See Jacksonville in 1914! Confederate Reunion Film

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In 1914, forty eight thousand people from around the South descended on Jacksonville fifty years after the end of the Civil War to honor the Veterans of the Confederate War. They camped along Hogans Creek in the Springfield neighborhood and staged a massive parade which was caught on film by Jville's film industry. Check out the amazing footage of Jacksonville as it was a hundred years ago.

The meeting of the Confederate Veterans in Jacksonville, Florida on May 6-8 1914. It was the 24th Annual Reunion of the old veterans Wikipedia has this to say about the Reunions:

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 spectacles than the previous hosts. The gatherings continued to be held long after the membership peak had passed and despite fewer veterans, 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 events. 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. Then the passing years began taking a telling toll and the reunions grew smaller. But still the meetings continued until finally in 1950 at the sixtieth reunion only one member could attend, 98-year-old Commander-in-Chief James Moore of Selma, Alabama.

According to the Confederate Veterans Official Newsletter, by 1914, less than 2,000 actual veterans involved with the organization were still alive,

But almost fifty thousand attendees and people came to Jacksonville for the 24th Reunion.

It was an especially poignant time for the old veterans to get here as the West was about to plunge into World War 1.

The reunion was in early May, and a month later, Arch Duke Ferdinand was assassinated, triggering the Great War.

article by stephen dare