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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, JULY 15, 18S2.
GRAM) AMY MATTERS.
THE ANNUAL REUNION CELEBRATION
OF THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS.
Official Orders of the Past and Jerr Commander-in-Chlof
Arranging for the Coming Encamp
ment at Gettysburg Tho Memorial.
TThat the Tarious Tosts aro Doing.
The last issno of The National Tribune
contained a brief account of tlio Ecunion of
veteran soldiers at Burlington, Vermont, on
the 3d and 4th of July. Wo glean addi
tional interesting particulars from tho Burling
ton Free Press, which says : The annual Ec
tmion of tho veteran soldiers of Vermont
opened at Queen City Park on Monday, July
3d. Much of the space was covered with
tho tents, of which thcro wcro about two
hundred and fifty, ample accommodations
bohig thus afforded to all tho soldiers in
attendance. Tho tents are arranged by counties,
a very pleasant and convenient arrangement;
and of everything which goes to mako up
the pleasure and comfort of camp life nothing
The first day was devoted to receiving and
quartering arrivals. Every train brought in
large numbers of veterans, and by night nearly
one thousand were on tho ground; and the
morning trains brought numerous accessions to
the ranks. Every county in tho State was
represented, with ono exception.
Just beforo dusk there was a grand dress
parade, which was very interesting. After
this the camp-fires were lighted, and then
it was that tho camp presented a truly
martial appearance. In front of tho group of
tents was kindled a firo of logs, round which
the veterans gathered and fought over their bat
tles and made tho air vocal with camp songs.
The tents shone white under the ruddy glare of
the fires, and the groups of soldiers, many of
them in military attire, brought into strong re
lief, looked picturesque enough to have satisfied
even Oscar "Wilde. Tho veterans evidently
enjoyed themselves to their hearts' content,
and to an outsider tho scene was striking and
memorable. It was far into tho night when
the last story was told and tho last song sung
and indeed wo doubt if the rising sun did not
dawn on the closing passages. Thero were
many meetings, too, of old and long-separated
friouds and many formings of new acquaint
ances; and in all, tho hours sped rapidly and
Every regiment which Vermont sent to the
front was represented, as well as nearly every
town in the State, and tho aggregate number
was about twelve hundred a much larger
gathering than at any previous Ecunion. Tho
attendance was very large, indeed, probably not
less than seven or eight thousand, including
people from all parts of the State. Great credit
for tho satisfactory manner in which every
thing passed off is duo to Commander William
W. Henry, who spared neither time nor trouble
in promoting the success of tho Eeuuion; and
Adjutant-General Warren Gibbs and Quartermaster-General
William Smith made most
jtainstaking and competent oflicers. There
was, of course, general regret at the non-at-tondance
of General Grant and General Han
cock. There was every expectation on tho
part of the managers that they would be pres
ent, and it was not their fault that they wero
not. General Grant was unablo to como on
account of an injury sustained in tho Long
Branch railroad smash-up; and it was not
until almost the last moment that General
Hancock found he would not be able to attend.
General Grant sent tho following letter :'
Long Branch, July 3.
Dear General: I find that it will bo im
possible for me. to meet the Vermont veterans
at their approaching Ecunion, as 1 had looked
to do. It has been and is my expectation to
liass through Vermont this summer, and I
would havo been glad to happen in at the sol
diers' Eeuuion. 1 was not sure until, withia a
day or two that I would not run up thero espe
cially for the occasion, but events have traus
pircd which make it necessary for me to re
main hero for this week. Hoping the veterans
a pleasant Eeuuion and many returns of them,
Yours, very truly, TJ. S. Grant.
General Hancock telegraphed as follows :
Governor's Island, July 3.
I regret exceedingly that my duties havo
prevented my being with you, as I had hoped,
during your Eeuuion. Please express to my
many friends among the old soldiers o'f Ver
mont my best wishes. Tell them I remember
their gallant deeds with pleasure.
W. S. Hancock.
Many of the leading military men of the
State were present, among them Col. Eedfield
Proctor of Eutland, Gen. John L. Barstow of
Shclburu, Maj. A. B. Valentine of Bennington,
Gen. P. P- Pitkin of Montpelier, and many
On the morning of the Fourth the different
regiments held Eeunions and formed perma
nent organizations. The First cavalry elected
C. D. Gates president and J. C. Squires secre
tary; the Sharpshooters, C. Peck president
and H. S. Hodge secretary; the Fourth, 11. E.
Taylor president and E. J. Coffee secretary;
the Sixth, E. M. Walker president and C. L.
Norton secretary; the Tenth, A. B. Valentine
president, A. W. Fuller and Dr. E. J. Foster
vice-presidents, and George E. Davis secretary.
The Vermont Association of Prisoners of
War was also formed, the organization being
completed in the afternoon by tho choice of the
following officers: president, Warren Gibbs of
Burlington; vice-president, D. J. Salford of
Mornsville; secretary-treasurer, Henry O.
Wheeler of Burlington; executive committee,
C. D. Curry, Gilbert Buckham, and J. H. Stock
well. It was voted to hold a meeting of the Asso
ciation at Montpelier, next fall, at the time of
the meeting of the Oflicers' Ecunion Society.
A large number of names were enrolled on tho
list of the :issocialion, and it starts out under
very favorable auspices.
