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TIjE' GRAND pjY.
Proceedings of the Department Encamp
mentsPost Meetings and Work.
In our Grand Army columns, this week, -will
bo found reports of the proceedings of the fol
lowing Department Encampments : New Hamp
shire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylva
nia, Potomac and Illinois. Tho Maine and Ver
mont Encampments will be held to-day. Tho
dates of the Indiana, Iowa and Missouri En
campments have not yet been fixed.
Adjutant-General F. E. Brown writes us:
"Applications forwarded by The Tribune for
Posts in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and
Tennessee, have reached me in Boston and
been attended to. Thanks." "Within the last
week wo have forwarded to headquarters ap
plications for Posts at Athol, X. Y. ; Dundas,
Minn.; Rockville, Wis., and "White Rocks,
Kan., and have been notified of tho proposed
organization of new Posts at several other
points where applications for charters aro being
Tho following officers of R. W. Mullen Post,
No. 33, North Yassalborough, Maine, havobcen
dulv installed by National J. V. C. Colonel 1.
S. Bangs: Commander, R. C. Burgess; S. V-. C.
E. C. Coombs; J. V. C, JohuWithee; Surgeon,
Araasa Gregory; Q.M., Henry A. Ewer; O. D.,
Henry F. Baker; Chaplain, Gcorgo Ramsell;
O. G.. Owen O'Neill ; Adj't, J. A. Rowe. After
the installation services, which in themselves
were beautiful and impressive, abundant ra
tions (considerably better than Andersonvillo
fare) were issued, followed by a Camp-fire, at
which speeches were made and personal rem
iniscences of tho war given, interspersed with
war songs and patriotic music by the North
Yassalborough brass band, tho members of
which kindly volunteered their services for tho
occasion.' A score of comrades from Waler
ville enjoyed the pleasure of the evening, and
all voted it a thoroughly good time.
The sixteenth annual Encampment of tho
Department of New Hampshire convened in
Moore's Opera House, Lake Village, at three
o'clock Thursday afternoon. It was a notable
gathering of Grand Army men, the attendance
being very large, and comprising an unusual
number of prominent members of tho Order.
Tho .committee on credentials reported 1(51
present entitled to seats. After the business of
organizing, the Commander's address and re
ports of various officers were received. Tho
report of Assistant Adjutant-General Shack
ford showed a total membership of 3.072. being
a gain of 319 during the past year. Died during
the year, 24. Expended for charity, $2,26-1.72.
Posts organized at "West Windham and Coils
town; re-organized at Hopkintou and Far
mington. Report of Assistant Quarmastcr
General showed cash on hand and received
during tho year, $l,G39.99; expenditures,
$1,354.00. After reports of theso and various
other officers, proceeded to election of oifiecrs
for the ensuing year. There was an anniinated
contest. John C. Linehan, of Post 31. Fisher
ville, was elected Department Commander, and
Scwall D. Tilton, of Post 51, Raymond, re
elected Senior-A'ice Department Commander.
At nine o'clock the Encampment took a recess,
having accepted the invitation of Darius A.
Drake, Post 3(5. to a banquet given in honor of
the visitors. The vestry of the Baptist Church
had been utilized as a banquet, hall, wheic ta
bles were spread for over 30i The guests,
escorted by Drake Post, marched to the vestry.
The orchestra from the Highland Band was in
attendance, which greeted tho column as it
entered with the stirring strains of a grand
march. Lake Village had no reason to fear for
her reputation for hospitality. The banquet
was a most appetizing airayot eatables and
drinkables, and was spread with taste and
neatness, under the direction of the Ladies'
Belief Corps and volunteer assistants. Some
fifty of the young ladies of the village, whoso
beauty is proverbial, served as attendants.
After invocation of tho Divine blessing by De
partment Chaplain Rev. Daniel C. Roberts, of
Post 2, Concord, tho visitors were welcomed in
behalf of Drake Post and tho citizen's, and in
vited to fall to and help theinelves. A
quartette, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
Elkins. Mr. E. N. Dana, and Mrs. Julius
Boullice, then sang "America." Junior
Vice Commander-in-Chief General I. S.
Bangs .was then called as the ranking officer
present, and spoke eloquently for half an hour.
Then there were called up, successively, Com-mauSer-elect
John C. Linehan. Senior Vice
Department Commander Scwall D. Tilton; Col.
