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92 Southern Historical Society Papers.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS.
An Address deliverd before the Confederate Survivors' Association in Augusta, Georgia, on the occasion of its Thirteenth Annual Reunion on Memorial Day, April 27, 1891.
BY COL. CHARLES C. JONES, JR., LL. D. PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION.
The 27th of April having been set apart by the Confederate Survivor's Association of Augusta for a Reunion in honor of Lieutenant-General Wade Hampton and the members of his "Old Brigade," and an elaborate programme having been arranged which included an oration from that distinguished Confederate chieftain, a collation for more than twelve hundred, responses from prominent officers and invited guests to sentiments appropriate to the memorial occasion, and other ceremonies, the President of this Association, in deference to the unusual attractions of the day, curtailed his annual address of its customary proportions.
Ten times since our last annual convocation has Death's pale flag been advanced within the lists of our Association, and as often has some member responded to the inexorable summons of the "fell sergeant" who bore it.Henry Cranston, major and commissary of subsistence, died on the 6th of last May. On the i8th of the following August, D. B. Gillison, private in the Third company of Goodwin's brigade, South Carolina State troops, was borne to our Confederate section in the city cemetery. There, nine days afterwards, we laid our battle-scarred companion, A. M. White, private in Company G, Tenth regiment Georgia infantry, Bryan's brigade, McLaw's division, Long-