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and country vehicles, and old soldiers and people poured into the town. The occasion was one which touched the heart of the people and all showed it.
At noon there was a meeting of Mosby's men and the number registered and present were about one hundred and fifty. At one o'clock a dinner prepared by the Ladies' Warren Memorial Associa- tion and the William Richardson Camp was spread before the Veterans under the shade of spreading trees, and a profuse and elegant repast it was.
LINE OF MARCH.
At two o'clock the line of march was formed. Two of their bands enlivened the steps of Mosby's men and two other Confederate Vete- ran Camps, who marched up to the cemetery where, on a beautiful, conspicuous, and most appropriate place, the monument to the martyrs had been placed.
The place was crowded, and it was estimated that from 3,000 to 5,000 were present. The services were opened by prayer by the Rev. Syd. Ferguson, a distinguished member of Mosby's command, who fervently invoked all blessings on his comrades and their beloved commander.
Judge Giles Cook presided, and in a most appropriate address introduced the speakers and announced the programme.
Judge A. E. Richards, formerly major of Mosby's battalion and now a distinguished lawyer of Louisville, Ky. , was then introduced, and held his audience with rapt attention.
Judge Richards' address was interrupted by frequent bursts of ap- plause. When Major Richards finished, the red and white covering which hid the monument was drawn away by two beautiful little girls, the one the granddaughter of Captain Anderson, and the other the great-grand niece of Private Rhodes, both of. whom, on that very day thirty-five years before, had been murdered in the streets of Front Royal.
Judge Cook then introduced the Hon. Henry H. Downing.
Mr. Downing's speech was most cordially received. He went to the hearts of his hearers. When Mr. Downing had finished, Cap- tain Frank W. Cunningham was called upon to sing, and he rendered " Shall we meet beyond the river."