Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
194th Grant’s Tomb Birthday Commemoration & Camp Business Meeting

As it has for over a century, the Archibald Gracie Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be the guests of the Oliver Tilden Camp, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at the 194th Grant’s Tomb Birthday Commemoration. A Camp business meeting will follow, at a location yet-to-be-determined.

The Camp’s involvement in this event speaks volumes of the reconciliation and victor’s respect and reverence for the vanquished that once ruled the country, but which is largely forgotten or ignored today.

From the New York Times archives comes this article about the same event in 1897, 119 years ago:

The Confederate Veterans

Many Expected to Join in the Tribute to Gen. Grant

The Confederate Veterans will not parade in a body in the Grant memorial ceremonies. Still, however, there are many who would like the opportunity of honoring the memory of the distinguished Federal leader, as evidenced by the applications received by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to join them. Therefore it has been decided to invite all Confederate veterans who would care to participate in the parade to attend the meeting to be held to-day at the Marlborough Hotel, at 8:30 P. M., or to send their names and addresses to Col. James R. Branch, 2 Wall Street, New York City. They will be assigned a place in line as the guests of the Sons of Confederates, and can appear as they prefer, either mounted or dismounted. Col A. G. Dickinson, Commander of the Confederate Camp of New York, and his staff, and Comrade C. Broadway Rouss have also been invited as especial guests.

NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander, James Ransom Branch (1863-1954)

A general order, issued by Commander James R. Branch, says:

“The proposed parade of Sons of Confederate Veterans meets with the approval of many Confederates. Col A. G. Dickinson, their commander of the New York Camp, has written to each member requesting his assistance for our success. We are desirous of making a parade of which the South will be proud. Our sentiments do not show that we think one whit less of the ‘Lost Cause’ than Southerners should. but it will prove to the North that the hatchet has been buried, and that we can show to the memory of a gallant foeman the same magnanimity which he displayed at Appomattox, when our fathers surrendered to him, and were allowed to retain their horses to plow the fields and their side arms, not overlooking the fact that Gen. Grant’s commissary issued rations to our starving men.

“We will parade in two divisions, mounted and dismounted. The necessary uniform is a gray hat and white gloves. The Stonewall Bridgade Band from Virginia is to lead our procession. This organization is historical, and went through the entire war in Jackson’s Corps, and six of the original members will be with us. The rendezvous will be at Washington Arch, foot of Fifth Avenue, April 27, 11 A. M. sharp.”


Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
1-800-MY-DIXIE (1-800-693-4943)