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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., MAY 20, 1882.
GRAND ARMY MATTERS.
A HOSPITABLE RECEPTION AWAITING
THE VISITORS TO BALTIMORE.
The City Authorities and Bcpresentitlvo Citizens
Cordially Co-operating for the Entertain-
xocnt of the Guests Programme of
the Encampment The Grand
Tnradc, Ac, Ac.
Siwcinl Correspondence National Tribune.
Baltimore, Hay 13. Whatever apprehen
sions may have existed in the minds of tho
Committee on Hospitality as to any lack of
funds to provide for the proper entertainment
of the Grand Army delegates, thoy have been
fully removed by the action of the city authori
ties, and individual eflbrts of citizens irrespect
ive of parties; and there is no doubt whatever
that the reputation for hospitably entertaining
its guests, which Baltimoro lias so long en
joyed, xrill bo amply maintained during tho
coming session of the National Encimpmcnt.
The City Council has supplemented its appro
priation of $2,000 by a still further gift of
$3,000 to the hospitality fund, and the remain
ing sum necessary to defray tho expense of tho
entertainment programme is being rapidly
subscribed by citizens. It will interest tho
readers of The Nation-aj, TiunuxE to know
the details of this highly satisfactory arrange
ment. EXLISTIXG THE MAYOR IX THE CAUSE.
Tho committee of members of tho General
Hospitality Committee and of the "Ways and
Means Committee upon tho Grand Army En
campment first called upon Mayor Whyte, with
a view of securing his opinion regarding the
increase of tho appropriation by tho City Coun
cil from $2,000 to $5,000 for tho reception of
the visitors. The committee consisted of ox
Mayor Latrobe, General Felix Agnus, General
W. E. W. Boss, and others.
General Agnus said that thoy had come to
bcc if the appropriation could not bo increased
to $5,000. They were justified in asking this
because of tho proportions which tho coming
National Encampment of the Grand Army had
assumed and the importance which it had be
come to Baltimore. All over tho North aud
West (he most intenso enthusiasm had been
aroused among the members of tho Order, and
they were looking forward to tho Bcunion at
Baltimoro with tho veterans of tho South with
anticipations of tho keenest pleasure. Tho
very name of Baltimoro had stirred them up.
It would be tho first timo tho Encampment had
been held on southern soil, and it. was contem
plated to make of it a grand gala occasion.
With $5,000 from tho city as a nucleus, tho
committee believed that they could obtain from
the citizens tho remainder of the $15,000 need
ful to properly receive our guests, and thoy
hoped that tho city would extend a proper
degree of municipal hospitality.
General Boss added that ho had recently con
versed with tho Grand Commander of the
Grand Army, who had informed him that tho
feeling among the members was unprecedented.
They all helieved that tho Baltimore Encimp
mcnt was to be tho greatest cvenfrin the history
of the Order.
The Mayor inquired how it was proposed the
money should be spent ; what part would tho
city officially take in tho programme?
General Agnus, ex-Mayor Latrobe, and Gen
eral Boss united in explaining that it was pro
posed that tho General Hospitality Committee
and a committeo of tho City Council should
unite in deciding this question. There would
bo a combination in fixing tho programme.
The delegates and members of the Grand Army
paid all their own transportation and hotel
expenses. Tho funds raised hero would be
entirely devoted to tho purposes of festivity.
Mayor Whyto (ex-TJ. S. Senator from Mary
land) then said that he .supposed thoy under
stood the difficulties in the way of increasing
the amount already granted. Jlis honored pre
decessor (indicating ex-Mayor Latrobe) cer
tainly did. The appropriation bill had been
passed, and he had made it his rulo not to sign
any appropriations to come out of unexpended
balances, but he thought an exception should
bo made in this case. It was to be a great
patriotic occasion, and the city should be hon
orably represented and maintain its reputation
for hospitality. Ho considered that tho appro
priation should be increased to the sum asked,
and he was satisfied with the explanations that
had been given of the arrangements. He would
interpose no objection.
THE CITY TO GIVE $5,000.
Wlien the City Council met in tho evening,
Mr. Wilmcr offered in tho First Branch a reso
lution to increase the city's appropriation for
the entertainment of the Grand Army of the
Republic to $5,000. In presenting tho resolu
tion, he said that tho gentlemen in charge of
the coming Encimpmcnt had been most unex
pectedly, and at tho same time most gladly,
surprised that their invitations had been gen
erally accepted. The hospitality of tho city is
well known, and the gentlemen had extended
their invitations to the soldiers of the South ns
well as to those of the North, and the commit
tee find they have to add not one but many
leaves to the table at which they will ask their
guests to sit. The committee wish to make the
fund $15,000, and if they cin secure $5,000 from
the city they will be ablo to go before the citi
zens and ask them for tho remainder. Ho
referred to tho good the Encampment would
Mr. Denny, in asking for a second reading,
Epoke in favor of the increase, saying that the
Encampment would bo an honor to the city.
He thought it would enhance the good feeling
between tho North and South, and extend the
ood name of Baltimore.
Mr. Gephart said Uiat he -offered the ordi
nahec that tho city's hospitality might bo
shown. Maryland has always had a name for
hospitality. Tho latch-string is always out,
nd we are always ready to receive guests.
The resolution was then passed.
