From the Richmond Dispatch, 6/20/1861, p. 1
The New Orleans Washington Artillery. - Tuesday
evening, the commissioned and non-commissioned staff of the Battalion of
Washington Artillery, with Major Walton, came from the camp to this city,
accompanied with their excellent Brass Band of 12 pieces, and serenaded
President Davis at the Spotswood House. After discoursing several appropriate
airs, to the admiration of a large audience, Major Walton and Staff were invited
to the reception-room of the President, when Mr. Davis did the hospitable
attentions, aided by a large number of ladies, in her wonted generous style. An
hour was agreeably passed, both Mr. and Mrs. D. paying the Battalion high compliments.
The Battalion band also serenaded some of our distinguished citizens, and after
three or four hours of festive entertainment, the Staff returned to Camp
Beauregard toward the "wee small hours."
This Battalion is now being supplied with an additional
battery by the Confederate Government, composed of six-pounders, twelve-pound
howitzers and rifled cannon, and are now in a very superior state of artillery
drill, ready for action. In the course of six or eight days they will get
marching orders for the seat of war.
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