Ex-Governor Lowry's address.
Touchingly he Dwells upon the cause for which the South fought.
Here another large audience assembled, and ex-Governor Lowry
delivered the oration of the day, with one of the finest efforts that has distinguished his career as a public speaker.
He spoke in part as follows:
Comrades, Ladies and Fellow Citizens
.—I accept the invitation to address you to-day, for Vicksburg
could make no request of me to which I would not endeavor to respond, and for the further reason that I desired to be present on this interesting occasion, as it affords the opportunity of meeting old and valued comrades, and participate in paying a deserved tribute to our fallen heroes, who gave up their lives in defense of the Southern
cause in this heroic and historic city.
I cannot imagine anything more gratifying, more in keeping with the fitness of things, a truer index to the human heart than for Southern soldiers to meet together annually, grasp hands, and talk over scenes that have a green place in the heart of every veteran.