A WAYS AXD MEAXS COMMITTEE.
The General Hospitality Committee, of which
ex-Mayor Latrobe is chairman, has appointed
a Committee on Ways and Means, consisting of
George H. C. Neal, John C. Barkloy, A. C. N.
Matthews, Wm. A. Marbourg, and Col. George
B.Cramer. This committee mot; organized by
electing Mr. Neal chairman and treasurer, and
Mr. Barkley secretary. Its numbers will be
largely increased by the addition of other gen
tlemen, so that it will comprise a representative
of each prominent branch of trade and industry.
To it is entrusted the entiro task of receiving
subscriptions from citizens, and tho Grand
Army will henceforward cease its efforts in
that direction. Tho committee will at oiico
enter upon its duties.
AX IMPORTANT COXrEREXCE.
A conference was held at the City Hall be
tween the Hospitality Committee and the
Municipal Committee, with Mayor Whyto
chairman. General Latrobe stated the object
of tho conference, which was to determine as
to the best means of using tho funds appropri
ated by the City Council towards the entertain
ment of the Grand Army during tho stay in
Mayor Whyto suggested that it would bo
well for the gentlemen of the Grand Army
present to state what arrangements had already
been effected, so that the meeting might know
hove to act. General Ross, in response, outlined
tho programme so far as known, which was to
the effect that the delegates to the National En
campment would arrivo on Wednesday, the
21st of June; that a military parade would
follow the next day, (Thursday,) after which
probably some kind of fcto would bo held at
some point near the city. On Friday tho dele
gates would be in session until tho afternoon,
and anything in the way of entertainment
which tho city desired could be arranged to
take place after three o'clock. On tho first day
General Ro3s estimated that thero would prob
15,000 MEN IX THE TAKADE.
On the second day, on account of the major
ity of visiting militia returning liomo after tho
parade, there would probably be about 5,000
left for the city to entertain.
Mayor Whyto asked if the Citizens' Commit
tee had outlined any programme, and was in
formed that nothing but suggestions had been
made. It had, he said further, been suggested
that a fete be held at the Schuelzen Park, with
a reception and fireworks display, and also a
lunch : and ou the second day that an excursion
bo made down the harbor to Chesterwood, with
some kind of entertainment, which might bo
provided by the citv.
General Latrobo thought tho suggestion a
practicable and good one.
Mr. Gephart intimated that somo idea of the
character of tho entertainment afforded the
Grand Army on other occasions might be of
advantage, to which General Boss responded,
by detailing what Philadelphia had done last
year. Ho said, however, that there had never
been a meeting of tho National Encampment
to compare with what the present year would
witness. On no occasion, probably, had thero
been over 2,000 men in line, while hero thero
would be 15,000. On ot her occasions, also, thero
had been meetings of various army associations
where each corps was entertained separately,
which would not be the caso in Baltimore.
Owing to this, no definite data could bo
obtained from former experience.
WHAT WAPIIIXGTOX DID TOR THE G. A. R.
General Agnus, saying ho had never attended
but one of tho meetings of tho National En
campment in Washington, remarked that the
treatment then received had surprised him.
He continued: "The entertainment was lavish
on that occasion, and I do not to-day know
whero tho money came from. But tho present
idea is, this is a Southern city, and the boys aro
crazy to meet; and shako hands (although not
in a spirit simply of reconciliation, for that
camo long ago) with thoso they faced upon tho
field. Speaking as ono who woro tho 'blue,'
and dwelt for yctrs inpeaco and happiness
with many of theso who wore the- 'gray,' I
know that this sentiment a fraternal one is
tho one in which tho Encampment assembles
among us."' General Angus also spoko of tho
design and desire ofmany of the visiting Posts
to make excursions further South after leaving
Baltimoro. After further remarks, on motion
of Mr. Bobinson, n committee wis appointed
to prepare a plan of entertainment.
A DEriXITX ntOGRAJTtfE AGKKRD Ul'OX.
The committee, after a short deliberation,
reported through General Latrobe, suggesting
that on the city's day, to be so called, tho
National Encampment and visiting military
organisations bo taken to Chesterwood, thero
to be served .with such entertainment as could
be provided for them, and on their return tho
boats to lie off in the harbor and witness a firo
works display from oldFort Fedoral Hill, now
Federal Hill Park. This would leavo the citi-
zens' committee free to entertain tho visitors
in such manner as deemed advisable- on tho
day previous, and tho two would not conflict.
It may be interesting in this connection to note
that tho Fifth New York Duryca Zouaves (who
will also lo in'aeoat at tlo Encampment) ImllO
Fort Fedoral Hill in the summer of 1SG1. Tho
report was adopted.
The joint committee then adjourned, and
tho municipal committee met, with Mayor
Whyte as chairman. After discussion the man
ner of entertainment was satisfactorily ar
DETAILED PROGRAMME OF EXERCISES
as agreed upon by the committee is as follows :
June 21 (the first day of the Encimpmcnt),
a grand parade through the principal streets o
the ciry, passing in review before the Mayor in
front of the City Hall. The procession will
Karch to the Schuetzen Park, where tho Camp
fire will beheld. A barbecue and merrymaking
in various ways will also comprise a portion of
tWs part of tho programme.
