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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1882,
TTJE GRAND PJY.
An Important Interview With Com-mandcr-in-Chicf
The editor of TheTribuxe had tho pleasure
of a visit this week from Comrade Paul Van
dervoort. Commander-in-Chief of the Grand
Army of the Republic, and our readers will be
glad to know that he is in excellent health and
Bpints. despite the fart that since his election
ho has undergone the fatigue of 21,037 miles of
railroad travel in the course of his visits to tho
He talked freely to the editor of The Trib
une concerning the condition and prospects of
the Order, and what he had to say was of such
general interest that, with his consent, wo re
produce herewith, for tho benefit of our com
rades of tho Grand Army and our ex-soldiers
generally, the substance of the conversation.
In reply to a question as to his movements
since his adjournment of the National Encamp
ment at Baltimore, Commander-in-Chief Van
Dervoort said :
"Immediately after the close of tho Balti
more Encampment I availed myself of the op
portunity to visit tho Department of the Poto
macaud afterwards the Department of Virginia.
I then returned direct to Omaha, Nebraska, and
opened tho National Headquarters of the Grand
Army there. Having made my appointments
and all the necessary arrangements for the con
duct of the business of , tho office, I next, paid
a visit to the Department of Colorado. On my
return, in the month of August, I came East
again, and inspected all tho New England De
partments, with the exception of Massachusetts.
At the close of this visit I retraced my steps
again, in order to keep my engagement in the
"West. Among the Reunions iu which I partici
pated were those at Grand Island, Neb., Topeka,
Ivan., and Dcs Moines, Iowa. At theirclo.se 1
made a trip to Pittsburg, where I had promised
to be on Grand Army Day, and immediately
afterwards returned to headquarters, in order
to fill engagements in Nebraska and Iowa. In
October tho Bi-Centcnnial celebration occurred
at Philadelphia, and I came East onco more, so
as to be in that city on Grand Army Day. This
was but a flying visit, however, and 1 returned
almost immediately to headquarters. Thence
I started out last month to make the tour of
the Departments of Ohio and Indiana, in each
of which I filled eight appointments. My last
trip included a-visit to Kansas City, St. Louis,
Athens, O., Parkcrsburg and Clarksburg, W.
Va., whence I came direct to this city."
THE WINTER AND SPUING CAMPAIGN.
"Have you formed any plans for the remain
der of your term?" asked the editor of The
"Yes," replied the General, "I have mapped
out my campaign pretty fully. I go to Balti
more to-night (December ISth), and shall bo
in Wilmington to-morrow, returning thence
on Wednesday to become guest of Lincoln
Post of this city, and on Thursday morning
shall start West agaiu to spend Christmas with
my family at Omaha. Early in January I ex
pect to make the tour of the Departments c f
Wisconsin and Minnesota, in each of which I
have six appointment?, and on the ISth of that
month I have promised to bo present at the
Encampment of the Department of Mich
igan at Grand Rapids. At its close I intend to
visit several places in Illinois, and shall then go
direct to Troy, X. Y., where the Encamp
ment of that Department will be held on the
24th prox. The Encampment of tho Depart
ment of New Jersey will be held on tho 2Gth
prox., and I have promised to attend that also.
At its close I shall run down to Boston to attend
the annual Encampment of the Department of
Massachusetts, and shall then return to head
quarters. The month of February I shall, in
all probability, devote to the Departments of
Xehraska and Iowa, aud some time in April I
expect to run down to New Orleans, where a
Post of the Grand Army has been maintained
for some years under very adverse circum
stance It has asked and deserves the com
plimcnr of a personal visit. In May it is my
intuition f start for the Pacific coast, where I
hhiill vjsit the Departments of California and
Oregon and the provisional Department of
Washington Territory, returning in time to
complete my report" for the year and make the j
necessary arrangements for the meeting of the
National Encampment at Denver next sum
mer." "Has any day been fixed for the National
" No public announcement has yet been made
of the date, but if you choose you can say to your
readers that the National Encampment will be
held at Denver, on the Sth, 9th, and 10th of
August, that time having been selected with a
view to accommodating those of our comrades
who are also Knights Templar and wish to
stop there on their way to their triennial con
clave at San Francisco."
HOW THE GRAND ARMY IS GROWING.
"Now, General," said the editor of The
Tribune, "a good many predictions have been
made as to tho number of recruits that would
he mustered into the Grand Army during your
administration. You, yourself, I believe ex
pressed the hope that 50,000 would be added to
its membership during your term of service,
and The Tribune, as you may, perhaps, have
noticed, has suggested that the number might
just as well be made 100,000. Now, what do
the official figures show?"
"Well," General Van Dervoort replied, "my
term, you know, dates back to the 31st of
March, and the official returns for the first
quarter show an increase of 17,000 members.
The returns for the second quarter which is
the period during which members are dropped
from the rolls for non-payment of dues and
other causes, and is, therefore, the least favor
able of the year have not j'et been consoli
dated, but twelve Departments show a gain of
9,000 members, and the total, I think, will not
fall below 20,000. During the present quarter,
ending on the 31st of this mouth, the gains
have been very large indeed, two Departments
alone showing an increase of 8,000, and I think
it is perfectly safe to say that up to date there
has been an increase of fully 50,000 members in
the strength of the Grand Army."
" It is quite possible, then, that the increase
will reach a total of 100,000 before the close of
" Yes, it looks so now, especially as my term
will extend until the meeting of the next Na
tional Encampment, in August, aud my report
will cover tho entire period from March 31,
16S2, to June 30, 1683."
THE NEED OF INDIVIDUAL EFFORT.
"I should be perfectly sure of it, indeed, if
our comrades all were alive to the importance
of making individual eflbrts to obtain new re
cruits and establish new Posts. This is the
one great fact which I wish to impress upon
the members of the Grand Army the value
and need of individual effort. I think special
recognition should bo extended to comrades
who make unusual exertions in this direction,
and I have taken occasion to personally thank
such as have made any notable effort to build
up the membership of the Grand Army. The
trouble is, as a rule, that everybody waits for
everybody else, and what is everybody's busi
ness, you know, is nobody's business. Commis
sioner Dudley's estimate of the number of ox
soldiers still living in this country shows that
only one-tenth are, as yet, enrolled in tho
Grand Army. It is evident, therefore, that
there is a great deal of work yet to bo done.
