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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, AUGUST 12, 1882.
GRMD ARMY MATTERS.
A PLEASANT REUNION OF THE OHIO
VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.
Bapld Groirth of the Order of the Grand Army.
W Tosts Established In Yarions States Ofil
clal Order from the Commander-in-Chief Hon
oring a Chaplain's 3Ieiuory Memorial Celebra
tion In Xew York Grand Army Xotcs of
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Defiance, Ohio, August 1. Tho Society of
tho Sixty-eighth Oliio Veteran Volunteer In
fantry held its annual Reunion here on tho
22d ulto. Tliero was a full attendance, each
company of tho old command heing fully rep
resented both by the rank aud file.
Telegrams were received announcing tho
illness and inability to attend of both General
B. K. Scott and Gen. Geo. E. Welles.
After some preliminary proceedings tho fol
lowing programme was observed :
1. Prayer by tho chaplain, Rov. Joseph Por
ter, late of Co. G, Sixty-eighth O. V. V. I., of
2. Greeting to comrades by Captain L. W.
Richardson, Sixty-eighth O. V. V. I., Defiance,
3. Response by Rev. Joseph PoTtcr.
4. Address of Avclcomo by Mayor Dcatrick on
behalf of the citizens of Defiance.
Major James S. Reeves, of Xilcs, Mich., sur
geon of tho Seventy-eighth O. V. V. I. and
promoted to brigade surgeon, in which position
he became identified Avith tho Sixty-eighth, was
in attendauce. On being introduced ho spoke
of the pleasure it gavo him to meet so many of
the Sixty-eighth regiment, which, so far as his
feelings wero concerned, was a part of his own
regiment, having, as an ofiiccr of tho brigade,
lost his regimental identity and learned to
look upon all regiments of the Ohio brigade
as one organization. Ho passed a glowing
eulogy on tho bravery of the regiment and of
their devotion to duty during the dark days
of tho war. Ho congratulated all, including
himself, on tho youthlul appearance which
they had retained, claiming that, to him at
least, they looked fresher and younger than
when lie last looked into their sun-browned,
fatigue-worn faces. He received a hearty wel
come from tho Society, and will bo anxiously
leoked for at future Eeunious.
Promptly at twelve o'clock tho regiment
formed by companies on Clinton street in front
of tho Court House, under the supervision of
Captain L. W. Richardson. The old battle
flags of the regiment, having been secured from
Columbus, wero carried by tho old guards.
The column was headed by tho Defianco Baud,
followed by Bishop and Hicksvillo Posts, G. A.
JL, under tho command of Frank C. Cully, of
Defiance. Tho line of march was up Clinton
street to Laity's Grove, near tho Union school
building, where a grovo dinner was prepared
for tho ex-soldiers and invited guests. In tho
preparation and serving of tho dinner the citi
zens of Defianco did themselves great credit;
more ample provisions or orderly serving has
never greeted tho ex-soldicr sinco his dis
charge. Immediately after dinner tho column re
formed and marched back to tho Court House.
At two o'clock tho society was again called to
order, and tho regular business of tho organi
zation taken up.
Captain L. G.Randall, Captain P. TLMoonoy,
and Caxtain W. F. Williams wero appointed a
committee on resolutions.
On call of companies the following deaths
were reported : Captain Charles Bates and John
Larey, of Campany B; Sergeant W. H. Bruncr,
Company C; William Moore and David Slecscr,
Company F; Myron Richardson, Company G ;
Patrick Condon and James Maher, Company
H; Captain Ira Kcscy, George Shroder, and
John Gorrcll, Company I; William A. Lingle,
On motion, it was decided to hold tho next
Reunion at Antwerp, Paulding county, July 4,
On motion, Major James S. Reeves, Xilcs,
Mich., and Captain Andrew Scott, of Defiance
county, both members of tho Seventy-eighth
Ohio veteran volunteers, were made honorary
members of tho Society of tho Sixty-eighth
Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
Tho committee on resolutions reported as
Whereas we have received notice by tele
gram of the illness of General R. K. Scott and
Goucral George E. Welles; therefore,
llcsolted, That we, heir comrades, tender to
them our sympathies and regret their absence.
Jicsolvcd, That we hereby extend our thanks
to Bishop Post, G. A. lit., to the mayor and citi
zens of Defiance for their hospitality; also our
thauks to the baud for tho music on this occa
sion. L. G. Randall, W. F. Williams, P. H. Mooney,
On motion, tho secretary was authorized to
issue orders on the society treasurer for all
legitimate expenses iiiburrcd by the society in
tho interest of this meeting.
The election of officers for the ensuing year
resulted as follows: President, Georgo E.
Welles, Toledo, Ohio; Secretary, S. Gillis,
Bryan, Ohio; Treasurer, L. W. Richardson,
Defiance, Ohio; Chaplain, Rev. Joseph Porter,
Metz, Ind. ; Vice-Presidents, Company A, A. J.
Tressler; Company B, William II. Palmer;
Company C, Charles Carpenter; Company D,
L. Hoy; Company E, W.H. llingshew; Com
pany F, F. M. Brubaker; Company G, Riley
Shaffer; Company H, Jacob Fultz; Company
I, IL H. Fast; Company K, F. P. Brakeman.
By resolution passed at the meeting of the
eocioty in Bryan in lfeoO it was mado the duty
of the Vice-Presidents to present a written
report, not only of ihc deaths that may have
occurred, but items of interest regarding the
living, their post-oflico address, occupation,
families, and financial prospects at each meet
ing of the association.
