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man of the Committee on Contributions, will commence canvassing the city soon,
assisted by other members of the committee, in raising funds and means to carry out
our plans. Donations of all sorts and kinds that can be made of service will be
thankfully received, and our people are earnestly requested and urged to do all they
can for us. What other object is more worthy ? Come to our help ; come cheerfully,
come willingly and liberally, and God will bless you. See full list of the committee,
as selected by the Association, published below.

In order to accomplish this we propose to hold this Fair, as above stated, con-
tinuing as long as expedient.

Committee for the Confederate Veterans' Fair, October 22d, 1888, place here-
after design ited.

L. P. Thomas, Chairman, John Milledge, Amos Fox,

Dr. Chas. D'Alvigney, K C Divine, R. L. Rodgers,

W. L Calhoun, Geo. T. Fry, Dan'l Irby,

John V. Bishop, H. F. Stark, M. Ilaverty,

B. F. Abbott, Geo. B. Forbes, J. Gadsden King,

W. G. Newman.


L. P. Thomas, W. L. Calhoun, K. C. Divine,

Amos Fox, Treasurer. J. F. Edwards, Secretary.


The Committee of Citizens and Veterans, requested to co-operate with the first
commi Uee selected by the Association : ^ Cab

>£JS£ J.H.Anderson, £*■«*

D. M. Bain, R D. Spalding, M. C Kiser,

T S Todd Adolph Brandt, Hoke Smith,

Jas. A. Anderson, Capt. Harry Jackson, Martin Nally,

E. P. Howell.


* 17 ^ B F. Abbott.

Chas. D'Alvigney, Amos I ox,


Geo. B Forbes, K. C. Divine, H. F. Starke.


J.G.King, M.Haverty, John L. Conley.

Subsequently it was decided not to have the Fair in October, and it was

postpSmDeUbe, L thorougb canvass of the ^ -en^,

LdL citizens and ladies were solicited to co-operate with us m th h. ftbng

- _ „.,..„„, Fair They responded most nobly and generously. Too much

.-.."'I given to the many noble women who gave us their assistance

I;:;.,.,,,;.!, L all the good women of Fulton County were ;«~£££

the g 1 work in some way. On the 10th of ^^'^'^l^Z-

,,,i,. was opened Committees of the ladies were selected for various depart
, nd'thev wen. to work with a hearty good will to make heFaira
:/;,.:.„, venture for the Veterans. Where so many were aetvve and *snous
„, aid in every possible way, perhaps it might be well to ^«"J'
bul ,„ ,,„.,„; (m al] by Iial n, individually would make tins report too lengthy
V( , „ will ,„„ see m to be right if I were to omit the names of a few who were
£, leaders of various committees: Mrs A. W. Force was in charge of the

dfu l appearance, and it was highly complimented by all who saw it. Mrs

Tftj wai at the head of the «^ and many of the old soldiers gave

, 1|aMk ; ;mil praisest00 , as they came from thai restaurant of the Veterans Fair

r, wa8 the general decision thai no .nan need be hungry, and no soldier could

airiy, Iplain about his rations, when Mrs. Fry was in charge of the — -

sa ry Miss Lila Howard was in charge of the amateur stage for recitations,
songs and tableaux. The presentation of scenes appropriate for each oi tne
Confederate States was a specially pleasing feature of that departmenl of he
,, :li| . .,,„,, ,,. n evening Miss Howard's hall was crowded with visitors to the
Veterans' theatre Mrs. John Milledge, as the President of the Ladies Memo-
rial delation, was a constanl attendanl at the Fair, and gave much of her
ftttention to the programme of having "State Days." in which the res,, ent
eiti.ens and soldiers as natives of the several Corffederate States fradthei
respective days for attending specially . and gh ing their aid to the Fair Manj
other8 | might name There were numerous booths in the hall, named for the
various Confederate Generals, and in the charge of pretty matronsand maidens

With all sorts Of useful and ornamental article for sale, and fair bands to sell

them to whomsoever would buy, and the winsome manners oi those lovelj


women tempted many purchasers to their booths. The dance ball was a favor-
ite place for many of the young people, where the votaries of Terpsichore
could joyfully "tip the light fantastic toe" in accord with the time and nine of
delightful music that was given every evening. The Fair continued for two
weeks. The receipts from all sources gave a considerable sum. The general
result was most pleasing and satisfactory, and the Veterans' Fair was an event
long to be remembered as important in connection with our Association.