THE PARADE AND REVIEW
boforc His Excellency Governor Eoswell Farn
ham and staff came off at two o'clock p. in.
With the Governor were Adjutant -General
Theodore S. Peck of this city, Quartcrmaster
Geiicral L. G. Kingsley of Eutland, Surgeon
General L. M. Bingham of this city, and Cols.
H. E. Tutherly and Horace J. Brookes of Bur
lington, William E. Eowell of 2orth Troy, M.
v. Paine of Windsor, and Olin Scott of Ben
nington. The review was a particularly pleas
ant and interesting affair. The veterans
turned out in large numbers and executed the
manoeuvres with a-facility surprising under
the circumstances, the parade being watched
with much interest by the assemblage of spec
tators. Music was furnished by the Sherman
Military Baud. -Following tho review came
the oration, by Col. Aldaco F. Walker of Eut
land, who was introduced by General Henry.
VERMONT IN THE REBELLION.
In the course of his eloquent speech Colonel
Walker said :
Who were the, soldiers of Vermont Prac
tically they comprised all her able-bodied citi
S It no wonder that they arc coming to
the front to-day in every active occupation.
Twenty vcars ago the entire body of our youth
iJroSiiaKrTiuitB of our country. They
poured forth from the farm and tho counting
house, from the factory and the shop, from tho
lumber camp and the college, one and- all urged
by tho demands of duty, a willing offering.
Our regiments were not purchased or driven to
the field. The veterans of to-day wero tho
volunteers of 1SG2. The Vermont brigade was
the product of our common schools. It was in
Offcct tho State itself, in the person of its youth,
the choicest and best within its boundaries,
that was present in tho Wilderness, at Gettys
burg, at Big Bethel, and at Sailors' Creek. The
first and the last engagement of tho war sent
our mountain sons to their burial. In tho
bloodiest conflicts the banner of our little State
waved side by side with the Stars and Stripes,
and no Vermont regiment ever lost to tho en
emy its battle flag.
Tho total enlistments from Vermont wero
over thirty thousand. Our population was
about threo hundred thousand. One-tenth at
first docs not seem a largo proportion. But
think a moment. Of these three hundred
thousand, one-half five-tenths wcro women.
Three-tenths more were children or aged men.
The total number of men of military age was
only about sixty thousand. A large part of these
were incapacitated from military duty by ill
health or disability, by their professions, and
the exigencies of homo requirements, by lion--orable
inability to respond of many kinds, so
that practically nearly every ono of our able
bodied youth was present or accounted for in
the armies of the Union. The total enlistments
credited to our State by tho War Department
were 33,2-1:2. This number exceeded tho pro
portion due from Vermont in tho distribution
of quotas among the Northern States by 1,513
men. Of this number there died in action, of
wounds or of disease, beforo discharge, a total
of 5,128. How many more wcro disabled and
broken down, no ono can tell. Tho engage
ments in which our troops took honorable part
are enrolled in the records of tho State and
Nation. It will not weary you if I brielly
enumerate the number of actions participated
in by each command. Tho First Vermont, a
three months regiment, was at Great Bethel.
The Second took part in twenty-eight engage
ments, from the first Bull Eun to Sailors'
Creek. Tho Third in twenty-eight. Tho
Fourth in twenty-six. Tho Fifth in twenty
five. The Sixth in twenty-five. The Seventh
in five. The Eighth in seven. The Ninth in
four. Tho Tenth in thirteen. Tho Eleventh
in twelve. "The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and
Sixteenth, nine-months' men, wcro in Han
cock's front at Gettysburg. The Seventeenth
was in thirteen battles. Tho First company of
Sharpshooters was in thirty-seven. Tho Second
and Third companies in twenty-four. The
cavalry regiment fought tho enemy no less
than seventy-three times, from the Shenandoah
Valley in the spring of 1S62 to Appomattox
Court House. Applause.
Colonel Walker was given avoto of thanks,
in the form of threo cheers and a tiger.
Governor Farnham was then called for, and
as ho appeared beforo tho assemblage was
greeted with threo rousing cheers. He briofiy
excused himself from speaking and introduced
General Barstow as "another war governor,
who is to bo my successor." Gen. Barstow,
who was also received with cheers, expressed
his pleasure at being present at a meeting
of so many of his old comrades.
ELECTION OP OFFICERS.
A business meeting was then held, at which
the following officers wcro elected for tho year
Commander, Col. Eedfield Proctor, of Eut
lauu ; S. V. C, Gen. W. W. Henry of Burling
ton ; J. V. C, Col. C. D. Gates, of Morrisvillo.
General Henry then read Gen. Grant's letter
and General Hancock's telegram, already given,
and the following telegram from Hon. John
St. Albans, July 4.
I had hoped up to this hist moment that I
might bo with you to-day to participate in tho
soldiers Ecunion, but to my great regret cir
cumstances which I cannot control will pro
vent. The grand proclamation of tho mar
tyred Lincoln which struck off tho fetters
of tho poor slave and elevated him to man
hood, unfortunately was not broad enough
to manumit the slave to business or circum
stances, to which. I belong ; and hcueo I must
endure the bondago and servo in tho fetters
till some higher power releases me, and will be
with you in spirit, however, and beg that you
will convey my compliments and fullest fellow
ship to your comrades.
