From the Richmond Whig, 5/28/1864, p. 1, c. 2
PRESENTATION OF A FLAG TO THE CADETS. - The battalion of Virginia Cadets, Lieut. Colonel Scott Ship, paraded on the Capitol Square last evening, on which occasion they were presented with a handsome Virginia flag by Governor Smith. In presenting the flag, Gov. Smith was observed to make some remarks, but the arrangements were such that only General Bragg, who appeared in full dress, Adjutant General Richardson, Mr. Wm. H. Macfarland, some members of Congress, a few young ladies, and perhaps Col. Ship and the color guard, could hear what was said. After the presentation, the battalion was reviewed by General Bragg, attended by Governor Smith, General Smith, of the Institute, Gen. Richardson and Mr. Macfarland.
The battalion then went through some interesting evolutions, after which they were drawn in front of the east face of the monument, from which they were addressed by the Hon. Thomas S. Bocock, Speaker of the House of representatives, in a brief but patriotic and stirring speech.
The Armory and Smith's bands were both in attendance, and alternately, at appropriate intervals, enlivened the ceremonies with strains of delightful music.
We must not omit to state that the appearance and bearing of the battalion elicited the admiration of the spectators, among whom were many veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia.