Her great son of a Second Revolution.Thus it is that Virginia, true to the ennobling traditions of that mighty past, which teaches us that patriotism is patriotism and that principle is principle whether glorified by victory or shrouded in defeat, has reared a monument no less impressive and enduring to her greatest son of our second revolution—the peer in military genius, in patriotism, in constancy, and valor of that immortal ‘Rebel’ whose good blade carved out the freedom of the Western World. And here and now, my countrymen,
I tell you Lee shall ride
With that great “Rebel” down the years,
Twin “Rebels,” side by side—
And confronting such a vision,
All our grief gives place to pride.
Those two shall ride immortal,
And shall ride abreast of Time,
Shall light up stately history,
And blaze in epic rhyme—
Both patriots—both Virginians true—
Both “Rebels ” —both sublime.