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"'thS NATIONAL TRIUNE: WASBHNGTONrD. 0., APKEL 29, I8S2.
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GRAND AMI HATTERS.
PREPARATIONS AT BALTIMORE FOR
THE NATIONAL CONVENTION.
Prompt and Liberal Contributions to the Hospi
tality Fund Dnrjca's Zouarrs to bo in Lino.
.Applications for Hotel Accommodations
Ponring in Visit of General 3Icrrill.
Oilier Grand Army Intelligence.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Baltimoke, April 27. The members of the
financo committee liavc been actively at work
securing funds to defray the expenses of the
National Encampment. They have- met with
liberal responses on all sides. Indeed, our citi
zens, in their anxiety to help the good work
along, do not wait to be called upon, but send
or bring to us their donations. Our benefit so
kindly tendered by Manager Ford, is "boom
.ing;" and from present appearances we will
have full houses at both performances and net j
a handsome sum. Our hotel accommodations
are being engaged rapidly, and the hotel com
mittee arc looking to secure the most available
halls for sleeping accommodations for the hosts
that will soon inarch on Baltimore.
Department Commander Thos. G. Lawlcr, of
Illinois, writes that himself and staff will cer
tainly be here; and Colonol J. L. Bennett, A.
A. G., says that Chicago will send us one hun
dred or more comrades to represent that city at
The committee have arranged for the publi
cation of an official programme which will
contain a history of the Grand Army, a roster
valuable souvenir to every
VISIT OF DUKYEA'S ZOUAVES.
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conuns National Encampment of the Grand
Army of the Republic will very probably be a
visit from the veteran organization of the Fifth
New York regiment, Duryea's Zouaves. Balti- (
more people have the most pleasant memories
of the time when, in the year 13(51, the com- i
mand was stationed upon Federal Hill, and, J
one of the great attractions of the day was to
see the splendid regiment on drill and dress '
parade. Four years of subsequent hard fight
ing sadly thinned its ranks, but a handful of
the veterans still survive and maintain a mili
tary organization. They arc wonderfully pro
ficient in the bayonet drill. They still wear
the picturesque Zouave uniform of twenty
years ago, and are perhaps the handsomest and
most impressive organization remaining as a
relic of the war. Some of the members of the
old Fifth arc now residents of this city, among
them General Felix Agnus, who rose from the j
ranks to a captaincy in this regiment, and
tikes much interest in the project of bringing
here to the great celebration his comrades of
former days. There arc several others of the
veterans who have married and settled in Bal
timore. It will be remembered that this regi
ment built Fort Federal Hill, whose crumbling
battlements and bastions will soon entirely dis
appear to make way for the park improvement.
A number of additional letters of acceptance
have been received from well-known citizens,
signifying their acceptance of positions on the
honorary staff of tho Grand Army Encampment.
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ENCAMPMENT BUSINESS. -
The general business relating to' the coming
Encampment has grown to such extensive pro
portions that the Executive Committee have
been compelled to secure more commodious
quarters. Additional clerical force ha3 also
been employed, the business now requiring tho
services of a secretary, Mr. John R. Thompson;
stenographer and type-writer, Mr. Percy S.
Fisher; and clerk, Mr. L. S. Parker. The sale
of tickets for the performance at Ford's Opera
House on the 3d of May, for the benefit of tho
hospital fund, is meeting with unexpected suc
cess. The indications are that Mr. Ford's
generous offer will be warmly seconded by the
citizens of Baltimore. The private boxes at
the Opera House will be occupied by distin
guished officers, the Executive Committee,
and prominent citizens. It is thought the two
performances afternoon and night will re
sult in largely augmenting the fund.
Tiie following letters from the Departments
of Minnesota and Colorr.da arc probably the
most interesting thus far received by tho com
mittee, and will be read with pleasure:
rilOM MINNESOTA AND CGLOUADO.
From the heidquarters of the Department
of Minnesota, Grand Army of the Republic at
Stillwater, Minn., dated April 33, 1SS2, the
following was received:
"General W. E. W. Ros, Department Com
mander of Maryland, G. A. R.
"Dear Sin: We are well pleased with your
proparation for the National Encampment. It
Epcaks volumes for the good people of Balti
more, and shows that the old vets' still retain
a uich in the hearts of your people. Please
secure rooms at any of the leading hotels for
headquarters for Minnesota, and advise me at
your earliest opportunity and convenience. I
passed through your city on the 29th of June.
.16(31, a member of the First. Minnesota vohsn- 1
teeis, and again on my way to a hospital in
Philadelphia, badly wounded fiom tho san
guinary field of Gettysburg, but was not in
cither case able to see much of it, and Avill take
pleasure ia seeing more of your beautiful city.
" Yours in F. C. anil L.,
"Adam Maktv, Commander,"
From the headquarters of the Department
of the Mountain?, Grand Army of the Republic,
at Denver, Col., dated April 37, 1832:
"W. E. W. Roy-, Cliaimiau Executive Com
mittee. 'DEAitSin: I inclose a roster of Posts and
Commanders for this Denartmcnt as von do- '
sired. The Posts have come into existence so I
fartt.liisvi.,i.ti,nti.,i..i.,..,i n.,. ;f
ing of the 1832 rosters until all were- mustered
in. Will you please secure quarters for De
partment Commander E. K. SUnsou and stall
a.-.d delegates, at least ten in number? The best
you can (jet ; no matter about ihe expense.
