Ungenerous criticism of Rev. Dr. R. C. Cave's oration. Letter of Columbia Post, Department Illinois, G. A. R.With the reply of Lee Camp, Confederate Veterans.
The patriotic oration of Dr. Cave, it is to be regretted, evoked from some bodies of Federal veterans and a few ultra-newspapers, narrow and unbrotherly criticism. The following letter enlisted widely, public interest and occasioned much comment:
It was laid before Lee Camp, June 22, 1894, and provoked a heated discussion, which developed a great diversity of opinion as to what disposition should be made of it. Finally it was laid on the table indefinitely. At the same time a resolution offered by Commander Pollard endorsing the oration of Rev. Mr. Cave was laid upon the table until the ensuing meeting. The camp, however, declined to permit the contents of the letter to be disclosed, and even withheld from the public the name of the Post from which it came, but the latter leaked out.
Zzzreferred to a Committee.At the meeting of the camp on June 29th not only the resolution of Commander Pollard, but the communication of Columbia Post was taken up. Another animated discussion took place, and Mr. Cave's address was endorsed, but the letter from Columbia Post was referred for answer to a committee, consisting of Judge George L. Christian, Major Charles S. Stringfellow, Colonel Archer Anderson, Colonel John B. Cary and Commander Thomas P. Pollard. At a meeting of the camp, held July 6, this committee, through their chairman, Judge Christian, submitted the following frank and courteous report:
The report evoked loud applause. It was written by Major Stringfellow. Major Brander said he was satisfied when the committee was appointed that they would bring in the right sort of report. He moved its adoption. Mr. T. W. Sydnor seconded the motion, and moved a rising vote, and the latter motion being carried, and the question being put on the adoption of the report, every member of the camp stood up. The adjutant was instructed to forward a copy of the report to Columbia Post. Rev. Dr. Ray said there were sitting near him two sons of Confederate veterans, who asked him if they could vote on the adoption of the report. He knew it was out of order, but he had replied, ‘Vote, boys, vote.’ Remarks referring in complimentary terms to the committee who had drafted the report were made by Colonel Alexander Archer, Mr. A. G. Evans, Rev. Dr. Ray, and others. On motion of Mr. Philip Samuels, Rev. Robert C. Cave was elected an honorary member of the camp. The camp then adjourned. There was a very full attendance upon the meeting.