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Held in Tifton, Georgia 
October 13, 14, 15, 1937 

A. J* WOMACK, Commanding General 
AUGUSTXN DALY, Adjutant General 

Printed for Benefit of Confederate Veterans 




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GEORGIA, OCTOBER 13-15, 1937. 

JUNE 1, 1937. 
General Order No. 2. 

For good reasons shown the 44-th Reunion of the Georgia Division United 
Confederate Veterans at Tifton, Georgia, will be held on October 13, 14 and 15, 
1937, instead of October 6, 7 and 8th. 

All Confederate Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy* Sons of Con- 
federate Veterans, Children of the Confederacy, The Ladies' Memorial Asso- 
ciations, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolu- 
tion, United Spanish War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American 
Legion, Disabled American Veterans of the World War, and the Auxiliaries of 
each, are cordially invited to attend this Reunion. 

Our beloved Chaplain of the Georgia Division United Confederate Veterans* 
Lt. Col. Rev. W. W, Memminger, having died since his appointment, I hereby 
appoint as Division Chaplain in the place of Rev. W. W. Memminger the Rev. 
L. F. Hanks, (S,C,V), 

By order of Major General A. J. Womack: 

Atjoustin Daly, 

Adjutant General 

Georgia Division U. C. V. 

The Forty-Fourth Annual Reunion of the Georgia Division United Con- 
federate Veterans assembled in the club rooms of the Woman's Club in Tifton, 
Georgia, at six p. in., Wednesday, October 13, 1937. There the Confederate 
Veterans and visitors were tendered a reception at which delicious refreshments 
were served. All the business sessions of the reunion were held in the spacious 
assembly hall of the Woman's Club. The club rooms were fitly decorated with 
Confederate flogs, while a profusion of flowers, rich and rare, lent fragrance as 
well as beauty to the scene. It was a colorful picture, roses nodding like beckon- 
ing hands from the other shore, answering man's longing for immortality. The 
gray clad visitors could see in each bursting bud the promise of the green fields 
of Eden, and read in each open bloom the message of the ages: "I am the resur- 
rection and the life.*' 

At 7:30 p.m. the Veterans and their friends were called to order for the first 
session of the reunion by Adjutant General Angus tin Daly, with twenty Con- 
federate Veterans present. With a look of joy and a thrill of pride heroic hearts 



made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, the Confederate Veterans took 
a delightful social voyage with "youth on the prow and pleasure at the helm," 

Adjutant Daly invited Generals J. L. Driver and J, M. Nash to the plat- 
form, both being Past Commanders of the Georgia Division. 

Adjutant Daly announced thai General A. J. Womack had suffered a serious 
accident and continued quite ill at his home in Macon, which explained his ab- 
sence from the reunion. General Womack sent the following letter of greetings 
and regrets; 

"Macon, Georgia 
October 12, 1937. 

To the Forty Fourth Reunion, Georgia Division United Confederate Veterans, 
Tifton, Georgia, October, 1937. 

My Dear Comrades: 

I was grateful beyond expression last year when I was chosen Commander 
of the Georgia Division United Confederate Veterans and hoped to have a year 
of usefulness during my term of office, but was, through ill health, unable to do 
the things I had planned for the general welfare of the Division. I did my best, 
however, under the clrcumetanoos. 

Three months ago I Inn! an accident, sustaining serious personal injury 
from which I now suffer, and have since that time been confined to my home. 
I had looked forward with a great deal of pleasure to being with my comrades at 
Tifton; that it is a great happiness to be with them I need scarcely say, and I 
have a distinct disappointment in the Doctor having advised that I cannot 
attend the Reunion. Indeed, I am considerably saddened in being denied being 
with my comrades and seeing my friends at the Reunion. 

Wishing nil of you a moat pleasant occasion, believe me with assurances of 
great respect and the highest esteem, 

Faithfully yours, 

A. J. Womack, 

Commander Georgia Division 
United Confederate Veterans. 

Dr. T. S. Clay, S. C. V,, spoke briefly on General Womack'a letter. He 
brought a tribute of respect and affection to the stricken chieftain in words so 
tender and sincere that they came like the benediction that follows after prayer. 
On Dr. Clay's suggestion the audience gave a rising vote of sympathy and a 
prayer for General Womack 's recovery. 

The invocation was pronounced by Chaplain L. F. Hanks. The moment 
was filled with pathos as the chaplain spoke rest to the dead and peace to the 



AuGuSTm Daly 
Adjutant General and Chief of Staff,, Georgia Division, U. C, V, 

living. As the good man prayed for the recovery of General Womack the silence 
sank like music on every heart, broken by a murmur of aniens from the gray 

The reading of the Convention Call was omitted by unanimous consent, 

Mrs. E. F, Southwell and Mrs. Robert Brown, accompanied by Mrs. W. A. 
Lassiter, presented a series of vocal duets; (a) Maggie; (b) Juanita; (c) Santa 
Lucia. Their dramatic voices rose und fell as a tensing audience heard "such 
strains as would have won the car of Pluto." 

The Veterans sat like rapt souls, held in holy passion, as Mrs, E. U. Holder, 
President of the Charlotte Carson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 
welcomed the silver-crested crusaders of the Confederacy. This lovely woman, 
like a fresh-blown rose washed in dew, whs another Helen and fired another 

"We love you. We are your Daughters. We shall not forget those whose 
genius and blood bought our liberty and paid the price of our freedom. We hold 
fast to those ideals of the past mid down through the ages we will keep before 
our youth the glories of our blood and State. You are our rainbow that tints 
tomorrow with prophetic ray. Your glory is the silver link that binds your 
hearts to ours. May your visit to Tifton drive the cares away, and bring spring- 
time to the heart with its harvest of a quiet age filled with memories of cheerful 
yesterdays and hopes of confident tomorrows." 

