makes abundantly evident.
On the other hand, General Maury
has an excellent record from the day he left West Point
until the present time.
In 1859 he compiled the tactics for mounted riflemen, which for many years afterward were followed by the United States cavalry.
A Virginian and a devoted Southerner, he took his place with his own people in a war that he had no hand in provoking.
After the surrender and the restoration of the imperiled Union he returned at once to peaceful pursuits, and, among other occupations, organized and conducted the Southern Historical Society. Ten years later he gave to the national war records' office the vast and valuable collection of historical material which the society had accumulated.
In 1879 General Maury
set on foot the movement for the development and coherent organization of the militia of the country, and has ever since been one of the most active members of the executive committee of the National Guard Association of America
In a word, General Maury
is as devoted and patriotic a citizen and as genuine a representative of a class, to-day, as is his distinguished correspondent, General Colby
He compressed into a single sentence the feeling of all the brave and honorable men, who, like him, fought in defence of their profound convictions when he wrote to General Colby
and said: ‘When next we fight, General, it will be side by side.’
It is pleasant and reassuring to read such letters as were interchanged between these two gallant survivors of the war of thirty years ago. The return to General Maury
of the tattered Confederate flag that floated over his headquarters constitutes only the vehicle for an utterance of sentiments that do honor to American manhood.
Such restorations have been frequent during the past twenty years, and in every instance they have been productive of the happiest results.
They have brought out the fact that gallant men are very much alike in every quality that goes to make good citizens, and they show that the glory and perpetuity of the Union
stand in no peril at the hands of those who took up arms for the Confederacy