John Gregory Smith.
Last on the programme was a dress parado
by regiments, which was executed to the great
satisfaction of veterans and spectators. Tho
evening was devoted to camp-fires. The Ec
union was a grand success, on which all con
cerned arc to be congratulated ; and if future
ones equal it the soldiers will havo cause for
PRESENT AUD PAST COMMANDER-IN-
General ilcrrill's Official Surrender General Yan
derrocrt Assumes tho Duties of the Ofllce.
Tho following official orders fully explain
themselves. It will bo seen that General Van
dervoort has established "headquarters" at
Omaha, Neb. :
Headquarters G. A. E.,
Baltimore, Md., Juno 23, 1882.
General Orders, Ku. IS.
A tho sixteenth annual session of the Na
tional Encampment, concluded this day, Com
rade Paul Vanderwoort, of Omaha, Neb., was
With grateful recognition of your generous
confidence, with heartfelt thanks for your
cordial support and earnest co-operation, with
memorial of tho twelve months past which will
lighten tho life and sweeten the toil of all tho
years of tho future, and with a deeper and
more abiding love for our organization, I sur
render the command you one year ago placed
in my hands to a comrade whose zeal and in
terest in the Grand Army of thcEopublic have
justly won for him this marked recognition
from his comrades, and for whom I bespeak
the Eame warm support and unflagging effort
so heartily accorded to me.
Geo. S. Merrill,
William M. Own,
COMMANDER VANDERVOORT'S ORDER.
Headquarters G. A. II.,
June 21, 1882.
General Orders, No. 1.
I. The National Encampment, Grand Army of
the Ecpublic, held at Baltimore, Md., on Juno
21, 22, and 23, having elected me Commander-in-Chief,
1 hereby assume tho duties of the
office. 1 gratt fully thank my comrades for the
high honor bestowed upon me, and I trust that
myself and other officers of the National En
campment will receive the cordial support and
encouragement that has heretofore been ex
tended to tlio.se filling these positions.
I realize the great responsibility, and I
earnestly call upon every comrado to assist mo
in making my official term a grand success.
The coming year can bo made tho most pros
perous ever had in the history of tho Order.
Let us all work and recruit. Let every Post
leave no effort untried in inducing every old
soldier to be mustered into the Grand Army.
Comrades, to the front ! Department Com
manders will require of each Po.it the name of
the comrade bringing tho highest number of
recruits into the Post; require these reports at
each quarter, and at the end of tho year send
to the Adjutant-General, who will compare
reports from Departments, and report tho naino
of the comrade bringing tho highest number
of recruits into the Order to the Commander-in-Chief.
Mustering officers to the front! Each De
partment will keep a record of tho number of
Posts organized, and by whom, and report tho
name of the comrade organizing the highest
number to tho Commander-in-Chief at the end
of the year.
Let this contest commenco on receipt of this
order. Camrades, march ! Listen to the bugle
call; tho drum beat; sing the old songs; march
to the miihic of the Union beneath the Old Flag.
II. Headquarters aro hereby established at
III. Comrade John Taylor is hereby ap
Comrade J. W. Burst is hereby appointed
Comrado J. E. Carnaban is hereby appointed
Judge Advocate General.
Additional appointments will bo announced
in future ordeis.
THE GETTYSBURG ENCAMPMENT.
Ofllcial Order of Commander Vnndcrslicc Reduced
Commander Vnndcrslicc, of tho Department
of Pennsylvania, has issued tho following or
der in refereuco to tho approaching Grand
Army Encampment at Gettysburg :
General Orders No. 11.
Headq'rs Dept. Pennsylvania., G. A. E.,
1202 Chestnut Street,
Philadelphia, July Gth, 18S2.
I. Tho headquarters of this Department
have been removed from No. 1037 Chestnut
Street to No. 1202 Chestnut Street, Philadel
phia, whero all commuuicatious should bo
II. About two thousand comrades havo al
ready engaged quarters in Camp at Gettysburg
during the Scmi-Annual Encampment, July
22d to July 2!Jth, and attention is called to
General Orders No. 10, dated Juno 1st, 1SS2,
instructing Post Commanders to report, with
out delay, tho probable number of comrades
that will attend, in order that proper provision
may bo mado for them.
Posts that purpose attending in a body aro
requested to send a detail of at least ono com
rade to report to tho Assistant Adjutant-General,
in Camp, on tho evening of July 21st or
morning of July 22d, to take charge of the
quarters assigned the Tost until its arrival.
Last year several Posts did not report that
they would atteud until their arrival in Camp.
In such cases satisfactory accommodations can
not be furnished or expected, and tho blame
must rast upon tho oflicers of the Post.
Tho low rates for transportation and subsist
ence, together with other details of the En
campment, havo decn announced in General
Orders No. 10, dated Juno 1st, 18S2, and atten
tion is again called to tho fact that to sccuro
the very low rate therein announced, twenty
live or moro tickets must bo purchnscd at
one time, and whero leas than this number aro
purchased, tho rato will bo doublo that an
nounced. Tho special train from Philadelphia, run
ning directly through to Gettysburg, will leave
Broad Street Station on Saturday, July 22d, at
one o'clock, p. m.
The national countersign will bo communi
cated to Posts during tho Encampment.