In our history there is another matter which gave much interest at the
time I refer to the Veterans' rattle. It was a venture chiefly under the man-
agement of our friend and comrade, Dr. Amos p ( >x. A large number of tickets
were prepared for a raffle of a currency hill of one thousand dollars. After
wards the plan was changed, and the $1,000 was divided into numerous smaller
prizes The drawing occurred on the 21st of March. 18*9. under the super-
vision of Dr. Amos Fox, Mr. Albert II. Cox, Mr. Paul Romare, and Mr. I!.
M Parrar. The scene was an exciting one. There were several good prizes
drawn by the fortunate ticket holders The capital prize was represented by a
ticket which had been held by Dr. W. II Leyden He had returned the ticket
and withdrew the one dollar he gave for it on the same day of the drawing.
In less than a quarter of a day after returning his ticket it was show a to be the
ticket for the main prize. $500. It remained with the Association.

This Association has erected a monument in West View Cemetery, in the
centre of a plat of ground which is to be devoted alone to the sepulture of our
Confederate comrades who may not have places for burial.

Much of the credit of its erection is due to Dr. Amos Fox, who devoted
much of his time and attention to it. After its completion and erection, the
West View Cemetery Company made a deed to our Association for the plat of
ground on which the monument is situated.

The marble shaft left Carera, Italy, the last of March, 1889 and landed in
New York duty free. Then it was brought to Atlanta free of charge. The
monument is unlike any in the world, and is said to be the prettiest ever made.
It is six fee; squareat the base and twenty feet high, including the statue. The
second base is richly paneled and inscribed, the die block having an inverted
cannon on each corner in full relief, with the four sides paneled. On the front
is the inscription:

' Erected by the Fulton County Confederate Veterans' Association in Memory of
their Dead Comrades."

On the right hand panel i- carved cross swords; on the left hand panel i-
carved crossed muskets; on t lie rear panel is carved the grave of the confederacy,
as shown in the familiar cut used on the letterheads. The cap over the die
block is heavily molded: while the plynth on which the statue stands is carved
to represent pryamids of cannon balls and shells— the whole presenting quite a
military appearance. The statue, which is of Carera marble, executed in Ital\ .

represents an infantry soldier dressed in full uniform, with musket baj si set.

and in a position of one on guard, being very life like in expression and com-
manding in person. The statue is heroic in size, and in addition to the work
describee 1 on the panel are the words:

•'And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares."


Between ^ points of the swords is carved a plow. On the rear panel
where the grave of the confederacy is fully represented is shown the four
branches of the service, a broken cannon wheel for the artillery, a flattened bugle
. for the 04^1^ „ broken musket for the infantry, and an anchor with one arm
broken off and cable-pointed for the navy. All these emblems are finely cut so
as to show these respective branches effectually, and they are so arranged in the
grave as to add much to their interest. On the panel on which the crossed
muskets, are shown the words

"And their spears into pruning hooks,"—
With a pruning hobk carved between the base of the muskets. The completion
,,,- the quotation is on the three sides of the base on which the die block rests,

Which reads:

"And nations shall not lift up swords against nations, neither shall they learn
war any more, for He hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the
face of the earth."

This is so arranged as to come in its appropriate place under the carved
panels of the die block. On the cap there is carved the four Egyptian em-
blems representing eternity, immortality, the flight of time and the hour glass.

Eternity, which is represented by the serpent with his tail in his mouth,
overlooks the inscription on the front panel, indicating the enduring devotion of
the living for their dead comrades.

The wing globe is placed over the crossed swords, suggesting the coming
of thai time when the sword shall be superseded by the plow, and peace shall

reign Bupreme.

The butterfly, the emblem of immortality, is placed over the grave of the
confederacy, teaching the belief in the doctrine that the dead shall rise from
their graves in which the fortunes of war placed them.

The hour glass is placed over the crossed muskets, showing that the time
for their use in war will end.

Anrtl'nri has been made in the design of this monument to make it not
only a military monumenl but also instructive to coming generations in the
great doctrine of peace and good will toman.

'|"he work was executed by John Walton, of Atlanta. Ga.

Another evenl of interest was the -'First Annual Picnic of the Confed-
erate Veterans' Association," at Vining's Station, Thursday, May 16, 1889. The
excursion train of ihe Western and Atlantic Railroad left the Union Depot at
s o'clock on thai day.

The committee having charge of the Picnic were ('apt. W. B. Burke,
Dave Wylie and Mr P. McQuaid.

