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THE 3StATI0jStAL TRIBUNE: WASHIMGTOrT, D. 0., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1882.
GRAND ARMY AFFAIRS.
A Week of Soldiers7 Reunions
North and "West.
"OLD TECUMSEH'S" SPEECH
Our Haversack Replenished
"With. Fresh. Rations.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Topeka, Kas., Sept 15. The great Kcunion
which took place hero tlie last three days was
without exception tho biggest thing of the
kind that ever occurred in Kansas or perhaps
iu tho West. Tho accommodations were suffi
cient for 22,000 veterans and the committee
did everything in their power to mako the
boys comfortable. Everything worked well
and it was a success beyond tho most sanguine
expectations. Tho morning gun was fired at
sunrise on the first day and the forenoon was
devoted to the reception of veterans, assign
ment to quarters, &c. Tho command was
then formally turned over to Commander
C. W. Blair in tho pavilion. After the sunset
gun a grand camp-firo took placo when ad
dresses were made by prominent speakers and
veterans from tho audience, intcrpcrscd with
stories and music. Gen. Kcifer was received
at tho depot by Brig.-Gen. J. It. Hallowell
and a guard of twenty mounted oflicers, and
escorted to the residence of lion. Thos. Ryan.
Our Commander-in-Chief, Paul Yandervoort,
and Colonel J. C. Walkinshaw occupied two
largo tents west of that of Commander
Blair. On the morning of tho second day,
after the boys had a good rest, Camp Douthitt
presented the stir and bustle which camp life
always produces, and at 10 o'clock the veterans
marched to tho grand pavilion, when Major
Anderson turned over the grounds, stating that
during the Reunion somo razor-backed hogs
and chickens would be turned looso in the
camp, and what would become of them Hea
ven only knew.
A session of tho G. A. E. was then held, J. C.
"Walkinshaw, presiding. General Yandervoort
followed with an eloquent address, and organi
zation was effected. Short addresses were also
made by Senators Plumb and Ingalls; Repre
sentatives Ryan, Anderson, and Haskell ; Ex
Governor Chas. Robinson, the war governor of
Kansas, and others. The band then played
"John Brown's Body." On tho third day it
seemed as if a veritable army liad taken quar
ters on tho field.
Tho grand procession was formed, and
marched as follows :
Company A, First regiment cavalry, K. S.
M., Capt. B. F. Moore commanding. Emporia
Knight Templars (Premium 'Baud). General
C. W. Blair and stair.
Kansas State militia, Maj.-Gen. T. J. Ander
son commanding. First Regiment Band (Clay
Centre). Gov. St. John and staff. First regi
ment infantry, Col. S. L. Patrick commanding.
Battery A, Capt. N. A. Haight commanding.
Second Regiment Band (Olatho). Second regi
ment infantry, Col. L. N. Woodcock command
ing. Emporia Rifles' Band. Battery B, Capt.
J. Mitchell commanding. Gen. Paul Yaudcr
voort, National Commander G. A. R. Gen. J.
C. Walkinshaw, State Commander G. A. R., and
staff. Custer Post, G. A. R., associate organi
zations and band, St. Joseph, Mo. McPhcrson
Post, G. A.R., associate organizations and band,
Kansas City, Mo. Other visiting Posts, G. A.
R., from sister States. Department of the
North Maj.-Gen. John C. Carpenter command
ing. SECOND DIVISION.
Abilene Band. First brigade, B. W. Jen
kins, Brig.-Gen. commanding. First regiment.
G. A. Hovey Col. commanding. Twentieth
regiment, S. B. Rush Col. commanding. Thir
tieth regiment, A. L. Marks Col. commanding.
Twentieth brigade, E. M. Jones Brig.-Gen.
commanding. Washington Band. Fourth reg
ment, J. E. Chesber Col. commanding. Fifth
regiment, Adam Dixon Col. commanding.
Sixth regiment, E. E. Swcamgis Col. com
manding. Third, brigade, A. C. Lofiand Brjg.
Gcn. commanding. Osborne County Band.
Seventh regiment, R. A. Hoffman. Col., com
manding.. Eight regiment, G. W. Stockwell
Col. commanding. Ninth regiment, S. B. Ford
Pleasanton Cornet Band. Major-Gencral W.
B. Shockley commanding. Second division
and staff. Ex-prisoners of war.
First Border Tier Brigade, G. A. B. General
S. R. Burch commanding and staff. First regi
ment, Maj. W. G. Allison commanding. Pleas
anton Post, Co. A. Rich Hill, Mo., Post, Co. B.
Prescott Post, Co. C. Mound City Post, Co. I).
Eureka Tost, Co. E. Iola Post, Co. F. Oiathe
Post, Co. G. Foutana Post, Co. H. Spring
Hill Post, Co. I. Paola Post, Co. K. Second
regiment, Colonel C. D. Nichols commanding.
iLytle Post G. A. R. drum corps, Fort Scott,
Kas. Galena cornet band. Lytic Post, Fort
Scott, Co. A. Gen. Bailey Post, Girard, Co. B.
Frank B. Blair Post, Galena, Co. C. Shiloh
Post, Cherokee, Co. D. John A. Dix Post, Co
lumbus, Co. E. Antietam Post, Co. F. Gen.
Russell Post, Co. G. O. P. Morton Post, Co. H.
Post 123. Co. I. Stanton Post, Co. K.
Seccnd Brigade. Chanute Cornet Band. Gen.
J. V. Pierce commanding, and staff. Third
regiment, Col. A. W. Benson commanding. G.
