Veterans was formed in New Orleans for historical, social and benevolent purposes. Our illustrious Commanding-General, His Excellency General John B. Gordon, has ordered the assembling of the Confederate Veterans in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 3d of July, 1890. The welfare of the United Confederate Veterans will be materially promoted if your Excellency will furnish the Surgeon-General with the following data: 1. The number of troops furnished to the Confederate States by the State of——. 2. Number of wounded during the civil war 1861-1865. 3. Number of killed during the civil war 1861-1865. 4. Number of deaths by wounds and disease. 5. Number of Confederate survivors now living in the State of——. 6. The amount of moneys appropriated by the State of——for the relief and support of the survivors of the Confederate Army from the close of the civil war in 1865 to the present date, 1890. 7. Name, location and capacity of all establishments, hospitals or homes, devoted to the care of maimed, sick and indigent survivors of the Confederate States Army. 8. A detailed statement of the moneys expended by the State of ——for the support of the maimed, disabled and indigent survivors of the Confederate Army. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
It was earnestly desired that prompt and full reports on the part of the Chief Executives of the Southern States would have enabled the Surgeon-General to place in the hands of the Commanding General of the United Confederate Veterans, at the first reunion, on the 4th of July, 1890, full statistics of the number of disabled Confederate veterans cared for by the individual States. But replies have been received from only six of the thirteen States of the late Confederacy, and in three of these States it appears that no official assistance has been rendered by the State authorities to the Confederate veterans of 1861-1865. The Southern States are morally bound to succor and support the men who were disabled by the wounds and diseases received in their service, and the widows and orphans of those who fell in battle.