Mrs. M. Gardner, widow of General Frank Gardner, U. C. V.'s, the military uniform worn by her illustrious husband during his service in the Confederate Army. Mrs. Gardner has also given to the camp the sabre carried by the general when he was an officer in the Federal army, before he left it to join the Southern forces, and his sword with which he so gallantly defended Port Hudson. Among these valuable relics is a beautiful silk sash presented after the war by the ladies of New Orleans to the hero of Port Hudson. The relics have been encased in a neat box with a glass cover, which has been given to the First National Bank. Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.
AN APPRECIATED GIFT.Mrs. Gardner, wife of the late Gen. Gardner No. 580, the uniform and of her lamented husband. The whole is placed in a glass case and can be seen in the building of the First National Bank of Lafayette. These historical relics have a great value specially to the veterans whose proverbial love to their late commander is well known. Besides the younger generation the abnegation and devoted patriotism of their ancestors to their south land. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.
OUR OWN VETERANS.
The following article is clipped from the Carthaginian of Carthage, Mississippi. The able editor of that paper makes an argument to pension Confederate veterans. It is a beautiful tribute to our noble veterans, that "thin gray line," who are now negelected by those whom they dared do or die. There can be no more auspicious time to agitate their pensioning than now. Though there are far more important questions with which to deal in the coming convention, problems which concern our immediate interests, it would be to the lasting glory and honor of those who to whom this sovereign power is entrusted were they to provide for the ruined Confederate veteran of his widow. All nations take care of their soldiers; the wealthy member of the G. A. R. receives an ample stipend, but those who fought in the defense of the South, some of whom, be it said to our shame, indigent, are left to the care of their more favored comrades. No more precious heritage remains to our younger generation that the memory of the heroes of the South. None ever fought more bravely, or were led more wisely.
The writer knows a man now in the lowest depths of want and misery, unaided and forgotten by the State of Louisiana. That man was a general in the Confederate army, of what rank we do not know. At the age of twenty-five, flushed by and proud of having just won first honors at the Military Academy of this country in a class in which contended men who afterwards rose to the first ranks of fame, that youth answered the call of his State and joined that "thin gray line" in defense of home. When the bars and stripes waved no more, he returned home to find taht which all others found. His frailties let us not expose, for they soon will "alike in trembling hope repose, the bosom of his Father and his God," when he shall have joined that gray host in heaven. Need more be said? We agree with the Carthaginian. It is pitiful.
"When, a third of a century ago, that thin gray line with its tattered banner confronted the well-fed, well-shot, well-equipped and more numerous troops in blue, the people at home understood and appreciated the heroism that was enlisted in the Southern cause. They knew the odds against which they were contedings, the privations that were endured, the spirit of self sacrifice that was displayed - not vauntingly, but modestly, and a mere matter of course. To the people of the South every soldier of the Confedracy was then a here - a hero in dirt and rags; perhaps, but a hero nevertheless; and as such he found a friendly welcome in every home where the fortunes of war had not cast the grim shadow of famine. Defeat could not tarnish the glory they had gained in the fours years' defense of Southern soil, and when those who were left came home after the last act in the bloody drama, they were met with pride and plaudits from those they held most dear.
"Ah, well! Some writer has written that no man is a hero to own valet and another has said that familiarity breeds contempt. When the Confederate soldiers were afield - when they seasoned privation and suffering with a joke and faced death with a smile - they were out of sight and touch of those whose hearts alone could follow them to the front, and the imagination vested them with a thousand virtues which, though they might have possessed them, had not previously impress the friends with whom they were in daily contact. The return of the veterans sent the enchanted veil which sentiment had thrown about them. They were nothing but men, after all, with all the frailties and faults and shortcomings of everday humanity. They possessed the appetites and weaknesses common to those who had not seen fit to face the horrid front of battle, and some were not even men, but only fractional parts of men. Most of them had harvested the seeds of disease during the four years of exposure to sun and rain, heat and frost, without more shelter than is enjoyed by the beasts of the field. All of these came back poverty-stricken, and a struggle of existence began. A few, who were gifted with a natural faculty for accumulation, throve and prospered from the start. Others, with equal industry, perhaps, but not the bump of acquisitiveness so well developed, and whose natural inaptitude for pushing their own fortunes was fostered and increased by the habits they acquired of looking to the commissary and quartmaster to supply their wants, have been less fortunate in providing against the needs incident to the winter of life, and have led a hand-to-mouth existence during all these years to find themselves at last without a home from which to answer the last roll call. O, it is pitiful!"
Lafayette Gazette 1/29/1898.
