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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHING-TOE", D. 0., AFEIL 22, 1882.
GRAND ARMY MATTERS.
WHAT THE VARIOUS POSTS ARE
DOING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
ActiTC Preparations for the National Encampment
at Baltimore The Approaching Grand lie
union in Kansas New Posts Organ
ized Ping Presentations, Ac.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Baltimore. April 20. The Departments of
Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Delaware,
Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania,
and Elaine will be fully represented at the
coming National Encampment here, having
already engaged quarters at different hotels in
tho city. A number of other Department Com
manders arc making inquiries and completing
arrangements for quarters for their Depart
ments, and besides these we have assurances
from a large number of Posts of Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Ohio, and
Delaware of their intention to be present and
take part in the parade. Mr. Jno. T. Ford has
tendered us a benefit on Wednesday, May 3d,
(afternoon and night.) In doing so Mr. Ford
" Gen. W. E. W. Eos?, Chairman, etc.
"My Dear General: It is the intention of
the management of the Grand Opera House to
give a benefit to the hospitality fund of the
Grand Army of the Republic for the entertain
ment of visitors to tho Annual Encampment of
1SS2, the entire expense of the performance and
its preparation to bo borne by tho house, and
the receipts from the sale of tickets (which will
all be furnished) paid over to you for tho pur
pose named. The attraction will bo Baltimore's
favorite comedian, C. B. Bishop, and an ade
quate company in a new comedy.
" Very respectfully yours, Jon:,' T. Ford."
The following reply has been sent:
" I am instructed to transmit to you the fol
lowing extract from the proceedings of a meet
ing of this committee held on the above date:
"Whereas this committee, fully appreciating
the generous motive which prompted Mr. John
T. Ford, manager of the Grand Opera, House,
in tendering his services and the use of the
Opera House in arranging a performance for
the benefit of the hospitality fund of the G. A.
Iu, desiring to return its sincere thanks, there
fore be it
"Iicsolrcd, That in accepting the generous
offer of Mr. Ford the committee tenders its
thanks for his generosity and assurance of the
appreciation of his disinterested kindness by
all the comrades of the Grand Army of this
Department. Yours truly,
"Jno. A. Thompson, Secretary."
INTEREST IN THE ENCAMPMENT.
Great interest is being manifested among all
classes here in the coming Encampment. Am
ple funds will be secured to ensure a most hos
pitable entertainment of our soldier guests.
Among the recent letters received by General
Boss from prominent citizens accepting posi
tions on the honorary finance committee are
Judge George William Brown writes: "I ap
preciate the compliment, and if my name would
be of any service you are entirely at liberty to
use it." Judge George W. Dobbin says: "You
are quite at liberty to use my name in any way
in which you may think it will promote the
.hospitality of Baltimore." Judge Henry A.
Garey writes: "You may use my name in any
vvay that will promote the surcess of tho En
campment." Judge Robert Gilmor. writes: "It
villi give me pleasure to act with your com
mittee, and I will cheerfully unite with your
organization in securing tho objects desired."
Judge Nciison Toe wiitcs: " I accede with great
pleasure to your request in order to show our
visitors how general and sincere is the city's
welcome. I feel persuaded that every visitor
will return to his home satisfied that the strife
between the sections has given place to com
plete harmony and good-will.
INVITATIONS TO SOUTHERN COMPANIES,
General Ross has addressed the following let
ter to southern companies, inviting them to
participate in the grand parade:
Mi Dear Sir: On the 2Lst to 23d of June
next the National Convention of the Grand
Army of the Republic, composed of veteran
soldiers from the North, East, and West, holds
its annual session in the city of Baltimore, Md.
As this is the first time the Grand Army has
met in any Southern State, it is proposed by
the mayor and city council, the several mer
cantile organizations, and our citizens generally
to five a grand military parade and reception
in honor of the occision. The Grand Army is
an organization whose objects appeal to the
sympathies and receive the commendations of
th" civilized world" to provide for the maimed I
and helpless, and the widows and orphans of
those who fell in the line of duty." There is
not a hamlet in the country containing a
wounded, sick, or destitut-j family entitled to
it- good offices where they are not cheerfully
bestowed without parade or ostentation. Its
means, its influent:', and the whole power of
its organisation is given fully to alleviate and
improve the conditio.! of all who stood with it
in tho fire of battle, whether members or not,
and to provide for those who have no earthly
helper. Such an organization cannot cherish
any bitter recollections of the strife, nor nurse
any small resentments. It is with a feeling,
th Tifore, of the deepest cordiality that in be
half of the Grand Army of the Department of
Maty land I extend to you and the military
co nnany you have the honor to command a
fraternal invitation to participate in the public
ceremonies of the inauguration of the sixteenth
Annual Encampment of the Grand Army of the
Assuring you that your visit will be appre
ciated by our visiting comrades from the .North
and our citizens generally witnout regard to
preiious differences, lam very truly yours, in
" Fraternity, Loyalty, and Charily,"
W. E. W. Ross,
Chairman Ex. Committee.
A REPLY rr.OM RICHMOND.
The first response comes from Richmond, as
Ahmory Richmond Light Inf. Blues,
Richmond, Va., April 11, 1S82.
