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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1882.
GRAND ARMY AFFAIRS.
Boston's "Mother Post" and the
Good Work It Has Accomplished.
THE DEPARTMENT ORDERS.
Our Haversack Again Opened
for Our Hungry Comrades.
Bpeclfti Correspondence National Tribune.
Boston, Mass., Oct. 9. As I told yon in my
last, there are fourteen Posts of the G. A. It.
in Suffolk county thirteen of them in Boston.
I shall give you an account of one of them each
week, commencing with the largest one in Bos
ton. John A. Andrew Post 15, was chartered
August Gth, 1SG7, and, like nearly all the Posts
here, filled up with a rush, numbering at one
time over a thousand men, and turning out
on Memorial Day eleven companies, of over
sixty men in a company. Many of tho com
rades lived in the surrounding towns and cities.
They found it inconvenient to attend tho
meetings, and those living in each of tho
towns naturally formed the nucleus of a Post
for that town. Thus Post 15 becanio the
mother of many Posts so much so that you
can hardly go into any Post hero without find
ing many comrades who were once members of
old Post 15. Many things could bo done with
a membership of over a thousand that were
impracticable with one of less than a hundred.
Post 15 leacd quarters for a thousand; but by
tho formation of these new Posts the member
ship gradually diminished to less than a hun
dred, and, almost before tho comrades knew it,
the Post was over six thousand dollars in debt.
The men who stood by the old Post were not
the men to repudiato an obligation, and with
out appealing to anyono outside of tho Post,
they raised tho money and paid every obliga
tion one hundred cents on the dollar and
relinquishing tho old quarters, established
the Post in more humble quarters and set to
work to build up tho Post. Some six years
ago when the debt was paid they mustered less
than a hundred. To-day the Post musters over
2S0 comrades and is growing fast, and is cer
tainly one of tho most active and enterprising
Posts in this or any other Department. No
"worthy applicant for relief ever went from its
door empty handed. In every work for tho
benefit of the men of tho war and tho families
of the dead tho Post has ever been foremost.
In the demand for the increase of tho clerical
force in the Pension Bureau and tho Adjutant
General's Office to bring about a more speedy
settlement of tho pension claims, Post 15
passed resolutions requesting tho President to
recommend to Congress an appropriation for
that purpose, and sent a copy of same to each
Post in this Department, requesting tho pas
sago of similar resolutions. Nearly every
Post passed tho resolutions and sent them to
Post 15. The Post then sent a comrado to Wash
ington to lay them before tho President, and to
interview the Pension Committee of each
House and urge the passage of some legisla
tion to put an end to tho almost dead lock in
the granting of pension claims. This Post
asked tho Department to send a delegation to
Washington for tho samo purpose, which re
quest tho Department answered by sending
four comrades. Tho labors of this delega
tion doubtless contributed largely towards tho
placing of a soldier at the head of tho Pension
Bureau, and to a large increase in the clerical
force in both tho Pension and Adjutant Gen
Tho Suffolk County Association (tho proposi
tion to form which came from this Post) was
asked to appoint a pension committee to obtain
a list of all pension claims of tho comrades of
the Posts of tho association, and through repre
sentations to the Pension Commissioner, and by
application to Congress, if necessary, and by
what assistance could bo obtained from indi
vidual Congressman, urge tho granting of all
To get tho claims of two of her own comrades
allowed tho Post sent her Senior Vice Com
mander, Eleazor B. Loring, to Washington to
push them. Both claims were allowed, tho two
comrades returning to tho Post tho money ap
propriated to pay the expenses of Comrade Lor
ing to Washington.
Post 15 has now appointed a committee to
take into consideration the obtaining of land
warrants for all the men of tho war and to rec
ommend to tho Post what action the Post
Ehould to take to bring that result about. Ev
ery Post in the country ought to appoint a
Post 15 has instructed her adjutant that
when a comrado reports himself out of employ
ment to at once issue a circular to every com
rade in the Post stating what kind of employ
ment is wanted, feeling confident that two
hundred and eighty men can soon find a place
for any comrade, and so they -do.
Tho Post endeavors in every way to benefit
the individual comrade, believing that tho
strength of the individual comrades is tho
Btrtngth of tho Post.
They have a largo and valuable military
library of books of the war, and aro adding to it
as new books come out, are endeavoring to
make it one of the most complete libraries on
the war in the country.
Meetings of tho Post are held on every Fri
day evening throughout tho year, tho third
Friday of each month being devoted to enter
tainments of some kind.
The meetings arc always lively and entertain
ing, being rarely concluded before eleven o'clock
and often prolonged a full half hour after. Tho
Post has among its members many good speak
ers, and it has for years been the policy of tho
Post to encourage members to participate in its
Get a comrade onco on his feet and he will
soon learn to talk and thereby contribute to
the interest of the meetings. A dozen such,
and your meetings at once become interesting
to all and your attendance increases, at least
so it has proved with this Post.
There are always advocates of both sides of
every question in Post 15, and a hard struggle
before the motion passes, but onco it passes op
position ceases aud all hands stand loyally by
At the lato fair in aid of the Soldiers' Home,
of Massachusetts, this Post had a table and
turned in over sixteen hundred dollars for tho
Yeek during which tho fair was run.
They have now appointed a committee to ar
range for and run a table in the fair to be held
this fall under tho auspices of tho Suffolk
county G. A. R. Association for tho purpose of
raising the charity funds of all tho Posts of tho
This Post was named John A. Andrew for
the war governor of Massachusetts. The present
officers aro: Commander, Ilichard F. Lyman, of
tho Twenty-second Massachusetts infantry ; S.