Mr. S. A. Youmans brought greetings from the city of Tifton. Under the 
spell of his tribute lo the beautiful women of Tifton, there were symptons of 
"petticoat fever" among the Veterans, and Major B. P. Leach, Tift county's 
sole surviving Veteran, slide the show. "For he on honey-dew hath fed and drunk 
the milk of Paradise." With nature's mother wit lie warned the young men 
that only the Veterans could share those "lips that looked like rosebuds filled 
with snow-" 

Miss Leatrice Foreman, violinist, accompanied by Mrs. Lassiter, presented 
a musical program which brought lo the Veterans memories of stars and flowers 
and dewey eyes and smiles, and Bhadows that melted and fell apart in founts of 
feeling. The rippling notes "I" Jingle Bells; the pensive beauty of Juanita; the 
Polly- Woddle in a lighter vein. Eternal sunshine glowed on faces wet with tears, 
and the Veterans trembled with emotion as old dreams came thronging back 
again with Auld Lang Syne* 

For the American Legion, Dr. W. L. Webb painted with a master's hand 
the picture of the return of the starved and ragged Confederate soldier to bis 
ruined and broken country. In words of beauty and pathos he told the story 
of the redeemed and rebuilt southland, the garden spot of the nation. "The 
united south of freedom and democracy is the work of your hands," said Dr. ^. 

Like echoing melodies, Mrs. J. J. Cliatt thrilled once more the lengthening 
^ chain of memory as she brought happy greetings and everlasting gratitude from 

the Tifton Music Club. 

Mr. L. E. Bowen, representing Tifton's civic clubs, was left speechless, as 
every kind of welcome had already been extended. He wittily remarked; "If 
you are so hard headed and obstinate that you don't know by this time that you 
are welcome, it is no wonder that it took ten times your number in yankecs and 
four long years to win the war." 

Dr. T, S. Clay presented Judge Augnstm Daly, Adjutant General, Georgia 
Division United Confederate Veterans, who responded in bebalf of the Veterans. 
Judge Daly's speech was a gem of Irish wit and patriotic eloquence. Himself 
an Irishman, speaking the brogue of the Auld Sod, he provoked peals of laughter 
as he described the struggle "as better than no war at all." His story of the 
Irish Boldier's description of the Battle of Bull Run was the high light of reunion 
humor. "Pat, did yon run?" "Did I run? Shure I Tun. Them that didn't run 
are there yet." 

In a more serious vein the gifted orator drew a graphic picture of the south's 
struggle for independence — the shock of battle — the starved and ragged army 
scattered by the whirlwind of war— the sword of Lee, even greater in peace than 
it had been in war. True to his Irish blood, he knelt in reverence before the pul- 
chritude of the ladies. His tribute to their beauty and charm could come only 
from one who had kissed the Blarney Stone. Whist; hush — don't tell — it's 
a state secret — the genial Irish Adjutant is worse than a humbug; he's a bachelor. 

Colonel R. L. Avary stated that the program had been perfect, the most 
beautiful that had ever been presented to the Veterans. "The color and spirit 
of the program," said Colonel Avary, "show that Tifton understands the true 
ideals of the Confederate soldier." 

The concluding feature of the evening's entertainment was a musical pa- 
geant, "The Old South," presented by the Tifton Music Club. The scene- 
music room in an old southern home— a dear old lady was the hostess — musical 
visitors — a black, mammy and her children — Shad, the colored yard boy — two 
little while children, Jackie and Opal. 

Like in some strange mysterious dream, the old soldiers dwelt in marble 
halls as a rich voice filled the club house with melody. There came thriUing recol- 
lections, old hopes, and old dreams which long in dust had lain, as the singer 
carried them back to old Virginia, and fond memory brought the light of other 
days. The pathos of the song was too much for old mammy, and her emotions 
found expression in the plaintive notes of "Nobody Knows — but Jesus." At- 
tracted by the music the children, white and black, came trooping in and mammy 
^^ led her chorus in those grand old spirituals, "Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Coming 
for to Carry Me Home", and "Steal Away to Jesus." 


Shad, the yard boy, told Jackie and Opal a thrilling story about a one-legged 
goose^ Other numbers by the chorus were Auld Lang Syne; Lovers Old Sweet 
Soug; Sally in Our Alley. As a finale, the gifted singers touched the tendereat 
chord that vibrates in the human heart with "Home Sweet Home". Little 
Jackie, who had been kept up far beyond hia usual bed time, climbed sleepily 
into his father's lap and said, "I'm pretty well fed up." But the old soldiers, 
their youth renewed under the inspiration of the hour, had just begun to frolic. 

The following committees were appointed: 


General J. L. Driver 

L. J. Hood 

M. L. Harmsen 

11- L. A VARY 


General C. C. McRae 

A. S. Perry 
Mrs. C. T. Tillman 


McWnoRTEn Milner 

C. T. Tillman 
O. R. Burroughs, Jr. 

Benediction by the chaplain. Adjournment. 

Thursday morning, 10:00 o'clock, October 14, 1937. 

Dr. T. S. Clay presiding. 

Promptly at ten o'clock the reunion was called to order by Auguslin Daly, 
Adjutant General, who requested Doctor T. S. Clay to preside during the day* 
The invocation was pronounced by Dr. F. 0. Mixon, Pastor of the First Baptist 
Church. Vocal selections, (a) "Camp Meetin* Song," (b) "Fairy Belles" were 
rendered by a chorus of lovely women, Mesdamea Mitchell, Southwell, Gaines, 
Thrasher, Golden, Banks and Brown. The music thrilled a vast and expectant 
audience and was a fitting prelude of a grand day. 

Next came the introduction of the Sponsorial Staffs, that presentation of 
grace and beauty which is always the high light of every reunion. 





In the absence of General Womack, Adjutant Daly presented the follow- 
ing ladies: 

Matron of Honor ....Mrs. W. T. Morrison, Macon 

Chaperon....... .Mns. J. H. C. Williams, Macon 

Sponsor Mrs. Oscar McKenzie, Montezuma 

Maid of Honor.... Miss Lillian Henderson, Atlanta 

Honorary Matron Mrs. J. R. Smith, Atlanta 

Honorary Sponsor Mrs. Kirby Smith Anderson, Madison 


Mrs. E. U. Holder 
Mrs, C« B. Holmes 
Mns. O. J. Woodward 
Mns. A. L. Bowden 

J, N* Mitchell 
Mrs. Joseph Kent, Sr, 
Mrs. L. W. Gaulding 


Matron for Life... Mrs, A* O. Woodward, Atlanta 

Matron for Life Mrs. Charles T. Tillman, Quitman 

Chaperon for Life..... Mrs. Ernest B. Williams, Atlanta 

\W Sponsor for Life Mrs. Anna Bryant Lane, Macon 

# * * 

General J* R< Jones of the North Georgia Brigade presented his staff as 
follows: Mrs. L. Thos. Gillen, Mrs. G. W. Hager, Mrs. J. G. McCurry, Mrs. 
C. M. Sharpe, Miss Theo Bowie, Miss Hudnut. 

