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We can only state and without discussing at all our last inquiry, which is:

(4) Which side conducted itself the better and according to the rules of civilized warfare pending the conflict?

With the notoriously infamous records of the conduct of Sheridan, Hunter, and Milroy in the Valley (to say nothing of how far Grant participated in that conduct), of that of Pope and Steinwehr in Piedmont, Va., of that of Butler in Norfolk and New Orleans, and, worse than all, the confessed vandalism of Sherman on his "March to the Sea," together with his burning Atlanta and Columbia, the last stimulated and encouraged by Halleck, the chief of staff of the armies of the Union; and then contrast all this with the humane order of General Lee, on his campaign of invasion into Pennsylvania, and the conduct of his army in that campaign, and there can be but one answer to this inquiry. That answer is that the South did right and that the North did wrong.

"God holds the scales of justice;

He will measure praise and blame.
And the South will stand the verdict,
And will stand it without shame."

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the History Committee,

U. C. V.





At the dedication of Jackson Memorial Hall, Virginia Military Institute, and repeated before R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, C. V. Richmond, Va., July 9th, 1897.


Mr. President, General, Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I understand, and I beg this audience to understand, that I am here to-day, not because I have any place among the orators, or am able to do anything except "to speak right on" and "tell you that which you yourselves do know," but because the noblest heritage I shall hand down to my children is the fact, that Stonewall Jackson condescended to hold and to treat me as his friend. I know, and you know, that as long as valor and virtue are honored among men, as long as greatness of mind and grandeur of soul excite our admiration, as long as Virginia parents desire noble examples to set before their sons, and as long as there dwells in the souls of Virginia boys that fire of native nobleness which can be kindled by tales of heroic endeavor, so long will Virginia men and women be ready to hear of the words and the deeds of Virginia's heroic sons, and, therefore, ready and glad to hear how valorous and how virtuous, how great and how grand, in every thought and action, was the Virginian of whom I speak to-day-to know in what awesome Titanic mould was cast that quiet Professor who once did his duty here; that silent stranger, whom no man knew until "the fire of God fell upon him in the battle-field," as it did upon Arthur-the fire by which Sir Launcelot knew him for his king-the fire that like the "live coal from off the altar touched the lips" of Jackson and brought from them that kingly voice which the eagle of victory knew and obeyed. For a king was Stonewall Jackson, if ever royalty, anointed as by fire, appeared among men.

When Egypt, or Persia, or Greece, or Rome was the world; when the fame of a king reached the borders of his own dominion but scarcely crossed them; when a great conqueror was known as far as his banners could fly; friends (or enemies) could assign a warrior's rank amongst mankind and his place in history. These lat.[193]


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