V. C, Elanzor B. Loring, of tho Second Maine in
fantry; J. V. C, Dennis Linehan, of tho Twenty-eighth
Massachusetts infantry; O.D., Emory
Cleaver; 0. G., Itufus King, of tho Twenty-third
fclassachusetts infantry; Surgeon, Taylor,
of tho Thirty-eighth Massachusetts infantry;
Chaplain, Eichard Middleton; Adjutant, Chas.
SLileaoB, of th First Ehode Island cavalry;
S. M., Edward Story ; Q. M., Jno. Henry Brown ;
Q. M. Serg't, Robert Storer.
A volume might ho written about this Post
and its good deeds, but as I must stop some
where I will do so by saying that the work of
the Post is well done, aud the best of order is
maintained in the meetings.
The Post is uniformed in doublo-breasted
blue blouses, fatigue caps, white gloves, white
belts, and dark pants. At every meeting of tho
Post all ofliccrs are required to appear in full
Tho 0. A. K. Mectinir at Taunton.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Px.aixvii.le, Mass., Oct. 4. To-day was
held at Taunton, Mass., tho annual meeting of
the Bristol County Association of Massachusetts
G. A. It., at which the following officers wero
chosen for the ensuing year: Commander, E. S.
Horton, of Post No. 115, Attlcboro ; S. V. C, A. B.
Hodges, of Post No. 3, Taunton; J. V. C, Wm.
31. Wade, of Post No. 133, Plainville; Q. M.,
J. 31. Abbott, of Post No. -16, Fall River; Sur
geon, A. M. Jackson, of 3st No.-IG, Fall River;
Chaplain, John F. Tierney, of Post No. -16; O.
D., 3D. C. Norris, of Ist No. 3, Taunton; O. G.,
C. 3T. Harrison, of Post No. 11G, New 33edford.
The convention met with Isaac Dean Paull Post
No. 55, of Taunton, and six losts wero repre
sented by 35 comrades. The noxt meeting will
bo held the first Wednesday in January, 1S33,
with Win. A. Strecter Post No. 1-15, of Attlcboro,
Mass., where a good time may be expected.
Yours, in F., C. and L., " 133."
Onr TTeetlj Hudgct of Nous from tho Depart
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
New York, Oct. 9. Congressman
Smith, of Brooklyn, rendered such
guished services to tho soldier during tho last
session of Congress that the leading Post of his
nativo city last week issued tho following in
Headq'rs Rankin Post, No. 10, G. A. R.,
Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. -1th, 1SS2.
Dear Comrade: You aro cordially invited
to participate with us in the presentation of a
set of engrossed resolutions to tho Hon. J.
Hyatt Smith, at his residence, No. 7:26 DcKalb
avenue, on Saturday evening, tho 7th iust., in
recognition of tho services rendered by him to
tho soldier. Trusting to receive your accept
ance of tho invitation,
I am, truly yours,
Jonx H. Walker,
Of conrse, when tho hour camo tho residonco
of the Rev. Congressman for you aro awaro ho
is a minister was thronged by his nnmorous
friends, among whom wero somo of tho most
distinguished men in tho city of Brooklyn.
Rankin Post, No. 10, under tho command of
Comrado John H. Walker, camo marching up
DeKalb avenue with baud playing and banners
flying. Following tho Post wero numerous
comrades of other Brooklyn and Now York city
Posts more, in fact, than could bo admitted to
tho house. The presentation speech was mado
by Commander Walker, aud happily responded
to by Mr. Smith, after which, of course, the
evening was passed in r. social manner. Tho
principal work effected by Mr. Smith, while in
Congress, was the acquisition of moro ground
for tho National Cemetery at Cypress Hill.
Over 4,500 soldiers aro now buried there, and
at tho last semi-annual Encampment, held at
Saratoga, tho fact of want of space for moro
graves was first alluded to, since which timo
additional ground has been obtained through
tho persistent efforts of this Brooklyn Congress
man. Tho cemetery is kept in excellent con
dition, and hardly a week passes but another
veteran is there laid at rest with his comrades.
A controversy, which has excited great in
terest in Grand Army circles, has enlisted con
siderable sympathy among thoso merchants
who aro soldiers' friends. It appears that a
poor and honest comrade of James Shields Post,
No. 69, has kept for a long timo a newspaper
stand at tho entrance to tho Park Place clo
vated railroad station. Tho comrado is proud
of the Order to which ho belongs and always
displays his badge conspicuously. Numerous
passengers, and, of course, all comrades, go out
of their way to purchase papers from him.
This fact nettled the Manhattan News Com
pany, which has the monopoly of selling papers
along tho stations. They, therefore, com
plained to tho Commissioner charged with re
moving encumbrances that tho box upon which
tho comrado displayed his papers was a street
nuisance. Tho result was that tho poor fellow
had to move his box and papers. When tho
merchants of Park Placo heard of this outrage,
several of them at onco granted the comrade
the right to sell papers from in front of their
warehouses; but he saw that in order to keep
his customers ho must bo at tho entranco of
tho station. Tlicro he, his wife, his children,
now all stand, papers in arm, selling as mani
as they can carry; but tho box is gono. It
will not bo long, however, before tho enterpris
ing comrade will havo a larger placo than his
old box to display his newspapers.
Tho Reunion of tho veterans of the
Second Fire Zouaves of New York was
ouo of tho most notable gatherings of
tho kind that have taken place in New
York for somo time. Many prominent men
testified their interest in tho occasion by being
present in Pythagoras Hall, which was elabor
ately festooned with flags, conspicuous among
which were tho battered batllo-fiags of tho
gallant Zouaves. While tho festivities wero
progressing at a rapid rate, General Henry E.