"Yours in F. C. and L.,
" E. K. Stinson, Dep't ComV."
COMINO TROM PHILADELPHIA.
General Ross has received a letter from Col.
Gus. W. Town, Post No. -1G, of Philadelphia,
signed by a committee consisting of O. O. Tay
lor, chairman; E. Hastings, E. Dickerson, J.
Hasson, E. N. Pepper, and W. Galbrath, ack
nowledging the receipt of an invitation to at
tend the celebration on tho 21st of June, and
stating that the Post will visit Baltimore and
stay tAA-o days. They will bring fifty comrades
aud the fife and drum corps of the Post about
oao hundred men in all and request that
quarters be provided for them. They will
start from Philadelphia at 11.30 p. m. on the
20th, returning at the same hour on the 22d,
staying one night and two days.
General Ross Avas called upon on Monday by
Mr. James R. Carnahan, Inspector-General-in-Chief
of the Grand Army of the Republic, who
had a conversation with him relative to the
VISIT OF GENERAL MERRILL.
General George S. Merrill, commander-in-chief
of the Grand Army of the Republic, arrived at
thc Eutaw House from Boston, Mass., Sunday
night. He was taken in cliargc by General
of the. National Encampment, and of every '" "''" l'"l" -.
Department, a Trogrammc of events as ar- j 'cadquar ters, and Posts 2 ol Boston and .,, o
ranged for the entertainment of the guests, and Philadelphia, have secured accommodations a
a dfrectorv of the location of each Department I 0 f- , T; Uo Convention will
and Post while 5,, the city. This will be a ' hm a 1C Academy of Music, and will be
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Ross yesterday, and visits were made to Druid
Hill Park and other points of interest. Gen
eral Merrill's primary object in visiting Balti
more is to conclude definite arrangements for
general headquarters in connection with the
Encampment. General Merrill has recently
returned from u tour of inspection of the West
ern Posts, and reports that at all points visited
by him there was the greatest interest mani
fested in the Baltimore Encampment. Ho es
timates that twice as many of the comrades
will gather around the Southern camp-ilrc as
have met together since the lato unpleasant
ness. Colorado will send a full delegation. It
is probable that the veterans of the Mexican
war. from a number of States, will appear in
the parade in a uniform similar to the one
worn during their continuously successful
campaign. Colonel John Jameson, assistant
general superintendent of the railway mail
service, has consented to act on the Kail road
Tranportation Committee of t lie Grand Army
of the Republic. National Encampment. His
large experience in railroad matters emiuently
fits him for this position, and as this is one of
fho- most important committees, and one on
which much of the success of the proposed En
campment depends, his services will bo inval
uable. Kosters have been received at the rooms of
tho Executive Committee from General Thomas
A. Sniythc, Post No. 1, of Wilmington, fifty
men; Post No. 10, of Elkton, Md., and George
L. Fowler Post No. IfiS, Berlin Heights, Ohio.
THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC SELECTED.
General Merrill returned to Boston on Tues
day morning. Prior to his departure he held
! a conference with General Ros, when it was
decided to locale the national headquarters
j during the celebration at the Eutaw House.
I The Departments of Pennsylvania and Massa-
cm;. is one of the largest theatres in the coun
try, and with the Music Hall, will accommodate
about -1,000 persons. It. is superbly equipped,
the ventilation is perfect, and the acoustic
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properties remarkable. It is the handsomest
public building in tho city, and, of course, the
best selection tli.it eould possibly have been
made for the uses of the convention. Every
Slate will be represented ; the number of dele
gates present will be H00, and the alternates a
liko'number. Communications accepting invi
tations to be present arc pouring in on General
Ross, and, from present appearances, there will
be fully 20,000 men in line on the day of the
PREPARING FOR MEMORIAL DAY.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
West Union, Iowa, April 22. Abernclhy
Post, No. 43, G. A. 11., has its headquarters at
Masonic Hall in this prosperous little city. Its
officers are: Commander, Dr. P. E. Robinson :
S. Y. C. P. D. Scholield : J. V. C. J. II. Bcrkey ;
Q M.? j. n. Lakin; Adj't, G. W. Fitch; O. D.,
C. M. Lockwood: O. G., Charles Redfield;
Chaplaiu, Comrade Johnson,
hers about sixty members
The Post num
and recruits arc
coining in at almost every meeting. We are
busy with mr preparations for Decoration Day,
and nothing will be left undone to show respect
for the memory of our dead comrades. The
i National Tnir.UNE is a welcome visitor.
A NEW POST IN INDIANA.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Brooka'iele, Ind., April 26. A new Post, of
the Grand Army of tho Republic has been or
ganized here. The Postswasrmtfste'fedVjin by
X)r. Wooden, ex-surgeon ofnth6 Sixty-eighth
Indiana volunteers, Deputy Mustering Officer
of the Order in tho State. Tho membership is
already large and it is expected that it Avill
t increase rapidly. . "
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A POST QRGAflAZSJ?. .AT XENIA,-..IND
Special Corrcponrtcnc6.Nntional Tribune.
Xenia, April 28. A avcII attended meeting
of cx-sildiers Avas held here a foAV evenings
since for the purpose of organizing a Grand
Army Poit. After some preliminary mat
ters had been disposed of, a permanent or
ganization was effected under the name of
Colonel Benton Post. Colonel Benton was a
gallant soldier and served in the Eighth In
diana regiment. The officers of Shunk Post,
of Marion, Commander J. C. Nottingham; S.