June 22 (second day), tho visiting Grand
Army Posts and other military organizations
will be tho city's guests. They will bo taken
down tho bay to Chesterwood on tho iceboats
Latrobe and Maryland, the tugs of the Harbor
Board, and other boats to be engaged for tho
occasion. Thoy will leave for tho buy at 2 p. m.,
returning about 8:30 p. m., when a grand dis
play of fireworks (the most brilliant over con
tracted for by the city) will tako placo at Fed
eral Hill Park. The display is intended to bo
a memorable one. It is proposed to begin the
exhibition about the time that the boats wiil
approach the harbor, and the visitors will wit
ness the display from tho vessels, opposite tho
June 23 third day), the Grand Army Po3ts
will visit Washington and Mount Vernon, and
a large number of them will proceed as far as
Richmond. Thoso that remain here will go
sight-seeing in Baltimore.
KECEPTIOX AXD EXTKKTAIXMENT.
At a subsequent meeting of the General Hos
pitality Committeo General Ross reported in
favor of a public recr-ption and Camp-fire at
Schuctzen Park, on Wednesday, 21st June, at 4
p. m., with illumination and fireworks at night;
that the Executive Committee of the Grand
Army arrange for a street parade of such uni
formed veterans and militia as desire to partic
ipate ih a body, at half past throe p. in., to
march to tho grounds ; that ft tent camp bo es
tablished on the grounds to present an addi
tional attraction ; tho committee estimated that
the expense would bo $5,900.
A committee was appointed to ascertain tho
probable cost of the reception and entertain
ment of the visiting military companies. Ex
Mayor Latrobe addressed the committeo briefly,
saj-ing, that the object of the Encampment was
a patriotic one. It was to be a reunion of tho
soldiers who faced each other in time of battle,
now in peace and unity. Ho said it would
bring largo numbers of wealthy businessmen
and professional men from all parls of tho
Union, and it is very important that we shonld
entertain thorn in the most hospitable manner,
and it becomes us to maintain our reputation.
We are most fortunate to have our city selected
for this purpose.
REMARKS OF COL. JOHN L. THOMAS.
Colonel John L. Thomas spoko as follows :
"The reportsof the committees show that every
State from Maine to California will bo repre
sented at this Grand Encampment, and that
probably from ten to fifteen thousand veteran
Union soldiers will be our guests. In addition
to this, some four or five hundred of tho " Iloys
Who Woro the Grey" will bo hero from tho
"Sunny South," and this committeo lias been
organized for the purposo of receiving and en
tertaining them. Tho Mayor and City Council
of Baltimoro havo already appropriated $5,000,
which, as I understand, is to bo expended in
municipal hospitalities. But it will rcquiro at
least $15,000 more to meet tho expenses of the
Executive Committee in tho three dnys' enter
tainment of our guests. Thin amount must bo
raised by voluntary contributions from tho
people, aud tho sub-committees already named
have been appointed for this purpose I am
satisfied thero will bo no trouble in raising thut
amount, and even double that amount, if it
woro necessary. Tho peoplo of Baltimore aro
patriotic and generous. Thero has never been;
an occasion where thoy havo not responded! that it will be impossiblo for mo to be absent
with alacrity to calls like this. In 1S73 the, from Washington on the day of tho ccremo
peoplo of Baltimore entertained, with princely nics. I trust that tho occasion will bo a very
hospitality, over fifteen thousand Knights Tem- pleasant one."
plar from every State of tho Union. The1 Senator Logan wrote :
Knights Templar of Baltimore havo never1 " Your favor of 4th insfc. extending to mc an
ceased to remember that occasion with the, invitation to deliver an address on tho occasion
liveliest feelings of pride and gratitude. Tho! of your celebration on the Sth of May just
convocation that takes placo hero in Juno next received. It would afford mo great plcasuro to
Trill, in my judgment, bo tho grandest, tho, be with you on that occasion, but sickness
noblest, and tho most patriotic since the close i necessitating my absence so long from the Son
of tho unhappy war, which at one time threat-) ate, makes it imperative on mo to respectfully
cned to divide and dismember the Nation. It decline. Accept many thanks for tho honor
will bo a gathering of the representative men,
of the "Boys Who Wore the Blue," who fought
to defend tho Union, in.a Southern city a city
whero the first blood was shed, and who will
now rcceivo theso same boys with open hearts
and hospitable- hands. It will bo a gathering
where tho "Boys in Grey " will bo present from
Richmond and other places in the South, and
whero the Grey and tho Blue will inarch to -
gcther arm in arm as brothers, under the same
grand and glorious Old Flag which our own
Key and.Armistead loved so well, and which,
thank God, is tho flag of the South to-day, as it
is of tho North. No other city lias been so
highly honored as ours to witness so sublime a
spectacle, and no other peoplo will be so ready
to make themselves part and parcel of it in
extending a whole-souled and unstinted wel
come." FROM XEW YORK AXD VIRGINIA.
A letter was received at hoadquartcrs from
Captain A. F. Wilson, of Parma Centre, Mon
roe county; New York, stating that thirty of
tho veteraus of that place would como to
Baltimore and tako part in the celebration.
