Rusty Williams
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Firmly Declined

Usually, ex-Confederates were pleased to receive any donation that would help fund their state soldier’s homes. Some, however, drew the line when the money was coming from their old foes.

At a meeting of the veterans of the Army of Tennessee (U.C.V.) held in New Orleans in September 1902, they took up the matter of contributions offered toward the building of a Confederate soldiers’ home in Alabama. General Torrance, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, had officially requested that G.A.R. posts contribute what they could toward the planned home.

Thanks, but no thanks, the ex-Confederates said.

According to newspaper accounts, they passed a resolution making “it emphatic that the Army of Tennessee was very grateful for the proffered assistance, just in the same way that a man is grateful to a neighbor who offers financial assistance when the angel of death visits the home, but which must be politely and firmly declined nevertheless.”

Contact me

I’m available for book signings and speaking engagements, or if you just want to connect.


I hate spam as much as you do and will never sell your information. What I will do is send news about upcoming events, and book release dates to your inbox.  You can unsubscribe at any time. 

Latest Posts

Find Your Way

To help me explain the importance of Texas and Oklahoma toll bridges in the Red River Bridge War, I had to explain the development of

Read More »

A Fraught Month

For many Americans, 1931 marked the depth of the Great Depression, with high unemployment, bank failures, evictions, and little help from Washington. State governors did

Read More »

It’s the Pits

Before backyard pools, municipal swimming pools, and water parks, many Dallasites went for summer dips in the water-filled gravel pits surrounding town. The pits had

Read More »

1 thought on “Firmly Declined”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay in touch!

Sign up to receive my latest blog posts and hear about new release dates and speaking engagements.