At the Lee monument.
As the soldier boys reached the Lee
monument each infantry company came to a ‘carry,’ and the parade around the statue was to the strains of a funeral dirge.
Upon leaving the immortal Lee
in bronze the order to reverse arms was executed.
This portion of the
proceedings was exceedingly solemn, and more than one follower of the great chieftain looked up at the life-like picture with tearful eyes.
Just beyond the monument was a large number of covered wagons, containing seats, which were in waiting for the procession.
They were provided for the veterans, and at this point those who had become fatigued took seats in these vehicles, riding the remainder of the way to the grounds.
After passing the monument the, infantry took the old Hermitage road to the grounds, while the prominent visitors and citizens in carriages, buggies and other vehicles kept on around the new drive.