Dana W. King, of Nashua ; Rev. E. W. Bicker,
of Lake Village; Rev. Q. H. Shinn, of Ply
mouth; Dr. Eastman, of Hampstead; Col. W.
H. D. Cochrane, of Nashua; Junior Vice De
partment Commander Hiram G. Sherman;
Captain D. B. Newhall, of Concord ; and Albrin
U. Simmons, of Manchester. Tho quartctto
sandwiched two tine pieces in among tho
speeches, and tho orchestra also took an occa
sional hand. It was nearly 11 o'clock before
the members of tho Encampment returned to
the Opera House and resumed business. The
selection of remaining officers was proceeded
with, with tho following result: Junior Vice
Department Commander, Hiram G. Sherman, of
Post 12, Claremont, re-elected; Medical Di
rector, Dr. Samuel P. Carbee, Post 42, Haver
hill ; Chaplain, L. T. McKinney, Post 3, Man
chester; Delegates to National Encampment,
Dana W. King, of Nashua; A. S. Twilchell, of
Gorham; John Kenney, of Greenville; Geo.
"W. Barnard, of Caremont ; Alternates, Otis C.
Wyatt, of Tilton; Walter Cody, of Manchester;
Henry O.Kent, of Lancaster; and John W.
Sturtevant, of Keene; Council of Administra
tion W. H. Lovel, Post 1, Portsmouth ; W. H.
Emery, Post 3, Manchester; W. W. H. Green
wood, Post G, Peterboro; Martin B. Pluinmcr,
Post 37, Laconia; Eben Weed, Post 50, Haver
hill. The old soldiers evidently came prepared
to attend strictly to business, for tho election
of officers, transaction of routine business, and
discussion of various phases of pension matters
proceeded without any signs of flagging, and it
was long after 3 o'clock before the fall of tho
gavel gave the finishing touch to the sixteenth
Comrade J. B. Waldron, of Wolfhoro, N. H.,
writes that Past Post Commander Jasper War
ren has installed the following officers of James
R. Newell Post, No. Gl: Commander, Thomas
Lees; S. V. C, Joseph P. Heath; J. V. C, It.
R. Davis; Q. M., J. F. Sumner; Chaplain, A.
M. Cate; Surgeon, George W. Horn; O. D., S.
E. Sturchfield ; O. G., J. B. Waldron ; Adjutant,
J. W. Sleeper; S. M., James Stevenson ; Q. M.
S., John H. Lowd. The Post has a member
ship of forty and is in good working order.
Comrade Win. McKinnon, Canaan, Vt., writes
that a new Post is about to bo organized at
"West Stcwartstown, N. H.
Comrade N. C. Peck, Montpelicr, Vt., sends
us the following list of officers of Brooks Post,
No. 13, in that place: Commander, H. A. Hure;
S. V. C, W. W. H olden; J. V. C, C. H. Carter;
Cliaplain, W. F. Waterman; Surgeon, G. W.
Colby; Q. M., H. M. Pcirce; Q. M. S., F. W.
Wood; Adj't, N. C. Peck; O. D., C. Baylcy; O.
G., J. V. Morrow. On the 27th ult. about
twenty of the members of the Post gave Com
rade .1. J. Young a surprise party. Music fol
lowed, after which Commander Geoghcgan
made an able address, in which lie paid a glow
ing tribute to the gallant young Colonel after
whom the Post is named, and also related a
number of incidents of army life. The pleas
ure of the entertainment was also enhanced by
an historic reminiscence by General Henry A.
Morrison, piano bolos and a recitation by 5lrs.
J. W. Cochran ; a song by Mrs. Major Baldwin
and a violin solo by Professor Heuliner.
A Camp-fire was held on the 30th ult. by
Cummings Post, No. 37, St. Georgia?, Vt., at
which Comnu&s Rev. A. O. Spoor, of Storks
borough, Vt., gav' his experience in rebel
prisons, and showed a ma) giving the location
of the different prisons. He alho described tho
kind and amount of rations received. The
Hiuosburgh Glee Club, accompanied on the
organ by Miss J. .S. Patrick, icndcred in fine
stylo a number of songs.
Comrade M. P. Kent, Worcester, Vt., writes
us that the Camp-fire held there on the 27th
ult. was an enjoyable affair. Comrade Morrow,
of Brooks Post, Montpelicr, related experiences
of life in camp, and Miss .Tosio Maync and Miss
Morrow read and recited several selections.
