Zzzthe Unveiling scene.
As Mr. Cave
concluded the bugle signal was given to prepare for the unveiling, and little Edward Stevens McCarthy
, representing the Confederate army, and little Mary Curtis
, representing the navy, preceded by their respective veteran supporters, John J. O'Neil
and Charles Laylon
, who bore Confederate flags, and followed by Mr. Carlton McCarthy
, a male relative of the little girl, and Mr. Norman V. Randolph
, marched from the grand stand along the avenue formed by the Blacksburg cadets to the foot of the monument.
Again the bugle notes rang out, the cords were pulled, and amid the thunder of artillery, crashing volleys of musketry, and cheers from thousands of throats, the veil fell slowly away and the sentinel soldier, crowning the column, was exposed to view.