Surviving Confederate Veterans

Surviving Confederate Veterans of the American Civil War in Jacksonville, Florida, USA
P: Mackey and Coutant Film Co. USA 1914
(Sound added)

Documentary footage showing the veterans meeting in Jacksonville, May 6-8, 1914

“Excerpt of original. Film was produced with titles and shows meeting of 40,000 Confederate war veterans in Jacksonville. They dance to fiddle music, with many cars, horses, bands, and flags. They are shown dining together in a mess tent. An electric street car goes by during section titled ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans Parade,’ a third of the way into the film. An African-American loyal to the Confederacy is shown, as well as ‘youngest vet.’ Produced by Mackey and Coutant Film Co.; sponsored by Florida Commercial Sound Films of Jacksonville.”

“The United Confederate Veterans was an association formed in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 10, 1889, by veterans of the Confederate States Army and Navy. There had been numerous local veterans associations in the South, and many of these became part of the UCV. The organization grew rapidly throughout the 1890s culminating with 1,555 camps represented at the 1898 reunion. The next few years marked the zenith of UCV membership, lasting until 1903 or 1904, when veterans were starting to die off and the organization went into a gradual decline. (…) The national organization assembled annually in a general convention and social reunion, presided over by the Commander-in-Chief. These annual reunions served the UCV as an aid in achieving its goals. Convention cities made elaborate preparations and tried to put on bigger events than the previous hosts. The gatherings continued to be held long after the membership peak had passed and despite fewer veterans surviving, they gradually grew in attendance, length and splendor. Numerous veterans brought family and friends along too, further swelling the crowds. Many Southerners considered the occasions major social occasions. Perhaps thirty thousand veterans and another fifty thousand visitors attended each of the mid and late 1890 reunions, and the numbers increased. In 1911 an estimated crowd of 106,000 members and guests crammed into Little Rock, Arkansas—a city of less than one-half that size.”

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