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[212] sunshine day by day. To them and their comrades on land and sea, their grateful and bereaved countrymen have erected and now consecrate this monument, although their names may be forgotten and their resting places be neglected, their fame shall never pass away. And

On some day, before his throne,
We will find where God's angels dwell,
They are no more unknown.

And there when, amid the resplendent glories of the supernal world shall be called the roll of the mighty and renowned men who have lived, and labored and suffered, and fought and died for liberty and the advancement of mankind, every Confederate soldier, unrepentant and unabashed, shall answer ‘I am here.’

Miss C. T. Raoul, credited with having fired the gun that proclaimed Alabama's secession, leaning on Colonel Sanford's arm, crossed the space intervening between the platform and the infantryman's statue which was yet concealed under the canvas draping. Jerking the string that held this draping in place, Miss Raoul recited her own beautiful lines that are inscribed under the statue:

Fame's temple boasts no higher name,
     No king is higher on his throne,
No glory shines with brighter gleam,
     The name of Patriot stands alone.

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