From the 20 January 1892 issue of The New York Times.

IN MEMORY OF ROBERT E. LEE.


BANQUET OF THE CONFEDERATE CAMP OF NEW-YORK.

The eighty-fifth anniversery of the birth of Robert E. Lee was observed by the Confederate Veteran Camp of New-York last night by a dinner in the Colonnade Hotel. About eighty persons were present, and Col. W. W. Flannagan presided.

Some of the well-known men at the tables were ex-Gov. John S. Wise, Gen. Fitz John Porter, Gen. C. E. Hooker of Mississippi, the Rev. D. W. W. Page, Hugh R. Garden, Gen. Thomas Jordan, A. R. Chisolm, C. G. F. Wahle, Edward Owen, J. Edward Graybill, W. S. Keiley, James Ridgway, Gen. G. M. Sorrel, Gen. W. J. Behan, ex-Mayor of New-Orleans; S. W. Jones, and R. E. Freeman. The banquet room was profusely decorated with American flags, the Confederate flag being conspicuous by its absence.

Ex-Gov. Wise made a stirring speech in response to the sentiment, “The Memory of Gen. Robert E. Lee.” He eulogized Lee both as a man and as a soldier. He advanced the theory that had Gen. Lee joined the Federal forces instead of the Confederacy he would have become Commander in Chief of the Union armies, the war would have ended before Vicksburg, and the name of Gen. Grant might never have been known to fame.

Other speeches were made by Gen. Hooker, Gen. Fitz John Porter, Mr. Wahle, Col. John A. Cockerill, William S. Keiley, and James Edward Graybill.