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Men of the noblest type.

Raise monuments to their memory, and with each returning season strew their graves with flowers of field and garden, and by these things let your children and children's children be taught that the heroes of the Lost Cause were not rebels and traitors, but men of the noblest type, who were ready to do, to dare, and to die in obedience to the call of duty. Go on with the work, and the brave, the true of every land, will approve such conduct. No one who wore the blue, and who was a soldier, will say aught against it. Only those who were peace-like in war and warlike in peace will condemn. ‘He jests at scars who never felt a wound.’ We covet not their praise, nor will we be deterred by their censure.

A few more words and I am done. To the rising generation I would deliver a message. Soon ‘taps’ for ‘lights out’ will sound [363] for all who wore the gray, and they will go to answer roll-call on the other shore. Will you permit the memory of their deeds of daring, their knightly valor, their devotion to principle, to perish from off the earth, or will you take up the work when other hands shall droop and fail, and see that they shall live in the history of coming years? True, they fought and lost, but is that all?

Is that all? Was duty naught?
     Love and Faith made blind with tears?
What the lessons that they taught?
     What the glory that they caught
From the onward sweeping years?

Here are they who marched away,
     Followed by our hopes and fears;
Nobler never went than they
     To a bloodier, madder fray,
In the lapse of all the years.

Garlands still shall wreathe the swords
     That they drew amid our cheers;
Children's lispings, women's words,
     Sunshine, and the songs of birds
Greet them here through all the years.

With them ever shall abide
     All our love and all our prayers.
‘What of them?’ the battle's tide
     Hath not scathed them. Lo, they ride
Still with Stuart down the years.

Where are they who went away,
     Sped with smiles that changed to tears?
Lee yet leads the lines of gray-
     Stonewall still rides down this way;
They are Fame's through all the years.

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