W. E. W. Ross. Chairman, &c.,.
My Dear Sir: 1 am instructed by my com
pany to thank you for your very Uatteringand
court-onus invitation extended to it to partici
pate in the grand military parade given in
honor of the occasion of the sixteenth Annual
Encampment, of the Grand Army of the Re
public, in the City of Baltimore, on the 2Jst to
23d of .Tune next, and to say that it would af
ford us great plcaiurc to attend as a military
body, representing.-as wc do, the oldest organi
zation of the kind in the South. The matter
of acceptance is now under consideration, and
yon will be, informed :u early as possible of the
definite determination of the company.
Thanking you for your kind expressions and
reciprocating your fraternal feelings, I have
the honor to be yours, respectfully,
W. G. Forres, Secretary.
CIIMRMAN OF TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.
Mr. Milo V. Bailey, superintendent of mails
at the Baltimore post-office, has been appointed
chairman of tho Committee on Transportation
of rhe Grand Army of the Republic, and.will
immediately proceed to place himself ia. Corre
spondence or personal communication with tho
authorities of tho railroad and steamer compa
nies in order to obtain from them favorable rates
for tho delegates and visitors to tho National
THE COMING REUNION IN KANSAS.
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Topeka. April 1G. The arrangements for
the grand Reunion of ex-soldiers which is to
bo held in this city in September next arc pro
gressing satisfactorily and tho indications all
point to a great demonstration. At a meeting
of the special committee, Thomas J. Anderson
presiding, letters accepting invitations to be
present were read from Gen. J. Warren Keifer,
Speaker of the Houso of Representatives, and
other prominent ex-soldiers. The reading pro
voked great enthusiasm. Committees were
appointed to prepare an address to the soldiers
, of tho State, and to select, establish, and havo
general charge of the camp grounds. Captain
P. Wade was designated major doino of artil
lery. Tho presidontwas authorized to appoint
commissary and finance committees, and it
was ordered that regular meetings to arrange
the details of the Reunion be held on tho fourth
Saturday of each month.
A "WELL-DESERVED HONOR.
Captain E. D. Rose, of Holtou, Kas., writes,
stating that a new Post of tho Grand Army
has been established there, called "Will Wen
dell Post " in memory of Corporal William E.
Wendell, who was killed at Chicamanga. A
large portion of Company E was recruited in
Jackson county, Kansas, and Young Wendell
lived in Mat county for several years prior to
his enlistment. The color sergeant of tho regi
ment, Charles Rovohl, Co. I, was shot and in
stantly killed very early in the first day's bat
tle. Corporal Wendell took the colors from his
hands when he fell and carried them for sr.mo
hours, when he, too, was mortally wounded.
Of the other members of the color guard, Cor
poral Charles Morgan, Co. n, was shot and in-
! stantly killed. Corporals Sprouse, Co. G, and
George Matthews, Co. F, were mortally wound
ed ; Corporal Alan Bozarth, Co. II, was severely
wounded in the thigh, and Corporal Thomas
Adamson, Co. D, who took tho colors from Cor
poral Wendell, was wounded in the arm. Only
two corporals of the guavd, John Binger, Co. B,
and Hugh Turner. Co. K, escaped unhurt. Of
the nine men constituting the color guard fivo
were instantly killed or died of their wounds
shortly afterwards, two others were wounded,
and only two escaped unharmed.
Young Wendell was one of tho most gallant
soldiers of the regiment a. quiet, modest,
manly boy, gentle as a woman and brave as a
lion. Tho Jackson county soldiers have done
a creditable act in perpetuating his memory in
the name of their Grand Army Post.
A HANDSOME FLAG FOR TYLER POST.
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Hartford, Conn., April 15. The lady mem
bers of Robert 0. Tyler Tost sent to its ball, a
few evenings 3ince, a beautiful and costly silk
flair, accompanied by the following letter:
Gentlemen of the Robert 0. Tyler Foxt :
We, the representatives of many happy firo
sides, secured to us by your courage and patri
otism, ask your acceptance of this nag, remem
bering that for these colors and the principles
of unity, equality, and liberty which they Tcp
present, you as well as your fellow comrades,
have "even dared to die."
Our prayers and tears attended yon, as with
floating banners and beat of the drum wc saw
your regiments go forth to tho rescue of onr
imperriled country, and sadly and silently we
welcomed you back, when, by your thinned
ranks and battle stained flags, tho costly price
you had paid for our homes, was fully revealed
JOjUS. '- " v:""
.Now that triumphs of pearo-havasneceoded.
to the victories of war, we offer you this token
of our gratitude, hoping that this flag may
wave over many pleasant Reunions of the Rob
ert 0. Tyler Post, and serve to assure you of
the grateful appreciation of wives, mothers,
sisters, and friends.
A mooting of tho Post was at once called, and
the following letter of acknowledgment and
thanks adonted :
Ladies: Wc could not fail to thank you very
sincerely for tiio flag which you have given us,
for it is the ensign of our country, brightened
by pleasant memories of the givers. But wc
thank j'ou again, and, moreover, because this
new flag comes to us rich in old memories, and
endeared by personal associations and experi
ences of both war and peace.
