By John B. Green III
So imagine the surprise of New Bern's ladies when, on two different occasions, former Union soldiers presented them with handsome pieces of silver. The silver gifts were tokens of appreciation and gratitude from the Union veterans for the kind reception and gracious hospitality they had experienced while revisiting New Bern.
|Dedication of the New Jersey monument, May 18, 1905.|
|Massachusetts monument dedicated Nov. 11, 1908|
Boston, Mass., Dec. 3, 1908
Mrs. Charles L. Stevens, New Bern, N.C.
Dear Mrs. Stevens - The undersigned were appointed a committee by the Massachusetts Delegation to New Bern to present to the New Bern Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, a suitable memorial, that they may realize in a slight degree the deep sense of gratitude which the Massachusetts Delegation feels toward them; and we have, accordingly purchased a sterling silver punch bowl and ladle, which we are shipping you by express today.
Wm. D. Chapple
Wm. H. Brigham
Chas. B. Amory
|Punch bowl and ladle presented by the Massachusetts Delegation|
Presented to New Bern Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, by the Massachusetts Delegation of State Officials and Veterans of the War of 1861-1865, in grateful appreciation of the hospitality, kindness and sympathy shown them at the dedication of the Soldiers Monument in the National Cemetery, New Bern, North Carolina, November 11, 1908.
|Rhode Island monument dedicated Oct. 6, 1909|
Jan. 5, 1910
To the United Daughters of the Confederacy, New Bern, N.C.:
The members of the Rhode Island party that visited New Bern, N.C., October 6th, 1909, for the purpose of dedicating the Rhode Island monument in the National Cemetery, remembering with much pleasure the cordial reception and delightful entertainment accorded them by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, respectfully desire your acceptance of the accompanying gift, as indicating their appreciation of the friendly greetings extended to them on that occasion, and also express the hope that memories recalled by it will be as pleasing to you as the recollections of the visit are gratifying to them.
Phillip S. Chase
|Ewer presented by the Rhode Island delegation|
Presented to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, New Bern, N.C. by the Delegation from Rhode Island at the Dedication of the State Monument, New Bern, N.C., October 6, 1909.
These prized pieces of silver were used by the New Bern Daughters of the Confederacy for as long as the chapter existed (it is now defunct). The last members transferred the silver to the Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens in 1990 for display and safekeeping.