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It is co drsirable that Confederate Sourenirs lie genuine an elegant. the editir of the VETERİN rolunteers to commend the above spoon. It is of Sterling silver and the enam 1 (1 111)irici bolne in rel. ! this collection thu V TERUS Coinmends heartily and without stint to its patrons everywhere the absoluto riability of this house in all respects.





This is a beautiful volume that should be in every Southern home. The best way to teach your children history is to let them read the biography of men. Don't be afraid of your own history. There were more than a million copies of Gen. Grant's book sold at $7.50 to $10.00. This Life of Lee is only $1.50, postpaid.

The Charleston News and Courier says: “This work has been done well. It is not a dull, dry treatise on military affairs, but it sparkles with the most delicate humor, attracts by its breezy, cheerfulness, apologizes for nothing that Lee and his people did—their struggles for constitutional liberty, exalts the magnanimity of Grant at Appomattox, and portrays with tenderest grace the public and private life of the greatest soldier the world has ever known-Robert E. Lee.” It is intensely romantic and interesting. It will be sent post paid for $1.50 per copy. Order of

Southwestern Publishing House, 208 North College Street.

Nashville, Tennessee.

MAY. 1893




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J. W. NoYES.
Alex. H. CLARK.

See Page 146.



Ex-Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Arkansas.

12 mo. cioth, illustrated, 454 pages, with six colored double page maps, many smaller

maps, and numerous illustrations. Price $1.10 by mail postpaid.





ERAN'S ASSOCIATION COMPOSED OF Gen. Stepney D. LEE. A. & M. College, Miss. Gey. J. N. STUebs, Gloucester, U. II., Va. Gex. C. A. Evans, duanta, Ga. Gey. Allison, CAPERS, S. C. Capt. W. R. GARRETT, Nashville, Tenn. COL. J. W. Nichoi.sox, President Louisiana State Uni

versity, Baion Rouge, Lit. COL. J. H. BEXTLEY, Abiline, Texas.

Maile a report in May, 1891, to the Association, at Birmingham, Ala., recominending Shinn's History of the United States for use in the public schools, which report was adopted by a rising, unanimous vote.

Prof. Shinn has succeerled in producing a book that is precisely what its lille indicales, a history of the American people, and with this purpose in view and carried out so remarkably well he has refrained fruin making an appropriate title for a history serve as the vehicle for the rain expressions of national pride or the inculcation and spread of individual opinion. The subject matter, as well as the arrangement and design of the book evinice a very high order of literary inerit, commendable style of composition and great research. It is a book while being particularly valuable as a text-book for use in schools and academies, is at the same time so replete with accurately and orderly arrayed historical information as to make it a most welcome and highly valuable contribution to the general literature of American History.

Dr. R. A. Venable,

Pres. Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss. After several years experience in teaching United States llistory, I have adopted Shinn's History of the American People as the best book I know about for class instruction. It combines brevity with completeness, terseness with clearness, and an adinirable discrimination in the selection and treatinent of the important events in the life of our American People. I recommend it without liesitation or reserve.

Dr. W. H. Payne,

Pres. Peubody Normal College, Nashville, Tenn. Shinn’s History of the American People is used in our classes, and gives salisfaction to students and teachers.

Prof. Eugene R. Long,

Pres. Arkansas College, Batrsrille, Ark. In my judgement, Shinn's Ilistory sustains iis claim as a llistory of the American l'eople. The charge of undue sectional treatment certainly cannot be truthsully made,since its imply gives that due prominence 10 the South it has been denied in the great majority of school histories. On matters of sectional differeuce a spirit of judicial fairness perineates the book.

Correspondence from teachers and those interested in History is cordially invited.

Special terms for supplies made known on application.





Published Monthly in the Interest of Confederate Veterans and Kindred Topics.



No. 5.



Entered at the postoffice, Nashville, Tenn., as second-class matter. Another very important sketch is promised. It

Advertisements: Two dollars per inch one time, or $20 a year, except last page. One page, one time, special, $40. Discount: Half year, one is that of Capt. Gracey, who died recently at Clarksissue; one year, two issues. This is an increase on the former rate.

Contributors will please be diligent to abbreviate. The space is too ville. Capt. Gracey was brother-in-law to Capt. R. important for anything that has not special morit.

