Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 237 of 1,110
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HISTOR Y OF DALLAtS COUNTY.
in this because it keeps afresh in this country
memories of thle men and women of the heroic
times of our war that ouglht not to perishl.
(Appla use.) I regret tllhat it could be found
in the heart of any one to say that the sacrifices
of the wonen of the N orth or South in
the time of war should have been forgotten.
(Applause.) I tell you that the spirit of the
departed men of this country when they
placed arms in the hands of their sons, and of
tle women \who, with their own delicate
hands and with their eyes bathed in tears,
made tl)e flag and gave it into tle keeping of
their sons, saying, 'Go, my boy, carry this
flag wlhoere honor bids, and come back witli it
or upon it,' ought not to be forgotten. (Applause.)
" We are charged witl preserving and
maintaining free institutions. Is there a man
here who carried a musket tlat does pot rememnber
some blessing from woman's lips
tlhat followed himn from tlhe old hearthstone
to the battlefield? Is there one here wlho
lfTfered with wounds in tle hospital or on
tle field that has not occasion to gratefully
ememnber tlle tender office of solme blessed
woman? Our children ougllt not to be pernitted
to forget them. Then you do a serv'ic
to your country and justice to your ownl
feelings of virtue when the mothers of to-day
eadt their little children and watch thenl
trew flowers around tie graves of fallen hleoes
of both carnies. Thle war, witlh its dissters
to tlie cause in whici tile hopes of my
youngg manhood were wrapped, an1d in which
offored lmy best efforts, ended leaving no
whose hands the God of the inevitable ever
gave control of the destinies of nations or
met,, wrntg from the Anglo-Saxon, N orman ?
anid Celts--a people born to rule wherever
they tnay he domiciled. I rejoice in the sernity
of this (lay. I rejoice that a reunited
people sapak of Lincoln in words of blessing.
Mothers whose sons yieldeld up their lives in
the hlopeless cause of the Confederacy owe
their misfortune not to Lincoln, from whose
lips at unkind or bitter word never sprung,
whlom heart in the midst of tlhe most terrible
and trying ordeal of war eternally and evermore
overflowing with tle milk of humanity.
Whether in shedding tears over tlie remains
of the gallant Ellsworthl; or whether we hear
the words of cheer lie spoke to tle men of
the army of tle republic on the field of
Gettysburg. Lincoln stands tlhe same, a philoMopher,
atatesIman and hero. For myself,
although I have turned the mile post of tlhe
histor' of life, I would shoulder arms again 1
rather than see the chains of slavery put upon t
1imlt,. I would fight for tile flag of y my
uMttIry again rtlher than see this union of
Mates di'i)olved. I rejoice tlhat the institutions
of ilavery are dead. (Applause.) 1 rejoice
tihat tih is an indissoluble union of indestructible
States, and I trust in God that it mnay
always Ii plrpetual to show to wllat lofty f
height, what broad eminence, thle Anglo
Sxvn rate undtr free institutions ay attain
41 rejoiet, too, at our development. I r
nrjtce that theo ittilt girls and boys otf tilis
, Uevration art taught to reverence tile graves
of the fallent hroes of lbtl armies. I rejoice
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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/m1/237/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.