Letters of regret at not being able to bo
present and participate in the Reunion were
rccoivod aud read from Major-Ucncrnl John
A. Logan, Washington, D. C, and Captain J.
C. Banks, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Captain Richardson received a telegram from
General M. D. Loggctt, Cleveland, and a letter
irom Dr. William Masyi, of Paris, Illinois, each
sending greetings and regrets at not being per
mitted to be present.
THE ORDER IN INDIANA.
Shiveley Post, Xo. G8, G. A. R., was organ
ized, in Huntingburgh, Ind., by A. C. Rosen
crauz, Junior Vice Commander for the Depart
ment of Indiana, assisted by Commander W.
H. Keller, S. V. C. C. II. Meyerhoof, Adjutant
August Leoch, O. D. J. W. Mcssick, and Com
rade S. B. Samson, of Farragut Post, Xo. 27, ol
The Post organized with twdnty-seven mem
bers and elected tho following named gentle
men as its officers: Post Commander, C. C.
Schreedcr; S. V. C, M. Fisher; J. V. C, F.
Kinchel; Surg., W. R. McMahan; Chaplain, T.
R. Green; O. D., C. M. Mcars; Q. M., W. B.
Piikle; Adj't, J. Murray; O. G., J. Collins;
S.M., ILL. Wheat; Q. M. S., W. W. Sholdcrs.
After tho business of the Post tvas concluded
tho comrades adjourned to the St. Georgo,
whore they wore entertained at supper by tho
comrades resident of tho city.
Tho Post is named after Captain Lewis
Byron Shiveloy, captain of company F, Fifty
third regiment Indiana Yoluntecrs. Captain
Shiveley fought in Mexico and was killed at
Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1661.
Captain Shiveley was ouo of Dubois county's
bravest sons, and we think tho Post did well in
thus remembering our honored dead.
TOST ORGANIZED AT JEFFERSONYILLE.
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.Teffeesonville, Ind., August 3. On last
Wednesday evening, at our new City Hall, Post
No. SG, G. A. R., was instituted by Department
Commander General Carnahan, of Indianapolis,
who conducted tho initiatory ecrcmonics. Tho
charter members present were John Craig, J.
P. Dibble, Henry Dibble, C. W. Glosbrcnner,
J. J. Galligher, W. K. Gray, Martin Graham,
James Kcigwin, Adam Laun, E. G. Xeeld, W.
II. Xorthcut, Jacob B. Pifcr, R. B. Reynolds,
James Rognon, Philip Spechr, John W. Thom
son, Henry Timmonds, G. C. Watson, J. S.
Whicher, P. L. Worrell, Luther F. Worder,
(mayor of city,) and J. L. White.
Several of those who had signed the roll wero
unavoidably absent, but will bo considered as
charter members. Their names are as follows :
Burt Dean, J. W. Whitlow, Joseph Xaylor, A.
M. Luke. Isaac Brinkworth, Hugh Mitchell,
John Delahunt, Dr. W. D. Fouts, R. M. Johnston,
Wilson, O. A. Clark, James A. Spencer,
Georgo H. Carter.
After tho initiatory ceremonies an election
of officers was held, which resulted as follows:
Commander, James Kcigwin ; S. V. C, John
W. Thomson ; J. V. C, J. B. Pifcr; O. D., J. S.,
Whicher, 0. G., G. C. Watson; Chaplain, E. G.
Xeeld; Q. M., Philip Spccht; Adj't, J. J. Gal
lagher. The officers were duly installed by tho
Department Commander. Tho placo and timo
for regular monthly meetings havo not as yet
been settled upon. Tho meeting was an enthu
siastic and successful one, and it is tho inten
tion to enroll all veteran soldiers and sailors
in this community and make it tho leading
Post in southern Indiana. Already quite a
number of applications havo been received for
membership. Wo will givo it a name at our
next meeting. Yours in F., C, and L.,
W. K. Gray.
NEW TOST AT MOUNT VERNON.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Mt. Vernon, Ind., August 4, 1832. Wo or
ganized a Post of tho G. A. R. here, called
Lyon Post, Xo. SO, Department of Indiana, on
tho 14th of July last. Although wo have had
but two meetings sinco wo have between thirty
aud forty members and expect to muster eight
or ten more to-night. Tho most of our mem
bers aro subscribers to your valuable paper,
and I think every member of our Post, or who
joins our Post, will become a subscriber. Wo
are having an abundant wheat crop and tho
prospects arc good for corn, consequently times
will be easier and tho boys will havo more
money, so as to bo able to subscribe. Do all
you can in getting tho equalization of bounty
passed and givo us tho names of Congressmen
who vote for and against our interests.
Yours, very truly,
Lyon Post, Xo. SO, Dcpt. of Ind.
THE ORDER IN NEW YORK.
Rapid Growth of Kilpatrlrk Post Flag Presenta
tionAn Interesting Occasion.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Xew York, August S. Judsou Kilpatrick
Post, Xo. 143, Department of Xew York, was
formed in last December with ten members,
in Bunting Hall, Ono Hundred and Twenty
fourth st. and Third Avenue, N. Y. This was
a very small number to start with, but as they
wero ten resolute comrades it has been a
growing Post, making a steady gain all tho
time. When mustered in on tho 23th of De
cember, twenty-one comrades wero present.