General C* C, McRae of the South Georgia Brigade presented his staff as 
follows: Mrs, Charles T* Tillman, Miss Mamie Lee Yarnadoe, Miss McRae. 

Adjutant Daly announced that General A. G. Harris was unable to be present 
on account of illness. It was unanimously voted to send telegrams of sympathy 
to the following who were unable to attend on account of ill health: Generals 
Womack, Harris, Hardy, and Winter; Mrs, A. O, Woodward, Mrs, Warren 
White, Mrs. Frank Golden. 

The following telegram was received from Governor Rivers: 

"General A. J, Womack, Confederate Reunion, Tifton, Georgia, 

Officially and personally I send greetings to each of you today. Your 
valued deeds shall always be a cherished heritage. May the coming year 
be rich in blessings for you all. 

E. D. Rivers, Governor," 

Hon. C. T. Tillman received a telegram which was read to the audience 
amid shouts of congratulations. It announced the birth of a new grandson. \ 

The following message from Mrs. Warren White was received: 

"Best wishes for a successful convention. Only extreme illness pre- 
vents my being present, 

Mbs. Wauiien White, Matron of Honor 
(By Nurse V 

Dr. T. S. Clay presented Alexander Stephens Perry, who addressed the 

A musical program was presented by the same group of charming women 
who had stirred the Veterans earlier in the morning, (a) "Poor Wayfaring 
Stranger/' (b) "Spinning Song." "Music when soft voices die vibrates in the 
memory," and the grizzled Veterans wept as the golden voice of song led the 
"Poor Wayfaring Stranger 1 ' into the shadow of a great rock in a weary land, 

Mrs. Johnson presented Major Robinson of the State Park Commission, 
who spoke briefly, outlining I lie plans for the development of the Jefferson 
Davis State Park near Irwinvilln. 

Dr. T. S. Clay made a thrilling speech on Confederate pensions. With 
rapier thrusts and burning invivJivu lm stirred his hearers profoundly. There 
were pathos and eloquence in his words as he declared that the Confederate 
pension is an honorarium and not a charity. He seared and blistered those who 
would make a mockery of Confederate valor by placing the Veterans on the 
Federal relief rolls. 

After a benediction by the chaplain the session adjourned to re-assemble 
at a huge warehouse where the Veterans and guests were served a bountiful 
barbecue dinner by the Tift County Commissioners. 

Thursday afternoon, 2:00 p.m., October 14, 1937. 

Dr. T. S. Clay presiding. 

Promptly at 2 p.m. the assembly was called to order by Dr. T. S. Clay 
and the invocation was given by Rev. M. P* Webb, Pastor of the First Methodist 

Dr. W.R., Dancy and Miss Phoebe Elliot were presented as distinguished 
visitors. Mrs. C. T. Tillman, 1st Vice-President, Georgia Division United 
Daughters of the Confederacy, was invited to the platform. This lovely daughter 
of the southland brought a greeting to the Veterans in words tender and appeal- 
ing. Her face glowed with love and reverence for the old soldiers, as from the £ j 
abundance of her heart she brought a message that will long be remembered. 


Mrs. Grace E, Meredith of Amarillo, Texas, was presented. She was greeted 
with shouts when it was discovered that she had been the official hostess for the 
Amarillo reunion and had a part in the royal entertainment that the Georgia 
Veterans had received on that occasion. Other distinguished guests who were 
presented were Mrs. T* K. Hall, wife of the Commander of the Florida Division 
United Confederate Veterans, and Mrs. W. R. Dancy. 

Hon. L. Thos. (Pat) Gillen, representing Governor Rivers and the Con- 
federate Division of the State Department of Public Welfare, was presented. 

Mr, Gillen's evident sincerity and the frankness with which he discussed 
the problems of the Veterans' pensions showed his friendliness. 

Cheers of approval greeted his tribute to the ability and fidelity of Miss 
Lillian Henderson in the Confederate Records Department. 

He stated that whatever grievance the Veterans may have had in the past 
as to the payment of pensions there was no further grounds for complaint, as 
the offending order had been revoked, and that in the future all Veterans would 
be paid their pensions by the Ordinaries and exclusively from State funds in 
exactly the same manner as heretofore, without any hint of Federal relief. A 
burst of applause followed this statement, showing the interest and the approval 
of his hearers. 

He showed the difficulties that his department encountered, due to the fact 
that so many of the Georgia Confederate records are in Washington, having been 
seized by Sherman when he captured Milledgeville. He urged the Veterans to 
ask the Georgia delegation in Congress to use their influence to have these records 
returned to Georgia. In regard to the payment of future pensions he favored an 
increase to fifty dollars per month and pledged his assistance if such a bill were 
introduced in the legislature. He pledged his support to any resolution that the 
Veterans might adopt. 

Mr. Gillen's speech made a profound Impression on the Veterans and their 
friends present. His words were earnestly spoken and happily received. He 
convinced them that their interests would be protected at all hazards and that 
the present State administration holds them in reverence and admiration. 

At 3. p. m. the Veterans and their visitors formed a motorcade of nearly 
one hundred cars, gaily decorated with Confederate flags, and made the first 
public pilgrimage to Jefferson Davis State Park near Irwinville* where they 
were met by delegations from Fitzgerald, Ocilla, Abbeville and Ashburn. A 
heroic bronze bust of Jefferson Davis, surmounting a broad base of Georgia 
marble, marks the spot where Jefferson Davis entered upon his martyrdom, a 
fitting shrine for Dixie's buried hopes. The Ocilla brass band furnished ap- 
propriate music for the occasion. 