III. Since the date of last General Order, tho
following Posts havo been mastered :
218, Emlcntown, Vonango County; 250,
Bloomsburg, Columbia County; 252, Orbisonia,
Huntingdon County; 253, Masontown, Fayette
County; 251, Sharon, Mercer County; 255,
Downington, Chester County ; 256, Ecigclvilio,
IV. Attention is called to 'tho necessity of
Commanders of Posts forwarding promptly the
reports for quarter ending June 30th, in order
that their Post may bo represented in tho
report of the Assistant Adjutant-General to
the Encampment. To bo represented, reports
must bo mado at headquarters not later than
By command of
J. M. Vanderslice,
Tuos. J. Stewart,
THE GETTYSBURG MEMORIAL.
An Interesting Scrap of History Tho Proposed
Eov. A. E. Tortat, of Gettysburg, Pa., con
tributes the following communication :
"My attention has been attracted by an
article signed 'M. T. McMahon,' denying that
General Sedgwick said ' not till the boys havo
had their coffee !' when his corps was ordered
into battlo on arriving on tho field after a
forced march of thirty-five miles. I made this
statement not on hearsay, but upon tho au
thority of Colonel John B. Bachelder, the
historian of this battle-field, who related the
incident on last July during tho Grand Army
of the Ecpublic Encampment, whilo standing
on Culp's Hill, surrounded by General Georgo
G. Merrill, Colonel Olin, and many other vet
erans. I am glad to know tho truth and to
havo it verified by others. Eed tape and cold
disciplino have sacrified many livts and lost
many battles as well as want 6f dipciplhie.
But while we admire tho truo soldier, who or
blamed that stern warrior, Napoleon, for t-t Set
tho gun of a sleeping sentinel and mom uig
guard for him, instead of having him put to
death? Who will blame tho humane Sedg
wick for preferring ' mercy to sacrifice ' on this
American Waterloo? It comforts mo to learn
that some of 'tho boys' atlcast 'hadthcircofFee'
after that weary march. Was it unsoldierly
to call them ' boys,' when so many of them
were such (and fell as ' the dear boy of his
mother on this historic spot) and hero drank
their last cup of coffee?' But while these
sweetly Flcep their last sleep, hero or clsc
whero, tho cup of sorrow is still held to tho
lips of many a bereaved mother, wifo or child,
because son, husband, or father aro not.' Shall
wo not comfort these bereaved ones by honor
ing the memory of their Moved and lost,' tho
heroes of tho Nation, by erecting here, on this
now sacred spot, tho only battle-field of the
North in our civil war, a stately temple of
which every stono and article of furniture
shall bear tho name of some dear mother's son,
who hero or on o-thcr fields not only 'drank
his last cup of coffee,' but also shed his last
drop of blood for us all? Wo ask, then, again,
Who among tho millions of the land who for
almost twenty years havo enjoyed the cheer
ing cup of tea or coffee beneath a peaceful roof
and tho starry flag of a restored Union, and
whose loved ones wero spared, will now send
a gift for a memorial of the humane Sedgwick,
of the bravo Eeynolds, tho genial Torbet, tho
gallant Kilpatrick, the victorious Meade, and
of many such other noblo spirits, officers or
privates, 'whoso names wero not born to die?'
To make this edifice as completely historic as
possible the outsido of the high tower is re
served for names of survivors of this or other
battle-fields which their friends or others or
themselves may place there in token of friend
ship or of gratitude for preservation, peace, or
Union. The inside of tho tower will be raised
with stones for tho dead of other fields, whilo
tho body of the church, insido and out, will bo
devoted to the fallen of this field and to special
memorials for any of the great actors in the
political drama of our civil war, like Lincoln
and his Cabinet, Garfield, and others. Twelvo
marble columns will support tho roof, typify
ing tho twelvo decisivo battles, each bearing
thenamo of tho participants, living or dead.
Who will send us $500 for a column, with
names to bo placed thereon, or a sum sufficient
for tho twelve? Memorials of Generals Meade,
Torbet, Zook, Lyons, and others aro partly
secured and many inscribed stones paid for or
promised from all parts of tho country. Of
these stones a pyramid is on exhibition in our
National Cemetery. As soon as $50,000 aro
contributed tho structuro will be begun, and a
most unique historic Mosaic will be tho result,
which will form a great attraction to this battle-field
and bo a lasting monument to tho
victorious Army of tho Potomac. When com
pleted this Walhalla will bo dedicated for tho
services of tho Protestant Episcopal Church,
but, as in Westminster Abbey, no truo hero of
tho land shall bo denied a memorial therein ;
therefore the books will bo left open for tho
public for a year and stones will be placed in
tho order of payment. A gift of $5 places
thirty letters; ono of $10 a stone with fifty
letters ; one of $20 a stone with seventy letters.
Stones sent must bo prepared, smooth ashlar,
12 by 2-1 inches, or 18 by 21, not less than soven
deep, and to avoid spoiling in being fitted for
tho walls must bo inscribed here. Fifteen
cents per letter is charged for hard stones, ten
cents for soft. Grauito is desired for the out
side, marble for tho inside. A gift of $50 to
$20d secures a section of a window; from $500
to $1,000 a full window. After completion a
detailed history of overy part, with interesting
incidents and names of all members of tho
association, will bo published for general cir
culation. All funds aro placed with 'the In
corporated Trustees of tho Church,' and there
fore cannot bo lost or misapplied. Any G. A.