The fifteenth annual Encampment of the De
partment of Massachusetts convened in Fau
cuil Hall, Boston, on Monday evening, January
20th, Dahlgrcu Post, No. 2, of South Boston,
furnishing the guard detail, and Comrade Kane
acting as Officer of the Day. Dept.-Com. George
II. Patch called the Encampment to order.
Among the distinguished officials present
were Commander - in - Chief Van Dervoort ;
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief J. S.
Bangs, of Maine; Surgeon-General Azcl Ames,
jr., of Massachusetts; Adjutant-General F.
E. Brown, of Omaha, and Past Judge-Advocate
Gcorgo W. Williams, of the Department of
Ohio. All the comrades were received with
tho heartiest applause. Accompanying the
Commander-in-Chief were also tho following
comrades: S. A. Barton of the National Council
of Administration, Assistant Inspector-General
Alfred C. Monroe, and George G. Bailey. John
F. Bruce, F. W. Meriam and George C. Joslin,
Aides-dc-Camp on the Commander-in-Chief's
stall'. Tho Encampment was then formally
opened in accordance with the ritual of tho
Order, and Department Commander Patch
delivered his annual address. Tho following
is the substance of his remarks :
The first topic touched upon by the Commander
was the membership, in which he .showed that the
Department hud made a gain uf fifteen Posts and
2.161 members, mid the report of December 31,
1SS2, was for 12.413 members in jjood standing. The
fmunciul condition of the Department is better
than ever before, and there is n cash balance in its
favor beside a large stock of supplies on lmnd. In
ulltidim; to Memorial Day, he advocated special
memorial services on the ftibbath preceding the
day : also the practice of causing the attendance of
children upon all memorial services. In speaking
of the Soldiers' Home, the speaker paid a tribute
to (General Sargent, who was absent in tho West
seeking a restoration to health, and stated that
the Home had been opened and was in good run
ning order under its present superintendent, Gen
eral Cunningham, assisted by his wife as matron.
The present number of inmates is ninety-live, all
aged and broken-down men. lie announced that
the trustees of the home would ask aid from the
legislature, as the fund on hand was but $25,000.
and the principal was rapidly being used to keep
the inmates in food and clothing. He advocated
county conventions, but recommended monthly
and semi-monthly visitations instead of parades
and Encampments, as the comrades could not at
tend one or march to the others, lie alluded to
Hie work of the delegation to the National En
campment as typical of that performed by all past
delegations to that body, lie commended the Wo
man's Relief Corps as a valuable auxiliary to the
(J. A. I., and thought the band of earnest women
workersa benefit to the Order. Several recommen
dations, embodying changes in the. rules and regu
altions, wore recommended, and the importance of
sending a full delegation to the next National En
campment was urged. The closing topics of his
address referred to the personal work ol tne com
mander and his personal and olllcial staff. The
Commander represented the Department eight y
cighttimes; S.Y.C.llart, thirty-two: .J.V.C.Bilings,
fifty-three, and the aggregate visitations of the bal
aneeof thestatramounted to n."7. These were made
in the spring and fall inspections of I'osts, to Camp
fires, missionary meetings, fairs, and other gather
ingsof the Grand Army. His closing topic was "Tho
Future of the Grand Army," in which he recom
mended the stopping of promiscuous charity to
men not members of the Order, and advised that,
to meet actual necessities of soldiers outside, a small
percentage of the charity fund be set aside for that
purpose, and the balance be used for deserving
members of the Order who may need assistance.
In order to provide for the future, when the organi
zation shall be enfeebled by years and weakened
membership, he recommends Posts to build up
large charity funds now, and carefully invest them
that the age'd and decrepit members of the Order,
in time to come, may have comfort ami content
ment, far removed, as they must be, from the poor
houses of the Slate. He also suggests that Posts
consider the propriety of investing their funds in
real estate that can never be sold, said real estate
being purchased in some growing locality where
the ground rent in future years may be a handsome
source of income; this he claimed must be done, as
the Grand Army of the Republic has no system of
stated benefit, and the organization could not re
tain its present strength and ability to raise churity
Tho annual reports were then presented.
That of Assistant Adjutant-General James F.
