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GRAND ARMY AFFAIRS.
The Glorious Work that is Being
Done in New York.
witli Fresh. Rations.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
New York, Sept. 25. Tho Department of
Sow York is in a most flourishing condition
Commander Jas. S. Fraser having, on Saturday
last, organized the thirty-sixth Tost since tho
commencement of his administration in Feb
ruary last. Assistant Adjutant-General Hop
per informs your correspondent that Post 292
has just received its charter. It is tho inten
tion of comrades to givo Department Com
mander Fraser tho Grand Array cheer, "with
fittings and trimmings," whenever ho an
nounces the fact that Post 300 lias been organ
i : !, Sfntn of New York. Considering
tho activity at Department headquarters, on
Broadway, not many weeks can elapso beforo
that result will have been reached.
Active work is progressing in the interior of
tho State, where, during tho past month, like,
for instance, at Jamestown, all tho now Posts
start with a membership of fifty to sixty com
rades. Great credit is due also to Department
Inspector Cantine, of Rome, N. Y., whoso ener
getic movements from one end of tho State to
another keep up tho enthusiasm among tho
Lilly Post, No. 6G, of Syracuse, escorted by
tho Central City Veteran Corps, a fine body of
mnn in Continental uniform, -paid a visit of
several days to tho Metropolis last week. They
were tho special guests of Koltcs Post, No. 32,
but leading Grand Array comrades, under tho
lead of General H. A. Barnum, assisted in
making tho visitors quite happy during their
stay here. Of course, having arrived too lato
for tho ceremonies at Lutheran Cemetery, they
could not participate in tho proceedings, of
which I have already sent you 'a full report.
But on "Wednesday afternoon, under command
of General Gustavus Sniper, tho Syracuse vet
erans, escorted by Koltes Post, Charles Ken
soy commanding, marched from their head
quarters, in the Germania Assembly Booms, to
Union Square, where they wero reviewed by
Department Commander Fraser, assisted by
Assistant Adjutant-General Hopper and a nu
merous staff. Tho bands of Koltcs and Lilly's
Posts supplied excellent music, and tho march
ing of the Syracuse veterans was simply per
fect, eliciting great applause on the rart of tho
crowd that filled tho square. A bauquet, at
which 250 veterans sat down, followed at tho
Germania, where speeches, songs, music, and
so forth, kept the party iu excellent humor till
past tho midnight hour.
This is tho closing week of tho G. A. B. pic
nic soason in New York. Nearly all tho Posts
have had their widow's and orphan's fund
greatly increasedby tho summer night festivals,
enjoyed by comrades, their wives, sisters, cou
sins, and aunts during tho past two months.
This week's festivities includo a picnic by
Sumner Post, No. 24, George Dusonborry com
mander, at Elm Park a Post which neglects
no opportunity to infuse enthusiasm into the
ranks of other Posts not, quite as energetic
Wm. H. Wharton, Benjamin Finloy, and
Assistant Adjutant-General Hopper are mem
bers of this Post, in which thoy take intenso
iwc fTn.TTinrrnw ovenine William D.
Kennedy Post, Comrade Alonzo Howell com
mander, have a summer night's festival in Old
Joneswood, on the East Biver, when Mansfield
Post, a thoroughly-drilled organization, will
bo on hand to givo us some old-time maneu
vers. Eobert Anderson Post, No. 5S, Com
mander Jules P. Eousseau, havo a pound party
at tho end of this week, all of which will bo
detailed to your readers if anything of interest
happens to the comrades at large. If not, then
this preliminary notice will sufiice.
Speaking of Assistant Adjutant-General
Hopper of tho Department of New York, I
ought to call attention to the universal esteem
and respect shown him last week, when his
only son Charles, an employee in tho New York
post office, was take to his last resting place.
He was tho noblo specimen of a man in tho
prime of life, only thirty-five years old, and
died during a brief sojourn in tho country.
The terrible bereavement inflicted upon tho
devoted father the energetic adjutant-general
of our State was thoroughly appreciated by
his friends and comrades. The house of mourn
ing and the neighborhood was filled by G. A. B.
men who silently and without ostentation, by !
their mere presenco only, testified their regard
and esteem for Colonel George F. Hopper, than
whom no more energetic G. A. B. comrado
exists in our Department.
Brooklyn, under the lead of Comrade Walker,
commander of Bankin Post, No. 10, is about to
organize a memorial committee similar to tho
one existing in this city. Tho excellent report
of Decoration Day proceedings, including an
appendix, showing the work done by tho New
York city Posts during tho past year, lias just
been published in pamphlet, and Gen. Barnum
is universally complimented for this report
than which no better has ever been issued.
Brooklyn now is anxious to imitate the metro
polis and is welcomed for its desire to print
whatever is done across the East Biver. Abra
ham Lincoln Post, No. 13, has for several years
issued a pamphlet giving in full tho Decoration
Day proceedings. Of course this year Major
Joseph Forbes, having succeeded in inaugurat
ing the day by most impressive services, whereat
men liko General Grant, John Cochrane, Rev.
Dr. J. P. Newman, Schuyler Hamilton, and
others assisted, has not been slow in collating
the speeches and ceremonies at the Lincoln
statue in Union Square, and tho services had,
under auspices of details from the Post in a lo
cality as distant as Chester, Pa., where rest the
remains of Dr. 1. 1. Hays (Polar Hays), at one
time a member of the Post. All these publica
tions show the energy and vim which animate
our New York Posts, and whose influence in
the councils of the Order has always been for
the good of our noblo organization.
Pen and Sword.
