Oct. 20, 1906 - In a downpour of rain, Confederate veterans assisted
the Union veterans to dedicate three monuments today on the Bull
Run battlefield, at Groveton, to the memory of those members of
the Fifth, Tenth, and Fourteenth regiments of the New York Volunteers
who fell there in battle more than forty years ago.
Every preparation had been made to make the dedication services
a splendid success. Wagons had been chartered, and every homestead
expected to furnish at least one representative at the exercises,
but the almost unprecedented rain rendered the roads well-nigh impassable
and only a few hundred persons, undaunted by wind, rain, and mud,
braved the elements to show hospitality to the one time foe.
Order of Procession
The following was the order of the procession: Mounted escort of
Confederate veterans, Manassas band; marshal, Lieut. George C. Round,
U.S.A.; assistant marshal, Col. Edmund Berkeley, C.S.A., and assistants;
Manassas Picket Post of Union Veterans, Fourteenth New York Regiment
veterans, their families and friends; Fifth New York Regiments,
their families and friends; Tenth New York Regiments, their families
and friends; other veterans, Union and Confederate.
Bird S. Coler, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, presided at
the dedication exercises, and Col. Edmund Berkeley, one of
the heroes of the Eighth Virginia Regiment, delivered the address
of welcome saying in part:
"No greater proof could be possible that we have now
a reunited country, from which all feeling of sectionalism and
bitterness are passing away and destined to become a thing of
the past, than to see the men who wore the blue uniting with the
men who wore the gray in such a work of love as they are engaged
in today, and in which Ewell Camp of the Confederate Veterans,
through me, its commander, wishes them godspeed.
We who participated in the bloody battles of brothers fought
around this spot nearly a half century ago are standing here today
possessed with the supreme satisfaction of knowing that not one
single drop of precious blood was shed in vain; that not one single
drop was shed that did not fulfill the purpose intended for it
by the Almighty in cementing together indissolubly the warring
sections of our country into one great united whole, making it
the greatest country upon earth, the admiration and envy of all
nations, ever to remain first and foremost until Gabriel's bugle
blast shall sound the great final reveille."