The Infantry:
If ever a band of warriors wonGeneral John B. Gordon. The Artillery: The splendid service of the artillery nerved the arm and inspired the heart of the other branches of the army, and frequently turned the tide of battle to victory. Colonel Thomas H. Carter. The Cavalry:
A paen for deeds of valor done,
They deserve, indeed, the glorious meed
And the proud triumphal hymn.
As the Immortals rode to war, when Hector fought for Troy,General W. H. Payne. The Women of the South: History shall tell how you
These rode as if immortals, too, inspired with awful joy.
Have nobly borne your part,
And won the proudest triumph yet,
The triumph of the heart.
Judge F. R. Farrar. The Confederate Dead: It seeks not where their bodies lie,
By bloody hillside, plain, or river,
Their names are bright on Fame's proud sky;
Their deeds of valor live forever.
Senator John W. Daniel. General Gordon was received with vociferous applause, made a superb speech, and was given three cheers at the close. Colonel Thomas H. Carter made his ‘maiden speech,’ but did it admirably, and received ‘three cheers for the gallant artillerist.’ All the speakers, including those who responded to the toasts, acquitted themselves felicitously, as the audience testified in their appreciative attention and attendant applause.