Applause for the ‘vets.’
The veteran organizations who followed behind the brightly dressed soldier lads were not less inspiring in appeararance, and the aged
warriors came in for a liberal share of applause from the multitudes who thronged the streets.
First in the line marched the Pegram Battalion
, who wore large straw hats with red bands, upon which was printed the name of their organization.
Over a hundred of the old ‘rebels’ were in the line, and despite the heat of the day and the fatigue of the walk, they showed that they had not forgotten how to march.
Captain John Tyler
, the president of the battalion, headed the organizations, and the following gentlemen, who wore red rosettes, were his aides: Captain James W. Pegram
, Mr. Joseph M. Fourqurean
, Colonel J. B. Purcell
, Mr. James T. Ferriter
, Mr. John S. Ellett
, Major A. R. Courtney
, Mr. Frank D. Hill
, Major A. W. Garber
, Mr. C. A. Robinson
, Mr. Corbin Warwick
, and Mr. H. Cabell Tabb
; Courier, Master James A. Langhorne
wore the uniform he used during the war, and also had on a white rosette to mark his rank.
The veterans of this organization proudly carried with them two historic Confederate battle-flags, which plainly showed by their appearance that they had been through the ravages of war. One of the tattered banners was the ensign of the old Pegram Battalion, and the other was the flag of Crenshaw
's Battery, which was attached to this command.
Next followed Colonel William P. Smith
, commander of the Grand
Camp of Confederate Veterans, Department of Virginia, escorted by the members of his staff, who were all mounted.
Behind these came the members of the Lee Camp
on foot, dressed in the beloved Confederate gray, and preceded by their drum corps, which made the air quake with their merry music.
Colonel A. W. Archer
, their commander, was at their head.
At least one hundred and fifty of the gallant old soldiers were in the line.
Major Robert Stiles
, on a spirited horse, accompanied this command.
He was dressed in the little gray jacket he wore during the war, and looked every inch a soldier as he galloped around on his steed.