Reunion at Snrlmclleld.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Spuing field, O., Sept. 23. The survivors
of the Ninety-fourth Ohio Volunteers held
their eleventh annual Bcunion here to-day. Tho
G. A. R. hall was neatly decorated for the
occasion, the badge of tho old Fourteenth A.
C. being prominent, and tho names of the
many battles participated in by tho regiment
placarded tho wails. Bev. Wm. II. Webb de
livered a hearty address of welcome, which
was responded to by Quartermaster John P.
Patterson, of Cincinnati. Letters wero read
at tho meeting from Gen. McCook, Gen. Carl in
and others. There wero present 133 veterans,
who spent a delightful time in recounting
personal reminiscences of the "acorn" corps.
Tho following officers wero elected for the
coming year: President, J. G. McPherson;
Vice-Presidents, George Elder, N. Arnold,
Wm. Yaa Horn, Eobt. Cooper; Recording Sec.
retary, Thos. C. Hirst; Corresponding Secre
tary, Dr. J. E. Shellenherger ; Q. M., J. A.
Hivling. At the Lagonda House the comrades
partook of a sumptuous banquet anil departed
with warmest feelings toward tho good people
Laying tho Corner-stone or a Soldiers' Monument
Oration hy Gen. II. A. Itanium.
Sunday, September 17, was a great d ay
for tho Grand Army comrades of Now York
city. It being the twentieth anniversary ol
tho battle of Antietam, Kolto's Post, No. 32, had
fixed upon that day for the laying of tho corner
stone of the Grand Soldier monument on its
burial plat in Lutheran cemotcry. The day
was exceedingly pleasant, and no less than
fifteen Posts were largely represented both at
tho headquarters in Germania Assombly Booms
and on tho cemetery. There tho exercises wero
under the charge of Commander Chas. Kenscy,
who acquitted himself nobly in attending to all
tho details, ably assisted by his Adjutant, Her
man W. Thum. After the Commander had
formed tho various Posts in a hollow square, ho
laid the corner-stone amid the rolling of drums
and playing of the bands, when General H. A.
Barnum delivered the following oration, which
is exclusively printed in full in these columns:
Comrades: More than ono hundred years
ago was laid the corner-stone of the Temple of
Liberty in America of American liberty the
proud result of which is the noblest and most
powerful Nation in the world. The builders
of 177(J were workmen ol the highest ciass, out
thev had to use the material which they had
at hand, and tho noblo structure they created
had serious defects.
Libcrtv and slavery begot an irrepressiblo
conflict in our God-favored laud. The frco
North became a giant. The fiery South, own
ing tho bodies of -1,000,000 human beings, be
came lustful of power. Conflict was inevitable.
It came, and on American soil was wrought tho
problem of free government for tho wholo
world for all time.
To-day, and on this hallowed ground, you
v tho corner-stone of a soldiers' monument.
The day is fitly chosen. Just twenty years ago
to-day on Antietam's bloody field was writ a
chapter in the solution of that mighty prob
lemwrit with our sabres and punctuated with
ourbavoucts. 'Tiswell that you build this grace
ful column of enduring granite; for leathery
footed time is carrying us, with ceaseless speed,
away from the momentous days of tho bivouac
and tho battle line. A new generation has
since been born. Tho babes of twenty years
ago have become men and women, and to halt
of our pcoplo the roar of the rebellion, its stu
pendous battles and campaigns, tho colossal
sacrifices of life and treasure are known as
simple history. Tho white dove of peace now
folds its wings over the land that then lighted
up with tho flaming signal of war, and to all
tho transformation seems hardly real.
To us, indeed, it is real. Tho memories of
our campaigns aro so vivid and so vigorous ;
thev are such a constant presence with us the
spaco between then and now seems so narrow ,
wo so easily recall our inspirations and our
acts, so clearly wo summon to our view tho
faces and tho forms of tho brave, dear ones
who marched at our sides, but who, through
glorv's gate, have entered tho eternal, that tho
sweep of years is to us almost incomprehensible.
To save a nation is a greater achievement
than to found a nation. To euro tho discntc
grating forces is more difficult than to energize
the experimental powers of liberty.
The regeneration of tho Bepublic shall occupy
even a nobler place in history than its estab
lishment. It is a laudable pride, therefore, aud
not an overweening vanity which impels us to
commemorate the deeds and incidents of our
country's salvation, " a part of which wo were
and all of which wo saw." The Revolution of
our fathers gave us tho charter of our liberties,
but ouT conquest of tho rebellion enlarged and
seeurcd it. ...
To-day, in tho light of history, the entiro civ
ilized world acknowledges that the culmination
of the great American conflict was a necessity.
Tho attack upon Sumter, it is true, was a
shock. Wo had watched with ardent hope the
efforts mado by patriotic, men tq.stay tho
stroke of the bell which should announce tho
summoning of tho legions and tho commence
ment of civil war. Abraham Lincoln, in an
inaugural breathing the genius of good will
himself tho incarnation of charity bade tho
South to pause in its mad career and trusc tno
Government he would temperately administer.
It was all in vain.
ft w.n! ivnll that it was in vain. Wo havo
saved our children tho struggle they would
have had to encounter. We havo given them
an heritage of peace instead of an enormous
and expensive litigation to be tried by a jury
of soldiers with a panel of perhaps a hundred
millions instead of ono of forty millions.
Tho sooner vital fc-sues are settled by any
people the better for that people.
Was tho theorv of the Union Tight or tho
doctrine of secession coherent? This was our
discussion with sabro and with bayonet, with
voice of canon and with musketry, an angry
anddestructivedebatehappily terminated when
the foe laid down his arms and tho starry flag
floated once more over every foot of tho
Nation's broad domain. To determino it, cost
us thousands of millions of treasure and tho
lives of myriads of our bravest and best. But,
thank God, it is determined ! Thank God, the
question of the Union is forever settled.
