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