permit me, then, to make this suggestion for your consideration and future action. Let our sons, by virtue of heirship, be admitted as junior members of this Association; so that when we pass into the realm of shadows there may be those, sprung from our loins and inheriting our sentiments, who will regard with pride and cherish with devotion the recollections which we deem sacred, and see to it that in the Pantheon wherein honest history shall set up the images of the good and great, there shall be room—ample, honorable, and preeminent—accorded to the statutes of Davis and Lee and Jackson and and Johnson and Hampton and of their noble compatriots who imperiled all in the defence of home, in the cause of truth, in the maintenance of right, in the support of freedom, and in the exhibition of every trait appertaining to exalted manhood.

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