On Decoration day they turned out in uniform,
and by their superior marching and correct
alignment well earned tho plaudits which
wero bestowed upon them along tho lino of
march. They carried with thorn in tho
march a beautiful silk flag, which was pre
sented to them by their warm-hearted friends
of Harlem. There had not been timo for a
formal presentation of the flag, so a fow
evenings sinco tho Commander gavo a recep
tion to tho friends of the Post, and the flag
was then formally presented. The event
called out tho notables of the G. A. 11., and a
brilliant assembly were gathered in tho Post
rooms. There were present Gen. II. A. Bar
num, Muj. Willard Bullard ; Perley, Com
mander Reno Post, Xo. 44; Walker, Commander
Rankin Tost, Xo. 10; Comrade Carter, Sumner,
Xo. 21; Woodruff, of Rankin, Xo. 10, and
many others whoso names wo did not get, not
to forget Sam Minncs, "unattached," who
can make moro noise than any man in or oat
of the G. A. R. The night was warm but tho
room was crowded with not only notable G.
A. R. men, but also a fair proportion of ladies,
who, by their presence, added much to the
occasion. Gen Brvrnum mado a very happy
speech, telling how, when up at Syracuse, ho
and Bullard had been made captive "by the
fair maids of " Onondaga." Then came tho
speech of tho evening by Comrade Bullard in
presenting the flag to the Post. Tho speech
was exhaustive on the subject of flags and
demonstrated that Comrade Bullard had given
great caro and study to its preparation. His
cloquenco brought forth frequent rounds of
applause. Commander Reed received the flag
iu a speech tcrso and full of patriotism. Tho
exercises of tho evening were enlivened by
songs and recitations by kind friends who had
volunteered for tho occasion. This Post now
numbers seventy members, a showing which
cannot be beat, wo think, by any other Post in
this State. It is destined to wield an impor
tant influence upon Grand Army affairs iu tho
Xow York Department.
A POST ORGANIZED AT WEBSTER.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Weisster, Xew York, August 3, 1SS2.
A Post of the G. A. 11. has been organized
at this place with twenty-two charter mem
bers, to bo known as Post 27o, Department of
Xow York. The following-named comrades
havo been elected officers: A.J. Pratt, Post !
Commander; Wm. R. Bancroft, S. V. C. ; Ja
cob Hoffman, J. V. C; Geo. Knight, 0. D.;
Frank Vanalstyne, O. G.; John Hamill, Q.
M. ; Chas. Foster, Adjutant. Tho members of
the Post are R. A. Corey, J. Gloor, Jno. Ridel,
August Weilcrl, John Witracr, Sam'l D. Gould,
A. Coomau, M. JIaydon, A. J. Willard, A. Wil
liams, Chas. Clow, J. Schlegel,I. Green, C. Cur
tice, W. Vanalstyne. Jacob Hoffman.
A GRAND ARMY MEMORIAL.
Tliero was a largo assemblage of ladies and
of veterans of the late war Monday evening at
the headquarters of Rankin Post, Xo. 10, Grand
Army of tho Republic, Brooklyn, XT. Y., the
occasion being tho presentation of J. A. Little
field's portrait of Sergeant William Rankin to
that Post. Sergeant Rankin, who was a gal
lant soldier of Company JI, Fourteenth regi
ment, X. Y. S. M., was killed in action at
Laurel Hill, Va.f on Sunday, May 8, 18(il. Tiie
Post, which bears his name, was organized in
1807 by his comrades, and now numbers over
four hundred members. The rooms wero taste
fully decorated, and tho exercises consisted of
music on tho organ and by fife and drum corps,
singing, speeches, and recitations. General
Theodore B. Gates made tho presentation speech
on behalf of tho committee, Messrs. T. B. Gates,
Eason Carshow, and Commander John II. Wal
ker. The drum corps then " beat ofi'" aud the
portrait was unveiled. "Corporal" James
Tanner, who was chiefly instrumental in pro
curing tho portrait for tho adornment of the
Post rooms, responded to the presentation, ad
dress iH appropriate terms. After the recita
tion, "Memorials of Camp and Field," by
Edwin Parsloe, of Buffalo, and the singing of
war ballads, tho exercises wero concluded.
HONORING A CHAPLAIN'S MEMORY.
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Plano, III., August 5. At a special meeting
of Piano Post, Xo. 120, G. A. R., held July 31,
tho following preamble and resolutions were
unanimously adopted :
Whereas our Great Commander has seen fit
in his Providence to call our beloved Chaplain
and Comrado Rev. John R. Burns from our
Post to the new camping ground above, be it
Jicsolvcd, That by tho death of our Chaplain
and Comrado Rev. John R. Burns his wife has
lost a loving companion, his children a devoted
father, Piano Post, Xo. 120, G. A. R., a true
soldier aud comrade, and tho community a
citizen whoso every effort was for tho good of
Jicsolvcd, That wo hereby express tho sorrow
and grief that wo all as soldiers and' citizens
feel wo have sustained by the sad event.
Jicsolvcd, That as those who knew him well
and intimately wo can testify that ho was a
true, sympathetic, and sinccro friend, ono who
had a record untarnished by any selfish mo
tives and whoso wholo lifo was devoted to
principles of friendship, charity, and loyalty.
Jicsolvcd, That in token of our sorrow for this
our bereavement tho Post room bo draped in
mourning and tho members of tho Post wear
tho usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
Jicsolvcd, That a copy of theso resolutions bo
scut to tho widow of our deecascd brother in
testimony of our sympathy in this hour of her
great affliction and trial ; also that a copy bo
furnished The Xational Tribune.
