Memorial Day—Remember the Veterans

Democratic Thinker, Memorial Day

Following Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, the Federal batteries begin to fire triumphal salutes. General Grant orders the celebrations stopped—“The war is over; the rebels are again our countrymen; the best way to celebrate the victory will be to abstain from all demonstrations in the field.

“His First and Last Surrender.”

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Toll! bells of the nation, toll!

For Grant, our brave defender,

The hero true, who made to Death

“His first and last surrender;”

Toll! O bells, to-day,

And let your echoes roll

Solemnly, mournfully

O’er all the land

From strand to strand;

Toll! bells of the nation, toll!

For Liberty’s defender.

Rise! sons of the nation, rise!

And love’s true homage render

To him who grandly made to Death

“His first and last surrender;”

Lament, O world, to-day,

And let the earth and skies

Silently, mournfully

Be witness to their grief

Who mourn an honored chief;

Mourn, sons of the nation, mourn,

For Grant, our brave defender.

—Anonymous.

Contributed by Democratic Thinker.