The field ais white to the harvest, but the
laborers are few. If every comrade would go
resolutely to work by himself to see what he
could do in the way of obtaining recruits or
founding new Posts, there is no reason in the
world why the Grand Army should not muster
threo hundred thousand new members next
year. I hope The Tribune will keep this fact
constantly before its readers. It is to individ
ual effort that we must look for the growth of
the Grand Army in the future."
KIND WORDS FOR THE TRIBUNE.
You have noticed, perhaps, General, that
The Tribune has been doing a little some
thing in that line already.
"Yes," the Commander-in-Chief replied, "I
have indeed noticed it, and it has been a source
of great gratification to me. The Tribune is
doing a splendid work for the Grand Army,
and it ought to have tho fullest and most sub
stantial recognition. It has been directly in
strumental already, I think, in estiblishing at
least fifty new Posts for the Grand Army, and
what is the more remarkable, some of tho ap
plications for charters which we have received
through its appeals, have come from large
towns as, for instance, Watertown, New York,
where one might suppose local interest in th e
&rnd Army would long ago have prompted J
the establishment of a Post- Indeed, tho ap
plications which wo have received through
The Tribune have como from all sections of
the country, showing that its influence has not
been confined to any one locality. The fact is,
that The Tribune appeals to a class that can be
reached in no other way than through its
columns, and I place the highest value on the
aid that it has rendered us ; not only that, but
I shall tako pleasure in doing everything
within my power to assist it in tho collection
of Grand Army news, so that through its col
umns our comrades can be kept thoroughly
posted as to what is going on in the Depart
ments all over tho Union."
NOW IS THE TIME FOR WORK.
"In that connection, General, I want to ask,
for theb enefit of The Tribune's readers, what
you regard as the best time in the year to es
tablish new Posts? "
"The wintor, by all means. Now is our
harvest-time. Thocvenings arc long and our
ex-soldiers have plenty of leisure on their
hands. They only nerd to bo invited to join
the Order; and right hero I want to, say that
the expense of membership in the Grand
Army is very much less than some of them
doubtless think, and in no case need it be an
obstacle in their way. The fee required for a
Pot charter is only ten dollars, and the cost
to each man on being mustered in will not ex
ceed two dollars, while tho dues will not aver
age over fifty cents per quarter. Membership
in some Posts is, of course, more expensive than
in others, but that is a matter for the regulation
of the members themselves, and on an average,
as I have said, the expense does not exceed fifty
eonts per quarter. Then again, as regards tho
uniform, I suppose, some of our ox-soldiers are
under the impression that it will be necessary
for thorn to purchase a uniform, in order to join
the Order. That is also a mistake. The fact is,
that while I am in favor of every Post being uni
formed, as far as possible, the only thing neces
sary to do in order to bring about that result
is for each member to buy an ordinary blue
suit with adjustable buttons, so that it can bo
converted into a uniform at a moment's notice
by simply replacing tho ordinary button with
the brass button worn by the Order. There is
no obligation, however, on the part of any
member to do even this, for the Grand Army is
glad to receive into its ranks any honorably
discharged ex-soldier or sailor, no matter how
lean his purse or scanty his clothing."
"While you arc on that subject," said the
editor of The Tribune, " I want to ask you
what your views aro in regard to the conduct
of Post meetings, &c?"
"As to that," replied the Commander-in-Chief,
"it has always been my opinion that
the meetings of the Posts should be conducted
strictly in accordance with tho regulations and
ritual, and that itshonld always be the endeavor
of the officers to make them as interesting as pos
sible. The surest way to maintain the cpril da
corpsofa Post after it has once been established is
to make its proceedings entertaining to its mem
bers. It is not enough to go through with the
routine work. War reminiscences, good stories,
anecdotes of camp life, and written contribu
tions detailing personal experiences in famous
battles should be invited from every comrade,
and any musical talent that tho Post may pos
sess should be brought into requisition. The
frequent holding of Camp-fires and the giving
of lectures, dramatic performances, concerts,
and entertainments of various descriptions, for
the purpose of raising funds for the relief com
mittees, the furnishing and decoration of Post
halls, or other good purposes, oucht also to be
actively encouraged. The public generally,
too, should be made welcome at all public meet
ings of the Order, so that the community at
large may become interested in the Order, and
learn to respect and honor it."
A WORD FOR THE LADIES.
"There is another matter, General, that is
frequently brought to our attention. The
ladies seem to think that they also ought to
have a place in the Grand Army."
" I think so, too," was his reply. "The ser
vices of the women of the war should never be
forgotten, and I am in favor of enlisting their
co-operation in every possible way. I think it
would be a good thing for every Post to estab
lish a 'Ladies Night,' or. give a 'Camp-fire'
under their auspices."
"What about the ladies' auxiliary socie
ties?" " Ladies' auxiliaries are most excellent insti
tutions, "and their establishment ought to be
cordially encouraged everywhere. The socie
ties at Toledo, Ohio, and Portland, Maine, have
done a vast amount of good, for the women are
much better at seeking out soldiers who are
really iu need of assistance than we are. Our
ex-soldiers generally try to conceal their pov
erty, and they are too proud to beg. A woman's
eyes are much quicker to perceive distress than
a man's. Then, again, membership in these
auxiliary societies is not confined to tho wives
or daughters of soldiers, but is open to all the
loyal women in the land, and their aid would
be of great substantial benefit to every Post in
"Do you not think it would be a good idea,
General, for each Post to establish a war library,
so as to afford entertainment and instruction to
the members at home as well :is at the Post
" Yes ; I think the idea is a capital one, and,
with proper effort, in nearly every case, no
doubt, sufficient contributions of books could
be obtained to establish a good sized library at
very little cost. 1 think a good deal of atten
tion should also be paid to tho decoration of
Post rooms. In the first place, every Post ought
to possess a picture of the soldier from whom it
takes its name, and it would bo an easy thing
in most cases to secure pictures of tho famous
generals of the war, old battle flags, military
views, and corps badges, with which to decorate
the walls. Our comrades ought to take a
pride iu this work ; and, as I have said before,
the more attractive the meeting-places and tho
proceedings of the meetings themselves are
made, the easier it will be to induce ex-soldiers
who aro not members of the Grand Army to
join it, while the less danger there will be that
those who are already members will drop out
of the ranks."
