From the 20 January 1891 issue of The New York Times.

LEE’s MEMORY HONORED


HIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED AS A LEGAL HOLIDAY.


IMPOSING CEREMONIES IN VIRGINIA AND GEORGIA COMMEMORATIVE OF THE DAY—UNION AND CONFEDERATE FLAGS FLYING SIDE BY SIDE.

PETERSBURG, Va., Jan. 19.—In the clebration of the birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee the people of Petersburg to-day paid a noble tribute to the memory of the great Confederate Captain. It was here that Gen. Lee had his headquarters during the memorable siege that ended in the capture of the city, and the people knew and loved him. No act passed by the late Legislature met with greater popular approval than that legalizing Lee’s birthday as a holiday, and the actions of the people throughout Virginia to-day abundantly established this fact.

Here all business was closed at noon, and the city was elaborately decorated with bunting, Confederate flags and State and national colors freely mingling together. The spacious grounds of the Beasley mansion, on High Street, the head-quarters of Gen. Lee, were conspicuous in this respect. Tents were erected over which waved the Southern flag. Confederate mementoes were displayed, among them an earthenware water pitcher used by Gen. Lee, and a Confederate soldier in his war uniform stood guard as sentinel.

Ex-Gov. William E. Cameron was Chief Marshal of the day and directed the ceremonies. The column of march embraced the local and visiting military Mexican veterans, Confederate veterans, civic societies, Ladies’ Memorial Association, the Police and Fire Departments, and other organizations. It was moving for two hours. The orators of the day, Senator Daniel and Congressman Breckinridge, could not come, Senator Daniel being detained in Washington fighting the Force bill. The ceremonies were concluded at the Academy of Music with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Gibson, Gen. Lee’s former pastor, and an address by Mayor Collier. Thousands were unable to gain admittance. Great enthusiasm was manifested throughout the day, especially among the ladies, who participated in large numbers in the celebration.