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FIRST VOLUNTEERS FROM LOUISIANA. Cornelius Young, born in 1839, is a successfu
hardware merchant at Selma, Ala. The Orleans Cadets, Captain Charles D. Dreux,
John K. Renaud, born in 1843, is with the house
of Myles & Co., salt dealers, New Orleans. was the first volunteer company mustered into the
Those living in New Orleans are charter members Confederate service from Louisiana, April 11, '61. of Camp No. 2 There were 103 members, 37 of whom were under eighteen years of age, and it was said that Captain Cadets, from a daguerreotype taken in Richmond,
Group 1: Six members of Company A, Orleans Dreux was the only married man in the command. After six weeks, at Pensacola, they were merged
Va., early in June, 1861, just before departure of
the Dreux Battalion for Yorktown. into a battalion, which included the Crescent Rifles,
Group 2: Seven members of Tanner's Louisialia Louisiana Guards, Shreveport Grays, and Terre
Battery, Army of Tennessee. There are four of bonne Rifles. Dreux was made Lieutenant Colonel of the battalion. We reached Yorktown a few days
group 1, with an additional three. These seven after the Bethel fight. Col. Dreux was killed in a
were mess mates when paroled at Meridian, Miss., skirmish near Newport News, July 5, '61, and, it is
in May, 1865. The picture was made in May, 1875. said, was the first Confederate officer killed during 1895, twenty years after, group 2 tells the story of
Group 3: The same men arranged in same way, the war. The 11th of April, 1862, found this battalion a
the same seven men shown in No. 2, as they appear part of Magruder's little army of 7,000 in the
to-day from a recent photograph. Individual posi
tions are the same in groups two and three. trenches along the Young's Mill line, repelling McClellan's 100,000 men. Our discharges from service were promptly issued us on that day, but, to the
Home Endorsement, offered by Dr. W. A. Barry: credit of the men, they remained on the line until
Whereas, The CONFEDERATE VETERAN has, since the eve of Gen. Johnston's retreat to Richmond, when the battalion, having determined upon an ar
its beginning served efficiently as the organ of the
Confederate Associations, and has supported with tillery organization, passed out of existence. Capt: signal ability, liberality, and a devotion worthy of Charles E. Fenner, of the Louisiana Guards, had no difficulty in raising his company of light artil
the cause in which it is engaged, all efforts to pro
mote the prosperity and growth of the Bivouacs and lery, as the boys, recently discharged, on arrival at Jackson, Miss., promptly signed his roll, and on the
Camps, and as such organ it is entitled to and
should receive the heartiest support of all Confed16th day of May, 1862, Fenner's Louisiana Battery
erate Veterans; therefore, was mustered into service. From that time the
Resolved, That Frank Cheatham Bivouac extends battery was identified with the Western Army. When Gen. Hood reached the environs of Nash- dorsement, and recommends to all the Bivouacs and
to the ConfeDERATE VETERAN its most cordial enville, in December, 1864, Fenner's Battery was ordered to report to Gen. Forrest, who was trying official organ, and that we call upon all Confederate
Camps in the organization that it be made their to capture a Federal command enclosed at Mur
veterans to rally to its support and give it all the freesboro.
assistance in their power to promote its prosperity In the retreat of our army from before Nashville,
and usefulness. Nashville, May 10, 1895. Fenner's Battery followed Forrest's Cavalry across
The above was unanimously adopted. the muddy and mountainous roads towards Colum
JOHN P. HICKMAN, Secretary. bia. The bad roads, and starved horses, caused slow travel-dropping the command far behind. The enemy's cavalry succeeded in cutting off three
On first page in Connection with Confederate pieces, which the cannoneers dismantled and buried
Veteran Association, of Kentucky, the word "offialong the roadside, then made their way athwart cially" should be efficiently. the country, swimming Duck river, and rejoining our army. These were the only guns we ever lost. Readers will be delighted with the views of Bel
Fenner's Battery was paroled at Meridian on the mont College and grounds on back page. The 10th day of May, '65, where the members stacked premises are not excelled doubtless on the continent. their muskets which they had carried for several weeks.
Can any one furnish the VETERAN any informaWalter H. Rogers, born in 1843, is a well known tion concerning one Capt. Fly or Fry, who comand successful lawyer of New Orleans, and ex-At- manded a company in Col. Ashcraft's Regiment, torney General of the State of Louisiana.
