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went for the cowboys and Indians in true veteran style. The cowboys and
Indians were repulsed and driven .back, amid the shouts and applause of the
spectators, and with the constant firing by the veterans. The "sham" was
played well by the Indians and cowboys in the charge, and in earnest on the
retreat, The old veterans went at them in such a way as seemed to be a reality,
and so much were they interested and determined on driving back the Indians
that not a veteran could play the sham of falling and dying on the field. They
all went forward with a rush, and yelling so much like old times, that it seemed
really to alarm the Indians. Dr. Fox had a scuffle with an Indian, who vainly
tried to get his flag. The scuffle lasted some little time, in which the stall' was
broken and the flag was torn. At length the Indian was coolly told bj Doctor
Fox that if he didn't let go that flag he would kill him sure enough. The
Indian seemed to realize the fact that a sure enough death would not be a good
thing for a sham, he let go his hold on the flag and then ran away as one fleeing
from a wrath to come. Dr. Fox came out of the battle with four or live pistols
taken on the field.

Sergeant Walter W. Grant furnishes this roll of those who went Into that
sham battle, as Company A :

Atlanta, Ga., October i6th, 1889.
Roll of company A, Confederate Battalion of Infantry, formed of members of



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th „ Falton County Confederate Veterans' Association who took part in the Shan,
Battle at Piedmont Exposition, near the city, October 16th, 1889.

v 1 M Mvers 1st Lt W W Hulbert, 2d Lt W B Burke, 1st Serg't

Captain 1- rank M Myers, 1st Lt vv Windharn , B S Lee, F E

W W Grant, Color-Bearer Dr Amos Fox .Jr*** W q ^^

ffti H H^elt, ?C Pri "a "d J WaldJ, F B Wdson C M
j i£5 1 P Culberson.S J Allen, G W Duke, J M Ware, W T Plummer, J Drew,
Robert L Rodgers,

There was more of real fun and fight in that sham battle than in any mere
shJteevTsaw in same length of time. The veterans were the victors
, .. by previous arrangement and understanding with he ndiaus, 1 mt o
^e it would have heen so anyhow, if the veterans had so deter-mmed. It

w,s our day and one Long to be remembered with pleasure.
%V '' on the 20th of October, 1889, our annual memorial services m honor of
our decked omrades, were held in the Firs, Methodist Chnrch m A lanta
The occSion was interesting and impressive The programme w^ well
.„.,..,„„,.,, ;mil ( ,,, 1( .,i forth several interesting addresses by Dr. H. C. Mormon,
^HH Colquitt, Chaplain T. P. Cleveland, Dr. A. G.Thomas, Rev. Sam
WSmaUandRev.kHBarnett. The church was filled by a large congre-

\ f le wh0 ,,,„„. fc0 observe the ceremonies of thai occasion

g on he6th of December, 1889, we received information of the. death of
„,,,. , ,,,„,,.,, Pres iden1 Jefferson Davis. He died thai morning in New
O r leL The most notable gathering ever held in our Confederate haU was
^d that evening. The following call was issued by Judge W. L. Calhoun
immediately upon the reception of the sad news in Atlanta :

Headq'rs Confederate Veterans' Association Fulton County,
An. ant \. G\.. December 6th, 1889.
The President of the Confederacy, the knightliest and mosl chivalric, the
tram and mosl faithful and, amid the sufferings of an unexampled oppression,
the m08 l patient son of the South, and an honorary member of this Associa-
tion has gently and peacefully passed away to thai better and brighter world,
„,„,,. .« W ar shall be uo more;" neither sorrow, nor tears, nor death. It is
,,,,„,„ tha1 proper action should be taken in relation to this, the saddest event
in our history and 1. therefore, call a meetingof the Association at r.30 oclock
thi8 evening, al Confederate hall, to provide therefor; and in compliance with
lhi . ,„,,,.,. of j h n B. Gordon, general commanding the united Confederate
veterans to arrange For suitable memorial exercises, and raise a fund for tne
widow and daughter of Mr. Davis, al the hour to be appointed for Ins funeral.

W. L. Calhoun, President and Commander.

1 in B( INI. in the hall.

The hall was draped in black. The large crayon portrait of Mr. Davis,
i u8 l i, : „ u of the president's chair, was framed in mourning.

Toade] ra seldom witnessed in so large a gathering there was an absence
f [jghter conversation and laughter. Men nodded their greetings and shook
hands in silence. Long before the time set for the meeting the hall was
crow ded.