E. Post, camp, lodge, military or benevolent
organization or individual may send an Ebe
nezer, marked with their name, for tho tower
Circulars sent or gifts received by Judge
William McClcan or Eev. A. E. Tortat, presi
dent of the Memorial Church Association and
rector of tho Church of tho Prince of Peace.
" Yours very truly A. E. Tortat."
A NEW POST IN MICHIGAN.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Alcona, Mich., July 2d. Comrado J. V.
Eussell, Junior Vice Commander of Gordon
Granger Post. No. 38, G. A. E., Department of
Michigan, instituted A. J. Campbell Post, No.
GG, G. A. E.-, Department of Michigan, on the
evening of the 2Dth of June, at the village of
Harrisville, the county seat of Alcona county.
Thero wcro twenty-ono comrades mustered,
representing eight or ten States of tho Union
from Maine to Michigan. Tho following offi
cers wero duly elected and installed : Com
mander, Charles S. Miller; S. V. C, II. W. Ly
man ; J. V. C. Hiram A. Hall ; Adg'fc, D. Mul
holland; Q. M., Daniel Crennee ; Surg., Owen
Fox; Chap., A. Ncyse; Q. M. Serg't, Geo. W.
Balch; O. D., D. B. Mudgett; Serg't Major,
Hiram Lyons; O. G., Frank LaChapcll all
good and loyal veterans.
THE LATE EX-GOV. DENNISON.
Preamble and resolutions on tho occasion of
the death of cx-Govornor William Dennison
adopted by Spiegel Post, No. 203, G. A. E., at
Shiloh, Ohio, July -1, 1832 :
Whereas through the Providence of God'cx
Governor William Dennison, of Ohio, has been
removed from our midst by death; therefore,
Resolved, That tho Stato of Ohio has lost a
patriotic and worthy citizen whoso services in
tho capacity of Governor of Ohio during tho
lato war of tho rebellion aro worthy of our
highest respect and regard.
Resolved, That wo charish his virtues and
patriotism so strikingly manifested during the
dark days of our Country's peril, and that we
imitate his noblo example by renewed devo
tion to our Country and tho cause of Liberty.
Resolved, That wo extend to tho bereaved
family our warmest sympathies and condo
lence, hoping that an All-Wise Euler will com
fort them in their hour of aflliction.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions bo
sent to the family of tho deceased, likewise to
The National Teirune for publication.
II. S. Mosi:s,
Iosi, 1 Committee.
PAYMENT OF DOUBLE PENSIONS.
Mr. Groomc, from tho Committee on Pen
sions, reported a bill in tho Senate on Tuesday
to prevent tho payment of doublo pensions.
Ho said tho attention of tho Committee had
been called to an opinion given by tho Attorney-General,
in the case of General Burnett, to
the effect that a pensioner on the roll is entitled,
when a special act is passed for his benefit, to
receivo tho pension under tho act and also his
pension under the general law, even though it
is expressly provided that the former shall bo
in lieu of the latter. Tho purpose of tho bill
reported by tho committo was to correct this,
and it's prompt passago was regarded as a
matter of cxtrcmo urgency. Upon tho sug
gestion of Mr. Ingalls, tho opinion of tho
Attorney-General was ordered to bo inserted
in the record for gcnoral information, and tho
bill went to tho calendar. A resolution offered
by Mr. Van Wyck, directing tho Secretary of
tho Interior to withhold action in payment
of a double pension to General Burnett until
the bill just reported is acted upon, was read
aud laid over.
A PROPOSED MEMORIAL HALL.
The following circular explains itself:
HEADQUARTERS FAKUAGUT POST, Xo. 1,
Department of Virginia, G. A. 11,
Portsmouth, Va., Juno 16, 1SS2.
Bally to the support of the picket line! Far
rag ut Post, No. 1, Department of Virginia, lo
cated at Portsmouth, the early homo of the
bravo old Admiral, and his residence for many
years, proposes to erect a Farragut Memorial
Hall for the use of the Grand Army. Farragut
Post was organized February 25, IbfiO. and has
held its own under fire, until it h s now tho
respect of tho united community where it is
located which is composed almost entirely of
ex-confederates and their earnest sympathiz
ers. It has no Post fund, yet it has never failed
to respond to any distress call, Grand Army
enterprise, or charity. Farragut Post has faith
fully, and with credit to tho Organization, ob
served every Memorial Day since IriGi), visiting
the distant cemeteries on theold battlegrounds,
leaving those nearer to our colored and still
poorer comrades not a cent of aid has tho
Post ever received outsido of their own com
rades and this at an annual expense of about
three hundred dollars. The Post has an oppor
tunity to buy a valuable church property, in a
fine part of the city, and at a great bargain.
The building, with a littlo alteration, is just
tho thimr, and the lots aro worth the money.
Wo need two thousand dollars need it now.
Let each Post send a few dollars to our Quar
termaster, Thomas P. Jones, P. O. Box No. 115,
Portsmouth, Va., and before the 1st of August
tho Grand Army of tho Ecpublic will havo a
Memorial Hall to Farragut in a Southern city
that once claimed him as a citizen. We aro
sure we havo not appealed to our comrades in
vain, and shall expect tho money before tho
1st of August. All moneys Avill bo promptly
acknowledged and names and Posts published
in the Grand Army papers.
