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fcALEIGH. SATURDAY, MAf , 18.
HOLDEX WILSON, Staw Priktwb,
AOTBOBIUO PUBLISHERS 0 THI LAWS OT HI WHTSP STATU.
FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.
jj. 0B. BRANCH,
The WiImiK Light Infantry,
This fine Company took their departure from this
place, on Wednesday evening last, in the train for
GoHsborougb, having been with us only three
days. The 0. C. 3.'s, whose guests they were, and
the citisens generally, parted with them with sin
cere regret They were accompanied to the Rail
road Depot hj the 0. 0. G.'s and a number of citi
zens, among them His Excellency, Gov. Bragg; and
as the cars moved off they were warmly cheered by
the large assemblage present.
This visit has been a most pleasant and agreeable
one in every-respect to our citizens, and the recol
lection of it will not soon pass away. The Wilming
ton "boys" if we may use the expression bore
themselves like soldiers and gentlemen, as they are;
and well may that gallant and enterprising town,
which has many things to be proud of, be proud
also of the " Wilmington Light Infantry" every
officer and private included. We saw much of them
during their stay, and the more we saw of them the
more warmly we became attached to them. We
believe they were pleased with their visit, and we
know thej' wi'l now and then think of their friends
in this little "City of Oaks."
They reached Goldsborough about seven P. M.,
and left that place for Wilmington at one A. M.,
where they arrived early ThursJay morning. As
the cars left Goldsborough they gave three cheers
for Raleigh, and then three cheers for Goldsborough.
Much praise is due to Messrs. James J. Iredell,
James A. Moore, Hugh J. Gaston, William E. Alley,
and John Spelman, the Committee of Arrangements
of the 0. C G.'s, for the energy, attention, and pro
priety with which they discharged their numerous
and heavy duties.
We are indebted for the report below to Mr. John
Spelman, Foreman of the Standard office, and him
self a member of the 0. C. G's. We feel con6dent
that he has aimed to do full justice to all, and that
if be has failed in any respect to do so, the failure
should be attributed to no intention to overlook or
slight any one who took part in the festivities, or
any thing which transpired from first to last.
BErOBTED FOR THE STASDARP.
Visit -Of the Wilmington Light Infantry.
In our last issue we gave a hasty account of the
arrival in our City of this fine military company,
and an outline sketch of the first day's proceedings
fn celebration of that event We now proceed to
conduct our readers through the festivities and to
fill in and complete the sketch, to the best of our
In doing so, however, we are met at the thresh
hold with a serious obstacle : wc cannot speak as we
-ought, 4n order to give our readers even a tolerably
correct idea of the sayings and doings, without
speaking of ourselves (for we are partakers of every
thing which affects our City whether for weal or
woe) in a seeming spirit of unpardonable self-praise.
With this consideration, we shall have to omit allu
sion to prominent cases of individual merit, and
touch matters generally as modestly as a journalist
We will now introduce the Wilmington Light In
fantry formally to our readers, and then proceed
with them on their round of pleasure.
The company consists of the following gen
Opt W. L. DeRossett, Private J. D. Commings,
1st Lieut. L. B. Erambert, " " II. V. Curtis,
2d " J. R. London, - James Darbv,
Sd J. W Giles. " 11. G. Fianu'er,
Surgeon, A. E. Wright, " B. F. Haller.
Ensign, J. J. Poissou. " Hallett,
Quart'r Mast'r, A. M Waddell " W. H. H vde,
1st Serg't C. D. Myers, " J. R. Ivev,
2d G. E. Pritchett, " Men'denhall,
8d " J. D. McPeake, " T. C. Sloore,
4th " G.O.Van Amringe, A. B. McDuffie,
lt Corp'l, J. C. Latta, " T. H. McKoy,
2d " J. H. Wright, " K. JtcRue,
3d H. Savage, " W. Quince,
4th J. C. Mclihennr, - R. Quince,
teh - W. E. Davis, " S. W. Roberts,
Sth N. U. Uaniel, " W. II. .Shaw, '
7th " A. B. Burr, - G. Smith,
Private F. A. L. Cassidey, " W. SI. Swann,
" A.E.Caaanx, " D.G.White,
The uniform is dark blue coat and pants the
former beautifully trimmed with gold lace, the
skirts turned up with white, gilt mounted epaulet
with buff fringe. The pants have the white stripe. 4
The plume is a pure white ostrich. The summer '
uniform is the same coat and white pants. Taken
all together, the uniform is in perfect harmony, in
good taste, and consequently very beautiful.
The uniform of the band is similar in color to that
of the company, but differently trimmed, and is in
perfeet keeping with it
In this uniform, then, precisely .at 10 o'clock, the
Infantry turned out, in company with the Oak City
Guards, and the Raleigh Military Cadets; led by the
three company bands, and proceeded to the recep
tion ground in front of the residence of Dr. F. J.
Haywood, where, in presence of a large concourse
of ladies and gentlemen, they were warmly received
by His Excellency, Gov. Bragg, in about the follow
ing terms : He said,
Officers and soldiers
of the Wilmington Light Infantry :
On behalf of the Oak-City Guards, whos spe
cial guests you are, and of other citizens of this
place, I have the honor ti bid you a hearty wel
come to the City of Raleigh. While doing so, al
low me to assure you, gentlemen, that no duty my
fellow citizens could ask me to perform would be
undertaken with more alacrity, or could be more ac
ceptable or grateful to me personally.
