r country and the cause they believed to be just.
Pleasure in being able to participate in the ceremonies to-day, which tell us that time has not dimmed our love and admiration for our dead comrades.
Pride in the remembrance of the glorious deeds won by Pegram's Battalion on sixty-three hard-fought battlefields.
I am sorry that one more gifted by nature than myself has not been chosen to respond.
But, sir, no one could have been selected who reverences the name of Pegram more than I. Willie Pegram was my school-mate.
I knew him as a boy; I knew him as a man; I knew him as a soldier.
It was my good fortune to serve part of the war on the staff of his knightly brother; and there I learned to know him better as a soldier than I had as a boy.
To you men who served under him, nothing I can say will add to your love, respect and admiration in which you held him. As a Christian, as a gentleman, as a soldier.
Brave as he was generous, generous as he was just.
Young men and old, th