The decorations were really beautiful, and reflected credit on the excellent taste which arranged them.
On each side of the case, worked in evergreen and spring blossoms, was the simple, magic name Lee ; and when the monument reached the depot some of the officers of the Danville railroad added beneath this the motto: Virginia's Son—Never to be forgotten.
The safe transportation of so heavy a weight (about four tons) to the depot was a difficulty very easily solved by the kindness of Colonel Hobson, of the Tredegar Works, who placed at the disposal of the committee one of his wagons, which he permitted them to carry through to Lexington.
At three o'clock the procession was formed in a drenching rain which would have broken up any column composed of less enthusiastic material.
The students of Richmond College, the First Virginia regiment, and a very large crowd of citizens generally (among them many ladies) braved the storm, and held their places in the ranks until the process
urrendered; that commissioners had been out all night to agree upon terms.
This was the end of the extraordinary wise movement to prevent the opening of the Mississippi river.
It was a death blow to the unity of action of the southern armies.
The whole siege was a farce so far as it meant a bloody and determined defense of the fortified position of Vicksburg.
No large supplies of provisions had been accumulated inside of the works, munitions of war were scarce, and when Grant gave Pemberton Hobson's choice of surrendering on the 4th of July or a fight, he put on his little airs, but threw up the sponge on the natal day of the republic.
Taking Colonel Scott's advice I did not fire the mine, but went down to the lower city.
On my way I heard the rapid gallop of horses, and on looking behind me saw General Grant and staff, and at the tail end of the staff Fred. Grant in his shirt sleeves.
General Grant's dark face, with its short, black, stubby beard, gave me the impression at th