Presentation of the portrait of Lieut.-General Wade Hampton, C. S. Cavalry, [from the times-dispatch, September 16, 1904.]
To R. E. Lee
Camp, C. V., at Richmond, Va.
, September 15, 1904.
Among Lee Camp's silent heroes now hangs in an honored place the portrait of South Carolina
's most famous son, Wade Hampton
, warrior and statesman, general and cavalier, sans peur et sans reproche
In the presence of a distinguished gathering of veterans and ministers, ladies and gentlemen, who entirely filled the hall, the presentation of the engraving that will in time be replaced by a full length painting in oils, was made last night with considerable ceremony.
On behalf of the donors, the Washington
Light Infantry, of Charleston, S. C.
, Company A, Hampton Legion, Colonel William W. Finney
, of this city, spoke words of choice and chaste elegance, and was at times singularly happy and beautiful in his references to the glorified name of Hampton
, of South Carolina
In a manner equally felicitous, Governor Charles T. O'Ferrall
, of this city, in the war a cavalry colonel under Hampton
, accepted the picture, and expressed to the generous givers the appreciation of the, camp.
The occasion was in all respects a most delightful one, and lacked only the presence of General Fitzhugh Lee
, friend and comrade of the great South Carolinian, and like him a famous commander of the Confederate
On account of illness General Lee
was forced to send his regrets, which he did in a message to the camp.
One of the striking incidents of the evening was the immediate response of the audience to the mention of the name, not of Confederate or a hero dead, but of a statesman and politician, now very much alive, indeed-Grover Cleveland
was referring to the onslaught of Tillman
upon the Democracy that Hampton
represented — the Democracy of Jefferson
and others; ending with Cleveland
, to whom he applied most complimentary