Got. Bragg proceeded at length to state that visits
Hkt the one our Wilmington friends had paid us,
hare a happy effect in keeping alive that military pride
which u the very life of the true soldier, whether
by profession or by mere military association, as
well as fostering those amenities of life, and causing
that interchange of courtesies, which all should de
sire to see, not only among the citizens of our own
State but of our whole country. Loud cheers.
Put while these were some of the immediate and
very desirable results of such intercourse, he urged
hat ar ought not to forget that upon voluntary as
sociations like those before him, we have mainly to
,tely for .safety at home as well as to protect us from
incursions rqm aboard. Cheers.J Besides this,
they form a nucleus, around which, when needed,
the country .can isally a large military force a mat
ter of the first importance, our policy having ever
-feen averse ;to large jrtanding army in time of
It waa but a few yean ago. he continued, that
foreign nation, hall come to regard ns as a peoole
bent, almost exclusively, on tb pursuit of
enervated by long peace, and without the qualities
essential to w Hilary enterprises. And while it was
admitted that, from our position on this continent
we might P?88", 80ne power of .defense at borne
we wera regarded as an unwieldy jmaas, lUtarlr ini
fapU, f tJnrtwg aulitaty operations abcowL
The results of the late war with Mexico, and the
daring, the indomitable energy and skill of our vol
unteer soldiers tremendous cheering In every Jbard
fought field, from Palo Alto to Bucna Vista, and.
from Vera Crux to the City of Mexico loud cheere--not
forgetting the wonderful march of .Doniphan
and his handful of Mifsourians of over a thousand
miles through the enemy's country prolonged cheer
ing opened the eyes of the rest of the world, and
showed them of what we were capable ; and from
thenceforward we took our position, since unchal
lenged, as one of the great military powers of the
earth. Loud and repeated cheeis.
" Splendid," he proceeded, " as were the trophies
of that war, and incalculably as they have added
to the power and future capabilities of the country,
yet I hazard little in saying that the pretige of in
vincibility won by our soldiers in that war, is almost
worth them all. Great cheering. It will do more
to protect us from the in ults and aggressions of a
foreien foe. than a standing armv of one hundred
thousand men, or all the bulwarks and towers that
frown along the steeps.' Cheers. v
His Excellency, then addressing himself more par
ticularly to the companies before him, continued :
Of this great American standing army oi volun
teer citizen soldiers vou form a part ; and should
your country ever call you to avenge her wrongs or
protect her rights, 1 have heard too mucn oi your
spirit and gallantry to believe that otic of you could
be found who was not ready, at the first roll of the
drum, to fall into ranks and march where duty call
ed." Immense cheers which lasted some time.
But there were reasons aside from those ot. which
he bad been speaking, which induced the extending
of a warm welcome to our Wilmington friends on
this occasion. " We cannot forget," said he, " that
you come from our chief commercial town ; and
those of us who have not witnessed it have heard of
the industry, the enterprize, the intelligence and en
lightened liberality of your people. Othtrs again
have been the recipients of your courtesy nnd gen
erous hospita'ity, loud cheers from the Oak-City
Guards and many other citizens and all arc desi
rous of paying to you the highest respect to which
they are informed you are eminently entitled as in
dividuals." Great cheering.
"But, gentlemen," and here we particularly desire
to let the Governor speak for himself, "but, gentle
men, I have been speaking in behalf of the coarser
clay of creation. Shall I say nothing of the finer
sort the fair daughters of our City someot whom,
I am glad to see, (and others, no doubt would have
done so, but for the unpropitious weather.) have
honored you with their presence and welcomed you
with their smiles ? Immense cheering. True it is
I have no commission to speak for them ; but I
trust they will pardon me for speaking f them. If
any among you have come here intent on what is
sometimes miscalled " single blessedness," loud
laughter, let me, as your friend, warn you tn time
to be on your guard. Cheers I am told you have
some sharp shooters in your corps. I believe my
friends of the Oak-Ci:y Guards found such to be the
fact on tluir late visit to Wilmington. But, gentle
men, there are those among us here, who are more
dangerous shots than any to be found in that gallant
company. Loud nnd continued cheering. They
wield a species of light artilery reiterated cheers
which is much more effective than any aims which
you or they carry. And though they wound not to
kill, and often, indeed, without even intending it, I
shall not be surprised to learn that some of you have
been shot through the heart before you get away
from Raleigh. Continued cheers. Should such
be the case with any of you, and the wound should
unfortunately prove fatal, we promise our sympathy,
and, as a last token of respect, to bury you with
military honors." Loud cheers for some minutes.