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At T.30 promptly, the assembly was tailed to order by President Calhoun,
and the exercises were begun with a prayer by Rev. Dr. Cleveland, Chaplain
of the Association. It was a touching and appropriate prayer, and it was
listened to by many who had seen and known and loved the greal chieftain.

President W. L. Calhoun followed in a brief talk, explaining the object of
the meeting. "As 1 stated in my published call," said he, "the President of

the Confederacy, the knightliest and the most chivalric. the truesl and most
faithful, and amid all the sufferings of oppression unequaled in the history of

the world, the most patient son of the South, and an honorary member of this
Association, has passed away to that brighter and better world, where -war
shall be no more,' neither sorrow nor tears nor death. He went to his last sleep
as sweetly and as peacefully as if going to repose, or as a flower at the dose of
a summer day. Whether we consider his life as a cadet, a soldier in the Black
Hawk war, the Mexican war, in the Senate of the United Slates, as Secretary
of War, as President of the Confederacy, or in private life after defeat, lie
deserves all the encomiums that can be heaped upon turn, and his life and
character will make one of the brightest pages of the world's history It is
sweet to know that in his declining years the hearts of the I rue people of the
South were clinging more closely to him. It is proposed to hold memorial
services at the hour of the funeral throughout the South, and also nt the same
time to raise a fund spontaneously that will forever place his wife and daughter
beyond want. I know that the hearts of our people will respond nobly to the
appeal. For myself there can lie no more sacred duty on earth than to respond
to this call. Mr. Davis was the noblest son of the South ; he was no traitor.
but a patriot. In the conclusion of his great work, the "Rise and Fall of the
Confederate Government,' written in vindication of the South, in speaking of
the Union he said : 'On the basis of fraternal and faithful regard for the rights
of the States, there may be written on the arch of the Union esto perpetua.'
He is gone, but his name and memory will ever be precious to us who followed
his cause. I announce the meeting now ready for such action as may lie
appropriate to this sad occasion."

Judge Calhoun was frequently interrupted by applause.

As he concluded. Dr. .1. Wm. Jones moved tin' appointment of ,-i commit-
tee to prepare resolutions. Judge Calhoun appointed Dr. Jones, Major George
Hillycr, Captain W. W. Hulbert, Captain E. P. Howell, and General P. M. B.

Young.

Upon motion of Mr. Henry W. Thomas, Judge Calhoun was, by a unani-
mous vote, added to the committee. A recess was then had for several minutes
until the resolutions could be prepared

The resolutions, as presented by the committee, were adopted by the A — .
ciation, and are seen in the minutes of the December meeting.

On the same day a proclamation was Issued byGovernprJ. B.Gordon,

appropriate for the occasion, and approved by all of our people.



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PROCLAMATION.

State of Georgia, Executive Department,

Atlanta, Ga., December 6th, 1889.
By John B. Gordon, Governor: Jefferson Davis is dead ! He will be buried
OD Wednesday the 11th instant, at noon. The South mourns her hero. His
memory will be enshrined in the hearts of her children, and the spotless record
of his long and event ful career will be cherished by them to the remotest gene-
ration as their most valued heritage and noblest inspiration. His compatriots,
who loved and honored him as the vicarious sufferer for the action of his peo-
ple will confidently confide his character and career to the judgment of impar-
tial' history. To mark our respect for the illustrious dead, and to furnish occa-
Bion for an expression of our admiration and love. 1, J. B. Gordon. Governor
of Georgia do issue this mv proclamation, inviting the people of the different
communities of this State to assemble together at the hour of Mr. Davis's
funeral at 12 m., Wednesday, the 11th instant, and unite in suitable memorial

services.

Given under my hand and the seal of the Executive Department, at
Atlanta, this 6th day of December, 1889. J. B. Gordon, Governor.

On the 10th of December, 1889, an order was issued by our President and
Commander, a- follows :

TllH CONFEDERATE VETERANS.
Confederate Veterans" Association Pulton County,
Office <>k President, Atlanta. Ga., Dec. 10th, 1889.

This Association will meet at Confederate hall, at 10.30 o'clock sharp, this
(Wednesday) morning, to join in the memorial exercises. Each member will
wear the Association badge and the mourning badge as provided at the last
meeting ^ ,J CALHOUN, President and Commander.

At the appointed hour the Veterans met at the hall of the Association,
n .. |( | v to join in the procession, which inarched to our State Capitol. There
appropriate ceremonies were had in honor to our illustrious chieftain.