A balloon ascension was among the interesting features of thai occasion.
A large number of veterans and other citizens, and ladies, went on that picnic
excursion All sorts of pleasant amusements were provided— lawn tennis,
racket, dancing, music, etc.— wen under the charge of a committee of leading
young men Camp songs bj the old veterans gave a peculiar enjoyment, in
thai gatherinj of old and young people. Several addresses were made by dis-
tinguished gentlemen. This Association has learned witha great deal of de-


light, that two of our beloved comrades— Dr. Divine and Dr. D'Alvigney— dis-
tinguished themselves, as well as reflected credit on the Association, as mosl
graceful and gallant leaders in the dance of that day.

When the time came for return, they were loath to leave the -rove, and
were only inclined to say "On with the dance, let joy be unconfined." So ran
the day away, and it was one of our happy events.

An event that gave much pleasure to our Association at another time, was
the visit of General W. Fitz Hugh Lee, the Governor of Virginia. Be attend
ed one of our meetings and made a short address. We greeted him with a
genuine heartfelt welcome, and bade him to come again.

We were also delighted on one occasion by the presentation of the life size
portrait of Genl. R. E. Lee, painted and presented by Mr. John Stewart, a
Confederate veteran living in Chicago. The gift is a handsome one, and is
highly esteemed by every veteran in our Association.

This Association may also be proud of the fact that we may claim to hi'
the promoters of the organization of the "Confederate Survivors' Association"
of Georgia. It is a State Association, which was organized in Atlanta, on the
loth of August, 1889. Its proceedings and objects may appropriately' have a
place in our history, and is herein set forth, as follows;


Commander-in-Chief— Gen. John B. Gordon.

Commanders — Gen. A. H. Colquitt, Gen. Phil Cook, Gen. P. M. B. Young,
Capt. Mcintosh Kell.

Divison Commanders — First District : Gen. Moxky Sorrell, Savannah, Ga.;
Second : Col. R. F. Crittenden, Shellman, Ga ; Third : Col. A. S. Cutts, Americus,
Ga ; Fourth: Col. G. H. Carmichael, Newnan, Ga ; Fifth: Capt. W. L. Calhoun,
Atlanta, Ga ; Sixth: Col. J. T. Crowder, Forsyth, Ga ; Seventh: Maj. A. M. Foute,
Cartersville, Ga.; Eighth: Col. R. B. Nishet,- Eatonton, Ga.; Ninth: Capt. I. W.
Woodward, Dahlonega, Ga.; Tenth: Col. Claiborne Snead, Augusta, Ga.;

Staff of the Commander-in-Chief— -Sirgeon.- J. Scott Todd, of Fulton, County;
Chaplain.- Clement A. Evans, of Richmond County; Adjutant General; Hugh H.
Colquitt, of Fulton county.

Aids de-Camp — First Congressional District: T. \V- Gordon, of Chatham,
County; Second: Robert Mitchel, of Thomas County; Third: W. II. Willis, of
Macon County; Fourth: W. A. Turner, of Coweta County; Fifth: Charles T. Zachry,
of Henry County; Sixth/ Ben. C. Smith, of Bibb County; Seventh: Jno. S. Cleg-
horn, of Chattooga County; Eighth: C. E Irwin, of Wilkes County; Ninth: Hiram
P. Bell, of Forsyth Counny; Tenth: J. C. C. Black, of Richmond County,



Pursuant to a call issued by the Fulton County Confederate Veterans' Associa-
tion, the Convention assembled in Atlanta on Thursday, August 15th, 1889. The
delegates were met at the various trains and invited to the hall of the Confederate
Veterans' Association of Fulton county.

At 12 o'clock fudge W. L. Calhoun, President of the Association, formed the


procession and .arched to the old capitol, where they were met by Captain Hugh
H. Colquitt, Vice-President.


Capt H H. Colquitt called the meeting to order, and introduced the Rev T.
P Cle ve and who opened the exercises with prayer. Captain Colquitt then intro-
Led Judge W. L. Calhoun, who made a short and approbate address of welcome


U the conclusion of Judge Calhoun's address, Capt. Colquitt said that it was

tho Jnt unnecessary 'to have a temporary organization, and after a few words of

naTed on.' Rufus E. Lester, of Chatham county, as permanent Freshen,

M 1v E Simmons, Co, Morgan Rawls, and Maj. J. H. Ketner were requested

to escort him to the chair. Col. Lester accepted the honor in an approbate and

el °'' The foUowing resolution was offered by Capt. Geo. T. Forbes, and unammously

adopted ;


Resolve,/ That the Confederate Survivors' Association of Georgia give you their
greeting, with the hope that you may live long to honor the South, the country and
mankind in the future as you have in the past.

