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The record continues that the meeting was called to order by General Maury, upon whose motion General Bragg was called to the chair. Mr. Dupuy, upon request, acted as secretary.

General Maury then stated as the purpose of the meeting the ‘considering the practicability of effecting an organization which might effect the collection and preservation of such papers and records as might be valuable in preserving a true history of the causes, events, and results of the late war between the Confederate States and the United States.’

Generals Bragg, Buckner, and others further pressed the desirability of the organization proposed, urging that it would, ‘without doubt, secure the co-operation of intelligent and well-informed gentlemen residing in the different sections of the Southern States, and be the conservator of information which would be invaluable to the future historian, who, untrammelled by personal prejudices or partisan rancor, should undertake the laudable task of giving to the world a true history of the memorable conflict.’

Upon motion of Major Harrod, the meeting was adjourned to reassemble at the same place on April 21st, following.

Pursuant to the above ‘a meeting of citizens’ was held on the evening of April 21, 1869. General Bragg was called to the chair. ‘General Richard Taylor moved the appointment by the chair of a committee of five, who, together with the chairman, should embody a programme of the Association.’

Upon motion of Major Cluskey, the number of the committee was increased to seven.

The following members, whose names appear under the caption of the ‘Founders of Southern Historical Society, New Orleans, April 21, 1869,’ then enrolled themselves, by subscribing their names:

Braxton Bragg,

R. L. Gibson,

R. Taylor,

A. L. Stuart,

Dabney H. Maury,

H. N. Ogden,

M. W. Cluskey,

B. T. Sage,

C. M. Wilcox,

F. H. Wigfall,

G. W. Gordon,

George Norton,

B. M. Harrod,

Fred. N. Ogden,

J. S. Marmaduke,

John B. Sale,

F. H. Farrar,

James Phelan,

S. B. Buckner,

William H. Saunders,

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