Gholson's Brigade, Chalmer's Division, W. B. ForWalton Fry, born in 1837, is in charge of the rest's Command ? Such an one will oblige a Comrade. books of the Board of Liquidation, City of New Orleans.
The attention of friends is called to the beautiful William H. Renaud, born in 1836, is a member of Confederate Souvenir Spoon offered by Messrs. the firm of John I. Adams & Co., wholesale grocers, Greenleaf and Crossby, of Jacksonville, Fla. It is New Orleans.
guaranteed solid silver; the bowl washed over with J. W. Noyes, born in 1839, is in charge of the gold, and the handle beautifully enameled in colors. financial affairs of Fell & Johnson, insurance agents, For twenty years the editor of the VETERAN has New Orleans.
remembered gratefully a kindness of Mr. Greenleaf Alexander H. Clark, born in 1844, is a well known in this firm, and takes pleasure in earnest conimenplanter and merchant at Hope Hull, Ala.
dation of his firm.
HONORING OUR DEAD AT MACON.
“O, Southern womanhood! When your gentle na
ture stirred you to establish this memorial, you gave Macon, Ga., did much to honor the Confederate a holy meaning to love of country; you placed a costly dead from all the South at her Memorial Service, crown upon the virtue of valor, and offered to the April 26. There was a larger attendance than on patriotic manhood the unusual opportunity to refresh any like occasion. The company was estimated at itself at a fount of manly honor! In the endowment 5,000. Col. Dupont Guerry introduced Gen. Evans, of this ceremony by your wealth of everlasting love, Commander of the Georgia Department United Con- you have unconsciously surpassed your own design, federate Veterans, and used the following words con- for as this day shall break from age to age it will cerning the occasion:
have a tongue to tell in memorial of you that this “We are here on this holy anniversary occasion to tender respect for manly heroism sprang first from publicly declare to mankind and to God our steadfast woman's heart! devotion and undying gratitude to the brave men “The sword's arbitrament settled whatever can be who fought and died for us, to commemorate in praise settled in the great human disputation by force of and song, in tears and prayers, their heroic deeds and arms, and no more than that. The triumphs of power
take no trophies save those which Might wrenches from the grasp of the weak. The results of war never make changes in human rights. The whole American people were left, at the termination of the Southern struggle, the holders still of all the rights which the fathers of our country pronounced inseparable from free government, inalienable by monarchs or majorities, and indestructible by military force. To declare otherwise would degrade the victorious armies of the Union more than the vanquished veterans of the South. Therefore, this statement must be accepted to escape the alternative conclusion that coercion of the South was a conspiracy of unpatriotic politicians to destroy the old constitution and blood-bought liberties of our country.
"No one will wonder at the honor paid to these vanquished men who understands the real spirit of the South, and knows the character of its soldiery. Romance has found in them and their career a mine of real story richer than fancy can create. The gray jacket woven in the loom at home, cut and made by a mother's hand, blessed with her prayers, her kisses and her tears, as she fitted it to the form of her martial son—that gray jacket which grew so greasy and tattered with wear-that jacket which showed at last the rude rent through which the fatal bullet spedaye, it covered, my countrymen, the heart of a man as valiant as Rupert, as chivalrous as Saladin, as
true to love of liberty as Bruce, who gave his heart GEN. CLEMENT A, EVANS. sufferings, and to testify anew our unvarying faith
for Scotland, and Warren, the protopatriot who fell
at Bunker Hill for freedom. in the purity, patriotism and philanthropy of their motives and purposes.”