J. H. Jcnks, Jonathan Aglor, J. C. Harwood,
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT NOTES
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Medfield, Mass., August 3d, 18S2. Tho
Xorfolk county division of tho Grand Ar
my, Maior John B. Lowell, of Post 5S, Wey
mouth, commanding, mado its first annual
excursion sinco its division formation Wed
nesday, July 27th, to Downer's Landing, a fa
mous and beautiful resort, located on tho east
ern coast of tho old Bay State, a few miles
south of Boston harbor. An invitation was
oxtended by Commander Lowell to tho Ply
mouth county boys to join in tho excursion,
which was accepted. Tho day was intensely
warm but beautiful, and tho boys rallied brave
ly, accompanied by their wives and daughters,
to "sniff" tho delightful breezo of "old
ocean." Xearly every Post in tho county was
represented with a delegation under its com
mander, swelling tho number of "Boys in
Blue" to 400 strong. After arriving in Boston
a lino was formed under escort of the Wey
mouth brass band and marched to tho pleasure
steamer, which was soon steaming down the
harbor enjoying tho sea breezo and sweet and
inspiring music discoursed by tho Weymouth
band, ono of the finest local bands in Xew Eng
land. At tho landing the veterans partook of
ono of Crossman's famous short dinners, after
which Commander Lowell, in a short and
pleasing address, introduced Past Grand Commander-in-Chief
Gen. Georgo S. Merrill, of
Lawfenco, who mado a splendid address, life
being followed by Past Department Couir
mandcr Capr. J. G. B. Adams, of Lynn, in a most
felicitous speech. Eloquent addresses wero
also mado by Department Commander Georgo
II. Patch, and members of tlto staff. Tho
excursion was a grand success and it is hoped
that moro of them may tako place, now tho
Grand Army is organized so thoroughly under
command of a live and patriotic gentleman- -Major
John B. Lowell, ot Weymouth.
OFFICIAL ORDER FROM COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Headquarters G. A. R.,
Union Jilocl:, Cor. loth and Farnam st3.
Omaha, Xeb., July 31st, 1SS2.
Xo. 3. j
I. The following-named Comrades havo been
appointed aides-de-camp to the Commander-in
Chief, and will bo obeyed and respected accord
ingly: Comrade H.J. Filman, Bordentown, X.
J.; W. S. McXair, Wilmington, Del.; R. G.
Lybrand, Delaware, Ohio; C. C. Kinsman,
Rutland, Vt. ; H. C. Teeter, Braddock's Field,
Pa. ; L. S. Tyler, Keokuk, Iowa ; IT. L Town
send, Des Moines, Iowa; Thomas 11. Scott, 27
Beekman street, X. Y. ; William O. Saville,
Baltimore, Md. ; Lewis G. Gosson, Trenton, X.
J.; S. B. Ycomans, Washington Court House,
Ohio; J. K. Jones, Columbus, Ohio; E. P.
Gould, Erie, Pa. ; W. B. Shokley, Fort Scott,
Kan.; Honico G. Wolf, Jessup, Iowa; J. B.
Dey, Stromsburg, Xeb. ; diaries L. Marburg,
Baltimore, Md.; Nathan Kimball, Ogden, Utah;
A. W. Collins, Oakland, Oil.
II. Upon tho nomination of tho inspector
general, the following-named comrades aro ap
pointed assistant inspector-general, and will
bo obeyed and respected accordingly : Comrade
H. A. Norton, Chicago, 111. ; C. A. Santmyer,
Carthage, Ohio; Clarence D. Gates, Cambridge,
Vt. Additional appointments will bo an
nounced in future orders.
III. Tho Department heretofore known as
the Department of tho Mountains is hereby
changed to the Department of Colorado, with
headquarters at Denver. Xow Mexico and
Wyoming Territories arc added to this Depart
ment. IV. Posts organized in Montana will report
direct to Xatioual Headquarters until further
V. Information is wauled at theso head
quarters of the present address of Captain E.
A. Wolcott, or First Lieutenant William Triif,
of Company L, Sixteenth regiment Illinois
cavalry. For the address of any of tho officers :
or men of Company A, First Tennessee light
artillery. Also, the address of ono George
Richardson, of the Thirteenth Illinois cavalry. I
VI. The Commander-in-Chief feels compelled i
to call the attention of Department Com
manders again to tho subject of quarterly re
ports, and urges upon them tho necessity of
being more prompt in tho matter. Up to the J
present date but tb roe reports havo been re
ceived from Massachusetts, Xew Jersey, and j
Xew Orleans. We trust this subject will re
ceive prompt attention.
VII. Department Commanders aro requested'
to fqrward to theso headquarters tlio Roster of
VIII. Tho Xatioual Headquarters has no
organ. Xo papor especially represents the
Commander-in-Chief. He cordially thanks all
papers publishod in the interests ot tho Sol
diers for their enthusiasm in behalf of the
Grand Army, llo earnestly desires them to
continue in tho good work. We must recruit
50,000 comrades this year, aud in tho effort to
accomplish this result, ho depends greatly on
tho labors of tho editorial corpse of tho papers
devoted to tho cause.
By order of Paul Vandervoort,
CAMP-FIRE IN MASSACHUSETTS.
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Fitchburg, Mass., August 7. Post Xo. 39,
G. A. R., of Fitch burg, have completed arrange
ments for a grand Union Basket Picnic and
Camp-firo at Washacum Park and Like, Wed
nesday, August 10. Xearly all tho Posts in
Worcester county havo been invited. Depart
ment Commander Patch and staff havo signi
fied their intention to bo present, and wo have
strong hopes of securing the attendance of tho
Commander-in-Chief, as ho is to bo in tho Easp
during tho mouth of August.
Mayor C. C. Emory, of Boston, will deliver a
humorous address, and tho " Old Folks Singing
Association'' of Fitchburg, under the direction
of Unclp Cyrus Thurston, will enliven the occa
sion with songs of "Yo Olden Time." The
speaking will bo interspersed with national
airs by tho hand. Gaines in abundance will be
arranged, among them a match gamo of base
ball botween tho South Fitchburg and Leoaiin-
stcr clubs; contest between tho "Massaquoit"
and "Wobbler" quoit teams for tho champion
ship of Worcester county, tho winning team to
stand ready to play any other team on tho
ground ; boat races, tub races, " tug of war,"
dancing in the pavilion, croquet, foot ball, skat
ing, and swimming.