Tho veterans referred to all belonged to New
York regiments, and although not members of
tho Grand Army organization, tako a deep
interest in its welfare. Two Virginia Posts
sent word that they were making preparations
to come on. One of these is located at Ports
mouth, and tho other at tho Soldiers' Home,
near Fortress Monroe. They will bring 150
men in all.
The distinguished visitors who will oomcto
Baltimoro during the Encampment will be
entertained by representative men in this
community. President Arthur will be the
guest of Mayor Whyte, and Gen. Grant will
probably slop with ex-Mayor Latrobe, tho
chairman of the Hospitality Committee. Other
eminent visitors will mako their homes with
other leading citizens.
A DELAWARE CAMP-FIRE.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Wilmington, Br.h., May 16. An open Camp
fire was held at the Opera House in this city,
under the auspices of Smyth Post, a ferr even
ings since and proved a signal success. Theaudi-
torinm was filled with members of tho Grand
Army and their friends, and tho exercises wero
of the most entertaining character. The cere
monies commenced with tho bugle call, by
Prof. Ellinger, which was followed by some ex
cellent music by tho City Cornet band. A
chorus sang "Como with tho Gypsy Bride."
Tho "Painter of Seville" was recited in an ex
cellent manner by T. O. Cooper. Littlo Ada
Jones, of Philadelphia, sang "God Save Our
Presidont," which was received witli round
after round of applause, and the littlo song
stress was compelled to como out for the third
timo to satisfy tho audience. The guard was
then rcliovcd by tho firing party of tho Post, J
and tho chorus, under tho leadership of Mr,
Shank, sang " Little Mountain Church." Mi
Laura A. Bigger recited, in an effectivo manner,
"searching for tho Slain."
Master Frank Thompson recited "Our Boys
in Blue," and was loudly applauded. Mr.
Shank's chorus again appeared aud sang "List
to tho Trumpet." An eloquent address was
made by Past Commander J. Wilson Norris, of
Philadelphia, which was followed by Miss Big
ger, in "Tho Bird Song," and in response to
the applausn she gave "The Lady Auctioneer,"
and upon being called cut the third time, sang
"Was it Fair." Tho tattoo taps wero then
sounded, and the grand rounds made. After
music by tho band the second part of the pro
gramme was commenced by Past Department
Commander W. S. McNair, who then announced
that he came as a substitute for Colonel Albert
S. None-?, who was unable to bo present. Gen
eral McNair, on behalf of J. Paul Drown who
furnished the picture and tho Ladies' Auxi
liary Corps who had it framed, presented to
the Post a beautiful crayon portrait of General
Thomas A. Smyth, after whom tho Post is
named. The Genera! mado a few appropriate
remarks, and the gift was received on bohalf
of the IVnt by Commander Thomas A. Keables,
who replied in a fitting manner. Charlio D.
Rhoads, as an aged negro, came limping in and
was halted by the ?;uard, who would not allow
him to pans until he had called tho corporal of
tho guard, and tho latter prevailed upon him
to give a song, which was encored. Ho was
followed by Prof. Ford, who told tho people
"How Ruby Played," and for an encore gavo
"Brother Watkins's Fare n ell Sermon," which
brought flown the hou.io. Tho favorite littlo
Ada Jones then appeared in a long train dress
and sang "Awfully Awful," which was received
with shouts of laughter and prolonged applause,
during which she camo out again as a j'oung
man of tho period, and sang "Lardy Bah" and
another selection. Tho guard was relieved,
and while tho curtain was down the tableaux
for tho presentation of the stand of colors was
formed. When tho curtain was rai.ed a detail
of tho members of tho Tost was arranged in a
semicircle each hearing a handsome silk corps
flag, tho one at each end bearing a guidon.
The set of flags consisted of Post, National, and
State flags, of the regulation size, tu-enty-fivo
corps flags, and two markers or guidons. Tho
Post flag is of lino white silk with blue silk
fringe. It has tho regulation Grand Army
badge in tho centre and the name of the Post
on scrolls above and beneath. The staff is sur
mounted by a gilt spear. The National and
State flags aro of the finest material and manu
facture and trimmed with yellow silk fringe
The coat of arms upon the blue silk field of the
Slate ilag is admirably executed, and the flag
is also lettored with the name of the Post. Tho
staffs of tho National and Stato flags aro sur
mounted by gilded eagles. The cords and tas
sels of the thrco largo flags arc of blue and
white silk, and each staff bears a silver plalo
with the following inscription:
"Presented by the Ladies' Auxiliary Corps
to General Thomas A. Smyth Post, No. 1, De
partment of Delaware, G. A. R., May 8, 1S32."
Tho guidons are of blue silk bearing the
name- of the Post in gilt letters. Tho corps
flags are of diflcront col ors of silk, bearing corps
marks in red, white, and blue, to represent tho
respective divisions in which the members
Corporal James A. Tanner, of Brooklyn, N.
Y., who lost both his limbs at tho battle of Bull
Run, made the presentation speech on behalf of
tho Ladies' Auxiliary Corps." The colors wero
received by Commander Keables, on behalf of
tho Post, in a brief and appropriate- specoh.
Miss Laura Bigger Hang "Flag of tho Free."