II. Thomas Post, Co. A. Post, Co. B. Resacca
Post, Co. C. McPhcrson Post, Co. D. Prince
ton Post, Co. E. Lookout Post, Co. F. Burn
side Post, Co. G. Sumner Post, Co. H. Co. I.
Co. K. Fourth regiment, Lieut. Col. G. De
Witt commanding. McPhcrson Post, Co. A.
Yicksburg Post, Co. B. Fredonia Post, Co. C.
Gen. G. K. Warren Post, Co. D. Pea Ridge
Post, Co. E. New Albany Post, Co. F. Cha
nute Post, Co. G. Oswego Post, Co. H. Pea
body Post, Co. I. Ncodesha Post, Co. K.
Maj.-Gcn. n. L. Millard commanding, and
staff, Cow Boys' band, Dodgo City. First brig
ade, Brig.-Gen. R. A. Campbell commanding.
Second regiment veterans from Rice, .Mcpher
son and Reno counties. Third regiment vet
erans from Harvey, Marion and Chase coun
ties. Fourth regiment of veterans from Paw
nee and all counties south and west. Fifth
regiment veterans from Barton, Rush, Stafford,
Pratt and Barbour counties. Second brigade,
Brig.-Gen. T. H. Soward commanding and
staff, Capital City band. First regiment, con
sisting of veterans from Cowley county. Sixth
regiment, consisting of veterans from Sedg
wick, Sumner, Kingman and Harper coun
ties. Seventh regiment veterans from Lyon.
Morris, and Wabaunsee counties. Eighth
regiment veterans from Butler, Elk and
Chatauqua counties. Third brigade, Brig.
Gen. J. H. Burk commanding, and staff,
Burlingamc band. Ninth regiment veterans
from Osago county. Tenth regiment veterans
from Greenwood, Coffey and Woodson counties.
Eleventh regiment, First legion, of Shawnee
county. Twelfth regiment, Second legion, of
Tho ex-prisoners of war held a meeting in
the evening and were addressed by Hon. Jas.
G. Blaine, Hon. J. W. Keifer, Hon. .1. J. In
galls, Hon. P. B. Plumb and Hon. Thos Ryan.
Surg't. Boston Corbett, who shot Booth was
present at the Reunion.
In an article descriptive of the battlo of
Spotteylvania, Mr. J. II. Moore, who was a
member of the Seventh Tennessee regiment,
says: "In conclusion, I desire to call tho atten
tion of those who participated in the battle of
Spottsylvania to what appeared to me tho most
daring and desperate act of the war by any
battery. On tho morning of the 13th, while I
was within our works, I saw to our right, dis
tant about 500 yards and about tho same dis
tance immediately in front of our artillery, a
Federal battery advanced at iull speed, and.
there iu an open field, halt. Tho artillerymen
at once took out their horses and sent them to
the rear, as much as to say, ' We havo come to
stay.' This was within full view and within
easy reach of our forty pieces. As quick as the
horses were started back every man of that
battery was seen digging, yet I could hardly
think they were in earnest, for I was satisfied
that if our artillery would but onco open on
them not a man could escape. Presently our
artillery opened, and as soon as tho smoko
clearcdoff I could seo that digging with des
perate energy was kept up by the survivors.
Death and destruction, I thought, would bo tho
jxirtion of the battery and its brave dofendcrs;
for it appeared at times as if their very caissons
were literally covered with bursting shells, yet,
strange to sny, a few gallant fellows survived
the attack of the forty field-pieces, and amid
showers of shot and shell succeeded in throw
ing up tolerably secure works. They came to
stay and they did remain. This was the bravest
act of tho war, and in tho hope that I may yet
learn who those gallant follows. were, I men
tion this incident.
THE WEIRS REUNION.
(7cncr.il Sherman 3Ir.ko a Stirring Address to tho
w ll.-.r.ij-siiire Uoj.s.
Special Correspondence Nationnl Tribune.
Weirs, N. II., Sept. 15. Over 3,000 veterans
and between ten and twenty thousand specta
tors gathered here to participate in and wit
ness tho four days' Reunion. Theso gatherings
of our brave veterans are becoming deservedly
popular, and arc always eminently successful.
Tho miserablo weather experienced at times
during the entire period of tho Encampment
did not dampen tho ardor of tho boys in tho
The patient crowd braved tho rain and wit
nessed tiio festivities. Camp Evarts W. Farr
echoed with songs and martial music continu
ously. General Sherman, escorted by Gov
ernor Bell and other prominent citizens, was
greeted by an artillery salute as tho train rolled
into the station, which roused the enthusiasm.
The exercises Avcro then proceeded with.
The newly elected president, Gen. J. N. Pat
terson, introduced Gen. II. W. Fuller, who
delivered tho oration. Then Gen. Sherman
was introduced by General Patterson. Ho was
received with "three- times three" and took
the stand amid tho waving of hats and flags.
He then addressed the veterans as follows :
The cheers which greeted Sherman as ho
stepped to the front were as enthusiastic as
any ever given in New Hampshire. He said :
" I have not comb prepared with a speech. I
come, rather, at tho request of tho president of
your society as a witness coming beforo you to
lend testimony rather than appeal to the
feelings of your hearts, as you all know I was
but one of those leaders who fought in tho war.
We are all veterans who rcalizo that our days
of lighting arc past, and that our days of
poaco and rest from the gun are bore. I bc
licvo wo fought a good fight, that wo won
glorious victory, and that now we may rest in
peace, certain that that for which wc fought is
now assured, and assured forever. (Applause.)