Giant trees tower above and beyond the monument and the sunshine spilled 
through like bright drops of summer rain. As these majestic trees nodded sagely 



and whispered their age old secrets, heralds of all the ancient history of the south, 
they seemed to say that Jefferson Davis breasted a storm of calumny from every 
quarter and stood forth as unsullied as a god. No public man was over subjected 
to sterner ordeals of character and a closer scrutiny of conduct- Whatever 
record leaped to light his home could not be shamed and accusing tongues were 

"IjOt his great, example stand 

Colossal, seen in every land," 

Mrs. Johnson, whose genius is creating Jefferson Davis State Park, pre- 
sented Mrs. J. C. Duke, OcilLa, Mrs. Alex Story, Ashbum, Miss Irene McLeod t 
Abbeville, each of whom brought greetings lo the Veterans. 

The moat impresHive feature of the program was when Mrs. E. U. Holder, 
President of the Churlotte Carson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy 
of Tifton, placed a wreath upon the base of the monument. One stood muled by 
the sheer beauty of the scene. It woke a hundred wells of feelings in the soul. 
Voices spoke In emerald silences that drowned men's babbling trivialities and 
brought a calm so deep and holy that it stifled every thought that springs from 
out the bitterness of things. It freed the mind from all the fuming vanities of 
earth and cleansed the suul of all meditative spleen. 

After further music by the band, including Dixie of course, the motorcade, 
now grown to huge proportions, moved on to Fitzgerald where the visitors were 
tendered a band concert and a reception at the Lee-Grant Hotel. 

As the Veterans rode buck to Tifton in the twilight an ancient spell seemed 
to drift on the breezes that sifted through the trees. Great thoughts, great 
feelings must have come over them like instinct. What a pity that their emo- 
tions could not be preserved for posterity. 

8:30 |>, m. Grand Ball- 

At 8:30 in the evening the Veterans were the guests of Tift County Post 
No. 21, American Legion and their Auxiliary at a grand ball in the Legion's 
new club house. "On with the dunce, let joy he uncon fitted." The Veterans' 
definition of a cavalier is one who knows a pretty woman when he sees her. 
With knightly courtesy and courtly manners these gay cavaliers danced with 
the abandon of youths and heaven help the young man who tried to "break in." 
A good time was had by all but the cup of happiness overflowed for the gallant 
Veterans who frolicked until nearly dawn and showed up next morning as fresh 
as daisies. What men they must have been at Gettysburg! 

Friday morning, 10:00 o'clock, October 15, 1937, 

Judge Augustin Daly presiding. 

Promptly at ten o'clock the assembly was colled to order and the invocation 
was pronounced by Rev. Freeman Parker, Paator of the Presbyterian Church. 


University of Texa.< 



L. Thou. "Pat" Gillen, director of the Confederate Division of the State 
of Georgia, shown unfurling the FlHg of the Confederacy, which he donated, 
for the first time. Pat, who originated the idea, is seen hoisting the historic 
Stars and Bars from a window in his department in the Georgia sLate capi- 
tal — the first lime since the close of the War Between the Slates. 




A vocal duet, "Love in a Garden/' by Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Thrasher pleased 
the Veterans immensely, oh they settled down for the final session of the reunion. 

General A. G. Harris wuh a late arrival, and the gallant Veteran received a 
great ovation as he was escorted to the platform. 

Hon, C. T\ Tillman made « vigorous speech on the Confederate pensions, 
quoting from a letter written by State Auditor Tom Wisdom. Mr. Tillman in- 
sisted that the Slate of Georgia can and must provide the funds for Confederate 
pensions, and showed by Mr. Wisdom's figures that the State has ample funds 
from the cigarette tax, not only to pay the present pensions but to increase the 
pensions to fifty dollars per month and then have a large surplus left. He showed 
that Florida is now paying Confederate Veterans a pension of $50 per month and 
made a strong plea for similar action in Georgia. At the conclusion of Mr. 
Tillman's remarks a motion wan unanimously adopted to request Governor 
Rivers to give his indorsement to a bill increasing the pensions of Confederate 
Veterans and their widows as of marriage prior to 1881, to fifty dollars per month, 
the same to be pant exclusively from State funds, and that this matter be included 
in the call for the extra session of the legislature. 

Mrs. Harry Craig of Augusta Chapter A, United Daughters of the Confed- 
eracy, stated that she had sponsored a movement to pay fifty dollars per month 
pension to Veterans only and that it had been indorsed by Chapter A, in Augusta, 
and had been placet! in the hands of Hon. Roy Harris, Speaker of the House, 
but that nothing further hail v.vvr been heard of the measure. 

It was unanimously agreed to bring this matter of increasing the Veterans 
pensions to fifty dollars per month to the personal attention of Governor Rivers 
and urge him to include the same in his call for the special session of the 

Dr. T* S. Clay road a resolution prepared by him in regard to pensions. This 
resolution was referred to the Committee on Resolutions and is included in their 

Adjutant General Daly road his finance report which had been approved 
by the audit committee. On motion of General Driver the report was adopted, 






OCTOBER 13, 1937: 