D. L. LcGrar.go gave an original poem, "Tho
Brandywino by Moonlight," and Miss Bigger
rend "Archie Dean." The chorus then sang
"Good Night," and tho band played as the au
Letteis of regret at their inability lo be
present wero read from a number of distin
guished members of tho Order. Secretary of
War Lincoln said :
" I have to acknowledge the recoipt of your
second letter, respecting tho Camp-fire of your
1 ost, on tho 8th instant. I regret very much
and remember me always."
From Gen. Merrill the following was re
"My Dear Comrade: I am in receipt of
your cordial invitation for May Sth, but I fear
now that I shall be unable to bo with you. I
havo recently returned from a three weeks'
I trip to the West ; next week I go to Baltimore,
'and I havo yet New Jersey and Rhodo Island to
visit, and hardly see how it will bo possiblo for
mo to sparo more time from business during
tiio coming month. I trust you will enjoy a
splendid time, and mako your Stato ring with
tho good old bugle call."
Gen. W. S. Hancock's reply was as follows:
" Dear Sir: I am in receipt of your letter
of the 5th inst. 1 regret exceedingly that my
engagements will not permit my being present
at your Camp-fire on the Sth of May next.
" It would afford me great pleasure to meet
so many old friends, and 1 hope -you will ex
press to them how much disappointed I am
that I cannot bo with them on tho day of their
Gen. W. E. W. Ross wrote in the following
"I have to acknowledge your very flattering
invitation to be present at tho Open Camp-fire
Of your Post on May 2d. I regret exceed
ingly my inability to accept, but engagements
in the South in connection with business of
tho committee, will compel mc to forego what
tvonld bo a great personal gratification. I look
with a great deal of pride on the progress your
Department has mado since its organization
ind it gives mo a great deal of plcasuro to
meet live people.. Like ourselves you had two
flags in your Stato during the war, and havo
not. a very largo field available for G. A. R.
membership, but while you aro littlo you are
BLUES AND THE
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Trextox, N. J., May 11. In connection
with tho approaching National Encampment
of tho Grand Army in Baltimore the Com
mander of tho DopartmontColonel Edward L.
Campbell, has issued an official circular, in
ivhich he says:
The meeting of tho National Encampment
it Baltimoro has furnished an occasion for the
spontaneous outburst of that boundless hospi
tality for which, among many other virtues,
that famous old eitj- is renowned. Funds havo
lecn appropriated from the city treasury, and
much more furnished by private contribution
to provido entertainment for guests. The
people of Baltimoro havo resolved to givo us a
hearty wclcomo, and havo mado generous pro
vision to that end. Our comrades of Mary
hud, who havo chargo of tho arrangements,
arc leaving nothing undono to mako our recep
tion and stay thero an occasion to bo highly
enjoyed and long remembered.
Not least to be considered is tho fact that
many who woro tho grav, and laced us under
hostilo ilag for four sad and eventful years,
npw aesiro to grasp our bands in friendship
and convince us that it is no mere form of
salutation when they say, " Let us be friends."
There seems to be a special reason why wo
should not bo behind in this manifestation of
good-will. Let us show by our acts that tho
Grand Army of the Republic believes in "a
Union of hearts and a Union of hands," not a
mere oiganic Union of compulsion and con
straint; that tho ioldicr who fought hardest to
preserve tho Union will, for the same reason,
do most to cement and perfect it.
, Other Deparmcnts aro actively moving, and
will bo well represented. It would, be a thing
to bedecply regretted if this Department should
bo behind. It has not been the reputation or
charactor of Jersey soldiers in tho past to bo
found at the rear.
Each Post intending to go as a body will re
port such decision to theso headquarters as soon
as arrived at. Promptness of action is im
portant, in order that all arrangements may bo
mado in time.
Commander Campbell has also issued a cir
cular, in which he says:
Tho following comrades having been duly
elected by a Provisional Post, organized at
.Newark to attend tho National Encampment
at Baltimore, they aro hereby appointed to fill
the several offices thereof as designated below:
Commander, E. YvT. Davis, Post 11, Newark;
S. V. C, John lincller, Post 31, Newark; J. Y.
(, A.M. Mathews, Post 12, Orango; Adj't, Win.
H. Howard, Post 1. Newark ; Q. M.. E. D. Park
hurst, Post 4, Newark.
Aaron Wilkes Post, No. 23, of Trenton, and
William B. Hutch Post, No. 37, of Camden,
have decided to attend tho National Encamp
ment. It is probable also that a Provisional
Post will bo organized at Jersey City for tho
same puspose, under the supervision of Com
rade George B. Fielder, Chief Mustering Officer.
Ail comrades of this Department who desire
to attend the National Encampment, and whoso
Posts aro not going, will be expected to join
and accompany ono of tiic above named posts,
I nv snm. othfir Post, which mav vet dolorinino
to go. All will bo expected to bo in uniform ;
the reduced fare will not bo allowed by tho
railroads to any who aro not.
PKEPARIXO FOR MEMORIAL DAY.
Tho Department Commander does not deem
it necessary to issue any orders in reference
to the observance of Memorial Day. He con
fidently expects that tho Posts of the Depart
ment will seo to it that not a soldier's gravo,
in their several localities, is overlooked or
neglected, and that tho day is duly observed
by proper ceremonies.
