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COMMERCIAL I MEET US IN I CITY-THE UNION HOME ONE CELEDRATION ONLY IN POINT OF MAGNITUDE -SEE IT OF THE FOURTH SUPPLEMENT UNION CITY, TENN., FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1906. THE DAY WE CELEBRATE Eirthday of a New Nation Duly Commemorated. This is the day of patriotism and the fire cracker. Every one old citizen or new arrival celebrates One and all know there is just cause for the celebration, but few realize the great and glorious facts. They are facts that make every one who really can say he is a citi zen of the United States feel as proud as it is possible for a human being to feel the stimulus of pride. Just one hundred and tbirt' years ago the bell rang in Inde pendence JIall in Philadelphia. To the uninitiated it pealed its sonor ous notes for some unknown pur pose. To tljose who, breathless, were waiting for the sound, it told the news that liberty had shaken off her shackles in the new world, that she had taken her rightful place and that hereafter the people would acknowledge the power of no ruler except such as might be chosen by themselves, it was a curious scene in that staid old Quaker town, the last place in the colonies where one would have suspected a epark would be given birth to light freedom's torch throughout the western hemis phere. It Was on the 7th day of June, 1776, that the delegates from the colonies sitting in Congress in Philadelphia considered the fol lowing resolutions introduced by Virginia's statesman, liichard Henry Lee: "Resolved, That the United Col onies are and ought to be free and independent States and their polit ical connection with Great Britain is and ought to be dissolved." There had been murmuring and threats and calm expressions of to form. The third is the father of what the world knows as Jeffer son Democracy. The fourth, Puri tan, patriot, leader, gave more in moral force and determination, in knowledge of the law and its common-sense principles, than any man who assisted, at the birth of the nation. The fifth was the man of whom the majority of people know comparatively little, and yet there was none who better de served a place of honor in the pub lic mind. Eminent as a financier, a shrewd judge of human nature, his touch on the helm of state was exactly what was needed to keep the young craft on her course. Jefferson had spoken but little in Congress, and be had no part in the acrimonies which then pre vailed. In a plain orick house. corner Market and Seventh streets, Philadelphia, he drafted the Decla ration of Independence. The work was almost wholly Jefferson's, only a few verbal alterations being sug gested by Adams and Franklin. It was then approved by the commit tee. A few passages were struck out by Congress. ' TO CONFEDERATE VETERANS. i determination. But here wa united action. The people, by their representatives duly chosen formally absolved themselves from allegiance from the mother coun try, and said to the world that they had cast off their swaddling clothes, they were now wholly able to walk alone. ' To speak with absolute truth; all the delegates did n'ot favor this progressive step. Some s opposed it on the ground that it was premature. Others, a n among them some of the brightest spirits of the assemblage, both . spoke and voted against the resa- 1 nt inn jJV AT THE CRUCIAL MOMENT. -Nevertheless the resolution over came opposition and was indorsed, as stated, by the majority of one. Thirteen colonies were represent x ed. Because seven of them voted i and stood for independence, the United States is to day what she is. Su bsejryient developments pxojfi, that had the action taken been delayed, the question of inde pendence might have slept in peace until the herald of the people, no one knows how many years after, sounded the tocsin of revolution. The delegates thought it wise to defer the question of final consid eration to July 1, 1776, by which time they believed there might be a more united feeling among the people. ' Thus it was that on June 11 that famous committee was appointed to frame the Declaration, of Inde pendence. Note the names, and if you are a student of the history of the United States conceive if you can of a better quintet to have represented tho American people: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Koger Sherman, Robert "R. Livingston. The first was the man whose fame was ticked into our ears every time we hear a telegraph instrument, whose geni us is placed in broad light when ever we enjoy the illumination of electricity. The second rose to be President of the nation he helped JVlore than forty years have come and gone since we were engaged in a fierce heroic struggle for our