Thoso who do not caro to bo burdened with
a basket can bo accommodated with refresh
ments at reasonable prices. Arrangements havo
been made for half-faro on all tho railroads,
and tho committeo in charge will sparo no
pains to mako things pleasant and lively for
all who may attend.
A grand camp-firo will bo lighted in tho
ovening, and all who desiro can trip tho light
fantastic too to tho music of Howard &. Mil
ler's orchestra. The skating-rink will bo open
during the day and ovening. Xcver before has
this Post been so thoroughly awako to tho in
terest of the Order as during tho present year,
and wo aro determined to keep tho ball
REUNION OF THE SEVENTH PENNSYL
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Mansfield, Pa., August 4. Tho fifth annual
meeting of tho Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry
will bo held hero on tho 13th of September,
and tho occasion promises to bo ono of extraor
dinary interest. Tliero is every indication of
a very largo attendance Invitations havo been
extended to all ex-soldiers, and among thoso
expected to bo present is that gallant veteran,
Colonel Wynkoop, who will bo royally wel
comed. Major B. S. Dart is president of tho
association, Mr. O. G. Gcrould vice-president,
and Mr. E. B. Decker secretary, all thoroughly
efficient officers, and under whoso energetic
supervision tho Reunion cannot but prove a
grand success. Tho hearty co-operation of citi
zens has been secured, and overyting points to
a most cnjoyablo timo for all who attend.
A NEW POST IN MARYLAND,
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Havre De Grace, August 3. Tho Grand
Army of tho Republic organized a post in this
city last night, which will bo mustered iu on
the Kith instant. The following officers wero
elected: Commander, Charles A. Conner; S. V.
C, John R. Day; J. V. C, Robert L. Mooro ;
Q. M., Henry E. O'Xeill. Nelson Case was ap
pointed acting Adjutant. Tho election of other
officers was postponed. Tho Post was entitled
Admiral John 11. Rogers Post, Xo. , by a
majority vote of those present, the name being
given iu honor of tho lato Admiral Rogers,
who was a native of this city.
CONVENTION OF PRISON SURVIVORS
Tho following circular explains itself:
National Uxiox of Survivors of Ander-
sonville and other Southern Military
New York, Juno 15, 1832.
- It lias been urged upon tho Executive Com
mittee of tho "National Union of Survivors of
Andersonvillo and other Southern Military
Prisons," that on account of pension bills be
fore Congress and other important matters to
be considered by authorized delegates from
State and local organizations, a convention of
delegates should bo held. AVo hereby invito
and urge your association to send a delegation
of ono or five of your members, to such meet
ing to lie hold at the Twelfth Regiment Armo
ry, corner of 45th street and Broadway, Xew
York city, on the (Jth day of September, 1S32.
The Xew York State annual Reunion will be
held at tho same place and at tho same time,
and tho members of that association will bo
pleased to welcotno you.
So largo a new growth of associations hav
ing been added to our numbers, and so many
interests of all comrades aro to bo consid
ered, that wo bono to sco a full ronrescuta-
,t!ion from every quarter.
, , J. W. Merrill, Prcs'r, SO Liberty st., X. Y.
i Ezra H. Riim'I.e, Vice-Pres't, Scrnnton, Pa.
Hiram Buckingham, Sec, Hartford, Conn.
A NSW POST IN WISCONSIN,
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Whitewater, Wis., July 29, 18S2. The
veterans hero have organized a Post of tho G.
A. 11. with forty-fivo charter members. Wo
have named it in honor of a departed Captain
Curtis who went from our town with tho Fourth
Wisconsin iufantry. The list of officers elected
to Post Curtis arc as follows : Commander, E.
D. Gecr ; S. V. C, E. S. Rcdington ; J. V. C, E.
Donally ; Adj't, J. J. Crigcr; Q. M., E. G. Hor
ton ; Surgeon, J. Green ; Chaplain, T. Kinnio;
O.D.,0. Smith; O. G., C. Rodwell; S. M., .7.
O. Knowlton; Q. M. Serg't, D. M. Fowler.. Tho
old veteran battalion contained about 300
members and wo hopo to get them all in tho
Post by December.
GRAND ARMY NOTES.
J. D. O'Brien Post, Xo. G5, of Oswego, N. Y.,
will hold a Reunion during tho present month,
I (our correspondent fails to givo us the exact
date,) and tliero is ovory prospect of a most eu
I joyablo timo for tho boys. Comrade George
Llvetchum is commander, B. C. Barnes S. V. C,
and Wm. A. Miller J. V. C.
Bradford, Ills., has a flourishing Grand Army
Tost of sixty members.
Tho coming soldiers' Reunion at Grand
Island, Xeb., promises to prove an exceedingly
interesting event in the history of tho Grand
Army in tho Xorthwost. Tho indications aro
that there will ho a very largo attendance.
James B. McPherson Post, Xo. 87, Depart
ment of Kansas, was recoutly organized at
McPherson, Kas., by Department Commander
Walkinshaw, with 101 members. Comrado M.
P. Simpson has been chosen Commander.
The Ono Hundred and Twenty-sixth Ohio
Volunteer Infantry will hold a Reunion at
Bower ton, Harrison county, on tho 2lth inst.
Every effort will bo mado to mako this cele
bration as pleasant and profitable as those of
former occasions. Citizens are prepared to
welcome the boys in tho most cordial manner.