Comrades who havo not provided themselves
with a GraiuLArmy uniform arc reminded that
with prudent management tho cost of doing
so" is trivial. A suit of dark blue clothing is
genteel and becoming, especially to a veteran
soldier. If made with eyelets, tho Grand Army
metallic buttons may bo quickly exchanged for
any other kind. All who participate in any
parade or Encampment of tho Department will
be expected to be in uniform. The attention
of Posts and Post Commanders is called to this.
Tho National Encampment has mado it a
matter of discretion at these headquarters
whether a Department countersign shall bo
used .or not. In the judment of tho Depart
ment Commauder ono countersign is enough,
and no new Department countersign will be
issued during tho current year.
Tho following appointments on the staff of
the Department Commander arc announced:
Commissary of Subsistence, Comrade- C. J.
Mines, Jr., Camden.
Aids-de-Camp Comrades C. S. Magrath,
Charles Smith, James Hardy, A. D. Blauchct,
W. II. Rightmire, Charles Kraomer, Daniel
Bailey, W. A. Sehcnck, Charles A. Slack.
The following Posts have been mustered into
service since the issuo of General Orders No. 3:
Isaac M. Tucker Post, No. Gf, Newark ; James
W. Oliver, Commander. J. F. Reynolds Post,
No. 60, Washington ; Jumes H. Lukens, Com-
mander. Post No. (37, New Brunswick ; H. D.
B. Lefferts, Commander.
MEMORIAL DAY IN PENNSYLVANIA.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Philadelphia, May 15. Col. J. M. Vnndcr
slice, Commander of tho Department of Penn
sylvania, has issued tho following order in refer
ence to tho observance of Memorial Day :
Comrades: Tuesday, May 30th, will be ob
served as our annual Memorial Day, when we
will go out to the graves of our forty thousand
fellow-soldiers, who silently bivouac within tho
borders of Pennsylvania, and decorate them
with the fresh flowers of tho spring time. In
more than a thousand burial grounds in our
State in the crowded cemetery of tho city, in
the quiet graveyard of the village, in the shade
of tho valley, in tho sunshine on the hillside
rest our soldier dead, brought from the fields of
their glory, where they fell in tho battle's
storm, or who, stricken with wounds or wasted
with disease, came back from fhoir campaigns
to bo " mustered out," and to sleep their last
sleep amidst the scenes of their childhood,
among kindred and friends. Remit entirely
the cares and labors of life for tho day, and de
vote it to our beautiful and impressive com
memorative ceremonies. Diligently seek out
every comrado's grave in our State, however
humble, however secluded ; lay upon it tho
laurel and rose; plant above it the flag for
whoso honor ho died, now the standard of a
Nation, united and prosperous. It is but a
simple act, but the spirit that prompts it is
significant. No elaborate monument, no bronze
tablet records the heroic deeds, the patriotic
services, tho unselfish sacrifices of those at
whoso graves we pay ourfloral tribute But,
comrades, as you ctand beside these passionless
mounds, there will arise vivid memories of the
ardent, brave, courageous, genial, and generous
ones who lie beneath them. To them life was
dear, the ties of home sacred, the hopes of the
futuro bright, but moved by the purest patri
otism they voluntarily relinquished all for their
country's cause, realizing well tho hardships
to be endured, the perils to bo encountered, the
prospects of life that would be blasted. And
yet theso whoso graves wo shall decorate are
but a few of tho mighty hosts of the fallen.
Legions rest upon the war-fields of the South;
in the glades of tho forest, by tho streams along
which they fought, on the hills on which they
bled ; and the sun of our Memorial Day will
set upon their graves, unwatched and underr
ated, save by the wild-wood flower and tho un
trained vine. In a million desolate homes,
North and South, there aro grief and mourning
for tho volunteer who came not back from tho
battle, with tho tattered flag under whose folds
ho marched away in tho pride and strength of
vigorous and hopeful youth. The services of
Decoration Day are not then for vain display,
but have a higher and nobler purpose, in re
minding us of the priceless ransom paid for the
integrity of our Republic and its institutions.
May all our people participate in the leautiful
ceremonies. May tho young, especially, be
impressed with their meaning and significance.
May we, moved by the sad memories awakened!
return to our homes at tho close of the day
thrilled with a purer patriotism, incited to a
truer devotion to our country, and with a
firmer determination that ours shall be tho
most perfect " Government) of the people, by
tho people, for tho people," and that our war
rior dead shall not havo died in vain.
MASSACHUSETTS DEP'T NOTES.
Spct'irtl Correspondence National Tribune.
Westfikld, Mass., May 13. A rousing
Camp-fire was held under tho auspices of
MoseSiELlis Encampment, Post 117, G. A. R., in
the Town Hall last Thursday evening, which
attracted a large audience of ludics mul gentle
men. Tho platform was occupied by nearly a
dozen of the officers and comrades of the G. A.
R. . The exercises opened with prayer by
Chaplain Babcock, followed by ; patriotic song
from tho malo quartette, under tho direction of
Wm. Russell Smith. Commander Wm. F.
