--Reception and Speech.
--A correspondent of the Salem Reporter
writes from Demopolis, Ala.
, Saturday, October 12, as follows:
To day has been a grand occasion in Demopolis
and staff arrived here by the Eastern
train, and were welcomed by a vast concourse of citizens and soldiers — the sweet strains of a military band, and a salute of thirteen guns by Moor
The President, General Johnston
, Lieut.-General Hardee
and Hen. F. S. Lyon
, rode to the residence of the latter in a handsome phæton followed by a number of open carriages containing the President
's, General Johnston
's and Hardee
At 3 o'clock, the President
, accompanied by a splendid cortege, reviewed the brigades of General Cockrell
, General Pettus
and Gen. Moore
The line was formed on the end of the main streets of the town, and was nearly a mile long.
The troops made a creditable appearance, and Ellette the highest encomiums from the Chief Magistrate
Each regiment, as the President
reached its colors presented arms and drooped its ensign, and greeted the President
with rapturous cheers.
When the President
came opposite the flag of the First Missouri (Bowen
's regiment,) he halted and made a few stirring remarks as follows: "Gallant Missourian!
I look with sadness upon you reduced ranks, and feel it a high honor to be in the presence of such chivalrous soldiers.
I have heard of your heroism upon the bloody fields of the West
, and must express to you the high regard which I cherish for your privations and positive sufferings in the cause of liberty.
I thank you from the deepest seat of my heart — from its every fibre, for your dauntless courage and untiring devotion to our common cause.
Be assured that I express but the sentiments of our entire countrymen when I address you in the most fervid terms of gratitude and admiration.
You have but to be true to the past and the memory of your ascended Chief, yet to see the realization of your proudest desires for our country.
May you live to see the flag of our infant republic the ensign of a great nation, floating proudly among the national colors of the world!
When this vision of joy is yours, it will be due to your own brave hearts and stout arms.
Again, I thank you."
The whole scene of the review was inspiring, and so enthusiastic upon the part of the soldiers as to cause all croakers to hide their diminished heads for shame.
The President and suite left on a special train for the West
Wherever he goes he will revive the hearts of the braves.