I recently posted on the effort after the WBTS to reconcile and let the wounds of war heal. And then a related piece appeared in one of my local papers yesterday. Here's an excerpt:
"In the name of the 5th Virginia Infantry, I now present this flag to its honored and worthy owners, and as an eyewitness at the time of its capture, in justice to you, I delight to say that losing it under the circumstances you did, reflects no discredit on you."Take it, my valiant friends, and treasure it as the emblem of a reunited country, signifying the return of the affections and good will of brave men who met in strife on the field of battle."The Staunton Vindicator described the scene as "most impressive and stirring," while The Argus of New Philadelphia, Ohio, called it "an impressive and tear-provoking scene."
The scene referred to here in the article was also illustrative of the effort to let wounds heal. See the rest of the interesting piece here.
The photo here is from 1913, when thousands of WBTS veterans met at Gettysburg. These men are shaking hands across the stone wall at The Angle. I believe there was a sense of mutual respect here, don't you?