Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1941.
|Chap. 330||Battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge, etc. Preamble.|
|Chap. 330||Centenary of peace with the Cherokee Indians.|
|Chap. 330||Appointment of commission authorized.|
|Sec. 2||Composition, residence requirement.|
|Sec. 2||Election of chairman and treasurer, adoption of rules for conduct of business.|
|Sec. 3||Appropriation authorized for observance expenses.
52 Stat., 1116; Post, 635.
|Sec. 3||Administrative provisions.|
|Sec. 3||Report to Congress.|
Whereas September 18 to 24, 1938, inclusive, marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the crucial Battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge, in the War between the States, and the one-hundredth anniversary of peace between the Cherokee Indians and the pioneers of Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama; and
Whereas sixteen thousand sons of twenty-eight of the sovereign States of the Nation gave their lives upon the battlefields; and
Whereas the consequence of their supreme sacrifice was the preservation of a Union of States that has grown greater and stronger with the passing of the years; and
Whereas these sons of twenty-eight States who gave their all that this Nation might remain forever one people lie buried in beautiful Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Cemetery; and
Whereas these heroes who gave their lives to the end that their sons and daughters might have the blessings of liberty and freedom that only a united Nation could preserve and sustain have descendants living today in every State of the Union; and
Whereas the Governors of the twenty-eight States whose sons lie buried in Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Cemetery have expressed a desire to give to the people of these respective States an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to this national shrine under appropriate auspices; and
Whereas the peoples of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee by action of the Governors of those States have expressed a willingness and a desire to cooperate with the National Government in giving to the people of the several States an opportunity to make this pilgrimage on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge; and
Whereas it is fitting that a Nation that has grown great in the
strength of a unity preserved and bequeathed to it by those who sacrificed their all should pause to pay homage to its heroic dead; and
Whereas it is fitting that the Nation by appropriate ceremonies should commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of peace between its pioneers and the Indians of the Cherokee race: Therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That the President of the United States is hereby authorized to appoint a commission for the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, and Missionary Ridge (hereafter called the commission).
The commission shall be composed of three members, all of whom shall be residents of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and who shall serve without compensation. It shall be the duty of the commission to arrange for, supervise, and. carry out appropriate observance of the said anniversary. The commission shall elect a chairman and a treasurer from among its members, and is authorized to adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as it may deem proper.
There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $35,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, for use by the commission in defraying expenses necessary for and incident to said observance. Any sums appropriated pursuant to the provisions of this Act shall be paid over to the treasurer of the commission by the Treasury of the United States for use by the commission as herein provided. All expenditures made by the commission shall be upon vouchers submitted by the treasurer of the commission and approved by its chairman. On or before the 1st day of January 1939 the commission shall make an accounting of all its expenditures, and a report of its activities to Congress.
Approved, June 10, 1938.