Y. C, Robert Swain; J. V. C, George RoAven,
and O. D.. Captain John Rucss, assisted in the
installation of the officeis of the hcav Post.
Thirty-three men Avcre enrolled and mus
teied,and the folloAAing officers chosen to servo
! until an annual election, which is to take place
in December: Commander, .1. S. McConnick;
S. Y.C., T. C. Kimball; J. V. C, J. O. Frame;
Chaplain, W. T. J. Saucer; Surgeon, A. D.
Kimball; Adjt.. J. Q. Mcllvaine; J. M., Pat
terson Mcivinney; O. 1)., L. C. Lilian!; O. G.,
D. O'O. Marine; Q. M. S., H. H. Harbour;
S. M., John Newman.
An earnest intercut Avas manifested, says the j
AVm'a Times, in tho organization, and if the
time for the meeting had been more auspicious
the signeis of the first roll would Ikia'o been in
attendance iu gieatcr force. It may be set j
doAA-n as an unerring sign that as Benton Post
prim oil fcuccessfiilly it Avill prove no fiaah in
tho pan, but rank in time Avith Posts of far
GRAND ARMY MATTERS IN OHIO.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Cincinnati, April 27. The annual reports
of the Department of Ohio have just been is
sued and indicate that tho Order is in a most
nourishing condition thiougbout tiic Buckeye
AssintiintAdjnlant-General Can field, iu his
repoit. refers to "My predecessor, Comrade T.
D. McGillicuddy, of Akron, av!io had conducted
the office with such signal success." From the
financial leport it appears that Adjutant-General
McGillicuddy and A. Q. M. C. F. Lant
turned over to the iicav administration (i(JI.02;
that the receipts for the year wore, including
balance. .i.u.-il, and tiie disbursements
The total membership December 31,
1RS1, av.-is 8,(3i), a gain of b',-102 during the year.
Tho report of Capt. McGillicuddy, as chairman
of tho committee on Affairs of the Department,
is an interesting paper. Tho Department His
torian's repoit saj-3: "When it is remembered
that on the 31st day of December, 1S79, the
number of Posts aams If), the membership 1,009,
Ave may avcII say that the administration of
1880, under Commander D. W. Thomas, ably
assisted by T. 1). McGillicuddy his efficient
assistant-adjutant-general, Avas a successful one.
The Department of Oiiio, under their adminis
tration, received new impetus, for tho success
of Avhich great credit is due Comrado McGilli
cuddy. The chief mustering officer of the De
partment of Ohio, Capt. McGillicuddy. in a
communication to the district mustering offi
cers, urges them to organize and put in Avork
ing order, previous to tho 30th of May next,
rostsof the G. A. It. in "such localities as they
can be maintiined, Avith the expectation that
they will take charge of the local decoration
services on that occasion.
A NEW POST IN HEW YORK.
Post No. 23b', G. A. R., has been lately organ
ized at Richfield Springs, N. Y., and has been
named in memory of the brave and gallant
young Lieut. Wcldon, who lost his life in a
skirmish on the Wcldon Rrailroad. The Post
is adding iicav members rapidly and bids fair
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IS FROM RHODE ISLAND.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Phovidence, April 2fi. One by one the final
roll-call reduces the ranks of our veterans.
Adjutant. Rhodes T. Collins, of Prescott, Post 1,
after, a short, illness, died recently, aged .'13.
He was a faithful soldier, affectionate father,
and warm fricud. At his funeral Prescott Post
turned out with full ranks. ' ,
Captain Daniel Mykiss, late member of the
One Hundred and Seventieth New York vol
unteers, died on the 4th inst. Ho was wounded
at Petersburg by being hit on the forehead with'
a piece of shell, breaking the frontal bonea
part of which was removed and a silver plato
inserted over the opening. He was a member.
of Slocum Post, No. 10, Department of Rhode!
A successful social entertainment was given
by Arundel Post, No. 4, G. A. R., for the benefit I
of Adjutant L. C. Whitticr.
At the benefit-entertainment tendered Com
rade Nelly by Arnold Post, No. 4, over (00J
tickets Averc sold. This Post is doing a great,
deal of excellent, charter work. i,v
Toner Piu,t played the "Heroes" at Woori
soeket recently for the' benefit of the Veteran'
Association. The house was packed each,
evening. ' "
At a meeting of the. Veteran Association ef
Woonsocket the following officers were elected
for three years: President, F. G.Jillson: Vice
President, Geo. A. Wilbor; Secretary, E. A.
Clark ; Treasurer, Geo. S. Reed. A committee,
consisting of L. B. Pease, Geo. S. Reed, Geo. II.
Grant, C. F. Gordon, and E. M. Wheelack.woro'
appointed to make arrangements for Decoration
The annual Camp-fire of Prescott. Poit. held
at Post Hall, was attended by a largo number
of the members and their friends. An excel
lent collation was served, and good speeches
and songs followe 1. Commander Wilson intro
duced as toast-master Past Senior Yice-Com-mander-in-Chicf
General E. H. Rhodes, who,
in his usual agreeable way. accepted the office.
General Rogers, in his remarks, favored the
proposition of the G. A. R. comrades for the
erection of a statue to tho memory of the lato
General Bumside. D. H. N.
ROUSING CAMP-FIRE AT FORT SCOTT.
