Ceremonies at the Dedication of the Soldiers' Monument: In Concord, Mass

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B. Tolman, 1867 - Concord (Mass.) - 75 pages
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Page 33 - Every principle is a war-note. When the rights of man are recited under any old government, every one of them is a declaration of war. War civilizes, rearranges the population, distributing by ideas,— the innovators on one side, the antiquaries on the other. It opens the eyes wider. Once we were patriots up to the townbounds, or the state-line. But when you replace the love of family or clan by a principle, as freedom, instantly that fire runs over the state-line into New Hampshire, Vermont, New...
Page 47 - ... word was sent by General Barnes that when we retired we should fall back under cover of the woods. This order was communicated to Colonel Prescott, whose regiment was then under the hottest fire. Understanding it to be a peremptory order to retire then, he replied, "I don't want to retire; I am not ready to retire; I can hold this place," and he made good his assertion.
Page 19 - Recognizing that the task now before them was of the character of a forlorn hope, knowing well that no man could here count on escaping death, the soldiers, without sign of shrinking from the sacrifice, were seen quietly pinning on the breast of their blouses of blue, slips of paper on which each had written his name...
Page 32 - This new Monument is built to mark the arrival of the nation at the new principle, — say, rather, at its new acknowledgment, for the principle is as old as Heaven, — that only that state can live, in which injury to the least member is recognized as damage to the whole.
Page 34 - Boston, and no chemist can discriminate between one soil and the other. It lifts every population to an equal power and merit. As long as we debate in council, both sides may form their private guess what the event may be, or which is the strongest. But the moment you cry " Every man to his tent, O Israel ! " the delusions of hope and fear are at an end ; — the strength is now to be tested by the eternal facts. There will be no doubt more. The world is equal to itself. The secret architecture of...
Page 38 - ... of resource, the helping hand, and then the moral qualities of a commander, — a patience not to be tired out, a serious devotion to the cause of the country that never swerved, a hope that never failed. He was a puritan in the army, with traits that remind one of John Brown, — an integrity incorruptible, and an ability that always rose to th'e need.
Page 52 - There are people who can hardly read the names on yonder bronze tablet, the mist so gathers in their eyes. Three of the names are of sons of one family. A gloom gathers on this assembly, composed as it is of kindred men and women, for, in many houses, the dearest and noblest is gone from their hearthstone. Yet it is tinged with light from heaven. A duty so severe has been discharged, and with such immense results of good, lifting private sacrifice to the sublime, that, though the cannon volleys have...
Page 18 - Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth For ever, and to noble deeds give birth, Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame, And leave a dead unprofitable name — Finds comfort in himself and in his cause; And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws His breath in confidence of Heaven's applause: This is the happy Warrior; this is He That every Man in arms should wish to be.
Page 5 - Here, On the 19th of April, 1775, Was made The first forcible resistance To British aggression. On the opposite Bank, Stood the American Militia. Here stood the invading Army, And on this spot The first of the enemy fell In the War of that Revolution Which gave Independence To these United States. In gratitude to God, And In the love of freedom, This Monument Was erected AD 1836.
Page 49 - On the night of the thirtieth, — " The hardest day we ever had. We have been in the first line twenty-six days, and fighting every day but two ; whilst your newspapers talk of the inactivity of the Army of the Potomac. If those writers could be here and fight all day, and sleep in the trenches, and be called up several times in the night by picket-firing, they would not call it inactive.

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