In F., C, and L.,
S. B. Kenney,")
Wm. Eide.v, -Committee.
E. G. Staples, J
Headquarters Department of Virginia, G. A. R.,
June 19, 1882.
Eespcctfully returned to Farragut Post, ap
Nothing tends to build up an Organization
moro than in owning properly. 1 thereforo
heartily concur in your proposition to secure a
permanent Lodge Eoom for Farragut Post, G.
A.E. 1 predict, if you succeed in your under
taking, your Post will flourish beyond meas
ure; that it will do so I havo no doubt, and
that it may do so is tho sincere wish of
Yours in F., C, and L.,
P. T. Wood:--in-,
During tho current year 3G9 orphans of sol
diers will bo discharged from tho schools, by
reason of having attained the ago of sixteen.
Tho superintendent of tho department of sol
diers' orphan schools has prepared a list of
these scholars, arranged by schools, to which
is added the date when each child will be dis
charged. Copies of this will bo sent to each
Post of tho Grand Army of tho Ecpublic, and
to numerous soldiers and citizens, the object
being to interest as many as possiblo in obtain
ing homes and employment for tho orphans.
GUITEAU'S POISONED BOUQUET.
It was mentioned in The National Trib
une of last week that on tho day beforo tho
execution of Guiteau a bouguet of flowers was
sent to tho prisoner, and afterwards removed
by tho oflicers on suspicion that it had been
poisoned. Dr. Tildon, at tho laboratory of tho
Army Medical Museum, made an analysis, and
found that there wero plain traces of arsenic
in tho rose a sufficient quantity to havo killed
several men had they taken it. Tho results of
the experiment will be carefully kept for future
During tho brief interviow at the jail between
Mrs. Scovillo and Guiteau, a short timo after
tho flowers wero sent in, Mrs. Scovillo called
the prisoner's attention to tho beautiful ccntro
rose, aud it was noticed that Guiteau frequently
referred to its beauty. Whether it was under
stood botween them or not is not known.
GRAND ARMY MOTES.
It is our purpose, in this department of TriE
National Tribune, to note the doings of interest
in the various Posts increase in membership, elec
tion of officers, &c., and the organization of new
Posts. Comrades will confer an especial favor by
forwarding, at the earliest possible moment matters
of interest transpiring in their Posts. With their
aid the interest in this column of the paper can be
materially heightened. Editor.
For tho benefit of the readers of The Na
tional Tribune we have had printed on heavy
paper, suitable for framing, portraits of Gen
eral Paul Vaudervoort, the distinguished Com-mander-in-Chicf
of the Grand Army. Tho pic
tures will be forwarded in paper tubing to each
subscriber of The National Tribune upon
receipt of tho actual cost of tho work -five cents
each. The picture is reproduced from tho wood
cut, prepared expressly for our use, and is clear
aud distinct. Tho likeness is a remakably fine
one. Subscribers can romit postage stamps or
money in ordering.
A correspondent from Chattanooga says that
a brass breast-plate picked ui on tho battle
field of Lookout Mountain and kept as a relic
by tho Natural Bridge House there, is inscribed
with the letters " P. H. G.," and ho is anxious
to know for what military organization they
stand. Probably some of our soldier readers
can furnish the information. The same writer
asks tho meaning of the letters " U. S. C. T.'
on some of the headstones in National ceme
teries. They stand for United States Colored
Arrangements have been mado by ex-soldiers
at Tionesta, Pa., for tho organization of a
Grand Army Post. Tho "boys" are very en
thusiastic, and the outlook for a strong organi
zation is highly flattering.
The eighth Ecunion of the Twenty-eighth
and One Hundred and Forty-seventh regiments
and Keep's Battery, Pennsylvania Volunteers,
will be held at Seline Grove, Snyder County
Pa., Sept. 13.
Under tho constitution of tho association
the local executive committee is charged with
all tho arrangements of the Ecunion, and
upon the receipt of the progrommc from the
chairman, Comrade Jos. A. Lunihard, the sec
retary of the association, will publish the
details. Information in relation to fare and
time of starting of tho Carbon County delega
tion can bo obtained by addressing Comrades
W. F. Simpson or Simon F. Laurish at Mauch
Chunk. For Luzerne County, Col. James
Fitzpatrick, at Hazel ton ; for Alleghany County,
Comrado J. H. Lippincott, Pittsburgh; for
Westmoreland County, Capt. C. Grcenwaldt,
The National Tribune is indebted to
Adjutant David Launing of tho Department
of Ohio for a neatly printed roster of the G. A.
E. of that Stato. From it we learn that there
arc now 2G3 Posts in Ohio, the last one, Lorain
Emery, having been organized at Malinta, with
ComradeS. B. Smith as Commander and Com
rade Levi Drcsbach Adjutant.
Lcander Stern Post, No. 31, of Tiffin, Ohio
was recently presented with a beautiful ban
ner, the gift of citizens of that place. It is of
heavy silk, with gold bullion fringe and
adorned with the Grand Army Badge. The
presentation speech was made by Mr. N. L.
Brewer and the response gracefully made by
Mr. James A. Norton in behalf the Post. Com
rade Cole is the Post Commander.