Tho Fort Scott (Kai) Monitor of Thursday,
20th instant, publishes an interesting aci-ount
of a Camp-fire held by Lytic Post in the Opera
House of that city on tho previous evening.
Tho arrangements were appropriate and harmo-
nions. Around the walls hung tlio portraits,
of the illustrious leaders who had wisely coun
seled and bravely led tho country through the'
most perilous days of its existence. From tho
railing of the gallery hung the flags of all
nations. On the right of the stage was a can
non, over against it on the left was an anchor,
while back of these were two tents, with all
the paraphernalia of camp life, and the boys iu
blue lazily lying around. Perched upon cither
'tent was a live war eagle. It would have been
scarcely possible to have presented between the
' narrow Avails of an opera house a more realistic
scene- embodying the pageantry of Avar. Tho
programme of exercises combined among its
parts many good things, and nothing which
failed to entertain. Tho G. A. R. are greatly
indebted to Miss Effic Havens, Mrs. Limbock6r,J
Miss Lillie WalkinshaAV. Mrs. M. Heine, Miss
Curns, Miss Carrie Richards, Miss Lillie. Icr-
guson, Miss Lou Mcrriam, and the menbers of
the Kioto Club, besides others who took part.
All of the ladies mentioned displayed, attain
ments which must be a just subject of safisfaef j
tion to themselves and pride to their friends, j
The speech of tho occasion was delivdred by
.Tiitlrrc Hanback. who thrilled tho audienco
Avith his eloquence and amused Bfowith' hu
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In the course of his remarks Judgo flanbaol.
"I think that Congress fails in thepeform-"
anco of its duties Avhen it does not go to AVOTlc
and equalize bounties and pay every man every
Cent that is justly his due. and I Avill tell your
why. When these half million of men or morC(
Avcre down on the Shenandoah and in front of
Atlanta there Avas not a man there but would
haA'c said, 'GiA'o it all to them if they can
save it." ' '
In closing he said:
"And on the field, side by side, arc sleeping
those AA'ho died in an unholy and unrighteous
cause. They thought they were right, and
they fought for a wrong principle. They AA'ere
mistaken. They fought bravely, and with a
heroism that commanded my respect and your
respect applause and with them I am Avill
ing to shake hands. I am Avilling to forgive
my mistaken brother. Applause.
ENLISTED AT TEE AGE OF TEN YEARS.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
Lekoy, Barton County. Mo.,
April 12, 1SS2.
In your issue of the Sth instant I read an item
headed " Who can beat it ? " On tho SSth day of
February, 18(J2, at St. Louis, Mo., I enlisted in
enmnnnv Avith mv father and brother in a Mis-
sourj regiment and Avas SAVom into the service
of the United States for three years or during
the Avar as a musician. My age-was ten years
eleven the following May. For u-asons I could
n0Ver learn a fcAV days before the regiment aaus
regularly mustered into service my name Avas
stricken from the rolls :ind my drum given to'
i another lad. 1 returned to my home in llhi'
uois, but AA'as discontented. I remained there
but a short time, my father and only brother'
being in the service as private soldiers. Gaining
the consent of my mother and sister, alone I
started for Dixie, and succeeded in finding my
regiment, company, father, brother, and old
comrades. I there remained, doing such duty
as 1 could, acting as orderly at hospital, Ac.
I remained in the regiment until it was mus
tered out of service in March, 1S(" As trophies
1 carrod home a haversack, an Enfield rifle,
and three United States blankets, and the
present satisfaction of having discharged iny
duty to my country in its hour of peril to the'
best of my humble abilities. Wishing your(
paper great success, I remain, yours truly,
Drummer Boy. '
ORIGIN OF THE ARMY BADGE,
To tho Editor National Tribune:
As I happen to knoAV all about Iioav the army
badge originated, I Avill give it for the benefit
of your readers. In Company A, Fifty-seventh
regiment Illinois volunteers, Avas a "highr
private," an odd sort of a genius, by tho ilame'
of Emerson Reynolds, born on tho same farm
in Wyoming county, Pa., that I was. As a bur
lesque on his homelj-, ungainly, slouchy and
aAvkAvard manner, people called him "Dandy."'
We enlisted in the same company. After being
in the field aAvhile, "Dandy" one day cut outf
a diamond-shaped piece of red flannel and
pinned it on his hat. Some of tho other hoys
in the company suav it and did the same. Cap
tain afterward Col.) Peter Sides of our com
pany noticed it, and ordered all of his company
to put the same thing on their hats, and scav
them on. We did so. General Philip .Kearny
(" Fighting Phil Kearny "of the Unionists, anil
"'One Armed Devil" of the rebels) ordered
tiie Avholc of his division (tho First of the Third
Corps) to put them on, in order, as ho said "so
that he might Iiiioav his men whenever and
wherever he saw them." Tho Second division
then donned the white diamond, and the Third
tho blue. The next 1 knew all the Corps had
badges. The originator of the badge (E. Rqy
nolds), Edson J. Rice, and myself, Avere thrash
ing buclcAvheat in the barn of Wm. Rice, in
Clinton township, in the fall of '(51, Avhqn
11 Dandy '' said that he guessed he'd have to
enlist, for if he staid at homo he'd have to die
a natural death. The three of us enlisted soon
after, and on the .'Id of May, ltd'. at Chancel
lors ville. "Dandy" was struck and killed by a
fragment of shell as we were preparing to mako
a charge on the enemy. As wo neared the
rebel line, lying behind a breastwork of logs
and poles in the woods. E. J. Rice, then cap
tain, was shot through the heart. 1 saw tho
fellow rise up and make the shot, and in less
than fifecu seconds he was my prisoner, and
with about fifty others was sent under escort
o the rear of our line. Less than five minutes
'more, and I w:u shuck in the left cheek near
the nose, the ball tearing off the left ear, after
"passing through the superior maxillary and
breaking the ramus of the lower jaw, cutting
the facial artery and the fifth and sixth pairs of
..nerves, so that out of tho three threshing ia
ijhe barn, two were dead, and one crippled for
life and a prisincrAvithin twenty minutes time,
vs 1 was left on the field, which was soon inside
'the rebel lines. In that length of lime, out of
'twenty-four in the company, seventeen were
'killed and wounded, and fully that proportion
rof the whole brigade that made the charge. .
