Upon the nomination of Rev. Dr. B. M. Palmer
, Dr. Joseph Jones
was elected Secretary
Rev. B. M. Palmer
, D. Da
. was elected President
; General Braxton Bragg
, and the following gentlemen representing the ‘four professions,’ the Advisory Committee
: J. Dickson Burns
, Thomas J. Semmes
, W. S. Pike
, General Harry T. Hays
The initiation fee of members was fixed at $5.00, and the annual subscription $6.00.
At this meeting ‘A. L. Stuart
’ was ‘Acting Secretary
At a meeting held May 10, 1869, in the rooms of the Howard Association, an official circular drawn by the President
, Rev. B. M. Palmer, D. D.
, was recommended by the Advisory Committee
, and adopted by the Society.
At a meeting held June 14, 1869, the Secretary
, Dr. Joseph Jones
, submitted modifications of and additions to the circular, which were adopted.
The objects of the Society were therein stated with great perspicuity and comprehension.
The desire was to obtain materials for a just and accurate history of the great struggle, and representative documents and circumstantial details were to be sought for throughout the Union
The material gathered was to be classified and carefully arranged.
Copies of the circular, in manuscript, were sent by the Secretary
to the following Vice-Presidents
of the Society for the several States, who had been ‘appointed’:
—General Robert E. Lee
—Hon. S. Teackle Wallace
—Lieutenant-General D. H. Hill
—Lieutenant-General Wade Hampton
—Hon. Alexander H. Stephens
—Admiral Raphael Semmes
—Governor Isham G. Harris
—Governor Benjamin G. Humphreys
—Colonel Ashbel Smith
—Major-General John C. Breckenridge
—General Trusten Polk
—Hon. A. H. Garland
—Hon. Stephen R. Mallory
District of Columbia
—William Wilson Corcoran
In accordance with a resolution of the Society six thousand copies of the circular were printed, which were distributed throughout the South
, partially by the aid of the several Vice-Presidents
in the several