From the Richmond Examiner, 2/23/1866, p. 3, c. 3
MILITARY OBSERVANCE OF THE TWENTY-SECOND FEBRUARY – SALUTE AND PARADE. – The citizens of Richmond left to strangers and the military the duty of paying fitting respect to the natal day of Washington, the noblest son that the maternal bosom of the “old mother of States and statesmen” ever nurtured. By order of the military commandant, a salute was fired about noon, at Camp Winder, by a section of the Fifth United States Light Artillery. Immediately thereafter, the military, composed of the Eleventh United States Infantry and two companies of the Twelfth, with one battery of the Fifth United States Artillery, was formed under the command of Major Houston, commanding the Eleventh, and marched, preceded by a band of musick, to Capitol Square, between one and two o’clock.
The flags of the commands were lowered as the line encircled the Washington Monument, the band playing the appropriate musick. The military procession entered by the west gate, and, after sundry evolutions, marched out by the same entrance, and passed through a number of the principal streets finally filing out Main to the camp and headquarters, and the celebration of the day was over.
The other and minor observances of the day seemed to be mostly confined to the negro population, and men, women and children were abroad, intent upon amusement and the enjoyment of a holiday, per force.