A delegation of confederate veterans consisting of Messrs. C. Debaillon, W. B. Bailey, Arthur Greig, D. A. Cochrane and Lucien St. Julien, here appeared and asked that the jury appropriate $200 in aid of the Confederate Soldier's Home in New Orleans. By motion the sum of $200 was granted and the secretary authorized to remit the amount to the proper authorities.
Laf. Gaz.. 2/3/1894
To United Confederate Veterans to Meet on February 15.
HEADQUARTERS GENERAL FRANK GARDNER CAMP, No. 580.
A special meeting of this camp is called for Saturday, the 15th inst., at 10 a. m., at the court-house.
All members are most earnestly requested to attend; not only on account of the business to be transacted, but to revive those neglected ties of comradeship which we should regard as a duty to maintain and foster during the few remaining years which are left to us before we will have to answer the last "roll call," and "cross over the river" to join the silent "bivouac" of our comrades gone before us.
It is not possible, -- it is not natural -- comrades, that men who went through what we did, shoulder to shoulder during four long years of arduous exposure and privation; men accustomed to obey orders, should in their declining years be neglectful and pass each other with indifference in the walks of life and fail to perform their duty now as they did of yore.
We are getting fewer and fewer each year, and it will not be long before none of the participants will be left to tell of the heroic days of 1861-1865. Let us then "close up ranks," and keep up the ties of comradeship and friendship, and by our example transmit them to our children, together with a fond remembrance and love for a cause for which we were proud to risk our lives. By order of
L. G. BREAUX, Commander.
P. L. DeClouet, Adjutant.
Lafayette Gazette 2/8/1902.
We learn that a number of the members of the old Attakapas Guards Co. C, 8th La. Regiment, of St. Martin and Lafayette, propose to have a meeting of the surviving members of the company at Lafayette at an early date.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.
At the regular meeting of Camp F. Gardner No. 580 U. C. V., the following resolution was unanimously adopted.
Resolved that this camp desires to join its protest with other camps in condemning the late action of certain southern men in congress relative to aid for confederate soldiers also we protest against asking aid for living or dead confederates from the federal government.
A True Copy
AMBOISE MOUTON, Adjutant.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/11/1899.
Mr. J. A. Laneuville, a native of New Orleans and 82 years of age, died at his home in this parish on the 22nd of this month. Mr. Laneuville came to this parish many years ago and engaged in the drug business in this town and subsequently moved to the country. Mr. Laneuville is said to have been the first pharmacist of the Charity Hospital of New Orleans. Mr. Laneuville was a member of Gen. Gardner Camp of United Confederate Veterans and was always deeply interested in the affairs of of that association. During his residence in this parish he performed the duties of citizenship in a manner to win the respect and esteem of the community. He leaves an aged wife to mourn his loss. Lafayette Gazette 2/23/1901.
Death of Judge A. J. Moss.
Judge A. J. Moss died at his residence in Lafayette, Saturday, Feb. 16th, 1901, and was buried Sunday afternoon at the Catholic Cemetery.
Judge Anderson Joseph Moss was a native of Lafayette parish, born 1825.
Mr. A. J. Moss received his preparatory education in the schools of Louisiana, and later persued a course at Center College Danville, Kentucky. After leaving school he read law but upon the death of his father it devolved upon him to manage the plantation, and he gave up his law studies. Early in life Mr. Moss became identified with public affairs. He was a member of the Legislature, and of the Constitutional Convention of 1852. From 1853 to 1860 he was in the custom house in New Orleans. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate States army Company A, Twenty-sixth Louisiana Regiment. Shortly after entering the army he was appointed assistant commisary of substance of rank of captain. In this capacity he served during the whole war. After the war he returned home completely broken up as regards to finances.During the existence of that office, Mr. Moss was nine years judge of Lafayette parish. He also for a number of years served as justice of the peace and notary public, and was a leading member of the town council.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/23/1901
A Movement to Organize a Camp to Join the United Confederate Organization.
The Gazette is pleased to make the announcement that the Confederate veterans of Lafayette will soon take steps to organize a camp to join the United Confederate Veteran Organization. This section of Louisiana should no longer remain unrepresented in this great association of the sturdy patriots of the lost cause, and it affords us no little gratification to state that at an early date a call will appear in these columns requesting those who wore the grey in the "late unpleasantness" to meet in Lafayette for the purpose of organizing a camp. Lafayette Gazette 2/23/1895.
Civil War. - A meeting of the Confederate Veterans will be held next Saturday March 5th, 1898, at the usual place and on time.