When the war came, it was indeed a rude
awakening. Tho nations looked on with bated
breath when a great people, bursting asunder
the chains of a false conservatism, rose as one
man to vindicate the purity of the flag which
had been assailed, the honor which had boon
wmmdful iii the temnle of its own building;
when from workshops and from plow, from
study and from toil, with brawn of muscle aud
weight of purpose; from fields of Illinois, from
woods of Maine, from all our free domain, tho
loval Northmen gathered around the flag and
bade its fratricidal foe to beware of tho punish
ment it must receive for tho outrages it had
What mighty issues hung upon tho conflict!
A conflict which at first " our very hopes ho
lied our fears, our fears our hopes belied," as
defeat chased victory, and victory throttled
defeat upon tho fields whereon we fought. A
conflict which gradually grew more encourag
ing for the Army of tho Union, as the. stern
resolution of the" North, enduring much, des
pairing never, by force of the steadfast pur
pose, tho brilliant but inconstant fervor of
the South tho bending once more oi mo
Cavalier before tho Covenanter and the ban
ners riddled by the bullets of 1H5L proudly
floated in ISC from the self-same battlements
from which by the rebels' hands it had been
Thank God for the history we havo made!
Thank G'od lor the Union Army which, formed
from the citizens of tho land, from men to
whom the pruning hook was more familiar
than the spear, who solely by the inspiration
of patriotism rushed to the defense of an as
sailed country, stood with fortitude the defeats
of 1WJ1 and lh(5'J, lost not their courage at Hull
Bun or before Richmond, rolled back tho rebel
waves at Antietam and Gettysburg, entered
with glad huzzas into Donelson and Vicks
burgh, climbed the bristling heights of Look
out and Mission Bidge, threaded tho devious
passes from Chattanooga to Atlanta, crushed
the rebel cohorts at Nashville, marched with
dancing banners from the mountains to tho
sea, visited the punishments of war on tho
Carol inns, and ordained an enduring peace at
Raleigh and at Appomattox.
Tho fearful conflict is now only a memory.
War's dread alarms no more convulse tho
Nation. Calm-eyed peace holds gentle sway
with all our people; in mansion and cottage
dwell sweet repose, and the golden grainfields
of tho North bow in friendly competition of
productive wealth to Southern fields of mimic
snow where ernt contending armies crimsoned
'the ground with kindred blood. The soldier
once more drives his team a-ficld, the uniform
is exchanged for the civilian's garb. The arm
that wielded tho sabre or directed tho bayonet
now swings the axe or guides the pen.
Rut alas! with the lessening echoes of wars
wild alarms, too generally is forgotten the
dreadful cost in blood and treasure- of the
fruitful peace wo all enjoy, too gonerally is
forgotten the services and sacrifices of tho old
veteran who offered his breast as a shield to
his country against "iron rain and leaden
Rut the soldier's duty ended not with tno
battles that gave us peace. His is still the
duty to preserve that which he rescued, and
while veterans live the Grand Army of the
Bepublic shall be a standing army in the midst
of tho people.
All honor to Koltes Post of tho Grand Army
of tho Republic for tho noble wk they tbia
TRIBUNE: ' WASHINGTON
day inaugurate. It fitly crowns thoir splendid
record in behalf of Fraternity, Charity, and
Lovaltv, and let us all resolve that while hie
sends its crimson currents through our veins,
while there are comrades for us to cherish;
whilo the Old Has waves its proud folds on
the free breezes of heaven, it shall not be our
fault if honor to Lovalty, honor to Patriotism,
honor to our heroic dead shall not be tho her
itage of all the generations that aro yet to
saluto tho Starry Banner of Free America.
Tho years aro speeding. Time rests its
heavy hand upon all our frames. Thcro aro
streaks of silver mingling in locks that wero
raven and tho curls that wero golden. Iho
vacant places in our ranks grow more numer
ous as the years recede, and soon wc shall bo
gathered to our comrades, whose graves billow
tho bosom of mother earth. Of us, as of them,
may it be said:
"Emblem and legond may fade from theportnl,
Key-Mono and column may crumble and fnll; .
They were the builders, whose work was "
mortal, Crowned by tho dome that is over us all.
BLAINE AT TOPEKA.
An Interesting Speech on the Sufferings of Union
Men at Andprsoinille.
At tho meeting of tho Association of ex
Prisoners of War, held at Topeka, Kas.,
in connection with tho soldiers' Reunion,
Mr. Blaine spok with more than his
usual imprcssivenoss. Ho began by say
in? ho thousrhfc tho man in tho lato war
whoso sacrifice was tho greatest was the ono
who was taken prisoner and forced to servo a
term in a rebel prison pen. The history of all
wars is that tho keenest anguish was suffered
by those who were unfortunate enough to fall
into tho hands of the enemy. Our forefnthors
of the Bcvolution wore treated, when prisoners
of war, with a cruelty which seems strange at
this day. Tho English prison ship in New
York Bay was an English Andersonvillo.
Boston Corbett. It wasn't seventeen acres
in extent, though.
Mr. Blaine. No ; nor was it so bad in any
way as Andersonvillo. The English floating
prison was afterward burned by representatives
of our Government, and hero I wish to say a
word in favor of tho robel authorities, which
was that they mado haste to wipo out all evi
dences of Audersonvillc, and I am informed
that but slight traces of the infamous place re
main. It is to their credit that they strovo to
craso all traces of this place ; but tho fact stands
that they cannot wipo out tho memory of it.