Meech, who has held the office for the last
seven years, gave the following as tho record of
work for the pat year :
Whole number of Posts Jan. 1, 1SS2 137
Whole number of members 10,2Ti2
"Whole number of Posts Jan. 1, 18S3 MS
Whole number of members 12,113
Net during the year 2,101
Gained bv muster 2,3(V1
Gained by transfer 22n
Gained by reinstatement 1,-i'tl
Total gain 4,011
Lost by death 125
Lost by honorable discharge 37
Lost by transfer 251
l,ost by suspension ?. 1,137
Lost by disbanding ot Posts ,
Total loss . 1,S50
Two Posts have surrendered their charters,
thrcj have been reorganized, and ten have
been organized. Several recommendations
were made, and, in closing, Comrade Meech
referred to the nearly seven years he had occu
pied the position of assistant adjutant-general.
During that time ho had seen the membership
of the Department go down to 7,550 and its
finances at a very low point, while to-day it
has a handsome surplus on hand, and 12,G00
Comrade George L. Goodale, assistant quartermaster-general,
presented his report, show
ing the receipts of the year to have been $G,
112.11, and the, expenditures $5,813.87. Includ
ing the last quarter of 1SS2 and this month
(January), the receipts were $1,591.89, and tho
expenditures $9(K18, leaving a cash balance of
$083.71, and the other assets amounl to $133.77,
making the total assets $1,297.43.
Reports were also presented by Medical Di
rector Azel Ames, Jr., Cliaplain John W. Lee,
Inspector William L. Baird, and the Council of
Administration. The committee on credentials
reported the whole number of comrades enti
tled to scats in the convention. 437; number
present, 357. Tho Encampment was then ad
dressed by Commander-in-Chief Van Dervoort,
who made a ringing speech, and was frequently
interrupted by applause.
At tho second day's session of the Encamp
ment the following officers were elected : Com
mander, George S. Evans, of Post 30, Cain
bridgeport. Senior Vice Commander, John D.
Billings of Post 91, Canton. Junior Vice Com
mander, William A. Sloan of Post 37, Spencer.
Medical Director, James II. Wright, of Post (3,
Natick. Chaplain, John W. Lee, of Post 11,
Council of Administration Charles II. Par
sons of Post '15, Gloucester; W.W. Scott of Post
10, Worcester; R. F. Tobin of Post 30, Cam
bridgeport; J. C. Thomas of Post 15, Boston;
Benjamin Pitman of Post S2, Marblehead.
Delegates to National Encampment James
F. Meech of Worcester (at large), William H.
Hart of Chelsea, William M. Olin of Roxbury,
Andrew C. Stono of Lawrence, Charles S. An
thony of Taunton, Thomas J. Ames of Leomin
ster, W. H. H. Emmons of East Boston, Hart
well S. French of Lvnn, Charles M. Wheldon of
Pittsfield, W. S. Frost of .Marlboro. C. H. Co
burn of Lowell, Thomas H. Hill of Woburn, J.
Payson Bradley of South Boston.
Alternates to National Encampment M. R."
Greene of Weymouth (at large), Andrew F.
Smith of Now Bedford, A. A. Stearns of North
Seituatc, George G. Bailey of Hyde Park,G. M.
Horton of AttleborOjG. H. Smith of Ilolyoke,
E. C. SpofTord of Peabody. Philip II. Creaseyof
Newburyport, Alonzo B.Wentworth of Dedham,
Myron P. Walker of Belohertown, B. A. Hatha
way of Plymouth, George W. Nason of Frank
lin, George W. Powers of Boston.
Commander-elect Evans appointed as Adjutant-General
of the Department Comrade Al
fred C. Munroo of Brockton, who has been
Chief Mustering Officer for the past year and
acting Department Adjutant-General for sev
eral monts past. The efficient services of Com
rade James F. Meech as Department Adjutant
General for tho past seven years were fittingly
recognized by theconvention, which instructed
the newly elected officers to prepare and pre
sent him a suitable testimonial.