Governor Bragg continued, and concluded by
again extending to our guests, on behalf and in the
name of all, a warm and cordial welcome, and by
expressing the hope that their visit might prove as
agreeable to them as it was acceptable to us. On
his conclusion he was gieeted by unbounded ap
plause. Alfred Moore Waddell, Esq., responded on behalf
of the Wilmington Light Infantry. He did full jus
tice to the occasion and to the corps, and was heart
ily cheered. The Reporter at this time was unable
to take notes, and therefore cannot furnish even a
sketch of Mr. Waddell's speech. We regret this,
but will endeavor to supply the deficiency in our
At the conclusion of this ceremony, the companies
proceeded to pay a complimentary visit to the Ex
ecutive Mansion, and on their way halted in front of
the residence of Edward Cantwell, Esq., to enable
the Light Infantry to compliment their former and
first Captain. Mr. Cantwell received them in a true,
warm, soldierlike manner, and invited the entire
battalion into his house, where they were hand
On their arrival at the Executive Mansion, they
were received in that dashing off-hand style of
which Gov. Bragg is so complete a master ; and the
interior of that beautiful establishment presented to
them every inducement to live and enjoy life. And
having taken leave of the Governor and his hospita
ble board, they returned to the Armory of the Oak
City Guards and dismissed for dinner.
THE VISIT TO ST. MARY's.
At 3 o'clock the companies were again under arms,
Capt DeRossett on this occasion commanding the .
battalion, and the line of march was Liken up for
St Mary's. As they reached the Raleigh Female
Seminary, the usual honors were paid to the ladies
of that establishment, and the gallantry of the com
manders was rewarded by each receiving a beautiful
On reaching St. Mary's, the weather assuming a
threatening aspect, Rev. Dr. Smedcs received them
into his house, and presented them to his formidable
array of youth and beauty. Dr. Smedes addressed
our City's guests in substance as follows :
Gentlemen of the Wilmington Light Infantry :
If ever a body of men were entitled to a cordial
welcome from the place of which they were visitors,
I am sure you have such a claim upon the City
which you are now honoring with your presence. I
am equally sure, gentlemen, the claim is most hear
tily acknowledged by every one of its inhabitants.
Why, gentlemen, you have encountered trials from
rain and mud sufficient to have daunted any but
soldiers of the truest metal. Indeed, had you serv
ed in a Mexican campaign, you could hardly have
recalled, among its most severe tests of your sol
dierly qualities, a trial of the same duration greater
than you have experienced in your march to this
And yet, gentlemen when I look upon you. and
see your fresh and vigorous bearing, your bright
and complete equipment your whole appearance so
satisfying every requirement of the eye when it
scans a gallant and chivalrous company, I can
hardly realize that during the greater part of the
last night and the previous day, you were half
drowned with rain, and half buried in mud.
But, gentlemen, on another and more general
ground, I think you have a claim to a warm grasp
of the right hand of fellowship, wherever your own
may be extended.
Gentlemen, I look npon the " citizen soldier " as
peculiarly an American institution. It is an 'out
growth of the civil liberty and blessings we enjoy,
and of the resulting mutual confidence and love be
tween the governors and governed. The despot
dared not entrust with arms his oppressed subjects ;
much less does he dare permit among them such
organizations as yours, accoutred with every imple
ment of the warrior, trained in every exercise of
the soldier, selecting their own officers, governed
by their own laws, responsible only to themselves,
their country, and their God minute men, gentle
men, ready at any call of patriotism to do, and, if
need be, to die, for their native land and its goodly
O glorious privilege of American citizenship, to
be born and to live in a land, whose every son, be
comes in virtue of his sonship, a soldier to protect
her rights, and shed his blond for bur di-fone I Wn
gentlemen, are not compelled to drain the poor man's
cup, and curtail bis scanty fare, for the support of
a standing army of 400,000 men, with weapons
turning in every way, and equally ready at an Im
perial hod to fall upon the ckfceo,'or the invader;
for we have a million swords turning only to the
foe. to lean from their scabbards at the, call ofdan-
. . ' . . .i
ger, wielded too Dy arms nor nervea oy me Hire
ling's wages and the lust of booty, but by the sa
cred fire of patriots fighting for their altars and
Gentlemen, I feel that I should be doing injustice
to the occasion, did I not recognize , the special
claim of a Wilmington company to a welcome at
St. Mary's. It has been ny happiness to have un
der my " orders" a large number of the fair daugh
ters of your city, young ladies, who occupy a high
place among the most cherished names in our
I have not tho pleasure, gentlemen, of an exten
sive personal acquaintance in your ranks; but if I
may judge of the boys by the girls if they are
bricks which you send off as specimens of the build
ing of which you are the pillars and support, then,
I say, a fairer edifice can no where be presented to
But, gentlemen, you must allow me to notice one
peculiarity of my Wilmington "recruits." I refer
to the number and variety of their kin of your own
sex ; their near relations, you will observe, gentle
men, for our "rules and regulations," forbid the ap
proach of any other; never more distant, geutle
men, than own brother, or dew first cousins!
Indeed, I think there must be some entanglement
in the alliances down your way. For I have observ
ed that when a bona fide brother has come to see
his sister, immediatel' a claim of cousinship would
arise between him and several ofher friends, where
as, tili the appearance of this " miraculous tie," I
had never before been aware of any bond of affinity
uniting the young Indies.
