"Look at the long list of her sons who fell in the service of their
country. They fell as brave men always should, with their faces to the
foe. . .
‘Leaving in battle no blot on their name,
Look proudly to heaven from the death bed of fame.'
"They freely shed their blood in the cause of their country, and the
future historian of Wake Forest College should notice their gallantry,
their glorious deaths and their devotion to their country. Their names
should live as long as there is a page of American history. They have
rendered themselves immortal, and the lover of his country's honor
and glory will ever look back to their glorious deeds with admiration
and applause. But they sleep with
‘The brave who sink to rest,
With all their country's wishes blest.'
"There ought to be a monument to their memory erected at Wake
Forest College. They filled many high offices, and that too, without
military education, save Junius Wheeler. Had we been instructed in
tactics there is no telling how high the Wake Forest students would
have risen. We had to study the military art around campfires and at
chance moments.
"Great God of Heaven and of Earth! If the veil could have been
lifted, and we could have seen what was to be the future of the men
who composed this little company. Nathan Mathewson served with
distinction in the C. S. A. army as Captain. Another [Ingram himself],
as the first blast of the war-bugle, rushed to the rescue of General
Taylor, and served under him and General Scott in Mexico. At Vera
Cruz, when we were marching about 15,000 Mexicans out of that
strongly fortified city, after fighting a week, day and night, the band
struck up Hail Columbia, and I immediately thought of Dr. Wait and
the advice he had given me. One might travel a long time and over
much of the world before he would see another such scene as that
was. Four old Wake Forest boys were
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