It was voted to send a telegram to Past De
partment Commander Horace Binncy Sargent
(who is in tho West, in hopes of improving his
health), expressing the good wishes of the De
partment. Tho Soldiers' Home was strongly indorsed,
and various other matters of business of interest
to the members of the Department were trans
acted. Tho newly elected officers were installed,
and soon alter 2 o'clock tho convention ad
journed. Comrade Evans, tho newly elected Depart
ment Commander, enlisted as a private in the
Fifty-sixth Massachusetts regiment, and was
mustered into tho United States service Feb
ruary 25, 18G1, for three years. Tho regiment
was attached to tho Ninth Corps, Army of tho
Potomac, and participated in the campaign from
the Wilderness to Appomattox, and was mus
tered out of tho service at the closo of tho war,
July 12, lbU5. Comrade Evans participated in
the terrible battles ol the campaign, and was
mustered out as a sergeant at tho closo of tho
war. He entered the Grand Army of the Re
public May 27, 1808, and has always been an
earnest worker. Ho has been Commander
of his Post, a member of both the Stato and
THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON,
National Councils of Administration, Senior
Vice Department Commander, and was Chief of
Staff of Commander-in-Chief Wagner.
The fourth annual convention of the Woman's
Relief Corps, Department of Massachusetts,
auxiliary to tho Grand Army of the Republic,
was held in Boston on the 30th ult., Mrs. E.
Florence Bowker, the President, in the chair.
There was a full attendance of delegates and a
large number of interested spectators, all ladies.
The various reports were highly satisfactory,
the total number of subordinate corps being
twenty-one, and tho gain in membership 220.
Since the corps were organized tho sum ot $10,
000 has been expr nded in relief work. At 12:30
o'clock Commander-in-Chief Van Dervoort and
the Department officers visited tho convention
and were formally received. The President
cordially welcomed the Commander-in-Chief
and comrades in a felicitous speech, and the Sec
retary, M rs. Sarah E. Fuller, gave a brief re
sume of the work of the corps during the past
four vears. Brief speeches were also made by
the Chaplain, Mrs. Boyington, and the Senior
Vice Commander, Miss Mason. Commander-in-Chief
Paul Van Dervoort was then introduced
as the first commander-in-chief of tho Grand
Army who had ever occupied tho platform of
the Massachusetts Woman's Relief Corps con
vention. Commander Van Dervoort said that
when the Grand Army of tho Republic ceased
to recognize the women of the war, it ceased to
recognize the principles of its organization. At
Andersonville, lying behind the dead-line for
six months, the only face that looked upon him
with sympathy except those of tho colored peo
plewas that of a white lady of Georgia. When
the prisoners had been exchanged and were in
the hospital in "God's country," as it was
called by the boys in blue, the first face, they
saw was that of a woman. He believed that
the mothers and wives of soldiers had tho
heaviest burdens to bear. The proudest out
growth of the Grand Army of the Republic, he
thought, was tho woman's Auxiliary Corps.
Without the aid and sympathy of loyal women,
he believed the stars and liars would to-day bo
floating all over the South. Their letters of
love and fire encouraged the wounded in hos
pitals to rcsolvo to live, and, living, to go again
to tho front in the great cause. He wished
that the organization might be enlarged so that
all loyal and philanthropic women could march
with the men of the Grand Army. Speeches
were also made by Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief
Bangs, Adjutant-General Brown, Quar
termaster Gomlalo, Past Chaplain-in-Chief
Levering and Colonel T. E. Bowker. After the
presentation to the Commander-in-Chief of an
elegant bouquet of flowers that adorned tho
reading desk, tho delegation of Department
"Adjutant," Springfield, Mass., writes us that
matters connected with the G. A. R. have been
quite lively in that section in the past week,
and several interesting evenIs arc promised in
the near future. Thursday evening, the 2(ith
ult,, E. K. Wilcox Post, No. 10, Springfield (of
which our correspondent is a member,), at tended
tho "Soldier's Camp-fire" of Kilpatriek Post,
No. 7J, of Ilolyoke. There were also present
the Posts from Chicopee, Northampton, and
Amherst. About -100 comrades attended and
sat down to fivo long tables in tho City Hall.
The boys took very kindly to their rations, and
in a short time afterwards pipes and tobacco
were produced, and the really interesting part
of tho Camp-firo commenced. Speeches wero
made, songs sung, and stories told, and one and
all declared that Kilpatriek Post had originated
and carried through a genuine old soldiers'
Camp-fire, and one hard to beat. Tho com
rades returned home on special trains at ono
o'clock, and on leaving gave tho Holyoko com
rades the hearty cheers they so well deserved.