Every prisoner in a rebel pen should havo a
personal memoir written down and placed in
tho State Historical Society; for I suppose you
havo ono in Kansas for safe-keeping. This
should bo that men will know that these mem
ories aro not to bo forgotten. The soldier in
war is always a great sufferer, even if not cap
tured by the onemy. Of all the sad fates which
befall a man in it, is that which subjects him
to dio in an enemy's prison beforo ho learns
tho result of the contest ho is waging, lo me,
a survivor of Andersonvillo is a miracle. Wc
havo a record of that infamous pen, and in
great part wo are indebted to Gen. Shanks, of
Indiana, who was instrumental in having tho
Congressional Inquiry Committee appointed,
which gave tho world at least a partial history
of it. Tho English language does not record a
parallel to the history of the sufferings of our
men there. What mado Andersonvillo appear
so baa in tno eyes oi tnc worm is uwu mo
North always troated its prisoners humanely.
Tho civilization of tho nineteenth contury had
obtained with our Government. No man who
was in tho rebel army and "was incarcerated in
a Northern prison can say that his rations
wero ever shortened ; that he was over mal
treated or had clothing denied him. We did
right in not retaliating-on their prisoners, but
should havo wreaked vengeance upon tho au
thors of tho sufferings of our boys. There was
no justification for this rebel cruelty. Our fist'
great strength was physical, in putting dowji
tho rebellion; our second, moral in tho fot,
giveness of those who had iought against tw
preservation of tho Union. Those who fou'gl;'
tho battles for tho preservation of tho country
havo now tho pleasuro of witnessing a bettor '
fooling prevailing between tho North and South
than has been known sinco the beginning'of'
tho slavery agitation in 1620. Wo all know'
now that the war has done its perfect work.
Wo can forgivo if wo cannot forget.
A CAMP PARTY.
A. E. Rurnshlo ToM, Ko. 10, (J. A. It., South Chi
cago, 111., Celebrates its First Anniversary.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Chicago, 111., Sept. 20. About ono hundred
couples attended the camp and lawn parry given
at tho South Chicago Hotel grounds on Friday
evening, September loth, on tho occasion of tho
first anniversary of A. E. Bumsidc Post, Nd.
109, G. A. B., and, as a success in every partic
ular, it greatly exceeded tho highest expecta
tions of the management. The dancing plat
form was handsomely decorated and festooned
with American flags, and, lit by headlights and
Chinese lanterns, presented a very beautiful
appearance. Tho wholo lawn was lighted up by
torches and Chineso lanterns, and was dotted
with numerous tents, in which tho older vet
erans congregated and talked over old times,
whilo the veterans of a more recent dato par
ticipated in the fascinating quadrillo and mazy
waltz to the music furnished by Owen's orches
tra. Everyone seemed to havo gone thcro for
the purpose of enjoying themselves and having
a good time, and, owing to tho efforts of tho
executive committee, composed of A. Wilson,
Geo. W. Bichards, H. C. Holl'man, Chas. E.
Bradford and Fred Wilkinson and members of
the Post, succeeded admirably in their purpose,
Burnside Post is made up of gentlemen who
areas much at home in a parlor or lawn party as
they were on tho battlc-lield, and each member
constituted himself a commiltco to seo that
every want of the guests was attended to; con
sequently a more enjoyable time all around has
never been had at any gathering in South
Tho programme consisted of twenty-ono
dances, and could not havo been better ar
ranged, aud wjis executed to tho entire satis
faction of all. At twelve o'clock a sumptuous
supper was served at the South Chicago Hotel
to about 7." couples, and the heavily-laden
tables, filled with necessaries and luxuries,
would satisfy the most fastidious. Thero wero
a good many in attendance from the city and
neighboring towns, among which was Capt. It.
A. Parker, president, and Col. J. T. Foster, F.
M. Barney, and R. .1. Colburn, members of tho
Englewood Union Veteran Club, of Euglowood.
After supper the programmo was taken up, and
all went as merry as a marriage bell until tho
woo small hours, when all departed for thoir
homes, feeling thankful to Burnside Post for
the enjoyment afforded.
Yours, in F., O, and L., H. C. noFPsrAN
South Chicago, 111.
A l'roniislni- Ion a Tost.
Marshalltown, Iowa, Sept. IS. Somo two
or three weeks ago a petition with ono hun
dred and thirty names of ex-soldiers and sail
ors'was forwarded to tho State Department of
Iowa to organize a Post of tho G. A. It. in this
city. In answer to that petition General N.
Townsend, assistant adjutant-general, met
about eighty of tho " boys" at tho K. p. Hall
on the evening of the 15th inst. at eight o'clock
and organized " Frank M. Thomas Post, No.
M, G. A. R., Department of Iowa," with tho
following ollicors for tho term ending Dec. 31,
Commander, C. II. Brock; S. V. O, John E.
Wildman; J. V. C, Wm. H. Weathcrly; Chap
lain, I. W. Vertz; Q. M., A. W. 1'atton; Sur
geon, Dr. Waters; O. D., L. E. B. Holt; O. G.,
F. Higgins; Adjutant, W. O. Newton.
Frank M, Thomas Post, No. 94, presented
D. 0., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1882.
tho largest petition that was ever received at
tho headquarters of the State Department. In
ninety days Frank M. Thomas Post will be tho
strongest Post in the State, for Marshall county
soldiers, liko her citizens, tako no back seat
for anyone. All those joining tho Post in the
next thirty days will be received as charter
members. Comrades, como and fall in, and
lot us make Frank M. Thomas Post ono of tho
best in the United States, and let us work to
gether until wo see a monument that will be
an honor to tho soldiers and a pride of the citi
zens of Marshall county, erected in our park,
to tho memory of tho fallen dead.
