Graves Garnished with garlands.
The graves of the dead were elaborately decorated, while the band, under the leadership of Professor Andrew Bowering
, discoursed sweet music familiar to every Southern soldier.
At the conclusion of the exercises a salute of thirteen guns was fired under the direction of Comrade G. T. Downing
, who served in the Army of Northern Virginia in the Milledge artillery of Atlanta, Georgia
's battalion, Jackson
As the echo of the last gun died away up the valley the sun sank to rest in a bed of gold and crimson clouds, and the heroes who responded to their country's call and followed Lee
, conquering, yet unconquering, and gave their life in the defence of their country, were left alone in their bed of glory, covered with flowers of fidelity wet with the tears of love.