Treniaino was brought to tho platform, and ho
mado a rousing patriotic speech, which fired
the enthusiasm not only of tho numerous com
rades present, hut also of their ladies. Other
speeches of interest wero mado by prominent
civilians and soldiers, and tho festivities, en
livened by the active co-operation of Alderman
Mathcw Stewart, who is an old comrade of tho
organization, wero kept up to a very lato or
rather early hour of tho next morning.
On Friday evening of this week takes placo
the meeting called by Grand Army comrades to
initiate proceedings which will prevent the dis
crimination against veterans and G. A. R. com
rades in tho public service. A largo number of
Posts and veteran associations, not only in this
city and State, but in other States, havolsent in
their adherence to the movement, which prom
ises to take in a far wider scopo than was orig
inally intended. Tho soldier's right to be
heard will be established without mistake, and
the echo of tho meeting will bo heard through
out the land. A full report of the proceedings
will be sent in this correspondence for tho next
issue of The Tribune, and you may safely
announce to your numerous readers that tho
ball thus fired for tho first timo in tho metrop
olis will find ample circumferenco in tho col
umns of Tin: National Tribune.
The Department of New York is reaching its
No. 300 quicker even than your sanguine cor
respondent anticipated. In my last letter I
announced the organization of Post 291. Sinco
that time, even, two moro G. A. R. Posts havo
been organized, namely, Post 295, at Sherman,
Chatauqua county, and No.29G,at Canascraga,
Alleghany county; and, as tho assistant adju
tant general informs me, tho cry is, "Still
they come." Of course Department Com
mander Eraser has reason to bo proud of his
administration, the record of new Posts organ
ized fcinco January last being unprecedented
oven in the annals of this active Department.
It is generally believed that New York will
be well represented at tho Grand Army Day in
Philadelphia on tho 27th instant. This even
ing the memorial committee, composed of del
egates from all tho Posts In Now York city,
now numbering thirty, will moot at tho N. S.
Pension Office, and it is expected that somo
action will bo taken in regard to tho event.
The feeling seems to be in favor of volunteers
from various Posts consolidating into one com
mand, so as to comply with tho desires of De
partment Commander Vandcrslice, rather than
for several Posts to havo separate bodies of
comrades in lino.
Brooklyn having noticed the advantage ob
tained by tho organization of a central body
such as is represented by tho memorial com
mittee of Now York city, is actively at work
in forming an association of similar States, and
it is quite likely that boforo noxt Decoration
Day tho Posts of our sister city will march
under tho same rules and regulations now gov
erning tho Posts of tho metropolis. Com
mander Walker, of Rankiu Post No. 10, is
most activo in perfecting this desired result.
Pen and Sword.
A Kctt Tost at Hoosiek Falls.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Hoosick Falls, N. Y., Oct. 7. Senior Yico
Department Commander Robert 3vcith, Past
Commander Joseph 3'Zgolf, and others of Post
Willard, of Troy, and Comrade John Daley of
Low Wallace Post, Albany, visited this placo
Thursday evening, tho 5th, and mustered in
Wood 1'ost, No. 291, with thirty-one members.
After tho organization, tho Mustering Officor,
Commander Iveitli, highly complimented tho
fine appearance of tho members, and said they
furnished tho assurance of a more successful
Post than any ho had yet established. There
wero also present eight members of other Posts
who had to defer joining until a futuro meeting,
owing to thr Mini ted time to obtain their trans
fers. Thcro are many moro vets, ready to
como in as soon as they can bo received. Tho
officers aro: Commander, M. V. B. Peters; S. V.
C, Lawrence E. Buckley: J. V. C, William A.
3Iay ; Q'm'r, Gcorgo A. Willis ; O. D., Georgo
Cain; O. G., Charles II. Bycrs; Surg., D. J.
Humphrey; Chaplain, Georgo H. Northrup;
Adjt., Lyman C. Wilder. Our visiting com
rades were well provided for, and expressed
themselves as well pleased with their trip
They returned to Troy the same ovening.
Yours, in F., C. and L.,
A Now Post in New York.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Harford Mills, N. Y., September 26. On
the 2d of this month Comrado E. B. Black,
of lSldridgo Post, No. 199, of Whitney's Point,
N. Y., with a detail of nineteen comrades, camo
over here and mustered in fourteen charter
members of Darius Ellis Post, No. 2SS, G.A.R.,
Department of N. Y., with tho following offi
cers: Commander, Wallace It. Norwood; S. V.
C, Frank Brcarly; J. V. C, Wm. Boicc; Chap
lain, Charles C. Burlingame; O. D., W. W. Par
ker; O. G., Henry Tarbox; Adjutant, Garrit
C. Smith ; O. S. G., Lewis Rood ; J. S. G., Job
Kells; Q. M., Jas. M. Kclls.
Wo now havo sixteen members with two
moro applications in and moro to. follow. Wo
arc getting into working shapo as fast as wo
can, having rented a room for ono year.
Yours, in F., C, and L;,
UP IN PENNSYLVANIA.
Commander Tandcrslice Meets the Posts of Centre
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 3. A special meeting
of all the Posts of Centre county, to meet tho De
partment Commander, John M. Yanderslice,
and Assistant Adjutant General, Thomas J.
Stowart, of this Department, met hore this
Post J. W. Geary, 90; L. Haven Post. 120;
Post 2G3, Unionvillo; Post 252, Centro Hall;
MiIcsburgPost,2Gl; Pinegrovc Post, 272; Snow
Shoo Post, 273; and Lcmart I'ost, 179, wero
represented at tho meeting by their Post Com
manders and others of the G. A. It.
