station to the Buford Hotel
After breakfasting Mayor Brevard
and the members of the Executive committee called at the hotel and escorted the party to the Central Hotel
, from the balcony of which they were to review the parade.
was sick and unable to be present.
He deputed the pleasant task of welcoming the guests to Adjutant-General James D. Glenn
, who received them in the parlors of the Central Hotel
, and escorted them to the balcony.
Other members of the Governor
's staff and of the staff of the Governor
of South Carolina
were present in full uniform.
's appearance on the balcony was greeted with prolonged cheering from the crowd which lined the sidewalks.
The procession formed at the junction of Tryon and Ninth streets. In the line were the Governor
's Guards and Zouaves, of Columbia
; the Fayetteville
Light Infantry, the Guilford Grays
, of Greensboro
; the Hornet's Nest
Riflemen and Queen
City Guards, of Charlotte
, and the Iredell Blues
, Cabarras Black Boys, Cleveland Guards and Southern Stars, of the Fourth regiment, and holding the last place in the line, the Naval Artillery, of Charlotte
The column moved at 10 o'clock, passing under the massive arch at the intersection of Tryon and Trade streets. It passed the reviewing balcony, and then moved down south Tryon street to a large field, which had been selected for the military manoeuvres.
When the procession had passed the reviewing stand, Senator Hill
and his party were escorted to carriages and driven to the battle-field, where they had an excellent view of a very spirited sham battle.
From the battle-field they went to the Auditorium, where an enormous crowd had gathered to hear the senator's speech.
The Rev. Edward Mack
opened the ceremonies with an invocation.
After the reading of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
, Senator Hill