L. Cobb, and succeeded him to the command of The date to a subscription is always given to the month before it ends. For instance, if the VETERAN be ordered to begin with January, the date on mail list will be December, and the subscriber is entitled to that number.

Cobb's Battery, after the death of Maj. Graves at

Chickamauga. Capt. Gracey was President of the Though mon deserve, they may not win success,

Clarksville Monumental Association, and the largThe bravo will honor the brave, vanquished none the less.

est contributor to its construction. The "civil war" was too long ago to be called the "late" war and when Dilligent effort will be made to give as accurate correspondents use that term the word "great" (war) will be substituted.

account of the Houston Reunion proceedings as posTHIRTY THOUSAND COPIES FOR JUNE.

sible, also an account of the Memphis Drill, which

is also an event of semi-ational interest. The VETERAN for next month is to be twice as It will be necessary to epitomize the best articles large an edition as has ever been printed, and it is in order to give attention to the multitude of good expected that sixty pages will be necessary. It things sent the VETERAN. Preference will be givwill contain additional statistics about the he- en, as a rule, to those who never wrote for publiro martyr, Samuel Davis, with a picture of the cation before, but comrades should rewrite their arhandsome monument at his grave erected by his ticles, and make everything as clear, and, at the father. The tablet is given herein. A fine engrav- same time, as brief as possible. Write only the ing of the boot cut from his foot, in which were truth for the VETERAN. secreted the papers which cost him his life, also a print of his military buttons, "Cadet N. M. A.," Enough humor of the kind given in this VETER(Nashville Miltary Acadamy), will be given. He AN by Capt. Ridley might be written to make a large wore Confederate gray, with twenty large, and six book. The writer went to school in a country vilsmall brass buttons on his coat. It will be shown lage, and at the opposite side of the campus from by men of both armies that his memory as a hero and

the boys' department there was an Institute for patriot deserves grateful remembrance by mankind. girls, and he was so in love with them that he was

There will be also the history of James Keelan, always on his dignity when in that vicinity. Not who saved the railroad bridge at Strawberry Plains,

so with big John England, who would roll his trousTenn. The sketch is from the author of the "Con- ers above his knees, and in the foot race go as near federate Spelling Book," and "Confederate Reader," the groups of pretty girls as the lax rules allowed. and it gives Keelan's own account. The little pam- England was not considered among patriots, but he phlet history is treasured, and though the owner enlisted and endured the hardships and perils of the “would not take five hundred dollars for it,” the Confederate soldier in the Forty-first Tennessee. substance will be in the June VETERAN, with a He rarely swore outright, but he would affirm “By picture of Keelan. The killing and wounding of

Gads" and with other similar expressions peculiar seven men out of thirty, single handed, as described to himself. His nickname was Rocky," and he by the old hero, is doubtless the most desperate en

was certainly the author of “We'uns and Yu'uns." counter ever recorded. At the Alamo there was a

"Rocky," or "Rocksy," was prudent against shot kind of sympathetic fellowship until the last man and shell, and the saying, “Lie down. Rocksy!” was killed. The death of Keelan, near Bristol, oc

would be echoed from regiment to regiment throughcurred two or three months ago, and an account

out the entire brigade. should have been given ere this, but for the effort,

The Confederate Veteran Association of Kenso nearly successful already, through the kindness

tucky is perhaps the most officially organized of any of Comrade A. S. McNeil to give a complete histo

in the country. An itemized account of receipts ry of the man intensified as from “the boy stood on

for the five years preceeding January 1,.1895, aggrethe burning deck."

gated is $1070.42, and to balance in cash" is $183.44.





MEMORIAL DAY AT SAVANNAH, GA. them not, and if they had any fathers, no account

was taken of them. For a time they were more The Memorial Service in Savannah, Ga., on Fri

numerous and more noisy than they are now, but

there are yet to be found some who believe that day, April 26th, was a credit to the Ladies' Auxil

they know better, and could have done better, than iary of the Veteran Association of Confederates. In

the men of the old regime, and who would teach Laurel Grove the graves were all decorated, as our children that their fathers who were Confederwere those in private lots, and the monument to

ate soldiers have nothing to be proud of, and that those who fell at Gettysburg. The Oglethorpe

the least said about the war the better.

