Reunited In Memphis

May 31, 1901

At least 450 passenger coaches of visitors crowded the city to celebrate a reunion of Confederate troops, its grand finale a parade the newspaper said included 15,000 vets, speculating it numbered nearly every gray-clad fighter still alive.

It is our knowledge of this that made the great throbbing hearts of the multitudes that gazed on the parade yesterday beat in sympathy with the marchers …

Never before in the history of Memphis where the people so enthused as they were yesterday. The whole population of the city turned out and this was augmented by the thousands upon thousands of visitors who were here from all parts of the county. The parade, which took two and a half hours to pass a given point, marched through walls of human beings, who rendered themselves hoarse in efforts to shout acclaim to the veterans. It was really awesome to those isolated from the marchers and the crowd to hear the constant roar of the 100,000 blended human voices as they rose and fell like the waves of the ocean.

The CA used the occasion to revisit, celebrate really, its association with the Confederacy, even inserting Confederate flags in one edition; another included a 16-page special section three days prior (as seen above) bearing a full page portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee above his farewell address to troops on April 10, 1865. The newspaper dedicated the section to visiting vets with a special front page dedication:

To the survivors of the most superb soldiery that ever bore a part in making world’s history, whose ranks are fast fading under the corroding touch of time, whose devotion to home and Southland, and whose sacrifices will be an inspiration to unborn generations, this edition is respectfully dedicated.

— The Commercial Appeal
“Quorum Magna pars fui”