Wednesday evenimr, tho 31st ult:, Wilcox Post
tumid out 150 comrades to attend the banquet
at Hartford, given by Nathaniel Lyon and
R. O. Tyler Posts, of that city, to the delegates
to the Department Convention, in session at
that time. Tho Post was invitcd.to attend as
the special guests of Lyon and Tyler Posts, and
received a glorious welcome. The banquet was
first-class, and what a demand there was for
those knapsacks, which were placed by the
plate of each comrade, and contained the indis
pensable cigar! The alfair in every way was a
perfect success, and comrades aro very seldom
permitted to listen to such an army of speakers
as wero heard on tho occasion. Just think of
tho list: Commander-in-Chief Van Dervoort,
Chaplain-in-Chief Foster, Ex-Governor Jewell,
Licut.-Governor Sumner, Ex-Licut.-Govurnor
Bulkley, Comrade Beath (our former Adjutant
General), besides representative speakers from
the Dcpartmentsof Connecticut and Massachu
setts, and also that largc-lfearted and patriotic
woman the world -renowned Clara Barton,
who received a perfect ovation from tho com
rades, in remembrance of her untiring devotion
to the sick and wounded soldiers in the war.
The comrades left Hartford about 2 o'clock,
arriving home at 3, and all declaring that they
bad been favored in attending such an enter
tainment. Comrade Roland E. Bowen, a member of G.
A. Custer Post, No. 70, Millbury, Mass., died
on the 21st ult., and was buried on the 25th
with Post honors. He was a member of Co. B,
Fifteenth Massachusetts, and seven comrades of
that company attended the funeral, among
them being A. A. Simonds, of Dayton, O., who
escaped from prison with him. Tho floral
emblenfs were very beautilul. Comrade. Bowen
was a famous checker player, and his chess
library was, with ono exception, the finest in
the country. Ho died at the ago of forty-six,
of disease contracted in the tinny, and leaves a
wife and two children.
Comrade C. W. Putnam, Worcester, Mass.,
writes that Post No. 10 of that place realized
about $1,000 from its presentation of "The Old
Flag, or the Battle of Newbern," at the City
Theatre, January 23-l-5-G-7th, and that the
interest of the performance was greatly height
ened by the evolutions of the City Guards,
fifty strong, commanded by Capt. E. R. Shum
way. The Post now numbers 453 members,
about 100 having been added during the past
year. During that period the relief committee
expended $1,1! 12.22, of which $819.85 was for
the relief of sick and needy members of the
Post, $3:20.45 for soldiers not members, and
$-195.92 for widows and clnldren of soldiers.
The fair at Mechanics' Hall, December, 1882,
netted $2,524.19. Dr. Albert A. Wood is chair
man, Gen. Josiah Pickett" treasurer, and E. A.
Rice secretary of the relief committee. Tho
first two have served continuously for fourteen
Comrade Newcomb, Springfield, Mass., writes :
" The Union Camp-fire at ilolyoke. was a good
success. About five hundred old boys sat down
to a bountiful supper, and with the usual good
speaking and singing a pleasant evening was
passed. But our Camp-fires aro far from being
perfect. In the first place they should not bo
'Stag' parties. The ladies are a great help,
and wc should invito them to all our Camp
fires. Some men who were in the army seem
to think it a duty to smoke until they are
black in tho face, but I am not alone in claim
ing that we should smoke less and entertain
tho ladies more. At Westfield Camp-fire tho
leading one of the Department the supper was
prepared by tho ladies and served by them,
and I venture to say it w:is more enjoyed by
the comrades present than any Camp-fire this
A circular has been issued by Commander
Charles 11. Baker, of 'General Lander Post, No.
5, Lynn, Mass., Win. L. Baird, adjutant, asking
information in the ease of Comrade James M.
Sargcant, of that Post, who served in company
M, Second regiment California cavalry, Captain
Georgo M. Price. Ho was first troubled with
blindness at Fort Bridger in 18(!5, and grad
ually growing worse, hits for the past six years
been totally blind. He. is an applicant for in
valid pension and desires to present testimony.
The annual Encampment of tho Department
of Connecticut began at Central Hall, Hartford,
at two o'clock Thursday afternoon last, with a
large attendance from the Posts of tho State.