Several ovations were made by some of our most distinguished orators.
They wereeleganl in diction and excellent in sentiment, and the gathering of
people was immense. The speeches of lion. Albert II. Cox, and of Judge
Howard Van Epps, weir grand, and won the praises and admiration of all who
heard them. While we were there in funeral ceremonies about our beloved
chief, Jefferson l>a\is. who was our Srsl honorary member of this Association,
the other honorary member (there being only two in our Association), Mr.
||, ins \\ Grady, was then in New York, on his way to Boston, to deliver his
las) and now famous speech on the "Race Problem." He made the speech, and
il thrilled and charmed all America, lis true sentiment is ringing out yet in
,„,,- [and. In a few days he came home, sick and weakened, and soon he died.
Again in tie same month, was death in our ranks, taking the oldest and the
youngest, our truest and brightest, our only honorary members. In the death

of Grad] we lost a jewel a friend.



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On the 20th of January, 1890. our Veterans' Association and the Virginia
Society in Atlanta, united in celebrating the anniversary of Gen R E Lee's
birthday. The exercises were begun in the hall of the House of Representa-
tives, and after some stirring speeches and poetical addresses had been made
the members of both societies adjourned to the club-house of the Virginia
Association, where a delightful reception was held.

The -reat hall in the capital was crowded to its utmost capacity and after
all the chairs which could be obtained had been pressed into service the settees
in the halls were dragged in, and still many gentlemen were forced in be satis-
fled with standing room about the walls.

Promptly at 8 o'clock, Governor Gordon lead the speakers and officers into
the hall, and at his appearance the great audience broke into tumultuous
applause. Chaplain Cleveland, of the Veterans' Association, took the seal
occupied by the Speaker of the House, and General Gordon took possession of
the desk belonging to the Clerk of the House. On his right hand sat Rev .1
William Jones and his son Rev. C. Jones of Knoxville ; on the left were ('apt
Carter of Virginia, Col. Carter, President of the Virginia Society, and Judge
Calhoun, President of the Atlanta Veterans' Association.

chaplain Cleveland's prayer.

Judge Calhoun opened the exercises by stating that Chaplain Cleveland
would make a prayer. In the beginning of his petition to the Almighty Mr.
Cleveland asked that the whole country might be blessed. He rendered thanks
for the love of country, the love of kindred, and the love of God, which was
implanted in every American's heart. He also gave thanks for the gnat and
good men of former generations who' had benefited those still living by the
example they had left when they passed away.

Chaplain Cleveland was followed by General Gordon. He was frequently
interrupted by applause, and several times the old war yell, that carried terror
to the hearts of the enemy .twenty-five years ago, echoed through the hall. He
said :

"Ladies, Commdes, my Fellow Countrymen: We meet to celebrate the birth
of a man whose character was so nearly perfect as to baffle all effort at analysis.
Its peculiarities (if it had any) were complete symmetry, perfect rotundity, and
absolute unbroken uniformity. It apparently had no angles, no salients, no
contradictions, no imperfections. It defied scrutiny, disarmed criticism, and
stood always perpendicular, faultless, and matchless in all ordeals— the very
embodiment of simplicity, power and truth.

Whether as soldier or citizen, the record of impartial history will place
Robert E. Lee among the greatest and best of human kind. Whether leading
his devoted legions through a marvellous series of astounding successes, or
consoling them in the gloom of final and inevitable defeat, or teaching them l>\
unerring precept and consecrated example the lessons of unconquerable fidelity
to great principles, as well as unfeigned loyalty to the restored Union of the
States, his every thought and action were inspired and guided by a controlling
sense of duty, which was the polar star of his life— the sole luminary— whose
light he followed with unfaultering steps.



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Where in all history will you find the counterpart of tins towering person-

, !,,,, captain, this model citizen, this modest hen, tins hurh-lu,,i.,d

intlemaf I- would, perhaps, be invidious, or indelicate, or ^ecorous to
f , " a comparison between General Lee and Washington, or Andre, Jact

Ts h nrUlvses Grant or any other great American commander, but i

^toom^^^^^

Lvethe^hrines and cenotaphs in our memories and veneration, no more

' „, tim . has vet aris,n, or is likely to be builded in tins country than

arm But, while we may no, institute a comparison between the great^ comman-
ders of our own country, there is no impropriety in comparing Lee with Marl-
, " . Wl ,li„,,„n. or Xapol-on. or Moltke, or any other great chief tain
;,,,!„,,< and other nations. Without prejudice then, and without par-
, solely in the light of English, French, and German history we