"Is there any prospect, General, of the cre
ation of any new Departments of the Grand
"Yes; that is inevitable, if thett Order goes
on increasing at tho present rate. As the Ter
ritories fill up, and the Northwest is opened to
immigration, Posts will, of course, multiply
there, and the time will come, undoubtedly,
when every State and Territory will be organ
ized into a separate Department. Virginia and
Kentucky havo both become permanent De
partments. Tho Department of Colorado has
been created out of the Department of tho
Mountains. A permanent Department hsis been
organized in Dakota, with eleven Posts. The
Department of Oregon has been created out of
California, and Washington TerritorjT is now a
provisional Department. The time is not far
distant, I think, when avc shall even secure a
foothold in Texas. In September last, Comrade
Thiol, of the New Orleans Post, at my instance
organized a promising Post at Sherman, Texas,
and tho rush of Northern immigration in that
direction is sure to carry with it enough sol
diers to form the nucleus for a splendid organi
zation there. Tho outlook in Arkansas is also
encouraging. That State is at present attached
to tho Department of Illinois, but I shall proba
bly transfer it to Missouri, and, before long, it
will become a Department by itself."
"You say you arc going to California next
May, General. Has it ever occurred to you to
run over and visit our new Post at Honolulu ?"
The General laughed, and replied : " Well, I
have been invited very cordially to make tho
trip, and I should like very much to visit our
solitary Post beyond the sea, but, of course, it
would take too long, and I cannot spare the
time. Perhaps some day we shall have a Post
at Hong Kong or Shanghai. 1 dare say there
arc enough ex-soldiers at either place to organ
CARING FOR TnE PENSIONERS.
"And now, General, tell me what tho Grand
Army is doing in tho interest of the pension
ers." "Well, he replied, "that is in the hands just
now of a committee, consisting of comrades
Wagucr of Pennsylvania, Tanner of New York,
and Morrill and Ames of Massachusetts, with
myself as chairman. They aro conferring with
Commissioner Dudley, and they have already
accomplished a good deal in the way of remov
ing technical obstacles to the adjustment of just
and valid claims, and especially in the cases
of applicants who have sustained disabilities
through confinement in Southern prison-pens."
" From your conversations with Senators and
Congressmen, what prospect do you think" there
is of tho passage of the forty-dollar pension hill
durjng the present session of Congress?
"I do not think there is any doubt at all
about the passage of the bill this winter, if I
may judge from what I havQ:""-d at tho Cap
itol, and its enactment will certainly benefit a
most needy and deserving class of pensioners."
The interview here camo to an end, Commander-in-Chief
Vandervoort. reiterating that
he entertained the highest regard for The
Tribune, and hoped it would not relax its
eflbrts for the building up of the Grand Army
until every ex-soldier had been mustered into
Hoit tlio Coimnniirier-in-riilff is Greeted.
From (he Madison Intl.) Star.
To the brave and gallant officer who is our
guest, and to tho gentlemen of his suite, tho
city of Madison extends her warmest and
hearicst welcome to-day. Sho believes him
worthy of any hospitality she is able to offer,
and she has nothing but good will for him and
tho cause he represents. There is a welcomo in
every old sddier's heart that shows itself in
smiles on his face, and adds to his grip as he
shakes hands. Tho boys know how to bid
their General welcome. Not with fawning
sycophancy that only excites disgust; not with
a cold disinterestedness that would chill ; but
with a bravo standing in line, with the sol
dierly confidence of duty done, with a wave
and a cheer they greet him. That is the kind
of a welcome he wants and deserves, aud it is
the kind our people offer.
From the South Haul (Ind.) Jicpistcr.
Grand Commander Vandervoort is a compar
atively young man, of splendid physique, and
a natural orator. During the war ho was con
tent to servo in tho ranks, and is the only pri
vate that ever occupied the high position ho
graces at present, that of Commander-in-Chief
of tho G. A. R. of the Cnited States. During
the last three months he has visited fifteen
Departments, or States, of tho G. A. R., more
than sixty Posts, ami has delivered about
seven ty-fi vc add rcsscs.
What, an Inspection of the Department Reieals
The. Crack Posts.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Versailles, Lyr., Dee. 7. It is a pleasure
to mc to record a visit to Charles C. Wheeler
Post, No. 9.- of this place, and tell you some
Osgood, a small village on the Ohio and Missis
sippi Railroad, twenty-one miles east of North
Vcinon and fifty-two miles west of Cincinnati,
where its gallant commander, Major J. O.
Cravens, resides, I learned from him that the
Post was situated five miles south at this beau
tiful little city, and I soon gleaned from tho
commander and other comrades these interest
ing particulars: It was organized amidst the.
rush and boom that set in in this Department
last summer, and mustcied September 9th last
by the late Major John D. Simpson, commander
of the Alois O. Backman Post, No. 2(5, Madison,
Indiana, assisted by a distinguished comrade,
Paul C. Hendricks, the officers and members of
that Post being among the best in this Depart
ment. They were accompanied by White's
celebrated drum corps in all thirty com
rades and in tho evening at Masonic Hall
twenty-six gallant comrades presented them
selves as "recruits of the Grand Army of tho
Republic"and took upon themselves the solemn
vows aud obligations of the Order. The follow
ing officers were duly installed : Commander, J.
O. Cravens, late Co. G, 9t h Indiana ; S. V. C, S. M.
Jones, Co. I, 13th Indiana; J. V. C, Phillip F.
Seclinger, Co. G, 83d Indiana: Chaplain, Ira B.