Ira E. Hicks, Commander of the Department,
delivered an address, congratulating the Order
on its growth and prosperity and tho hold it
has on tho hearts of old soldiers. Ho men
tioned that the Women's Relief Corps had been
introduced as an order of tho Department, and
recommended that every Post lake tho matter
into consideration. According to tho report of
Ass't Adj't-Gen. Henry E. Taintor, there havo
been ten new Posts organized during tho year,
and the total gain to tho Department is 792 mem
bers. Tho present force of the Department is for
ty Posts, with a total membership of 3,025. By
the report of Assistant Quartermaster-General
W. II. Pierpont, tho receipts of the Department
for the year havo been $3,187.70, and tho dis
bursements $2,210.39. Miss Clara Barton de
livered an attractive address and the session of
the day soon afterwards closed. In tho evening
a banquet was served in Allyn Hall to tho De
partment representatives and to Wilcox Post, of
Springfield. Tho etago was elaborately deco
D. C, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1883.
rated. Overhead wero two largo flags, which
had for a centre-piece an enlarged badge of
the Order that had been used in the memora
ble Encampment at Baltimore.. The centre
of the stage had an A ten, hjumorously in
scribed "Bummers' Den." Within was a mat
trass and burning candle. In front was a largo
stuffed turkey, such as tho boys used to "con
fiscate " in days long ago. At cither side of tho
stage were Gatling guns, and on a line to the
rear four stacks of muskets and stands of
colors. At their bases were groupings of knap
sacks. Tho entire arrangement was grace
ful and appropriate. In the boxes and galleries
was a large gathering of ladies and gentlemen.
Colt's band occupied a central position in the
gallery. Nearly 000 persons wero at tho table.
Among those seated at the table were Lieutenant-Governor
Sumner, Secretary of Stato
Northrop, Comptroller Sloat, General Coit, ex
Governor Jewell, Commander-in-Chief Paul
Van Dervoort, Chaplain-in-Chief I. M. Foster,
Adjutant-General F. E. Brown, Past Adjutant
General Robert B. Beath, of Philadelphia,
Commander J. O. Smith, of Wilcox Post, John
L. Rice and Andrew J. Wright, of the same,
Comrade K. M. Shaw, Insp-ctor of the Depart
ment of Maine. General William H. Bulkeley,
on behalf of Tyler and Lyon I'osts, G. A. R.,
extended a graceful welcome to the visitors,
which was responded to by Department Com
mander flicks and by Post Commander Smith,
of Sprinficld. After the repast, addresses were
made by ex-Governor Jewell, Lieutenant-
Governor Sumner, Comniander-m-Chiet Paul
Van Dervoort, of Omaha, Clam Barton, Com
rades Rice and Wright, of Sprinficld, Stato
Senator Plunkett, of New Haven, Mr. S. A.
Hubbard, of tho Vourant, Chaplain-in-Chief
Foster, of Waterloo, N. Y., Adjutant-General
Beath, of Philadelphia, and Inspector Shaw, of
Maine. United States Marshal Kinney offi
ciated as master of ceremonies. The occasion
was ono of rare enjoyment to all present, tho
addresses being of unusual interest and elo
quence. The election of oifiecrs on Friday re
sulted as follows: Commander, Isaac B. Hyatt,
of Meriden ; S. V. C, William Berry, of Hart
ford; J. V. C, Frank D. Kloat, of New Haven;
M. D., Myron W. Robinson, of Colchester;
Chap.. James W.Davis, of Waterbury; Council
of Administration, Henry M. Durfey, of Nor
wich ; -George Robbins, of Waterbury; Fred.
E. Camp, of Middletown; Fred. L. Warren, of
Bridgeport; Christian Quein, of Danbury;
Delegates to National Encampment, at large,
William II. Pierpont, of New Haven; Fred. A.
Spencer, of Waterbury; Selah G. Blakeman, of
Birmingham; John C. Broatch, of Middletown.
The first performance of the popular opera
"Chimes of Normandy," for tho benefit of
R. O. Tyler Post, of Hartford, Conn., given in
that city on t bo evening of the 1st inst., proved
to be a grand success. The entertainment was
for tho benefit of tho charity fund of the Post.
Comrade A. F. Avery, Commander of Cady
Post, No. 230, Breckport, N. V., writes us that
a few days ago ho was called upon by a com
mittee of ladies, composed of wives of members,
who requested him to call a special meeting of
the Post for last Friday night, and that a full
attendance was desired. Accordingly, about
eight p. m., some fifty comrades assembled in
the hall. Tho ladies had, however, come beforo
them, bringing rations, and had spread a tabic
the entire lengt h of t be hull for the members and
their wives. The children were not forgotten
either a separate table having been prepared
for them. Supper being announced, tho assem
bly was called to order, and after the invoca
tion of a Divine blessing by ex-Chaplain J. Cu
bitt, tho attack was commenced. Right roy
ally was the advance made no wavering, but
straight forward, every eye lo the front. Three
times were the tables cleared, and as many
times replenished all being bountifully served.