KBeknado, Cal., April 4. W. J. Whitney,
j NEW YORK VETERAN ASSOCIATION.
' By O. L. Wiiitcomb. Second Vermont Vols.
Toavii meeting day. 1S79, being the first Tues
day in March, a number of the "boys" in Ar--gyle
assembled iu one corner of the public hall,
and talked up the idea of holding a Reunion of
ihe ex-soldiers of the toAvn. It met Avith a
hearty and unanimous approval. A time Avas
fixed upon -an evening in the latter part of the
month committees appointed, and the move
ment fairly inaugurated. A fe-AV invitations to
comrades in other toAvns were extended, and
the Rev. Henry Gordon, chaplain of the One
Hundred and Twenty-Third Ncav York Vols.,
requested to deliver an address. At the ap
pointed time the hall aams filled to oAcrfioAving.
The Argylc Brass Band enlivened the occasion
with patriotic music. A vocal club, extempor
ised for the occasion, sang a number of the old
army songs. Tho reverend chaplain aams pres
ent, and in one of his happiest moods. His ad
dress consisted chiefly of reminiscences of the
soldier's life, interspersed with humorous allu
sions, which never failed to bring (Ioavii the
house. The ladies had provided a sumptuous
entertainment, to which all did ample justice.
The evening passed pleasantly to all present,
and the first Reunion in Argylc was voted a
tUtcr supper it aams decided
to attempt the organization of a county associ
ation, and committees in the. soA-eral towns
AA'cre appointed, Aho Avcre requested to meet
and take the matter into consideration; also
the advisability of holding county Reunions.
Among those present at the Argylo Reunion
from other towns, and who warmly approved
the suggestion of holding county festivals of
this character, AA'ero Sergeant H. C. Morhouse,
editor of the People's Journal, and II. B. Teft, of
GreeiiAvhich : Seigcant George Scott, of Fort
EdAA'ard, and others, AAiiosc names do not occur.
During tho month of June folloAving a meet
ing of tho county executive committee was held
at the. hotel in Argylc. The committee con
sisted of tAvo from each toAA-n. The meeting
was organized by the election of General James
C. Rogers, of Sandy Hill, president, and John
Dwyer,secrctary. It Avas unanimously resolved
tto form a county organization for the purpose
i of holding annual Reunions. Invitations Avero
extended from Argyle, Salem, Cambridge, and
other toAvns for the first one. Salem offering
l the greatest inducements, aa-oii the badge. The
time set for the first grand "blow-out" aams tho
25th of August. From this time the boys all
I over the jeounty entered into the spirit.of tho
-moAiaueut, and began to brush up their rusty
' .-unitary recollections. Meetings lor drill Averc
bold, and some procured uniforms. On tho
T 2Sih" 'off August, not only the veterans of tho
late Avar, but seemingly tho larger part of the
population of the county and the Avestern side
of the State of Vermont, Avero aiming for Salem.
Never before Avas that usually quiet village
visited by such a croAA'd. Tho peoplo of the
toAvn and village, bouni1 to make it a success,
and do honor to the soldiers, had fairly out
done themselves. The streets and buildings
were one perfect mass of bunting. Flags and
f words of welcome Avere flung to the breeze in
every available spot. Upon their afriA'al the
"boys " Avcre treated to a substantial lunch of
cofi'eo aud sanihvichcs. Some eleven company
organizations reported to Colonel S. W. Russell,
marshal of the day, numbering in all about 700
men. At noon they sat doAvn to a banquet fit
fortfcc gode. This grand entertainment was
proA-idcd gratuitously by the peoplo of Salem.
It aams sufficient for the soldiers and their fam
ilies, and to spare. The tables fairly groaned
with the weight of the good things for the sol
diers. As an illustration, it aams said the milk
of eighty cows was brought in on the morning
of that day. A feer dinner the line AA'as formed,
and inarched to tho speaker's stand, Avherc an
i address of Avelcomo Avas made by Judgo James
Gibson. The orator of the day aams Gen. J. C.
Rogers, avIio aams folloAved by Rev. Henry Gor
don, of Costa, Generals T. J. Strong and Charles
Hughes, of Sandy Hill. After the speeches the
line Avas reformed, and a grand parade made
thiough the principal streets. Dorings Baud
of Troy, one of the best in the country, aams
present, as aams the Burleigh Corps of Whitehall,
an independent company of the State militia.
These added considerably to the zest of the
GA'ent. The real object of the gathering Avas
emphatically attained. There aam.i a constant
handshaking the day long, and a general count
ing up of how long "since aa-c met before."
