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THE NATIONAL "TRIBUNE: "WASHING-TON, D. C, SEPTEMBEB 9, 18S2.
GRAM) AMY MATTERS.
A SEASON OF SOLDIERS' REUNIONS
ALL OVER THE LAND.
DTlic California Excursion and Encampment Com-niandcr-In-Chlcf
TanderTOOrt at the Rutland,
Vermont, Reunion A Rousing Gathering at
Whitehall, New York Tho Ono Ilundrcil nnd
Twenty-sixth Ohio's Camp-fire A Jfcw Wiscon
sin Tost The G. A. R. in tho Sandwich Islands.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Sax Francisco, Aug. lGth. Tho excursion
of tlio Grand Army to Santa Cruz, and the De
partment Encampment th ere, last week, proved,
lis anticipated, a great success.
Saturday morning, August 12th, was a bright
and auspicious ono for tho many comrades,
their families and friends, who thronged tho
vicinity of tho Southern Pacific (narrow gauge)
railroad company's depot, preparatory to de
parture for the "abode of pleasure, rest, and
recreation "our lovely Santa Cruz. The
mists which often hang over this section had
been scattered and driven away by a warm sun
and a luxurious breeze, and an enchanted jour
ney lay before tho excursionists.
At last the long-awaited start was made, and
fs the trains went rushing and clattering down
through hills and dales and tunnels and trees
and mountains, and along tho sandy shores of
"New Albion," and tho fitful, perfume-laden
breezes came and went, the thankful excursion
ists drank deep drafts of heauty and refresh
ment. Tho Oakland City baud discoursed fmo
music at intervals throughout tho entiro trip,
nnd shortly before one o'clock the train steam
ed through a short tunnel and broko out like a
thing of life into tho very heart of Santa Cruz,
where the soldiers and their friends received a
Thrco of the committee of entertainment of
"W. II. L. Wallace Post joined tho train at San
Jose, and en route made arrangements for
everyone. Tho entiro committee consi&l'i of
Comrades J. X. Goldsby, C. T. Sutphen, Bart
Burke, Thos. Amner, and' J. J. Cunningham.
The grand parade took place at three o'clock,
at which hour the lino was promptly formed
in the following order, under the command of
Department Commander W. A. Robinson : Tho
Oakland City band, with an imposing drum
major; Grand Escort, W. H.L. Wallace Post,
No. 32, J. N. Goldsby, Commander; Jno. Delo
hante, Senior Vice-Commander; T. L. Weeks,
Junior Vice-Commander. The Firing Party
of Lincoln Post, No. 1, of San Francisco, in full
uniform, with colors and standard, under Cap
tain William Ireland, 20 strong. This is tho
only uniformed company in tho Department,
nnd presented a fine soldierly appearance,
fext followed tho Department Commanders
staff, consisting of J. M. Davis, of Oakland, S.
V. C.; E. H. Warfiold, of Healdsburg, J. V. C;
A. W. Colins, of Oakland, Aid-de-Camp to tho
National Commander of tho United States;
Geo. II. McCarty, San Francisco, A. A. G. ; C.
B. Culver, A. Q. 31. G. ; J. C. Tucker, Medical
Director; C. E. Wilson, Judge Advocate : J. It.
Cowcn, of San Francisco, Assistant Inspector;
R. E. Houghton, of San Francisco, and James
Hill and E. J. Webster, of Oakland, Aides-dc-Camp.
Then followed tho Posts in order:
Lincoln, No. 1, of San Francisco, F. D. Swcotzer,
Commander, W. H. Voorhees, Adj't; Geo. H.
th'nas Post, No. 2, Sail Francisco,. W. H.
Holmes, Commander, and B. W. E. Bohinson,
R V f" T.-crm Pnsf Nn. S. O.nMnTirl. T. H.
j. i. . , .j --, .-. , , .
Allen, Commander, Thomas Todd, J. V. C. ;
Joo Hooker Post, No. 11, Alameda, Dr. J. C.
Tucker, Commander, E. D. Dunning, J. V. C. ;
B. L. 3IcCook Post, No. G, Watsonville, 31.
Valentine, Commander, J. Kitter, S. V. C. The
high, privates from Oakland were P. H. Mc
Grew, J. C. Cooledge, Jas. Hollywood, Andrew
Hollywood, James Mote, Colonel E. M. Gibson,
C. A. Edmonds, Samuel P. Kelly, Harvey" Wil
son, J. Winkler, and H. T. Snii'th.
After countermarching through tho princi
pal streets, tho procession filed into headquar
ters, where the session of the Semi-Annuul
Encampment of tho Department of California
was held. It was called to order at four o'clock
hy W. A. Bohinson, Department Commander,
with tho following officers: J. M. Davis, S. V.
D. C; J. N. Goldsby, J. V. D. C.-; O. J. Lin
coln, O. D.; Dr. J. C. Tucker, 31. D.; Geo. 31.
McCarty, A. A. A. G. ; W. H. Voorhees, Chief
Aid; C.3Iason Kinney, Chaplain; tho Post De
partment Commanders being Ed. Carlson, W.
1L Aiken, S. P. Ford, and C. 3Iason Kinney.
After the Encampment was opened in due form,
Commander Robinson made a brief address,
stating tho objects of the Encampment and tho
work of the Department.
Adjutant -General SIcCarty then mado a
statement as to the strength of the Order:
December 31, 1SS1, there were 33 Posts and
1,GG9 members; on 3Iarch 31st, 41 Posts and
2,005 members, showing a gain of four Posts
and 336 members. In 3ray, Oregon was segre
gated, and a transfer made of 3Iead, No. 21;
Garfield, No. 23; 3IcPherson, No. 30, No. 31,
No. 39, No. 40, and No. 41, making seven Posts
and 315 members. During this quarter, Gush
ing Post was started in San Buenaventura
with 44 members, bringing the line up to tile
olcLnumber of 35, and there was a gain in all
the Posts of 25G hy muster and 8 by transfer,
making 2G1, a net gain of 285 3r muster over
the Oregon transfer, making an average in
crease of 100 per month. Last week an appli
cation came for the establishment of a Post at
Honolulu, which will bo granted. Tho report
was received and adopted.
