h our high ridingbootings covered with mud, and splashed uniforms, presented a contrast to the elegant dresses of the ladies and the correct costumes of the gentlemen, the favour with which we were regarded was none the less marked.
Stuart was in his element, and the gayest of the gay. When the ceremony was over we amused ourselves with music, songs, and tableaux vivants. In one of the latter I had the honour of performing a prominent part in conjunction with a very pretty young lady, Miss Antoinette P., with whom it was my pleasing office to form a group imitating the coat of arms of the State of Virginia, bearing the motto, Sic semper tyrannis, which the soldiers translated, Take your foot off my neck, from the action of the principal figure in the group in question, representing Liberty, who, with a lance in her right hand, is standing over the conquered and prostrate tyrant, and apparently trampling on him with her heel.
To play the part of the poor tyrant who is suffering this