P^Sry and coridently claim for Robert E.Lee a more enduring, and mor*
a lh:m that of either of these .rent chieftains, for he combined

;,;,,„. of their military genius with the -gl-heartedness and jdf-m-
,.,.,. ;,,. Hampden, the devotion of Bruce, the equipoise and elevation of W ash-

St Had Lee like Napoleon, with approximate equality of numbers met only
, be minions of despotic powers, instead of the sturdy sons of freedom who
( .. m doub( t ha1 the glories of a hundred Genas and Marengoes would have
J.,,,,,,,.,, ,,„„„, „i. standard, or thai Gettysburg would have been converted
fnto another Chancellorsville, and Spotsylvania into another Second Manassas.
x „,l W h0 doubtsthal he would have worn these accumulated honors with the
same exemplary modesty and abnegation of self that characterized Ins entire
p'p.v History presents no soldier on the one hand with a prouder record of
victories won against obstacles apparently insurmountable, and no citizen on
the other with a character more lordlyand knightly. When Leedied, chivalry
b0W ed in E rief and Christendom realized that a greal lighl had -one out. Y\ e
,.,„ a imosl imagine .hat the great guns of Von Moltke, then thundering before
the -au~ of Paris, ceased their sullen roar around its wails in transient recog-
nition <>f the momentous event. _ _

There W as about this man an elevation of purpose, a magnanimity oi
Bpirit and integrity of heart, that purified the very atmosphere around him.
His life was an emphatic rebuke of all Littleness, and meanness of soul; and
nounworthj motive, no sordid passion, no selfish ambition, could survive the

glance of hi- piercing eye and the purity of his presence.

( D iike other objects in nature. General Lee's charaeter needed no distance
|n |( . nil enchantment. Here was one man whose personal, intellectual and
moral stature, grand a. il was graceful, grew greater and nobler upon more
intimate acquaintance, until, like that marvel of the ages, that wonder of all
.,,., the Apollo of Rome, it appeared absolutely faultless in its symmetry as
well a. majestic in its proportions. Such a lite and such a character are inspi-
rations lo future generations ; and they will he forever to our memories, and to
the imaginations of men. a model of perfect, ideal manhood, enchaining our
:1 il,., tiona and enchanting the world.



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Gov. Gordon then introduced Captian William PageCarter, who delivered
a beautiful poem written by himself concerning the dead leaders of the army
of Virginia. In reply to an encore which followed its recital, Captain Carter

recited a tribute to Mr. Grady, of which he was also the author.

Dr. J. William Jones was the next speaker, lie said that a mistake had
been made when it was stated that he would deliver an oration on General Lee.
He disclaimed any such intentions, bul asserted that he would speak of him
not as a soldier but as a man. For an hour Dr. .(ones kepi the greal audience
entranced with anecdotes and personal recollections of General Lee, and when
he sat down the people were surprised to rind bow long he had been talking.

MR. JONEs' SPEECH.

The last speaker was Rev. C. Jones. After a few introductory remarks,
he read a beautiful poem by James Barret Pope, which was written lor the
unveiling of the monument at Richmond. The Governor then announced thai
the exercises were over, and the audience dispersed to meet again at the club
house.

At the January meeting of the Fulton County Confederate Veirans' Asso
ciation a committee was appointed to draft appropriate resolutions in memory
of Mr. Grady, who was one of the two only honorary members of the Asso-
ciation.

Mr. Grady and Mr. Davis were those members.

On February 18th the Veterans held a regular meeting, and the report of
the committee, which was as follows, was unanimously adopted by a rising
vote :

THE MEMORIAL.

Henry W. Grady was an eloquent orator, a brilliant journalist, a pnblir
benefactor, a national peacemaker, and a Christian philanthropist.

He was ingenuous and genial, gentle and gallant, charitable and cheerful,
with a genius to grasp and an energy to execute.

He may well be remembered by us as Grady, the grand — grand in his
suavity. In language classically chaste, conservative and elegant, he could
still the tempest of discord, and triumphantly woo and win where oilier- would
waiver and fail. Thrusting his hands down deep in his pockets, with an
inimitable toss of his magnificent head, and a bewitching smile upon his benevo
lent face, he could electrify a multitude.

Grand in his strength, mental and moral, strength to mark out and lead on
despite of difficulties, and careless of cavils. He had an intuition to see and a
tact to do the right thing at the right time. Some will push if others pay. He
would both pay and push to inaugurate and complete great enterprises, and
his untiring zeal stirred and stimulated others to co operate w ith him.

