The First Battallion of Artillery, which was the largest body of cannoneers that has paraded the streets of this city for years, presented a magnificent appearance as they marched with even pace along the route.
Major W. E. Simons
commanded the artillerymen, and the following were the officers of his staff: Captain W. G. Harvey
(adjutant), Major Ed. McCarthy
(surgeon), Captain J. E. Phillips
, Lieutenants R. L. Vandeventer
, E. M. Crutchfield
, and H. L. Turner
It is no disparagement to the visiting cannoneers to say that the Richmond Howitzers
presented the finest appearance of all the batteries.
They paraded mounted and carried their four guns, limber-chests and caissons.
Eighty of the gallant artillerymen were in line, and as they marched in the procession, amid the heavy, rumbling sound of the cannon, there was something truly martial in their
Captain John A. Hutcheson
commanded the Howitzers, and his Lieutenants
were W. A. Barratt
, T. H. Starke
and C. W. McFarlane
Battery, of Portsmouth
(Battery C), a recently organized company, vied with the Howitzers in neatness of appearance and soldierly demeanor.
They were commanded by Captain George W. McDonald
and Lieutenants H. R. Warren
and W. K. Gale
, and paraded fourteen non-commissioned officers and nineteen privates.
The Lynchburg Blues (Battery D), a well-drilled organization, were commanded by Captain John A. Davis
and Lieutenant J. F. Graves
, and paraded twelve non-commissioned officers and fourteen privates, making a total of thirty men.