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thought that the enemy held the road from James Island to Taylor's Island, and could bring reinforcements from that direction. Had he known that we had passed that road and cut the enemy off from that means of succor he would have continued the advance. The haste with which the enemy left the island, showed, conclusively, that their force was not deemed sufficient to hold their position. General Montgomery probably expected the attack to be renewed on the next day.

Ceremonies Connected with the Unveiling of the Statue of General Robert E. Lee, at Lee Circle, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 22, 1884.



Rear aloft the solid column—

Rear it high that men may see
How the valiant honor valor—
How the brave remember Lee.

Poise him on the lofty summit
Of the white enduring stone,
Where his form may linger, teaching
In dumb majesty alone.

Never braver spirit battled,
Never grander soldier shone,
Than this victor—vanquished only
When his hosts were overborne.

Give him greeting while he rises
On this monument to-day,
As the warrior who led armies
To the enemy's dismay;

As the hero thrice encompased—
Thrice outnumbered by the foe—
Who with all the odds against him.
Still resisted overthrow.

He, the leader of the legions—
He, the chieftain of the brave—
He, the model man and Christian,
Sleeping where the willows wave—

Shall be numbered with the noblest
That have ever swayed the world,
Though his cause be lost forever
And his fated flag be furled.