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Confederates buried at Oakwood Cem. { 1906 article}
Posted by: Nancie O'Sullivan (ID *****5614) Date: November 21, 2006 at 20:14:42
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{Confederate Veteran mag., dated August, 1906, page 363.}

DISTINGUISHED AND UNKNOWN DEAD
In his memorial address in April 26, 1906, at Montgomery, Ala., Maj. JOHN G. HARRIS said :
" Here in Oakwood Cemetery sleep some of Alabama's most illustrious men. Just yonder stands a noble shaft that marks the grave of perhaps the most famous and gifted leader of the South in 1860. Bold, fearless, eloquent, WILLIAM LOWNDES YANCEY, threw his matchless powers into the Southern cause and swept our people into a tornado of resistance to the encroachments upon our constitutional rights as he saw it. Here sleeps the grand old statesman whose character as a man , citizen , soldier, jurist brightens the pages of Alabama history. Rest in peace, THOMAS HILL WATTS. The children and grandchildren of your friends are honoring thy virtues and in silence recounting your glorious deeds. And over there , ' after life's fitful fever is o'er' , is the sleeping dust of the dashing, impeteuous soldier-patriot, GEN. JAMES H. CLANTON.Time would fail me to tell of the nobleness of soul and greatness of mind of STONE, ELMORE, CLOPTON, RICE, TROY, BIBB, LOMAX, TOMPKINS, the eloquent and gifted HILLIARD, and many others who have left the impress of their lives on the historic page of our commonwealth...
When I stand by the grave of a private Confederate soldier sleeping his last sleep, I am reminded of 'the heat and the burden of the day ' he so patiently bore guarding the army sleeping in the bivouac with a watchfulness akin to that of a mother over the couch of a darling child. Who are these men ? They belong to the rank and file of heroes. They fought ' for a principle' ".
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