homes, our firesides and for prin ciples which we conceived to be right. Another generation our children and grandchildren have sprung up, who realizing that we are rapidly passing over the stream of life, have asked that we give them a real imitation of a battle as we fought them in the sixties, ac coropanied with the old ''Rebel yell" that always 6truck terror in the breasts of the Yankees. We have consented to give them this battle', and I was appointed to make all necessary arrangements. We have in Tennessee six compa nies of uniformed and armed Con federates the only State that since the war has legally permitted Con federates to arm and organize into a regiment These Confederates will use blank cartridges, manu-. factured especially for sham bat tles. ; General George W. Gordon, of Memphis, Tenn., Commander of the Tennessee Division United Confederate Veterans, has agreed to take charge of the Confederates. Captain John W. Morton, who commanded the Artillery for that band of noble heroes, known as Forrest Cavalry, will have charge of the battery. General Harvey II. Hannah, Commander of the National Guards of Tennessee, will have charge of the Nationa Guards. Captain George F. Ha ger, Commander of Troop A, Confederate Veterans of Nashville, Tenn., will have mounted men re presenting Forrest Cavalry on the skirmish line. The battle will take place in the fair grounds at Union City, July 4, 1906, at 1 to 2 o'clock p. m. ivery uonieuerate Veteran in Tennessee and surrounding States is cordially invited to attend. The sons ana daughters and public generally who desire to see per naps the last Jonfei?rate battle and hear the last "Rebeiyell" are also invited to attend. The railroads will give a special round trip rate of one and one- third cents per mile. John Hugh McDowell, Director General Sham Battle. SHAM BATTLE ON FOURTH OF JULY Great Preparations Being Made by Good People of Union City. Dispatches from Union City, by wireless telegraphy, Btate that Gen. Harvey Hannah and Capt. ohn V . Morton are already on - "v- f i 'I ! IE..-, Fair Grounds Where the Great-Sham Battle and the Races Take Place. 30 O D O PROGRAM 8 p.m. (July 3). Formal reception of Confederate Veterans and State Militia. By Committees and Bands. FORENOON. 4.00. Fourth of July Salute. Under the direction of Cap tains Little and Massengill, 8.00. General Street Entertainment. By the clowns. 8.30. Brass Band Concert In Railroad Park by one tf the o 9.30. 10.15. 10.45- II.OO. 1. 00. best bands in the State. Grand Street Parade.' Headed by Ex-Gov. Taylor, n o Soldiers, Artillery, Secret Orders in Uniform, Clubs, Decorated Vehicles, etc., under the direction of Dr. F. M. McRee, Marshal of the Day. : Salute to the Flag. Direction of General Hannah. Declaration of Independence. Judge A. J. Lawson. ", Address by Ex-Gov. Robt. L. Taylor. '. INTERMISSION FOR DINNER. AFTERNOON. Athletic contests Sports. Under the direction o of 145- 2.15. 0 o OE John Harrison and Dick Carter. Fancy Military Drill. By the "Nashville Grays," the crack military company of Tennessee. ' The Great ham Battle. Confederate Veterans com manded by General Gordon; State Militia under General Hannah; Cavalry, Infantry, Field Guns and all necessary equipment provided for this great est of all events. Horse Races. Direction of A. B. Campbell and V. C. Farris. , Comical Slow Mule Race. Direction of Farris and Campbell. Baseball game. Between Martin and .McKenzie, two of the best amateur teams m the State. 7.00. Concerts in Railroad Park. By fine Bands. 745. Magnificent Fireworks -Display. Direction George Dahnke. " The Power of Love " Company. Reynolds Opera House. Music all day by prominent bands. Thirty to fifty volunteer horses wanted for the parade. Will be in use a few minutes only. , 3-15- 4-45- 8.30. 10 the ground superintending the erection of fortifications in prepa ration for the great battle to be fought on July 4, when the echo of Morton's big guns will again reverberate over the hills and plains of West Tennessee as in the days of yore and recall. to mind the thrilling events of 1861 65. It is thought that the forces which will" be assembled to take part in the battle will reach the scene on the afternoon and nigM of the 3d of July. The old veter ans of the civil war, under com mand of their trusted leaders, will be opposed by the militia of the Volunteer State under command of experienced officers who have led their gallant ..men in two great wars and on both sides of the world. It will be Tennessean; meeting Tennesseans, and it be hooves, every veteran who can shoulder a musket to be in line on this great occasion, to maintain the reputation he so justly won on many hard-fought battlefields. Every member of Troop