Quotation by William Howard Taft

That we can come here today and in the presence of thousands and tens of thousands of the survivors of the gallant army of Northern Virginia and their descendants, establish such an enduring monument by their hospitable welcome and acclaim, is conclusive proof of the uniting of the sections, and a universal confession that all that was done was well done, that the battle had to be fought, that the sections had to be tried, but that in the end, the result has inured to the common benefit of all.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Address at the unveiling of the Pennsylvania Memorial at Petersburg, Virginia, May 19, 1909. Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909, to March 4, 1910, 1: 99, Doubleday, Page & Company (1910).
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