Report of Adjutant General, Georgia Division, U. C. V, 


Amount received from Miss Lillian Henderson, Adjutant General 

Georgia Division, February 3, 1937 $31 . 55 

July 23, 1937, Confederate Veteran Association Camp No. 756, U. C. V. 1.00 

Sept. 24, 1937, Camp Walker No. 925, Atlanta 1 . 00 

Sept. 24, 1937, Confederate Association Camp, No. 435 1 . 00 

Oct. 7, 1937, Camp Evan P. Howell, No. 1825, Atlanta 2.00 

Oct. 9, 1937, Camp Sloan- Peebles, No. 1796, McDonough 1.00 

Oct. 12, 1937, Camp Robert A. Smith, No. 484, Macon 1.20 

Oct. 13, 1937, Camp Atlanta No. 159 2 . 00 

Oct. 13, 1937, Camp Tige Anderson No. 1455, Atlanta 1.60 

Oct. 13, 1937, Camp J, G + McCall No. 1783 1 .00 



March, 1937 Letterheads and stationery for Division Headquarters, 

including printed copies of Staff $13 . 00 

Postage 1 , 50 

Stenographer , , 2 . 00 

May, 1937 Postage 75 

June 26, 1937 Long Distance to Tif ton ( Mr. Lewis) 1 . 00 

July 30,1937 Postage 10 

Sept. 21, 1937 Postage 1.00 

Sept. 30, 1937 Long Distance to Tifton hy Adjutant to Mrs, E. U, 

Holder of Reunion Committee * * 2.80 

Oct. U, 1937 Postage 1.00 

Oct. 12, 1937 Stenographic work 2 , 00 

Oct. 15, 1937 Telegrams sent per instructions of Reunion . . . , * 1 .00 


Total Receipts 43.35 

Disbursements 26. 15 


C. T. Tillman 

O. B. Burroughs, Jr. Balance on Hand, 

McWiiorteh Milner Oct. I5 t 1937 $17.20 

Committee on Audit. 

It appears in the financial report of the Adjutant General of the Georgia 
Division, October 9, 1936, a balance on hand of $63.55. Subsequent to the filing 


of the report of the Adjutant General the expense incurred in printing the min- 
utes of the 1936 Reunion $32.00 was paid by Miss Henderson, the Adjutant Gen- 
eral, and the balance* $31.55, Miss Henderson turned over to Augustin Daly, 
her successor. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Augustin Daly 

This 13th day of October, 1937, 

Adjutant General, Georgia Division, 
U. C. V, 

Financial statement prepared from letter of Hon. Tom Wisdom, State 
Auditor, dated Atlanta, Georgia, October 4, 1937. 

Gross cigar and cigarette taxes paid 

from July I, 1937 to October 4,1937 $ 611,376.31 

Average monthly receipt 
Less collection expense . . , 


Net per one month for pensions . .$ 192,000.00 

Veterans on roll, 10/4/37—236 at $30 , $ 7 t 080.00 

Widows on rolls, 10/4/37—1395 at $30 41,850.00 

Widows to be added (estimated 1,500) at $30 45,000.00 

Total to be paid out for pensions $ 93,930.00 

With revenues per month of $192,000.00 and disbursements for pensions 
as per above of $93,9:10.00 there remains a balance of $98,070.00 to be turned 
into the State's general fund. In other words, the stale is now receiving from 
the cigar and cigarette tux twice as much money as is needed to pay all veterans 
and widows, including the fiflcen hundred new widows recently added to the 
pension rolls. 

Should $20.00 per month additional be paid to 236 Confed- 
erate veterans, the amount needed is $ 4,720.00 

$20.00 per month to widows as of marriage prior to 1081, 1395 
widows now on rolls . . , . , 27>900.00 

In other words, after paying all Confederate Veterans fifty dollars per 
month and paying all widows as of marriage prior to 188 L fifty dollars per month, 
and paying the new widows recently added to the rolls at the rate of thirty dol- 
lars per month, there would still be left in the General Fund of the state each 
month the sum of $ 65,450.00 

This surplus to he returned into the General Fund each month would steadily 
increase each month due to the death of veterans and widows. 



General J. L. Driver presented the report of the Resolutions Committee 
as follows: 

(1) Be it resolved by the Georgia Division United Confederate Veterans, 
today assembled in convention at Tifton, Georgia, that we tender our sincere 
thanks and voice our appreciation to the Mayor and City of Tifton for the at- 
tention and courtesies shown the Veterans now in their fair city, and that we 
also thank the Daughters of the Confederacy, the Music Club, the Woman's 
Club and other organizations for their many acts of kindness and for courtesies 
shown us. We are delighted to include in our resolutions of thanks the County 
Commissioners, the American Legion, the civic clubs and the Boy Scouts for 
their unfailing help and close attention to our comfort and safety. Especially 
do we return most grateful thanks to the general committee of loyal and lovely 
women, of which Mrs. Joseph Kent, Sr. T was chairman, for the very able and 
complete service that this committee rendered in entertainment, automobiles, 
badges, decorations, music, pages, flowers, and all those other reunion details 
which has made our visit to Tifton so delightful. Every event of our reunion 
was perfectly arranged and from the depths of grateful hearts we return most 
sincere thanks. 

(2) Be it further resolved: That we convey to our beloved Commander, 
General A. J. Womack, our sincere regrets that he is unable to be present to pre- 
side at this Convention and to assure him of our continued love and high esteem, 
and to wish for him an early return to his usual good health. We also hear 
with regret of the illness of our esteemed friend and Daughter of the Confederacy, 
Mrs. A. O. Woodward, who for many years has been a factor in the success of 
our reunions. We wish to assure her of our continued love and esteem and to 
wish her an early return to her accustomed health and activities. 

Upon the above resolution being read there was the announcement from 
the floor of the illness of General J. P. Hardy, General A. H. Winter, Mrs. War- 
ren White and Mrs. Frank Golden, 

A motion was made and unanimously passed to include them in the above 
resolutions and that a telegram of love and sympathy should be sent to each 
of them, which was done. 

(3) Be it further resolved: That we accept the invitation of the Governor 
of Pennsylvania to be present at the Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg 
on the 26th day of June, 1938, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the Confed- 
erate Veterans be allowed to carry their flags in parade on that occasion. 

(4) Be it further resolved: That we are deeply and lastingly grateful to 
the private homes in Tifton, which have been so generously and unselfishly 
thrown open for the comfort and entertainment of the Veterans and visitors 
during their stay here. 


( n ) To the press we desire bo express our sincere thanks for liberally giving 
ipiM through their columns endorsing - and encouraging this glorious reunion, 

O) And Insl, but not least, we congratulate the City of Tifton for its beau- 
liiul women who ho graciously adorn its streets and homes. 

Respectfully submitted by your committee: 
General J. L. Driver, Chairman 
M. L. Harm sen 
L. J. Hood 
Robert Lee Avary. 

The resolution on Confederate pensions as offered by Dr. T. S. Clay having 
Ihvu adopted by tin: committee and included in their report, all of the n:solu- 
tioiiH were unanimously adopted. 