Picket, late 37th Indiana; Surg., C. C. Bryant,
Co. K, Gth Indiana; Q. M., Thomas Day, 3d
Indiana cavalry; Adjt., A. G. Hunter, late ad
adjutant. Slid Indiana; O. D., Comrade Hitz;
O. G., Thomas Laswell, Co. F, 37th
Sarg.-Mnjor, Frank Hancock,
Q. M. Serg., John B. New
The members meet monthly, though but
twice since their organization. Living in one
of these copperhead communities, which caused
so much tumble in this State during the war,
they concluded to wait until the political ex
citement was over. The prospects aro now
good for an increased membership; for this
Post is composed of a class of comrades abovo
the average of ordinary membership, and oc
cupy not only a high standing in society, but
have reputations extending beyond the limits
of the State.
In their Commander, J. O. Cravens, they
have a representative of the well-known
Craven family, one of the mot distinguished
in southern Indiana; their name, inteicsts and
counsels have been a potent factor in tho de
velopment of tho Slate. Comrade Cravens is
the gullant soldier who made the race for Con
gress two yeais ago against the "great ob
jector," W. S. Ilolman, aud though suflcring a
defeat, retired with fresh laurels on his brow,
and achieved a reputation as an orator that has
become national. His military record is a
brilliant one. entering the service early in
ISfil the "Ninth Indiana," Milroy's old regi
ment he participated in the battle of Allegany
December 12, IMil, iu whose company was
killed that gallant boy soldier, Joseph Gordon,
son tf Major Gordon, a prominent attorney,
ex-clerk of the Supremo Court, who.se death
created within this State tho sorrow that Ells
worth's did throughout the Nation. He was
promoted major and nF.sistaut adjutant-general
on General Milroy's staff, where he remained
throughout the war. At its close he entered
upon the practice of law, and is now one of the
leading attorneys in this section.
I had the pleasure of meeting hero a gallant
officer of my old regiment tho Thirteenth
Indiana Captain Samuel M. Jones, the senior
vice-commander, who has an unexceptional
military record. Ho is a hero of two wars, and
was an intimate friend of General Grant in
Mexico. Comrade Jones attended Grant's wed
ding, and in return when the former was mar
ried, General Grant returned the compliment
by attending his nuptials. They were school
Since the war Comrade Jones has been en
gaged iu the practice of law, and is considered
the leading attorney in this .suction.
Junior Vice-Commander Phillip F. Seelingcr,
another gallant comrade, saw hard and arduous
service in the Eighty-third, (Colonel Benjamin
bpooncr s regiment.) He was with Grant in
the Vicksburg campaign, with Sherman before
Atlanta and on the march to the. sea, and adju
tant of the regiment. Since tho war Comrudo
Seclinger has been elected county auditor two
terms. He is now engaged in agricultural pur
suits. Post Surgeon Comrade C. C. Bryant also has
a fine military record; also, Quartermaster
Thomas Day, like Cineinnatus of old, went back
to the plow at (he close of the war. He be
longed to the Third Indiana cavalry, a regi
ment raised in this section, and one that
achieved renown in Kilpat rick's division of
Sherman's army. Tho other officers 1 was un
able to see. The majority of tho comrades liv
ing in the neighborhood of tho town are en
gaged iu agricultural puisuits. Of ex-soldiers
who do not belong to the Post, but who will
soon be enrolled, I find a surgeon well-known
and remembered by many a sick and wounded
soldier, Dr. William Anderson, late surgeon
Thirty-sevonlh Indiana, who had charge of
ilm linciiWftlc in TiliTillr rIVi,i,ifuurm rliiir
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is high in the medical world.
Captain Hezekiah Shook, late of company B,
Eighty-third, also Captain W. R. Loyd, com
pany E, Eighty-third Indiana, aro both in
In the silent city of the dead repose Captain
Charles C. Wheeler, late of company B, Sixty
eighth Indiana, in honor of whoso memory tho
Post was named. Decoration Day has never
been appropriately observed horc, but it will
be in future, under the auspices of this Post,
their commander on several occasions being
the orator elsewhere.
Comrado Honry Weber, late company G,
Eighty-third Indiana volunteers (Col. Benj.
Spooner's regiment), who was, wounded Janu
ary 11, 1803, at "Arkansas Post," losing the use
of his "pen hand" there; was in 1S72 elected
sheriff of Ripley county by a majority of 1G1; in
187-1 was re-elected by a majority of 111, and
in 18S0 again by a majority of 201. He sus
tained a defeat in the general crash that be
fell his party, and ho has determined to seek
preferment at the hands of the Government.
His application to tho Pension Department is
fortified by strong personal letters from Govern
or A. G. Porter, Colonel E. W. Wolfe, auditor of
State ; Dr. E. W. Haun, secretary of State ; Hon.
John O. Cravens, commander of Post 82 hero;
Hon. John Overmin, ox-ehairraan State Central
Committee; Judge J. G. Berkshire, and other
CONDITION OF OTHER POSTS.
I determined tho other day to make a trip in
the interest of the Graud Army, and call the
attention of ex-soldiers to the necessity of in
creasing the circulation of The National
Tribune. Going into southern Indiana, it
was my pleasure to call upon tho comrades of
Pap Thomas Post, No. 5, Greenaburgh, Ind.
They are au old. Post, and havo a good sofc of
officers, but changes will soon be made at tho
annual election occurring this month. Dr. J.
L. Wooden, Inspector and acting Post Depart
ment Commander under the " Dudley regimo"
resides here. Commander Childs, Sr. V. Elder,
Adjutant MeKce, Jr. V. Baker. Off. D. Dunn,
and others, aro a fine set of comrades. Tho
Post is a large one, doing well.
Leaving Greensburgh, I next visited Huff
Post, No. 89, Laurenceburgh, Ind. This is a
new Post, where the German clement largely
preponderates. They have for their commander
the gallant soldier, V. H. Kcohlor, late of tho
32d Indiana (German regiment, Villieh's),most
of them being veterans of '"-IS" in the old
country, and saw service before tho rebellion.
When Colonel Willich was promoted to general
Commander Koehler becamo his chief of staff,
and a good one The other ollicersare: S. V.,
John C. Sims (shcrifl'of Dearborn county); J.V.,
Louis Ell erbrook; ().(?., John Hibbetts; Adjt,
J. E. Larimer; Q. M., Win. Hiibcr; Surg.,0. C.
Evans; Chap., Win. Woodward ; O. D., George
Pfalzgraph. Tho most prominent comrade is
Brigadier-General Thos. J. Lucas, the post
master. Laurenceburgh is a manufacturing
city, full of lifo and enterprise.