New Post in Michigan.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Nashville, Mich., Sept. 20. Last evening
Col. Jeffrey's Post, No. 82, of the Grand Army
of the Bepublic was organized here. It starts
out with a membership of 47. Maj. Rose, of
Custer Post of Grand Bapids, mustered in tho
Post, and pronounced it the most promising
Post he ever had the pleasure to help organize,
and starts out with tho greatest number of
charter members of any in the State. The offi
cers installed areas follows : P. C, E. F. Evans ;
S. V. C, E. Potter; J. V. O, E. Parady ; Surg.,
J. Osman; Chap., L. McKinnis; Q. M., E. A.
Bush; O. D.. F. D. Soulcs ; O.G., W.T.Ficsler;
Adjt., E. D. Williams ; S. M., J. S. Perry ; Q.
M. S., U. II. Sparks.
E. D. Williams.
Reunion of tho Xinety-olglitli 0. V. I.
At a meeting called for the purpose of making
arrangements for tho Beuuion of tho Ninety
eighth O. V. I., on the 5th day of October, 1SS2,
at Cadiz, Ohio, tho following committees wero
appointed : J. C. Carver, Samuel Maxwell and
Jas. Mooro wero appointed to draft a notice of
meeting and program to be followed out on
tho day of the Beuuion. J. C. Carver w:is
appointed superintendent and general manager
of all the necessary preparations for that occa
sion. Tho committee reported tho following
1. Exercises, opened by prayer.
2. Address of welcome, by comrado James
3. Music by tho band.
4. Dinner at 11 o'clock at the Court nousc.
5. At 12:30 comrades will be addressed by
comrado John F. Oglcvee, Auditor of State,
followed by comrado Frank llatton, Assistant
Postmaster-General, of Washington, D. C;
comrado A. P. Lacey, of Washington, D. C,
and others; after which thcro will bo a busi
ness meeting of tho members of tho regiment.
A New Kentucky Post.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Owensboro, Ky., Sept. 13. In compliance
with a special order from Gen. James C.Miche,
commanding Department of Kentucky, G. A.
B., I started with a detail- from this Post for
Hartford, Ohio county, to muster in a Post at
that placo. After a hot, dusty, but not weari
some ride of 30 miles, cheered by many a song
and story of camp life, wo reached our destina
tion at six o'clock p. m., and were met by somo
thirty old veterans. Wo soon got to business,
and organized Captain Preston Morton Post,
No. 4. G. A. B., with headquarters at Hartford.
Tho Tost elected tho following officers : Com
mander, E. C. Hubbard ; S. V. C, D. L. Smith ;
J.V.C., James D. Bycrs; Surg., II. C. Daniels;
Chap., James Jones; O. D., David Duncan;
Adj., Thos. Davis; Q. M W. T. King; O. G.,
Dan. F. Tracy, with twenty other comrades,
making in all twenty-nino members. Thcro
will, in all probability, bo ono or two other
Posts organized" this fall in tho same neighbor
hood. Our Post is about seven months old, and
now numbers cighty-nino members, with now
accessions every meeting night.
Yours, in F., C.,and L.,
James H. Fisheb,
Com'dg Gen. J. S. Jackson Post, No. 3.
A Xcir Posit at Wchivnn, Illinois.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Mason City, III., Sept. 20. Members of
Duval Post, No. 123, went to Delavan yester
day morning.. After tho Pekin and Peoria
Posts arrived, wo repaired to the hall and as
sisted in mustering Delavan Post, No. 153, and
installed tho following oflicers: Com., John
Beardon; S. V. C, Rudolph Froy; J. V. C, D.
F. Lawlor; Q. M., L. H. Begur; Sur., B. P.
Jennings; Chaplain, Wm. Moorhcad; O. D.,
D. B. Gooch; O. G., B. J. Beatty; Adj., J. M.
Garrett; Ser.-Maj., C. M. Kingman; (J. M.S.,
Chas. Guild. Col. S. A. Starper was tho mus
tering officer, Department S. V. C. B. M.
Campbell being present and assisting. After
tho ceremonies wo were formed in lino and
marched to tho fair grounds and given a splen
did dinner in tho dining hall, by tho ladies of
Delavan. After dinner wo had music, singing
and speeches by Congressmen D. C. Smith and
Win. M. Springer, Gen. Green B. Baum, Col.
Peter Wallace and others, with a regular lovo
feast. Every man seemed perfectly satisfied
with tho generous treatment they received
from tho citizens of Delavan and Tazewell
Tho First I'ost in Krio County, Pennsylvania.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Waynesboro, Pa., Sept. 25. A well
tended meeting of ex-soldiers was held here
last evening for tho purposoof electing officers
and mustering in of a now Post of the Grand
Army the first ever organizod in Franklin
county to bo known as Capt. Jno. E. Walker
Post, 237, Department of Pennsylvania, after
the gallant young officer who was killed at
Atlanta, August 4, ISfil. Tho new Post was
mustered in by Commander Win. E. Miller, of
Carlisle. Headquarters will be in Odd Fellow's
Hall, and thcro is every indication of a rapid
growth of tho organization. Tho officers
elected arc as follows: Com., II. G. Bonebrake;
S. V. C, F. J. Beard ; J. V. C, D. C. Detrich ;
Q. M., Samuel Tloeflich ; Chaplain, L. W.
Detrich; O. D W. A. Price; O. G., John O.
Smith; Sur., Dr. A. S. Bonebrake; Adj., Dr.
P. It. Welsh.
The "Corn Exchange" Iteginient Reunion.