Many here recall, by contrast with this pre
sentation, those days of twenty years ago, when
they left their firesides to follow colors which
wives and brothers, sisters and sweethearts
gave them colors that led them far in distance
and in peril, but led them home again at last,
as though the worn flags longed for the hands
that made them. Those flags wcro home and
country both. They who fought around them
fought for both, and they who died beneath
them died for both
Those times seem very distant now. They
are scarcely within the memory of some who
have joined in this presentation. But it is
pleasant to recognize the old feeling in this gift,
and to catch the old inspiration after the lapse
of two-thirds of a generation.
Indeed, we arc reminded anew of what it has
since then been impossible to forget, that they
who kept the homes behind us were the strength
of our hands and the courage of our hearts;
that they rejoiced and mourned with us, and
came with us by a common suffering to a com
We have spoken of this flag as new, but in
the better sense it is old. It is like a reprint
of the Lible a book that cr.n never be new. It
is the gift of long-time friends. It tells tho old
storie3 in the old way, arouses the old enthusi
asms, stimulates the old hopes, and repeats tho
old promises. If we may so speak of anything
on earth, Ave may say of flags that they are of
an immortal race. They are of the generations
that have passed away and of the ages that aro
to come. They begin with and out-last thoir
nations. They aro historians that all men
know ; prophets that all patriots believe.
This flag is longer lived than we, but whilo
we livo we shall greet it in our assemblies, and
follow it in our processions, and cherish it in
our hearts, for the sake of those who gave it
and of tho dead who made it dear. Tho day
must come when our hands will ceaso to carry
it, but we know the day can never come when
we shall cease to lovo it, or forget to thank tho
FROM THE KEYSTONE STATE.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Noeeirtown Pa., A pi. 15. Upon tho occasion
of a recent visit to Post No. 11, of Norristown, of
Department Commander Yandorslico and staff,
a most enjoyable Reunion took place. Tho vis
itors included A. A. G. Tho-s. J. Stewart; A. Q.
M. II. G. Williams; E. G. Sellers, of Council of
Administration ; A. D. C. Armstrong and Wildo,
Comrades Aitken, Post 7; J. K. Davidson, Tost
2; and W. H. Bartrnm, Post S. The comrades
gave the visitors a thorough Grand Army wel
come, meeting them at the depot and escorting
thorn to Post room. An exhibition muster was
given, in which the stercoptican was used, A. A.
G. Stowart acting as commander, A. Q. M. Wil
liams as ollicnr of the day, and A. D. C. Arm
strong as chaplain. Four recruits wcro mus
tered in, and a number of new ftpplicntions
received. The Department Cominrttidor made
ono of his characteristic Grand Army spocches,
dwelling at length on the past history of Post
11, with which he was very familiar. He was
foil wed by A. Q. M. H. G. Williams in a speech
and A. D. C. W. IL Armstrong in a recitation,
"John Burns at Gettysburg." After the Post
closed a collation was spread in the reading
room, of which all present partook. The com
rades of Post 11 appreciate the visit and hope
to have, tho pleasure of seeing tho Department
officers soon again; they are proud of their
Post, and visitors arc always welcome.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Philadelphia, April 1,1. The members of
Post No. 3S had a most agreeable Reunion a
few days since, the occasion being a ilag pre
sentation by their lady friends. The largo
hall was densely packed; the music was par
excellence, and the singing could not be ex
celled. Tho wonderful ability of Comrade
Hamilton, of Post 230, in which he handled
tho army musket was simply astonishing, and
was well applauded. Owing to the late arrival
of Comrade Stone, of Post 88, who was to re
ceive the Hag on behalf of the Post, the eallaut
Comrado Major Hull, of Post 117, gracio'isly
porformed that duty in a most satisfactory
manner. Comrade Judge Over, of Post 3d,
made tho presentation speech, which was full
of pariotism. Speeches were also made by
Comrado W. A. Stone, followed by N. G. Ayres,
Esq., of Sharpsburg.
JOTTINGS FROM JERSEY.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Trenton, N. J., April 17. A visit by your
correspondent to several of the Posts in this
Stato establishes the fact that The National
Tribune is a welcome visitor among the mem
bers, and all the indications point to a rapid
and largo increase of its circulation throughout
this Department. An investigation has just
been made by a special committee of tho Leg
islature of certain charges of damage to camp
equipage alleged to have occurred during the
encampments at Dcckertown, Skillman, and
Bordentown. After the Governor's veto of the
Grand Army bill, Mr. Herr, of the committee,
reported that the Grand Army, as an organiza
tion, is not and never was responsible for the
loss of some $515 on account of the Dcckertown
encampment. In reference to the loss at Camp
Spillman of .?512 the committee found that the
sum of $397 charged as having been paid for
cleaning camp and garrison equipage, repairing
tents, &c, should not have been charged against
the Grand Army. The sum of $57.50 itemized
for "loss of camp and garrison equipage" is
also excessive the net loss not exceeding $30.
Other errors are corrected in the report. At the
Bordentown encampment the loss represented
was $612; of this amount $2(50 wcro paid the
regular employees for cleaning and repairing.
Tho value of equipage lost was only $71 accord
ing to Regular army prices. The loss at Dcckor
Camp to the State was actually nothing; at
Camp Skillman nothing, and at Bordentown
only $215. By direction of Governor McCk-1-lan
all of this indebtedness was cancelled.
