The Blue County Democrat
August 18, 1905
On the 6th and 7th of September the U. C. Vs of N. B. Forrest Camp of Durant and Camp Cooper of Caddo will give a grand reunion and old time picnic at Conrider or Hampton Crossing on Blue River. There is probably nothing which adds more to the pleasure of these veteran’s of one of history’s most famous struggles than to meet together upon occasion of this kind with their wives, their children, and their grand children; and as they recall old scenes of the time that tried men’s soul, and thus live over the heroics actions of their young manhood, they can enjoy in their children and grand children the festivities of youth thus bringing the past and future into the present and making the pleasure of the day such as only the old solider with a consciousness of duty performed can enjoy.
There will be no grafting etc. allowed on the grounds and the proceeds arising from the sale of ice, etc. on the grounds will be donated to the two camps to care for such ex-confederates as may need assistance.
Go and take a well filled basket and the children; they will enjoy it and so will you. There will be some fine speeches to listen to.
September 15, 1905
U. C. Veterans Reunion on Blue River was a Success
Revive Memoires of the 60s
Tales Told of Valor and Bravery and How the Lads in Grey Met Death in the
“Lost Cause” Forty Years Ago
As previously advertised, the Confederate veterans of Camp Cooper of Caddo and N. B. Forrest Camp of Durant held a two day picnic at Hampton’s crossing on Blue River on the 6th and 7th inst. Owing to the lateness of the season, the attendance was not so large as it would have otherwise been, but the crowd was a lively, merry one and all who were there report a most delightful time. There was an abundance of dinner each day for all present and none sent hungry. The two camps organized themselves into a permanent picnic association with J. Q. Cabler, president, B. S. Ellis, vice-president, and W. D. Gibbs, secretary and will hold annually in July, a big reunion and picnic at this place.
On the second day of the picnic at 11 o’clock a. m. Hon. C. C. Hatchett of the Durant bar paid a most fitting tribute to the memory and valor of the distinguished sons of the lost cause and made a strong appeal to the rising generation to be as true to the dictates of their consciences as had been these veterans. Mr. Hatchett, at the close of his speech, received the hearty congratulations of all present.
At 2 o’clock p. m. W. D. Gibbs addressed the crowd on conditions in the Indian Territory and their remedy, statehood.
The editor is under obligations to the U. C. Vs for a most delightful day and promises them to be ever ready to meet with them on such occasions.