Four miles below, on the Ohio River, is tho
famous wealthy 1 ittle city of Aurora, Ind., where
the great Gofl distilleries and Crescent brew
eries are located, together with the Steel mills,
one of the largest establishments in the West.
I found Aurora Post, No. S2, in magnificent
condition, working harmoniously, about the
only Post in southern Indiana entering into
tho spirit of the Order. They have a live set
of officers: Commaudcr, Alex. B. Pattison
(county auditor); Adjt., Harry Fisk; Q. M.,
C. K. Emri (Government ganger).
Eight miles below, on the Ohio River, is an
other Post, but it does not seem, for some cause,
to be doing well. Post No. !) 1 is at Rising Sun,
a lively place in the summer, and famed for
the beauty of its women and the splendor of its
local ion. Tho ( 'oiumander is J. B. Coles; Adjt,
W. II. Smith; Q. M., J. W. Faeemire (a one
armed soldier, recently elected county t reasurer
of Ohio count v.) They seem to be the workers
of the Post.
I next visited Back Woods Post, No. 109, at
East Enterprise, but found only Commander
Simpson, late of the Sixth Indiana; and thence,
pushed on to John A. Hendricks Post, located
off in tho woods, in a settlement known as
Jinestown. 1 saw Commander Earl Rector
and other comrades, and had tho pleasure of
meeting Comrado Rufus Gale, ex-auditor of
Jefl'erson county and active in military affairs.
Though not a comrade, ho will soon become
one. Both of these Posts were organized by
comrades of Alois O. Bachman Post, tho former
by their Commander, whose sudden death has
awakened a great deal of sympathy, regret and
comment. Ho was an enthusiastic worker in
Grand Army matters, instrumental in raising
a number of Posts, and advocated the principles
of tho Order in bib paper, the Star. No soldier
dying of late was so highly thought of and
known in Indiana. The latter Post was mus
tered by the distinguished comrade, Paul C.
Hendricks (belonging to the celebrated Hend
ricks family of Indiana, eldest son of cx-Gov.
William Hendricks and cousin of Thomas A.
Hendricks), assisted by Col. Court E. Whitsett,
late of tho Twenty-sixth Indiana. They ex
pect to increase to a membership of fifty before
winter is over. I next visited Vevay, Switzer
land county, also on the river. I expected to
find a Post there, but was disappointed. How
ever, Col. Ward, Thirty-seventh Indiana; Sol
McCullum, Company A, Third Indiana cavahy;
F. T. Moxlcy, Company A, Third Indiana cav
ahy; Dr. William Freeman, Company H, Thir
tieth Indiana, and W. J. Baird, of tho Reveille,
will soon raiso one.
Passing through the ancient city of Madison
your correspondent's birth-place I did not
see any of the comrades, but going on to North
Vernon, where McKcelian Post, No 30, is lo
cated, IsawCommandor P.O. McGannon.who in
formed me that the Post had organized a Veteran
Company, fully armed and equipped, called
Jennings County Veterans. 1. C. McGannon is
captain: F. W. Vcrberg, 1st lieutenant; D. B.
Reeder,2d lieutenant. They will give a grand
festival on the 27th and 2Sth insts. Com
mander McGannon expects soon to organize,
three new Posts in that county, making in all
119 now mustered in this Department.
Post No. 93, Spencer, Ind., has gono to work
in earnest in raising a soldiers' monument.
They have organized a Monumental Association
and adopted a constitution. The officers arc:
Capt. W. E. Dittemore, Fourteenth Indiana,
president; Gen. L. A. jMcNaught. vice-president;
N. D. Cox, Fourteenth Indiana, secre
tary; Capt. D. E. Boom, Fourteenth Indiana,
treasurer, and S. H. II. Mathes, Fifteenth In
diana. Riverside Cemetery has donated a lot.
Gen. O. P. Gooding, a St. Louis comrade, will
doubtless deliver his lecture, "Future of
America," for the fund before tho Indiana
Legislature and different Posts throughout
Indiana. Yours, in F., C. and L.,
Co. II, 13th Indiana.
a Month's lVork -Posts.
The "errly Mustered
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
David City, Neb., Dec. 11. We aro still
alive and kicking in this Department. The
Commander-in-Chief is on the war path in tho
eastern Departments, and wo have 'to do with
out his help now. Applications for new Posts
come rolling in weekly. November 1st Cm ft
Post, No. 121, was mustered at Brainard by the
Assistant Adjutant-General Brad. P. Cook, as
sisted by Commander Taylor, of Lincoln Post,
No. 10, of David City. November 2d the assist
ant adjutant-general kept on his travels and
mustered Hunter Post, No. 122, at Ohiowa. On
the Sth of November he again packed his valiso
and started for Elmwood, where he mustered
Kencsaw Post, No. 123. By traveling all night
he caught the Denver Express on the U. P. R.
R. and on the 11th of November reached Loup
City and mustered Shiloh Post, No. 121, many
of the comrades mustered coming in a severe
sleet storm twenty and thirty miles to again
take the oath of allegiance to their comrades
and the Hag. On the loth of November he
again started on his travels, and reaching Nio
brara on tho 17th, mustered Lander Post, No.
125. Ho returned to Creighton on the ISth and
there met and inspected Schronu Post, No. 70.
After inspection the Creighton brass band was
admitted to the hall and a roaring Camp-fire
was started. Many songs were sung and daring
On the 20th of November he proceeded to
Bazile Mills aud mustered Buckhingham Post,
No. 12(5, George Brooks supplied the refresh
ments and promised tho boys ho would build
them a fine hall in tho spring, give them a
cabinet organ, and present them with a fine
banner with tle name and number of the Post
thereon. I wish we had a Gcorgo Brooks in
every town in Nebraska. On the -lth of De
cember, at Saxon, Salino county, tho assistant
adjutant -general rallied his forces and mus
tered Lookout Mountain Post, No. 127, with
fifty charter members. Last week Comrade J.
