MOBILE REGISTER AND ADVERTISER, June 25, 1861, p. 2, c. 4
Flag Presentation in Baldwin.
[blotch], June 24, 1861.
Messrs. Editors: All those present (about 600 in number) said the tableaux here, by the Eleven States, and the States of Baldwin, Clarke and Washington, were very fine on the 22d, at the flag presentation to the Baldwin Rifles, by the ladies of this shore. Don't fail to be at our next scenic representation if our military are the beneficiaries.
I enclose you a copy of Miss M. F. Hawkin's address, every word of which was distinctly heard by all the audience present. I was promised a copy of Lieutenant Lyles' reply, but my promisor failed to comply; suffice it to say, he did it well. After thanking the ladies, he said to the audience, in future, and now, the clash of swords is our speech, the oath of fidelity our morning greeting, and the shout of victory our evening resolution; and pledged his, and his corps, lives to the defense of virtue, right and justice.
The flag was a good representation of Justice, with her scales in the left hand evenly balanced and a sword in her right--the reverse a full sun--both surrounded with eleven stars; Veritas et Justicias on the streamer.
Soon the ladies were called to partake of lunch, barbecue and chowder in Aunt Betty's dining room, waited on by Middleton and his dozen rosetted committee; and the soldiers marched to the lunch tables in the boat house, loaded down with meats of all kinds and in great excess.
All enjoyed themselves--not a drop of the ardent--light wines plenty at ladies lunch--and all ended well. Then the younger ladies and gents took their places in answer to a fine band, and dancing was kept up till 10 1/2 o'clock, and happier faces you never saw. The excessive heat of the day was all that was against the fullest enjoyment of all--even some of the committee caved in from excessive weariness. One Major I never say quit the dance before, had to leave about [illegible] o'clock. Age will tell, though a man is a widower, and trying to be on his [illegible.] legs, even if he is on furlough from the Fort; but all know Uncle Bob will never surrender to the enemy if he did to heat.
[Presentation speech not copied in full--mostly illegible]