Grand in bis sincerity. With his heart in his face, he feared not the fawn,
ing formalism or secret schemes of the tickle or false, [guoring self , and all
absorbed in plans to elevate and bless his fellow-man, he bore aloft his beauti
ful banner with "Excelsior" blazing upon it in brilliant letters of golden hope.



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Grand in his simplicity! Childlike and benign, he would move among men
as one of marvelous magnetism. Like an old German author, he could sin-
cerely say "I love God and little children. "' Between these two objects how
large the scope for one who like him, humbly bowed to the fartherhood of God
and pre-eminently realized the brotherhood of man.

Grand in his superiorty. Some are superior in one thing, and some are
Buperior in other things. Be was superior in many things. His life was not so
much a type of one, but a radiation of many excellencies. He was, indeed, a
man of many gifts and graces.

Who will catch the mantle of this ascended genius? Who can fill in one
person all the places he so fitly filled V What a spontaneous outburst of grief
at his departure! Who can remember, or who has ever heard of anything like
it ? His burning words of love and wisdom reached the heart of this great
commonwealth, and as from a pathetic and plaintive phonograph those words,
full of breathing, living, soul-ennobling thoughts are coming back, and will
continue to come hack to cheer, to comfort, to counsel, and to consolidate
,.\,t\ effort to heal the wounds of war and hurry up the harmony of too long
discordant people. As a gentleman of this city said the other day, "He went
I,, Boston, crowned himself, then came home to die." When he died he left
the South in tears, and the North a sympathizing mourner at his bier. But
before his translation came he had ineffaceably written his own epitaph upon
tin- heart of this great republic.

A.s a son of a Confederate veteran he loved the veterans and they loved

him. The following is hut one slight token of his love for them :

••l)i.( i.mbkk 10th, 1888.— My Dear Lowndes : To-night, as I was on my
way to work, I met the straggling column of Confederate Veterans, and follow-
ed them to the Fair. I saw the old gray coats, the faltering steps, the strapped
blankets, and watching them till they blurred on my sight I went to my work.
lint 1 find thai the -ray coats and the worn faces haunt me. They keep coming
between me and the paper on which 1 write, so let me exorcise them and
-ratify the pneious memories they have evoked by sending you all the money
1 have about mj clothes. It is just fourteen dollars, and here it is. If this
trifle will make happy tor .me hour anold Confederate, who needs and deserves
his country's gratitude, it will have brought to me the very best of Christmas
gifta. If everj man in Atlanta could have seen this heroic column as I saw it
marching through the night, you would not long need money. God bless you

and your associates, and God speed you in the noble work to which you and
they have given j our hearts and hands.

■Your friend, H. W. Grady."

Bui lie i- in hi- grave. And oh' the difference to us! Therefore by us, as
a bereaved Association, he ii resolved —

l That in the death of Henry W. Grady we have lost one of our most
Unselfish friend- one whose Sympathy was precious; one whose hearty co-
operation we could always expect, and now will always miss.

Thai we hereby express our sense of loss in his decease, and instead of



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wearing the sad emblem of grief in sombre crape we will keep bis memory
green and fresh, as we ever hold before us his winning face, his manly form,
his noble deeds, and his priceless love for us.

3. That we most sincerely sympathize with the loved ones left behind, as
they will miss him at the fireside and at the table, at the altar at home and in
the house of God, as they will miss him in the spring time, when the fragranl
flowers bloom, and as they will miss him when the flowers fade in the drear
December's gloom.

4. That a copy of this testimonial of our love he aenl to the mother, wife
and children of our dearly beloved fellow-citizen, friend and honorary mem.
ber. Respectfully submitted,

T. P. Cleveland, Chairman, Robert L. Rodgers,
J. H. Ketner, P. M. B. Yoim;,

W. A. Fuller, Geo. T. Fry,

B. F. Abbott.

A large crayon portrait of Mr. Grady, to purchase which a committee was
instructed at the previous meeting, was accepted by the Association. The
portrait is a handsome one, and occupies a place of honor by the president's
stand. It is the work of Miss Green, and is a most striking likeness.

The veterans also expressed in suitable resolutions their sympathy for that
old war hero, General James Longstreet, in his sorrow — the death of his wife.
A copy of the resolutions was prepared and forwarded to General Longstreet .

Mr. Frank T. Ryan presented an outline specimen of a handsome member
s hip certificate. It is the intention that each member of the Association shall
have one of these cirtificates. which will be handsomely gotten up, and will he
held as heirlooms in the families of the members.



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