Excerpt from An Oration Delivered at Fayettville, Arkansas
At Springfield, Missouri, three years ago to-day, there were scattered through an audience assembled in one of the beautiful groves that then encompassed that city, a few loyal men from Northwestern Arkansas.
There they could celebrate the anniversary of the natal day of freedom, but here from whence they went, they could not, and sadly looking southward, they dispersed to their resting places, not their homes. "The Earth," however, "was not all bare, nor the Heavens empty." There was hope in the present even, and very soon, men, whom I see before me now, were marching hitherward to defend their rights and avenge their wrongs. The work proceeded slowly and wearily, but at last the days of rebellion have been numbered, and here, where earlier hours were passed, property acquired, and families reared, the loyal men of Northwestern Arkansas, are to-day assembled, to hallow the memory of three years of suffering, strife, and victory.
In February, 1862, a Texan Ranger, of more notoriety than fame, burned your college, swept otherwise through Fayetteville, as with the besom of destruction; wished you all "where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched," though a word of one syllable answered his purpose, and a month later fell at Pea Ridge, as black with the maledictions of this community, as the habit he is reputed to have worn.
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