T. A. McFadden, Adjt. Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898.
The 26th Regiment.
A soldier's life, generally speaking, is not a pleasant one, and none can bear more vivid testimony of that fact than the members of the Louisiana 26th. There were few hard-ships they did not suffer during the many months of marching, fighting and camp life they performed in answer to the call of duty. It is but natural, then, that when comrades of the battle-field who have "fought and bled and died together", meet once more they should weep with joy, renew old ties and proceed to drown the sorrows of the past. Among the survivors of the "26th." who claim Lafayette as their home are some genial souls, who have always feel an inexpressible delight at meeting a real live "colonel', and when these same convivial spirits started out on a "colonel" hunt Wednesday of last week, they were as jovial as they were determined. On that day it happened there was a circus in town and the old "vets" fairly snorted at the sight of tents and the sound of martial music. Surely, they reasoned, a "colonel" must be lurking near by. "What's this!" "Can we believe our eyes?" "Col. G. W. Hall's New United Shows" they read in half abated tone, on the circus bills. "Why it must be -- of course it is -- our own beloved Col. Hall of the 26th. regiment. Bravo! Bravo!" echoed in the air. "Attention", "Forward", "March", the order was given, and a moments later old comrades had met and embraced each other. Col. G. W. Hall, of circus fame, took in the situation and turned his aptness for a practical joke to a good account. What mattered the difference of an initial or two in a name, just so it bore the title of colonel? And besides it would have been cruel to disappoint the old soldiers. They had started out to have a good time and Col. G. W. was too whole souled and accommodating to do aught to dampen their bright anticipations. According he mustered up all he ever knew of war reminiscences and proved himself quite equal to emergency. So perfect was his impersonation of Col. Winchester Hall of the 26th Louisiana, that the old "vets" who exchanged war greetings with Col. Geo. W. Hall of the New United Shows, on the 20th ultimo, are still unshaken in their conviction that the latter is the real and the only Colonel of the 26th., and based on this belief the following statement found its was to the columns of our local contemporary :
Belonged To the 26th.
Col. Geo. W. Hall, proprietor of the show which played here Wednesday is a Confederate soldier, having served, to-gether with a number of our fellow citizens, in the 26th regiment. The colonel met some of the old "vets" and a jolly good time just the same.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1895.
In answer to the call the confederate veterans now residing in Lafayette Parish La., assembled promptly at the Court House on Saturday last April 6th, 1895 and proceeded to organize themselves into a camp under the General organization of U. C. V.'s of the Southern States of America, and the following officers were duly elected to serve in said camp.J. C. Buchanan 1st, Va. Cav. Capt.
D. A. Cochrane 8th, La. Inf. Asst.
Arthur Grieg 8th. La. Inf. 1st Lieut.
L. G. Breaux 18th, La. Inf. 2nd. Lieut,
John Hahn 3rd. Min. 3rd Lieut,
A. Lisbony 30th. La. Quarter Master,
H. C. Wallis 1st. Md. Cav. Color Bearer,
O. Baron 5th. La. Inf. Chapelaine,
Wm. Clegg 2nd. La. Inf. Treasurer,
with the following membership duly enrolled.
C. Debaillon 28th, La. Inf,
A. Louallier Capt. McCrory Heavy Arty,
M. T. Martin 18th. La. Inf,
T. A. McFadden 18th Alk. Inf,
E. Constantin 18th. La. Inf,
Gus Mouton 18th. La. Inf,
W. B. Bailey 18th. La. Guard Arty,
J. K. Grier, Lieut. 28th. La. Inf,
H. M. Creswell 4th. Miss. Cav,
T. D. Wier 14th. Miss. Inf,
Thomas Mouton 2nd, La. Cav,
A. J. Moss Capt. & Comy. 26th Inf,
Elie McDaniel 8th, La. Inf,
Christian Steiner 26th La. Inf,
R. C. Landry 18th La. Inf,
Sidney Greig 8th La. Inf,
R. C. Perry Liet. and Adjutant of the 8th. La. Infantry; by request his name was duly enrolled as a member of the Camp.
The naming of the Camp being the next thing in order, it was unanimously resolved that in memory of one who so gallantly led the boys in grey on so many hard fought battlefields of the late war, and whose spirit has crossed over the river and is now resting unto his comrades that the Camp is to be known as the General Frank Gardner's Camp, and his surviving widow, Mrs. Gardner, was unanimously elected sponsor of the Camp and the Adjutant is requested to inform of her that fact. The members promptly paid up their yearly dues of 10 cts. per capita, and $2.00 for the charter. The Adjutant was requested to forward the roster as signed to the Adjutant General of the U. C. V. of the State together with the required fees. The meeting adjourned subject to call by the Captain, through the Adjutant, when the charter is received.
