Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 234 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Jackson, a Logan and a Johnston is a common
heritage to all, and the memory of those
illustrious chieftains, who covered themselves
with a mantle of glory contending for a principle
which they believed to embody the
grand principles of American liberty, belong
to the blue and the gray alike.
"We, of to-day, have lived to see the animosities
of the war die out, and the snowwhite
dove of peace spreading her wings over
a free, contented and happy people, and we
see the soldiers and chieftains of both armies
marching side by side to the music of a reunited
brotherhood. We behold great Confederate
leaders mourning at the. death of
great Union captains and soldiers of the Federal
armies, and to-day the soldiers of the
Union army are sorrowfully placing flowery
chaplets on the graves of their brave and
great opponents. To-day we have no North,
no South, no East, no West, but one common
country, one common object, i. e., the paying
tribute to our heroic dead. Children of the
same family, attending in our youth divine
services in the same tabernacle, lisping loving
words to the great God of love in our
childhood at the same Sabbath-school, and
finally separated in bloody strife by a bloody
fratricidal war, we to-day feel that we are
gathered once more around the old hearthstone,
and worship the God of our forefathers,
sheltered and protected by one common flag.
That there should have been for a time heart
burnings and sectional animosities is but
natural; but now there has come to us,
through the light of a renewed prosperity, a
greater tolerance and a deeper respect, a hope
for a grand national future to be transmitted
to our children-born, it may be true, from
the echoes of thousands of marching feet,
from the heroic courage of many a battlefield,
from the lonely cot in many a hospital.
History has written on many a page the
heroic bravery of the sturdy son of the North
and the impetuous son of the sunny South
alike, and we of the blue and the gray, for
ourselves and our children, can thank the
God of love that from the chilly clime of
Alaska to the flowery everglades of Florida,
from the Atlantic to the Pacific, we are one
free, undivided and happy people, and reverentially
kneel under one banner of universal
liberty, and thank Divine Providence for our
renewed prosperity and an unbroken Union.
To you, my brothers and friends who wore
the gray, I, who wore the blue, for myself
and my old comrades in arms, can say with
true and heartfelt sincerity that you have
made a record for devotion to a principle,
bravery on the field of battle and loyalty in
time of peace that is worthy the emulation
of the civilized world, and added an additional
luster to the stars that illuminate the
written and unwritten record of the American
soldier; your record is ours and ours is
yours, and when future generations look back
your children and our children will have an
equal pride in claiming that their forefathers
were American soldiers.
"I see around me to-day a large attendance
of ladies. The women of America!
What a halo of glory clusters around the
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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/m1/234/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.