Guild, in a very appropriate address, intro
duced as speaker of tho evening Senior Yico
Department Commander Wm. Hart, of Post 35,
Chelsea, Mas., who delivered an eloquent and
interesting address in behalf of the Grand
Army of tho Republic. Comrado Hart said
that it was extremely gratifying to see the
deep interest manifested throughout the de
partment in tho right direction. During tho
past year a number of new Pests had been
thoroughly organized and uniformed, besides
there had been a general increase of member
ship of nearly all the Posts throughout the
Department. Tho order is now 10,000 Strang,
and by the commencement of another year, the,
way recruiting is going on, will be much
stronger. Ono of (lie grandest aud most noble
of charitable objects that had their establish
ment tho past year was that of the Soldiers'
nomo, Chelsea, Mass, through the aid of tho
patriotic citizens and tho Grand Army of tho
Republic. Comrado Hart was followed by
Comrades Wm. Z. Grosso of Brookline, and
Samuel Cashing of Dorchester, members of the
staff, Lewis of Brattlcboro, Vt., and Perrv of
Canton; all of whom delivered pleasing ad
dresses. The quartette then gave ono of its
favorito war songs "The Soldiers' Call and
Return "after which Commander Guild in
troduced to tho audience 'Veteran Field, of
Post GO, Franklin, a three-years member of tho
old Thirty-Ninth Massachusetts Regiment.
Comrade Field is 01 years of age, being tho
oldest member of tho Grand Army in the
United States, The old white-haired veteran
was given throo rousing cheers and a tiger by
tho boys. Ac the close of tho exercises in this
hall tho boys assembled in the Excelsior Hook
aud Ladder Hall of the Mulfield fire depart
ment, whero they sat down to a bountiful col
lation of Boston baked beans, hot coffee, etc.
After the supper Captain P. C. G rover passed
round tho hat containing the pipes of pcaco
and fine cut, which were quickly got ready for
action, and at the command " load and ftre at
will," every comrado did his level best. Story
telling then commenced, and was kept up
without intermission until nearly 12 o'clock.
Comrade Lewis recited a very ailecting story of
Littlo Millard Rollins, drummer boy of a Yor
mont regiment, which brought tears to tho
eyes of many of tho boys. Ho then offset it by
telling a canal-boat incident, which set the
boys in an uproar of laughter, winning the
medal as champion story teller. . Speeches
wero mado b$' Senior Yice-Commandcr Hart,
Comrades Grosso of Brookline, aud dishing of
Dorchester, and Commander Eldridgoof Hyde
Park. Tho following Posts wero represented :
Post 121, Hyde Park : Post 91, Canton ; Post GO,
Franklin; Post 90, Foxboro. and delegations
from Sharon and Dover. Commander George
If. Patch and staff of tho Department arcalivo
to the interest of the Grand Army in tho Old
Bay State, which is in a very flourishing con
dition. A TRIBUTE TO MINISTER HURLBUT.
General Geo. S. Merrill, Commander-in-Chief
of tho Grand Army, in a recently issued order
pays a touching tribute to tho memorj' of tho
late gallant General Hurlbut:
Comrade Stephen A. Hurlbut, tho first
Commander-in-Chief of our Ordor under its
permanent organization, died at Lima, Peru,
March 23. Ripe in years and full of honors ho
laid down his lifo as he would have chosen, in
tlje scrvico of tho country whose houor he up
held with tho sword in battle and with voico
and pen in pcaco. Our leaders aro falling fast.
But as in tho old days, let us go forward with
steadier front and firmer resolution, drawing
oven from tho sadness of death a fresh inspira
tion to duty.
GRAND ARMY MATTERS IN MAINE.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Baxo!. Mv. "Iii- in Pr.t Augustus B.
Farnham, of the Department of Mainc.has
issued an official circular in reference to Memo
rial Day Celebration, in which he says:
Tuesday, May 30, 1SS2, will be observed by
the Posts of this Department in an appropriate
manner. Let tho grave of every soldier, if
possible, be decorated with flowers, and above
all, let tho emblem of a united country tho
flag of the Union be placed over the last rest
ing place of every soldier who gave his life in
defence of free institutions.
It is recommended that an oration be deliv
ered on Memorial Day, wherever practicable,
under the auspices of the Posts. That all flags
throughout the State be displayed at half mast
during tho day.
It is also earnestly recommended that each
Post endeavor to secure the obscrvanco of a
Memorial Service on the preceding Sunday,
and that all Posts throughout this Department
attend such service as a body.
Comrades should observe the day with tho
solemnities which properly belong to it. Let
the services in all cases bo conducted in such a
manner as to impress upon the minds of tho
young the lessons of patriotism and loyalty
which it should bo the province of the Grand
Army to teach. Everything which tends in
any degree to desecrate a true observance of
the day should be avoided. Military and civic
organizations, and all good citizens throughout
the State, should be invited to unite with us in
this observance "There can be no doubt that
the honor you pay to the patriot dead, and to
their memorable deeds, will serve not only to
make American citizenship in these days moro
reputable, but also to maintin and perpetuate
through all future generations tho Union and
authority of the United States of America."
In another order Commander Farnham says:
Tho National Encampment of tho Grand
Army of the Republic will convene in Balti
more on Wednesday, Juno 21.
Extensive preparations arc being mado for
the reception and entertainment of the vet
erans who aro expected to be present in largo
numbers from every State in the Union. Tho
programme includes a grand parade on Wed
nesday the opening day when 20,000 mem
bers of tho Grand Army aro expected to be in,
line. The city of Philadelphia promises to
send 2,000 comrades. In order that this De
partment may be represented on that occasion
in a way that will bo creditable to tho State, I
havo decided to Tcquest each Post to send at
least one uniformed comrade and as many moro
as possible. I see no 'reason, if the proper
courso is taken, why this Department cmnot
be represented by at least ono hundred uni
formed .com rades.