“They marched all day through cold and heat, Gen. Evans in his beautiful address said if he could
They marked the ground with bleeding feet, crystalize the best spirits of human history, the rarest
They hungered, fought-died ! 'Twas sweet
To march and famish, bleed and die. The noble band devotion to conviction of every age, and the tender- With much to love, loved most their Southern land! est memories of the bravest struggles that ever involved the sacrifice of life, he would blend them all
BALTIMORE WANTS THE REUNION IN '97. in one hallowed offering:
“To the Memory of Our Confederate Dead!" Then he said: "I crave for this moment the genius
The James R. Herbert Camp United Confederate which no living man possesses to declare in speech the Veterans of Baltimore will go to Houston with enthought and feeling, the faith and hope, the budding thusiasm for an acceptation of their invitation to glory and the aftergloom which this scene is de- have the reunion for 1897 in that city, signed to celebrate. It is the pathetic quality of this The Baltimore Southern Exposition Management memorial which makes it so sublime as to exceed all will send by Confederates to Houston 4,000 porceeulogy. Here is no artificial magnificence, no pride, lain faced buttons and 2,000 badges with similar innor pomp, no grand array, no royalty lying in state. scription. If Nashville should secure the reunion But in their stead the hush of human passion, the for '96, this would distribute the territory cleverly. plaintive melody which memory softly chants, and Just at going to press news comes from Charlesthe gentle tread of thoughts taking step to the music ton that that noble people desire to greet and enterof muffled grief.
tain next year the United Confederate Veterans.
ENGINEER FOR ARMY OF TENNESSEE. E. Johnston, the idol of one of the best armies
known in history, said long after the war that he These terse facts have been procured about Lieut.
had “planned many a battle upon Buchanan's A. H. Buchanan, Engineer for Army of Tennessee:
maps,” having no other guide. Gen. Johnston's He entered the Confederate service in 1861 as a
faith in him was implicit, and he mentions him in Topographical Engineer, and continued through the
his "Narrative" (name of his book) as "that very war in that capacity. When the Federals captured Nashville he made an unsuccessful attempt to move
intelligent officer.” They were ever faithful friends. his family through the lines to Northwest Arkansas, He has endured his share of sacrifice. At one and on that account failed to be in the battle of time three of his brothers-Confederate soldiersShiloh. He served with Bragg's Army from a
were murdered by outlaws in Arkansas in the garb short time before the battle of Murfreesboro until Bragg was relieved by Gen. J. E. Johnston, and he
of United States soldiers, and, midst insolent jeers, was with him, and then with Gen. Hood—the same
were thrown out of wagons in the presence of wives army-until the close of the war. He was paroled and mother. The inoffensive father was also murwith it in North Carolina. He was in the various dered by them without provocation. battles with this army, in all its_campaigns with
In steadfast devotion to his church, Prof. Buchthe Headquarter Topographical Engineer Corps, and always in active duty, winter and summer,
anan has served its University at Lebanon when never having any idle time.
double the salary was offered him to teach elseSince 1869 he has occupied the chair of Mathemat- where in a promoted capacity. ics in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., His labor for the Government in the Geodetic and since 1876 he has spent his summer vacations
survey of Tennessee has been so nearly completed, and is so accurate, that he can compute the distance to within less than a foot from the Capitol at Nashville to points in North Carolina and Virginia. He has been commended many times publicly for the complete success of this work. Such accuracy can be attained only through the most delicate applications of the Higher Mathematics. When the transit of Venus occurred several years ago, Prof. Buchanan was one of the three men selected to make observations for scientific purposes of the government from the Naval Observatory at Washington. His economic methods are no less noteworthy than the accuracy of his work.
Capt. Will A. Miller, of Decatur, Texas writes:
I was First Sergeant of Harris' Company, Col. Smith B. Bankhead's Battalion of Artillery, in Gen. L. Polk's Corps, and was the ranking officer of my company when we left Corinth, and commanded the company on the bloody field of Shiloh. I was given a Lieutenant's commission when we returned to Corinth. I came with Gen. Tom Hindman to the Trans-Mississippi Department, where I served as First Lieutenant of Gen. Cabele's (Old Tige) Artillery until Dec., 1864, when I was wounded in the knee, on account of which I still walk with a crutch, but have never lost my Rebel vim.
Several years ago I organized “Ben McCulloch PROF. ANDREW H. BUCHANAN, LL.D
Camp, U. Č. V." I expect to be at the reunion at
Houston in full force. Would like to hear from about four months in each year-in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, making the tri
any of my old comrades. angulation of the State of Tennessee.
