United in death.
And in the doing of it the State Department of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Military order of the Loyal Legion
, the Chief Executive
of the Commonwealth
, through his representative, the delegates from over twenty Massachusetts
Grand Army posts, and many private citizens, gave Massachusetts
the proud privilege of demonstrating completely and convincingly the reality of a reconciliation which to-day knows no Mason
and Dixon line.
And while President
has voiced a desire to see the graves of the Confederate
dead displaying tokens of Northern tribute, Massachusetts
Grand Army men have gone a step further, and have sought out and ministered in sickness and poverty to a one-time Confederate, and, at death, have garlanded his casket with flowers and done him the homage of a military burial, even as to one of their own. For though foes sometime in life, in death they were not divided.
And more than this can no man do.
To the solemn tones of the great church organ the G. A. R. veterans marched down the isle to their places on the left.
On the right sat a delegation from the Red
and Blue Club
of boys from the Bulfinch Place church
, their banner at the head of one of the pews.
At the foot of the platform sat Department Commander W. H. Bartlett
, Junior Vice-Commander George M. Fiske
, Assistant Inspector-General S. S. Sturgeon
, Assistant Adjutant-General Warren B. Stetson
, Assistant A. D. C., J. A. Ward
and the Rev. Edward A. Horton
of Post 113, G. A. R.
The casket was covered with a modest but tasteful display of carnations, calla lilies, and laurel and ivy wreaths, which rested above the Stars and Stripes of a reunited country.
The department colors stood at the left, with the State
flag on the right.