C. 3Iason Kinne made a report as to tho
Veterans' Homo Association, giving a history
of the work of the directors. The labor was
great, though unappreciated. The financial
showing was: Received from old board, $18,
233; by present board, $10,300 ; total, $23,533.
The half yearly figures show: In Bank of Cali
fornia, $27,277 ; cash on hand and due, $1G1;
total, $27,73;, besides $10,000 in tlio hands of
outside committees. Of this, $3,0G9, in tho
Oakland Bank of Savings, was paid over to
day by Comrade Jerome. Tho total expenses
had been $1,4S7, of which only $-11 had been
expended in visiting the many sites offered.
A committee, consisting of five vice-commanders
of Posts, to be appointed by the De
partment Commander, was created to disburse
the fund created by this excursion, to be called
tho Department Bureau of Belief. After a
long and spirited discusbion it was decided that
for tlio first six months the fund so created
Bhall bo devoted to the burial of soldiers not
members of tho Order, and not for their relief
while living. After routino business, Dr.
Tucker gave his experience at tho National
Encampmet at Baltimore. After remarks by
Commander Goldsby, showing how Wallace
"Post had grown from 23 to Gl in six months,
and a vote of thanks being tendered to tho
Post and the citizens of Santa Cruz for their
abundant hospitality, tho Encampment ad
journed. Saturday evening a grand Ecunion, recep
tion, and hall was given. It proved to bo a
very enjoyable and completely successful af
fair. Tho ball was under the management of
Comrade W. TL Voorhees, assisted by able re
ception and floor committees.
During the day a romantic affair occurred,
icing the marriage of Sergeant Sinclair to 3Irs.
Emerson, of San Francisco.
On Sunday, tho pleasures of tho day were
ushered in at nine o'clock by the Oakland band,
by this timo deservedly popular, playing a
number of selections. The beach was tho prin
cipal attraction, and many indulged in tho re
freshing delight of surf bathing. During the
day a great many visited tho Big Tree grove,
there being five trains each way, but a greater
number went out in tho afternoon with tho
A largo number returned to tho city on tho
afternoon trains Sunday, while others remained,
reluming Monday. This excursion and En
campment will long be remembered among tho
comrades as ono of tho most enjoyable events
in tho history of tho Grand Army.
VOORT IN VERMONT,
Rutland, Vt., Sept. 4. Tho semi-annual
Encampment of tho Department of Vermont,
which was held hero on tho lSth ult, was of
special interest, owing to the presence of Commander-in-Chief
Vandcrvoort, who was form
ally welcomed by Department Coinmandor
Valentine at tho Grand Army Hall, where a
business session was held during the morning.
Among those speaking, besides the distin
guished visitors, Comrades Vandcrvoort and
Bangs, who mado brief and tolling remarks,
were Comrades Gibbs, of Burlington; Butler
field and Taylor, of Bellows Falls; Coffey, of
Bichmond; Bundy, of Arlington; Graves, of
Bennington ; Greenleaf, of Winooski ; Parker,
of Fairhaven; and Comrades Bichardson, 3Ior
gan, Goulding, Kingsley, Kinsman, and Proc
tor, of Butland.
In the afternoon tho delegates visited Suther
land Falls at tho invitation of Comrade Proctor,
who, with his son and Comrade Hall, of tho
Producers' 3Iarble Company, entertained them
very handsomely. On their return in tho even
ing thoro was a gathering at the hall, and,
after music by the Butland Cornet Baud and
tho Eobcrts Post Glco Club, Commander Valen
tino introduced tho speaker of tlio evening,
Commander-in-Chief Vandcrvoort, who said it
gave him great pleasure to meet tho Depart
ment of Vermont under such pleasant circum
stances and in such a beautiful village as But
land. Ho had enjoyed very much visiting tho
many places of interest within our thriving
place, and was amazed at tho oxtcnt of the
marble business. Ho thought Butland was
eminently entitled to tho cognomen of tho
"marble city." Tlio speaker said his chief ob
ject, in the few remarks ho should make, would
bo to set forth somo of tho motives and princi
ciples of tho G. A. B., an order which to-day
was represented by a larger army than was
marshalled under any ono commander during
the rebellion numbering over 2,500 Posts. It
had been charged against the organization that
it was a political body, gotten up for political
purposes; but such was not the truth; for it
was as free from politics as any church in tho
laud. Tho foundations of tho organization
were charity, justice, and loyalty charity anil
justice to tho soldier who took his lifo in his
hands and left all that was dear to him on
earth and fought to savo this country which
wo enjoy to-day. Ono of tho purposes of tho
institution is to teach our children to bo loyal
to tho flag which their fathers fought to pre
serve; and we must so instill this loyalty into
them that when tho last member of our organ
ization shall have been mustered out 3Iemorial
Day shall not bo forgotten, but tho graves of
our soldier dead shall bo covered with tho most
beautiful flowers tho earth produces. The
speaker recalled sonic of the scenes of tho war,
and said that it was ono of tho duties of tho G.
A. E. to perpetuate these memories. In con
cluding he exhorted tho comrades to band thpm
selyesjogcther aud perform well their duties.
Tho band played "Thrco Cheers for thoEed,,
White, and Blue," and "John Brown " was sung
hy the glee club, tho audience joining in the
Junior Vice-Commander Bangs war- then in
troduced and mado a very happy speech, in
whic.li ho mado some sharp hits on the first
speaker. Ho gave an outline of tho work of
tho "Ladies Belief Socioty" in 3Iaiuc and
3Iassachusetts, an organization which was com
posed of the wives, mothers, sisters, and daught
ers of veterans, and whose work was auxiliary
to that of the G. A. B.