A and Company B is expected to answer roll call at 1 o'clock at the Union Station on the afternoon of July 3. Transportation will be furnished all participants, and the people of Union City and surrounding coun try are making vast preparations to give all comers a royal recep tion. Nashville Banner. HANNAH AND MOETON. Adjutant General Harvey Han nab and Captain John Morton will be here to look over the battle ground and arrange for the build ing of forts and breast-works. The sham battle will be the big gest thing of the kind ever under; taken in the South, and I;4,s ensa (if thecA In KnfnV the Four Lilicetes hie earnest ness w r bicb they are entering into thej flair. J (THE 80IJDIERN. There rill be three companies from Nihville, including the fa mous Nashvilie Grays, two from Jackson, one from Humboldt, probably one company from Mem phis, and the local company of Confederate Veterans and militia, who will take part in the battle. A BASKET DINNER. It has been decided to have an old-fashioned barbecue and basket dinner for the soldiers at the fair grounds. This has been turned over to the Daughters of the Con federacy, and everyone is expect ed to help the Daughters by do nating a well-filed basket. Reports from Middle and West Tennessee indicate there will be a greal rush of old soldiers to Union ity-.s the Fourth, tad as the old ""liers are our special guests ?' I Aav ft v 1 r v citizen fchoit 1 j - - - - j V it his personal business J THE GLORIOUS FOURTH. Notes Concerning the Big Celebra tion at Union City. The various committees are now working with a vengeance, and plans for the great celegration are reaching a state of perfection that is truly surprising. The sham bat tle which is to be a reproduction of one of the brilliant victories of peerless cavalry leaders, Gen. Na than B. Forrest, is being planned in detail by Gen Geo. W. Gordon, commanded by the Tennessee Di vision United Confederate Veter ans; uen. Jiarvey li. liannah, commander of the National Guard of Tennessee; Capt. John W. Mor-" ton, Chief of Artillery under Gen. Forrest, and Capf. Geo. F. Hager, commander of Troop A, Confed erate Veterans of Nashville. Capt. Hager's troop will represent For rest's Cavalry on the skirmish line. Capt. Morton will come down from Nashville next week and superintend the erection of fortifi cations and laying out of the bat tle grounds. The greatest enthusi asm is being exhibited by the military organizations in all parts of the State, and this is expected to eclipse anything of the kind ever attempted in this section. One of the most pleasing fea tures of the day will be the fancy drills by the "Nashville Grays," the best drilled military company in the State. This organization has recently given several exhi bitions in the hippodrome at Nash ville and is famous throughout -Tennessee. A special exhibition drill by 22 picked men is said to be one of the finest things of the kind ever performed by any mili tary company. A rare treat is in store for base ball enthusiasts, as Martin and McKenzie teams are rated aboat the best amateur clubs in the State, and there is a strong feeling of rivalry between them, insuring a hotly contested game. The monster parade, consisting of soldiers, artillery, bands, clubs,, secret orders, floats and many oth er tilings, will be an interesting sight, and all should make a special effort to get to Union City in time to witness it. WILL 00 TO UNION CITY. Members of Company B, Con federate Veterans, in reg'u I a r mooting Thursday night, at Cheat barn's Bivouac, in the Chamber of Commerce, determined to accept the invitation of the veterans of Union City to participate in the . exercises to be held there on the Fourth of July, and an order wi" issued by Capt. Spencer Eak yj commanding the members of, the company to assemble in the Union Station at 1 o'clock of the after noon of July 3, prepared to make the trip. The occasion will be in the nature of a reunion, this being the second, and it is expected to bring all of the uniformed veterans of Middle and West Tennessee to Union City. The citizens of the town have arranged for the enter tainment of the old soldiers and a pleasant time i b anticipated. Nashville American. 1 V e jed byi see that they are royally enter tained. The eyes of the entire State will be on us, and we must so conduct ourselves that a visit to Union City on July 4, 1907, will be looked forward to eagerly by every soul who is here on this com ing Fourth. second vice-presioeiir cnanis state mni, nasi: invitation from Union C present and participate Fourth of July exercises. one of the, best drilled companies in the State, and will make a fine showing at the celebration. COMPANY K ACCET 'CJ : ' "" " x- - 'CO c? of.