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Description: Veterans of Bullock - Captured by Silver-Tongued OratorDate: August 29 1889
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 2
VETERANS OF BULLOCK
Captured by the Silver
Tongued Orator of Morgan.
From Birmingham Daily Age-Herald, Aug. 22.—(Special Correspondence.)—The veterans’ barbecue, which came off here to-day was very largely attended. There were not less than 3000 persons in attendance consisting of women, children and men. It was one of the most enjoyable days ever experienced by the citizens of Union Springs and Bullock county, and those who attended from other counties, from home there a great mass from Montgomery, Barbour, Macon, Russell and Pike counties. About 10 o’clock a.m., the procession was formed in front of the court house by the marshal of the day, headed by a brass band, followed by the speakers of the day, and the old veterans, and next by the sons of veterans. The column moved down to Foster’s grove, where arrangements had been made for seating the people and a stand erected for the speakers of the occasion. The exercises were opened with prayer by the chaplain of the veteran’s association, after which Major Bethune, president of the association, made a short and very appropriate address. At the close he said:
LADIES AND VETERANS: I have the honor and pleasure of presenting to you the silver-tongued orator of the Tennessee valley, who was himself a soldier, entering the confederate service but a boy of 14 years and spent his 16th birthday in a federal prison.
Col. Sam Blackwell then arose, and for over one hour held that large and appreciative audience almost spell-bound by one of the finest speeches ever delivered in this section, the praise of which was upon the lips of every man and woman that I heard express themselves, and there were scores of them.
In my long experience I never knew a man to so completely captivate an audience as did Colonel Blackwell, and should be, when the time comes, suffer his name to go before the next state convention for the high office of governor of Alabama. Bullock County can be relied upon for the silver-tongued orator of the Tennessee valley.
The next speaker presented was Ex-Governor Watts of Montgomery. All who know him know that it was a grand address, as he always makes on such occasions.
Next came Gen. H. D. Clayton of Tuskaloosa, who delivered a fine address.
Next came Mr. Ben Screws of Montgomery, who delivered a fine humorous address.
Next came Mr. Young, who is a conductor on the Central railroad, and was a federal soldier during the war. He proved to be a good talker as well as a first class conductor. He told us how Rhodes’ brigade made them get up and dust at the battle of Seven Pines.
At the close of the address dinner was announced, and a better one we never saw in the way of a barbecue—plenty of the best and to spare. Late in the evening we all went to our homes, having spent one of the pleasantest days of our life. Long may the old veterans live and come again in an annual barbecue.