After tho closing ceremonies, Gregg Post
held a " Camp-firo," tho Department Com
mander joining tho "mess." There was ma
terial present in tho Grand Army's guests that
kept tho fire ablazo till midnight. Of thoso
present outsido of tho Order wero ex-Governor
A. G. Curtin, Hon. A. O. Furst, Col. D. II.
Hastings, of tho Fifth Regiment, National
Guard of Pennsylvania, and the ready speech
maker, J. L. Spangler, Andrew Broekcrhoff,
Aaron Goldsmith, George iiiton, William J.
Curtin, William Flcmmiiig, and C. J.McMillcn,
who lent his timo and taste to arrange tho
bunting in tho Post room.
In the interim of tho two meetings tho regu
lar or ritualistic and tho commencement of
tho "Camp-fire" proper Comrado D. S. Keller
mado a graceful address, congratulating tho
Grand Army that the Department officers do
not merely fill the offices, but visit without
the Department, rehearsing the work of tho
Post room. Ho thanked tho Assistant Adju
tant General for his exemplification of tiio
work of tho Ordor, and tho Department Com
mander for his beautiful precepts of our Order,
which socm moro fitting when they fall from
lips accustomed to command.
Comrade Whitney, tho Chaplain of Post No.
90, was next called upon. Liko tho spoiled
boy, ho said he was hero because ho "wanted
to be here."
Commandor John W. Bogert, from tho Snow
Shoe Post, 2S7, said being from tho Navy, ho
could scarcely ho expected to make a speech,
as you all know tho Navy does not produco
speech-makers. "Our Post at Snow
Shoo is only six weeks old, and it has fifty
members, and moro to muster in. Wo havo no
debt and a good fund to work on." Is it not
very well for six weeks?
Department Commander John M. Vandcr
slice "graced" the occasion with a pleasing,
eloquent and rhetorical address before the rich
dishes were brought on. Ho said ho regretted
his family duties prevented him from visiting,
as ho ardently desired, all tho Posts in his De
partment. He then went into a detailed state
ment of tho very flourishing growth and condi
tion of tho Grand Army, not only in this State,
but throughout the Union. Ho praised tho good
influences of Camp-fires, and advised a more
frequent use of this means of promoting fra
ternal feelings, no concluded with a beautiful
peroration on the blessings to all old soldiers
in the fellowship of tho G. A. It.
Tho "old Avar governor," A. G. Cm tin, do
lighted the boys with a humorous scolding.
Assistant Adjutant General Stewart, having
transferred himself to the commissary depart
ment, convulsed the assembly at the rich least
with his wonderiul mimicries.
An experience meeting then took place, and
tho Commanders present each responded to his
namo and Post witli a speech that would do
honor to a State dinner at the White House.
Comrade Jas. Shoop, Commander of tho new
Post at Centro 3Iall, Charlie Smith of Pino
Grove, then another Smith (A. V., 1 think) Van
Value, whose namo begins the same, all wanted
their beloved Commander and his " show " to
como to their Posts, unmindful of statements
of his family waiting anxiously for his reap
pearance at home.
Col. D. H. Hastings's expose of the Post mus-tcr-in
ceremony caused lots of fun. 3Ie aston
ished tho comrades by his knowledge, and
Comrade John Walters looked as if ye militia
colonel Avould go out the window into Humo's
Block awninj;. Tho Post was just a littlo scared,
and may be it had been talking too much. It's
ah easy matter for such ablo lawyers to put
evidence together. The Colonel had seen but
ono war. That was tho Pittsburg war, and
there ho hadwon his colonelcy according to
A. O. Forafc, -who cam acxt, and mado tho
Camp-fire jollier with his really graphic de
scription of scenes and incidents in tho emer
gency service, which had altogether a personal
Jackson Spangler explained how great vic
tories may be won by pacificatory methods,
when it is impossible to do anything else under
tho circumstances ; how that i t was best always
to surrender rather than light. Then grace
fully, as if to render fun into earnest, ho dis
claimed any lack r faith in the Grand Army
and its principles, and henceforth ho declared,
in eloquent speech, that he would never dis
suade any man from joining its ranks.
The adjutant-general could not sit after what
he had hoard. Ho found occasion to give a very
learned dissertation on the object and princi
ples of tho G. A. It., recited one of Bret Hart's
best, then "Tho Naming of the Boy," if possi
ble, Iiis best.
Comrado Curtin, aid-de-camp to the Commander-in-Chief,
thanked the Departmrnt offi
cers present in the name of our Commander, as
well as tho visiting comrades from neighboring
Posts, of which thcro were enough to make it
tho most brilliant Camp-fire Gregg Post has
Comrado Whiting pronounced tho benedic
tion and tho " Camp-fire " was put out.
In F., C, and L.,
A BOOM IN INDIANA.
The Department Musters 10.". Postfl, and Still In-
Special Corrcsponricnco National Tribune.
Winamac, Ind., Oct. -1. Grand Army affairs
and military matters in this Department aro
booming. Tho work goes bravely on in tho in
crease of Postsand tho gathering in of tho " boys "
under thostarry banners of tho " Grand Army of
the Republic." When I wrote you last tho num
ber of now Posts mustered had increased to 93 ;
now there has been a jump to No. 105, at Roches
ter, Ind., which was mustered a fortnight ago by
Commander Trout, of Denver, Ind., and tho
comrades of this "Boss Posl," who have already
organized two others, aro getting up another
at Rowan, Ind.
