This is a photograph of members of the Donelson Bivouac Number 6 located in Gallatin, Tennessee made in 1899. The Association of the Confederate Soldiers was founded in 1885 as the Tennessee Confederate Memorial and Historical Association. In 1887 the name was changed to The Association of the Confederate Soldiers. In 1889 the Association of Confederate Soldiers affiliated with the United Confederate Veterans and the term bivouac gave way to camp. The bivouacs were named in honor of notable Confederate soldiers. Bivouac Number 6 in Sumner County, Gallatin, Tennessee was named after Brigadier General Daniel Smith Donelson, for whom Confederate Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River was named for. Donelson commanded the 1st Brigade of Major General Benjamin Cheatham's 2nd Division at the battles of Perryville and Stones River. He was reassigned after Stones River to the Department of East Tennessee as the successor to Kirby Smith. Donelson was promoted to Major General on 5 march, 1863, but died in Knoxville, Tennessee on 17 April, 1863 of chronic diarrhea. This photograph was taken in 1899 and used on the front cover of the Confederate Veteran magazine in Jun, 1900. It shows Confederate Veterans of Sumner County, Tennessee. The flag displayed on the right side of the photograph is the Standard of the Donelson Bivouac Number 6. It depicts a likeness of Daniel Donelson in the center. There are over 100 people in the photograph, mainly veterans of the Confederate Army, with some wives and a couple of older children. Included in the photograph at the far right are a black male and female, possibly former servants of the Trousdale family. The home had belonged to Julius Trousdale, son of former soldier and Tennessee Governor William Trousdale. When Julies and his only child passed away, Mrs. Trousdale donated the home to the Daughters of the Confederacy. It was the Daughters of the Confederacy that allowed the Donelson Bivouac use of the home. This is an early and rare image of Confederate veterans taken in the late 1800's. The frame measures 15" wide, 13" high with the photo being 9 11/16" wide and 7 3/4" high. Here's another great candidate for the UCV collector, and it comes with an original issue of the C0onfederate Veterans magazine that featured this image on the cover!
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