As soon as the sun was up, people commenced to move about.
The stirring sound of martial music, the tramp, tramp of men in uniforms, the glitter of bayonets that had never been bathed in blood, the flashing sabres of officers, the shouts of command, the tap of the drum, the flaunting of flags, the clatter of cavalry, the rumbling of artillery, the dashing here and there of marshals and their assistants, the solemn step of gray-bearded veterans, the hurrying and scurrying of the restless crowd of humanity, the evidence of excitement all around, everywhere, told that the veterans of the South
, the volunteer military and the civic dignitaries of the South
, were about to obey expectation in forming a line of parade, which would pass along the principal streets of the capital of the Confederacy
, and terminate at the grounds around a monument upon which had been placed a statue of Robert E. Lee
of the Confederate States
Army, which would be unveiled during the day.
and staff were in position at Broad and Adams streets soon after 9 o'clock, and by that hour the marshals were galloping hither and thither getting their forces ready to fall in.