Pot visitation being a specialty of mine, nnd
the military a "hobby," lam constantly among
the "boys." It lias been a great pleasure for
mo to visit tho distinguished Winamac Post,
No. 47, in this Department. This Post (named
after a chief of the Pottowattomic tribe of In
dians) was organized in January, 1SS1, by the
"great organizer," General J. R. Carnahan,
Adjutant Gcueral Stato of Indiana and Depart
ment Commander, who found 17 Vets, at roll-
call as charter members. Now there aro
50 Boys in Blue. Among their officers aro
Commander Edward R. Brown, lato of Co.
C, Twenty-seventh Indiana, and S. V. C.
John F. Yarnall, lato of Co. A, Fifty-third
Illinois; other officers aro J. V. C, N. R. Ben
nett; A. J., J. N. Brown ; Q. M., W. W. Agncw;
Surg., H. E. Patterson; Chaplain, J. E. Iveiser;
O. 3)., T. B. Hodge; O. G., J. James; Q. M. S..
P. Parrott. They meet semi-monthly, and are
getting along finely. Among other features of
tho place is a fine military company, 50 strong,
and hardy young men accustomed to tho use of
fire-arms "from early youth." They aro all
"good shots." John F. Yarnall is captain, A.
Ivcycs first lieutenant, aud W. B. Taylor second
Another company recently organized and
mustered by General Carnahan, named Carna
han Guards, raised by Captain Moses M. Gardon,
Commandor of tho II. S. Tuno Post, 7G, is
composed of tho same material, including a few
" Vets." This company bids fair to bo a rival
of '?ho " Winamacs." Both took part in tho
Reunion held at Itensselaer, Ind., on tJio 27th,
25th and 29th ult., under tho auspices of Mc
Phcrson Post, No. 84, . epailmcnt of Indiana,
John J. Waterbury, acting commander. Gen.
Phil. Sheridan and staff camo from Leaven
worth, Kan., remained two hours, and shook
hands with tho "boys." Post No. 3, of Lafayette,
accompanied him. Comrade E. R. Brown, of
the Winamac Post, is president of tho associa
tion, comprising tho veterans of five counties,
meeting annually. Going from Winamac, I
met somo of tho comrades of Post 1-1 at Logans
port. Post No. 19, at New Waverlcy, ono of
the oldest in tho Department, and most novel
Posts anywhere, organized Ajigust 2i, la?0,
numbering fifty strong, havo built a littlo
barracks thirty-thrco by twenty, and own
thoir G. A. R. hull. P. C. D. J. Forgy, lato
Co. B, Forty-sixth Indiana, donated the ground,
logs for lumber, etc.; tho money was raised by
subscriptions; D. C. Jennings, lato of Co. 3v.
Forty-sixth Indiana, and Surgeon L. L. Quick,
Sixteenth Indiana battery this trio aro tho
strong pillars of tho Post. Their hall in tho
interior is a thing of beauty a perfect gem in
appointments, beautifully and systematica, ly
arranged in truo soldierly style. They havo
a fine stand of arms, and a pretty stand of
colors. Abovo them, at Peru, Indiana, is tho
already noted W. B. Reyburn Post, No. 5G,
which aro making their mark as a live
and progressive Post, from tho fact that
they rank now about fifth in numbers, havo
117 enrolled, aud mustered seventeen ro
cruits moro on tho evening of tho 3d
inst. They havo abundant material, as no
less than twenty-two different companies wero
raised iif this town of 7,000 inhabitants during
tho war. A prominent lot of soldiers still
survive: Captain Ira B. Myers lato Co. 1,
Ninety-ninth Indiana, now tho postmaster,
and a prominent citicn, is tho father of tho
Post and its adjutant. Lewis B. Fulwiler,
editor of tho Peru Sentinel, lato Co. A, Twen
tieth Indiana, who lost a leg in the Seven
Days fight before Richmond, tho Commander.
Captain Wm. Wallack, lato lufty-first Ind., to
whom was enti listed tho work of-digging tho
tunnel in 3jibby Prison, whereby Colonel
A. D. Streight and over 100 Union officers
escaped, is the Senior Vice. Welconio Rice,
Major Forty-eighth Ind., J. V.; Q. M., W. W.
Lockwood; Chaplain, Rev. B. F. Cavins; Sur.,
S. S. Marsh; O. D., Jno. F. Ream; O. G., W. F.
Daly; S. M., W. 31. 31. Spaulding. Comrado
Tom Iteam, lato of tho Phil. Sheridan Post,
No. 7, losAiig'.dos, Department of California,
and a worker for tho Ordor, has been quito a
help to them, acting Officer of tho Day fre
quently. They aro all doing finely in a grand
work for a good cause Expecting to visit
other Posts, 1 will report progress for The Trib
une, which seems to be tho favorito soldier
paper. A number ask for it. It will becomo
the loader in G. A. It. affairs in this section.
Yours, in F., C. and L.,
Co. JL, 13th Ind.
A Xeir Post In Wrniont.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Lincoln, Vt., Sept. 30. Yesterday, tho Mus
tering Ofliecr, Charles 12. Parker, of tho Ver
gennes Post, assisted by Mr. Pierco of tho
samo Post, organized Garfield Post, No. G2.
With twenty members, it starts out very prom
isingly for a Green Mountain town. Tho offi
cers installed are as follows: Post Commander,
Z. Elliott; S. V. C, S. E. Hodgo; J. V. C, Geo.
Smith; Surg., A. J. Cushmaii ; Chaplain, Lewis
Baker; Q'in., J. S. Moody; O. D., L. J. Dow;
O. G., O. Barnard ; Ad j't, William C.W. Elliott;
S. M., A. J. Elliott ; Q. M. S., 32. James.
A New Michigan Post.
