Address of Col. Charles Marshall

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Excerpt from Address of Col. Charles Marshall: Before the Va; Division of the Army of Northern Virginia, at Their Annual Meeting, Held at the Capitol in Richmond, October 29, 1874

Mr. President and Fellow Soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia:

When the Executive Committee honored me with the invitation that brings me before you to-night, I was at a loss to choose from the teeming annals of the Army of Northern Virginia a subject appropriate to the occasion, and one that my information would enable me to present without trespassing too much upon your patience.

The short history of that Army is crowded with events and incidents which will furnish material to the historian, the orator, the poet and the painter as long as heroic courage, uncomplaining endurance, magnanimity in the hour of victory, and fortitude under adverse fortune, continue to command the admiration and attract the sympathy of mankind.

But I do not feel at liberty to choose at will from those incidents, nor can 1 venture to utter the thoughts that start first to my mind as I look upon the faces of old comrades in arms, and upon some young faces that remind me of comrades who have passed away. I dare not trust myself to speak to you of those memories of our army life, dearest to the heart of a soldier, but which make no part of the worlds history of war. Time does not permit me to attempt a description of any of the great battles in which you bore an honorable part, nor would such a description, however accurate, as well illustrate the magnitude of the service performed by the Army of Northern Virginia, or afford as clear a view of the difficulties against which it had to contend, and of the burden imposed upon its courage and endurance, as will be derived from the subject to which I propose to invite your attention, if I can succeed in presenting that subject properly. Indeed, it require no little courage to undertake to fight any of the battles of the war "o'er again."

It has been sixty years since Waterloo, and to this day writers are not agreed as to the facts of that famous battle.

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EAN: 9781331038429
ISBN: 1331038421
Untertitel: Before the Va; Division of the Army of Northern Virginia, at Their Annual Meeting, Held at the Capitol in Richmond, October 29, 1874 (Classic Reprint). Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2015
Seitenanzahl: 28 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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