Commander Campbell, referring to this matter,
says : The Department Commander extends to
yon his congratulations, upon the fact that
figures which, amounting to $1,700.53, looked
so formidable in a solemn Stato paper, aro re
duced by a Stato paper of equal solemnity to so
Additional appointments havo been made on
tho staff of Department Commander Edward L.1
Campbell, to be assistant inspectors, as follows:'
E. P. Simpson, Ford. Kirshmeycr, Samuel Huf
ty, W. S. Snlger, E. Gordon, A. T. Parsons, E.
W. Davis, A. M. Matthews, W. II. McCullough,
Cyrus E. Cook, Charles 12. Merritt, Philip E.
Tufts, Wm. J. Buckley. Levi C. Albcrtson, II.
II. Dc Grofi't, Joint Mueller, John A. Dall,
Thomas P. Rockett, A. L. Scott, S. N. Rockhill,
Geo. W. Royce, A. Hansbeck, ,los. It. Woodruff',
T. W. Lavakc, and Renj. C. Brown.
In announcing tho abo'c appointments In
spector William II. Do Hort says (with tho
approval of the Department Commander) :
With but a few exceptions, tho assistant in
spectors have been selected from among the
past Post Commanders, believing them to be
more familiar with tho workings of Post af
fairs, and upon the receipt of the order
announcing their appointment, they-will re
port their acceptance or declination to tho
Department Inspector. No ornamental ap
pointments have been made, and there is no
ornamental work to be done, but a faithful and
prompt discharge of duties will be required.
In addition to the annual inspection, other and
important duties arc assigned. Assistant in
spectors will be thoroughly instructed in every
detail by the Department Inspector, and will
visit the Posts to which they aro assigned
during the month of May, for tho purpose of
imparting snch instruction as maybe found
necessary to correct irregularities, and to assist
tho ofliccrs to prepare their Posts for a proper
and uniform inspection in November, in accord
ance with tho system adopted by tho National
Assistant inspectors will hold themselves in
readiness to be detailed to visit new Posts at
their first three encampments after muster, for
the purpose of assisting and instructing the
officers in their duties.
As there is but one code of rules and regula
tions that governs tho (J rand Army, but one
form for ceremonies and ono ritual, there is no
good reason why they should not be followed.
Assistant inspectors must be frank, positive,
and courteous in giving instruction, and unless
they aro willing to assume this important ser
vico their appointment will prove detrimental
to tho object in view, which is to secure uni
formity in the working of Posts, a uniform
inspection, and the classification of excellent for
each Post, as well as to enable the Department
to attain the highest standard of excellence in
tho National Encampment.
Tho Department Commander also refers to
the proposed field encampment during the
ensuing summer, and invites a note from each
Post on tho advisability of doing so.
CAMP-FIRE IN KANSAS.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Fort Scott, April 19. A Camp-fire of Lytic
Post, No. 32, was held in the Opera House here
this evening. The hall was beautifully decor
ated with appropriate mottoes, National flags,
and banners. Tho stage setting represented a
miniature encampment, surrounded with guns,
cannon, swords, and other military equipments.
A largo audience was in attendance and the
following programmo was rendered in a most
Overtnre, National Air, Flcasanton Military
Band. Song aud Chorus, "Marching Through
Georgia," Miss Lillio Walkinshaw assisted by
Coyote Glco Club. Quartette, "America," Mrs.
M. Heine, Miss Effic Havens, Mr. James Cuih
bertson, and Mr. Durald Havens. Lecture.
"The Citizen Soldier of the Republic," Com
rade C. W. Blair. Song, "The Star Spangled
Banner," Miss Eflle Havens, acrompauicd by
Comrado John Bmnny on the cornet. Song
and chorus, "Tenting To-night on the Old
Camp Ground," Coyote Glee Club. Recitation,
"Kentucky Belle," Miss Lillio Walkinshaw.
Solo, Mrs. J. M. Limbockcr. Quartette, tho
Episcopal Choir Quartet to. "The Bugler," Mr.
Durald Havens. Buglo Sounds, Comrado Brun
ny. The Grand Army Poem, "Fraternity,
Charity, Loyalty," illustrated with stercopticon
-riows of the war, by Department Commander
J. C. Walkinshaw. Solo, "The Battle Prayer,"
Mr. James Cuthbertsoii. Recitation, "How
Jane Conquest Rang tho Bell," Miss Lillio
Wr.lkinshaw. Song and Chorus, "Rallj
Round tho Flag, Boys," Coyote Glee Club
Everybody. Closing Overture, Plcasanton
Military Band. Bugle sounds "Taps," Com
rade John Brunny.
THE GRAND ARMY IN IOWA.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Newton, Iowa, April 15. The following
ofliccrs were elected at tho recent annual ses
sion held in Des Moines:
Commander, Geo. B. nogin, Newton ; S. V.
C, Frank DeFord, Stuart; J. V. C, George L.
Wright, Dennison; Medical Director, Alf.
Hammer, Des Moines; Chaplain, D. R. Lucas,
Council of Administration. W. F. Conrad,
Des Moines; P. V. Cary,Des Moines; M.T.V.
Bowman, Des Moines; J. J. Bolin, Council
Bluffs; Aaron Brown, Fayette.
Delegates to National Encampment. J. K.
Powers, Des Moines; John Lindt, Council
Bluffs. Alternates, J. W. Hatton, Carroll; W.
