July 3, 1913 2:30 P.M.

Excerpts from Vice President Thomas R. Marshall’s speech this afternoon, recently concluded:

“Thank God, this occasion marks in the American mind the high tide of glory for the common soldier. North and South. It were vain to speak of right or wrong upon this occasion. Rather let us remember that this could happen only in America; that no where else upon the habitable globe could men, who fifty years ago had engaged in stormy conflict, meet and clasp hands as brethren under the same flag.”

“For the future, let me hope that the sons of your loins may be worthy of their high heritage, and that if in the times to come there should be needed men to spring to the defense of a principle, there will be no disloyal son born to a man who wore the Blue or who wore the Gray.”

“Our country, God bless her! May the music of freedom never cease to be heard amid the coal fields of Pennsylvania or among the rustling cornfields of Indiana, beside the still waters of the North or where within our broad arm ports of the South can safely ride at anchor the commerce of a hundred million of freemen.”

Between June 29th and July 4th, 2013 our posts will come to us courtesy of the “blogging time machine” we have secretly and mysteriously sent a century into the past to the site of the Great Reunion at Gettysburg.

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