While we speak of the Confederate
soldier, there rises before us the image of his antagonist, whom none that fought him would ever depreciate.
He came at the call of his State, the earthly tribunal before which it was our faith all men should bow.
He believed, and had been reared to believe, that the future of the Republic
demanded but one flag between the seas.
's charge at Gettysburg
, nor Cleburne
's at Franklin
, outshone in vain but glorious valor, the lustre of the assault at Marye's Heights
, and his mad charges at Spotsylvania
and Cold Harbor.
He had grander courage yet-he did not mock us at Appomattox
Had these men the power to control the peace, the Southern
soldier had been spared the hardest of the trials that came to him with the end of armed hostilities.