W. Wilson proceeded to Sacremonto and mus
tered Post No. 128. Our sixth annual Encamp
ment is called for January 23d and 2-1 th, at
Lincoln, the State capital, and wo are looking
for a rousing time. Camp-fires have been
lighted by many of the Posts and they will bo
kept brightly burning until spring work opens.
Many of tho Posts arc preparing for public in
stallation services next month. Farragut Post,
No. 25, of Lincoln, gavo a "beau supper" De
cember 12th. Wadsworth Post, No. 21, had a
Camp-fire on tho 33th. Zach Chandler Post,"
No. -M, gives a bean supper, Canop-firo, ball, ami
Reunion on December 25th, and so wo keep tho
ball a-rolling. Wo intend to keep tho recruit
ing officers in tho field till every old veteran is
within tho portals of tho G. A. 11.
Yours, in' F., C, and L.,
Kx-Prlsoners of War Organizing.
Specinl Correspondence National Tribune.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Dee. 18. A rousing
meeting of tho survivors of tho Third Michi
gan was held at this plaeo on Wednesday of
last week, and on Thursday a local Camp of the
Michigan Association of Union ox-Prisouers of
War was organized. Tho following officers
wero chosen as tho initiatory oucs of tho Camp:
President, D. M. Wetzell, Grand Rapids; vico
prcsident, Curtis Buck, Cedar Springs; treas
urer, Marcus D. Court, Lowell; secretary,!).
G. Holdridge, Grand Rapids; sentinel, G. A.
Dunning, Watson; delegates to tho annual
meeting in Detroit, Juno 9, 18S3, G. A. Dunn
ing, Watson; George Bailey, Allegan; C. W.
Wakeman, Grattan; F. F. Wait, Grand Rapids;
alternates, O. C. Wyman, Cedar Springs ; D. G.
Holdridge, Grand Rapids; Ira Hiller, Cedar
Springs; G. W. Witeman, Graud Rapids;
finance committee, C. M. Chaffee,' Rockford; C.
W. Wakeman, Grattan. After tho officers wero
chosen they wero formally installed by Prcsi-
dent Hampton of tho State Association, and
then President Wctzell of tho local organiza
tion took tho meeting in his charge. On
Thursday evening a Camp-fire was held, Presi
dent Hampton of tho State Association presid
ing, aud addresses wero made by General A.
T. McRcynolds and Captain C. G. Hampton.
A banquet followed, at which many patriotic
toasts were proposed and responded to. During
the evening Comrado O. C. Wakeman, an cx
prisoncr at Andersonvillc, exhibited a few
relics of the very enjoyable period of his con
finement in that prison. Ho showed a small
tin cup, which, when ho first entered the
prison, was filled with meal three times a day
as rations for each prisoner. Beforo he left it
was given half an inch less than full once a
day to each man. In the hospital they got
even less than in the stockade. He also made
some references to the delectable soups dished
up in that prison, and brought hearty applauso
from all the ex-prisoners by referring to the
myriad bugs in tho pea-soup, saying the boys
didn't dare skim them o lest iu doing so they
lost half their soup.
Forty-seven Sew Posts Mustered Sinco Last March.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Newton, Iowa, December IS. The Posts of
this Department are now holding their annual
elections, and reports of the results of said elec
tions are coming in every mail, and so far as my
acquaintance extends I notice that every Post
is electing their best men to fill the offices for
The Department of Iowa is in a prosperous
condition, having added largely to our member
ship in the old Posts and mustered, since March
1st to this date, forty-seven (47) new Posts, and
some of them with large membcrshship. One
had 90 members on organization, atd several
others from 40 to 0. Tho membership of tho
Department has increased 125 per cent, this
year, showing that the interests of tho Grand
Army of the Republic have been well cared for,
and the zeal that most of tho Department offi
cers have manifested has been abundantly re
warded. Our anmril Encampment will be held
at Des Moines, in February, and we anticipate
a full attendance of delegates, and one of the
best meetings of the Grand Army of the Re
public that Iowa over had. The Tribune is
a great helper in the cause, and I wish every
Iowa soldier would lake it. Long may it
Yours, in F., C, and L..
N. Townsend, A.
The James C. P.kc Post Fair,
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
New York, Dec. 19. The fair of James C.
Rice Post, No. 29, at the Grand Opera House on
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week
was a great success. Before eight o'clock on
the opening night the rooms overflowed, and a
great many applicants for admission were
turned away. During the evening Judson
Kilpatrick Post, No. 143, Capt. Monroe, marched
into tho hall in single file, with colors flying,
preceded by their drum corps. Kilpatrick Post
was shortly followed by Capt. W. P. Walton at
the head of Company F, Ninth Regiment N. G.
S. N. Y., which was in turn supported by a de
tachment of the Hawkins Zouaves and the Con
tinental Guard under command of Capt. Nor
man. As the last company of uniformed vis
itors broke ranks Commander Max Roece, of
Post No. 29, formally opened tho fair with a
brief address. Immediately after tho anxiliary
committee of ladies began its work upon the
hearts and pockets of ths patriotic and sympa
thetic audience. Tho Rebeccas at the lemonade
well, and the maidens who told good fortune in
return for a hand liberally crossed with silver
reaped a golden harvest for tho widows and
orphans who have becomo the sacred charges
of the Post. Among thoso present were the De
partment Commander James S. Fraser, Assist
ant Adjt.-Gen. George F. Hopper, Inspector
Frank M. Clark, Gen. M. T. McMahon, Judge
David McAdam, and Col. H. B. Lawrence.
A feature of the fair was the museum of rel
ics, carefully guarded in a room at the extreme
end of the hall, and among them were many
valuable mementoes of the late war. The room
is in charge of Mrs. M. C. Fargis. Among
f heso Telics was tho pen that Lee ued in sign
ing the articles of surrender at Appomattox
Court-house, Virginia, a section of tho post
stockade at Andcrsonville, a section of the
'dead-line" stake from the same prison, a
piece of flooring from the famous Libby Prison,
a piece of the rebel Hag that floated before the
evacuation over tho capitol at Richmond, a
bullet that passed through the body of Capt.