W. Phillips, Des Moines.
The following appointments arc announced
on the staff' of the Commander:
Assistant Adjutant General, N. Townsend,
Newton; Assistant Quartermaster General, W.
It. Mann in ir, Newton; Inspector, L. S.Tyler,
Keokuk; Judge Advocate, E. J. Abbott, Coun
cil P.lufi's; Mustering Officer, Robert Aiton,
Aides-de-Camp. II. E. Griswold, Atlantic;
Albert Head, Jefferson ; W. II. Benson, Daven
port; M. T. V. Bowman, Des Moines; ; S. S.
Curtis, Keokuk; D. Ryan, Newton: Phil. M.
Crapo, Burlington : J. B. Cook, Carroll; H. E.
Rodgers, Stuart; C. P. Searle, Oskaloosa; n.
C. Townsend. Des Moines; S. L. Fuller, Des
Moines; W. D. Lucas, Ames; S. E. Whicher,
Bntna; G. W. Cliafcc. Dexter; J. R. Sheley,
Redf-old; A. W. C. Weeks, Wintcrsct; Horace
G. Wolfe, Jessup.
A NEW POST IN IOWA.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Eldon, Iowa, April 15. At a meeting of ex
soldiers held here a few evenings since a new
I'ost of the Grand Army was organized, with a
membership of thirty-nine, and an excellent
prospect for a large increase. It is called Eldon
Post. Tho organization was ciTectel by De
partment Inspector of Iowa L. S. Tyler, and
the following oilb-crs were chosen: l'ost Com
mander, W. H. Mix; S.Y.P. C, J. (J. Akers;
J. Y. P. C, J. T. Overturf; Adj't, E. H. Thomas;
Q. M., J. C. Gruwell; Surg., George A. Raker;
Chaplain, F.Mathers: O. D..S. I Carter; O.G.,
L. W. Mix; Serg't-Maj., C. W. Friend; Q. M.
Serg't, W. II. Morgan.
A HEW POST IN MICHIGAN.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Mason, Mich., April 15. A new Post of tho
Grand Army of the Republic, to be called Phil
McKornan l'ost, No. ."53, was formed at Mason,
Mich., with thirty-four members, and tho fol
lowing were duly mustered by A. Cotterell, of
Post No. -12, Lansing, Deputy Mustering Oilicer
Department of Michigan, assisted by Com
mander Rush J. Shanks, Adjutant C. D. Cowles,
Oilicer of the Day John A. Elder. A. Sanders,
and other comrades of Post No. 42 :
Commander, John C. Squires: S.Y.C., James
R. Sherwood; J. Y. C, Andrew W. Mohan;
Adj't, Charles A. Perry: Q. M., Charles W. Yan
Slyke; Surgeon, Wm.W. Root: Chaplain, Win.
Gregg; O. D., A. J. Bartlett; Q. G., Samuel C.
Parker; S. M., L. B. Rico; Q. M. S., H. C. Free
land. Captain Phil McKcrnan, after whom the Post
was named, enlisted in company B, Seventh
Michigan infantry, and was musteitd into the
United States service in 1SG1. He died in 1SG2.
ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF A POST,
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
New Orleans. April 10. The tenth anni
versary of the organization of Joseph A. Mower
Post, No. 1. G. A. R.. was celebrated a few
evenings since with ceremonies of an exceed
ingly interesting character. This Post has an
active membership of 300, among whom are
many regular subscribers to. and friends of
The National Tribune. The meeting was
presided over by Senior Vice-Commander Win.
B. ITamblet. Ho introduced Colonel William
Wright, who delivered an interesting address,
sketching tho military career of General
Joseph A. Mower, after whom the Post received
its title. General Mower was a native of Ver
mont. He served gallantly in the Mexican
war, and Avhen the rebellion broke out was
among the first to offer his services. Ho was
seriously wounded at Corinth but recovered
and was present at tho grand review of the
Twentieth Army Corps, in Washington, after
the close of the war. His death occurred in
1S70, while in command of the Department of
the Gulf, at New Orleans. After a vote of
thanks to Colonel Wright for his interesting
sketch, the members of the Post, and thoir
friends, adjourned to I ho ante-room and par
took of a bountiful eolhition.
NEW HAMPSHIRE NOTES.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Lake Village. N. II., April 10. Commander
Martin A. Haynes has issued an order appoint
ing the following comrades aides-de-camp on
the staff of tho Department Commander :
Frank E. Rollins, Exeter, Post 23; David B.
Currier, Danville, Posl' 31 ; Ezra H. Wheeler.
Salmon Falls, Post 21; William A. Graham.
Col ebrook.' Post 57; John Kenney, New Ips
wich. Post 27; Albert Dudley, Hanover, Post
ijG; Geonro H. Waldron, Newport, Post 10;
John W.Mears, Manchester, Post 3; Samuel N.
Brown, Fishcrville, Post 31; .lames Tohney,
Dover, Post 17; A.L. Kimball, Rochester, Post
22; Hezokiah Dow, Hampstead, Post 33.
A NEW POST IN MARYLAND.