Ic is dcsirablo that all comrades should ap
pear in uniform, viz.: Blue coat or blouse, with
brass buttons ; blue pants, white or blue vest,
and army hat with gold cord.
Tho following Posts havo been
rince the annual meeting of tho
Knowlcs Post, 52, Ccrinna, G. W. Hillikcr,
Commauder; James E. Hall Post, 53, Bucks
port, G. H. Snowman, Commander; Harry Rust
Post, 54, Norway, U. M. Scarce, Commander;
Wm. H. H. Rice Post, 55, Elswortb, H. C.
ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE REUNION.
A dispatch from St. Louis, dated the 10th
The Annual Rcnnion cf the Society of the
Army of tho Tennessee was held in this city to
day. There is a large number of members pt; s
ent, including m:-:ny distinguished persoitHg;.
The society met at the People's Theatre, whi h
was gaily decorated for the occasion with flags,
banners, and garlands. At ten minutes past
ten Goneral W. T. Sherman called the veterans
together with the following remarks:
"Fellow Soldiers: I am glad to meet .thosa
Iiere present on this day, and in .his place: It
is said that wo could not meet on any day
which is not an anniversary of some battle. It
is not by accident that we hold this Reunion of
the Army of the Tennessee in St. Louis: The
day was chosen to do honor to those who took
part in the capture of Camp Jackson, in tho
suburbs of St. Louis. Wo have mr.iice towards
none, and charity to all. Forgiving the pasr,
but not forgetting it, wc will cherish the mem
ories of war forever. Applause. Each year
diminishes the number of members of our soci
ety, but not the rIorious memories of the civil
war of 1661-63; but beneath this wo have tho
kindliest feelings toward all. I am glad to see
this hall filled with faces that come back ro mo
as plainly as when we parted at Raleigh."
Among the letters read from persons unable
to be present, were thoso from President Arthur,
Vice-President Davis, General Grant, Secretary
Lincoln, Senators Logan and Vest, General
George B. McClclIan, John G. Whlttier, and S.
J. Tildcn. After reading tho letters the meet
ing adjourned until evening. Tho society was
immediately escorted to the Merchant's Ex
chango by a committee of that body. Fully
3,000 peoplo were assembled on the floor and in
the galleries to rcceivo them, and the speech of
wclcomo was mado by President Slay back.
General Sherman, General John Popo, General
W. B. Hazen, and ex-Senator Thurman, each
responded with brief remarks. The Cottou
Exchange was next visited, whero tho society
was received by its president, Wm. N. Renter.
Generals Sherman and Hazen, ex-Senator Thur
man, and Judge Cooley, of Michigan, mado
General Reynolds, for the committee, reported
tho time and place of the nex.t Reunion as tha
3d and 4th of October, 1533. tho anniversary of
the battlo of Corinth, at Cleveland, Ohio. Gen
eral Belknap reported that the committeo had
re-elected, as the orator of tho next Reunion,
the lato chaplain of the Thirty-second Wiscon
sin; late lieutenant of tho Thirty-second Wis
consin; late colonel of the Forty-ninth Wis
consin, and present bishop of the Reformed
Episcopal Church, Right Rev. Samuel Fallon,
of Chicago. Tho committeo on tho nomination
of ofiicors recommended the election of General
W. T. Sherman, president; Colonel L. M. Day
ton, recording secretary; General A. Hicken
looper, corresponding secretary; General M. F.
Force, treasurer; vice-presidents, Colonel G.
D. Munsou, Colonel John M. Bacon, Major II.
M. Neil, Major C. Goodbrako, General H. E.
Eldridgc, Major A. A. Perkins, Major A. L.
Ogg, Captain J. N. Munroe, Colonel Georgo E.
Bryant, Captain E. L. Baker, General John W.
Noble, General J. H. Stevenson. Committeea
wero appointed to consider tho advisability of
meeting in tho Yellowstono Park in 1S3-1, and
also as to tho wearing of uniforms. General
Noyes, of Ohio, moved that Andrew Blair, tho
eldest son of Frank P. Blair, bo elected a mem
bor of tho society, which was carried unani
mously and amid tumultuous cheering. Amend
ments to the constitution, admitting all sons of
members to mcmlwrship in tho society, wero
offered and referred to a committeo of officers
of the society, who were instructed to report at
the noxt meeting.
The Reunion closed, on tho night of tho 11th,
with a banquet, at which three hundred per
sons were present. Responses to toasts were
mado by non. Thomas H. Nelson, of Indiana
Colonel D. Murphy, of Missouri ; John W. Nor
ton, of St. Louis; Colonel Jesse Phillips, of Hli
nois; Goneral J. S. Fullcrton, of St. Louis;
John A. Coekrell, of St. Louis; General E. P.
Buckland, of Ohio ; Colonel August Jacobson,
of Chicago, and Surgeon W. F. Cody, of Indiana.
Tho noxt meeting .Avill be held at Cleveland,
Ohio, October 3, 1SS3.
For other G. A. E. news see 5th and Sih iwgcs.