100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF WYOMING,
COMMEMORATIVE OBSERVANCE SERVICES AT THE MONUMENT
July 3, 1778/1878.
Services at the Monument, July 3, 1878.
Ladies and Fellow Citizens:
It will be impossible for me to make myself heard by any considerable part of this great assemblage. I do not think, however, that it is of any great importance, as I have not been set down for any formal speech on the program. The centennial which we commemorate today differs materially from any of those more joyous ones celebrated during the past three years. Yours - ours, if I may be permitted to say so, for the battle of Wyoming, one hundred years ago today was of national importance, and being a citizen of our great republic, I claim some of the glory and endure some of the sorrow that attaches to any of its citizens. And living as we do, removed one hundred years from the stirring events of the Revolution, we have had a considerable number of centennial anniversaries, and Pennsylvania has borne so important and honorable a part in those events which made us a nation of free men, that it is not to be wondered that the celebrations in this State should be largely attended. The great deeds of daring warriors and accomplished statesmen are enthusiastically remembered. But this grand ingathering of people here today is a peculiar one in many respects. It is not the celebration of great military achievements or wonderful statesmanship. It is a pioneer demonstration in honor of the men and women who settled this valley, reclaimed the wilderness, and fitted it up for the habitation of a civilized people. Almost every part of these United States has its similar celebrations in honor of the pioneers, and most of them have passed through the same bloody experience in their contests with the wily savages of the forest. It was so with James river, the dark and bloody ground of Kentucky, in Ohio and the same scenes are today being enacted in Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and elsewhere. Preceding page covered end of speech as noted in volume; Wyoming. Services at monument, p.111.