Resolution on Confederate pensions as offered by Dr. T. S. Clay. Unani- 
mously adopted by the Reunion. 

t * * 

To the Governor of Georgia: ■ 

Whereas much difficulty has been experienced of late in the handling and 
management of the pensions granted, by this great State to the Veterans of the 
Confederacy and their widows as of marriage prior to 1881, and, 

Whereas, further extension of this pension was granted by the last meet- 
ing of the General Assembly wheTeby the marriage date for Confederate widows 
was extended to 1920, which will require a further enabling act to provide these 
funds, and 

Whereas, it has been proposed to place those who are eligible on the Federal 
Welfare Social Rolls, causing much dissatisfaction and unhappiness to all of the 
Confederate bodies, whose pension is an honorarium for past valued services 
rendered our State in the time of her need, and not a relief and charity: 

Be it resolved, That we endorse the recent action of the United Daughters 
uf the < onfi (Irnicy in requesting that a separate department be maintained for 
tlie handling of all Confederate matters. 

And bo it further resolved, that as the present number of the Confederate 
Veterans and their widows of marriage date prior to 3881, the real widows of 
tin- Confederacy, is not excessive and their days with us are rapidly passing, 
soon to In- seen no more, 

Hi- It resolved that the status of these shall remain as heretofore, free and 
Independent of »ny other measure, as a pension or honorarium maintained en- 
tirely from the resources of this State, and not amalgamated with or in any way 
depondont upon any Federal contingencies. 

Bfl il further resolved that in the consideration of any enabling act, which 
we aie informed will he necessary to provide for the payment of those widows 



included in the extension act of marriage 1SB1 to 1920, this considering and 
enabling act shall include only for transfer to the Federal Welfare Rolls, those 
of this extension measure who may be eligible and shall not include Veterans or 
their widows of marriage prior to 188l t which latter class shall be continued as 
before, provided by the cigarette tax, and that these shall he included in the call 
for special meeting of the General Assembly. 

General Driver read the report of the Committee on Resolutions. By un- 
animous consent Dr. Clay's resolution was added to the committee's report, 

Dr. Dancy offered from the floor a resolution in regard to the Manassas 
Battlefield Commission. This provoked considerable discussion and some 
acrimony. Dr. Dancy withdrew his resolution. 

The report of the Committee on Resolutions was unanimously adopted. 

General J. R* Jones nominated General A. G. Harris of McDonough as 
Commander of the Georgia Division for the ensuing year. This was seconded 
by General Driver and General Harris was unanimously elected. By unanimous 
vote of the Veterans, Judge Augustin Daly was elected permanent Adjutant 
General, which he first declined and then accepted temporarily with appre- 

Division commanders for the coming year were elected as follows: 

West Georgia Brigade — Hiram Vanzant, Macon 

East Georgia Brigade — J. L. Wheeless, Washington 

North Georgia Brigade — -JVf . Y, Griggs, Atlanta 

South Georgia Brigade — C. C McRae, Quitman 

At this time lunch was served in the club dining room to those Veterans 
who were to leave on the early afternoon train. The others remained in the hall 
where a memorial service was held for the Veterans who had departed since the 
last reunion. Colonel R. L, Avary and Chaplain Hanks were in charge of this 
service. There are 236 living Veterans in the State as of October 1, 1937. Twenty 
two were present at the reunion. 

Your committee on Necrology submits the following report: 

According to the report of State Auditor Tom Wisdom there are 236 Confed- 
erate Veterans and 1395 Confederate widows on the pension rolls as of October 
1, 1937. 

Between October 1, 1936, and October 1, 1937, the following Confederate 
Veterans have died in Georgia: 

Alex. W- Allen 
Dr. Arch Avaby 
S. M. Ayers 
J. H. Brooks 
A. 0. Bennett* Sr. 

Jacob Beck worth 
H. F. Birdsonc 
R. F. Burch, Sn, 
S. F. Bagwell 
E. D. Baldwin 



Isaac Chandler 
J. W. Carder 
J. F. Cooper 
James M. Collins 

J. H. Cantrell 

P. II. Ham 

J. A. Owens 



Gen. H. G. Vanzant G. W, Waldrop 

J. D. Child s 

G, W. Hightower 


Gen. J. L. Wheeless B. F. Williams 

S. G. Childs 

C. K. Henderson 

J. Parker 

After a musical selection by Mrs. B. L. Southwell the benediction was pro- 

W. McV. Cameron 

L. L. Howell 

James W. Pinkney 

nounced by Rev. A. S. Ulm, Chaplain, Georgia Division Sons of Confederate 

Henry Crawford 

H. C. Jennings 

C. C. Pope 


Tnos. U. DoBBg 

J. II. Jackson 

Lee Pope 

John E. Dye 

G. A. Johnson 

James K. Polk 

The Forty-Fourth annual reunion of the Georgia Division United Confed- 

J. D. Dowling 


J. C. QuiNN 

erate Veterans was ended, and the gallant twenty-two Veterans turned their 

R. B. Davis 


Samuel Register 

faces homeward. As long as one of these old heroes shall remain, let us in knightly 

J. M. Daniel 

T, R, Kendall 

John M. Richardson 

reverence, place a strong and loving arm about him as he totters onward in his 

John W. Dyer 

L. E. Lastinger 

J. E. Reid 

last long march, ere he goes hence to join the Grand Reunion of the Gray in the 

J. T. Duffy 

J. T. Lassiter 

B. W. Roberts 

Gity not made with hands eternal in Lhe heavens* 

J. E. Dickenson 

Frank S. Loftin 

E. W. Reeves 

Henry Edgar 


T. W. Rigsby 

"Their foes had found enchanted ground 

Z. T. Estef 

L. E. Lassiter 

Jostah M. Reese 

But not a Knight asleep." 

John W. Green 

J.J. Giles 

J. Frank Hodges 

Tom Munjiy 
J. G. Morris 
C. W. Mathews 

R. Van Smith 
G. A. Seymour 
Jesse Taylor 

After adjournment a delightful luncheon was served to the Veterans and 
their friends in the Woman's Club House by the men's civic clubs of Tifton. 


