--A Portsmouth correspondent furnishes the subjoined account of a ceremony which has been already noticed in our columns:
On Wednesday afternoon. I found myself, in company with a large crowd, assembled at Camp Grice, a military post about three miles from the city, on the occasion of the presentation of a beautiful State flag to the Old Dominion Guards by the fair ones of Portsmouth
On arriving at the camp, I was particularly struck with the peculiar neatness with which it is kept, and with the good order which prevailed universally among the members of the company.
At the appointed hour, the flag was presented to the Guards, in behalf of the ladies, by Miss Virginia P. Handy
, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Handy
, of this place, and was received, in a very patriotic manner, by Private J. F. Crocker
, one of our most respectable lawyers.
After this, Capt. Kearns
made a few earnest remarks to his company, full of noble, patriotic sentiments.
After an excellent collation, the visitors were invited to witness a trial of skill by the Guards on the commons, at the Pinner
's Point Battery, which is under their care.
Eight shots were fired, all of which came within a very short distance of the target, exhibiting great skill on the part of the members of the company.
The battery at Pinner's Point
was constructed under the direction of Mr. William R. Singleton
, one of our most accomplished engineers.
It is thought to be in some respects superior to that at Fort Nelson