Speeches wcro also mado by Chaplain J. K.
Bichardson, Col. Veazoy, tlio Bev. 3fr. Lowell,
a one-armed soldier, and Judge Dunton. After
wards about 1G0 persons sat down to a banquet
at tho Bardwcll House.
THE WHITEHALL REUNION.
Tho llijr Time that the Washington County, Xow
York, Veterans Had.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Whitehall, N. Y., Sept. 4. On Wednesday,
Aug. 30, Whitehall had on its best bib-and-tucker,
an2 cveryl ody was in a good humor.
The occasion was the Fourth Annual Eeunion
of the veterans of Washington county. While
hall is . t the head of Lake Champlain, and is
historn ground. It i& only a few miles from
whore that old hero of tho Involution Ethan
Allen immortalized himself. When demand
ing the surrender of Fort Ticondcroga, he was
asked by what authority he mado the demand,
and replied : " By the authority of the Great
Jehovah and the Continental Congress." White
hall is the Skcucsborough of those days, and
here the battle of Skencsborough was fought.
This year, ancient Skencsborough had on her
holiday attire. Whitehall was in " full dress"
uniform. Tho village was trimmed with ever
greens, bunting, flags, and sunflowers from end
to end and from side to side. On Canal street
a grand arch had been erected, bearing tho
colors and star of the old Twentieth Corps. A
constant stream of humanity poured into tho
village from early morning, until streets, hotels,
stores, aud dwellings were full. Probably
eight to ten thousand visitors wcro present.
As soon after the arrival of tho trains as possi
ble the lino was formed on tho Bounion
grounds, and tho procession marched in the
following order: S. W. Bussell, marshal of tlio
day; Austin's Tenth Begimcnt Band, of Albany;
Burleigh Corps, carriages containing tho speak
ers, invited guests, officers of tlio association,
reception committee and representatives of tho
press; Post J. H. Bosworth, Fair Haven, Vt.,
J. W. Parkhurst, commander; Post Henry
Band, Post Weed, Ticondcroga, F.3IcCormicl ,
commander ; Fair naven Drum Corps, Hart
ford company of veterans, Capl. J. B. Carrigan ;
Sandy Hill Drum Corps, Sandy Hill company
of veterans, Capt. John Dwycr; Greenwich
Drum Corps, Greenwich company of veterans,
Capt. H. C. 31orhous; Argylo Braes Band,
Argylo company of veterans, Capt. Georgo S.
Orr Fort Ann Drum Corps, Fort Ann com
pany of veterans, Capt. A. A. Build ; Granvillo
Drum Corps, Granvillo company of velenfns,
Capt. A. C. Polk ; Sajem Juvenile Band, Salem
company of veterans, Capt. William J. Cruik
shank; Whitehall Band, Whitehall company
of veterans, Capt. L. U. Carrington ; Fort
Edward Band, Fort Edward company of vet
erans, Capt. Georgo Scott ; Lieutenant-Colonel
Boot with vetorans not -connected with any
organization; Steenburgh's battery, of Troy.
At tho closo of the parade, dinner was served
to tho voteraus in a large tent on tho Eeunion
grounds, tho fairest of Whitehall's daughters
attending to their wants. There was an abun
dance of substantial viands, and the ' hoys "
made a dead set on tho ice cream. A capacious
stand had been ercoted on tho grounds nnd
tastefully decorated, and thero tho review took
place, after which tho Hon. A. G. Burleigh de
livered tho address of welcome to thoveteraus.
It was couched in beautiful language, and tho
orator was heartily appluuded, General Slo-
cum was then introduced and spoko substan
tially as follows :
ADDRESS OF GEN. SLOCtDL
Comrades: Somo two or thrco weeks ago I re
ceived an invitation to come to a Eeunion of
tho veterans of Washington county. I should
have been less than human if I had not em
braced the opportunity to see my old comrades,
and having come, I should bo less than a man
if I sat in silence. I, could hardly restrain my
tears as I saw those bravo men march who fol
lowed mo so many hundred miles. I havo had
many regiments under me, but none of them
served with more bravery than tho Washington
county troops. Just after tho battle of Antic
tarn, 1 found some 1.200 undisciplined men near
Harper's Ferry, which, through the treachery
or imbecility of its commandant, had just been
surrendered to the confederate forces, and I
gladly took them into my corps. I remember
the address of tho brave Gen. Hooker after that i
occasion; I remember tho old Ono Hundred j
and Twenty-third regiment, and its place on
the right of the line. I remember that the cx
trcmo left was threatened and you wcro sent
there, and after the fight and a long march to
your position of the morning, you returned
only to find tho breastworks you had thrown
up in the hands of tho enemy. I remember
that you were ordered to tho West, and tho
long and tedious railroad ride there. I remem
ber that grand picnic of General Sherman from '
Atlanta to tho sea, and that triumphal entry
into Milledgcvillo. Ga., and that the rebel leg
islature had hardly timo to scatter to avoid
capture. I remember tho last charge of tho
war, at Fentonville. Gen. Sherman had gone,
and I Avas left in charge of the army. I and
tho officers with General Sherman believed the
rebels had gone. Ono day a young.man came
into our lines, and said ho was just from the
rebel army, Ho had on tho grey uniform, but
had como to givo information to the command
ing officer. Of eourso wo distrusted him,
but ho was recognized as a boy from Syra
cuse, in this State, aud wo listened to
him. Ho said : " General, your army is in tlio
greatest danger; tho enemy is in great force in
your front, and having got tho other wing of
the army away is about to destroy ono part at
a time." Gen. Sherman was twenty miles
away, and I at once sent to the lamented Gen.
Williams to hurry up his troops. I remember
you camo up, and with tin cups and such in
struments as you possessed, you quickly threw
up breastworks and resisted charge after charge
ot tho rebel troops, and finally defeated them,
and tho last chance of tho confederacy was lost.