H. B. Meadors 

J. G. Tolleson 

A. S. Perry 

H. I. Harvey 

S. J. Mitchell 

J, Ben Thornton 


B. J. IIuggins 

T. J. Marchman 

J. W. Taylor 

B. F. Hilderrand 
Thos. J. Howard 

W. M. Massey 
M. 0. MgMullen 

J. E. Travis 
N. W\ Tate 



M. K. Hudlow 

J. G. McElroy 

Geo. W. Williamson 

W. K. Hawk 

T. C. McBride 

John A. Williford 

Macon, Georgia. 

J. C. Hereon 

Z. T. McKee 

Edward Wadsworth 

July 22, 1937. 

James IIxjllender 

John W. McGuffey 

John W. Willingham 

W. B. Huie 

S. C, McBride 

T. M, Wood 

E. R. Hamilton 

J. B. Nicholson 

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By virtue of the authority of my office as Commander Georgia Division 


General C. G. McRae, Chairman 

MrQ PlTAH T 1 Ttfthiiv 

United Confederate Veterans, General G. C. McRae of Quitman is here- 
by appointed Commander of South Georgia Brigade with rank of Brigadier 

A. S. Perry 
Committee c 


General, succeeding Brigadier General John Calhoun Herron, deceased, and will 

n Necrology 

be respected and obeyed as such. 

A. J. Womack 

The following veterans were present at the reunion: 

Major General, 

Wm. J. Bush 

Gen, M, Y. 


Commanding Georgia Division U, C. V. 

Theo Babr 

Gen. A. G. Harris 

J. G. Braswell 

Gen. J. R. Jones 

Augtjstin Daly 

W,H. Culpepper 

H. J. KlGHT 

Adjutant General and Chief of Staff. 

J. C. Dodgen 

Major-B. P 


Gen. J. L. Driver 

Gen, C. C. McRae 

A. W. Dobn 

J. C. MuLLINlX. 



F. S. Drewhy 

Gen. J. M. Nash 

Tuck Edmundson 

A. B. Ramsey 





The Honorable Alexander Stevens Perry, S. C- V. Historian General, 
GEORGIA DIVISION, U. C. V. graciously acted as secretary at the sessions 
of the reunion at Tifton, Georgia, October 13, 14 and 15, 1937, and took and 
prepared the minutes thereof in a splendid manner, which will appear from read- 
ing them. 

The reunion on its second day had a real pleasure and rare treat, in listen- 
ing to an address by Colonel Perry, Historian General of the Division, being 
introduced by Doctor T. S. Clay, S. G. V. Doctor Clay properly praised Colonel 
Perry for his unswerving loyalty, uniform kindness and indefatigable efforts at 
all times, on behalf of tin; Confederate Veterans. 

The address of Colonel Perry, breathed the true spirit of the glories of the 
Old South and Southern ideals, and hia beautiful tribute to the Confederate 
Soldier was u literary gem of wonderful felicity of diction and graceful eloquence, 
which elicited the admiration of everyone. 

I feel constrained to make this reference to Colonel Perry, as his innate 
modesty precluded hut saying anything in the minutes about his speech, except 
that he made one. He was by unanimous action thanked for taking and pre- 
paring the minutes and for the eloquent address he delivered. 

Augustin Daly, 5. C. V. 
Adjutant General & Chief of Staff .* 
United Confederate Veterans. 




Meeting called to order by Commander Oswell R. Eve, Georgia Division 
Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

Invocation by Rev. A. S, Ulna, Chaplain, Georgia Division, S. C. V. 

The order calling Convention was read by the Adjutant and is attached 
marked Exhibit "A." 

Cordial greetings were extended by Mrs. E. U, Holder, President, Charlotte 
Carson Chapter, U. D. C, and Honorable S. A. Youmans, City Manager of Tifton. 

The response to greetings was made by Past Commander-in-chief, S. C. V., 
Dr. Wm. R. Dancy, Surgeon, Georgia Division, S. C.V., in his inimitable and 
pleasing manner. 

One of the most attractive and interesting features of the Convention was 
the presentation by the Commander of the Sponsors in attendance, as follows; 
Mrs. Wm. R. Dancy, Sponsor on the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief, S. C. V., 
Mrs. Oscar McKenzie, Matron of Honor, Mrs, Harry Craig, Chaperon and Mrs. 
Charles T. Tillman, Sponsor, on the Stuff of the Commander. Mrs. James N. 
ylr Robinson, Matron of Honor and Mrs. Gordon W. Chambers, Chaperon, on the 
Staff of the Commander of the 5th Brigade. Mrs. 0. B. Burroughs, Jr., Matron 
of Honor and Miss Marion Dearing Schley, Maid of Honor, on the Staff of the 
George Washington Rains Camp, Augusta, Ga. 

A moat interesting and instructive address was made by Honorable Mc- 
Whorler Milncr, Commander, Amiy-Tennessee Dept., S* C. V.,on "Citizenship 
inherited by the Sons and Daughters of the South from their Confederate An- 
cestors," which reflected a great deal of research and thought. The Commander 
of the Georgia Division expressed the hope that this address would be put in 
proper form for distribution to the citizens of Georgia. 

A Credential Committee composed of Mr. James Gardner, Commander, 
5th Brigade and Commander George Washington Rains Camp, Augusta, and 
Rev. A, S. Ulm, Chaplain, was appointed by the Commander, who reported 
that there were 19 sons present and 5 camps represented. 

The Commander appointed a Resolution Committee including Dr. Wm. R. 
Dancy, Surgeon, Ga., Division, and Mr. Chas. W. West, Commander, John 
B. Gordon Camp, Atlanta. 

Commander Eve made a very interesting but short address in which he 
requested that a Committee of five be appointed to assist him in perfecting 
the organization and carrying on the work, 


The following resolutions were presented, motion made to adopt, were 

seconded and adopted: 



Whereas, the general organization at its convention in Shreveport, La., 
authorized the transfer of ita Manassas Battlefield property to the U, S. Parks 
Commission, by a deed with conditions subject to the approval of the Manassas 
Foundation and the executive board of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

And whereas t the first, deed, with conditions properly approved by the Sons 
of Confederate Veterans, was declined by the federal park commission, and 
whereas a second deed has been presented, subject to the approval of the Man- 
assas Foundation and the executive committee. 

