The Caddo Herald
February 7, 1902
To the Confederates
The old year, my old Comrades, with its rightness, with its pleasures, as well as sorrows and disappointed hopes, has passed away and gone, never to return. A Happy New Year my old Comrades and all dear to you. May a kind Providence still continue to spread its sheltering wings over the old heroes who followed that flag of the Confederacy until it was furled and forever laid away. As time passes on our comrades are growing older and feeble and on that account our ranks are growing thinner and less every year. Although many of our nobler and best have crossed to the Great Beyond during the last year, yet we have every right to think God that the death toll is not greater than we have ought to expect and that our Comrades _____ by old age who are incapacitated by wounds, diseases, and sickness who are unable to make a living have been properly cared for by the great states of Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri and the Territories, by furnishing good shelters, good and ample food, good clothing, good medical attention and nursing, where the old heroes- the unpaid soldiers of the immortal principle- can spend the remainder of their lives in comfort and ease. I am satisfied that every state and territory in this department will continue to make liberal appropriations to carry on this noble work.
I will again call your attention my old Comrades, to the growth of our noble Association of United Confederate Veterans. Adjutant General Moorman reports over 1,300 camps and I am proud to say to you that nearly one half of this number are in the Trans-Mississippi department. One new department with ten camps has been organized in the States of Montana, Idaho, Nevada, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming through the noble work of Generals Alfred and Brown and Col. Furz. Continue this good work and let every Confederate now living enroll. Let me appeal to you by the memory of the brave men who died on battle fields and in prison and from wounds, sickness or disease since the war to enroll. I appeal to you by the memory of the sufferings and hardships borne by the noble women in the South- your mothers, your wives, your sisters and daughters, who with tears streaming down her cheeks will tell you with pride of the heroism of her noble son, husband, or brother, to enroll. I appeal to you in the name of all who is dear to truth of our past history, patriotism and glorious record to enroll, to join some camp, and keep in touch with each other the few years you have to live and where you can attend in case of sickness or other misfortune by old comrades. I therefore call on the Division and Brigade commanders of every state and territory to issue at once the necessary orders to the states and territories that will increase the numbers of camps as well as the membership of each camp so that at the reunion to be held in our own department on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th of April, 1902, in the city of Dallas, Texas, that you will have more camps and more Confederates than has ever gathered at any time and place. I would request every Division and Brigade commander to urge every camp throughout the department to meet at once and a least once a month or oftener if necessary to arrange for sending delegates and the necessary per capita to General Moorman by the 1st of April.
(This section of the paper has a hole in it!) The committee on transportation consisting of Generals H. W. Graber and ___Me___ Colonels B. F. Wathen____......Trotman will do …..railroads….Texas, Arkansas, ___, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming, the Indian Territory, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona who were unable to attend past reunions can come and join us in our grand reunion. The people of Dallas will welcome you with open arms and will extend to you that hospitality she has ever shown to the brave Confederates who have visited her in the past. Come then comrades of the Trans-Mississippi department, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Daughters of the Confederacy, and assist us in entertaining our honored guests from the department east of the Mississippi River who will bring with them their wives, sons, and daughters. Let us in these days have a grand love feast; surely and rapidly are the lines of Gray fading away and but a few short years must intervene before those that now remain must look their last upon their comrades faces. Business of great importance in reference to the care of our dead, the care of our comrades who have to be cared for, the erection of monuments to our noble president, and to perpetuate the bravery and heroism of our dead comrades with other objects worthy of our consideration. Then come and let us make this the grandest gathering of Confederates that has ever taken place in our own Sunny South. Dallas, the Queen city of the South, on behalf of the great state of Texas, extends a cordial invitation to our comrades in every state and territory in our glorious country.
By order of W. L. Cabell, Lieut. Gen. U. C. V. Trans-Mississippi Department. Official: A. T. Watts