On December 3, 2010 Kirby-Smith Camp #1209 Jacksonville Florida donated $2,050 to the Wounded Warrior Project. The funds were raised by the *Celebration of American Veterans Day* event sponsored by Camp #1209. Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Jacksonville; which raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured military members.
1914 United Confederate Veterans Reunion
Location: N 30° 20.076 W 081° 39.310 17R E 437023 N 3356044
The marker reads: “On these grounds, May 6-9, 1914, the United Confederate Veterans celebrated their 24th annual reunion. Expecting no more than 25,000 reunion goers, the city was nearly overwhelmed when an estimated 70,000 visitors including 8,000 Veterans converged on Jacksonville. The average Veteran was 74 years old. Citizens met the Veterans at the train depot on arrival to extend the hand of welcome and to provide temporary homes to these honored guests of the city. Additional lodging and meals were provided to hundreds in tents pitched here and in Springfield Park. The Assurance of Welcome was given by Governor Park Trammell in a proclamation stating that “Florida has never been laggard in loyalty to the Southern Cause or to the Southern Veterans.” Giant parades consisting of uniformed Confederate Veterans occurred each day. One of the highlights of the event was the return of the captured flag of the Ohio 76th Infantry by the 1st Arkansas Infantry C.S.A. The convention left a permanent mark on Jacksonville, when five months later Dignan Park was renamed Confederate Park. The following year the Women of the Southern Confederacy Monument was unveiled.”
24th United Confederate Veterans Reunion
Confederate Veterans Camping at Confederate Park
The meeting of the Confederate Veterans in Jacksonville, Florida on May 6-8 1914 represented the twenty-fourth annual Reunion of Confederate survivors. The veterans and their friends were introduced to a city and community proud and loyal to the ideals of the Old South. Not only the hotels and boarding houses, but private homes as well, were open to the Reunion delegates and visitors to care for all that came. Jacksonville’s people met the Confederate Veterans at the train depots on arrival to extend the hand of welcome and show them to their temporary homes and looked after their comfort and pleasure while guests of the city. The assurance of welcome was given by Governor Park Trammell in a proclamation stating that Florida has never been laggard in loyalty to the Southern Cause or to the Southern Veterans. At the time the state of Florida paid out more money per capita for support of dependant ex-Confederate soldiers than any other Southern state. Florida was not only caring for the living but the memory of the dead was also being kept green. In the state there were more than twenty Confederate monuments erected by public and private means; a home for ex-Confederate soldiers was maintained in Jacksonville; two Confederate monuments had been erected there, and the monument to the Women of the Confederacy was dedicated during the next year in Confederate Park.
Hemming Park downtown decorated for UCV Reunion
(Notice Cohen Building which is now city hall decorated with battle flag)
1914 Jacksonville UCV Reunion on Forsyth Avenue