I am glad that you keep up these Eeunions. All
ovor Europo monuments havo been erected to
commemorate the deeds of great soldiers. But
what other soldiers can boast of such works as
you have done? You mado a name for Amer
ica in Europo; you taught tho powers and
peoplo thero that America was a Nation of 50,
000,000 of peoplo governing themselves. You
taught thoworld that the United States could
place in tho fiold more than a million brave
men, and alter four years of Avar, you showed
them tho spectacle of theso men returning to
their homes better citizens than-they were bc
foro leaving their firesides. It was said by
many that oven if tho war was over and tlio
Nortli was victorious, so many soldiers thrown
upon tho country would mako.it in aworso
condition than when engaged in conflict. But
in a few months you were discharged and were
all at work. You taught tho world that no
general, howovor popular ho was with his men,
could influence any of you to raise his arm
against the Govornmcnt. Yes, comrades, I am
proud of you as soldiers, hut prouder of you as
General Charles Hughes then read a letter of
regret from General 3IcQuade, of Utica, and
stirring speeches wove made by tho Ecv. Henry
Gordon, chaplain of tho Ono Hundred and
Twenty-third Now York volunteers, and Eov.
J. E. Hall, of Whitehall, tho Eev. J. E. Hall pro
nouncing tlio benediction. In ovcry respect
the Eeunion was a great success.
Fully 1,350 "persons sat down to tho dinner.
About GOO armed and uniformed veterans took
part in the parade.
Editor Wilkins, of tho Whitehall Times,
printed his paper in blue ink in honor of tho
Stccnborgh's battery of two guns, manned
by a sergeant and ten men, were on hand darly,
and "stood to their guns" all day.
H. D. W. C. nill, who was to havo acted as
marshal, was prevented by sickness from doing
so. Ho had taken great interest in the success
of the Eeunion, as also Iho Hon. A. G. Burleigh,
who entertained tho distinguished guests.
Tho Glee Club acquitted itsclf.finely.
THE ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY
SIXTH OHIO REUNION.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Boaverston, Ohio, Sept. 1. The annual
Ecunion of tho One Hundred and Twenty-sixth
O. V. I., held hero on Thursday of last week,
was in ovcry Tespect a great success. Tlio town
was beautifully decorated with flags and mot
toes of welcome, and by noon fully 2,000 vis
itors had arrived. The exercises tock place at
"Overholt's Grove," east of the town. The
Hon. S. B. 3IcGavran called tho assemblage to
order, and, after prayer by tho Ecv. 3Ir. Leg
gelt, the address of welcome was delivered by
3Ir. W. 11. Host. Then camo the dinner, which
was handsomely served by tho fair ladies of
Bowerston and vicinity, after which thero
was music by tho Now Hagorslown aud Leav
ittsvillo bands, and speeches by Lieut. John E.
3IcPcck, president of tho association; J. 31.
Garven, Esq., of Cadiz; Professor Dunlap J.
3IcAdam, of Washington; Dr. W. Foster, of
Jowett; the Eov. John Lamasters, of Uhrichs
ville; 3Ir. W. A. Pittongcr, of the Dennison
raraqraph; and Capt. E.A.Parrish,of Uhrichs
ville. During the afternoon tho association
held a business meeting, at which it was de
cided to hold tho next Ecunion at Uhrichsvillo
August 25, 1SS3. tho meeting to bo a basket
picnic, and tho following officers wero elected:
President, H. S. Jloses, Canton, Ohio; Vice
President, J. H. Benfer, Now Philadelphia;
Secretary, J. P. Slemmons, Columbus; Chap
lain, W. L. Dixon, Canton, Ohio. After supper
a rousing meeting was held in tho United
Brethren church, whero short 'experience
speeches" wero made by J. 31. Garven, W. if.
Host, Win. Coultrap, non. S. B. 3IcGavran, W.
II. Boor, Geo. T. 3IcKean, Capt. H. W. Kirby,
and others. By tho way, Al. JlcFadden told
how he supported a battery during an engage
ment himself. ,Capt. S. Wallace, of tho Eighty
sixth O. V.I., presided over tho meeting and at
its close, on invitation of Hon. S. B. 3Ic(iavran,
tho soldiers wero invited to his house, where
they wero served with some splendid ico cream.
Tho day was pleasant, and everything passed
off' pleasantly. Tho visiting soldiers, by their
good conduct in every way, havo endeared
themselves in tho memories of tho peoplo of
Bowerston and vicinity. Thus ended the first
soldiers' Ecunion over held in Bowerston.
A POST IN THE SANDWICH ISLANDS.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Sax Francisco, Aug. 1G. I havo tho pleas
ure of informing you that "Geo. W. Do Long"
Post, No. 45, has been chartered at Honolulu,
Hawaii, under tho auspices of this Department,
aud will have at the beginning about forty
members. . W. A. Bohinson,
ii - -
A NEW OHIO POST.
Special correspondence National Tribune.
31cArthur, Ohio, Sept. 4. Dr. J. C. Bishop,
of tho 3Iiddleport Tost, organized a new Post
here, with twenty charter members, on tho
23th ult. Tho following officers were elected:
Commander, H. C. Jones ; S. V. C?, William J.
Eannells ; J. V. C, Enos T. Winters ; Surg., D.
V. Eannells; Q. 3L, W. II. King; Chap., J. W.
Delay; O. D., F. 3L Dowd ; O. G., J. E. Cow
gill. Tho following appointments wcro made
by tho Post Commander: A., V. E. Spraguo ;
S. 11., S. V. Brown; Q. M. S., P. B, Dunkle.
Tho Post was named Sergeant Eecd Post,
No. 253. It was appropriately named in honor
of Sergeant Jacob H. Eecd, who enlisted as a
privato in Co. I, Seventy-fifth Ohio voluuteor
infuutry. Tho captain of tho company wus
William J. Eannells. He was afterwards ap
pointed third sergeant. Was wounded at the
second battle of Bull Run in 1SG2. Captured
at Cliancellorsvillo May 2, 1SG3, taken a pris
oner to Bello Isle, and in December of tho
same year was exchanged at Fortress Monroe.
