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At night there was a brilliant display of fireworks, set off on the vacant space north of the Lee monument. It attracted a large crowd.

The fireworks were unusually excellent. They embraced a number of fine set pieces, one of which was a picture of Washington. Beneath this piece in fiery letters was the legend ‘The First Rebel.’ This bon mot elicited much applause. The picture of the night was a very correct representation of the Lee monument. When this piece was set off the applause of the crowd was tremendous. There were a number of emblematical pieces and many humorous subjects. The display of bombs and rockets was very brilliant, and illuminated [306] the entire area, and the entire affair was worthy of the occasion and a fitting close to the ceremonies of the day.

The fireworks lasted about two hours and a half, and were excellently managed, the waits between each explosion being comparatively short.

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