Arrival of President
Davis. - The public have been for several days past advised of the expected
arrival of his Excellency, Hon. Jefferson Davis, President and
Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the Confederate States of America. He made his advent into Richmond at 25 minutes past 7 o’clock yesterday
morning, having arrived from Petersburg in an extra train, accompanied by Gov.
Letcher and the members of the Advisory Council, members of the City Council,
Mayor Mayo, Thos. H. Wynne, Esq., of the House of Delegates, and a number of
other gentlemen, who had repaired to Petersburg to greet the distinguished
representatives of Southern rights. Hon. Lewis T. Wigfall and lady of Texas, Col. Jos. R. Davis, brother of the President, Col. Northrop, C. S. A., were
among the President’s suite. On the arrival of the cars at the depot in this
city, the air resounded with the most deafening cheers, oft repeated, for Davis
and the Southern Confederacy, from several thousand willing mouths, honest
hearts, and warm hands. After the enthusiastic greeting of the President was
over - indeed, while it was progressing, a salute of 15 guns, one for each
Southern State, was fired by a detachment of men under Col. John H. Richardson.
President Davis was then escorted to a carriage in waiting by Thos. W. Hoeninger,
Esq., of the Spotswood Hotel, ad was drawn towards that elegant “traveler’s
rest,” by four splendid bays, His Excellency, Gov. Letcher, Mayor Mayo, and
Mr. Hoeninger, being seated with the President. His progress through the streets
was marked with many affecting demonstrations of popular regard. People rushed
up and would shake hands with the
President, many of them doing so with tears of heartfelt joy “in eyes unused
By the time the cortege arrived at the hotel, the crowd had
increased to many thousands. - Amidst the vivas
of a delighted people President Davis ascended the stairs, and was conducted to
his parlor, (No. 83,) which had been most tastefully decorated by Mr. Hoeninger
with the coat of arms and the flag of the Confederate States. The President
hardly had time to get inside his retreat before he was vociferously called for.
In obedience to the call he stepped to the window and briefly addressed the
citizens on the present aspect of affairs. His remarks, though brief, were to
the point, and convinced every one who heard them that Jefferson Davis was the
man for the occasion. Gov. Letcher then welcomed our National ruler to its
Metropolis, and was followed by Col. Wigfall, who proves himself on all
occasions as great on the forum as in the field. Lieut. Gen. Montague spoke
briefly but most acceptably in conclusion, when the crowd slowly dispersed.
The whole party, including President Davis, Gov. Letcher,
Mayor Mayo, Cols. Davis and Wigfall, and others, then sat down to a capital
breakfast, gotten up in the peculiar taking style of “mine host” of the
Spotswood. A short time after the morning repast, the President received calls
from numerous citizens and Government officials.
yesterday evening, President Davis reviewed the troops now at the Central Fair
Grounds. The Commander-in-Chief was pleased with his men - they with him.