Ho died a few days after his arrival. Captain
Eannells saw him at the Fortress, and he told
the captain that ho was reduced to death by
starvation and undue exposuro.
A NEW POST IN WISCONSIN.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Sparta, Wis., Aug. 28. John W: Lynn
Post, No. 30, G. A. E., Department of Wiscon
sin, would like a place at your camp-fire, and
join in social chit-chat over" tho soul-stirring
times of the years gone by, whon we, with tho
multitudo of Union hosts wero marching
through Dixie, to tho tuno cf Yankee-Doodle,
to certain victory.
John W. Lynn Post was organized last
spring with Maj. James A. Davidson as Com
mauder, and now bears upon its rolls somo
seventy comrades, and soon wo hopo to swell
the number to 100 and more.
Last Saturday afternoon, August 2Gth, a
delegation of our Post, with martial music, took
tho train and went over to Toniah, somo
twenty miles distant, to organizo nenry W.
Cressy Post, No. 42, G. A. E., Department of
Wisconsin, Commander Davidson having been
detailed as mustering officer. Tho boys of
Tomah and vicinity mot us at tho depot, es
corted us up town and to the Firemen's Hall
for a general reception, supper being served at
tho Sherman House.
Precisely at 7 o'clock, after listening to somo
of tho old-timo music, which sent now lifo
and hope to many weary ones during the cam
paigns of 'Gl and 'G5, the work of mustering
and organizing the ex-soldiers present into .the
grand comradeship of our Grand Army of tho
Eepublic was begun. At 9 o'clock, our work be
ing done, after hearty congratulations all
around, wo hid them Godspeed in tho cause,
and urged the importance of persuading all
worthy ex-saldicrs within their reach to join
the Order, and, as far as possiblo, to mako its
Post No. 42 has a good corps of officers, pos
sessed of the right spirit, which will make its
inlluenco felt, not only in its immediate circle,
but in Grand Army meetings of tho Depart
ment. With Slato Senator C. K. Erwin as
Commaudor, and other energetic comrades
as officials, an enthusiasm will bo aroused
which will render it necessary for neighbor
ing Posts to look well to their laurels.
Well, as wo said before, we say now, let tho
good work go On until wo become a mighty
host, as successful in developing tho objects of
our Order as wo wero in putting down the
rebellion. More anon.
Yours in F., C. and L.,
J. E. Perry, Co. 1, 27th Ecg. 3rass. Vols.
THE SEVENTH VERMONT VETERANS.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Rutland, Sept. 4. The Eeunion of tlio Sev
enth Vermont Veterans, held hero last week,"
proved in every Avay enjoyable Tho camp
(Roberts) was held on the fair grounds and was
largely attended. The regiment lost during
its term of service by death 407 men. Thurs
day, tho last day of tho camp, was taken up
with a business meeting-, in tho morning and
exercises at Evergreen Cemetery in tho after
noon. At thcTormer tho following officers wcro
President, Colonel W. C. Holbrook; Vicc-
Fresidcnts, Col. IL3L Porter, Col. E. N. Bill
iard, Capt. Cronan, Capt. Barber, Capt. 3oscley,
Cn t. Stawcll, and Liout. Thrall ; Secretary and
TrbaLiiSir. ().' P. Murdick: Committee of Ar-
rrftjoniViti, Capt. 3foscley, Capt. Kuox, and
In tho afternoon tho Veterans marched in
procession to tho Cemetery, accompanied by tho
Butland Cornet Band ami-Roberts Post, No. 14,
whero Capt. Joel C. Baker offered prayer, and
Col. W. C. Holbrook, of New York, delivered
:i touching eulogy on tho life of the lato Col.
George T. Roberts.
Tho Camp-firo at "Camp Eobcrts," in tho
evening, was conducted by Colonel Holbrook,
who, in graceful and appropriate speech, called
up a number of ex-soldiers to swell tho usual
current of speech and story. Among the speak
ers wero Judgo Vea.cy, Col. Walker, Gen. Rip
ley, Gen. Henry, Judgo M. H. Cook of Castle
ton, Quartermaster E. A. 3Iorse, Colonel 11. 3L
Porter, Capt. Joel C. Baker, Capt. Mosely, and
Capt. E. B. Stearns.
THE GRAND ISLAND REUNION.
Ppecial Correspondence National Tribune.
Omaha, Neil, Sept. 2. The soldier's Ec
union at Grand Island was formally opened
last 3Ionday evening, when there were at least
5,000 persons present on tho grounds. Gen
erals Frederick and Thayer and Colonels
Palmer and Jones superintended tho Camp
(Lyon) and the veterans spent tho evening in
dancing aud singing old war songs. Tho
grand parado of 3,000 troops took placo on
Thuisday, and a largo meeting was held in
tho pavillion, whero brilliant speeches wcro
made hy several distinguished orators. Tho
most interesting featuro of tho Reunion was tho
grand dress parado at G o'clock in tho evening.
Thoro were at least 3,000 men in line, and tho
line, when formed, extended nearly a quarter
of a mile. General Frederick then massed
all tho bands, fifteen in number, aud as they
marched down tho long lino tho scone was
grand. Tho soldiers, all veterans, acted as
though they had never boon out of practice.
After tho dress parado tho twenty-five thou
sand people present witnessed a sea fight be
tween tho Monitor and tho Fort. Tho bombs
bursting in tho air, and tho firing of the heavy
artillery guns was grand and exciting in tho
extreme. In fact it was an exact representa
tion of actual warfare. Yesterday tho grand
sham-light took place. Tlio success of tho
Reunion was beyond all precedent. Senators
Van Wyck and Saunders wero among thoso
THE 5IST PENNA. BATTLE FLAGS.