Gentlemen, I don't know but that I may lay claim
to an extensive kinship myself, among the most
agreeable families in Wilmington. Of one thing I
am sure, that in the course of these proceedings I
have been pretty thoroughly cozzened.
Gentlemen, in the course of my remarks, I have
alluded to the fatigues of a campaign. I have no
doubt were you called to endure the hardest inilita-
ry service, you would prove . yourselves worthy of
the glorious recollections of Wilmington and llano
ver. But your mission here is a mission of peace.
May it always and every where be a mission of
peace! May peace always cover our broad and
happy land with its soft and downy pinions !
May you, gentlemen, never be called to severer
military duty than you encountered in making your
way to this capital !
May you never be reduced to greater straits in
your profession than you now experience in finding
provender for j-ourselves, and forage for your horses
in this uncommonly cold and inauspicious season!
And may you never be compelled to face a batte
ry more formidable than that before which you now
stand, winch has already admitted you into the cit
adel, and which is prepared to surrender at discre
tion. Dr. Smedes was frequently interrupted by the
liveliest demonstrations of applause.
The young ladies then, under the leadership of
their musical instructor, Mr. Hansen, sang " Hail
Columbia" with full chorus, and weie responded to
by those members of the Light Infantry composing
the Harnett Glee Club, with "The Red White and
Blue," and then returned to the attack with the
" Old North State ;" and the Harnett Glee singers
apparently being Clubbed down gave up the contest,
and, as stated in our last gracefully " beat a re
treat" discomfited, yet delighted, and bearing
away trophies of beautiful and cheerful pictures.
As the Companies left St Mary's, they were beset
by heavy rain which continued unabated during the
remainder of their visits, and until they reached
their quarters. But, like true soldiers, they never
shrunk from it, but paid their compliments at the
residences of Win. Boylan, Esq., and Hon. R. M
Saunders, where, as before stated, they met with a
royal welcome. They then returned to town tho
roughly drenched without, and not less so, we ven
ture to hope, within, by the " cup which cheers"
and sometimes inebriates. They then dismissed for
Tho weather this morning was bright, beautiful
and balmy. The sun shone down in splendor, deck
ed in his holydny robes, and as if determined to be
shut out by sombre clouds no more from the joys
of earth. He wore his brightest smile; and the
gladdened souls below looked up and welcomed him
The streets resumed their wonted bustle, and the
town turned out to behold and welcome our long
At ten o'clock the battalion was under arms, and
formed in front of Tucker's store for a dress pa
rade Capt. DeRossett commanding and Lieut. Al
ley of the Oak-City Guards acting as adjutant.
The parade was witnessed by fully half of our towns
people the Wilmington Cornet Band, led by Mr.
Collins, lending additional attractions by its exqui
site music. At the conclusion of the parade, the line
of march was pursued to the target ground.
Arriving there, the preliminaries were soon ar
ranged, and the firing immediately commenced.
Some capital arrangements were to be observed on
this occasion. Scats were provided for the respec
tive corps and quite a number of spectators the
City Commissioners having kindly granted the use
of the benches from the Town Hall for that pur
pose. Awnings, too, were raised at the respective
stand points from tinder which to fire. The inner
man was also cared for a snack and trimmings
The prizes were a neat silver goblet presented by
the Oak-City Guards to the Wilmington Light In
fantry, to be contested for amongst themselves ; a
second silver goblet, presented by a few members of
the same corps to their brothers in arms, (and not
by Mr. Kirkham as stated in our last,) and yet a
third, presented by J. A. Engelhard, Esq., to the
The result ol tho target practice was as follows :
The goblet of the Light Infantry was won by
Private A. D. Cazaux, the average of his three shots
being 3 inches and 0-10; the second best shot, Lieut
J. R. London, 5 6 10; th!rd best, Private D. G.
White, 6 15. The best single shot, D. G. White in
That of the Oak-City Guards was won br Private
J. J. Ferrell, 4 inches and 5-8; second best, Private
J. K. Marriott, 6 2-8 ; third best, Private Page, 6 7-8.
Best single shot, J J. Ferrell, 3 inches.
The cup of the Cadets was won by Ives Smedes,
6 ; second best Thomas Howie 8 inches ; third best
Geo. Moore, 10 inches. Best Bingle shot by E. L.
The judges for the several companies were : Wil
mington Light Infantry Col. W. II. Tucker, J. A.
Engelhard, Esq., and D. W. Husted, Esq. ; for the
Oak-City Guards Edward Cantwell, Esq., Chas.
A. Harrison, Esq., and W. J. Saunders, Esq. ; for
the ' Cadets Maj. H.W. Husted, G. W.Brooks,
Esq., and W. W. Holden, Esq.
It will be observed from an analysis of the fore
going results, that the Wilmington Light Infantry
were victorious overall competitors. They whipped,
and carried off from, the two Fayetteville companies
the prize contended for, and they have been equally
successful here, so far as the result is concerned.
They return to their homes with' not only all their
own laurels, but with fresh wreaths plucked from
the brows of all with whom they have come in con
tact, And w venture to say that there is no regret
here they are foemen worthy of the best steel that
cm be brought lo bear against them. ' 0:...
