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ment in Confederate Memorials at present existing here. This includes the Confederate Home, Davis Mansion, etc. "In addition to these, besides the great crowning monumental work in which you are so active, movements are well advanced for an Equestrian Statue of Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, and a monument to Gen. John R. Cooke."

The ex-Confederate Association of Grayson County, Texas, are preparing to erect on the public square at Sherman, a $2,500 monument to the memory of ex- Confederate soldiers.

A monument is being erected near Newport News, Va., to cost from one to two thousand dollars, to be erected by the Lee Camp of Hampton, Va., and three friends.

Newberry, S. C. : "The ladies have erected a monument to the Confederate dead from this county in the court house square. It is of marble, and costs $1,300."

Anderson, S. C.: "Our noble women have organized a Confederate Memorial Association, and are now raising funds to erect a monument in our city."

A Confederate monument has been erected at Shepardstown, Va., a marble shaft to cost about $2,500.

The people of Tipton Co. Tenn., are raising funds for county monument, and have contributed more than $50 to the Davis monument.

A movement was started for a Confederate monument at Fayetteville, Tenn., but it was abandoned on account of a disastrous cyclone which swept the town.

All honor to our good women at Knoxville, Tenn., who organized a Memorial Association in May, 1868, and struggled on persistently, year after year, until they have secured one of the most beautiful monuments in the country. The monument is a graceful, well-proportioned shaft, twelve feet square at the base and twenty-four feet high. It is surmounted with a heroic statue of a private soldier, standing at parade rest. The inscription "Commemorates the heroic courage and unshaken constancy of more than 1,000 soldiers of the South, who, in the great war between the States, 1861 to 1865, were inspired by the holiness of a patriotic and impersonal love, and in the mountain passes of Tennessee, whether stricken in the field or in hospital ward, gave ungrudgingly their lives to their country." The monument is of Tennessee gray marble, and is extremely handsome for the cost, $4,500. The unveiling was last Memorial day, May 19. Tho general address was by Senator W. B. Bate. Ex-Union soldiers co-operated in making the event a success. The daily press, Republican and Democratic, gave very eulogistic accounts of the event. Many gentlemen were helpful to the ladies in their work, one of whom was Col. F. A. Moses, a member of the Davis Monument Committee for Tennessee.

The Confederate monument in the grassy courthouse yard at Bolivar, Tenn., is very beautiful. It cost $2,700, is of marble, about thirty feet high from ground to top, urn on top, shaft draped with flag. The ornaments are cannon, tents, drums, flags, etc. Inscription on south side, " To the Confederate dead

of Hardeman County;" west, "Hardeman County erects this monument to the memory of her sons fallen in the service of the Confederate States;" east, "In hope of a joyful resurrection;" north,

"Though men deserve, they may not win success.
The brave will honor the brave, Vanquished none the less"

There is no place in Dixie where more credit is due for the Confederate cemetery and monument than Fredericksburg. The wife of Capt. J. N. Barney, of that old town, who raised $5,100 for the Confederate cemetery, with which marble headstones replaced rotting wood, and a creditable statue, of a private soldier was placed in the center. In telling of the work she said: "I received several shower baths of cold water thrown on me by doubting people, who said the South was too busy trying to make a living to attend to putting headstones to its dead soldiers, but I did not mind a word they said. First, I put a box on my hall table for the babies to drop pennies in. It was fine fun for the servants to make the little fat hands unfold for the purpose. Then the children brought me the five-cent pieces; boys and girls on their way to school would contribute their money to put tombstones to the soldiers who died to save their homes. I succeeded in stirring my poor, little battle-scarred town until I secured $250 from voluntary contributors. Then I branched off into all the States. Maj. Spurr, of Nashville, will tell you how I tormented his unfailing courtesy and patience. Simply by using my pen and bringing the matter to the hearts of the dear Southern people, I raised $5,100, and you saw the result." In conclusion, she said: "We must have that monument to Mr. Davis, and that shortly, while our generation lasts. It is due our Lost Cause that we should."

Helena, Ark., has done herself credit in local monuments. Mrs. Paralee Haskell, Secretary of the Association, writes: The main monument cost $4,500. The soldier is of fine Italian marble (through M. Muldoon & Co., of Louisville), was sculptured in Italy and cost $1,000. The monument is worthy to commemorate our heroes. It was dedicated on May 25 last, with appropriate ceremonies, the orator of the day being Col John R. Fellows, of New York. Every dollar for the monument was paid before it was dedicated. Near by stands a monument erected a year previous to the memory of Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne. It is a shaft of white marble, 25 feet in height, with the following in scription on the western side:

Major-General of C.S.A.,
Born in County of Cork, Ireland, March 17, 1824
Killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tenn.,
November, 1864.

On the north side the word "Chickamauga" and the Confederate seal, and the following words from the poem of Mrs. Virginia Frazer Boyle:

A rift of light
Revealed the horse and rider, then the scene was dim ;
But on the Inner works the death ball
Rang In Cleburne's ears a battle hymn.

On the east side was the sunburst and the legend "Franklin." On the side facing the south was the harp of Erin entwined with the shamrock, below which was the stanza, " Memory ne'er will cease to cherish deeds of glory thou hast won." After appropriately decorating the graves, Confederate and others, the spectators departed for the outgoing trains and boats, which bore away the various crowds who joined in commemorating and honoring the noble Confederate of rank and file.