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Page 479 of Confederate operations in Canada and New York

in canada and new york 479 being made will render the necessity of short duration: but the history of the army has shown that the country can require no sacrifice too great for its patriotic devotion. Soldiers! you tread, with no unequal steps, the road by which your fathers marched through suffering, privation, and blood to independence! Continue to emulate in the future, as you have in the past, their patient endurance of hardships, their high resolve to be free, which no trial could shake, no bribe seduce, no danger appall: and be assured that the just God, who crowned their efforts with success, will, in His own good time, send down His blessing upon yours. (Signed.) R. E. Lee, General. The record of General Lee appears to be the record of all the Confederate commanders. The survivors, and the descendants of all who suffered and died in vain for the South, need never hang their heads, or whisper to mankind, the true story of the battles, or of the Confederate record of humanity and honor in. the conduct of the conflict for Southern independence. The following lines were written by Philip Stanhope Wormsley, of Oxford University, England, in the dedication of his translation of Homer's Iliad to Gen. Robert E. Lee, "The most stainless of earthly commanders, and, except in fortune, the greatest." The grand old bard that never dies, Receive him in our English tongue; I send thee, but with weeping eyes, The story that he sung. Thy Troy is fallen, thy dear land Is marred beneath the spoiler's heel; I cannot trust my trembling hand To write the things I feel. Ah, realm of tombs! but let her bear This blazon to the end of time. No nation rose so white and fair, None fell so pure of crime.

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