Not wo alone, not tho peoplo of tho United
States alone, but all mankind is interested in
tho cause in which wo becamo victorious. ' Wc
fought for all mankind, for all tho earth, for
all civilization, and now wo stand foremost
among the nations of tho earth with a glorious
and magnificent future at which wc may all
rejoice. My friends, I havo come from Wash
ington purposely to meet you, who havo come
to drink anew at tho fountain of patriotism.
When yon hear it spoken that Washington is
all corruption it is a great mistake. It is a
beautiful city, with a fine population; and the
work of the Government is done well and eco
nomically. I know our newspapers and public
speakers are apt to say that Washington is a
sink of iniquity. It is not Sf ; there are a
great many good peoplo there yet. (Laughter.)
You may go there in peace and safety, and look
upon the Capitol and be proud of tho work of
your people. Tho Government collects over
$1,000,000 daily, every cent of which is ac
counted for. I doubt if there is a merchant on
tho Merrimac who can show as clean a set of
books as arc kept at Washington. Wo soldiors
fought for freedom.
GROWTH OF THE SOUTn.
Throughout the South to-day there is as
much freedom as thoro is in Now England, and
you will probably sec tho same form of gov
ernment beforo long. New England has not
kept pace with tho rest of 'the country. The
South has gained in population greatly, and
kept pace with the great West. She gained
fifty where tho North oru and Western States
gained twenty-one. Anybody can fight stran
gers. Anyone can shoot Indians, and it docs
not take much courage to pull the trigger on a
foreigner. (Laugntcr.) But when you come
to shoot each other, as we did when we fought
our Southern friends, sometimes in our own
streets, that calls for nerve, and that is what
I want the citizens to bear in mind when they
look upon the soldier. They had nerve; they
fought, conquered, and when it was done they
stopped and went homo. (Applause.) We
have fifty million people to-day who aro capa
ble of going on the field and proving them
selves as good men as Sheridan, Sherman, or
Grant ever was. (Cheers.) The work is not
yet done. I do not think there is any more
civil war before us, but we must bo prepared
for what God brings up, and bo truo to our
selves, true to our country, and truo to our
God." (Cheers and applause.)
General Sherman was tendered a big recep
tion at Tilton by Charles E. Tilton.
Among the prominent persons present were
Secretary Chandler, Gen. Walter Uarrinian,
Senators Rollins and Blair, Congressman Ray,
Col. A. S. Twitchell and Col. C. D. Wright.
(Hood Xcws from 31Issonri.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Independence, Mo., Sept. 10. Wagner
Post, No. 31, was- organized here September
9th by A. A. G. Nat. M. Gwynne, of this De
partment, accompanied by a delegation from
the Kansas City Posts of twenty-eight com
rades, including an able s;t of oflicers to assist
in the work. Wagner Post starts with eighteen
on the roll, with eight more petitioners yet to
muster. ' Several more havo signified an in
tention to join, and the prospect is bright for a
good Post here. This will bo good news to
any in this Department who aro acquainted
with the locality. It will be remembered that
this town and vicinity was tho favorite haunt
of the notorious Quant roll and his band during
the war, and, for somo time after, was tho
sceno of many deeds of violence committed by
certain demoralized spirits who had figured in
a guerrilla mode of warfare which characterized
this section of tho country. The deeds of the
Jesse James gang can be traced back to the in
fluences of thoso times. In fact, most of the
train robbers were members of Quantrell's
gang, but, in justice to all concerned, it must
be said that most of thoso men finally settled
down into quiet law-abiding citizens. The
Grand Army in Missouri is on tho move.
About a month ago wc had sixteen Posts. You
sco ours is No. 31. There are fivo Pasts in
this (Jackson) count', numbering about 500
men. McPhcrson Post, in Kansas City, has
Yours, &c, J. O: Rockwell, Adj.
A Xeiv Jilsvmrl Post.
Special Correspondenco National Tribune.
Nevada, Mo., Sept. 12. General Joo Baily
Post, No. 26, G. A. R., was mustered in hero by
..Capt. Stowere, with, tweuty-fiyo charter mem
bers, when the following oflicers were installed :
P. C, Juo. A. Davis; S. Y. C, E. E. Kimball ;
J.V.C., G. W. Graves; Q. M., S. S. Bigelow;
Adj., Harry Mitchell ; Chaplain, A. Clino; O.
D.,.T. Jones; O. G., W. Kiinber. Tho Post
will soon muster in others.
Yours, in F. C. and L., G. W. McLain.
THE BYRON REUNION.
Comrade Morrill Itctates His Interesting Prison
Specinl Correspondence National Tribune.
Byron, III., Sept. 5. Tho sixth tri-ennial
Reunion of tho Ninety-second Illinois Volun
teers at Byron was a complete success in every
respect. At daylight people and vehicles
came crowding from all parts. Tho evening
boats and trains were freighted with soldiers
and their friends. Tho seating capacity of
the tables was 225 at a time, and they were
relaid four times with all that could bo de
sired. Tho speech of comrade James Merritt,
in which he related a few prison experiences,
is deserving of special mention. The following
is an extract:
" No ono dare toll me that tho sufferings en
dured at Andersonvillo by our dead and living
survivors have been over-estimated. Picture
to yourselves a camp-ground of thirteen acres,
occupied by 35,000 prisoners up to tho 6th of
September, lfc'GJ, when orders camo in camp
for prisoners to bo exchanged, but resulted in
an exchango from Andersonvillo to Charles
ton, Milieu, Blackshier and Florence Tho word
"exchango" was given to deceive tho boys.