Handsomely illustrated cards of invitation
havo been issued over tho signature of John
E. McPcck, president of tho association, and
Win. IL Moor, of Company C, ono of which
has been received at tho offico of The Na
Tho veterans of Fall River, Mass., havo re
solved upon tho organization of a Grand Army
Post there. At a recent and well-attended
meeting of votorans it was resolved to procure
a charter and organizo with tho least possible
delay. Tho roll has been signed by thirteen
Tho Post recently organized by Department
Commander Shaw at Lafayette, Ind., which
started with twenty-two membors, is growing
rapidly, and tliero is every indication of its
soon becoming ono of tho most influential
organizations of tho kind in tho Stato. It has
been named Henry S. Lauo Post, Department
Thcro will bo a Reunion of tho Seventh
Vermont volunteers at Rutland, Vt., August
29, 30, and 31. They will camp on tho same
ground they occupied twenty years ago.
A Post of the Grand Army has been organized
at Bloomington, 111., witli forty-six charter
members. A correspondent noticing tho fact
adds that " The National Tribune is very
popular among tho boys."
Tho veterans residing at and in tho vicinity
of Xew Lisbon, Pa., havo organized a Post,
Xo 251, with forty-six charter members. Its
prospects of an increaso to sixty are excellent.
A correspondent tells us that many of tho
boys aro readers of The National Triuune,
and that wo may soon expect to hear from
tho Post "in tho shapo of a club.,"
PASSAGE OF THE BILL REMOVING
CHARGES OF DESERTION.
Its Prompt Approml by the President Interesting
Debate in the Honso on the Subject Amending
the InralM Pension BUI Relief for One-Armed
Veterans Who Have Suffered Amputation nt tho
Shoulder Failuro of the $10 Bill in the Senate.
In tho nouso on Saturday last tho bill to ro
licvo ex-soldiers from technical charges of
desertion was reported favorably from tho
committee of conference through Mr. Calkins,
who, in introducing it, said :
I desiro at this time to submit a privileged
report. I present the report of tho committeo
of conference on tho disagreeing votes of tho
two Houses on tfio bill to relievo certain sol
diers from the charge of desertion.
The Speaker. The report will bo read.
The report was read, as follows :
The committee of conference on the disaprrccinp;
votes of the two Homes on the amendments of the
Senate to the bill lH. lc No. !i'll) to relieve curtuin
.soldiers ot the late war from the charge of tle-ertion
bavins: met, after n full and free conference have
nreeil to recommend and do recommend to their
respective Houses as follow:
That the House recede from its disagreement to
the iimendiuciita of tho Senate numbered 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 0, and 8.
That tbc Scnato recede from its amendment
numbered 7, with an amendment as follows : Insert
"six" instead of "twelve; "so that it will read:
" hix mouthd."
"W. H. Calkins,
12. W. 'i'OWNSIIF.ND,
Managers on thujmrl of the House.
John A. I.ogan,
F. M. Cockrcll,
Manugirs on thejuirt of the Senate.
Mr. Lutterworth. I desiro to call tho at
tention of the House to ono item embodied in
this repoit, iu order to sec whether we really
accomplished what wo intended to accomplish
by tho bill. This was intended to relieve sol
diers who wero simply technical deserters from
tho charge of desertion and to secure the issu
anco to them or their legal representatives
whatever pay may havo been withheld from
them by reason of the charge of desertion.
Mr. IIousk. 1 would like to ask tho gentle
man from Ohio what ho means by " technical
Mr. Butterworth. I mean whero a party
is simplj' absent without leave, hut reported as
a deserter. For instance, this condition of
tilings has given rise to numerous bills for tho
relief of soldiers lrom the charge of desertion
who really had no intention of deserting.
Mr. House. May not a man bo a deserter
who is absent from his command without
Mr. Calkins. A man may be absent with
out leave and yet not bo a deserter.
Mr. Butterworth. I will givo tiio gentle
man an instance to sIioav what I mean. For
instance, a regiment is ordered, wo will say, to
Louisville to be mustered out. It goes down
the Ohio, and at Cincinnati, if you please,
there aro a large number of soldiers who meet
members of their families their wives,
mot here, or children there, and who stop off,
not with tho intention of deserting from their
command, but with tho expectation of over
taking and rejoining the regiment at Louis
ville, to be mustered out with it. Xow, this is
after the war, remember. It may happen when
they get to Louisville and I speak now of a
case in point tho regiment is ordered on to
Little Rock. These men go on next morning,
but are unable to overtako their regiment.
The rgiiucutis subsequently ordered back and
is mustered out before they aro able to reach
their command. The result is they are re
turned as deserters, when they never thoueht
of deserting. But the war being over they aro
found in this unfortunate situation.
Mr. Reagan. May I ask tho gentleman a
Mr. Butterworth. Yes, sir.
-Mr. Reagan. Is..thc bill not so framed as to
cover real deserters as well as thoso who havo
been willed technical deserters?
Mr. CylkInS. That is the only difficulty
whether it docs not cover too much.
Mr. Hutterworth. After providing for all
tho'o cases this language is used, and 1 submit
it to my friend from Tennessee Mr. House
whether it does not undo all tho first clauses
tho bill attempts to accomplish. After reciting
that tho Secretary of War may grant an
honorable clisohargo in certain cases, that ho
may hear and determine, &c, it adds this pro
And provkl"d further, That no soldier, nor the
heirs nor letf.il representatives of any soldier, wbo
'served iu tbe Army :i period of less than six
months, or who intentionally deserted, shall be
entitled to tho beuelitd of the provisions of this act.