Assistant Adjutant-General John II. Sutcr,
Inspector II. G. llaydcii, Chief Mustering
Officer Gcorgo W. Johnson, and Aides-dc-Camp
N. M. liittcnhousc, A. C. Evans, and Charles
W. Banthcm mustered a now lsc atEllieott
City, Md.. last week. It is called A. D. Rey
nolds Post, No. 23. Following is a list of the
officers elected: Post Commander, Jacob W.
Myers; S. V. C, Joseph F. Murphy; J. V. C,
William O. Whcary; Surg., Isaac J. Bcwley;
O. D., William A. Howard; Q, M., Frederick
Brent; O. G., Gcorgo Clark; Chaplain, Lewis
Kline. Twenty-two recruits were mustered.
The Department officers were entertained bj
tho members of the new l'ost and Mr. and Mrs.
THANKS FROM WISCONSIN.
Specinl Correspondence National Tribune.
Darien, Wis., April 1. At a meeting of
Abraham Lincoln Post, No. 3, Department of
Wisconsin, G. A. It., J. M. Vandcrhoof, com
mander, tho following resolutions wcro unani
triously adopted :
Jicsalved, That wo tender our sinceio thanks
to tho Hon. Senators 1). W. Voorhees, J. J. In
galls, Geo. CJ. Vest, and others who have labored
faithfully in the interests of tho old soldiers.
Jtesolved, That a copy of these resolutions be
sent to each of tho above-named Senators and
to The National Tribune.
"MILES O'REILLY" MEMORIAL.
The committee of Dahlgren Post, No. 3M,
Department N. Y., Grand Army of the Repub
lic, appointed for the purpose of erecting a
monument over tho remains, in Cypress Hills
Cemetery, of Gen. Charles G. Halpine, "Miles
O'Reilly," have selected a design somewhat
similar to what has been erected to commemo
rate Ibe memory of Horace G rceley. The dedi
cation, which isintcr-dedtotakeplacoon Tues
day, May 30, (Decoration Day,) promises to bo
ono of tho main features of the observances or
ceremonies of the day. Tho grand marshal and
his staff, with several Posts of t lie Grand Army,
have signified their intention of joining Dahl
gren Post in doing honor to tho memory of tho
CAN BEAT IT SIX MONTHS.
To the Editor National Tribune:
In the last issue of yonr valuable paper I
find the following: "Who can beat it? A
nephew of General E. H. Ilobson, of Kentucky,
and brother of General Wm. E. Ilobson, en
tered the "union Army at tho age of 13. Who
can beat it?" Now, permit mo to say that I
can beat it just six months.
Warren JleKinney, of New Concord, Ohio,
entered the Union Army at the age of 12 V years ;
enlisted with Captain James C. Cummins, com
pany A, loth O. V. I., and served in the Union
Army 3 years and 2 months; was drummer boy
for company A for 11 months, and for 2 years
was on Major-Goneral T. J. Woods's escort. At
the time of his enlistment September 9, 1831,
he was 4 feet seven inches high ; weight, 85
pounds; and at this time is assistant postmas
ter at New Concord, Ohio height 5 feet S
inches, and weighs 200 pounds. Tho above
record, I think, cau be beaten by a drummer
boy of tltc -19th O. V. I., which was in the same
brigade with the 15th 0. V. I., and if this no
tice should bo seen by General V.. H. Gibson,
of Ohio, I think he can give the 4Jth boy's ago
aud dato of enlistment. ,
Who was at headquarters 3rd division, 4th
ASOLDIERAT THE AGE OF NINE YEARS
To tho Editor National Tribune.
Elkhart, Ind., April 12 I notice in your
issue of April S, the query "Who can beat it?"
Reference is made to a soldier who enlisted at
the age of thirteen. Iu answer to the query I
would say that Elmer Post, No. 37, G. A. 11.,
of Elkhart, Indiana, has a comrade who en
listed at tho age of nine years, eight months,
and nintccn days. His name is Aveiy Brown.
We claim him as the youngest soldier who was
regularly mustered into tho service.
Again the query, " Who cau beat it?"
W. D. Miduleton.
INDORSING A COMRADE.
The officers and comrade- of Lyon Post, No.
8, of Oakland, Cal., have united in a, memorial
urging tho appointment of Lucius S. Hart, a
disabled and worthy comrade, for the office of
collector or Indian agent. Tito memorial is
addressed to Senator Miller. The action taken
by the Post is also indorsed by many leading
citizens of California, and appears avcII worthy
of General Miller's careful cousideratio.ii.
WELCOMING AH OLD COMRADE.
The return of Sergeant Joseph T. Armstrong,
late of the Sixth U. S. Cavalry, to civil life,
says the Monongahela (Ta.) Iiepnfjlk-v.i, was
signalized by a pleasant reception given by the
Light Guards in their armory. There were
present Post (50, G. A. R., Senator Lawrence,
several of the clergy, and a number of promi
nent citi-.'ens, and the Monongahela city band.
Tho Grand Army Tost was escorted to the hall
at S o'clock. A sergeant's guard and the band
then proceeded to the Miller House and escorted
citizen Armstrong into tiio hall. He was re
ceived with warm applause, and after being
formally introduced by Captain Bowman, orders
Avero given to " pipe to rations." Ono hundred
and forty-two guests were accommodated at
the beautifully spread tables. A number of
addresses wcro mado by prominent persons
present, when citizen Armstrong responded,
giving a graphic description of army life on
Tho ovation was a deserved tribute to a gal
lant soldier, and the guests departed with a
pleasant satisfaction at tho entertainment and
hospitality of Company A, of the Tenth.