Thus ended the first Reunion of the Washington
County Yefs, and a grand success it proA'cd to
be. Everything aams quiet and orderly, and
thesoldieis proA'cd themselves men as avcII as
veterans. All felt the thing must be kept up
as long as there were tAvo left to get together,
have a quiet grasp of the hand, and bring to
mind those days " Avhen Ave went a soldering."
The second Reunion aams held in Gran'ille
on the 2o'th of August, 1SS0. On this occasion
there aams not quite as large a turnout on the
part of the Veterans, although they made a
more soldier-like appearance. Nearly all AA'ere
armed and equipped Avith Springfield rifles and
bettor uniformed. On this occasion General
Joseph B. Carr, secretary of state, and his full
staff, Avore present. The day aams fine, but the
streets Avere terribly dusty, reminding the boys
of army life, Avhen their line of inarch could be
traced by the clouds of dust. Tho people of
Granville Avero generous, kind, and gave tho
" boys " a hearty Avelcome. They thought it
most loo much of an undertaking to try and
emulate the Salem folks iu tho way of enter
tainment, so the soldiers carried their oaa'ii
rations, although it was afterAAMrds said that
there aams plenty of provisions on hand if
there had been some system .instituted to place
thcin before tho men. Addresses were delh'
ercd by Gen. Carr, Gen. Rogers, and others.
Tho day, but for the intolerable dust, passed
pleasantly, and to the soldiers aams in reality
Reunion. In .Tunc, 1S31, the county executivo
committee met again in Argyle to determine
the place for the next gathering. At this time
Col. S. W. Russell, of Salem, avqs elected presi
dent of tho association, and II. C. Morhous, of
GreeiiAvieh, secretary. The location aams hotly
contested by Whitehall and Argylo, each oller
ing to entertain the "boys" and their families,
but Argylc Avon by a majority of one. On the
lth of .1 uly tho citizens held a meeting and ap
pointed the necessary committees. Permission
aams granted by the Rev. George Mairs to hold
the Reunion in his gro'o. It proved a capital
place, and being a warm day aams highly appre
ciated by everybody. On tho day assigned tho
Yets reported in martial array to the number
of about four hundred. In a military point this
day exceeded the preceding two. E-ery com
pany was supplied with arms, and more p-.ins
had been taken in obtaining uniforms. The
drill could not be excelled. There aams the
same old swing, the steady tread, the seemingly
careless attention, but at fhe same time the
otraighb line, the touch of the elboAV, all dem
onstrating the fact that these Avere no raAV re
cruits, even if they once had belonged to the
aAA'kward squad. Tho address of welcome aams
delivered by Eev. George Ainslie, and responded
to by Col. Iviissell in behalf of the association.
Tho regular speechas AA'ere made by Hon. W.
H. Teft, of Whitehall, editor of the Chronicle,
and Gen. Hughes, of Sandy Hill. Ihe people
of Argylc had responded nobly to the duties of
the day. All seemed to vie aa-I'-i each other in
making the cterans welcome. For the repast
the grove could not be surpassed in location.
Over a thousand feet of table room aams fur
nished, at Avhich the soldiers and their families
sat doAvn all at once. For a" time of real social
enjoyment and soldier visiting the 2-"Sth of Au
gust, 1S31, xTOved jfcke most successful. The
exercises of tiie day closed with a sham light
with blank cart ridges. This a-.ms an interesting
scene to the thousands of spectators AA'ho had
never beheld anything of the kind before.
At sundown the village aams "evacuated," and
everything had resumed its wonted routine.
Tho memory still clings to the glitter of the
polished bayonet in the gleaming sunshine, the
soul-stirring 8tri:r5 of martial music, the solid
'ilunins of the moving masse?, and reverts
away back to the stern realities of the days
Avhen "playing soldier" aams no joke. The
permanency of tho Washington County Vet
eran' Association wo tiust is established beyond
a doubt. As iha year rolls around to a prox
imity of the time AA'hen the next Reunion is to
be h'ld, already the "boys" are becoming
habituated to inquiring "Where is it to be?"
WoAvish by a word at this time avc could in
duce the men of the days of "61 in cAery section
of the country to take the maiterof similar
organizations in hand, perfect them, aud sus
tain them. Wo would suggest Grand Army of
the Republic Posts Avherever practicable, but in
sparsely-settled portions, Avherc soldiers are
scattered, and it is difficult to frequently .as
semble, a grand rally of once a year is a great
deal better than not to meet at all. During the
past year a Veterans' Association has been per
fected in Saratoga county. It is being dis
cussed in Warren county, and probably will be
accomplished before long. The proposition to
hold a grand Reunion of Warren, Washington,
Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties meets Avith a
cordial reception. In &uch a ease it would be
necessary to go into camp for tAvo, three, or
more days. Let us have an expression of the
A'ieAA's of tho "boys" in this matter, both in
The National Tribune and through the local
press. The friendship of tho soldier during
the Avar aams of a firm, warm, and substantial
character. Let it be relieved and perpetuated.