Xow, the uso of tho words "intentionally
deserted" whero the soldier was a technical
deserter, in my judgment, may prevent him
from availing himself of tho provisions of this
Mr. House. Who is to settlo tho question
whether the soldier intentionally deserted?
Mr. Butterworth. The Secretary of War.
But according to tho language of this proviso
if tiic soldier, although merely a technical de
sorter, did what ho did "intentionally" tho
qualifying word used here he could not have
tiio relief which this bill is drawn to afford. I
fear that is tho case, although I hopo it is not.
Mr. Calkins. I desiro to say only a word in
reference to this matter. The bill provides
three classes of soldiersshall be relieved from tho
charge of desertion. The first class consists of
those who served their time out and wero not
granted final and honorable discharges, because
not present with their regiment at the timo
the regiment was mustered out.
Mr. House. Does tho bill apply to those
only who served their time out?
Mr. Calkins. Xo, sir. I am stating tho
three classes who aro to benefit by tho pro
visions of the act. Tho second class consists of
thoso who served until tho 22d day of May,
1SG5, tho day of tho grand general reunion in
Washington. Tho third class consists of thoso
who wero wounded or were su tiering from dis
ease and wero in hospital when tho regiment
was mustpred out of tho service: Then tho
bill says, to make it doubly sure who aro in
tended, that tho Secretary of War shall not
grant this relief to thoso who were intentional
deserters. 1 think, disagreeing with my friend
from Ohio, Mr. Butterworth, tho relief
is ample, and that thero can bo no difficulty
about the meaning of tho act.
Mr. TownshenV), of Illinois. Pdcsiro to say
to my friend from Tennessee M. House
that the bill has been carefully prepared, both
in tho House and in tho Senate, with a view to
avoid allowing any actual or intentional de
serter to receive an Jionorablo discharge. Thi
bill was passed by tho Houso unanimously, I
think, at the request of tho gentleman from
Pennsylvania, Mr. Randall, or it may havo
been tho gentleman from Indiana, Mr. Cal
kins. I am not certain which ; at all events
it passed tho Houso unanimously.
Tho Senate has amended tho bill in only two
material particulars. Tiio bill as it passed the,
House provided that thoso who had served out
their term of enlistment, or had continued in
servico until tho first day of May, 1685, should
it appear that they did not intentionally de
sert tho service, should have an honorable dis
charge. The Senate has extended that timo
until tho 27th of May, and restricted tho num
ber to bo benefited by this bill.
Tho Houso provided that thoso who had
served for not less than tiirec months should
rcceivo tho benefits of this hill. Tho Senate
extended that term to twelve months. Tho
committee of conference has agreed to tho term
ot six months. Tho House conferees gave up
three months, iuhI the Senate conferees gavo
up six months; so that wo practically gained
threo months on tho Senate. I think the bill
has been carefully guarded with a view of not
allowing any actual or intentional deserter to
rcceivo an honorablo discharge
Mr. Ryan. I only want to say that, in my
judgment, this bill, as now submitted, actually
accomplishes nothing. Tho object of tho bill
as it passed tho Houso was to remove tho
charge of technical desertion. Tho bill, as
now presented, does, nothing of tho kind. It
only provides that whero tho desertion is in
tentional tliero can bo no removal of tho charge
Mr. Townshend, of Illinois. Does my friend
from Kansas Mr. Ryan want to removo tho
charge of desertion against thoso who inten
Mr. Ryan. I want to say that perhaps tho
intention of tho gentleman is to carry out tho
object of tho bill ; but in my judgment ho does
not do it. Every desortion, whether technical
or otherwiso, is intentional. Aa a general rulo
you have nothing except tho evidence of tho
rolls to show wnotner there was ucsernon uc
It has been said hero that where there was
absence without lcavo thero was a charge of
desertion. In many cases that depends largely
upon tho officer in command, the captain of tho
company. Whero a soldier left, disappeared
without leave, tho captain in his discretion
might carry him on tho rolls as absent without
leave, or ho might have him marked as a de
serter. Tako tho case which was put a little whilo
ago, whero tho war was practically closed, and
tho soldier left his command for a day or two,
expecting to return before his command was
mustered out. The captain, when he found by
tho roll-call that ho did not appear, marked
him as a deserter.
Xow, the soldier intended to do the very
thing he did do. Ho intended to leave in vio
lation of the rules, under circumstances which
justified his being marked on tho roll as
a deserter. The soldier comes back a week
afterward and finds that tho regiment is mus
tered out. Xow, this bill affords that man no
relief under heaven.
I will take another case; I havo in mind
auother instance. A soldier enlisted in an Il
linois regiment and was wounded at tho battlo
of Pea Ridge. He went into a hospital, and
while thero his command left. Soon afterward
another Tegiment came along and he enlisted
in that regiment under another name. Now,
the very fact that ho enlisted under another
name indicated a purpose on his part to desert
contrary to the rules of war.
Mr. Townshend, of Illinois. Did he desert;
the service ?
Mr. Ryan. You do not say anything in
your bill about deserting the service; all yon.
say is that tho person to bo benefited by this
bill shall not appear to havo been an intentional
deserter. Xow, let mc go on.
As I said, another regiment came along and
ho enlisted in that regiment under another
name. Ho served honorably and faithfully in
that regiment and died on the battle-field of
wounds received whilo in that service. Xow
there is no relief for his representatives under
this bill. And there aro plenty of such eases.
Xow, if the committee of conference had mado
provision as I havo indicated, if they had
not said "intentional desertion of servico," ib
would havo enabled tho Department to havo
provided for that class of persons; but this bill
in my judgment does nothing of tho kind.
