Albert Sidney Johnston's Epitaph

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The epitaph below was discovered on Johnston's grave in New Orleans which had been penned by John Dimitry. I discovered this material in the first issue of The Confederate Veteran Magazine published in January 1893. This was the first time I have ever read this epitaph and thought it would of interest to others as well.
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David
IN MEMORY.
Beyond this stone is laid,
for a season,
Albert Sidney Johnston,
A general in the Army of the Confederate States,
Who fell at Shiloh, Tennessee,
On the sixth day of April, A. D.,
Eighteen hundred and sixty-two;
A man tried in many high offices
And critical enterprise.
And found faithful In all.
His life was one long sacrifice of Interest to conscience ;
And even that life, on a woeful Sabbath,
Did he yield as a holocaust at his country's need.
Not wholly understood was he while he lived;
But, In his death, his greatness stands confessed
In a people's tears
Resolute, moderate, clear of envy yet not wanting
In that finer ambition which makes men great and pure.
In his honor—Impregnable;
In his simplicity—sublime.
No country e'er had a truer son—no cause a nobler champion;
No people a bolder defender—no principle a purer victim
Than the dead soldier
Who sleeps here.
The cause for which he perished Is lost —
The people for whom he fought are crushed —
The hopes In which he trusted are shattered—
The flag he loved guides no more the charging lines,
But bis fame, consigned to the keeping of that time, which
Happily, Is not so much the tomb of virtue as Its shrine,
Shall, In the years to come, Are modest worth to noble ends.
In honor, now, our great captain rests;
A bereaved people mourn him,
Three commonwealths proudly claim him
And history shall cherish him
Among those choicer spirits who, holding their conscience unmixed
with blame,
Have been, In all conjectures, true to themselves, their country
and their God.
 

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The epitaph below was discovered on Johnston's grave in New Orleans which had been penned by John Dimitry. I discovered this material in the first issue of The Confederate Veteran Magazine published in January 1893. This was the first time I have ever read this epitaph and thought it would of interest to others as well.
Regards
David
IN MEMORY.
Beyond this stone is laid,
for a season,
Albert Sidney Johnston,
A general in the Army of the Confederate States,
Who fell at Shiloh, Tennessee,
On the sixth day of April, A. D.,
Eighteen hundred and sixty-two;
A man tried in many high offices
And critical enterprise.
And found faithful In all.
His life was one long sacrifice of Interest to conscience ;
And even that life, on a woeful Sabbath,
Did he yield as a holocaust at his country's need.
Not wholly understood was he while he lived;
But, In his death, his greatness stands confessed
In a people's tears
Resolute, moderate, clear of envy yet not wanting
In that finer ambition which makes men great and pure.
In his honor—Impregnable;
In his simplicity—sublime.
No country e'er had a truer son—no cause a nobler champion;
No people a bolder defender—no principle a purer victim
Than the dead soldier
Who sleeps here.
The cause for which he perished Is lost —
The people for whom he fought are crushed —
The hopes In which he trusted are shattered—
The flag he loved guides no more the charging lines,
But bis fame, consigned to the keeping of that time, which
Happily, Is not so much the tomb of virtue as Its shrine,
Shall, In the years to come, Are modest worth to noble ends.
In honor, now, our great captain rests;
A bereaved people mourn him,
Three commonwealths proudly claim him
And history shall cherish him
Among those choicer spirits who, holding their conscience unmixed
with blame,
Have been, In all conjectures, true to themselves, their country
and their God.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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