Against this statement as to time we may safely place that of Colonel Venable, of General Lee's staff, made in 1872, in which he says: I know that it is difficult to be accurate as to time on the battle-field, unless noted and written down at the moment.
But I am confident this charge of the Virginians was made before 9 o'clock A. M. I know, from my recollection of the notes received and answered by General Lee, that after the charge, the formation of the Georgia brigade, under Colonel Hall, was completed, and after some delay was moved around under the slope, more to the right, and made a charge at 10 o'clock to recover that portion of the line on the right of the Crater.
But we are not without a contemporaneous record to prove beyond all controversy that the charge of Mahone's brigade was made prior to 9 o'clock A. M., and therefore to the several orders issued by General Meade to suspend operations and withdraw the troops.
General Meade, in his testimony before the
R. E. Lee Camp Sons of Veterans, of Alexandria, sixty strong, commanded by Captain Samuel G. Brent—dark clothes, caps, and canes.
Before noon the line, attended by a large crowd, moved down Court street to Mechanics street, thence down Mechanics to Main street, thence up Main street to the cemetery.
At the monument.
On entering the cemetery the band played a dead march until the line had circled about the monument.
The services were opened with prayer by Rev. J. Cleveland Hall, when, after a dirge by the band, Captain J. N. Ballard presented the monument to the Ladies Memorial Association, with the following appropriate remarks:
Ladies, gentlemen and comrades:
To me has been assigned the duty of making the presentation, and while I could wish that this task had been given to some one else, still I assume the position with pride, and shall consider the honor the proudest of my life.
But if in the presentation I should use no elegant language, still