[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Sixty-eighth anniversary of the L. I. Blues — the Celebration away from Home.
Camp Mercer,Near Fredericksburg, May 13.
Last Friday, the 10th of May, was the 68th anniversary of the ‘"Old Richmond Light Infantry Blues,"’ a day hallowed by many pleasant associations of the past, and one which is always bailed with especial delight by the gallant boys composing this fine corps.--Despite the war, and ‘"hard times,"’ preparations had been made for spending the day at ‘"Poplar Spring
,"’ a beautiful place about half a mile from the camp.
But, as usual, the weather was unpropitious, and they had to remove ‘"bag and baggage"’ to the Citizens' Hall
, where a hasty, but sumptuous dinner was prepared, and punch, lemonade, and wit flowed freely for three or four hours. At half past 2 P. M., the line was formed, under command of Capt. O. Jennings Wise
, attended by ex Captain Wm. L. Maule
, Acting Adjutant
for this command, and Lieuts. Carter
, and Bigger
The line marched down the principal street leading into the city, to the front of Mr. John Scott
's residence, where they came to a present, in honor of the ladies residing there, who had kindly presented the company with the magnificent bouquet that adorned the flag-staff; then to Col. Ruggles
' house, and the house formerly owned by the ‘"mother of Washington
,"’ at each of which places they came to a present.
The column soon after returned to Citizens' Hall.
After partaking of a hearty repast, the first regular toast was pronounced, ‘"The day we celebrate."’ This was drank standing, followed by three times three hearty cheers for the ‘"old Blues."’ Capt. Wise
responded, giving a rapid history of the company, and inspiring his hearers with all the zeal and patriotism that animates his breast in this struggle for Southern independence.
Patriotic speeches were delivered by Col. Ruggles
, May, Lacy
, Capt. Walker
, Capt. Maule
, Lieut. Cunningham
, Lieut. Gilman
, Mr. Seddon
, Dr. Blankman
The last toast was proposed by Color Sergeant Tompkins
: ‘"Our Captain
."’ ‘"Enough said."’ This was received with vociferous cheers and drank standing, each man purposing in his heart to follow the Captain
wherever he might lead, which will always be in the front rank and in the thickest of the fight.
then enlivened us with a song, which was received with bursts of laughter.
The Fredericksburg Brass Band was in attendance, having kindly volunteered to discourse sweet music for the occasion.
About half-past 5 o'clock, P. M., the line was formed, and marched back to the camp, each man to his respective ‘"stall,"’ all feeling better for having passed a jolly day, despite the rain and muddy streets.
B. B.--The Caroline Grays
, Captain Peacross
, have arrived, and will be tomorrow They number about seventy ing men.