The removal from the studio to the depot on the afternoon of April the 13th, 1875, was thus described in the Richmond Dispatch of the next day:
This event attracted to the neighborhood of Valentine's studio yesterday afternoon an immense crowd. Judges of the Court of Appeals, high officials, dignified divines, all of the professions, our most substantial business-men, our military, the students of our college, old soldiers (some of them on crutches), the youth and the beauty of our fair city, were all there to show their appreciation of the great work, and their loving respect for our grand old chieftain. The boxing of the figure was begun Monday morning and completed at 10 A. M. yesterday. The box was very skillfully built up around the figure, which was covered with cotton pads, and so wedged in with ‘clamps’ as to prevent any slipping. The case was then turned over to the ladies (especially those in the immediate neighborhood of the studio), who, with the assistance of Mr. Thomas J. Minor and several other gentlemen, proceeded to decorate it with flowers, evergreens, and mottoes. 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 procession reached the depot, while along the whole of the line of march the sidewalks and every door and window which afforded a view of the procession were crowded with eager lookers-on. It was a grand, voluntary, outpouring of our people to do honor to the memory of Lee.