Mr. Calkins. I now desiro to movo tho
previous question on the adoption of the report;
of the committee of conference.
Mr. Henderson. I would like to say a
word on this subject.
Mr. Townshend, of Illinois. I hopo my
colleague, tho chairman of tho Committo on
Military Affairs, Mr. Henderson, will bo
allowed to say a word or two.
Mr. Calkins. I yield to the gentleman from
Mr. Henderson. I want to say this : This
bill seems inomowayto havo got out from
under the control of or to have deserted tho
Committee on Military Affairs; still I feel an
interest in the passago of the bill.
I will say to the gentleman from Kanso3
Mr. Ryan that it is almost impossible to so
framo a general bill as not to admit of the re
moval of the charge of desertion in some cases
where it ought not to bo removed.
The bill was prepared carefully by tho Com
mittee on Military Affairs, and with oxpres3
reference to guarding against the possibility of
having the charge of desertion removed from
thdso who intentionally deserted the flag of
their country. The case spoken of by my
friend from Kansas Mr. Ryan is one of that;
class which I think ought to be and must bo
provided for by special law, for the very reason
that if you undertake to pass a general law
hero which will embrace all thoso cases it will
bo so broad in its scope that it will admit of
tho removal of the charge of desertion from
somo who were willful deserters.
X'ow, I think this bill ought to pass in the
shape it now is. I should have had no serious
objection if it had passed this morning in tho
way it came from the Senate.
Mr. Calkins. I now demand the previous
question upon the adoption of the report.
The previous question was ordered, and the
report of tho committee of conference adopted.
Tiio report was also adopted in the Senate, and
on Monday, the 7th inst., it received tho Pres
ident's signature, and is therefore now a law.
An Amendment to the Bill Regulating InTalid
In tho Senate on Friday, Mr. Piatt, upon se
curing the floor, said :
Tiic Committeo on Pensions have instructed
mo to report an original bill, and to ask for its
The bill (S. Xo. 2172) to amend section 4702,
titlo 57, Revised Statutes of the United States,
and for other purposes, was read tho first time
by its title.
"Mr. Davis, of West Virginia. Let tho bill
be read for information.
The bill was read the second timo at length,
as follows :
Be it enacted, C-c, That section -1702, title 57, of
the Revised Statutes of the United States is hereby
amended so ns to read as follows :
"Sec. 4702. If any person embraced within tho
provisions of sections 4602 and 4003 has died sinco
the 4th of March, 1SGI, or hereafter dies, by reason
of any wound, injury, or disease which under tho
conditions and limitations of such sections would
have entitled him to nn invalid pension had ho
been disabled, his widow, or if there be no widow,
or in caie of her death without payment to hero
any part of the pension hereinafter mentioned, his
ehiid or children under sixteen years ofaeje shall bo
entitled to receive the same pension as the husband
or father would have been entitled to had he been
totally disabled, to commence from the death of
the husband or father, to continue to the widow
during her widowhood, and to his child or children
until they severally attain the age of sixteen years,
and no longer; and if the widow re-marry, tha
cAiild or children shall be entitled from the date of
re-marrine;e,cxccpt when such widow has continued
to draw the pension money after hor re-marrlage,
in contravention of law, and such child or children
have resided with and been supported by her, their
pension will commence at the date to which tho
widow was last paid."
Skc. 2. That marriages, except such as arc men
tioned in section 4705 of the Itevised Statutes, shall
be proven in pension cases to ba legal marriages ac
cording to the law of the place where the parties
resided at the time of mnrnngc or at a time when
the right to pension accrued, and the open and
notorious adulterous cohabitation of a widow who
is a pensioner shall operate to terminate her pen
sion from the commencement of such cohabita
tion. By unanimous consent tho Senate, as in Com
mittee of tho Whole, proceeded to cousidcr tha
Mr. Platt. If any explanation is desired,
I can make it in a few words.
Mr. Ingalls. Is this a Houso bill?
Mr. Platt, Xo: it is an original bill, re
ported by the Committeo on Ponsipns. I will
state tho only change it makes from the pres
Where a widow, in violation of law, after tho
death of her busband, has continued to draw
the husband's pension, and has supported tho
children in tho meantime, if thero aro any,
tho bill provides that tho children shall take
from tho time when tho widow ceased to draw
the pension, which we think is right if she
has supported the children.
Tho second cliango is a provision that noto
rious and adulterous cohabitation by a widow
shall terminate tho pension. Tho Secretary
of tho Interior has decided that under tho
present law it docs not terminate tho pension.
The committeo think it ought to terminate
I hope there will bo no objection to the bilL
Mr. Davis, of West Virginia. I should liko
to ask the Senator how much will bo tho addi
Mr. Platt. Xothiug.
Mr. Davis, of West Virginia. Oh, yes, there
must bo an additional expenditure.
Mr. Platt. On tho other hand, it dimin
ishes tho expenditure.
Mr. Davis, of West Virginia. In what way ?
I understand tho second section, but the first
section, which tho Senator explained, cer
tainly gives additional pension.
Mr. Platt. It docs not give any additional
pension. If I had mado myself clear tho Sen
ator would havo understood it. There aro
cusps now where tho widow, when her hus
band dies, goes forward in violation of- law,
saying nothing about tho death of hor hus
band, and draws tho pension. Tho only
remedy now is to bring suit to recover that
amount. Tho object of tho bill is to make tho
children's pension date from tho timo when
tho widow ceased to draw tho pension in vio
lation of Jaw; that is, from tho timo of dis
covery, when her pension is stopped, provided
she has in tho mean timo supported the chil
dren. Mr. Ingalls. Tako the $72 rate, which,
lapses at tho death of tho person entitled to
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