General Custer Post, No. 73, was organized
at Washington, Ind., recently, with fifty mem
bers. It is growing rapidly and will soou
reach a membership of a couple of hundred.
Tho oflicers are: Commander, William P. Ellis;
S. V. C, II. II. Hyatt; -J. V. C, J. IS. Kellen
borgher; Q. M., Joseph Boguer; Surg., J. L.
Mooro : Chaplain, Eev. E. E. Hav.iey ; O. D.,
J. L. Seuder; Adjt., James Eamsey.
Arnold Post, 161, of Bradford, Ohio, was pre
sented with a beautiful flag on the Fourth by
the wives and daughters of the members. Com
rade Brahn, in behalf of the Post, made a grace
ful acknowledgment of the handsome gifc.
John A. Davis Post, No. 93, of Frecport, Illi
nois, is in a flourishing condition. It numbers
130 active members. James J. Neff is the en
terprising commander, J. F. Klickner adju
tant, and C. G. Sanborn quartermaster.
The Bristol County Association, G. A. E., of
Taunton, Mats., held its fourth annual meeting
in the hall of Eichard Border Post, No. 3G, at
Fall Eiver, on the 5th of July. There was a
full attendance and tho occasion was one of
much interest. The officers of the association
arc: Commander, Ichabod B. Burt, Pose 46:
S. V. C, Everett S. Horton, Post 145; J. V. C,
Charles A- Crooker, Post t; Adjutant, Edgar G.
Blandiu, Post 55; Q. M., Alfred B. Hodges,
Pest 3; Surgeon, Simeon T. Wilbor, Post 55;
Chaplain, Thomas S. Thompson, Post 145 ; O.
D., Charles S. Anthony, Post 3; O. G., John
Slater, Post 1-15.
Dakota has ten well-organized Posts. One of
the last organized is at Elk Point, and has
been named after that distinguished soldier.
General Stephen A. If urlbut.
At East Hampton, Mass., there are more than
fifty veterans, and yet. there is no organized
Post. Steps are now being taken to form a
Post, and we hope soon-to have the pleasure of
hearing that it has been an accomplished fact.
Thero is plenty of excellent material in East
Hampton and vicinity.
The ex-soldiers residing at, and in the vicin
ity of, Vinton, Ohio, arc preparing to organize
a Post. The matter should not be delayed a
day. Let tho " boys" everywhere rally under
our grand organization.
An effort is being made to organize a Post at
Madison, Ohio, and, as we' are assured by a
correspondent, with excellent chances of suc
cess. In fact, now that tho movement has
been set on foot, surprise is expressed that the
"boys" residing in that vicinity havo not
joined the Grand Army before. There is noth
ing so effectual as a thorough organization of
soldiers all over the land to protect theHr inter
ests. The National Tribune will bo glad
to learn that the Post at Madison has been
A now Post of the G. A. E. has just been or
ganized at Cape May Court House, N. J., with
eleven charter members. Six recruits will be
mustered in at the next meeting. Tho outlook
for a largo membership is promising.
Mitchell Post, No. 45, of Springfield, Ohio,
has a membership of 150, all in good standing.
Tho Post has been organized on a substantial
basis, and promises to continue its growth both
in numbers and influence.
General Paul Vandervoort, Commander-in-Chief
of the Grand Army, accompanied by
Senior Vice-Commander Eoss, made an official
visit last week to tho Department of Virginia.
They wcro cordially received by tho comrades
in tho Old Dominion, and tho visit proved both
enjoyable and profitable to the Order. The
Commander-in-Chief was in Washington dur
ing the week, and while here visited the office
of The National Tribune.
On tho occasion of tho annivorsary of the
shooting of President Garfield July 2 Mit
chell Post, No. 45, of Springfield, Ohio, dis
played its llag at half mast, and subsequently
attended divine service, in a body, under tho
command of Captain D. C. Pulnam, Post Com
mander. The Eev. T. S. Guthrio preached an
appropriate discourse. In the course of liis
remarks ho spoke of the presenco of represent
atives of tho G. A. E., which ho esteemed an
honor, declaring ho trusted tho principles for
which they aro engaged may livo to benefit
generations yet unborn.
WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING.
In'tic Senate on Thursday, July ,6th, Mr.
Lapham presented a petition of oG!) ex-Mnion
soldiers, citizens of Seneca Falls, New York,
and a. petition of the citizens of Oswego, New
York, praying for the passage of a bill gran;
ing a pension of $-10 per month to those r.
lost an arm or a leg in the service of the Gov
ernment during the- late war; which wro
referred to tho Committee on Pensions. Tic
Judiciary Committee reports a bill increasing
the pay of U. S. district judges except in Cali
fornia, whero it is now $G',000 $500 each per
annum ; placed on the calendar. The river and
harbor appropriation bill was taken up, and,
after adopting soveral amendments, the Senate
On Friday in tho Senate the entire session
was devoted to the consideration of the river
and harbor bill, several speeches being mado
on the subject, and a number of amendments
offered. The subject had not been concluded
up to the hour of adjournment.