Our rations consisted of ono pint of corn meal,
ono-half spoonful of salt and six ounces of
beans, or eight ounces of corn bread and four
ounces of bacon ; or ono-half pint of rawrico
and four ounces of bacon ; or one pint of cooked
rico and six ounces of corn bread; or two
thirds pint cooked stock peas and six ounces
of corn bread: these rations wcro issued once a
day. With theso scanty rations, in order to
make two meals, wo divided the rations, using
one-half for supper and one-half for breakfast,
and then waiting until afternoon for tho next
issue, and if there was a man missing wo did
not get rations until tho man was accounted
for. During a term of ten months prison life I
never saw a day that I had moro than half
enough to cat. At Andersonvillo our rations
of wood averaged about ono cord-wood stick
every thrco weeks, to tho man. Can you
doubt why so many boys died in prison? A
camp on two hill sides, with a branch dividing,
and 35,000 boys drinking tho water impure
from tho drainage of a rebel camp. Picture
to your minds boys standing in, a hole in tho
ground up to their hips, and mud packed
around them, as a remedy to draw tho scurvy
from their system.
"Two catholic priests camo in camp to see a
dying prisoner, having with them a little
yellow dog. Whilo tho men were in the tent
with tho dying soldier tho dog was secured.
Presently Wirz camo in with an escort for
tho dog, but his flesh was meat to the starving
prisoners. During tho months of July and
August ono hundred and twenty-fivo men
died daily from disease, hunger and ex
posure. A colored soldier died, and his com
rades asked that his remains might bo car
ried outside for burial. Wirz refused to
grant the request, saying, "you damned Yan
kees like the nigger so much, now smell him."
Tho corpse lay in tho sun two days. Tho
spring that made its appearance inside of the
dead-line could only be reached by a pole with
string atid cup attached, and when a man was
crowded over tho dead -lino by the thirsty
boys ho was shot by tho guard, and for every
prisoner that was shot the guard that did the
shooting received a furlough, hence- every time
a gun was fired by tho guards loud Tout the
air "another furlough." So destituto and
starved wcro tho boys that I havo seen them
fight for tho privilege of taking tho clothes
from a dead comrado to cover their own naked
ness. November 21 and 22, 18G-1, tho prisoners
at Florence received no rations on account of a
tunnel being dug to escape from the camp. The
afternoon of tho third day tho tunnel was
found, and tho camp received rations. Many
of the boys actually starved to death. I have
seen from fifteen to twenty corpses at Florence
camp jammed into a wagon in all shapes, as they
died, and frozen stiff, then hauled out like hogs.
I cannot tell you of all tho incidents that camo
under my observation. I pauso and wonder
how it is that so many boys lived to seo their
homes and loved ones again, and of theso some
only camo homo to die. Whilo wo miss them
to-day wo arc also proud to say that we will
never forget tho memories of captive comrades
who died from exposure, disease, and starva
tion. Forget them, no, never ! "
Speeches wore also made hy John S. Koincr
and Captains Becker and Preston.
A Handsome Compliment.
Mr. J. W. Kirkloy, of tho Adjutant-General's
Office, tho accomplished author of "Maryland
in tho War," soon to bo published, an extract
from which appeared in this paper on Septem
ber 9th, has received the following letter from
General John R. Kenly, who commanded the
Union troops at the battle of Front Royal :
Baltimore, Sept. 9, 1SS2.
My Dear Kirklky.
I know that I sun indebted to you for the
handsome compliment to my regiment in to
day's issue of The National Trirune, of
Washington, and I am deeply sensible that it
has appeared on tho anniversary of a memor
Accept my thanks and kind regards and good
wishes for your happiness and prosperity.
Me. J. W. Kirklky, John R. Kenly.
Washington, D. C.
Tho Proposed Prisoners Pension Hill.
At the recent meeting of tho National Union
Ex-Prisoners' of War Association, in East New
York, on tho 5th and 0th insts., an account ot
which was published in tho last issue of Tin:
National Trirune, tho delegates, by a large
majority, substituted House Bill 5'J(!8, intro
duced by Hon. James S. Robinson, of Ohio, for
tho Bliss bill, with the following amendment:
Striking out tho words sixty-three, the cartel wiua
suspended and, and insert the words May,
eighteen hundred and sixty-one, to May,
eighteen hundred and sixty-five.
The bill adopted in convention proposes to
pension those officers and soldiers of the Union
army who were confined iu rebel prisons be
tween May 1, 1801, and May 1, 18G3. To those
who were confined more than two months and
less than six, a half pension; more than six
months and less than ono year, a two-thirds
pension, and moro than twelve months, a full
pension, and a further pension of $2 per day
for each day's confinement. Provided that the
pensions shall begin from tho date of tho pas-'
sage of tho act, and provided that no ono shall
rcceivo two pensions, but that survivors of
rebel prisous who aro now receiving a pension
shall bi entitled to any increase of pension
that this bill may give them.
An Anecdote of (icneral 'Sutler.
To the Editor National Trirune:
Tho narrator, during tho early part of the
war, was a member of Co. C, Thirteenth regi
ment N. Y. S. M. Our first campaign was at
Annapolis, Md., then under command of Gen.
Butler. On tho arrival of tho Thirteenth I
was placed on guard in front of headquarters
with in.tructions to let no civilian enter.
After a whilo ono of these suspicious charac
ters wanted to pass my beat, and, being very
persistent, I had to coino to a charge bayonets
beforo ho halted. Tho civilian wanted to know
if I did not kuow who ho was, at the samo time
Ijlnfouniiis o tuat ko was Gen. Butler, I re
plied I did- not, and that ho could not cross my
beat even if ho was Gen. Butler. After some
colloquy I called the corporal of tho guard, who
passed tho General in. After crossing my beat
he turned around and said, "Sentinel, take a
good 'look' at me, and you will know mo tho
next time you seo me." Dlorah.