The Ono Hundred and Eighteenth Pennsyl
vania Volunteer (Corn Exchango) regiment
held its first annual Reunion recently at Phil
adelphia. Sixty veterans sat down to tho well
served banquet, and, after the viands had been
discussed, speeches were mado by Capt. Holt,
Capt. White, Colonel Swain, Comrado Adams,
Stephen L. Winslow, Lieut. Coanc, Comrade
Cornet, Lieut. Godfrey, and others. Many
terestinir war reminiscences wore related.
Tlie officers of tho regiment are as follows: Presi
dent, Jas. P. I Folt ; Secretary, G. W. R. Carteret ;
Treasurer, Samuel F. Dclanoy ; Council of Ad
ministration G. W. Lenoir, Chairman; Bon
jainin F. Cox, Secretary and Treasurer; Lewis
Dickel, Wm.Yeager, Augustus Luker, Christo
pher Dauman, Chas. 11. Zicglcr, and Johu
lJoiinion of (lie Seventh IVnnn. Cavalry.
The old Seventh Pennsylvania cavalry held
their fifth annual Reunion at Smytho Park,
Mansfield, a few days ago. After tho banquet,
speeches wero mado by Major B. S. Dart, of
Canton; Bev. S. Early, of Mansfield; Cutts,
of Covington, and Finch, of Mainesburg; Gen.
R. C. Cox, of Wellsboro, and others. Among
tho invited guests were General Mansfield Post,
No. 43, G. A. R. ; Brown Post, G. A. It., Bloss
hurr; Lieut. W. R. Sims, and delegates of
the Troy Post, G. A. R. The Beuuion was a
success in ovory sense of the word, and many
wero tho hopes oxpresscd that at tho next
meeting, to bo held at Pottsvillo, ovory sur
viving wembor of. tho regiment would bo
present to answer ' roll-call. Oflicers wero
elected as follows : President, G. F. Steahlin,
of Orwigsburg; vice-president, O. G. Geronld,
of Covington ; assistant secretary, E. B. Decker,
Mansfield ; oxecutivo committee, Liout. W. B.
Sims, Troy; Uri Vcrbeck, Troy, and C. 31.
A new Post is to bo organized at Hartford,
Thero wero 1,500 veterans at the Elkhart,
General Wadsworth Post had a successful
fair at N.atick, Massachusetts, last week.
General Kargo gave a banquet recently to
tho veterans of the FirsfcNew Jersey cavalry.
General J. L. Swift will bo the orator at tho
unveiling of tho soldiers' monument in Au
Tho fund for tho equestrian statue of Garfield
at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, has reached
but little over $10,000.
Post 5, of the G. A. B., of Caradon, is prepar
ing for a riflo tournament at tho Stockton
Bango on tho 9th of October.
A Reunion of tho Twentieth Ohio volunteers
was held at Sidney, Ohio, September 21st, and
in the evening a very entertaining Camp-firo
The daughter of the lato Colonel IJarry
Howard, who has been left an orphan by the
recent death of her mother, has been adopted
as a ward by Harry Howard Post, Grand Army
of tho Bepublic.
Company H, Thirteenth Massachusetts vol
unteers had a grand picnic at Farm Lake
Grove, September loth and lfith. Tho parade
of tho Mulligan Guards, under General Gilhoo
lcy, was a feature never to bo forgotten.
Comrado Joseph Bnlger, of Phil. Kearney
Post, No. 7, of Muskegon, Michigan, died on
tho 10th inst., and was buried with military
honors. It is tho first death that has occurred
in tho Post sinco its establishment four years
Tho pamphlet, commemorativo of tho exer
cises on last Decoration Day, issued by the
memorial committee, is handsomely gotten up.
A glowing tributo is paid to tho Grenadier
'guard of tho President, from tho Seventy-first
New' York volunteers.
The survivors of tho Ono Hundred and
Eighteenth Pennsylvania volunteers, better
known as tho " Corn Exchange regiment," held
an anniversary Beunion at Manincrchor Hall.
Thcro aro less than 200 survivors. The origi
nal regiment consisted of 1,000 men.
Tho 30th Eastern Bay Stato regiment held a
rousing Reunion at Tyng's Isiand, Massachu
setts, last week. Tho exercises wero enjoyed
by all, and brought together 130 of the surviv
ors. Colonel French was presented with a
handsomo badge by the association.
All comrades of the First New York Veteran
cavalry aro respectfully invited to attend tho
Third Annual Reunion to be held in tho G. A.
It. rooms, Lake street, Elmira, New York,
Friday, October 6th, at 12 m. Return tickets
one-third faro to all points on the Erio rail
road. Thoburn Tost, G. A. B., decided to attend
tho Graud Army Beunion at Pittsburgh on
Monday, October 2d, in a body. They will
take tho early train that morning on the
Cleveland & Pittsburgh railroad, and it is
probable they will number about forty men, in
uniform, with thoir drum corps.
Among the appointments in tho Pension
Office recently was Mr. Levi Nagle, ono of
five brothers who served tho country during
the Mexican and the late civil war. Tho
Grand Army of 'tho Bepublic, of which Mr.
Naglo is a prominent member, requested his
appointment and it was made.
Tho Union Veterans, at their meeting this
week, elected a number of honorary members,
who will effect a permanent organization soon.
A letter was received from Col. Charles J.
Anderson, First Virginia volunteers, extending
a hearty welcome to tho veterans on their pro
posed visit to Richmond, October 7th.
On Tuesday evening of last week, at Trenton,
Bayard Post, No. S, G. A. It., accompanied by tho
Trenton band, visited Aarou Wilkes Tost, No.
23, and presented to Past Commander Richard
A. Donnelly a set of handsomely engrossed
and framed resolutions, in recognition of past
favors and kindness. The presentation was
made by Captain Austin.
