Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Charleston, S. C., June 29th, 1861.
Yesterday, being the eighty-fifth anniversary of the battle of Fort Moultrie
, was celebrated with unusual eclat.
The Moultrie Guard and the Palmetto Guard celebrated the day with target shooting at Mount Pleasant
, and in the evening these two companies marched, escorted by the Citadel Cadets
, to the Institute Hall
, where an oration was delivered by B. R. Carroll
Among the numerous pleasing incidents of the day was the presentation of a neat and handsome flag to the Charleston Zouaves
It was presented in behalf of the givers by Gen. James Simons
, who discharged his part quite agreeably.
The flag combines the Confederate
and the Palmetto
It is made of red
silk, trimmed with golden fringe.
The Union in blue silk.
On one side is the motto of the company--"Droit et avant
"--encircled by eleven stars, and the reverse has the Palmetto
tree, worked in white floss silk, and surmounted by eleven stars.
After the presentation the company marched to the Citadel Square
, where they went through quite a fatiguing exercise, which was witnessed by a large concourse of people, including a very large number of the fair sex, who, by their sweet smiles and bright looks, encouraged the Zouaves to do their best, which they certainly did, and everybody was much pleased with the precision with which the different commands were executed.
Several other companies will soon leave here for the seat of war. Major McCready
is raising a battalion, of which one company is already in camp and another organizing.
They are made up mostly of Irishmen, and if I can judge by the looks of them, they will give Lincoln
's hirelings a hard knock whenever they may meet.
We are all expecting stirring news soon from your neighborhood; but there seems to be only one feeling as to the result of any battle, and that is, God being on our side, we need not be afraid of any of the thieves and murderers that chief of robbers, Lincoln
, may send against our armies.