Capt. W. H. Harrison offered a resolution of regret for Gen. Clement A. Lvans
in his illness, and hope of his speedy recovery. Adopted.


Generals Longstreet, Colquitt and Walker were invited to seats with the
President, and as they went forward "the rebel yell" filled the hall

Dr. Scott Todd presented a letter of regret from Gen. J. B. Gordon, that he

could not be present. w

Messrs. George Forbes, G. W. Maddox.J. B. Strong, F. A Hervey, and C. W.

Wells were requested to act as Secretary.

F \ Hervey of Macon, Ga , offered a resolution that the State Association,

,. vl U i the Veteran, of the S ,uth hold a meeting during the State Fair in Macon,

a „l that President Davis and his family be invited to attend. Adopted.

^invitation from the Senate and House of Representatives to the Convention

was read, extending the use ol the New Capitol for the evening. The thanks of the

liiretiiv were returned. . .

«■ "., R E Park of Bibb county, moved that a committee of thirteen be

i I District and three from the State at large to

(U \ W upaC institution and By-Laws, and to suggest the names of officers, to fill

the p ■ year. Th • chairman appointed the committee as follows:

, .. (C0 1 M >rgan Rawls; .1 district, Capt. O. A. Barry; 3 « district R.

W uderson; |fh district, Dt A. C North; 5 th district, W. L. Calhoun ; 6th d,s-

Park; 7 th I Hartridge ; 8lh district T. B. Gibbs; oth

di8trict , W I. Simmons; loth district, Mark Newman ; State at large, Gen. A. H.

Colquitt, Rev I. Wm. [ones, Capt. S. D. Bradwell.

, „,„ ,. were given until ., o'clock p. m. to report, and the convention

turned until that hour.

\i i l kn< ii IN SESSION.
, .died the convention to order at 4 P- ™. The committee had


not returned, and Hon. A. H. Cox was called on for a speech, and responded ably
and eloquently. While he was speaking the committee- came in. Gen. A. H.
Colquitt read the report of the committee :


Art. I — Title — This society shall be known as the Confederate Survivors'
Association of Georgia.

Art. II — Objects of the Society — The objects of the Association are the con-
servation of Confederate history and memories, the promotion of good fellowship,
and the cultivation of friendship, the renewal of old ties between the surviving
soldiers of the army, navy, marine and signal corps and other organizations in the
service of the Confederacy. This Association shall not interfere with nor dictate to
any local or regimental organization of ex-Confederate soldiers ; its object being to
work in harmony with all subordinate organizations for the good of all.

Art. Ill — Membership — Those only shall be admitted to the privileges of
membership who were in the military or naval service of tire Confederate States, or
either of them, during the late war between the States, and who were honorably
discharged, by parole or the termination of hostilities or otherwise, and who have
brought no discredit on the service since.

Art. IV — Regular meetings of this Association shall be held on Wednesday
after the third Monday in August of each year at the capital of the State. Delegates
from every Confederate Veterans' Association in the State shall be received and
recognized. Each organization of Veterans shall be entitled to three votes at all
meetings of this Association, and where more than this number of delegates are
appointed and attend, the vote of such organization be cast by those present.

Art. V — Officers — Sec. I. The officers of this Association shall be a command-
er-in-chief, who shall be ex-officio president of the Association, and four commanders
who shall be ex-officio vice-presidents ; ten division commanders, one for each Con-
gressional district, who is a resident thereof.

Sec. 2. The commander-in-chief shall have the power to appoint the f blowing
staff: an adjutant-general, ten aids-de-camp, chaplain and surgeon. The officers of
this Association shall be elected at each annual meeting, and shall hold their offices
until their successors are chosen.

Sec. 3. All elections shall be by ballot, unless dispensed with by unanimous
consent. In case of a ballot, the majority of votes must be necessary to a chi ice. If
there should be no election on the second ballot the name receiving the smallest
number of votes shall be dropped, and so on in successive ballots until an election is

Sec. 4. The commander-in-chief shall preside at all meetings of the Association
and shall take command at all public demonstrations. He shall have general con-
trol and direction of the State Association. In the absence of the commander-in-
chief one of the commanders in the order named shall discharge the duties of that

Sec. 5. The adjutant-general shall keep a record of all the proceedings, and
under the supervision of the commander in chief, shall conduct the correspondence
of the Association. He shall forward all orders of the commander-in-chief, and
shall do all in his power to aid and encourage the formation of local Associations.


