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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
stain on me. I rejoice at its results. I meet
my brother man of the Federal army. I do
not feel humiliated or degraded. Then I
stood for my country as he stood by his; I
stood for Texas, the State whose lone-star flag
as a republic sheltered me in my infancy.
I owe it to that State, my country. I fought
for Texas as you fought for Massachusetts or
New York. (Applause.) In these times of
peace we meet in good fellowship, each rejoicing
that in the other he finds the hero
worthy of his steel. How measure the glory
of Gettysburg, of Fredericksburg, or of the
last charge, where the current wave of secession
and rebellion reached its height? By the
resistance it overcame. If the armies under
Grant, Thomas and Logan had fought cowards,
would Grant, Thomas and Logan and the brave
men who stood beside them be entitled to
the name of heroes? No one earns credit for
striking a cripple; no man earns credit in
this day for overcoming a foe not worthy of
his steel. The unconquerable courage of the
Confederate soldier made the glory of the
Federal general. When we remember Grant
let us look at him as a hero, let us see him as
he handed back the sword to Lee. Place
that to his credit. As we look to Lincoln
let us remember every kind and generous act
he did-that greatest of great men-and
when you, my men of the Grand Army of the
Republic, think of the Confederacy, remember
only her suffering and all that she lost in
that most terrible of wars. Slavery abolished,
I rejoice with you in these things; but do
not charge that which made heroes in bitterness
to us. It was well that the war came
when it did; that it was fought by the men
who fought it and that it ended as it did end.
We performed our duties faithfully and well,
and we are thankful that there came from it
a higher salvation-a better promise than
the man who participated in it ever dreamed
of. We can all rejoice in this day, returning
as it will return blessed by the people of this
country. May it, as each one of those here
passes beyond the river to that eternal camping
ground, be an incentive to the closer
union of the people of this.country!
" We are to-day the superior of the earth.
Let this inspire every American heart of today.
This 65,000,000 of people, blessed as
we are with our free institutions, located as
we are, upheld by the strong arm of our
Government, can defy the civilization of the
world to put foot upon these grounds and
conquer or harm us. (Applause.)"
TRINITY RIVER NAVIGATION.
While many skiffs and canoes had traversed
the Trinity from Dallas to its mouth from
the earliest settlement of the county, no
steamboat had ever arrived at Dallas over this
stream until in May, 1868, when Captain J.
H. McGarvey and wife, with Philip Dugin,
engineer, and one hand, arrived in a steamer
called "Job Boat No. 1:" dimensions,
66 x 20 feet, bearing twenty-six tons' burden.
This boat was licensed as the law required
to traverse the waters on Galveston
and its tributaries.
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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/m1/238/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.