A. J. Richburg, St. Paul, S. C. writes loyally: The foregoing brief sketch was procured through I have been a subscriber to the VETERAN for more the most effective source known of the modest man, than a year, and expect to have it as long as I live, but never ceasing laborer in what duty suggests.
for the glorious work it is doing to perpetuate the
memory of the Confederate soldier, and the heroic Although Mr. Buchanan ranked only as a Lieu
deeds of the Southern army. I followed the
fortuzes tetant in the war, he held so important a position, of Robt. Lee for four years as Sergeant Major of and so established his capacities, that Gen. Joseph the Twenty-third South Carolina.
late reunion at Shiloh, writes from Keokuk, Iowa, April 20, 1895:
Dear Friend: The remembrance of our pleasant
trip on the beautiful Tennessee river, to the ever IN
memorable battlefield of Shiloh, still clings to me. Memory og
You seemed so much interested in the short acSAMUEL DAVIS
count related by me of the hanging of Samuel A member of the 1st
Davis by our army at Pulaski, Tenn., in 1863, that Tenn. Regt. of Volenteers
perhaps a more minute and extended one would be Born Oct. 6, 1842
welcome. With all the incidents which led up to Died Nov. 27. 1863
his capture, I am not familiar.
To my mind Davis was of the highest type of Aged
American manhood, and although he, from the 21 Yrs 1Month & 21 Days
nature of his offense, was doomed to die an igno
minious death, yet it did not in the least detract from He laid down his life
his manhood, because of the glorious manner in
which he met it. For his country
In military law his offense was unpardonable,
and his death justifiable, yet it seems to me the A Teuer Soldier, a purer
very essence of cruelty to condemn such a fearless Patriot, a braver men, never
man to death on the gallows, and allow the
cowardly deserter the consolation of dying the lived, He suggered death
death of a soldier: on the gibbet, rather than
While standing on that little trap door between
earth and heaven, he was truly offered his life if he betray his friends and Country
would betray the one in our lines from whom he received papers found in his possession. Three times he indignantly spurned to purchase freedom at such a price. I was standing near by and I heard
Capt. Conn (Provost Marshal) say, "Mr. Davis, The above is from the tablet upon the handsome you have but five minutes to live unless you give up monument at the grave of Samuel Davis near Smyr- your secret.”. In answer to the second summons he na, Tenn. There is an iron enclosure of about six- said, “The life of the one. who gave me those
papers is worth more to the Southern Confederacy teen by twenty-five feet, in which rises a marble
than mine." The third and last request was as shaft on granite to the height of about seventeen resolutely declined, the trap sprung; and Davis was feet. There have been buried within the enclosure dead, regretted not alone by Confederates, but by the hero, his parents, and maternal grandmother.
every soldier in our line who was capable of appreSo many tributes have been revived recently, and ciating a noble nature.
Admitting death as the inevitable penalty for so many statements slightly erroneous, that effort
such a breach of military law, I have always felt will be made to give in the June VETERAN an elab
the befitting manner for such a man as Davis to orate and accurate sketch of the noble young man. have met it would have been to face a file of solTo this end request is made for such data as may
diers, free without blindfold, and even himself be recalled by all who know anything of the event.
allowed to give the order to fire; then he would Samuel Davis should never be thought of as a
have died the death of the true soldier he was.
There may be a doubt in the minds of some spy. Clad in the gray uniform of his government, whether or not his courage and his manhood would ornamented with bright, brass buttons, with the have been equal to such a sublime ordeal, but no bright pistols of a soldier, he was a scout.
such doubt exists with those who saw him die. To Conditions may have been sufficiently exasperat. Fire," would have rung out on the morning air as a
my mind, his triple command, "Ready, Aim, ing to have provoked his execution, but it was cer
defiance to death and a triumph over his enemies, tainly unjustifiable. The tributes paid him recently but the fate of war decreed otherwise. by Union veterans, who were present, furnish the Sufficient time has elapsed since this event to incentive for the promised sketch.
obliterate all feelings of a sentimental nature in Hon. H. C. Russell, Land Commissioner of Ne
connection with it, if I ever had any, and my un
diminished admiration still is proof positive that braska, concurred with the author of the account
noble deeds of men live after they are dead, and I that follows:
have recounted this incident to my friends many A UNION SOLDIER'S TRIBUTE.
times as evidence of it.
The sentiments here expressed are for the man J. A. M. Collins, who served in the Second Iowa
and not the cause for which he died, and I believe Volunteer Infantry, and was present at the execu they would have received a hearty "Amen" from all tion of Sam Davis in 1863, and who attended the Federal soldiers who witnessed his untimely death.
