Excerpt from Contributions to a History of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion: Pamphlet No. 1
I suppose that some of you have visited the beau tiful cemetery of Laurel Hill - the Pere-la-chaise of Philadel phia - and gazed, at the entrance, upon that exquisite memorial entablatu... re representing Old Mortality with his chisel and mal let, renewing the inscriptions upon the moss - covered tombs of the Covenanters; and each one has drawn his own moral from the instructive scene. The Scotch and the English have long since settled their differences, and harmonized into a common form of government. But the memories of the great principles which led to the formation of the League of the Covenant are still cherished by the one and respected by the other of those two great peoples.
The founders of the Howitzer Association had in view a pur pose to cherish sympathies among its members, and to keep alive memories growing out of the great war between the States. Whatever was wrong, on which ever side in that greatest Con¿ict of modern history, let Time, bearing alms for oblivion, bury amid the ruins of the past; but whatever was noble, and What ever was true, it is your duty and your object to preserve it in a casket of gold, and transmit it as an untarnished heritage to suc ceeding generations. We leave to the casuists and philosophers of future history to determine and settle to their own satisfaction many questions upon which the survivors of that con¿ict are not prepared to agree.
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