In the future some historian shall come forth both
    strong and wise–
With a love of the Republic, and the truth before
    his eyes!
He will show the subtle causes of the War be-
    tween the States,
He will go back in his studies far beyond our
    Modern dates;
He will trace out hostile ideas, as the miner does
    the lodes;
He will show the Union riven, and the picture
    will deplore;
He will show it reunited and made stronger than
Slow and patient, fair and truthful, must the com-
    ing teacher be,
To show how the knife was sharpened, that was
    ground to prune the tree;
He will hold the Scales of Justice; he will meas-
    ure praise and blame,
And the South will stand the verdict, and will
    stand it without shame!

James Barron Hope

James Barron Hope (1829-1887) was a poet, lawyer, and journalist who served in the Confederate War Department. He was honored with providing the dedication poems for numerous monuments across the South, both before and after the War.

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