Whereas, it is understood this second deed transfers the property to the 
government in fee simple, that is with the entire surrender of all interest of the 
Sons of Confederate Veterans without, condition. 

Whereas, such an approval of transfer by the S. C* V,, surrenders one of the 
greatest incentives of our organization, places our property in the hands of the 
government for marking, for which wc cannot expect full representation for 
Confederate soldiers 1 deeds of heroism and a correct story of the battle from 
our viewpoint, and ts contrary to the general sentiment expressed throughout 
all Confederate orgiuii/ntious. 

Whereas, funds w«e contributed to its purchase with the distinct under- lj§ 
standing that it would always remain the property of Sons of Confederate Vet- 

Whereas, tin* Sous of Confederate Veterans are evenly divided as to the 
advisability of the transfer and such a transfer would more deeply dull the in- 
terest in our organization than to leave the matter as it is. 

Whereas, the Soon of Confederate Veterans would receive lews criticism 
by declining to support the tnmsfer and would by so declining place the res- 
ponsibilily of transfer, if il occurs, entirely on the hoard of trustees. 

Be it resolved, that lh« Souk of Confederate Veterans express their un- 
qualified disapproval of the Nuid transfer and urge the Commander-in-Chief 
and executive council to give the matter their earnest consideration and dis- 
approve such an net. 


Whereas* the burden of worh is great for the Commander of the Georgia 
Division, S* C. V., and is often too extensive for him to carry on alone: 

Be it resolved that he be authorized to appoint a committee, known a3 an 
executive committee, to advise with him and aid him with his work. 



Your resolution committee desires that the Georgia Division S. C. V., express 
their warm appreciation for the many acts of kindness shown to it and to the 
tL C, V. these past few days. 

Particularly do we appreciate those who planned our meeting, many of 
whom have taken the central parts of domestic duties, acting aa guide, and in 
numerous ways have shown such sweet cordiality to every one of us. We do 
indeed especially wish to recognize the self-sacrificing spirit and generosity of 
the IL D, C + , the American Legion, the Men's and Women's Clubs, the City 
Government, the Boys Scouts, the D. A. R., the Fitzgerald U. D. C-, and Legion, 
the Press and any others whom we may not have mentioned. 

Wm. R. Dancy and Chas. W. West, 
Committee on Resolutions. 

The following Resolution of the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association was 
presented by Honorable McWhorter Milner, seconded by Mr. James Gardner, 
and adopted: 

"Whereas the grant of pensions to Confederate Veterans and their widows 
ttjQ by the State of Georgia and other Southern States, has been on the principle 
of obligation for services rendered, and for exposure of life* health, and property 
in behalf of a cause for which they fought, and 

Whereas such pensions have never been granted as alms or charity, and 
such pensions have been regarded as badges of honor and as evidences of ap- 
preciation of the valor and sacrifice of the soldiers of the South, and 

Whereas it is now undertaken to put Southern soldiers and their widows 
in the class of those who are receiving donations of a charitable character, and 

Whereas the pensions for Confederate veterans and their widows have 
been manHged heretofore by those who were in sympathy with the sentiments 
of the South, and 

Whereas it is now attempted to place in charge of the distribution of these 
pensions officials from distant states, whose feelings are not in accord with those 
of the people of the South; 

Therefore be it resolved by The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association that 
we request the State Authorities to conduct the Administration of the Pension 
Department in the manner and spirit heretofore recognized as appropriate in 
dealing with the Southern Pensioners of the Wur Between the States, and that 
_A no direction shall be given that will humiliate these worthy recipients of the 
pensions by placing them in an indigent class. 


/ 1 d be it further resolved that we endorse the resolutions adopted at a 
joint meeting of the Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confeder« {# 
acy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association 
held Tuesday, September 21, 1937 at the Atlanta Chapter House, U. D. C." 

* * * 

Honorable Charles T. Tillman of Quitman, Ga., nominated Judge Oswell 
R. Eve for reelection aw Commander. This motion was seconded by Dr. Dancy 
who moved that nominations be closed, which carried and Commander Eve 
was re-elected unanimously. 

The Convention requested Commander Eve to make the appointment of 
all subordinate officers at his leisure. 

There being no further business the Convention on motion duly seconded, 
adjourned to meet again at. ti plum and time to be selected. 

0. B. Burroughs, Jn. 





General OnnEiis No. 7, 

September I, 1937, 


1. The CiunpM mill Brigades of the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate 
Veterans, arc hereby officially notified that the Annual Convention of the Sons 
of Confederate Veterans will he held at Tifton, Georgia, October 13, 14 and 15, 
1937, when the United Confederate Veterans hold their Forty-fourth Annual 

2. Camps are requested to elect delegates to the Convention immediately. 
A Camp is entitled to one delegate and one alternate for each ten members, and 
one delegate and one nU-ermite for each additional ten members or major frac- 
tion thereof; provided that no Camp be entitled to less than two delegates. 
Delegates will register at Division Headquarters upon their arrival at Tifton. 

3. Brigade and Cuinp Coninnmders are requested to appoint their "Of- 
ficial Ladies" (Matron, Chaperon, Sponsor and three Maids of Honor) immed- 
iately in order that they will have time to make their arrangements for the Con- 
vention. All "Official Ladies" are requested to register at Headquarters of the 
Georgia Division Sons Confederal.)! Veterans, as soon as possible upon their 
arrival at Tifton. 


4 . 

4. It is the earnest desire of your Commander that this Convention be the 
most successful in the history of the Organization. Matters of great importance 
will come before the meeting, and all Sons are urged to be present and take part 
in the business which will come before the Convention. All Camps should elect 
delegates at once. 

5. The Camp and Brigade Commanders are expected to cooperate with 
Headquarters in giving publicity to this order, and all Camp Commanders are 
urged to iiave same read at a meeting of their Camps. 

6. All parties concerned will acknowledge this order. 

By order of 


Oswell R* Eve 
Commander, Georgia Division, 

0. B. BunnouGHS, Jr. 

Adjutant and Chief of Stuff,