Mimics, a present member of the Post, and a
varied contribution of tattered battle-flags and
arms of every descriptain, silent witnesses of
many a bloody battle.
A Warsaw Post's Tribute to a Deceased Comrade.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Warsaw, N. Y., Dec. 19. At a regular meet
ing of Gibbs Post, No. 130, Department of New
York, G. A. 11., held at its headquarters, in
Warsaw, December 4, 1SS2, Comrade Augustus
Harrington addressed the Pot and moved
the appointment of a committee to prepare res
olutions concerning the death of Comrade David
Longstreet on the 1st inst. A committee was
appointed, consisting of Comrades Augustus
Harrington, I. Sam. Johnson, and John Duggan,
and the following resolutions reported by them
were adopted by the Post:
Whereas, Another eomradeof Gibbs Post has been
mustered out of life's service, and it baa been the
custom on similar occasions for the Post to express
tender sympathy with the bereaved and fit recog
nition of ita own loss; nnd
Whereas. In the death of Comrade Longstreet,
whoie funeral services the comrades of this Post
attended and conducted on Sunday, the 3d inst.,
Gibbs Post lost a comrade than whom none was
more devoted to its interests, more appreciating of
its privileges, or more zealous in its service ; we
do therefore resolve,
I. That during bis membership in Gibb Post,
No. 130, Department of New York, G. A. It, our
late Comrade David Longstreet was exemplary,
faithful, and earnest in nil his relations with the
Grand Army of the Republic.
If . Th'it in bis decease we realize afresh that the
veterans of the Urnnd Army and of the old armv
are ever closing up their ranks to till the gaps
which death has made.
II T. That as the tics which bind us in Fraternity,
Charity, and Loyalty were dear to tho comrade into
whose open grave wo ha've just looked, may such
devotion arouse in us keener interests in these
grand watchwords, and suggest to each comrade
fresh effort to build up the Order he loved, until
every worthy veteran of tho old army and navy
shall bo mustered into the Grand Aiiuy of tho
Republic, which admits only the survivors of that
eiti.tm soldiery whoso devotion to country was
attested by u hcrowm that was patriotic nnd a
patriotism that was heroic,
IV. That the Adjutant be directed to enter these
resolutions m the records of the Post; to furnish
copies for publication in Tub National Tkiiiuxb
and m the Warsaw newspapers; to suitably engross
the same ami present one copy to each member of
the family of our late comrade.
A. M. Smith, Commander.
A. C. IMansox, Adjutant,
Rrilllnnt Opening of Wilhon Post Fair at Balti
more. Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Baltimore, Dec. 19. Tho opening of Wilson
Post fair at tho Concordia Opera House was a
very brilliant event. Among those present wero
ex-Mayor F. C. Latrobe, General W. S. Rose
crans, Conimander-iu-Chiof Paul Vaudervoort,
General John W. Horn, Paymaster Arthur J.
Pritchnrd, Postmaster Adreon, General W. E.
W. Ross, Colonel John 11. Suter, Judge George
W. Lindsay, aud Colonel Jones of Commander
Vandervoort's staff. Mr. Georgo B. Creamer
introduced General Rosecrans, who was re
ceived with applause. Ho said : "It affords mo
great pleasure to como hero to-night to assist
my former comrades m their creditable cllbrts
to provido for the poor and needy among their
members. Baltimore is renowned for tho social
polish of her society and tho beauty of her
ladies. As one of tho thirteen original States
it is historic ground. In tho memory of tho
gallant men who fell in defence of that flag, I
have como to wish your fair success, and now
declare it open." Applause.
Commaudcr Vandervoort wa3 introduced,
and said: "Sinco I was elected Grand Com
mander in your city I have traveled 31,037
miles in performance of its duties, and I como
hero to-night for tho same purpose. I sco here
fair hands and willing hearts joined in provid
ing for tho relief of those who may bo iu want.
I am glad to meet here Comrado Rosecrans.
His presence is a towerof strength to our cause,
and shows it to be free from political agency,
made up, as tho Union army was, of patriotic
men. Tho Grand Army is increasing. I prom
ised to add 50,000 members during my term,
nnd if I live to meet you at Denver, we will
have 200,000 members, I hope tho littlo rill of
gold that will flow into theucofTers of Wilson
Post will makesomo poor soldier's home happy,
and brighten tho lot of one who defended his
flag and country.
We appeal to fcM Avho
sympathized with him in dark days to giv&
their aid now." Applause.
Ex-Mayor Latrobe said : " It affords me pleas
ure to-night to meet the two distinguished gen
tlemen who have addressed you. They arc both
gallant soldiers of the late war, and both exem
plify the successful character of the men who car
ried that war to its successful close. General
Rosecrans represents the officers who led tho
men, and Commander Vandervoort represents
the brave men of the great army. I am confident
the distinguished General would feel no regret
at tho praise of the private soldier who carried
his musket in the ranks. I hope this fair will
be a success, and that the sick and distressed
will be relieved through tho bountiful patron
age bestowed upon it, and that the people of
Baltimore will give it a proper support." Ap
Working for tlio Forty-uollar Pension BiJ
Specinl Correspondence National Tribune.
Pittsburg, Dec. 13. A large meeting of
soldiers was held in the Select Council Cham
ber hero last week, and the Allegheny County
Maimed Soldiers' League was organized with
the following officers: John F. Hunter, presi
dent and treasurer; Augustus Beckert, secre
tary; Charles Weitcnhausen, corresponding
secretary. The name adopted for the associa
tion is "The Allegheny County Maimed Sol
diers' League." The meeting was for the pur
pose of urging the passage of the $-10 pension
bill, and tho following resolution was unani
mously adopted :
L'csolred, That tlio different Posts of the G. A. R.
In Western Pennsylvania be requested to pass res
olutions mid forward the same to U. S. Senators
Cameron and Mitchell, urging the immediate pas
sage of House bill 1,110, and that the delegates to
the Department Kiicampmentto be held at Wilkes
barre be requested to suggest the passage of m
resolution on the floor of the Encampment urgin
the V. H. Senate to promptly pass said bill, and
that the Department Encampment ho requested to
appoint a committee of live to carry said resolu
tion to Washington.