Brooklyn, Sept. 13.
And the Very Substantial Nations Which It Contains
for the Ilojs.
A now Post is about to bo organized at Man
Robson Post, No. 5, Albert Lea, Freeborn Co.,
Minn., has now forty members.
Shiloh Post, No. 85, Lamark, 111., now has
between forty and fifty members.
About $1,500 will be realized by collection iu
Chicago for tho widow of John Brown.
DeLong Post, G. A. R., is to bo instituted at
Honolulu with a membership of forty.
Soward G. A. R. Post, of Nebraska, will havo
a Reunion and Camp-fire on tho 22d and 23d.
A now Tost was lately established at Jeromes
villc, Ohio, with a roll of thirty-four incmbors.
Kilpatrick Post, No. 22, at Millcrsburg, Fa.,
numbers forty members. A Camp-firo was
Kilpatrick Tost, No. 212, will hold a Re
union at Millerslmrg, Pennsylvania, on tho 22d
and 2.'ld of this month.
Mcado Post, No. 1-1, G. A. R., havo been
presented with a beautiful silk flag by tho
ladies of Sterling, Kansas.
At the fair at Topcka, Kas., on tho 15th inst.
over 15,000 old soldiers wero iu tho parade.
Ex-Secretary Blaine was tho orator.
Thcro aro 110 organized Posts of tho Grand
Army of the Republic in tho State of Kansas,
with an average membership of sixty.
A new Post has recently been organized at
Thomas, Kan., with a charter membership of
sixteen. It promises to bo a live one.
Andrews Post, of Ashland, Ohio, at its last
meeting passed a resolution Jto petition Con
gress to rcvivo tho equalization of bounties
Lincoln Post, No. 1, G. A. R.. was installed
in their new headquarters, in San Francisco,
California, when a very attractive programme
Yan Houton Post, No. 3, G. A. E., of N. J.,
tendered a grand reception to Major-Gencral
W. S. Hancock at Caledonia Park, Jersey City,
on tho 12th inst.
Ten thousand peoplo wero present at tho
veterans' Reunion at Laconia, N. II., on the
14th inst. Governor Boll was in attendance,
and General Sherman delivered tho oration.
At tho last meeting of Mansfield Post, No.
35, G. A. R., of N. Y., it was decided to charter
a steamer and attend tho picnic of W. D. Ken
nedy Post at Harlem Park on tho 2Gth inst.
Tho Reunion of General Grant's old regi
ment began at Tcrro Haute, Indiana, Tuesday,
at Camp Harrison, near tno city, and continued
for three days. Members of tho regiment
were present from all parts of the country.
The Ono Hundred and Eleventh O. Y. I.
will hold their fifth anuual Reunion at Helena
on the 5th of October. Comrades who wero
not present at tho last Reunion should send
their address to General Day at Bowling Green,
Ohio, chairman of tho executive committee.
Tho Reunion of the Ono Hundred and Fifty
third Pcnna. Y. V. which was to havo taken
placo at Pottstown on the 20th prox. has been
postponed until tho 2Gth prox. to afford com
rades an opportunity to attend both tho Re
union and bi-centennial in Philadelphia.
Tho Array of the Cumberland will hold its
fourteenth Annual Reunion at Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, September- 20th and 21st, when
speeches will bo mado by General P. II. Sheri
dan, General C. H. Grosvenor, and General
Jacob D. Cox. There will also be a banquet at
Company E, Second N. Y. n. A., will hold
its sixth annual Reunion in Grand Army Hall,
Utica, N. Y., on tho 27th inst. A Reunion of
tho regiment will bo held in Post Bacon Hall,
same place, on tho following day, when tho old
iCgimental colors will boon hand. For further
particulars, address T. H. Musson, Secretary,
Gilbcrtsvillc, N. Y.
James B. Elliott Post, No. 213, G. A. R., of
Rainsboro, Ohio, was organized by Comrade
John A. Bitter, D. M. O., and the following
officers havo been installed: Commander,).
M. Barrett; S. V. C, J. M. Grim ; J. Y. C, W.
II. Wright; Adj., 31. K. Roads; Q. M., T. S.
Koads; Surg., R. A. Dwyer, M. D.; Chap.,
J. H. Wiekersham ; O. D., T. M. Ferguson ; O.
G.,R. E. Shivers; S. M., N. L. Fritts; Q. M. S.,
John W. DoWitt,
A bluo silk banner won by Wilson Post, No.
1, (Baltimore,) in tho contest between tho
Grand Army of tho Republic Posts participat
ing in tho first day's parade of tho Oriole fes
tival was presented to the organization Monday
night at their hall. The members of tho Post,
in uniform, and several of their friends, wero
present. Commander George 13. Creamer pre
sided. Several speeches were mado and musi
cal selections rendered.
A now Grand Army Post has recently been
organized at Thomas, Kansas, with a charter
membership of fifteen. About twenty-five
names havo been enrolled and tho Post prom
ises to show a steady growth. Tho following
aro the oflicers: Post Commander, John Weath
erby ; S. V. C, Nathan S. Hayes; J. V. C, Rob
ert O. Potter; Adjutant, Q. M. Allen; Q. 31.,
S. S. Shatluck; Chaplain, H. If. Shaw; O. G.,
Martin Sissler; S. M., B. Robertson ; Q. M. S.,
IT. Tusk, and O. D., W. W. Savage.