I care not how many millions one such may Light Infantry and First Regiment, in uniform,

amass, I care not how much influence and powparaded under the leadership of the First Regi

er his wealth may purchase; as for me and my ment band.

house, its doors will open with a quicker welcome, Gen. McLaws was in command. He and his and its hearthstone will more cheerily warm for the Chief of staff were mounted. They were reviewed

poorest Confederate veteran, in his tatters and rags,

than for this 'N- South' Dives in all his purple. by the veterans, who stood at salute while they passed. The orator was Hon. Pope Barrow. His

“But this is a day of reminiscence. Places of busmessage to the gathered throng was of the true

iness have closed, we turn away from the toil and ring. He said:

struggle of life for a day, and dwell in the tents “In the celebration of this day of fond memories of memory.". it has been the custom to deal almost entirely with

The speaker paid personal tribute to heroes the sacred sentiments which enshrine it. But there

whose memory was sacred to his audience.

He reare some no less sacred principles which belong ap

called Tom Comak, “whose bright sword flashed for propriately to this occasion, and to which allusion

the last time in the rays of the setting sun at should be made. The power of mere force to

Crampton's Gap, as he fell within twenty steps of change the convictions of men against the teach

the enemy's line," and Tom Mosely, “whose smooth, ings of reason, to subvert history and substitute girlish face I see before me now, as we sat side by fiction, cannot be over estimated. Success in arms

side in the class room at the university, and whose not infrequently is accepted as a final decision that

warm grasp of the hand and moistened eye I rejustice and right are on the side of the victor. Like

member as we parted on the old university campus, the old wager of battle, in which he who fell was

two school boys, one to the Western army, the other adjudged to be the guilty party, the result of war is

to Virginia. At Perryville, Ky., leading his comfrequently accepted as conclusive evidence that the

pany in a second, and then a third charge against cause of the victorious army was just. This rule,

a battery of the enemy, his beardles face ablaze of a rude and barbarous age, was long ago aban

with the animation of battle, and his youthful figdoned in private controversies, because of its shock

ure transformed into a hero's stature, he fell as he ing injustice. For the same reason, the enlightened mounted the works of the enemy. Even in that opinion of this age is driving it from its place in

fierce charge, his gentle nature showed itself, for national controversies. To say that because a large

his only command in the third charge was, 'Come number of men were shot to death in battle, and the

on, boys, just once more.' The blue grass of Kenothers were overpowered, therefore, the principles braver boy or man never died. How true it is:

tucky was never reddened with nobler blood, and a for which they contended are false, and the cause in which they died was not a just cause, is so revolt

"The bravest are the tenderest, ing a conclusion that the enlightened conscience of

The loving are the daring.' mankind refuses to accept it.

He mentioned Lord King, "whose knightly fig“Among the questions upon which the people of ure was seen for the last time at Fredricksburg, the United States have been divided in opinion from and whose brave spirit passed away in sight of both the beginning, that of the rights reserved by the armies. Carrying an order from Gen. McLaws in States to themselves, as such, has always been the midst of the battle he disdained to go around prominent. The same evidence exists to-day on behind the curving earthworks, but walked straight each side, and has the same weight, as existed be- through the murderous fire until he fell." fore the Confederate war.

His most pathetic tribute was to Col. Charles La“And yet, here in the South have been found mar, who was serving as an aid on the staff of Maj. some who have espoused the doctrine that this Gen. Howell Cobb, at Columbus, Ga., when it was is a consolidated nation, and that the reserved carried by storm by the Federal forces under Gen. rights of the States are an exploded myth. New Wilson, and who fell in the last few moments of the men, men with new names, mentioned for the first battle.' He adds: “I had been ordered by Gen. time in history, names that are not to be found on Cobb to take a company of men and a piece of artilany muster roll of any army, go about prating lery and hold the Georgia end of the upper bridge of a "N- South," and sneering at the Old South. across the river until he could withdraw his forces Boasting of a new civilization, of which they are from the city. We knew that we were put there to the apostles, and mammon is the titular divinity, stay, and it was not expected that any of us would they embrace every opportunity to proclaim the come out. Suddenly, silently, Col. Lamar rode up fact that they belong to the 'N- South,' and not by my side. I said, 'Colonel, what are you doing the old. They are correct. The Old South knew here?' and explained that we were there to be sacri


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