It was also ordered that the presidentand sec
retary be authorized to send a committeo to
Washington, if they found it necessary, to urg '
tho passage of the hill.
And the Very Substantial Rations Which it Contain
for the Roys.
A new Post is to he established at Napa Citv
There aro now five Posts in San Francisco,
with a membership of S00.
The California Encamnmnnfc will hn hrlH
January 19th at San Francisco.
Upton Post, Pueblo, Colorado, will give a
Camp-fire- Christmas night at Montgomery
Opera House. It will he the first ever given,
in South Colorado.
Wo are indebted to Gibbs Post, Xo. 130, of
Warsaw, New York, for an invitation and a
very beautiful one it is to its Camp-fire on tho
J. B. Wyman Post, Xo. 32, of Clintonville,
Wis., held a Camp-fire recently, at which nearly
400 people were present and partook of tho
"forage" which was provided at tho closo of
The winter Reunion of the Twenty-second
Massachusetts volunteers and Third Light Bat.
tery took place at Boston on the 13th inst.
Collector Worthington aud Postmaster Tobcy
were among the guests, aud Capt. J. L. Parker,
of Lynn, officiated as toastmaster.
Commander-in-Chief Vandervoort attended
a rousing Grand Army meeting in Wilming;
ton, Delaware, on Tuesday night. F.A.Smyth
aud Admiral Dupont Posts as well as the col
ored Post were present and a largo delegation
attended from interior points in the State.
Comrado W. H. Tuber writes us from Shunx
nock Mills, Rhode Island, that a Post of tho G
A. R., to be known as Burnsidc Post, Xo. 2, w
organized at that place by the Departmen
officers, on October 4th, 1852, with 14 charto
members. With wise management there
nothing to hinder it from becoming a powerfa
Comrade James F. Fitts, the retiring Com.
rnanderof Charles P. Sprout Post, of Lockporfi
N. Y., who has filled that place for threo con
secutive terms, has issued an eloquent circulai
to his fellow members thanking them for ths
honors which they have conferred upon him
and exhorting them to maintain the present
high character of the Post.
Comrade Pinson writes us from Xenia, Mo.,
that Roderick Rockwood Post of the G. A. R.,
Department of Missouri, was mustered in by
Comrade R. H. Browjie, of Kirksville, October
17th, 1SS2, with 22 charter members. Com
mander, J. A. Piuson; S. V. C, George W.
Peake ; J. V. C, Peter Greggers ; O. D., George
W. Palmer; O. G., Charles Grabosh; Chaplain,
John Stout; Adjutant, George W. Housten,
Three old veterans have come in since, and.
there are five more applications to work on.
The Reunion committeo of tho ex:-Soldiers'
and Sailors' Association had a conference with
the secretary of the State Board of Agriculture,
at Columbus. O., last week, relative to the.
dates to be fixed upon for the Reunion next
summer. The committee inclined to Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 24y
23, 26 aud 27. The secretary of tho State
Board was satisfied with those dates, being just
five weeks from the opening of the State Fair,
and with which event it was believed tho Re
union would not interfere with that length o&
Alfred Sully Post, Xo. 3, G. A. R., was re- ,
organized November loth, at Dayton, W. T.f
by General John H. Smith, A. D. C, with 25
old vets as charter members. Sully Post was
organized with 12 charter members January,
1SS1, but, owing to lack of members and interest,
surrendered its charter after struggling man
fully for existence about five months. Xow,
the timber is at hand for a number one Post.
The ofiiccrs are: Commander, H. H. Wolfe ; S.
V. C, J. M. Gale; J. V. C, J. W. Holman;
Adjutant, C. C. Garrett; Q M., A. J. Dexter;
Chaplain, J. J. McClcary; Surgeon, D. B. Petti
john; Aide-de-Camp to Department Com
mandor, T. H. Dupuy.
Comrade Sweet writes us as follows from ,
Palestine, 111.: "Alfred Harrison Post, Xo.
152, hold their first Camp-fire on Friday night, t
December 1st. It was a complete success in.
every way. About 150 old vets sat down to our
beau, supper. After it was over wo held a
regular love-feast. Speeches, songs and stories
of camp and prison lifo (in Andersonvillo)
wero tho order of the night, and all enjoyed
themselves and said it was good to be there.
Tho enthusiasm ran high and Ave got some
fifteen applicants from recruits, and arrange
ments wero made to organize two new Posts
one at Hutsouville and one at Robinson, both,
in this county. Wo are waking up.tho sleepy
old vets to tho importance aud need of G. A.
R. Posts, and I know that our Camp-firo will
result it great good to the Order.
Tho final step in the settlement of the Granger
railroad war was taken iu New York on Thurs
day morning last by tho signing of the agree
ment to restore and maintain rates by tho
presidents of tho roads who did not sign it
Wednesday night. The speedy, somewhat un
expected, and peculiar settlement that wa3
made is duo to the fact that the Xorthwostorrt
Company has, principally through Mr. Vander
bilt, secured control of tho Omaha road. How
the two roads will be united, whether by lease
or consolidation, is a matter of conjecture. Tho
general impression is that the two roads will bo
consolidated. The representatives of tho Union
aud the Central Pacific roads continued in con
ference with the general freight agents of the
roads in tho Iowa pool. Tho result of tho meet
ing was that tho arrangements between tho
several roads for transcontinental business
which existed last year will be continuedLur-
iug the coming year.
The Chicago West Division Street Railway
Company is considering tho idea of running its
cars by electricity. Elmer A. Sperry, of Court
land, X. Y., a well-known electrician, is tho
projector of tho system. It is understood that
the system will run and light the cars besides
and light the track for a third of a mile ahead
of tho car.
Fast aud Loose.
Decay loosens tho teeth. SOZODOXT re
moves the cause of their destruction, aud they
retain their place in the dental process. After
a few applications, it will be noticed that tho
natural indentations in them, formerly filled,
with corroding tartar, present a spotless ap
pearance, and their enamelled surfaces glisten
with becoming lustre. Thu3 beauty is height-
Lened and health promoted.