An organization of a Post of tho Grand Army
of the Republic was perfected at Three Rivers,
Michigan, recently, with twent3'-ono members.
Tho Post is named "Ed. M. Prutzman," in
honor of a gallant soldier. Tho olfiours elected
areas follows: Post Commander, M. II. Bum
phrey; S. V. P. C, C. E. Dexter; J. Y. P. C, F.
A. Bellman; Adj., G. W. Buck; Surg., L. K.
Evans; Chap., J. I. Specht; Q. M., J. Bouton;
O. D., S. F. Street; O. G., T. J. Sccor; Serg.
Maj., L. Marvill ; Q.-M. Serg., E. Arnold.
A meeting was held in San Francisco on the
1th inst. by tho Yetorau's Homo Association,
when a resolution was passed appointing It. E.
Houghton, Owin Taber, and R. H. Warliold a
special committco to investigate tho affairs of
tho association. Secretary J. J. Lyon, Assistant
Secretary Captain Gorloy, and Captain Bland
iurr, of the oxecutivo committee, wero removed.
An exchango calls for a full report, and invites
the attention of the G. A. R. to tho conduct of
the association, and asks a fulfillment of what
Cassius Maxon Post, No. 219, of Richburg,
N. Y., has a membership of only thirty-five,
yet havo formed a joint stock company and
purchased a hall which will cost, when fitted
up, nearly $300. Few Posts of that sizo havo
shown so much enterprise, and tho possession
of its own hall ensures its permanency. When
they light tho Camp fire in their own quar
teis many now recruits will bo mustered. It
is officered as follows: Commander, A. B.
Cottrell; S. Y. C, J. J. Bakor; J. Y. C, Jere
miah Long; Q. M., W. A. Roso; Surgeon, C.
Lester; Chaplain, E. S. Bliss; O. D., B. Mol
ten; Adjt., A. L.Glenn; O. G., Michael Far
ley. Tho Yeterans of West Yirginia held their
annual Reunion at Parkersburg last week,
when tho following olliceis were elected: Prcs
dent, Major-Gencral Georgo Crook ; Yice-Presi-dents,
General W. H. Enoch, General I. H.
Duv'all, General J. M. Harris, Captain Win, J.
Robb, Colonel Yan II. Blakcly, Colonel M. S.
Hall, General B. II. Coates, General H. F.
Dcvol, Major B. M. Skinner, Colonel J. P. Lin
ton, Colouel . Henry J. Johnson, Major T. S.
Matthews, Chaplain J. W. W. Bolton; Corres
ponding Secretary, Colonel Jacob Wcddell ; Re
cording Secretary, Lieutenant E. S. Wilson;
Treasurer, Colonel Jeremiah Davidson. They
will meet at Ironton next year.
Tho ceremonies attending tho unveiling of
the monument to the soldiers of the One Hun
dred and Seventh New York regiment were
impressively observed in Elmira city last Sat
urday afternoon. Tho veterans of that gal
lant command were escorted to tho ground by
tho Thirtieth separate company, of that city.
At tho monument a large concourso gathered.
An eloquent address was delivered shortly
after one o'clock by Gen. Stewart L. Woodford.
A grand Reunion banquet took placo at tho
Rathbuu House at three o'clock.
A Reunion of tho Old Sixth Maryland regi
ment took placo at tho hall of Wilson Post, in
Baltimore, Md., on the 14th inst. Out of the
1,000 men who were mustcred-in 7G5 fell, leav
ing but 235, out of which eighty-four responded
" hero" to the roll-call at this Reunion. It can
well bo imagined how tho boys greeted each
other, and many an old, forgotten scene was re
called to memory. Captain John 11. King ad
dressed the meeting, followed by Gen. John R.
Horn, commander of the regiment, in an elo
quent and touching address. Tho flag under
which they had marched was then exhibited.
A largo eoncourso of peoplo witnessed the
festivities at the Reunion on Park Island,
Elkhart, Ind., on the 13th inst., in which nu
merous Posts and other organizations partici
pated. Mayor Conn delivered the address of
welcome, and Rov. M. W. Darling a fine ora
tion. Speeches were also mado by Captain P.
Solomon, Dexter A. Buck, II. C. Dodge, Com
mander Dean, Edward Malioy, and Chaplain
Cummins. An elegant dinner was served by
thc ladies. At the business meeting the fol
lowing officers were elected for tho ensuing
year: President, Amasa Johnson; Yice-Presi-dent,
D. B. Armstrong ; Corresponding Secre
tary, Win. Kendall ; Treasurer, Jerome Hough
ton; Secretary, Ezra Barnhall. Plymouth
will bo the place of tho next meeting.
The Sixteenth annual Reunion of the asso
ciation of tho Tenth regiment of Connecti
cut volunteers was held at Indian Point House,
Stony Creek, on Thursday, September 7, 1S82.
All the olliccrs of the association, who had put
forth every effort to make this meeting a suc
cess, were present to add to the interest of the
occasion. As ono train after another arrived,
it was delightful to witness the meeting of old
comrades with their wives and daughters, and
as all gathered around tiic piano and joined in
singing tho old army songs as tho odor from
tho baked sea food filled tho air, wo were
summoned to the tables to partako of a fine
dinner. After the business meeting in the
pavilon, speeches wero made. Finally, the
meeting adjourned for one year with tho usual
shaking of hands and a pleasant good-bye.
Answers to Correspondents.
