Confederate Reunion, 1900 (Louisville, KY)
From May 30 to June 6, 1900, the Confederate Reunion was held in Louisville, KY. It was estimated that a hundred thousand visitors attended the reunion, one of whom was Mingo Evans, heralded as a Negro hero from Alabama. Mingo, a slave of the Evans family, accompanied Joe Evans to Virginia in 1861 with the 9th Alabama. Joe was killed in the first battle of Manassas, and Mingo took his place. Mingo was injured and discharged from the military and sent home, taking with him the skull of a Yankee soldier. When Union soldiers came for the skull, Mingo hid in the mountains until the end of the Civil War. He had paid his own way to the reunion in Louisville, traveling with the veterans of Camp Horace King. Mingo Evans was included in the 1866 Morgan County, Alabama state census (Ancestry). He and two females were in the household. He is also listed in the 1867 Alabama voter registration book, volume 1, page 5. Mingo Evans is listed in the 1870 U.S. Census. He was a farmer, the husband of Manda Evans, and the father of Anna Evans. Mingo Evans had been a slave and his birth year was not known for certain; different years are given in the 1870 Census and the 1880 Cenus. For more see the Mingo Evans article in The Adair County News, 06/06/1900, p. 2, col. 3; and A. Shaw, "The Confederate Reunion at Louisville," The American Monthly Review of Reviews, 1900, v.22, Jul-Dec, p. 20-21.