Tho Thirteenth Annual Reunion of tho Inde
pendent battalion Massachusetts Cavalry Asso
ciation was lately held at the Bevero House,
Boston. General Kimball was elected presi
dent of tho association, and Colonel Gibbs was
appointed to make arrangements for 1SS3. Af
ter tho meeting the boys adjourned to tho ban
quet hall and fought their battles o'er.
Tho surviving members of tho Fourteenth
New Jersey volunteers held a Beunion at
Jamesburg, New Jersey, last week, and elected
General William D. Trucx president, Colonel
John C. Patterson secretary, and Major F. L.
Buckalew treasurer of tho association. Among
tho features of tho parade was Major Peter
Vredenburgh's mare, that he rode when ho was
killed in September, 1SG4. Tho next meeting
will bo held at Rahway.
At Pontiac, III., a short time ago, there was
a grand Camp-fire of ex-soldiers at Capt. If. B.
Reed's. Tho slaughter of edibles was immense
and tho remains covered tho field as an evi
dence of tho vigor of the attack. After a truco
was declared speech-making in a happy vein
was tho order, and the Captain. Mayor Johnson,
Judge Wallace and others delighted the crowd,
who sang interludes of camp songs, dispersing
with "When .lohuny Comes Marching Home."
The Beunion of tho Association of tho
Twenty-eighth, Ono Hundred and Forty
seventh and Knap's Battery, and Ninth
meeting of the Ono Hundred and Thirty
first Pennsylvania Volunteers, took place
at Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, September 13.
After a grand parade tho Association assembled
for tho Camp-fire, which was thoroughly en
joyed by all. In tho evening they had another
parade, assisted by tho fire department and
illuminated by fireworks, Chinese lanterns, &c.
A beautiful banner of white and red satin
and silk was presented by tho ladies of Camp
Capitola, San Jose, California, to John A. Dix
Post, No. 42, Department of California, on the
Gth inst., at tho spacious grounds and hand
some residenco of Mrs. T. O. Smith. After
felicitous remarlcs by Mrs. T. O. Smith, in pre
senting tho flag, and a happy reply by Post
Commander Tabor on behalf of tho Post, the
veterans and their fair entertainers spout tho
evening pleasantly in various entertainments.
At the last meeting of A. E. Burnside Post,
No. 109, of South Chicago, Illinois, the follow
ing new members wero mustered: J. W.
Squiers, lato first lieutenant company A, 131th
Pennsylvania volunteers ; Fenton Tinsloy, lato
musician company A, 97th New York volun
teers; Asa P. Beach, late private company B,
77th battalion Ohio volunteers; Henry Bach
man, late privato company G, 12th Indiana
cavalry: Theodore F. Wells, late privato com-
pany H, loth West Virginia volunteers; Ly
man A. White, lato captain Bridgo's battery
light artillory, Chicago, Illinois.
Fifty survivors of tho Fortieth Now York
volunteers, better known as tho Mozart regi
ment, held their first Beunion sinco tho war at
Two hundred votorans of this regiment, which
numbered 1,000 men. on tho l-ith of Juno, 1861,
when it started for the scat of war, are now
alive. Tho following wero elected officers of
tho association: Chairman. M. M. Cannon;..
Vice-president, Major A. W. Keenc, of Massa
chusetss; Secretary, G. A.Schurmann; Treas
urer, John Unger. Chairman Cannon ap
pointed W. H. Wharton, Edward Brown, E. A.
Marshall, Josoph Murphy, and G. A. Schur
mann members of tho executive committee.
Tho veterans indulged in speech -making,
songs, and beer, until a lato hour. They will
meet hereafter onco a year.
GRAND ARMY ORDERS.
Commander-in-Chief Yandenroort's latest Com
mands to his Comrades.
Headq'rs Grand Army of the Bepublic.
Union Block, Cor. Fifteenth and Farnam bts.
Omaha, Net:., Sept. 11, lbw
Circular. 1. Tho Commander-in-Chief desires to have
each officer elected by the National Encamp
ment, and appointed by him, do tho work that
is expected of thom in return for the recogni
tion given them. In order to accomplish this
result, he deems it necessary to divide the sev
eral Departments intodistricts,and assign thorn
to their charge, thus giving each a proporly
defincd field of duty.
2. District No. 1 will be composed of Mary
land, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and
Potomac ; W. E. W. Ross, Sen. Vico Commander-in-Chief,
of Baltimore, will bo in charge
3. District No. 2 will be composed of the N cw
England Departments and Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief,
I. S. Bangs, of Watcrville,
Maine, will be in charge.
4. District No. 3 will comprise New York and.
New Jersey: I. M. Foster, Chaplain-in-Chief,
Waterloo, New York, will be in charge.
5. District No. 4, Pennsylvania ; John Tay
lor, Quartermaster-General, 213 Walnut street,
Philadelphia, Pa., in charge.
0. District No. 5, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky,
Tennessee; J. B. Carnahan, Judge Advocate
General, Indianapolis, Indiana, in charge.
7. District No. 0, Illinois, Michigan, Wiscon
sin ; J. W. Hurst, Inspector-General, Sycamore,
Ills., in charge.
3. District No. 7, Iowa, Minnesota, and Mis
souri; J. C. Bonnell, Assistant Adjutant-General,
Lincoln, Neb., in charge.
9. District No. 8, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas,
the Territories and Pacific Departments; F. E.
Brown, Omaha, Neb., Adjutant-General in
10. District No. 9, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia,
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama ; Comrado
Chas. Thiele, Aid-de-Cainp, New Orleans, Lou
isiana, in charge.