I'.On the conclusion of the exercises of the. fieldj"
the battalion returned to town and proceeded to the
were awarded to the successful candidates. - The
body of the Hall and the galleries were densely
thronged by the spirit and beauty and fashion of
our town. Amongst the distinguished gentlemen
present, we noticed His Excellency, Gov. Bragg,
Ex-Gov. Manly, Hon. George E. Badger, Hon. John
H. Bryan, Hon. S. H. Rogers, and a host of others. "
The first prize awarded was that of (lie Light In
fantry, and was presented by Ex-Gov. Manly, in
nearly the following terms. - On advancing to the
desk he was loudly cheered, and said : 1,1 -
The spirited contest in which you have been this
day engaged, can trace its origin and high lineage
to the remotest ages of antiquity.
More than a thousand years before the dawn of
the Christian era, the young men of Greece were
in the habit of assembling on their national festivals
at the far-famed Olympia, a sacred spot on the banks
of the Alpheus, to celebrate the Olympic games.
These games consisted of athletic contests in tri
als of the foot race, and the chariot race, in baping,
running, wrestling, throwing the quoit, and throwing
They were attended by a vast concourse of spec
tators, assembled from all the Grecian colonies of
Europe, Asia and Africa. The names of the com
petitors were entered in a list, and a severe training
of at least thirty days was required in the public
When the day arrived they were conducted to the
stadium or place of contest, by their sympathizing
relations and friends, clamorous in exhorting them
to ncquit themselves nobly.
The piize to the victor was a garland of wild olive
cut from the tree in the sacred grove of Olympia.
Palm leaves were at the same time placed in the
hand of the victor, and his name was proclaimed
by a herald throughout the immense assembly.
Fresh honors awaited him on his return home. He
re-entered his city in triumph, banquets were given
him by his friends, and odes composed and sung in
honor of his victory.
The object of the festival was to create and ce
ment a bond of union of the Grecian Stnates, pro
moting kindly feelings and personal friendships.
The result was an extension of knowledge among
men and the cultivation of the sciences and the arts.
Olympia became a centre for the commerce of all
Greece ; for the free interchange of opinions and for
the publication of knowledge.
The concourse rf people afforded a fit audience
for liiera- productions, and gave a motive for the
composition of works, worthy to be laid before
them ; while poetry and statuary received an im
pulse from the demands made upon them to aid in
perpetuating the victor's fame.
Such I conceive to be the origin and foundation of
the kindred contest which we have this day witness
ed; and to the same high origin may be traced the
royal and popular tournaments, the "passage at
arms" among the Knights of chivalry ; the Banquet
and Civic procession, the presentation of the sword,
and the vote of thanks, the erection of the storied
urn and animated bust, to emblazon and perpetuate
the noble deeds of heroes nnd sages and statesmen,
practised down the long vista of successive ages
throughout the civilized world to the present time.
Here in that same spirit, and in commemoration
of this time honored institution, has this large as
sembly met this day, to reward with their presence,
this contest of artistic skill, appropriate to the pro
fession of the citizen soldier.
And such an assembly! Not only all the men,
but all the women are here ! At least, all the pretty
ones are here; or if perchance there be any more,
any where else, I should like to see tbem.
IiOok around you at those bright eyes, without
whose inspiring presence all Games are spiritless and
the soldier's arms fall senseless by his side.
But let your glance, my young friends, be quick
and furtive ; linger not long on the spectacle, or yoif
wi.l find yourself riddled by barbed javelins and
darts, worse than the musket balls have used up
these poor target boards. They do not, however,
use poisoned weapons, and although they often hill
a fellow, I never knew one yet to die.
We heard yesterday with pleasure the eloquent
remarks of the Governor and Captain-General of the
State, welcoming to our midst and to our homes
and firesides the Wilmington Light Infantry Com
pany this well-ordered Train Band of North
Carolina's sons, and the glowing and eloquent re
sponse of your own chivalrous and gifted young
orator. I will not weaken the force of their truth
fulness and beauty by repetition, but will take oc
casion barely to remark : Let these contests be fos
tered and encouraged ; let the military ardor of our
young men expand in the formation of volunteer
companies throughout the State, and a noble emu
lation promoted by an interchange of visits to excel
in all those accomplishments, both military and
social, which illustrate and adorn lie character of a
Mr. A. D. Cazaux, of the Wilmington Light In
fantry : The judges have decided that you have, on
this occasion, fairly won the prize. By the appoint
ment of the Oak-City Guards of Raleigh, I have the
proud honor to stand here as their herald, to pro
claim you victor, and to award that prize.
I tender -ou then, not a chaplet of wild flowers,
nor a wreath of Palm leaves, but a silver Pitcher,
richly and elaborately carved and ornamented, and
of practical value, bearing on its face its own modest
annals in an appropriate inscription.
Take it as the merited reward of j'our own bril
Preserve it as the fraternal gift and keepsake of
your fellow soldiers and compatriots in arms " The
Oak-City Guards" of 'Raleigh.
In conclusion I beg leave to return to my young
friends, my profound acknowledgements for the dis
tinguished position assigned me, in this pleasing
and interesting pageant, and my true thanks to this
whole assembly for their silent and polite attention.
The address was well received throughout, and
very frequently interrupted by applause.
