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Reunion at Statesville, Confederate Veterans of Iredell County 1898 The Statesville Landmark, August 26, 1898 Note: The names of the veterans were all listed at the end of the article, which was torn, therefore, probably one fourth of them could not be reprinted below. The reunion of the Confederate soldiers of Iredell County under the auspices of Colonel Reuben Campbell’s Camp 3394 last Saturday was the most successful and altogether pleasing meeting that has been held in Statesville in a long time. Notwithstanding the fact that no set speeches were made and the number present was not augmented by the presence of some noted speaker, the occasion was a most delightful one. What speeches were delivered were delivered were spontaneous and owed their being to the inspiration of the hour. The gathering was called to order at the courthouse at 11;30 by Captain P.C. Carlton, commander of Colonel Reuben Campbell’s Camp of Confederate Veterans. Captain Carlton in a short address made the old vets welcome. The choir of the Presbyterian Church sang an anthem and then Dr. W.A. Wood, the chaplain of the 4th N.C.R. led the men in prayer. Mr. B.F. Long read the address recently delivered by Major W.M. Robbins at Gettysburg and then the theme and occasion enthusing him, poured forth one of the most eloquent addresses that he, noted as he is, ever delivered. It was received with great enthusiasm. Captain N.L. Shaw of the 17th Regiment, N.C. Infantry, made an eloquent little talk followed by Dr. W.A. Wood. It is not deemed necessary to say that this enthusiastic old soldier made a beautiful address. If there be a more enthusiastic veteran in this state than Dr. Wood we have not read or heard of him. Every word he spoke was laden with deep and sincere love that he feels towards the old Confederate veterans. His knowledge of the Confederate soldiers was gained on the battlefields, in the tents and hospitals, among the living and the dead. He knows what they suffered, what they endured on the marches to the camps and on the battlefields. He shared their hopes, their fears, their joys and their pain; he was a full partner in their disappointment and hand in hand he went with many of them to the border land and the spirit of the departed could look back from the other side of the river and see him administering the last rites to the cold clay. The meeting then adjourned to the grand jury room where a most appetizing dinner had been spread by the Soldier’s Aid Society. After full justice had been done to the good things on the table, the old vets turned their attention to the two wagon loads of watermelon and the feast was renewed. After all had eaten their full, two boxes of fragments were gathered up and sent by wagons to the orphans at Barium. There were present one hundred ten old vets. The heavy rains of the week and consequent heavy roads prevented the attending of many who otherwise would have been here. Immediately after the dinner, the vets lined up in front and were photographed by Mr. Singleton. Following are the names and regiments of the veterans who were present. J.C. Kimball Second Cavalry: W.D. Phifer J.A. Hardin G.C. White A.D. Kestler Jas. Rickert Wilson Ramsey J.L. Waugh 57th N.C. Infantry J.W. Haupe R.E. Beaver J.W. Thompson 7th N.C. Infantry D.A. Perry G.L. Rankin G.W. Watts R.A.O. Morrison J.W. Guy W.M. Ramsey W.C. Mills J.E. Lipe E.K. Robbins 4th N.C. Infantry Jas. L. Wallace J.C. Steele T.P. Gillespie C.D. Connor Columbus Kerr J.P. Burke T.M. Beard Plato Benfield W.J. Dillon R.B. Cook P.W. Bowles J.A. Ingram A.M. White 48th N.C. Infantry R.C. Knox R.R. Leonard J.B. Jesey W.N. Lippard E.P. Rickert T.B. Moose A.C. Troutman D. Eller 33rd N.C. Infantry G.W. Montgomery A.B. Howard R.A. Deal 3rd N.C. Infantry J.A. Morrison H.B. Love 42nd N.C. Infantry W.S. Eagle M. Fink D.R. Howard W.Y. Hair W.M. Dulin 32nd N.C. Infantry J.S. Fry E.D. Fry J.H. Dillinger 49th N.C. Infantry E.L. Freese R.A. Stone Note: From here on the paper was torn, I was able to glean a few names, but not the regiments—some names were torn off. M.M. Mills J.P. Stout W.A. Byers S.D. Moore W.M. Brewer J.P. Turner E.P. Scruggs, Lynch’s Battery(?) W.K. Evins, 8th Georgia Infantry E.E. Crockett, 3rd S.C. Cavalry J.N. Carter, 12th Virginia Infantry