by the Grand Army of the Republic. General Edgar Allan
has brought the matter to its notice, and is chairman of the committee of the Grand Army of the Republic to secure the favorable action of Congress, and as chairman of this committee has presented to the last Congress a very strong, indeed, unanswerable, memorial in its favor.
V. The United Confederate Veterans
, at their Richmond
meeting in 1896, warmly endorsed the Fredericksburg
battlefields project, and General John B. Gordon
, Grand Commander
, has issued a ringing order to all the Confederate
veterans, urging their help in the establishment of this park.
battlefields were most carefully gone over by a committee of the Grand Army
people, of which General Allan
was chairman, before the Grand Army of the Republic endorsed the project.
Recently the War Department has sent a detail from the Quartermaster-General
's Department to these fields at the suggestion of the Military committees of the two houses of Congress to report upon the practicability of establishing this park, and it is an open fact that a favorable report will be made in favor of the establishment of this park.
There is every assurance that the strong society of the Army of the Potomac at their meeting in September will memoralize Congress in favor of this park, accurate maps of which have been made by our Fredericksburg Association, and these, with slight modifications, have been accepted by the War Department officers as the proper guide for establishing the parks.
IX. Senators Daniel
and Congressman Hay
, after full consideration, have determined to make an earnest effort to establish this park.
It was in the great battle of the Wilderness
that Senator Daniel
received his wounds.
X. Senator Daniel
is quoted as saying that on these fields more men were engaged and more casualties resulted than England
has lost during the present century.
The Fredericksburg National Cemetery
and the Confederate Cemetery
contain more buried dead than can be found elsewhere in any war cemeteries as near together in the land, and all were slain on this soil.
Arlington and Vicksburg cemeteries