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Mackerness Hudson Whitaker

The following is from the Jackson Clarion newspaper dated November 7, 1889. This was the last time Lieutenant Colonel M. H. Whitfield of the 13th Mississippi is mentioned. Looking for his date of death which appears to be between late 1889 and 1893. He also appears to have had duty with the 1st Confederate Engineers in 1864.

CONFEDERATE RE-UNION AT MERIDIAN

The Confederate Veterans of Walthall Post No. 1 at Meridian, had a very successful re-union on Wednesday of last week. Fully two hundred and fifty of the boys who wore the grey were in the column that marched from the court-house through the principal streets, under the command of Col. M. H. Whitaker and Grand Marshal W. D. Cameron. The speaking and barbecue took place at Highland Park, and the street cars and private conveyances took a crowd of about three thousand by half-past twelve o’clock, when the exercises begun. Hon. J. P. Walker was Master of Ceremonies. Capt. W. H. Hardy delivered the address of welcome, and made a splendid speech on the Southern Cause generally. He was repeatedly applauded. Col. C. E. Hooker followed in one of his best efforts. Notwithstanding three-fourths of the audience had to stand, and in the sun, both speeches held the vast audience until last syllable was pronounced. A bountiful dinner followed, after which most of the crowd left the Park, but about five hundred persons honored this writer with an attentive hearing for about thirty minutes.

All the speakers warmly advocated the completion of the Confederate Monument on the Capitol grounds, and a letter from Miss Sallie B. Morgan on the subject, read by Capt. Hardy, was warmly applauded. An impromptu program entertained an immense audience at the Opera House at night. Mr. E. H. Dial reported progress in the matter of raising funds for a Confederate Monument in Rose Hill Cemetery. Miss Pauline Townsend recited “”All Quiet Along the Potomac To-night.”” Then followed a song by Mr. Baker. Then letters from Hon. Jefferson Davis, Gov. Lowry, Gen. S. D. Lee, Gen. E. C. Walthall, Hon. E. Barksdale, Gen. J. W. Featherston, Gen. J. Z. George, Gen. J. W. Ferguson, and Governor J. M. Stone. “”Tenting on the Old Camp Ground”” was rendered by a quintette of ladies , many of the audience joining in the chorus. Col. Hooker was then introduced and electrified his audience for half an hour. A Confederate flag, in flowers, was presented to the veterans by Mrs. T. D. Reed, and on being accepted, they unanimously resolved to send it to Mrs. Davis. The singing of Auld Lang Syne, a collection for the Meridian Confederate Monument , and eloquent, feverent prayer by Rev. Dr. Hackett closed the programme.

The non-arrival of Gov. Lowry was a great disappointment. The train the evening before was two hours late at Jackson. The bulletin-board said it would arrive at 7, but it left ten minutes before that time, and when the Governor was again on his way to the depot. Mayor Griffin, Capt. Hardy, Col. Whitaker, Capt. Walker, Capt. Brown, Col. Shannon, Messrs. Cater, White, Cameron and all the gentlemen having charge of the details, were indefatigable in their attentions to their invited guests, and added to their own and the reputation of their Magic City.”

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