Private Cazaux responded in a few appropriate
words. He could not but feel proud at being the
victor on such an occasion, and he modestly offer
ed his victory as a specimen of the skill of his com
rades. He knew of but one battery they feared
that of the ladies eyes. He thanked Gov. Manly
sincerely, and took his seat.
Music then followed from the Cornet Band.
Pulaski Cowper, Esq., then presented the goblet
to the successful marksman of the Oak-City Guards.
He said :
Mr. J. J. Ferrell, and
gentlemen of the Oak-City Guards:
I have been selected to present you this beautiful
cup, the evidence of the best shot made, as a mem
ber of the Oak-City Guards.
It affords inc pleasure to perform this duty, and
I cannot but be sensible of those chivalrous feelings
of pride and pleasure which must necessarily be
awakened in your bosom and which none but suc
cessful soldiers can properly estimate and esteem.
I congratulate you, sir, not upon a mere accidental
hit but upon a prc-intended and fully determined
hit, which secured you the palm of victory and
though this cup is too small to hold all the happi
ness and prosperity my heart bids me tell you I
wish you ; yet, wherever fate may cast your desti
ny, whether in foreign lands, among friends or foes,
in private circles, or at tho " festive board," wheie
the wine tints the lips with its reddening hue, it ia
sufficiently large to contain the most thrilling recol
lections of the pleasantry which the. scenes and oc
currences of this memorable day has so creditably
showered upon you. ! ' ! '
Sir to be considered the best shot among the
Oak-City Guards is no little compliment A compa
ny whose gentlemanly demeanor, and the honorable
motives which actuate and characterize the daily
course of those who compose its members, are fully
equalled by their proficiency in the skill of arms,
and their firm and unflinching adherence to military
law and military discipline. It is an honor sir, ihat
the youngest citizen might well covet and desire."
The soldier's life, though one of hazard sod peril,
and attended at times with almost intolerable hard
ships and sufferings, is nevertheless, the most hon
orable and laudable profession in (he walks of life;
and one too which this day receives the warmest
thanks and the profoundest obligations of the hap
piest and purest people of the combined world the
people of the United States of America.
It is to the soldier that we are indebted for the
peculiar privileges and blessings which we as a na
tion now so munificently enjoy. The union of thir
ty -ORe States, whose compact, I trust, will last for
ever, and only fall by the lapse of time. The pre
sent prosperous condition of that union the in
creasing progress of her Internal Improvements,
making distance but a step her religious institu
tions undisturbed and unrestrained in the exercise
and propagation of their peculiar usages and doc
trines moralizing man, and rendering him more like
unto the image of his Maker-; the influence too, of
which is not only felt here among us, but stretches
her hand to the burning sands of distant India, to'
rescue wot shippers of wood, and stone- Her laws
uniform in principle and action, founded upon rea
son and guided by wisdom in enforcing obedience,
but " exercises justice and maintains truth." Her
people free and independent, because they of " right
ought to be." Protected in their rights by an Ameri
can flag, are this day in the full enjoyment of those
inestimable and inalienable blessings, "Life, Liber
ty, and the pursuit of happiness."
And now, sir, I present you this cup, and in my
own name, and in the name of your company, I
wish that your cup of happiness may never be emp
tied: that its inundation of bliss may be continual
perpetually showering upon you increasing joy and
contentment May your life always be compatible
with a soldiers' dignity and a soldiers' bearing; and
may the same spirit that prompted you this day,
mark your future course in the pursuits of life.
Mr. Cowper's remarks were well received and
elicited much applause. .
Mr. Ferrell gracefully acknowledged the compli
ments paid to him, and his corps, and hoped that if
he could not raise a son to assist in perpetuating the
Oak-City Guards, others might be found to do so.
However, he would present that goblet to his daugh
ter, to enable her to keep green her father's associa
tions. Loud cheers. Music.
Henry R. Bryan, Esq., then proceeded to deliver
the prize to the successful Cadet He said,
Mr. Smedes : Sir In all ages of the world the
profession of arms has been looked upon as not only
honorable, but as in every respect worthy of the at
tention and study of noble and ingenuous youths.
Among all men, from the most cultivated to the
painted savage that roams free and uncontrolled
over the mighty forests of the west, the skilful
marksman maintains a position by no means unen
viable. To you, sir, to day has been awarded, for
the great skill and accuracy you have displayed, a
premium, beautiful in itself, and also one which will
remind you in after life of the esteem and friend
ly feeling in which your youthful but gallant corps
was held by the donor, and which will at the same
time serve as a splendid memento of your skilful
I present to you this cup in the name of Mr. En
gelhard, as a token of his high appreciation of your
self individually, and of the manly and true soldier
like bearing of your comrades. Accept it, and firm
ly resolve that the pre-eminent skill lo which 'ou
have attained in the use of your musket, shall be
ever joyfully employed in repelling the invaders of
your soil, and in defence of the constitution of your
country. Recollecting, sir, that the choicest tears
are those with which Heaven bedews the unbtiried
head of a soldier, go and prove yourself worthy of
the Lacedemonian epitaph
Nor life nor death they deemed the happier state,
But life that's glorious, or death that's great.