The battle flags of tho Fifty-first regiment,
Pennsylvania veteran volunteers, arrive! in
Norristown on tho 29th ult., addressed to Gcu.
William J. Bolton, through whoso instrumen
tality their return was effected. Tho flag in
which Iho most interest is felt at home, is ono
of two stands of colors presented to tho regi
ment by the citizens of Norristown when that
body left for tho front on tho3Iorning of 3Iarch
0, 18(51. Tho presentation speech was mado by
Judge Yorkes, then provost marshal. Tho
other flag alluded to was tho State colors. At
tho battle of Spottsylvauia Court IIouso on
May 12, tho regiment was under command of
Lioutcnant-Coloncl Edwin Schall and Major
William J. Bolton, and Captain Joseph Bolton
was in command of tho regimental skirmish
line. Tlio Norristown ilag was carried by Ser
geant Cameron, and tho State colors by Ser
'oant Nathan Ramsey. During a heroic chargo
by the Fedeial troops, in Avhich tho contending
forces became engaged in a desperato hand-to-hand
struggle, Sergeant Cameron and his pre
cious chargo Avcro captured. Sergeant Ramsey
Avas shot down and for a brief spell disabled.
Upon recovering ho prosecuted a search for tho
ilag which had been taken from him, but could
nob find it. From that timo tho colors re
mained in possession of tho confederacy until
the fall of Richmond, AVhen thoy, liko many
others, Avero recaptured and placed in tho War
Department, at Washington, among other Avar
Tho Norristown flag Avas captured from Ser
geant Cameron hy Lieutenant E. A. Wiggles",
of the Thirty-sovoiith North Carolina, and upon
ono of tho Avhito stripes i3 written his name
Each flag is minus tho staff. Both arc bullet
rent and blood-stained-, and bear other evidence
of tho fury of tho fray through which thoy
THE OLD MASSACHUSETTS NINE
TEENTH. Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Salem, Sept. 4. Tho twelfth annual Eeunion
of tho Nineteenth Begimcnt Association was
held at tho Willows, Salem Neck, on tho 23th
ult., being tho twenty-first anniversary of tho
departure of tho command for tho front. At
tho business meeting, held in tho forenoon,
John P. Reynolds Avas elected president, Chas.
A. NcAThall, of Saugus, secretary, and tho fol
loAA'ing vice-presidents: A. S. Mitchell of Co.
B, Stephen Armitage of Co. C, Sergt. 3IcKnights
of Co. D, Comrade Bussell of Co. E, E. E. Hazen
of Co. F, H. G. O. Weymouth of Co. G, Wm.
Stono of Co. H, Albert Damon of Co. I, B. Mc
Ginnus of Co. K; executive committee, J. G.
B. Adams, J. C. Chadwick, Wm. A. Hill, Wm.
Bead, C. K. Davis, C. 31. 3rcrrill, Thomas E.
Homan. Tho association voted to hold tho next
Eeunion at Lynn, August 28, 1SS3. The regi-.
ment Avas escorted through the streets to the
Willows in tho horse cars by tho Salem Light
Infantry, in full uniform, and tho Salem brass
band. Dinner Avas scr'cd at tho pavilion, about
110 members and an equal number of others sit
ting doAvn to tho tables. After dinner speeches
Avero mado by W. A. Hill, John P. Eeynolds,
Mayor Callcy, General William Cogswell, S. E.
Peabody for the Light Infantry Veteran As
sociation, Major Ben: Pcrley Poorc, Captain
Leonard of tho active infantry, Commander
Patch of the Grand Army, Capt. J. G. B. Adams,
Hon. N. A. Horton, and others. Tho associa
tion returned to town under escort of tho in
fantry, the latter making quite a street parade.
MAINE VETERANS' REUNION.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Waterville, 3rE., Sept. 4. The association
of the veterans of tho Nineteenth 3raine regi
ment met at tho town hall on the 29th ult.,
over 100 being present. Tho folloAving officers
Avore chosen for tho next year: President,
Frank Adams, of BrunsAvick ; Vice-Presidents,
A. J. Nickerson, of Searsport, and Albert Hun
ter, of Clinton ; Secretary, Silas Adams, of Boav
doinham ; Chaplain, F. P. Furber ; Surgeon, J.
Q. A. H.iavcs, of Hallowcll. Gen. Selden Con
ner Avas chosen orator. In tho OA'cning tho
veterans listened to an oration delivered by
Capt. Edgar A. Burpee of Eockland. The citi
zens largely attended the meeting. The next
annual meeting is to bo held at BrunsAvick.
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A NEW POST AT MAYVILLE, WIS.
1 Special Correspondence National Tribune.
3Lvyville, Wis., September 3. Pursuant to
your request I send you report of organization
of Raymond Post, No. 43, G. A. R., Department
of Wisconsin, on tlio 2d of this month. I take
prido in announcing to you that avo start our
Post AA'itli twenty-eight charter members. Com
rades Curtis and Pcttibonc, from Juncan, as
sisted by three other comrades, Averc detailed
to muster-in the Post. We also elected officers
avIio wcro installed tho samo night. The fol
loAving wcro tho officers chosen by tho Post
until Jan. 1st: P. C, P. B. Lonureux; S. V.
C, N. LaAvronce; J. V. C-, J- Narry; Q. 31.,
P. Pernott; Sv Dr. L. R. Baker; O. D., S. W.
Lonureux; O. G., D. Baum; C, August Klun
ner; A. G., J. Clark; S. 31., C. Henderson; Q.
31. S., F. Nieman. After installation Ave had a
good timo in conversing over Avar incidents,
and singing old camp songs, all present taking
part Avith a hearty good will. Yours,
L. R. Baker, 3L D.
A NEW POST IN KANSAS.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
PAOLAf Kas., August 23. Allow me to re
port that 31cCaslin Post, No. , G. A. R., De
partment of Kansas, A'as mustered at this place
on IS hist, by Post Commander Colonel W. B.
