Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Staunton, Virginia's Grand Camp Reunion 1900-- Part 1

From the Sept. 28, 2012, Staunton (Va) News- Leader "Staunton hosted Grand Camp reunion in 1900" by Charles Culbertson.

I'm always interested in reading about the post-war 19th century United States, particularly in regards to Civil War items.

An estimated 7,000 attended the October 1900 Virginia Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans.  I'd never heard of this Grand Camp in Virginia.  The only one who probably didn't have a really good time was Confederate General Thomas L. Rosser (whose cavalry surrendered to Union forces in Staunton in May 1865) who got into a dispute with the Grand Camp's governing body during the meeting at Columbian Hall and walked out in a huff after opposing a clause that urged the disbanding of inert chapters and reorganizing new ones in the same territory.

Everyone else seemed to have a really good time "eating, drinking, reminiscing and listening to speeches and concerts."  A highlight was a sham battle on Sears Hill.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

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