A BRAVE SOLDIER'S HARD FATE.
-Colonel 'Alexander Campbell died in Cincin
nati on Wednesday night under very distress
ing circunistances. The Enquirer of that city
gives the following account of his sufferings in
the issue of Saturday last: Colonel Campbell
served through the war, going into tho service
in the Forty-seventh Ohio Vol. Inf., and bears
an honorable record. For the past ten years he
has been suffering from an abscess and other
ailments brought on by exposure in tho army.
Poor health and adversity overwhelmed him,
and for a long time he has been unablo to work
or to give any assistance to his family. He
leaves a wife and fivo children in tho most
completo destitution. For somo months the
entire family have been living in ono room,
eating aud sleeping, tho sick man with them.
In this room ho suffered, and on Wednesday
night died. The family havo no place to go,
and the corpse is still in the room whore they
are compelled to live. They havo no menus to
bury him with, and unless some of his old
army comrades or others give him assistance,
he, a man who almost literally gave his life for
his country, will fill a pauper's grave. Tho
family aro suffering for proper raiment and
THE PRESIDENT VISITS A SOLDIERS5
A dispatch from Norfolk, Va., dated 13th
inst., says: The President and Secretary of
War, accompanied by General Ingalls, Quartermaster-General
; Gcorgo Yonng,'of Ohio ; Com
modore Franklin, United States Navy ; Repre
sentatives Henderson, of Illinois; Bragg, of
Wisconsin ; Spooner, of Rhodo Island ; McGin
nis, of Montana, and others, arrived hore this
morning from Washington on tho steamer
Chester A. Arthur to inspect the Soldiers' Home
near Hamptom, Va. They wcro met by Col
onel Livingston and stafi", and a review avos
tendered, but declined by the President. Gov
ernor Woodiin and Cencral McClellan, as mem
bers of tho board, soon after arrived and es
corted the party to the hotel whero carriages
wcro in waiting, while a salute was being tired
from the fort. On reaching tho homo at ten
o'clock, tho President was received with a
salute, after which tho buildings and grounds
of tho institution were thoroughly inspected.
At one o'clock lunch was served at Governor
Woodfin's residence. Upon tho invitation of
General Armstroug, the President and Secre
tary of War paid a visit to tho Hampton Nor
mal and Agricultural Institution, adjoining
the home, and spent an hour inspecting the
buildings and new quarters for tho Indian
students. The party returned to tho Hygeia
Hotel, where an informal reception was held,
tho parlors being filled with officers in full
dress uniform and many ladies from tho gar
rison and guests of the house. At five o'clock
the visitors repaired to tho steamer and wero
soon under way for Washington, whilo tho
guns of the fort belched forth a parting salute.
MASON'S CASE IN CALIFORNIA.
Commander J. C. Moore, of the Department
of California, forwards tho following to The
Headq'rs Col. Baker Post, No. 13,
Dei't of California, G. A. R.
At a regular meeting of the Colonel Baker
Post, No. 13, Department of California, . A.
R., held March 25, 1532, at Cherry Creek,
Nevada, it was resolved as follows:
That this Post contributes its mite towards
interceding with the Chief Executivo of the
Nation to temper justice with mercy by re
scinding that portion of Sergeant .Mason's
sentence that eoniiius him at hard labor for
eight years and deprives him of pay, &c.
While conceding that tho act of Sergeant
Mason was a breach of military discipline, wc
are unanimous that the punishment is grossly
unjust and that our prayer may receive your
Bj' order of the Post.
J. C. Moon, Commander.
W. Cares, Adjutant.
THE BLUE AND THE GRAY.
Tho visit of about eighty citizens of Rich
mond, Ya., to Trenton, N. J., on Wednesday of
last week, caused unusual animation and at
tracted large crowds on the streets. The visit
ors belong to the old First Virginia Infantry
Association, the Richmond Howitzers Associa
tion, and the Otey Battery Association, formerly
in tho confederate service. The visitors wcro
received by three companies of tho Seventh
Regiment National Guard, two Posts ot tho
Grand Army of the Republic, and a couuniiteo
of leading merchants and manu facturers. They
were the guests of Aarju Wiikes Post, No. 23,
Grand Army of tho Republic, the members of
which paid a visit to Richmond during the lata
centennial celebration of the battle of York
town. They arrived at the railroad depot a
few minutes before four o'clock in tho after
noon, amid tho booming of cannon. After re
ceiving a regular military salute, they then
took up a line of march tit rough the principal
streets. Many public buildings and private
residences were decorated with national Dilut
ing. When tho City Hall was reavhttl a halt
was made, when Senator -John, Taylor intro
duced the visitors collectively to ex-Mayor
Grovelling, who, in the absence of Mayor
Vroom, made a speech of welcome, saying in
conclusion, "Our hearts aud our homes aro
open to you so long as you remain among us."
M-ijor C. S. Stringfellow, of Richmond, was
then introduced to the assembled multitude by
General Campbell. He said that, on behalf of
several whilom confederate Virginians, ho
heartily returned thanks for the welcome ten
dered to them and warmly reciprocated tho
kind sentiments which had just been expressed.
