Civil War Confederate Soldiers UCV Reunion Cabinet Card, 1905

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We sold this item at auction for $331
 in June, 2019.

This antique cabinet card photograph features a huge group of old Confederate soldiers reunited some 40 years after the end of the Civil War.

The details visible in this photograph provide a wealth of information. Every veteran pictured wears a Confederate reunion ribbon featuring a circular portrait of General Stonewall Jackson. One man wears a celluloid reunion button featuring the portrait of General Robert E. Lee. A second ribbon worn by most men reads MASON 190(?). One man further towards the back wears his original grey Confederate military uniform and strikes an authoritative pose.

There are easily over 200 people photographed here. An oversize cabinet card, the piece measures approximately 10″ x 8″.

The United Confederate Veterans (UCV)

The United Confederate Veterans (UCV) was a fraternal organization established in 1889 for veterans who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. With its headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana, the UCV provided a platform for former Confederate soldiers to maintain bonds of camaraderie, preserve their shared heritage, and honor their wartime service.

The UCV held annual reunions like the one pictured here, known as “encampments,” where veterans from across the Southern states gathered to reminisce, share stories, and pay tribute to fallen comrades. These gatherings also served as opportunities for veterans to advocate for their rights and receive support from their fellow members.

In addition to fostering camaraderie among veterans, the UCV was involved in various commemorative and memorial activities. The organization played a significant role in the establishment of Confederate monuments and cemeteries throughout the South, aiming to honor the sacrifices of Confederate soldiers and preserve their memory for future generations.

Over time, the UCV faced challenges such as declining membership due to the aging population of Confederate veterans and changing attitudes towards the Civil War. However, the organization remained active well into the early 20th century, leaving a lasting legacy of camaraderie, remembrance, and advocacy for Confederate veterans.

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