121.--the Palmetto Guard, Marion Artillery, and German Artillery.
The companies passed by the Mercury
office, with flags flying, and bands playing “Dixie,” and looking, notwithstanding their hard service on Morris Island
, in better trim than when, weeks ago, they took their departure.
The Marion Artillery, Capt. King
, and German Artillery, Company A, Capt. Nohrden
, marched to the Gun Shed
, where they were dismissed, and proceeded to their several homes to make glad many hearts that have felt desolate during their absence.
The Palmetto Guard, Capt. Cuthbert
--the heroes of the renowned Stevens' iron battery--marched to Military Hall, where a collation was in waiting, provided by the mothers, wives, and sisters of the members of the company.
After a long term of camp life, the luxuries prepared by the ladies were most heartily enjoyed, and the source from which the supplies had been provided, gave an additional relish to the entertainment.
Many off-hand speeches were made, and toasts and sentiments sparkling with good humor, wit and patriotism, were abundant.
Among the speakers were C. H. Stevens
, immortalized as the founder of the iron battery, and bravely manned by the Guard; Major Ellison Capers
, Captain Cuthbert
, and Wm. B. Carlisle
The mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts of the Palmetto Guard, have contributed the sum of two hundred dollars for the purpose of presenting the company with a gold medal in commemoration of the memorable battle of Fort Sumter
The medal has been manufactured by Messrs. Spencer
, where it may be seen to-day.
The presentation will take place to-morrow, Major Ellison Capers
, having been commissioned by the ladies on their part to present it.
Where every man has proved himself first among the fearless and the brave, it may seem invidious to mention any one in particular; but the subjects of the following have been such universal favorites with the company, that we feel confident no exceptions will be taken.
Cadet George M. Lalane
, of the Citadel Academy
, hastened, at the first signal of alarm, to serve his native State, and proffered his services to the Palmetto Guard.
With this company he has been on steady active service as corporal since December 27, and, being thoroughly
familiar with military tactics and drill, he had the honor of acting as drill-sergeant most of the time.
As a truly well-earned and merited compliment to this young gentleman, the Board of Visitors of the Citadel Academy
have caused the following to be registered on the record book of that Institution:
The efficiency and soldierly bearing of Cadet Lalane, during the affair of Fort Sumter, is highly commended by the Board of Visitors.
A younger brother, Paul B. Lalane
— only in his thirteenth year — had the honor of being in the iron battery on the memorable 12th and 13th, and of firing seventeen guns with powerful effect during the bombardment.
The youthful hero, from his reckless bravery and daring during the siege, has become the pet of the company, and is now their regularly appointed marker, he having acted in this capacity on the parade yesterday.
While fighting for our country's cause is necessary, the Palmetto Guard will not remain idle.
They have volunteered their services for Virginia
, and, towards the close of the week, will again buckle on the knapsack for the march.
Without the border of their native Carolina
, may their victories be as complete and as bloodless as that achieved on their own Palmetto
The following is the list of officers of the Palmetto Guard who were in the fight on the 12th and 13th days of April, 1861: George B. Cuthbert
; C. R. Holmes
, First Lieutenant
; T. S. Brownfield
, Second Lieutenant
; G. L. Buist
, Third Lieutenant
; T. L. Bissell
, First Sergeant
; J. B. Bissell
, Second Sergeant
; W. D. Gaillard
, Third Sergeant
; B. C. Webb
; L. S. Webb
, Fifth Sergeant
; R. J. Brownfield
, Sixth Sergeant
; Samuel Robertson
, First Corporal; J. E. Wright
, Second Corporal; George Lalane
, Third Corporal; G. B. Dyer
, Fourth Corporal; J. M. Rhett
, Fifth Corporal; E. W. Macbeth
, Sixth Corporal.--Charleston Mercury
, May 1.