Special Correspondence National Tribuno.
Dundee, Mich., Sept. 23. A now Post of tho
G. A. R. has been mustered at Monroe, Monroe
county, Michigan, to be known as Joseph R.
Smith Post, No. 76. Tho following officers
wero installed by 0. A. Janes, J. V. Depart
ment Commander, of Hillsdale, Michigan, as-
sisted by tho officers of Wm. Bell Post, Dundee,
Michigan, No. 10, on Tuesday evening, tho 12th
ult.: Commander, Silvanus W. Curtis ; S. V. C,
Constant Luce ; J. V. C, Edgar Webb ; Surg.,
Job Eaton; Q'm'r, Theodore Kirchmcier; Chap
lain, J. R. Groosnor; O. D., Fred. Nims; O. G.,
Wm. Ross ; Adjt., Henry Bysoll. Whole num
ber charter members 33.
Another Sew Iorra Post.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Gilman, Iowa, Sept. 23. On Tuesday even
ing, September 2Gth, Farragut Post, No. 95,
Department of Iowa, was mustered in at this
placo by the very efficient and gentlemanly
A. A. G. of this Department, N. Townsend,
with twenty-four charter members. The offi
cers for tho ensuing year aro: J. Carnoy, Com
mander; T. J. Williams, S. V. C; J. B Pence,
J. V. C; W. D. Forbush, Q. M.; H. S. Dudley,
Adjt.; D. McDaniel, Surg.; Georgo Pence,
Chap.; J. H. Bell, O. D.; J. L. Storrs, O. G.;
Thomas Moonoy, S. M.; H. W. Muudhonk,
Q. M. S. Tho comrades aro all enthusiastic
over tho growth and prospects of tho G. A. R.,
and determined to make our Post second to
none in this Department for faithful devotion
to its interests and success. The National
Tribune is a welcome guest in many of our
homes, and j'ou may look confidently for in
creased subscriptions from among us.
And tho Terr Substantial Rations Which it Contains
for tho liojs.
Devinny Post, No. 35, has been established
at Fletcher, Ohio.
Shiloh Post, No. 5G, Cherokee, Kan., reports
rapid gains in membership.
John A. Dix Post, No. 52, at Blair, Neb., has
over 130 names on its rolls.
Tho John A. Rawlins Post of tho Grand
Army at Marlboro, Mass., added about $3,000
to its relief fund by a four-days' fair.
Tho history of tho Twelfth Massachusetts
(Webster) regiment is ready. It was written
by Colonel Benjamin F. Cook, and is published
by Lockwood, Brooks & Co., of Boston.
Comrado Henry Brunsmau, a veteran of tho
Mexican war and a member of John II.
Williams Post, No. 27, Berlin, Wis., was buried
with military honors by the members of tho
Post on tho 27th ult.
Tho Union Veteran Corps, of Washington
city, Captain S. E. Thomason commanding, ar
rived at Richmond, Va., Saturday, and enjoyed
tho hospitalities of the First Virginia Regi
ment and citizens generally.
J. B. Zarbaugh, of tho Twenty-first Ohio vol
unteers, celebrated on Sept. 19th tho anniver
sary of his marriage, his muster into service,
and of his participation in tho battlo of Chick
amauga all occurring on tho samo day of the
A G. A. R. Post has been established at La
Plata, Macon co., Mo., with fifty members.
-an incendiary firo, destroyed the books and
papers of tho Post on tho very night of its
organization, but new ones were procured at
once, and the Post promises to become a very
William H. Smart Post, No. 30, of Cambridge,
Mass., dedicated their new quarters last month.
Department Commander and Staff and tho offi
cers of the various Posts in tho vicinity at
tended. Good speeches were delivered by De
partment Commander Patch, Judgo Advocate
General Loring, and others.
Tho Ladies' Aid Society of Rankin Post,
No. 10, G. A. R., will hold a fair in tho
Brooklyn Academy of Music on the 26th, 27th
and 23th insts., tho proceeds of which will bo
dovoted to the fund for the relief of tho widows
and orphans of soldiers of the Union and for
tho assistance of sick comrades of tho Grand
Pat Murphy, of tho National nome, Mil
waukee, writes an urgent appeal to the 6,000
soldiers who havo lost an arm or a leg to seo
to it that their several Representatives and
Senators support Houso Bill No. 1110. Ho
closes with this excellent advice: "Comrades,
support The National Tribune and keep
tho ball a-rolling."
A reception was given Rev. Geo. A. Thayer,
Commander of Dahlgrccn Post, No. 2, of South
Boston, (who is about to remove to Cincinnati
to take chargo of a church there,) at tho houso
of Comrade Dr. Draper. A largo number of
his Comrades and friends were present. Com
rado Thayer was presented with a G. A. It.
badge of gold valued at $75.
P. M. Coder Post, No. 93, G. A. R., has just
been organized at Vinton, Illinois, with about
twenty-threo names. Tho following officers
wero elected: Commandor, II. 31. Eddy; S. V.
C, C. R. Wilkinson; J. V. C, J. W. Barr; Sur
geon, M. Meredith; Chaplain. S. D. Rcdficld;
Q. M., C. O. Harrington ; O. D., J. P. Marthows ;
O. G., 32. 31. Calcord. Ono hundred membors
will soon bo on the muster-roll.