On Saturday in tho Senate Mr. Sewell pre
sented a petition of maimed soldiers of Newark
N. J., praying for the passage of the bill in
creasingtho pension to soldiers and sailors who
have lost an arm or a leg or suffered equivalent
disability thereto in tho service; which was
referred to the Committee on Pensions. A bill
was passed to pay employees in the Govern
ment Printing Office the amount deducted from
them during tho obsequies of President Gar
field. The river and harbor bill was further
considered up to tho hour of adjournment.
On Monday in the Senate bills were passed
providing for the erection of a public building
at Oxford, Miss., at a cost of $50,000, and at
Brooklyn, N. Y., at a cost of $500,000. Tho
river and harbor bill was taken up, and an
amendment adopted appropriating $590,000 for
improving the Potomac river and the reclama
tion of the "flats" south of the White House.
Several other amendments were offered, and
pending their consideration the Senate ad
journed. On Tuesday in the Senate, Mr. Groomc, of
the Pension Committee, reported a bill to pre
vent the payment of double pensions, referred
to elsewhere. The river and harbor bill was
further considered, and several amendment1?
wero adopted making appropriations for tho
improvement of rivers and streams. Pending
its consideration, the Senate adjourned.
The Senate continued the consideration ol
the river and harbor bill on Wednesday.
On Thursday, July (, in the House, ths
resolution authorizing the President to call an.
International Congress to determine for uni
versal adoption a common prime meridian to
be used in the reckoning of longitude and ia
tho regulation of time throughout the world,
was taken from the tabic and passed. The naval
appropriation bill was passed. The sundry
appropriation bill was discussed. Mr. Beach
introduced a bill authorizing tho Secretary
of War to deliver to Edward Pye Post, No.
179, of the Grand Army of tho Ecpublic, four
condemned cannon and four cannon-balls for
decorating the proposed soidicrs' monument at
; Haverstraw, New York : referred to the Com
mittee on Military Affairs.
In the House on Friday the sundry civil ap
propriation bill was taken up in Committee of
the Whole, various amendments being offered
aud disposed of. The evening session of tho
House was devoted wholly to tho consideration
of pension bills of a private character, several
of which wore passed. Bills wero passed grant
ing condemned cannon as follows: To "Typ'
Best Post, No. 75, G. A. E. ; to the Post at Peru,
Ind.; to General Harrison Post of Kokoma,
Intl.; to tho Post at Clarinda, Iowa ; to tho
Post at Kcosauqua, Iowa; tho Ladies Monu
mental Association at Mount Vernon, O. ; to
Chas. Sumner Post, Grovelaud, Mass., and to
Post 1S3, Eochester, Pa.
On Saturday in the House tho sundry civil
appropriation bill was further considered in
Committee of the Whole, the debate and action
on the amendments offered consuming the en
tire day's session. Before adjourning tho
Speaker said: "In compliance with the provis
ions of the joint resolution, approved July 1,
i 1682, ' authorizing tho Secretary of War to erect
at Washington's headquarters, in the city of
Newburgh, N. Y., a memorial column, and to
aid in defraying the expenses of the Centennial
celebration in that city in the year 18S3,' tho
Chair appoints the following named representa
tives as members, on the part of tho House, of
tho joint select committee of arrangements, to
! perform the duties prescribed by that resolu
tion : Mr. Beach of N. Y., Mr. Kctcham of N.
Y., Mr. Curtin of Pa.. Mr. Burrows of Mich.,
Mr. Knott of Ky.. Mr. Townscnd of O., Mr.
Ellis of La., aud Mr. Eauney of Ma3S."
In tho House on Monday the report of tho
conference committee on the bill extending tho
charter of national banks was submitted aud
agreed to. The bill providing for an improved
water supply for tho District of Columbia was
passed. Mr. Davis, of 111., reported a bill to
authorize the purchase of additional ground
adjoining the national cemetery in the county
of Queens, N. V.; which was referred to tho
Committee of tho Whole on the state of tLo
Union. A bill was passed authorizing tho
transfer of the property of tho National Sol
diers and Sailors' Orphan Home to the Garfield
Memorial Hospital. Mr. White. (Ky.,) intro
duced a resolution proposing a constitutional
amendment granting tho rig'-it of suffrage to
women. The sundry civil appropriation bill
was further considered, and on motion of Mr.
Hiscock a provision was struck from the bill,
which provides that the managers of the Na
tional Home for Disabled Volunteers shall
apply the excess above five dollars monthly of
tho pension of all inmates of the home to tho
support of said home. On motion of Mr. His
cock, tho provision admitting to the home any
person who served during the war of the rebel
lion in the United States navy, and who is in
capacitated from earning his own support, was
also struck from the bill. When the oommitteo
rose, Mr. Dingley (Me.) introduced a bill for
the appointment of a commission to inquiro
into the condition of the ship-building and
ship-owning interests, and to suggest methods
to restore tho foreign carryiug-tndc of tho
United States. Deferred.
In tho Houso on Tuesday consideration of
the suudry civil appropriation bill was re
sumed. Several amendments were offered, and
the debato on them consumed tho entire day's
On Wednesday tho entiro day's sessiou of
tho House was devoted to tho consideration of
the civil appropriation bill.
Tho conferees on the legislative, executive,
and judicial appropriation bill met again on
Tuesday, but littlo progress was made. Tho
committeo is still considering tho question of
the advisability involved in the proposition to
transfer tho records from tho custody of tho
Surgeon-general to that of tho Adjutant-General
of tho Army.