J. W., Wilmington, Del. Paymasters Potter
and Smith are the only members of the Pay
Department to be retired before 1S34.
Winamac, Ind. No, to both questions.
M. E., AUentoicn, Fit. Wo understand there
are institutions of the kind at Mansfield and
nartford, Pa., and tho better plan would bo to
address tho respective superintendents.
J. E. S., Vienna, IlLVfo think you will find
in last week's Trirune tho information de
sired. , If not, writo"us again.
W. X. S., Gorsuchy jJitf.Tho $30 cannot be
collected. If you had been entitled, it would
havo beqn paid at tho timo you received the
suspended instalments of bounty.
A. IT. G., Middletown Sjirings, 17. 1. Yes. 2.
Tho Pension Office, as a rule, acknowledges the
recciptof evidence, but not immediately upon its
receipt. 3. Calls are now boing made on the War
Department in invalid claims numbering from
370,000 to 400,000, but evidenco is not being
called for in claims numbering above 370,000.
J. W. H, Orient, Iowa. 1. You will probably
hear whether tho testimony last filed is satis
factory or not in the courso of a few weeks.
X. J., Lisbon. 1. Tho object in "calling up" a
claim is to obtain early action. Your evidence,
as you say, may bo "all in," but whether it is
or is not satisfactory can only bo determined
when the Pension Office takes it up for consid
eration. 2. Sco reply to A. If. G.
ill. P. A". The parties named aro practicing
before tho Departments. Wo cannot advise on
the other point, not being familiar with the
C. I. F., Bravo, Mich. TJio coins you speak
of wcro quite numerous during tho war, and
were current by sufferance, but not coined by
authority. They were simply souvenirs some
thing given to serve as a remembrance.
E.J.W., raiding, X. I'. If your children wero
under sixteen years of age at the time of your
husband's death, you wero entitled to an addi
tional two dollars por month for each child
from dato of death of soldier until they sever
ally attained the ago of sixteen.
I. A. B., Bloomingdale, Mich. Blank' sent by
mail as requested. No charge.
B. C. C, Franllin, Tenn. Depends entirely
upon tho number of tho claim and whether
the testimony is satisfactory.
A. J. W. Chcsaning, Mich. If on pleasure fur
lough, ho would not bo regarded as having been
in the line -of dutj
M. F., Crrslon, loica.l. Wc cannot say as to
bounty without dates of enlistment and dis
charge. 2. No arrears are allowed in claims
for iension filed now.
G. C, Saginaw City, Mich. You should get
your attorney to inquire tho causo of delay.
We could not possibly say what the trouble is.
J. O., Seymour, Town. You might obtain them
at a largo second-hand bookstore. Sorry we
cannot say definitely.
W. J. Jr., Glens FaIls,.X K A bill passed the
House last session, which, if it becomes a law,
will afford relief in similar cases to yours. It
is now pending in tho Senate. Wo quite agree
with you that theso claims for services as com
missioned otlieeis, prior to actual muster, should
be paid ; provided tho delay in mustering was
through no fault of tho ollicer.
G. JJ'. 7, Seymour, Conn. 1. If tho application
for increase w:is based upon tho disability for
which you now draw pension, and you havo
been examined, you may expect to hear tho
result in tho course of a fow weeks. 2. Thcro
aro several posts of the G. A. R. at Washington.
To which do you refer?
Remaining answers next wcclc.
We are obliged to answer certain Inipiireiof tliommo
nature in each Imuc of our paper. While wo elirerftilly
furnish information to tmbscrMiers In thin column, wo
siipfieht Unit much labor, time, ami ovj-en-.o may be wiveil
both ta niinielvea ami to our corroiontlentu, If all sub-M-rlberawoiiltl
keciwi fileofthei'iM'er. They could then,
at any time, tin u to tho Me sunt piobablj hint Hie wry
liniury i.nswcii'il about which thev would lme u iiltoli
to us. We triit that e ery subscriber w ill luolll by thl
A Little Itostte.
Grandma was nodding, I rather think;
J lurry was sly and quick n.i a wink ;
Ho climbed on the back of her great nrin-clinir.
And nestled himself very snugly there.
Grandma's dark lock were mingled with white.
And quick thifllittlc fact cntno to his night;
A hhurp twingis toon alio felt at her hair,
And woko with u etnrt to find Harry there
"Why, what nr.o you doing, my child? " alio Bald;
IIo nnswered, 1'so pulling a baatiug-fread I "
THE WAR OVER.
Suddenly Ended by the Captnro of Cairo and
Tho war in Egypt has come to a sudden ter
mination through tho capture of Cairo and
tho arrest of Arabi Pacha. General Wolselcy
made his forward movement on the 13th inst.,
when he assaulted Arabi 's position at Tel-el-Kebir,
and carried it with a rush, driving tho
enemy before him like chaff and utterly anni
hilating tho Egyptian army. Major-Gcneral
McPhcrson at onco pushed on to Zagazig, which
ho occupied without difficulty, and on the fol
lowing evening the English advance-guard ar
rived at Cairo by rail, and received its formal
submission. Arabi Pacha arrived at Cairo tho
samo evening, and was promptly arrested, as
was also his minister, Toulba Pacha. It is not
known, as yet, whether ho will bo taken to
England or not. Tho Egyptians have evacu
ated all their positions near Alexandria, and
tho authority of tho Khedive has been fully
re-established. The problem which still re
mains to be solved is: "What will England do
with Egypt?" and the centre of interest here
after will therefore bo Constantinople, where
tho conference of tho Powers will deliberate
upon the question.
The following account of the decisive battlo
at Tel-el-Kcbir will be of interest to our vet
erans. THE BATTLE.