J. C. Buchanan,
Gen. Gardner's Camp No. 1, of Lafayette parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1895.
The following citizens of this parish are Confederate Veterans who belonged to the 8th. Louisiana Regiment of volunteers, Arthur Greig, A. A. Labbe, Lucien St. Julien, Leonard Dupuis, Numa Broussard, and D. A. Cochrane.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/21/1894.
Death of General Gardner.[From the Washington (D. C.) Chronicle]
General Frank Gardner, a son of the late Col. C. K. Gardner, of Capitol, died on the 29th ultimo near Vermilionville, Louisiana.
The deceased was formerly an officer of the United States army, and at the outbreak of the Southern rebellion resigned and linked his fortunes with the Confederacy, under the government of which he held many responsible positions, and was in command of Port Hudson, Mississippi, at the time of its surrender to the Union forces. From the Washington Chronicle and in the Lafayette Advertiser of May 31, 1873.
More on Gen. Gardner from Richmond Enquirer. General Frank Gardner was one of the most trusted and gallant officers of the Confederacy. After the fall of New Orleans, and the subsequent repulse of Faragut's fleet at Vicksburg, and its withdrawal from that city, it was determined by the Confederate government to hold the mouth of the Red River open for the supplies from the trans Mississippi at all hazards. Vicksburg above that point was fortified and garrisoned, and Port Hudson, the most available and strongest point below, was put in a perfect state of defence. The command of this place was entrusted to Gen. Gardner, and how well he held it in the face of the overwhelming odds repeatedly brought against him both by land and water, are matters of history. With an army of less than seven thousand men he successfully defended the place for more six months against one of the best appointed Federal armies, commanded by one of the most skillful generals ever put in the field; besides preventing the repeated attempts of the Federal ships of war to run the gauntlet of his batteries for the purpose of blockading the Red river and cutting off the supplies for Vicksburg. Only once did he fail in this and then the fault was not with him or his men. Farragut in the spring of 1863 made a bold dash one dark night with the Hartford, Congress, Albatross and Richmond, to pass his batteries. The engagement that ensued was one of the most memorable of the war. The vessels were discovered approaching in the darkness, but the Confederates were on the alert, having previous information of their intention. Immediately several old houses on the opposite side of the river blazed up, having been fired upon by an outpost to throw light on the river. Then began a scene of most terrific and cannonading. The roar of artillery from the guns on the bluffs, replied to from the ships below, was continuous and deafening for hours. The result was that, although Farragut passed with his own ship, the Hartford, and carried the Albatross with him lashed to his side, the renowned frigate Mississippi was burned and sunk, while the Richmond and Monongahela were driven back disabled and badly used up. We shall not now speak of the consequences of this unfortunate event, which, no doubt, contributed mainly to the subsequent starvation of the two garrisons. That has been, or will be discussed in history. We can only say that General Gardner and his brave little army did all that men could do to prevent it. Shortly after this General N. P. Banks set siege to Port Hudson with an army of at least thirty-thousand picked troops. He made repeated assaults to carry the works, but was always repulsed, and with fearless loss; so that on the morning of the 4th of July, when the news reached him of the surrender of Vicksburg, he had not more than seven thousand of his army left. Gardner still held out stubbornly, although reduced to extremities, and refused to surrender until assured that Vicksburg had really fallen, and there was no longer any hope for him, or any necessity for holding the post. He then yielded on the most honorable and liberal terms. After remaining for a while on parole, he was exchanged, and participated in other fields of usefulness and danger up to the close of the war. He was every inch a soldier, gallant and true, and the idol of his men; and the announcement of his death will be received with universal regret throughout the South. From the Richmond (Va,) Enquirer and in the Lafayette Advertiser of May 31, 1873.
U. C. V. - The meeting of Gen. Frank Gardner Camp, No. 580, U. C. V. held at the court house Saturday was unusually well attended.
The question of inviting the State encampment here was discussed and it was decided to call a meeting of the citizens to discuss it, a notice of which is published elsewhere.
Dr. P. D. Olivier, of St. Martinville, whose company was composed of Lafayette and St. Martinville young men, was elected an honorary member.
An invitation was received from Prof. Alcibiades Broussard to attend the basket picnic on Saturday afternoon at the J. O. Broussard Woodland place and certain members were delegated to attend. The meeting then adjourned.
Laf. Adv. 6/7/1905.