Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 230 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Freedoml's sons turn with bated steps to the
last resting places of Freedom's martyrs.
From countless hills and valleys ascends the
music to the martial dirge. Chaplets and
wreaths crown all of virtue that could die of
our valiant host, The measured cadence of
the memorial gun, answering from city to
city and from State to State, stirs the heart of
the land. The national banner, heavy with
the symbols of our loss, canopies the tombs
of those who upheld it, even to the shadow
of death. The soldier tread of veterans recalls
the scene in which those whose memory
we revive to-day acted so well their part.
"They sleep, that silent host; some with
their kindred dust, others under the sod of
Virginia, beside the rocks of the Alleghanies,
and on all the red fields from the peninsula
to the Appomattox; from Gettysburg to the
gulf. They sleep at Arlington, at Shiloh, at
Andersonville, in the wilderness, in the
romantic southwest, and all along the great
narch from Atlanta to the sea. In an especial
manner we were in fellowship with those
who rest from their labors; yea, and we are
in fellowship with them still. To us they
will always be what they can not be to those
who were not permitted to share with them,
as we did, the days, the scenes and experiences
that made us comrades.
"' The glorious fraternity of the camp, the
march, the battle, the trenches, the vigils that
wearied out the stars, can not be dissolved by
death. Those of our companions in war who
have halted and lain down in the bivouac
that no trumpet shall disturb are yet of us
and so forevermore will be. We are again
in the dust of the charging column, in tile
rifle pits, or on the raid. We hear once
more the shriek of the shell and the thrilling
notes that sound the charge. We know, as
others can not, how our fallen brothers suffered,
fought and fell. By the beating of
our hearts we feel their spirits with us today,
and we breathe a vow, like Lincoln, registered
in heaven, that so far as in us lies
they shall not have died in vain.
"Our army is marching on. Slowly but
surely moves the long array. As one by one
we pass the picket at the gates of death, our
lessening ranks will mark the flight of time
till the last veteran totters from the field.
Yes, the hour.hastens when at the order of
our great commander we must follow our departed
comrades. Every year our lines are
thinning, our numbers growing less. When
a few more summers shall have passed but a
handful of bent and aged men will be left to
represent the Grand Army of the Republic
and to repeat the dirge of the dead. Next
they, too, will be mustered out and the saviors
of America will be numbered with the
brothers who have gone before, and even the
graves where they sleep will disappear. But
ere the story of their valor dies out, or the
result of their heroism ceases to uplift mankind,
the rivers by which they sleep will be
dry and the mountains where they fought
will be level with the plains.
" And the women of 1861-wives, sisters,
mothers-who can say enough of their devotion?
Their ministrations, counsels, gifts,
Here’s what’s next.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/230/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.