AN APPEAL TO COF.GRESS FROM OHIO,
The folloAving preamble and resolutions Avere
adopted at a recent meeting of Keller Post,
No. 123, of this place :
Whereas justice and humanity require that
proper provision be made by Congress for
those AA'ho, by reason of their services and sac
rifices in defending the country, have and shall
hereafter become unable to support themselves
and their families, theroforc:
Jiesolveil, That oar Senators and Representa
tiA'es in Congress be requested to use their in
fluence to procure the adoption of measures
for the relief of soldiers and sailors, and their
fnniilics,rwho died during the war or since,
from. diseases .supfir induced by reason of mili
tary service j-and to pro'ide an act for the just
equalization oT the soldier's bounty; and so
modify and amend the existing pension laAvsas
to render it less difficult to prove just claims,
and more easy to prevent fraud in the procure
ment of pensions; and aao a?k that an increase
of pension be granted nail honorably discharged
soldiers, and their, AvidoATSnaiid. orphans, and
AA'ho may iioav be or hereafter become pension
ers and dcserA'ing of the same, and that the
pension laws be so amended that soldiers avIio
have already applied, or who may hereafter
apply, on proper approval of their claim, may
be entitled to arrearage from the beginning of
llesolvcd, That while wc are in faA'or of
having Congress make all reasonable reduction
of taxes on products of this country, Ave de
mand that just aud reasonable proA'isiou bo
first made for the soldiers anil sailors now sur
viving and for their families.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be
sent to each of our Senators from Ohio, and a
copy to our member of Congress from this dis
trict, and a copy to The National Tribune,
at Washington, D. C, Avith a request that it
be published. S. D. Yelfh,
W. II. Woktman,
DEATH OF A VETERAN SOLDIER,
Colonel E. F. Faehtz, secretary of the Ger
man Fire Insurance Company, of Washington,
died of cerebro-spinal meningitis, on Monday.
Ho aams fifty-nine years of age, a native of Ger
many, and participated in tho reA'oiutionary
Avar of IS S3, in that country, after AA'hich he
came to the United States. He entered the
Union army from Marylaud, and roe from the
rank of captain to that of colonel iu the Fifth
and E'ghth Maryland regiments. lie partici
pated in all tho battles of tho last years of the
Army of tho Potomac, and distinguished him
self upon a number of occasions since the aamh
He had filled several positions of honor and
trust, and aams for some ycais superintendent
of the Washington Asylum.
SENTIMENT OF THE GRAND ARMY.
The Yirginia Legislature has before it a bill
to g'n'e to the convicts the care of the confeder
ate dead, who fell iu defense of a cause they
deemed just. Such a measure is high-handed
and diiibalical, and a disgrace that will burn
out all tho honor and glory of Yirginia's fair
name. Whilst it is truo that tho confederates
fell in a mistaken cause, yet those dead men
li.aver than Avhom tho Avorld never saw are
held sacred in our memory: and to have even
their graves kept green by stained hands,
AVuiild be a desecration of Ihem. We are glad
to see that our feeiing is shared by the Giand
Army of the Republic; aa'Iio, rather than see
the graA'es of these noble soldiers thus de
spoiled, Avill take care of them. Wo hope
Yirginia will ne'er stain her record Avith such
a statute. Baltimore Truth.
THE SONS OF VETERANS,
At a recent meeting of Post 19, of Philadel
phia, the principal business aams tho action
taken by tho Post in reference to tho organ
ization of a camp of Sons of Veterans to be
attached to the Post. A momber of the Post
says: Owing to certain actions of these camps
iu connection with other IV-ts, and their
organization being contrary to the original
purpose of the G. A. It., it aams unanimously
resolved that no such organization should, in
any AA'ay, be attached to tho Post.
Believing that those Avho Avon their laurels
on tho field of battle arc the ones to Avear them,
and AA'here the soldiers Ikia'o a dear-bought
right to be, in a measure, sectional in their
vieAA'S in reference to tho late Aar, these sons
of veterans have no right. There might be,
Avith as good grace, such organizations as tho
sisters, cousins, and aunts of veterans.
EQUAL TO THE EMERGENCY.
If there Avere more ex-soldiers in the civil
service it would, .is avc have frequently re
marked, be much better for the people- who
support that s.rvic Such representative
members of the Gratid Army as Col. Harrison
Adrcon, postmaster of Balrimnre, reflect credit
upon the Order and the Government by tho
acceptable manner in which they discharge
the duties of their off.ccs. In the Baltimore
American avc find the following complimentary
mention of Col. Adreon :
Since Col. Harrison Adrcon took chargo of
tho Baltimore Tost-Office there has been a very
marked implement in its administration
A soldier of hiqh reputation, he has introduceu
something of military discipline, order, precis
ion, and promptness into the cpnduct of Lie
business, and it is very interesting to notice
the admirable features which characterize tho
personnel and tho work of the oflire. Tho bus
iness of tho Baltimore Post-Office is steadily
increasing in a ratio Avith the growth of tho
city, and it is requisite that new methods
should le employed to handle ife without loss
of time and meet the demands of thft commu
nity fur syoedy mail service. Colonol Adreon
Ikt; proved himself fully equal to appreciating
and ansAVt-ring the popular necessities. His
ideas of administration practically fulfill tho
theories oT the civil service reformers when
they are boiled doAvn to the one most essential
requirement of having the business of the Gov
ernment efficiently and intelligently transacted.
ROOM FOR SOLDIERS' GRAVES.