11. The members of the Council of Adminis
tration are expected to do eminent service in
their respective Departments.
The Commander-in-Chief will visit each De
partment, if iu his power, and requests Depart
ment Commanders to give him early notice of
Encampments, Iteunions, and Grand Army
Days, so ho can make proper arrangements to
Aid-dc-Camps will visit Posts, attend Re
unions, Camp-fires, and report for duty in full
uniform when national officers visit their De
partments, and thus show, that though the
work performed in the past gave them the
honor, yet it is necessary to do a greater work
during their term of office, in order to demon
strate that tho position was properly bestowed.
12. Assistant Inspector-Generals will thor
oughly perform their duties as laid down in
rules and regulations.
All the above-named officers, except Inspect
ors, will mako monthly reports of work per
formed to Commander-in-Chief.
13. Department Commanders will urge the
elective and appointed officers of their Depart
ments to do great service for the Order. Lot
us all march forward. We nnmber over one
hundred thousand comrades. Let each mem
ber enlist one recruit. In. tho name of Frater
nity, Ciiarity, and Loyalty, let each seek to
enroll worthy comrades in our ranks, so that
we may all wear the same badge over hearts
devoted to tho principles of our order.
By command of
Co nr r-in-Ohicf.
F. E. Brown, Adjutant-General.
Headquarters Dept. of California,
Grand Army of the Republics
222 Sansorae st., San Francisco, Sept. 9, 1S32.
General Orders, No. 9.
I. The first semi-annual Encampment of thi3
Department assembled at Santa Cruz, Cal., on
August 12, 1532. An informal session was held
at headquarters of W. H. L. Wallace Post, No.
32, but owing to the small number of Posts
represented by regular delegates it was decided
that no business should be transacted except
such as could bo participated in by all com
rades present. A partial report was presented
by the assistant adjutant-general, showing that
during tho first six months the Department
had mustered 10 Posts aud 600 new recruits.
This ovidenco of good work is exceedingly
gratifying and encourages tho comrades to con
tinue the work and do all in their power to in
crease the number of Posts as well as the nieni
bership. II. In accordance with the expressed desire
of the majority of the comrades present at tho
informal session the comrades hereinafter
named aro hereby appointed to constituto a
temporary "Board oflieUef" who?e duty it shall
be to disburse any funds that may be set apart
as a General Relief Fund, to bo used to pay the ex
pense of burial of any deceased soldier or sailor
( not members of the G. A. R.) who have neither
friends nor money to pay necessary expenses,
and provided that no expense shall be assumed
for an amount in excess of the funds on hand
at the time. This temporary board wilt con
sider tho best system under which a permanent
Board of Relief may bo organized, aud report a
plan to the Sixteenth Annual Encampment of
this Department. Tho question of authority
of the informal session to provide for any ex
penditure of money having been raised, it is
hereby ordered that this committee will dis
burse money (if any is used) only by an order
ou the assistant quartermaster-general, signed
bv the chairman of the committee, and coun
tersigned by tho assistant adjutant-general of
The committee will be as follows: J, M.
Davis, S. X. D. C, chairman; A. T. Eggleston,
of Geo. II. Thomas Post, No. 2; S. F. Daniels,
of Lvon Post, No. 3; II. T. Hobbert, of Lincoln
Post No. 1 ; C. W. Breyfogle, of John A. Dix:
Post, No. 42.
III. The earnest attention of Post Command
ers i called to the urgent necessity of making
reports more promptly at tno cioao yi uio
quarter. Two Posts are still delinquent for
the second quarter. For this delay there is no
excuse. Adjutants of Posts :iro aware that re
ports will be required at the close of the quar
ter, and should have the blanks so filled trom
time to time that tho work of completing the
report can bo done in a short time. It is
especial I v important that reports should bo
promptlv forwarded for this (third) quarter, as
upon the strength of Posts as reported Septem
ber 30th is based the representation to tho
Annual Encampment. Pot Commanders aro
urged to mako extra eflbrt to prevent any re
port of suspended members in this quarter, to
the end that everv comrado may have repre
sentation. The hard work performed by com
rades in gaiuing recruits during the entiro
quarter mav bo lost in the number ot sus
pended members reported. Blanks for reports
have been sent to Post Commanders, and must
bo forwarded to A. A. G. as soon as October
10th. Posts delinquent for seeoud quarter aro
as follows: Kilpatrick Post, No. 3a; Nyo Post,
IV. Thero remains yet four months in whicli
good work may bo done for the good of the
Order. It is expected that Post No. 4G will be
mustered in this city Soptember 13th. There
aro many points where Posts may bo organized
and Assistant Inspectors and A. D. C. am per
form their duty in no better way than by
making their utmost endeavors to add to tho
list. Tho following aro names of a few places
whero thero are a sufficient number of veterans
to organ izo a Post: Woodland, Cal. ; Visalia,
Cal.; Bodie, Cal.; Nevada City, Cal.; Areata,
Cal.; Eureka, Cal.; Santa Barbara, Cal. ; Pres
cott, Ariz.; Lompoc, Cal.; Solum, Cal.; Wil
lows, Cal.; Gilroy.Cal.; Salinas, Cal. ; Antioch,
Cal. ; Reno, Nov.
V. Tho following additional appointments
on the staff of tho Department Commander aro
hereby announced to bo Assistant Inspectors:
Pmnrnflrt TTnrt- C. Dihblo. of Burnside Post,
No. 30; Comrado Horace H. Foote, of lhil.
Sheridan Post, No. 7; Comrade S. W. Collins,
of Gov. Morton Post. No. 41.
By commaud of
W. A. Robinson,
Geo. M. McCarty,
Aast. Adjt. General,