A now Post of tho G. A. R.. named Phillip
Rice, has been mustered in at Corinth, Saratoga
county, Now York, by Commander Hall, of
Post AVhceler, of Saratoga Springs, and the fol
lowing ofliccrs were installed : Commander, A.
C. Hickok ; S. V. C, D. T. Burnham ; J. V. C,
Gcorgo Lyons; Surg., D. W. Kendall; O. D.,
W. P. Luons; O. G., 31. Conies; Q'in., II. W.
Mallery; Adjt., J. Brooks; S. M., George Wan
dall; Q'm. Sorg., R. Milligan; Chaplain, J. W.
Coons. Tost Rice, No. 290, starts with twenty
eight charter members, and will soon muster
GRAND ARMY ORDERS.
Tho Outlook in Maine
Head'qrs Dep't of Maine, G. A. R.,
Ass't Adjutant-General's Office,
3Jangor, October 3, 1882.
General Order No. 0.
I. The National Encampment, Grand Army
of the Republic, met at Baltimore, Maryland,
on . I une 21, 22, and 23. This Department was
represented by the Department Commander,
Junior Vico Commander, Assistant Adjutant
General, three Past Department Commanders,
threo delegates, and quito a largo number of
comrades, representing some ten or twelve
Posts, were in attendance. The reception ten
dered to tho Grand Army of tho Republic by
the citizens of Baltimoro was magnificent, and
they wero entertained in a royal manner.
Tho business meeting of tho Encampment
was very harmonious, and resulted in tho elec
tion of Paul Vandervoort, of Omaha, Nebraska,
as Coininanndcr-iii-Chief; W. E. XV. 3tosS, of
Haiti inoiv, Md., Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief.
This Department was honored by tho
unanimous election of our esteemed comrado,
I. S. Bangs, of Wiiterville, as Junior Vico
II. 1 desire to congratulate tho Department
on tho success of the Reunion or semi-annual
encampment held at Lake Maranacook August
Tho attendance was largo and tho enthusi
asm unbounded, and I trust it will be followed
each year, as long as our organization shall ex
ist, by a semi-annual meeting of this Depart
ment, for I regard it as productive of great
benefit to tho Department as a whole, and to
each comrade who is ablo to attend.
Our distinguiihed and eloquent Commander-in-Chief,
Paul Vandervoort, and our gallant
Junior Vico Commander-in-Chief, I. S. Bangs,
graced tho occasion by their presence. Tho
Commandor -in -Chief favored tho comrades
with a short but most cloquont address, show
ing tho Order to bo in a most flourishing con
dition, and enjoining every member of our
organization to exert himself to promote tho
growth and welfaro of tho Ordor during tho
The thanks of tho Department are duo to tho
several committees, who rendered such valu
able assistance in making our Reunion a suc
cess; also to tho several transportation compa
nies who Tory kindly reduced their fares, aud ,
rendered material aid in many ways. Tho Re
union was also n financial success, and I am
pleased to testify to tho promptness with which
Payson Tucker, Esq., superintendent of tho
Maine Central Railroad, fulfilled his partof tho
contract, bypaying over to these headquarters
the sum of $531, as a rebate due on tickets sold
over the line of the Maine Central Railroad.
III. The following Posts have been organ
ized sinco tho issue of General Order No. 5:
Hildroth Post, 56, South Gardiner, May 19th.
Edwin E. Lowis, Com'r; Judson Hall, Adj't;
John A. Ripley, Q. M. Night of meeting, every
Larry Post, 57, South Windham, Juno 15th.
W. L. Dicfcey, Com'r; Georgo R. Read, Adj't;
S. V. Haskell, Q. M. Night of meeting, 1st and
m i nursuay every month.
Bates Past, 58, South Norridgewock, Jnlv 27.
Hamilton F. Eaton, Com'r; Joseph F. Ingalls,
Adj't; Wm. F. Hobbs, Q. M. Night of meeting,
every other Friday, after September 15th.
Harlow Dunbar Post, 59, New Castle, August
2d. Nathaniel B. Waters, Com'r; John L.
Thompson, Adj't; Daniel D. Perkins, Q. M.
Night of meeting, 1st Monday every month.
James P. Harris Post, CO, Dixmont, August
31st. Wm. Harris, Jr., Com'r; Henry W.Brown,
Adj't; Wm, n. Carney, Q. M. Night of meet
ing, every Thursday evening.
IV. The following rejections have been
John Sheehan, Private Co. B, 17th U. S. inf.,
by Post 7, Lcwiston.
Lorenzo Alexander, Private Co. K, 12th
Maine inf., by Post 22, Brunswick.
Otis B. Gcorgo, Private Co. F, 11th Maine
inf., by Post 22, Brunswick.
Wm. A. Copeland, Private Co. E, 17th Maine
inf., by Post 52, Corinna.
Jerome Prince, Private Co. 118, 2d Bat. V. R.
C, by Post 55, Ellsworth.
V. Tho following omissions and changes in
the Roster are announced, viz. :
Post 3, Mechanic Falls, now meet every Sat
urday evening, instead of Tuesdays.
Post 9, Kennebunk, Geo. F. Moore, Com'r,
vice E. F. Mitchell, resigned.
Post 9, Konncbunk, E. T. Harden, Adj't, vico
W. F. Bowon, resigned.
Post 21. N. Whitefield, Isaac Oakman, Adj't,
not A. Oakman, as per Roster.
Po3t 25, Farmington, Chas. W. Koyes, Adj't,
vico A. Sylvester, resigned.
