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United Confederate Veterans.

The second anniversary of this organization was held in Jackson, Miss., June 2, 1891, in the Capitol, in the Hall of the House of Representatives. It was opened with prayer at 10:30 A. M., followed by addresses of welcome and response from the Governor of the State, Hon. John M. Stone, and General J. B. Gordon, commander-in-chief of the U. C. V., the calling of the roll by the secretary, Major D. A. Given, of New Orleans, and the appointment of a committee on credentials, which reported thirty-two camps in membership.

The button now in use, representing the Confederate battle flag, without lettering, was chosen as the badge to be worn by the Confederate veterans.

The following extracts are from the reports of the papers of the day:

Colonel E. T. Sykes, of Columbus, Miss., Adjutant-General of the Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans of Mississippi, announcing the decease of its Grand Commander, General W. S. Featherstone, at Holly Springs, Miss., May 28, 1891, offered the following resolutions:

Resolved, That recognizing the eminent military and civic services of our late comrade, and recalling his devoted loyalty to, and sympathy for, the memory of the cause which we have organized to commemorate, and in which he bore a conspicuous part:

1. As an officer under Generals Joe Johnston and Lee in Virginia, and later under Generals Joe Johnston and Hood in the West, the United Confederate Veterans, in reunion assembled, do hereby express their deep sorrow at his death, acknowledge their irreparable loss in being denied his continued valuable service in a cause so near his and the hearts of us all, and their irrepressible regrets that the inscrutable decrees of an all-wise Providence have deprived them of the fond privilege of his courtly presence and wise counsels at this—a reunion which he had so devoutly contemplated and looked forward to with the renewed enthusiasm of youthful vigor.

2. That we tender to his bereaved family our sincerest condolence, and to the Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans of Mississippi, our deepest sympathy. [290]

3. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of our deceased comrade, and the papers, in sympathy with our organization, be requested to publish the same.

The resolutions were seconded by Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Markham, of New Orleans, who was chaplain of Featherstone's brigade, by Colonel Addison Craft, of Holly Springs, Miss., who was fresh from the dying-bed of the General, and by his aid-de-camp, Captain LeCand, of Natchex, Miss., all of whom passed fervid and eloquent eulogies on the life and character of the dead General.

The resolutions were adopted unanimously by a rising vote.

A committee on resolutions, composed of one from each camp, with General Walter H. Rogers as chairman, was appointed, to whom all resolutions were to be referred.

General E. Kirby Smith offered a resolution providing for the appointment of a committee to consult with Mrs. Jefferson Davis, with a view of determining upon and fixing the final burial-place of ex-President Jefferson Davis, that immediate steps may be taken by this organization toward the speedy erection of a monument to Mr. Davis.

General Cabell spoke to the resolution, and others stated that the want of a definite location of the site retards the collection of subscriptions therefor.

The resolution was adopted.

Evening session.

The veterans re-assembled at 6 P. M., when the Committee on Resolutions reported the following, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the Association most heartily endorse the recommendation of the Southern Press Association, that public meetings be held in every town and hamlet of the South, on June 18, 1891, for the purpose of raising funds to build a monument to the memory of our late chieftain, Jefferson Davis.

New Orleans was fixed on as the place, and April 8, 1892, as the time for the next annual meeting of this organization.

General Gordon offered the following resolution (General Cabell in the chair):

Resolved, That a committee of one from each of the Southwestern States be appointed, who shall have the power to consider what plan, [291] or plans, if any, can be adopted for aiding our disabled and indigent brother Confederates, their families, widows, and children, and to adopt such plans or methods as may, in the judgment of said committee, seem to promise success.

General Gordon advocated the resolution in a feeling speech. The resolution was unanimously adopted.

The following composes the said committee: S. D. Thurston, of Texas; W. H. Simms, of Mississippi; ex-Governor John B. Gordon, of Georgia; H. Newman, of Tennessee; W. B. Nichol, of Alabama (chairman); B. F. Eschleman, of Louisana; Colonel A. C. Haskell, South Carolina; C. M. Busby, of North Carolina; Governor George Fleming, of Florida; Governor Eagle, of Arkansas; General F. M. Cockrell, of Missouri; Governor S. B. Buckner, of Kentucky; General Fitzhugh Lee, of Virginia; and General Bradley T. Johnson, of Maryland.

The Association then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year.

Dr. Joseph Jones, of New Orleans, nominated General John B. Gordon for re-election as Commander-in-Chief, which was seconded by Captain William R. Lyman, of New Orleans. He was elected by acclamation, amid great applause.

General Gordon, with evident feeling, responded: ‘I cannot speak to you, my brethren; my heart is at your feet; my life and all I have is at your service.’

Walter H. Rogers, of New Orleans, nominated General E. Kirby Smith for Lieutenant-General of the Eastern Division, and he was unanimously re-elected.

General W. A. Cabell nominated H. W. Mansur, of Texas, for Lieutenant-General of the Trans-Mississippi Department, or Western Division, and he was elected.

The Committee on Resolutions to the Memory of General Johnston, reported as follows:

Resolved, That in commemoration of the decease of General Joseph E. Johnston this convention desires to place on record an expression of its appreciation of the exalted character of this illustrious Confederate chieftain. [292]

2. That as a leader of its armies in the campaigns, which in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia have, by their achievements, made a name and fame as enduring as time, the credit is largely due to the skill and efficiency of his leadership. His retreat from Dalton to Atlanta marks him as the peer of the great historic captains, whose qualities have shone the brightest under difficulties that seemed the greatest.

3. That in the confession of that renowned General, before whose outnumbering forces he conducted his retreat, that is it was a dark day for the Federal arms when they confronted this Confederate leader on the Chattahoochie, we have the highest tribute to his soldierly capacity and skill.

4. That the peculiar fitness of such a record by this convention is emphasized by the fact that nearly every member of it has at some time obeyed his orders, and that through it we desire to transmit to those who may come after us our appreciation of his martial and civic virtues.

5. That these resolutions be published in our papers, and a copy of them sent as an expression of our sympathy to his bereaved household.

The resolutions were adopted unanimously by a rising vote.

Resolutions of thanks to the ladies of Jackson for the tasty and beautiful decorations of the hall, and to the citizens of Jackson for their hospitality, were adopted.

At 7:30 the Association adjourned sine die.

At 6 P. M., before the convention, Miss Eliza Winter, in an appropriate address on behalf of, and at the request of Mrs. General B. G. Humphreys, presented a portrait of the late General Humphreys, encircled with flowers, to ‘Ben Humphreys Camp’ of Confederate Veterans, of Crystal Springs, Miss. Dr. D. P. Lockwood, of said camp, responded in an eloquent speech.

At 8 P. M. Colonel J. L. Power, of the Clarion Ledger, adjutant of Withers' First Mississippi Light Artillery, gave a delightful [293] reunion to members of that command, at his residence, 202 Amite street; and from 8:30 to 10:30 P. M., a reception was given by Mrs. Margaret Hays (Mr. Davis' daughter) in the State library in the Capitol.

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