Master Smedes having received the cup, modestly
but firmly said he would keep the cup to remind
hitu of his associates and his company. He could
not be expected to make a speech, but he thanked
Mr. Bryan sincerely. He was loudly applauded as
he took his seat
The presentations having been gone through with,
the band played another air, and at its conclusion
loud calls from all parts of the house were made for
Hon. George E. Badger. The Light Infantry p.
peared determined to hear him, and he at' length
yielded to the call and addressed a few words to
Mr. Waddell was next called out, and in the
course of his remarks paid a high tribute to Mr.
The proceedings terminated at about five o'clock,
and the companies dismissed till a quarter after six
to meet for dinner.
The dinner was provided by Oliver L. Burcb, Esq.,
Proprietor of " Burch s Hotel," and was served up
in the large dining room of Guion's Hotel, now tin
ocrupied. The reporter took occaasion, before the
arrival of the guests, to visit that place and inspect
the arrangements, tables, &c On entering, the first
object to arrest the attention was a very tastefully
arranged stand of arms. In the centre of the pieee
was a large shield surmounted by a golden eagle
supporting in its beak a scroll bearing the inscrip
tion " Epluribus Unvm." On each side were dis
played the flags of England and France and these
formed the back-ground for the stars and stripes.
Above all was a large wreath of green oak leaves, in
the centre of which was the word " Welcome." On
the right of this the initials " W. L. I." and on the
left " O. C. G." The wall on the right of the Chair
man's seat bore in relief " The Army and Navy for
ever" that on the left, " the Old North State for
ever" and the entire room was beautifully festoon
ed with evergreens. Three tables extended the full
length the centre one for the Wilmington Light
Infantry and prominent invited guests. Taken all
together, the room was well arranged and artistical
The reporter's attention was next directed to the
table and their contents. Indeed, he was curious
to see what could be provided, in these " hard times,"
and on such an occasion, by even such a caterer as
Burch. His first step in the investigation was to
take up a " bill of fare," neatly printed in green and
gold, and which was headed " Oak-City Guards'
Dinner complimentary to the Wilmington Light
Infantry May 5, 1857." At a time of general
scarcity, such as the present, this bill of fare is a
curiosity ; and for the sake of the curious, and for
thine, too, patient reader, it is hereto annexed:
Lam 08' Fry.
Boiled Turkey, .
Spongo " ;
Straw beiries, .
Raisins Jk Alm'ds.
WIXES AND SPIRITS.
Old Rye Whiskey,
Old Pale Sherry, J Old London Dock,
The tables were loaded with the contents of that
bill of fare, and a great deal more "not in the bills."
'We were particularly struck with the appearance of
tworelegant pyramids of the choicest confectionery.
They stood three feet high, and certainly did credit
to friend Barch. .
; We shall attempt no further
room or the., viands.
Wo t.. ..
are arriving- -are now seated and f, . euet
im.c no time- ti,
(1 tltnn M
work of ,
molition has commenced. It will readily h i!
ed, too,' that our individual necessities
slight importance. Our duty lo our coim"0
quires that we should take care of our Tain P
And indeed it is much more easy to i,na j ,l:
describe the proceedings abouCtliis time.
In the language of the playwright, a pe
forty-five minutes is supposed to elapse betw f
conclusion of the last paragraph and the
ment of the first regular toast, during which
we will glance at the assemblage. "'w
Capt. Harrison occupied the head of the
table, supported on his rieht hv p.... JZm
Col. John L. Cantwell, Cant. lianV! "r
mincton Cadets. Honrv S i, ",eil-
Got. Knm nA Fr.f:..i, If--l
allly 8uppol.tl;d ,
man on the left. In nth. . . ec!):r.
noticed Hon. S. H. Rogers, Maj. II. w n' 7
Holden, Frank I. Wilson, Danl G Fol V "
Battle, J. A. Engelhard, Pulaski Cotvper i.
Saunders, G. W. Brooks, and others.
John H. Bryan, jr. Esq., now announced tU
regular toast: e,,rst
u Tlu .Memory of Vanhinnton"-The imrp,t .
hunum nature the world has vet seen as I,,,,.. "del f
serve that memory inviolate and keep his comitl pi1""
is secure. tibertj
Drank in silence
Second regular toat :
" Airt7i-Oirotina"Ier highest encomium,
talents of her sons ; having fostered them in her uwZH "
she generously bestows them on Iter sisters.
Received with tremendous cheers.
Gov. Bkagg, being loudly called for, responded
somewhat as follows :
Mr. President and Gentlemen: fecl
flattered in being called upon to respond to th
-".j-" -.ice.., i.u especially tor the fc:n
manner in which the call has been made tmnn 1
And, sir, I can orly regret that some one ninre
tlt heen Mllltld tn rln cn rPK.... 1 i-V .""
tinned, though often placed in situations 'where it
was my duty to speak, I have had hut little cxm
rience in speaking on occasions like the presm
cheers and laughter. and in that little have U,i
... ,.-.,, uimtuii mm-; iv sny wnni Otltjtlt tobesnid
and to omit saying what it had been better toW
unsaid. Loud cheers.
