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Blue And Gray United

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Thirty-two vears of peace and prosperity have passetl since Chickarnauga battlefieid was made a conseerated spot to hearts of all trne Amerieans by tlie spillinir of the life blood of over 35,000 héroes, and dow the love of a reunited nation has made of that spot a national park to be ever reta i ned as a memento of the fact that the last vestige of strife and hatred between the Xorth and the South has been forever wiped away. The ceremonies of the dedication of Chickamauga park while they were simple were extremely impressive and many were the tears of joy shed by the grizzled veterans of the blue and the gray as a U. S. infantry band struck up the "Star Sprang-led Hanner,"' immediately after the national salute of 44 guns had been tired from Snodgrass hill. The exercises were held at Nnodgrass hill because its side formèd a national ampitheater and it was here that '■'". i'a.s ago for a mile the top and side were so thicklv covered vvith dead that one could walk all over it steppingfrom oue prostrate body to another. Among the distinguished participants were Yice President Stevenson, Secretary of the Navy Herbert, Secretary of the Interior Sinith. Attorne}' General Harmon, Postmasteï (ieneral VVilson, the governors of Yó states and scores upon scores of renowned men who took part in that great struggle. Fully 75,000 people were assembled when Vice President Stevenson was introduced and made the opening speech. After prayer by Rt. Kev. Uishop (iailor, of Tennesseé, the vast gathering sang the national hynm "Amorica," and they sang it as though they were iuspired. The blue turned to the gray and as their hands clasped in brotherly grip the tears flowed down their cheeks as together they joined their voices in that beautiful anthem. (ien. John M. Palmer, the venerable senator from Illinois, who risked his life on this battlefieid, made the Srst dedicatory address. When he carne forward his voice was husky and had a tremulous sound, but he told the story of the battle of Chickamauga, saying the naraes of but few of the fallen were known, but the courage and gallanir of all could be remembered. After another putriotic tune the battle-scarred veteran of the confederacj', wliom Lee called his "'right arm,' .lohn B. Gordon, of Georgia, was introduced. He was greeted with no less applause than accorded (en. I'almer, and he spoke with fully as miu'h enthusiasm and patriotism. (íen. James Longstreet then spoke upon Datriotism and urg-ed against foreign encroachinents npon American soil. When he had finished the vast coueourse sang "Auld Sang Lyne," and the exercises closed. Au enormous circus tent once used by Karnutn was used for the reunión of the Army of the Tennessee, Union and Confedérate, and it was jammed for two nights with veterans who came to hear their old leaders give patriotic addresses. Gov. l phaniM liroke His Leg. Gov. W. Upham, of Wisconsin, feü while going up Lookout Mountain, and broke his leg. He stepped upon the skirt of his daughter's dress, causing him to fall. The 'Inning Eierclse. The ceremonies of the last day of the battletield park dedication opened with a grand civic and military parade. The visiting cabinet offcers, governors and their stalïs and the various military organizations took part. It brought more people into ('hattanooga thau had been there at any one time since the dedication began. The formal exercises of the day were held in the big Barnum tent near the government building and were presided over by Vice President Stevenson. After music Re. Dr. S. T. Niccolis, of SSt. Louis, offered prayer. The first address was by Geo. V. üchs, mayor of C huttanooga. Then Senator Bate, of Tennessee, delivered an eloquent oration. Next tbere was musie and then Gen. Chas. Grosvenor. of Ohio; (iovs. Morton, of New York; Woodbury, of Vermont; Aratthews, of Indiana, and Turney, of Tennessee, each made short addresses.


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