Shoekley and Officer of the Day C. H. Haynes,
of Wm. II. Lytlo Post, No. 32, of Fort Scott,
Kan., Avith thirty-fivo charter members. The
folIoAAing officers aa'ctc installed :
Post Commander, Wm. C. Eaton ; S. V. C,
Thomas 3L Carroll; J. V.C., H. H. Patten;
Chaplain, J. R. Cartwrighfc; O. D., E. 3L Wick
ersham; Adjutant, D. C. Goodrich; Q. 3f., J,
C. Taylor; Q. 31. Sorg't, Dillwyn Parker; S.
3L, C. C. Proctor, and O. G., Geo. W. Quimby.
Sinco tho organization tAventy-nine moro
havo been mustered, making our present mem
bership sixty-four, with a good prospect of a
large increase The boys are all enthusiastic
and the best of fraternal feelings are dcA-elopcd,
showing that AWirm and generous feelings exist
between tho boys A'ho wore the blue.
I have just been handed a copy of The Na
tional Triuuxe tho first I havo seen and
I like it very much. A few copies distributed
among the boys at a muster Avould ho much
appreciated. Yours, in F., C, and L.,
D. C. Goodrich,
GROWTH OF THE ORDER IN KANSAS.
There are uoav 12G G. A. R. Posts in Kansas
and tho Order is groAving rapidly. On 3Ionda3'
evening the 25th inst., II, L. 3Iillard, S. V.
Department Commander organized and in
stalled tho officers of Prairie Grovo Post, No.
121, G. A. R., Department of Kansas. This
Post is located at Kansas Centro, and starts
out Avith eighteen charter members in a
flourishing condition. J. E. DaA'is, Post Com
mander of ,3Ieade Post, this city, assisted in
the ceremonies. Tho following ofiic r- Avero
installed: P. C, Georgo Litchfield;. S. V. C,
LcAvis Brown; J. V. C, Georgo Evinger;
Adjt., A. Rosengrantz; Q. M., Lewis Hill;
Chap., S. 31cFarland ; O. D., Lewellyn Good
Avin; O. G., Adam Wynn; S. 31., Charles Sals
bury; Q. M. S., Arthur Hays.
A CHALLENGE TO CANVASSERS.
To the Editor National Triiiuxe:
ro one can accuse tho Avriter of being cither
a braggart or a betting character my Quaker
principles Avould not allow me to do that but
in order to get up a lively competition or
Avholesonio riA'alry, I am Avilling to Avagor
either forty big red apples or a half do.en pew
ter spoons, warranted not to contain any alloy
of silver or gold, that I can discount any livo
man getting subscribers for your paper, tho
time allowed each contestant to ho one year
from date of subscription. This offer Avill hold
good for ninety days, and any communications
upon the subject should bo addressed to the
Editor of The National Trirune, whom, of
course, it will ho proper to select as umpiro in
When tho cldcr-berrics havo ripened, and
tho Katydids begin to tell each other that
thoy did'nt, and tho old-fashioned spinning
Avhecls arc heard again in tho laud would to
heaven thoy Avcro heard moro frequently tho
Avritor may bo seen emerging from his abode
" liko a grey-bearded spider from the citadel of
his Aveb" in quest of subscribers aud ducats for
The National Tribune.
My address, uutil further notico, will ho
either ChippoAva ' Falls, Eagles'ton, or Bob's
Creek, all in ChippoAva county, Wisconsin. In
this respect I may bo not unliko the boy Avho,
Avhen asked Avhcro ho Avas born, replied : "At
Nantucket, Cape Cod, and all along shore.!'
Co. 1, 1st N. J. Ca.
Tho first annual Ecunion of tho Sauk
couuty (Wis.) veteran stook placo at Eeedsburg
on tho 24th ult. Judgo Lusk Avas president
of tho day. Among those present Avas E. H.
HendershOt, " tho drumracr,boy of the Enppa
haunock. Baraboo Avas selected as tho placo
for next year's Eounion. Phil. Check, jr., Avas
elected President of tho-association.
Company I, First Iowa cavalry, win hold its
Eeunion at 3Iartinshurg, Sept. 27th.
Tho Milwaukee soldiers' Reunion, to be held
Sopt. 19-21, promises to bo a great success.
Mower Post, No. 01, of Lemars, Iowa, will .
attend a Ecunion at Cherokee in full uniform.
Tho Jackson county (3Iich.) vetorans held a
Eeunion at Vandercook's Lake, on tho 31st
ult. It was a great success.
James B. McPherson Post, No. 87, was re
cently mustered by Department Commander
WalkinshaAV at Galva, Kansas, with 101 now
members, and Comrade M. P. Simp3on csm
mauder. At tho Parkersbnrg Reunion of tho Army of
West Virginia, September 12th to 14th, tho
oration will bo delivered by tho Hon. Robert
G. Ligersoll. A wigwam capablo of holding
10,000 peoplo has been built for the occasion.
Tho State Historical Society is endeavoring
to collect materials for a military history of
the State, and tho soldiers of Kansas aro re
quested to contribute Avhatcvor material for
tho collection they may havo at their disposal.
The Eeunion of veterans at Clinton co., 3ro.,
on the 24th and 25th ult., Avas a great success.
Gen. Prentiss, tho hero of Shiloh, aais among
tho speakers, as also Capt. Thomas, of Platts
burg, tho Eepublican noraineo for Congress in
October 2 will bo celebrated as Grand Army
Day at Pittsburg. Tho Department Comman
ders of Ohio, Pennsyl-ania, Virginia, and West
ern Virginia will ho present Avith their staffs.
Tho directors of tho exposition will present a
handsome Stato flag to tho best drilled. Post on
Tho Post recently established at 3It. Vernon,
Ind., was at first named Lyon Post, bnt after
reporting tho name to headquarters the ..mem
bers wero notified that there was already a
Post in the Stato of that name, and conse
quently they changed it to Hodge Post, No. SO,
G. A. E., Department of Indiana. The Post is
in a flourishing condition.