Preparations woro mado for the attack early
on the morning of tho Kith inst. Tho first
move was a short one, being only to the sand
hills above tho camp. There the arms wero
piled, and the men lafil down on the sand or
sat and chatted over the coming fight. At ono
o'clock word was passed round, and they again
fell in. Never did 14,000 men get under anna
moro quietly. By early dawn the troops ar
rived within a thousand yards of the enemy's
lines, and halted there a short time to enable
the fighting lines to be formed and other prepa
rations to be made. The attack began on tho
left. Nothing could bo imagined finer than
the advance of' the Highland brigade. Tho
Seventy-fourth were next the canal. Next
were tho Cameron ians, and the Gordon High
landers continued the line, with the Black
Watch upon their flank. Tho Forty-sixth and
Sixtieth regiments formed a second line.
TIIE HIGHLANDER'S CHARGE.
Swiftly and silently the Highlanders moved
forward to tho attack. No word was spoken,
no shot fired until within three hundred yards
of .the enemy's earthworks. Nor up to that
time did any sound in tho Egyptian lines be
token that they wcro awaro of the presence of
thoir assailants. Then suddenly a terrific fire
flashed along the lino of sand heaps.. A storm
of bulle,ts whizzed over tho heads of the ad
vancing troops. A wild cheer broke from tho
Highlanders, and in response tho pipes struck
shrilly up, bayonets were fixed, and at double
quick timo they dashed forward The first
lino of intrenchments was carried, the enemy
scarcely offering any resistance. But from an
other line of intrenchments, behind which in.
tho still dim light ono could scarcely see, a
hurst of musketry broko out. For a few min
utes tho Highlanders poured a heavy fire, but
it was probably as innocuous as that of the un
seen enemy whose bullets whistled harmlessly
over head. The delay in the advance was but
short. Then the order was given and the bri
gade again went rapidly forward. Soon a por
tion of tho force had passed between the ene
my's redoubts and opened a flanking fire. Thw
was too much for the Egyptians, who took to
thqir heels and fairly ran, suffering, as tho
crowded masses rushed across tho open, very
heavily from our fire, being literally mowed
down-by bnndreds. Meanwhile fighting hctran
upon tho other flank. The horse aitilleiv
shelled tho enemy's extreme left. Here the
Egyptians wero moro prepared than on their
right. For a time they kept up a steady fin.
The Boyal Irish were sent to turn the enemy's
left. At the word they dashed at the trenches
and carried them at the bayonet's point, so
turning the Hank of the defenders of the posi
tion. Next came tho Eighty-eight regiment,
then tho Eighty-fourth, tho Guards being close
up behind in support. These regiments ad
vanced by regular rushes. For a short timo
tho enemy clung to their line of intrench
ments, but their tiro was singularly ineffective
and tho British troops got fairly into tho
trenches. Then the enemy fought stoutly for
a few moments. The combat was a hand to
hand one. Major Hart shot ono man as ho
was trying to wrest a revolver from his hand.
This was even after the trench had been turned
by our advance on their flank. Then, as tho
British poured in, the Egyptians fled as rapidly
as those upon tho other side of the canal had
done beforo tho Highlanders. The fight was
now practically over.
The Egyptians did not preserve the slightest
semblance of order, but fled a confused rabble,
at tho top of their speed. As we descended tho
hill leading to Tel-el-Kebirstation we captured
the standing camp with immense stores of for
age and provisions. At tho station were two
trains which wero filled with fugitives who
managed to get away before the troops camo
up. Another engine, however, which was on
the point of starting, was blown up by one of
our shells. The victorious lino of troops Ad
vanced cheering across the enemy's camp, and
halted at thestation where Sir Garnet Wolseley
soon after arrived. Immediately afterward
General Drury Lowe, with his staff, rode up,
having cut across tho line of retreat of the fly
ing enemy. A good many were killed by our
rifle and artillery fire.
Immense numbers throw their arms away
and delivered themselves up as prisoners. Ou
the bridge over the canal General Wolselcy
dictated his orders to Generals MacPherson
and Lowe. Tho former was ordered to movo
with the Indian brigade on Zagazig, the latter
to continue the work of tho total dispersion of
A ride over tho field after the battle shows
that tho enemy's loss was extremely heavy.
Indeed it is difficult to understand how so great
a number of men have been killed iu the bat
tle, which lasted but a brief hour. The enemy's
position consisted of liires of solid intrench
nionts, bound together by wattles. It was four
miles long from flank to Hank. At intervals
bastions, mounted by guns, protected the front.
There wcro successive scries of deep trenches
at right angles to the extremo left of their po
sition. A deep trench extends two miles to
tho rear, behind which is another iutreuch
ment forming a defenso of the front lino from
attack on tho flank. Toward the canal, on tho
right, wero very strong works. Tho natural
irregularities of ground constituted a very for
midable position, which would have cost great
expenditure of life had it been attacked in
front. This part of the line, however, was
avoided. Tho attacks wero directed toward
tho thinks. Tho Highland brigade wero en
thusiast io at tho brilliant character of their
advance. Thoir orders wero to march up to
tho litst trench and carry it by bayonet with
out tiring a shot. This order was literally
After their conduct on preceding occasions it
was expected that tho Egyptians would not
stop to opposo a determined rush, but hundreds
remained firm at their post and were bayoneted
where they stood. Had tho Egyptian fire been
any way accurato the losses must havo been
tremendous. As it is they are marvellously
slight when tho naturo of tho works carried
and tho. number of their defenders is considered.