The generous Ladies.
Nothing more creditable to the hospitality of Vicksburg
ladies was ever seen than this spontaneous offering to the heroes of the war. Fifty lovely girls, the daughters of veterans, served the veterans, and besides many matrons officiated.
In the center of the rotunda a cross-shaped table was surrounded by the more distinguished guests.
It was 2 P. M., and the feast was over when the signal was given to form the procession, and the marshal and his aides began their arduous duties.
Finally, the procession was formed and took up its march to the cemetery, a mile and a half away.
It was the largest and most impressive scene witnessed here in many years.
Some of the veteran organizations carried their old battle-flags, conspicuous among them being that of Swett
's battery, which only yesterday draped the casket of the gallant Pegram
In the procession, on a float draped with flags and bunting, rode fifteen beautiful girls, representing the Southern States
After a tedious march the Confederate Cemetery
was reached, and breaking ranks, the procession gathered around the monument.
The assemblage was immense, and there were few vacant spots to be seen anywhere.