Tho thirteenth annual Reunion of the First
Ncav York dragoons took place at Silver Lako,
New York, August 31. Tho TAventy-fourth
New York battery and Ono Hundred and
Fourth New York volunteers were also pres
ent, and eloquent addresses were made by Gen.
StoAvart L. Woodford and Gen. John C. Robin
son. Tho former members of tho Forty-fourth
3Iassachusetts regiment honored tho twentieth
anniA'ersary of tho regiment's going into camp
at Readville by a dinner at the Point of Pines
on tho 29th ult. No business of importance
AA'as transacted, the " boys" making the day of
pleasure only. Among the guests avcic the Fifth
Rhodo Island and TAventy-fourth Massachu
setts. Tho Soldiers' 3fomorial Association, of To
ledo, Ohio, has now $17,307.11 in its treasury.
At its meeting last Saturday measures wero
discussed for securing additional funds, to tho
amount of $60,000, in order to begin work in
the spring on the neAV memorial building. Tlio
project of providing for a public library in
their building was favorably rcceied. Tho
association will push their building project at
an early day.
Tho soldiers' Reunion at Topeka, Kan., is to
last through fair Aveek, September 11 to 16, and
it is expected there will he 30,000 vcferaus in
line. Among the distinguished orators expected
are: James G. Blaine, 3Iaine; NealDow,3Iaine;
Speaker Keifer, Ohio ; General John Coburn,
Indiana; Colonel Streight, Indiana; Colonel
f Harry White, Pennsylvania; Colonel Carr,
Illinois ; General Vandcrvoort, Commander-in-Chief
G. A. R., Washington, D. C, and others.
The Bcllairo (Ohio) Sronnmentnl Association
havo postponed the unveiling of tho soldiers
monument until a date in October, not yet de
cided upon. This step AA'as taken as a measure
of courtesy to tho committee Avholuwe chargo
of the arrangements for the Fort Henry cen
tennial celebration at Wheeling, tho latter oc
curring ou tho dato fixed for tho unveiling of
tho monument, September 16th.
Tho new hall of Thoburn (Ohio) Post, will
bo dedicated on the 13th inst. It has been
handsomely carpeted and furnished, is Avell
ventilated, and a very comfortable place to
spend an ccning. Tho comrades desiro to
form a Ladies' Auxiliary Society, and extend
an earnest invitation to tho ladies of 3rartin's .
Ferry avIio feel an interest in their causo to
meet with them for that purpose.
The sixth annual Encampment of tho Noav
Hampshire Veteran Association will ho held at
Camp E-arts W. Farr, Wiers, on the hanks of
Lako Winnepcsaukee, Sept. 12th to 15th. At
the reception to GoAernor Boll, on tho 14th
inst, an oration Avill bo deliA-cred hy Gen. II.
W. Fuller, of Boston, and a poem by Col. A. S.
Twitchcll, of Gorham, beside which there will
be short speeches by several distinguished gen
tlemen, both military and civil.
A Concord (N. H.) special says: General J.
NT Patterson, president of the Veterans' Asso
ciation, has recoi"ed a letter from General W.
T. Sherman accepting an invitation to ho pres
ent at tho Eounion at Weir's. General Sher
man will be in Boston on September 13, and go
to Weir's on tho 14th. Ho will go to the sum
mit of 3Iount Washington, and afterward to
Plattshurg and Eouse's Point to meet troops
that havo been in Arizona for thirteen years.
He will bo accompanied hy his daughter.
Tho surviA'ing members of the 110th and
125th Ecgiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, vill .
hold a Eeunion in Tyrone on the 16th of Sep
tember. Tho members of tho Eighty-fourth
regiment, and Second, Ninth, and TAvelfth
cwalry haA'o been invited to meet with them.
If possible, arrangements Avill be mado for
cheap excursion rates over the warious rail
roads. Any of the lato members of tho aboA'o
named regiments residing in Washington, D.
C, Avishiug to attend tho Eeunion will pleaso
communicate Avith F. B. Stewart, at tho Pen
sion Office, corner Pennsylvania Avenue and
The third anuual Ecunion of tho Oceana co.
(3Iich.) Soldiers and Sailors' Union, Avas held at
Camp Honk, on tho 30th and 31st ulto. Tho
citizens of Eldridgo fitted up tho camp hand
somely and tho attendance reached 2,000. On
the 31st inst. thero was a fino battalion revieAV,
after AA-hich a business meeting was held and
all the old officers elected, viz. : W. E. Thorp,
president; E. F. Coon, vice-president; J. H.
Slater, secretary ; T. G. Houk, treasurer. It
Avas decided to hold tho fourth annual Reunion,
during tho month of August in lSS3,.tho days
and placo for holding it to bo decided by a com
mitteo consisting of ono member from John A.
Dix, Joo Hooker, and Shields Posts, and tAvo
members to be chosen from tho Union, vriio are
not mombers of tho above Posts.
Wilson Post, No. 1, of Baltimore, 3Id., has
received from the members of Hatch Post, No.
37, Department of Ncav Jersey, in acknoAvledge
ment of courtesies extended during tho annual
Encampment, a set of resolutions, richly en
grossed, bearing tho names of tho officers of
that Post, with tho seals of tho States of NeAV
Jersey and 3Iarylaud suspended on either side,
Avith tho Grand Army badge in tho centro. It
is surrounded with a mat of dark velvet, and
tho Avholo enclosed in a massivo gilt frame of
most excellent workmanship. It is beautiful
in design, and will make a valuable addition to
tho Wilson Post collection. Tho presentation
address was delivered hy Dr. J. W. C. Cuddy,
of Wilson Post. Tho gift was accepted on tho
part of tho Post by Commander Georgo B.