A SUCCESSFUL CONFEDERATE'S PLANS. duct of business. Finally, to accommodate his bus
iness, he erected his present mammoth establishRobt. C. Wood writes of Chas. Broadway Rouss: ment on Broadway at the cost of $1,250,000, and
His career has been phenomenal. He built a large warehouse on Thompson street. His had acquired a handsome competence in mercantile sole grievance now, as I have heard him say, is that business before the two sections of the country en he is cramped for room. gaged in war. Selling out his stock for what it Although Mr. Rouss has become an important would bring he enlisted in Company B, Twelfth factor in the commercial life of New York, he has Regiment of Virginia Confederate Cavalry. He remained a staunch and loyal Southerner in his served with credit.
sentiments and feelings. His participations in the After the surrender at Appomattox, he made his grand struggle of the South in 1861-65 is a matter way to his home in the valley of Virginia, and of pride with him, and no one is left in doubt of worked as a laborer on his father's farm. Weary- this fact. The portraits of Lee and Stonewall ing of occupation that afforded no scope to his rest Jackson are displayed as evidence of it.
From the time that fortune commenced to crown his labors, his purse has been open to the needy Confederate soldiers and to the widow and orphan. I have never known him to fail in response to a worthy appeal, and I have known him to give thousands to the work of perpetuating the history of the heroic struggle of the South.
For years past he has been hoping to see the establishment of a National Memorial Association that would worthily perpetuate the memories of the lost cause and of the brave men who sacrificed their lives in its defense. He has set in motion an undertaking to accomplish this, and he will succeed, if intelligent, earnest purpose, and unflagging energy avail. It is to be considered at Houston.
U. C. V. IN MISSOURI.
Gen. Jo O. Shelby, who has been appointed Major General for Missouri in United Confederate Veterans has designated the following staff officers:
Adjutant General and Chief of Staff, Colonel H. A. Newman, Huntsville; Inspector General, Jerre Cravens, Springfield; Chief Quartermaster, Frank L. Pitts, Paris; Chief Commissary, John U. Howard, St. Louis; Judge Advocate General, Henry M. Withers, Kansas City; Surgeon General, Dr. McPheeters, St. Louis; Assistant Surgeons, Dr. J. R. Snell, Kansas City; Dr. A. V. Small, Sedalia; Brigadier General (Eastern District), James Ban
nerman, St. Louis; Brigadier General (Western DisCHAS. BROADWAY ROUSS.
trict), Elijah Gates, St. Joseph. The following are
aides, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel: H. M. less energy, and gave no promise of satisfying his Bledsoe, Cass county; John T. Crisp, Independence; ambitions, he determined to seek his fortune in Maurice Langhorn, Jackson county; James Hatton, New York. He reached this great metropolis with- Arcadia; Waller Young, St. Joseph; E. A. Asbury, out friends, money, or credit. He was subjected to Higginsville; Gideon Thompson, Platte county; disappointments, trials, and hardships that would William Fisher, Vernon county; K. F. Petticord. have disheartened one less resolute than himself. Marion county; O. H. P. Craton, Howell county; He was reduced to sleeping on the park benches, J. Q. Plattenburg, Lafayette county; Holly Nichand making forages on the free lunch tables for ols, Bates county; W. C. Bronaugh, Henry county. food. He carried his wardrobe on his back. Final Headquarters are established at Morgan's hotel, ly, he succeeded in securing some shelving in a cel Gennessee street, Kansas City. lar room on Church street, and made his maiden Col. H. A. Newman, Adjutant General to the essay as a merchant in New York with a stock of Missouri U. C. V., is a Tennessean, but went to goods liberally estimated as worth $65.00. A foot
A foot Missouri in 1855. He served under "Pap" Price hold gained, he commenced to mount the ladder of for a time, was afterward with his brother, Col. success. He studied the methods of business and T. W. Newman, then on staff appointment until the evolved new theories and methods. He sold for surrender at Greensboro, N. C. Col. Newman has cash only. The little den in Church street was done much for our cause in Missouri. soon exchanged for more capacious rooms on Broadway. In time, the latter gave way to still more In Remitting for the VETERAN send P. O. order ample facilities for the storage of goods and the con or stamps. The banks charge forcollecting checks.