To speak of one's own State with propriety wi
in Gov. B's opinion, as difficult as to speak with
propriety of one's own self. Chens. He who
would undertake to magnify his own good qtialiti:
or to make a parade of his own virtues, on an orrj!
sion like this, would either be lauehed at for his
folly or despised for his egotism. Lorid chcerm-l
A certain degree of State pride was not only excus
able, but commendable ; but when it becomes arrii.
gant puts on airs, if he might so speak, or as
sumes a superiority to which it is not entitled, he
thought it ceased to be commendable or even re
spectable. "Some certain means there always mar lie found
To mark our virtues and our vices bound."
But, Mr. President, he continued, let mc not be
misunderstood. I make these remarks in no carp
ing spirit, or because I dissent at all from the senti
ment just uttered as to our good old Stale. I lion.
or her too much for her many good qualities tn de
preciate her in the slightest degree : And, sir, I he
lieve I shall pay to her more real honor and act
more consistently with her true character by claim
ing for her too little than too much. Great cheer
ing Intelligent foreigners, in speaking of our country,
generally have represented self exaltation as one 'of
i a . .
our national cnaractenstics ; and in the main we
must admit that they have done so correctlv. But,
nevertheless, he would make bold to denv the im
peachment as to North Carolina. Cheers. Yes,
sir. said he, her whole history and character have
been marked by unohtrusiveness and homely vir
tues ; and for one he hoped the day would never
come when she will be less known for these, and
more distinguished for qualities of a meritorious
character. Loud applause.
But, Mr. Chairman, he went on, while North Car
olina has of her sons contributed largely to the oth
er States of this L'nion those who have in ho little
degree controlled and directed the destinies of the
country, yet she has not been left in utter destitu
tion, as has been sometimes arrogantly said by oth
ers. Great cheering. Search her history through,
from the days of the revolution to the present time,
and tell me, if yon can, wherein her sons, when the
occasion required it, have failed to do their duty.
Continued cheering. Sir, I will not say, as per
haps might be said in some of her sister States, that
all her soldiers have been heroes, all her statesmen
Lord Burleigh's, or to speak of only one of what
are termed the learned professions that all her law
yers have been Mansfields: but this I will say that,
from 1775 to May 1857, her sons when called upon
have generally proved equal to the occasion, wheth
er in the field or in the forum, in the cabinet or in
the council halls of the country. Deafening cheers.
Gov. Brags was addressing North-Carolinians.
We know," said he, "what errors and wrong
impressions prevail as to our State and people. We
know that our whole State is not a pine forest, and
that our products arc something besides the stereo
typed ones of tar, pitch, turpentine and lumber, ex
cellent things in their way, but the products com
paratively of a small portion of the State. Loud
cheers We know, that for excellence and variety
of soil, climate and products for varied and abun
dant mineral resources for water-power and other
capabilities for manufacturing to any extent, North
Carolina will suffer nothing by a comparison with
the most favored States of this Union. Immense
applause. And if, sir, you wish to behold scenery
unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur, and such as
no tourists' pen has yet described, go to her moun
tains and valleys in the West, continued cheers
and if you arc not satisfied all I can say is. you
are hard to please." Laughter and applause.
" But what of all this, says one ; tell us of your
enterprise that is to unlock all these sources of
wealth and greatness ! Gentlemen, that will come
tremendous applause it is coming; and I trust
the day is not distant when we shall be able to wit
ness the consummation of all our desires. Cheers.
But whether vnch shall be the case or not, depends
much npon that class of my fellow-citizens of which
you form a part Old men are passing away, as my
friend on my left (Ex-Gov. Manly) remarked to you
to day, and younger ones arc taking their places."
In conclusion, he said, allow me Mr. President
and gentlemen to offer you as a Sentiment,
" The young men, -f Aorth-Oimltntt. The post history of
the State, whatever it may be. cannot be altered. Let them
remember that her future character and prosperity rests
with them." . -
Loud cheers, and the Old North State by the band.
... The third regular toast :
" Our ittr State, Soth Girol!na" When the whits
plume of Honor leads the van, her chivalry are alwuvi
among the first in the race for Victory and Fame.
Edward Cantwell, Esq., being unavoidably ab
sent, sent the following in response to the third regu
lar toast :
"Xorth and South Carolina", Tfa longer divided, save
upon the map ; let our sons and our daughters hereafter,
of old, march together and achieve a common 'testiny.
Cheers and music
Fourth regular toast : ' ' ' - .
-The South" The name alone stirs' onr deepest affec
tions ; we love her in tur heart of hearts, praise her wiia
our tongues, and cheerlully draw our swords in her defence.
J. A. Esoblhard, Esq., responded as follows, fre
quently interrupted by applause : He said
Mr. President and Gentlemen :
Sentiments like those are sufficient to bring a true
Southron to his feet, without the compliment of
call. If the Southerner has any peculiar character
istic; if there is one passion that burns in his
breast stronger than another, it is an ardent love for
his own sunny South ; nor is that love misapphf"
While our affections are sufficiently comprehensive
to embrace the whole of our expanding Union, still
we find in that portion of the country referred to,
in the common expression, " South of Mason an
Dixon's line a charm, which holds by a firm but