The allusion to the burying of old animosities
and the reunion of the North and South under
one flag, one constitution, ami in one common
brotherhood, was received with long and re
peated demonstrations of applause.
The line was reformed, and the march was
then continue! through the city. At about six
o'clock the parade was dismissed.
Later in tho evening they were entertained
at a banquet at the Trenton House. Covw3
were laid for about two hundred and fifty per
sons. The banquet hall was profusely deco
rated with national bunting, and at either end.
were the words, in large letters: "Welcome
Virginians." There were shields on tho wall3
bearing the names of Urn original thirteen
State-, while one baro the motto ";e Semper
Tyrmv.ite." Senator John Taylr.r presided. Tho
following aro some of the toasts which wero
given : " The American soldier whether revo
lutionary, Mexican, federal, or confederate ho
lias ever displayed a bravery that has won tho
admiration of the world." This was responded
to by R. II. Kinninghara, of Richmond. "Tho
"First Virginia Infantry; we give them 3
brother's welcome to-night, as once again,
with one common purpose, we march shoulder
to shoulder towaid one common destiny."
" The Richmond Howitzers," responded to by
Colonel McCarthy, of Richmond, Va. "Tho
Old Flag," responded to by Judge Woodruff, of
Doings in the Various Posts.
Grand Army officer;- and members of Posts will
confer a favor by forwarding early intelligence of
Reunions, Post meetings, Camp-tires, changes of
officers, &c, in their respective Departments.
A new Tost, G. A. 11.', is being organized at
Osage, Iowa. It will start with not less than
forty charter members.
J. Cullan Bryant, Commander of General
Thomas A. Smyth lost, G. A. 11., of Wilming
ton, Del., has invited Colonel Scovel to make
.the -address, nt the Camp-fire at the Grand Opera
House, Wilmington, on the Sth of May nest.
Colouel Scovel in consenting writes to Thomas
A. Smyth 'Post that he will be glad to warm
both his hands by the Dclcware Camp-fire, and.
to aid in keeping green tho graves and tho
memories of our soldier bo3s who died that wo
who remained could enjoy the blessings vouch
safed to us under one flag and country. Cam
den (AT. J.) Times.
Post No. 41, of Philadelphia, has organized
a firing squad for Decoration Day. It will bo
under the command of Captain A. J. Reed.
A correspondent of a Philadelphia exchange
says: "There have been lying at Sansom street
wharf, Schuylkill River, since Last fall, between.
500 and 600 tombstones provided by the United
States Government for deceased soldiers of tho
war for the Union, intended for Berks, Schuyl
kill, Laekawana aud neighboring counties.
They arc lying exposed to the weather and
desecration by street gamons. They aro going
to ruin. Whose place is it to look after these?
Thej wcro intended to be put in place by Memo
The Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry will hold
their Annual Reunion May 2, at Williamsport,
The eighth Annual Reunion of the Associa
tion of the Twenty-eighth aud Ono Hundred
and Forty-seventh Regiments Infantry, Penn
sylvania Volunteers, and Knap's Battery wiU
take place at Selinsgrovc, Snyder county,
Pennsylvania, September 17.
Sharpsvillo Post, No. 2-13, of Sharpsville,
Pa., lias just received an outfit of muskets and
accoutrements from the State arsenal at Har
risburg. Post 9i of Philadelphia will bo accompanied
by the Wcccacoo Band to Baltimore. Comrades
of non-attending posts are extended an invita
tion to go with them.
Post 15, Manayunk, Pa., has recently pur
chased a new paraphernalia for its oilieers.
Pheltersburg, N. J., has a Grand Army Ppst
of fifty-four members and expects soon to havo
a membership of three times that number. Tho
Post has arranged for a festival on the 20th
instant to continue threo days.
THE FARRAGUT ASSOCIATION,
Tho survivors of Admiral Farragut's Gulf
squadron and Mississippi River fleet will cele
brate the twentieth anniversary of the capture
of New Orleans by a Reunion and Banquet at
Dupont Hall, Philadelphia. Tho Association,
has just issued tho following circular in con
nection with the coming celebration:
"Tho occupation of New Orleans by the naval
forces under Admiral Farragut was of tho ut
most importance to tho national cause. " It car
ried a thrill of joy to every loyal heart, rendered
Southern independence an utter impossibility,
and opened the Zlississ:ppi to the commerce of
the world. Being tho largest and best fortified
city in the South, the remarkablo engagement
of six days and nights, against numbers moro
than double our own, was tho most completo
and brilliant victory achieved by tho Union
forces during the war of the rebellion. Surely
such an event is well worthy of commouiora
tion by those whose hctoic deeds will live on
the pages of their country's history whon tho
actors aro no more; and we deem it peculiarly
appropriate that we meet together again to re
new friendship formed amid scenes of blood
shed. After a lapse of twenty years tho roar
of our broadsides and the rattle of our mus
ketry havo given place to tho busy hum of
industry, aud peace, undisturbed by war's
alarms, has blessed our land with its fifty
millions of peaceful, prosperous people. Thefcw
remaining survivors of this remarkable engage
ment are now scattered among tho various
States of our glorious Union a LTnion whoso
tics arc cemented by tho blood of onr fallen
comrades aud tho tears of their widows and