Arrival at the statue.
Pen-picture of an animated Scene—The disposition of the organizations.
For an unveiling demonstration such as that of yesterday there could be no prettier place than the site of the Hill
monument and its environments.
The precise location of the memorial is at the intersection of two grand avenues and on a broad, level, unwooded and unfenced plateau.
As has been stated before, it overlooks the scene of some of General Hill
's greatest achievements, and the whole locality is indissolubly associated with his name and his fame.
The ceremonies at the monument were appointed to begin at noon, but, as usual on all such occasions, there were unavoidable delays.
Long before the hour named, however, the crowd began to assemble at the grounds, and as far as the eye could reach in every direction the sides of the roadways were lined with vehicles of every description, and the clouds of dust in the distance told of more coming.
The monument faces to the South
, and just in front of it and across the circular drive around it the grand stand had been erected.
The structure, which was set apart for the especially invited guests, the orators, &c., was profusely decorated with Confederate and State flags, and Confederate bunting.
Just opposite it, and at the foot of the bastion which supports the base of the monument, there was another stand about five feet square, from which the unveiling cords were to be pulled.
This was similarly decorated.
At both stands and around the monument were veterans from the Lee
Camp Soldiers' Home.
The marchers in sight.
The head of the advancing column from the city came in sight at twenty minutes past twelve o'clock, and when about a quarter of a
mile from the monument the cavalry broke away in a trot across the field to the southeast, the infantry turning into the same field behind them.
The whole movement as viewed from a distance was exceedingly striking and realistic, and, whether so intended or not, had the effect of suggesting an effort on the part of the cavalry to head off the infantry.
The artillery then moved forward, the camps closing up the gap, and the former after passing in front of the grand stand moved into the field to the west and unlimbered, and the veterans were massed in front of the grand stand and between it and the monument.
In the meantime the guests in carriages had alighted, the marshal and his aides had picketed their horses, and the stand had rapidly filled up. Among those who occupied seats on it were GovernorMcKinney
and Mrs. McKinney
; Mrs. Saunders
, sister of General Hill
; Miss Lucy Lee Hill
and Mrs. Russie Gay
, daughters of General Hill
; Mrs. Forsythe
, half-sister of Miss Hill
and Mrs. Gay
; Mrs. J. Taylor Ellyson
, General Fitzhugh Lee
, Mr. Alexander Cameron
, wife, and two daughters; Mr. Charles Talbott
, Mrs. Appleton
, J. Ide
and Mrs. E. G. Leigh
and son, Colonel W. E. Tanner
, Mrs. W. J. White
, Mrs. Thomas A. Brander
, Mrs. Perkinson
, Mrs. Fellows
, Mrs. Waddy
, Ex-Lieutenant-Governor J. L. Marye
, Colonel Fred. Skinner
, Dr. C. W. P. Brock
, Rev. Dr. Hoge
, Mr. Arthur B. Clarke
, Mr. Robert H. Whitlock
, Mr. Joseph Bryan
and family, Colonel Snowden Andrews
, Mrs. George E. Pickett
, Colonel Thomas N. Carter
, General G. M. Sorrell
, Dr. George Ross
, General Field
, Colonel Miles Cary
, Colonel C. O'B. Cowardin
, Colonel Morton Marye
, Hon. R. H. Cardwell
, Mr. John V. L. Klapp
An animated picture.
While the disposition of the various organizations was being made, the picture from the statue was a most animated and inspiring one.
There was a clear sweep for the vision in whichever direction one turned.
All over the field to the southeast were groups of cavalry, and paralleling the road in the same direction was a long line of glistening musket-barrels.
To the immediate rear, the Hermitage
road was bordered by vehicles and citizens.
To the immediate rear of these, and made all the more prominent by a background composed of another immense throng in citizen's dress, were the Confederate
camps and Sons of Veterans, in their gray uniforms and vari-colored badges.
To the left and west the red artillery were stationed; here, there, and everywhere staff officers
were galloping over the fields, and on every side fluttered State colors and Confederate battle-flags.
Some of these were new, but not a few were bullet-riddled and blood-and-weather-stained, and had waved over many a victorious field, and were dear in every thread to those who gazed upon them.