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Zzzhampton and the Vets.

The white head of General Wade Hampton, the South Carolina chieftain, as he rode at the head of the veterans' column, was but the signal for outbursts of applause every few minutes. He was not less soldierly in appearance than any one in the procession. General Hampton's staff was composed of the following gentlemen: General William B. Talliaferro, General D. M. Sorrel, Colonel R. L. Maury, Captain George J. Rogers, H. R. Pollard, General E. M. Law, Colonel Archer Anderson, Major William Munford, H. H. Marks and R. H. Harwood. Each member of the South Carolina division carried strips of palmetto.

The Marylanders, with General Bradley T. Johnson at the front, and with their remarkable battle-flags, attracted much attention. They were preceded by the Maryland Veterans' Band, one of the finest musical organizations in the country.

The Virginia veterans marched with nimble step to the martial strains of the renowned Stonewall Brigade Band, which was under the direction of Professor J. M. Brereton, formerly of this city. The musicians were clad in their beautiful new uniforms of blue and white, and never made a more pleasing appearance.

Colonel Hugh R. Smith commanded the veterans of the Department of Virginia. He had as his chief of staff Captain Thomas Ellett, and his aides were General T. S. Garnett, General Micajah Woods, Charles G. Elliott, Joseph V. Bidgood, and Dr. R. G. Crouch.

The First Brigade was under the charge of First Lieutenant Grand Commander C. W. Murdaugh, with Colonel John Murphy as aide. It comprised the following camps and bands:

R. E. Lee Camp, No. 1, E. Leslie Spence commanding; 250 men. The Social Home Band, of Richmond.

Maury Camp, of Fredericksburg, T. F. Proctor commanding; thirty men.

Stonewall Camp, Portsmouth, James Turner commanding; thirty-five men.

Lee Camp, Alexandria. Band of the Fourth Virginia Regiment; twenty pieces.

Pickett-Buchanan Camp, Washington Taylor commanding; 100 men.

John Bowie Strange Camp, Charlottesville, Captain Garnett commanding; 150 in line.

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