From the 23 February 1884 issue of The New York Times.


NEW-ORLEANS, La., Feb. 22.—The birthday of Washington, by a bare coincidence, became the occasion for the unveiling of the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the greatest of those who drew his sword to destroy what Washington created. New-Orleans turned out regardless of birth place or politics to aid in the ceremonies. The veterans of the Confederacy, the soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic, the troops of the State National Guard, the visiting military from Detroit, all took part in the ceremonies. The granite shaft of 90 feet, surmounted by the bronze statue of 15 feet, stands in the centre of the old Livoli circle, in which during the war were encamped Federal troops from Massachusetts and New-York. The column was built of crystalized sand-stone from the quarries of Tennessee, and the statue was cast in New-York City by Alexander Doyle. The mound on which the monument rests was crowded all the morning with ladies and children. Unfortunately, just as the band was performing the opening air, a cloud of dust blew up, and before the opening prayer had been said rain fell in torrents causing much damage to the rich costumes of the ladies. An adjournment was had to the large hall of the Washington Artillery, where the exercieses were concluded and the statue was then formally presented to the city by the Lee Monument Association accepted by Mayor Behan. The festivities of the day were completed by a street parade of the State National Guards and a brilliant ball at night by the Washington Artillery.