As the daughter of a family split apart by the War, no one was happier than Margaret Junkin Preston when the War ended. Nonetheless, Preston realized that the South faced a difficult and uncertain future. In this poem, she urges her defeated countrymen to accept their present diminished circumstances but to hold fast to their memories of the past. It is from these memories that a new future will be forged.
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