I'ost 36. Saco, Wm. J. Bradford, Com'r, vice
J. R. Andrews, resigned.
Post 43, Richmond, C. W. Price, Com'r, vico
W. II. Whitney, resigned.
Post 43, Richmond, Edwin Totman, Adj't,
vico C. W. Price, resigned.
Post 45, Vinalhavcn, W. W. Kittredge, Adj't,
vico Wm. II. Brown, resigned.
Post 51, Norway, Ira G. Sprague, Com'r, vice
H. M. Bearcc, resigned.
Po3t 5-1, Norway, meets first Friday ovening
Post 55, Ellsworth, James E. Parsons, Adj't,
Chas. P. Door, Q. M. t
Post 55, Ellsworth, meets every Monday
VI. Manyreqnests for dispensations having
been received at these headquarters, the atten
tion of Post officers is called to Chap. 2, Art. 2,
Sec. 3, Rules and Regulations. Dispensations
can only bo granted in particular cases. Tho
names of applicants, date of meeting, and
reasons for same should bo mentioned.
VII. Blanks for reports have been sent to
all Posts in tho Department, for the balance of
the year. If they have not been received, no
tico should be sent to these headquarters at
once. It is essential that the reports for tho
quarter ending September 30th should be cor
rect, as they decido tho number of delegates
allowed for the next Encampment. Duplicates
of all reports should be kept on file by adju
tants and quartermasters.
Y11L The new National Countersign has
beon sent to all Po3ts in the State since tho last
General Order was issued.
IX. Tho Department Inspector, or some of
his assistants, will soon make an official visit,
and Post Commanders are expected to prepare
for a thorough inspection. .
X. Notice should be sent to these headquar
ters whenever a chango is made in the night of
meetings, or in the otilces of Commanders, Ad
jutants, or Quartermasters.
XL Department Commanders aro recom
mended to publish in General Orders such
Posts as fail to send in their quarterly reports
in proper season for tho Department nilicers
to send thoir reports to tho National head
quarters on tho twentieth day.after the close
of each quarter. While there havo been many
delinquents, it has been thought lest not to
publish them, hoping that they will in future
be moro promptly returned. With a little
care, there need be no delay.
XII. The following memorandum is repub
lished for information:
War Department, Adj't-General's Office,
Washington, July 26, 13S1.
As it is held that every person who was in
the military servico was furnished, during and
upon expiration of term, with sufficient data
to support his record, applicants for admission
to the G. A. It. should themselves furnish to
it tho necessary evidenco of honorable dis
charge. If this evidenco has been lost, per
sonal application for a certificate in lieu there
of should bo made to this office by the par
Sigucd. R. C. Drum, Adj't-General.
XIII. Comrades are cautioned against har
boring, or in any way assisting, a man repre
senting himself as Commander of Crosby Post,
No. S, of Bangor, lie visited Pennsylvania,
under tho names of Col. 11. N. Brooks, and
Bates, and also went by tho name of Roberts, in
Cleveland, Ohio. He is rather short, but stout,
gray hair, and moustache.
By command of
Augustus B. Faenham,
John F. Foster.
Headq's Department of Pfnn., G. A. R.,
No. 1202 Chestnut St.,
Philadelphia. October Gth, 1SS2.
General Orders JYo. 15 :
I. The Department Commander takes especial
pleasure in congratulating the comrades of
Western Pennsylvania upon the successful ob
servance of "Vresteru Grand Army Da v" in
Pittsburgh, Oct. 2d. 1S82.
Tho large number of uniformed comrades
parading, tho strength of the different Posts,
and their spleialid marching and discipline,
elicited praise along the entire route.
The interest and enthusiasm of the comrades
of the western portion of the Department in
their efforts to make tho demonstration a suc
cess, aud thus relluct credit on tho Grand Army
of tho Republic, ii worthy of tho highest com
mendation. II. In order tlnit arrangements may be per
fected for Grant! Army Day, October 27th,
1&2, in connection with the Bi-Centennial
Celebration in Philadelphia, Commanders of
Posts must at once report to these Headquar
ters the probablo number of comrades that will
A large number have already reported, and
unles a full report is received from even- Post
somo must bo disappointed, a timo must bo
given to arrange for thoir reception and enter
tainment. No action will be taken regarding any Post3
unless they report properly through Post Com
manders. Thcso headquarters must bo advised from
timo to time of any changes that may occur in
tho number of comrailes reported.
III. Comrades aro urged to make every en
deavor to participate in the ceremonies of this
day, as it is probable that they will never again
havo an opportunity of meeting such a large
number of their former comrades in arms.
As heretofore announced, all comrades in
uniform will be received and entertained dur
ing the day without cost to themselves.
Thoso not in uniform will not be permitted
Whoro comrades have not tho regulation
Grand Army uniform, a fatigue cap, black
clothes, white vests, gloves and badge, will bo
IV. Sinco tho date of General Orders, No. 11
tho following Posts havo been mustered :
Capt. John Whitney Post, No. 26. Laceyvillo
Wyoming county, September 26, 1SS2, by M. E
Warner, Post 33. M. D. Fuller, Commander.
Samuel Kress Post, No. 281, Slatington, Le
high co., September 9, 18i2, by F. J. Englo,
Post 1S2, A. D. C. A. M. Miller, Commander.
Wm. J. Bradlov Post, No. 256, Burgettstown,
Washington co., Sept. 26, 16S2, by F. H. Dyer,
Post 120. D. M. Frv, Commander.
Capt. Jno. E. Walker I'ost, No. 237, Waynes
boro', Franklin county, Sept. 22, 1SS2, bv W.E.
Miller, Post 201, A. D. C. H. C. Bouobrako,
By command of
Taos. J. Stewart,