At Churchill Downs

"And while the bands were playing Dixie, a sudden hush came over the throng. The Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans were standing with hands clasped before the flag of our country."

So wrote the National Vice Commander of the American Legion to Mrs. William Birch Haldeman, in condolence with her on the death of her husband. He went on: "The Nation has lost a patriot and the world has lost a man.

"When the war broke out—the Civil...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!