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When the children and their escort reached the base of the monument, the bugle was sounded a second time.
A quick tug at the ropes was given, the veil dropped from the head and shoulders of the figure, and a deafening cheer, accompanied by the report of one of the Howitzers' guns went up.
Again there was a pull upon the ropes, and the veil fell so as to expose the whole statue.
Then the vast throng seemed to go wild with enthusiasm.
Cheer after cheer rent the air, the guns of the Howitzers were fired in rapid succession, and volley upon volley of musketry joined in to emphasize the greeting to the bronze sentinel.
The scene was one that baffles description.
The veterans were carried back to the days of real war, and their eyes flashed as of old. The situation was exceedingly realistic.
The firing was kept up for several seconds, and the time really seemed much longer.
The cadets from the Virginia Military Institute and all of the infantry joined in the shooting, which was very warlike, if not dangerous.