Me shall arrange to keep headquarters where all visiting members of Veterans'
Associations may get such information as they desire. The expense attending this
office, and any remuneration that may be given for services, shall be fixed by the
executive committee. This committee shall also appoint a treasurer for the custody
of such funds as may come to the Association, which funds shall be entirely under
the control of the executive committee.

Sec. 6. The executive committee shall consist of the commander-in-chief (ex-
officio president), the four vice-commanders, and the ten division commanders — any
three of whom shall be a quorum for the transaction of business. The adjutant-
general shall be ex-officio secretary of the executive committee. The executive
committee shall meet quarterly for the transaction of business. Special meetings
may be had by order of the commander-in-chief.

Sec 7. There shall be an organization for each Congressional district in the
State. The commander elected by this Association shall be ex-officio president of
the Association of the district of which he is a resident. The duty of the Associa-
tions in the Congressional districts shall be to assist and encourage local organizations
in his territory, to keep a record thereof, and to make annual reports to the com-
mander-in-chief. He shall have the authority to appoint an adjutant.

Sec. 8. Each delegate attending the annnal meeting of the Association shall
pay one dollar to meet the current expenses of the organization.

Sec. 9. This constitution may be amended, added to or abrogated upon a two-
thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting of the Association.


Commander-in-Chief— Gen. John B. Gordon.

Commanders — Gen. A. H. Colquitt, Gen. Phil. Cook, Gen. P. M. B. Young,
Capt. Mcintosh Kell.

Division Commanders — 1st district, Gen. Moxley Sorrell, Savannah, Ga ; 2d
district, Col. R. F. Crittenden, Shellman, Ga.; 3d district, Col. A. S. Cutts, Americus,
Ga.; 4th district, Col. Geo. H. Carmichael, Newnan, Ga.; 5th district, Capt. W. L.
Calhoun, Atlanta, Ga ; 6th district, Col. J. T. Crowder, Forsyth, Ga.; 7th district,
Maj. A. M. Foute, Cartersville, Ga.; 8th district, Col. R. B. Nesbit, Eatonton, Ga.;
9th district, Capt. I. W. Woodward, Dahlonega, Ga.; loth district, Col. Claiborne

I, Augusta, Ga.

As each name was read out it was received with applause, and the convention
unanimously elected all the officers suggested.

('apt. k. F. Park, of Bibb, offered a resolution thanking Senator T. E. Massen-
gale lor introducing a lull asking the lease of the old capitol for twenty years to the
Confederate Survivors' Association of Georgia at $5 per annum, and asking the
Legislature l>> pass the lull. ('apt. Park made a strong speech favoring the resolu-
tion, Capt, Colquitt seconded the resolution, and made an earnest appeal for its
passage. It was adopted enthusiastically.

Rev. I. Wm. Jones moved that as it was necessary to raise some money to pay
the expense of printing the proceedings and constitution, that contributions of $1
each be made, when $32.50 was contributed, which was thought sufficient for the


Mr. Barry moved that the Legislature be requested to carry out the suggestion
of Gov. Gordon as to pensions for widows and orphans.

Capt. W. L. Calhoun and Capt. Hugh H. Colquitt were appointed a committee
to revise the constitution and have 1,000 copies printed. A committee was appointed
to bbtain a charter.

The thanks of the convention were extended to the President and Secretaries.
Convention adjourned sine die.


In the evening the Veterans had a reception in the hall of the House of Repre-
sentatives. There was a large gathering, and speeches were made by Gov. Gordon,
Rev. J. Wm. Jones, Col. R. B. Nesbit, Hon. W C. Glenn, Hon. T. E. Massengale,
and Mr. Henry W. Grady. Captains Calhoun and Colquitt presided over the meet-
ing and introduced the speakers.

During the piedmont Exposition, at Atlanta, in 1889, an arrangement was
made to have a sham battle at Piedmont Park, engaging the veterans of our
Association. The plan was to have veterans to tight the Indians and cowboys.
On the 16th of October the veterans put on their gray jackets, were supplied
with guns and cartridges, and went to the Exposition grounds, armed and
equipped as though they were off to the war. In the afternoon of that day
they were marched on the race course, and in due time the enemy came in front
of the veterans in a grand charge. Indians and cowboys were on horses, and
they came at us. Col. Calhoun was in command of the old veterans. Capt.
Frank M. Myers commanded one company of the veterans. He was as happy
as possible to be. Dr. Amos Fox was color-bearer. At the proper time com-
mand was given to fire, and the veterans gave the old time "rebel yell." and

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