On the 29th of March. 1370. says the Brook
lyn (N. Y.) Blade, the Cypress Hill Cemetory
conveyed to the United States 2Sf) burial plots,
containing -100 superficial feet each, and tal3
ground aams made a National Cemetery. Ono
hundred and twenty of these plots are used anil
occupk d by tho quarters of the superintendent,
for the flag-stair, and surround ings. These Avero
paid for by tho GoA'crnment. One hnnired
and sixty-nine of these plots Avcre donated by
tho cemetery to the Government, and havo
been nsed for the burial of eoldiers who died in
the service or have been honorably discharged,
therefrom. Tiie grounds now contain 3, -(XI
bodies, of which number 472 are tlioe of con
federates, whose graves receive the same caro
and are in the same condition as are the others,
except they havo no headstones. There is still
sufficient space for -100 graves unoccupied.
There are fiOf) bodies on Governor's Island,
which the authorities are anxious to have rc-moA-ed
to this cemetery, but there is not suffi
cient space left to recciA'C them.
On December A, 1SS0, Colonel A. .7. Perry,
Deputy Q. M. Gen.. Department of the East, sta
tioned at Governor's Island, visited the
National Cemetery at Cypress nills; and re
quested the superintendent, Major Bryson, to
ascertain if there was any adjoining grounds
Avhich could be purchased. The CyprcS5 niIls
Cemetery furnished diagrams of 233 lots. each,
containing 400 superficial feet, adjoining tho
National plot, and the only grounds that join
the National plot now owned by the Cemetery
Association, all other grounds being OAvned. by
associations or private parties as burial plots.
Col. Perry made a report to the Q. M. Gen.'s
Office at Washington, D. C, and recommended
the purchase of these lots. General Card, who
has charge of ail National Cemeteries, visited
these grounds last summer and expressed him
self a? favorable to their purchase. Captain
Gall, civil engineer of the Q. M. Department,
also favors the purchase of these lots by the
There are no burial plots at Governor'a
Island, Fort Hamilton, Fort Wadsworth, or at
any of the military posts or stations in and
around 'NcwYork harbor, and all tho inter
ments are made in the NationsTpIoi-at Gypres3
' At the semi-annual encampment of the Grand
Army of the Republic, at Senaca Falls, N. Y.,
last July, the delegates from Colonel John H.
Perry Post, No. 59. offered resolutions for tho
different Posts in the Department to take action
toAAMrds securing more grounds; and at tho
last meeting of the Post, Commander Henry A.
Phillips. Q. M. R. W. LeHommed'eu. and John
II. Clayton were appointed a committee to pre
pare a bill, draw up a statement, and go to
Washington, D. C, and haA'e it introduced in
Congress. This committee went to Washing
ton, and left with the Hon. J. Hyatt Smith a
statement, and also a bill appropriating SSo.GOO
for the purchase of the necessary gronnd to
enlarge and extend the 'cemetery, and they
Avcre assured by Mr. Smith that is AA'Ould be
come a law at the present session.
MUSTER OF VOLUNTEER OFFICERS.
Tho following bill has passed the House of
Be ii enacted, iVc, That the Secretary of War
be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed
to correct the muster-rolls of tho volunteer
forces of the United States in the late war, so
that the muster of officers who Averc prisoners
of Avar, or were in hospital, shall cover the
whole period during which they A'.vre regularly
commissioned and actually performed the du
ties to Avhich they were so commissioned, in all
cases AA-herc no charges are pending against
them, and there was no neglect on their part
Avhich delayed their muster-in. and where tho
commissions bear date prior to tho 29th day of
June, 1SG3. or after that date when their com
mands Avero not below the minimum number
entitling them to such officers at the date of
Sec. 2. That it shall be the duty of the Sec
retary of the Treasury to cause to be paid to all
officers mustered under the provisions of tho
precediug section the amounts of pay and al
lowances to AA'hich they would have been enti
tled if originally so mustered, out of any moneys
in the Treasury not otlienvise appropriated.
PENSIONS FOR EX -PRISONERS OP
The following card appeared in a recent
issue of the Xcav York Sun :
To the editor of the Sl'.W
Sii:: Allow me to say a low AA'ords, explain
ing why cx-prisouers of war deserve some rec
ognition from the hinds of tho Government.
The existing pension hiAVS do not pnmde for
that class of soldiers, of Avhom nine-tenths are
to-day invalids, the direct result of their prison
confinement. Granting that many were cap
tured Avhile etraggling and " hueklebcnying,"
it is safe to say that nine-tenths AA'ere taken
Avhile doing their duty nsau fully for the cause
Avhich finally triumphed. In 13G3-1 it aams
policy on tho part of the United States to re
tain confederate prisoners, allowing Union
soldiers to remain in rebel hands, and avc did
so remain iu Andersonvillc and other prisons,
those avIio survived enduring hardships AA'hich
no other soldiers Avere called upon to endure.
It is a matter of history that Ave performed
services while remaining prisoners of Avar
Avhich wcro more valuable to the Government
than if avc had been in the field, for the reason
that we AA'ero invalids, not able to do service,
made so by rebel treatment, Avhile confederates
in Northern prisons AA'ere well ltd and pro
vided for. and per'ectly able to immediately
take their place in the rebel lanks. We claim,
as a cl.T's, to have been captured Avhile doing
our AA'holo duty, the fortunes of Avar making us
prisoners. What our treatment aams while ac
Averc prisoners everybody knows. It being im
possible, under present laAVs, to procure pensions,
Ave respectfully ask that Congress inquire into
oir condition to-djy, and make such laAVd as
nay benefit us in proportion to allOAvanees maJo
f o other ex-soldiers. Simply this and nothing
more. John L. Ransom,
Lato Company A, Ninth Mich. Cavalry.