Comrade Cubitt returned thanks to the ladies
in fitting language for this, the first annual
surprise supper. Comrade Avery says: "Fri
day evening will bo long remembered by tho
members of Cady Post. The wives of tho com
rades of tho Post, in all our undertakings, havo
always given us that help which has made our
gatherings a decided success."
Harmon J. Cowdcn Post, No. 321, was organ
ized at Westfield, N. Y., on the evening of tho
15th ult. Including visitors, between sixty
and seventy veterans were present. Com
mander Huggins, assisted by Captain Goodrich,
of Tonawanda, performed the rites of organiza
tion. The ritual was impressive and beautiful,
and thirty-two veterans under its phrasing en
listed as charter members of the new Post,
which was christened Post Harmon J. Cowdcn,
in honor of that much esteemed citizen, tho
late Captain Cowdcn. of the Ninth N. Y. cav
alry. The election of ollicers of the Post re
sulted as follows : Commander, J. 11. Towle; S.
V. C, G. T. Jcwett; J. V. C, Alex. McDadc;
Q. M., P. W. Bemis; Surg.. I. E. Bacon; Chap
lain, E. A. Skinner; O. D., W. H. Rolph; O. G.,
Geo. Maurer; Adj't, G. M. Rykert; S. M., G. A.
Isliam. Among those present were Commander
Standach, of Bulfalo; Commander C. O. Fur
man, of Brocton, with a delegation; Com
mander Kimberly, of Mayville, accompanied
by several comrades; Ripley was represented
by several names on the list of charter mem
bers. The speeches and songs went on until
about 2 o'clock, when "taps" wero sounded
and the veterans turned in to bo in order for
the reveille called by business at daybreak.
Comrade O. L. Whitcomb writes that about
twenty old vets of Argylc, N. Y., most of
them accompanied by ladies, held a Reunion at
Baxter's Hotel at that place on tho 31st ult.
An excellent oyster supper was served in tho
dining-room, which was handsomely decorated
with flags and bunting. After tho repast an
adjournment was had to the parlors, when re
marks wero made by Captain George S. Orr, a
one-armed veteran, and by Comrade Harvey
Reynolds, and a poem read, written by Joseph
W. Bird. " Nearly everyone present," writes
Comrado Whitcomb, " aro subscribers to Tin:
Tho officers of A. O. Bliss Post, No. 305, which
was organized at New Baltimore, N. Y., on
November 27, aro : Commander, John W. Wig
gins; S. V. C, Robert Wilson; J. V. C. John J.
Sullivan; Surg., Joseph P. Smith; Chap., Chas.
Lowery; O. D., Elias Vanseenburgh; Q. M.,
Frank Greene; O. G., David Layton; Adjt., H.
W. Mead." Comrade H. W. Mead writes us that
tho Post is in good working order, and steadily
increasing in numbers.
Commander Austin, of Steele Post, No. 2G9,
and Commander Turner, of G. D. Bailey Post,
No. 200, assisted by comrades of the Posts
named, on the 19th ult., mustered Post 32S, at
Croghan, Lewis county, N. Y. An enthusiastic
public meeting was first held, which Avas ad
dressed by Comrade Turner and others. Com
rade P. J. Corcoran is commander of the new
Post, and W. P. Rood, adjutant.
The officers of Charles H. Bills Post, Wyo
ming, N. Y., aro as follows: Commander, C. F.
Miller; S. V. C, J. It. Russell; J. V. C, J. T.
Faulkner; Q. M., E. II. Owen; Cliaplain, H. S.
Strong; Surg., Adclbcrt Howard; O. D., Mur
ray T. Lester; O. G., George Welton; Adj't,
Warren L. Farr; S. M., Win. W. McDonald; Q.
M. S., A. J. Saycrs; Delegato, Colonel A. B.
Lawrence; Alternate, E. H. Owen.
Tho olficers of Willoughby Babcock Post,
No. 105, Homer, N. Y.. arc: Commander, C. A.
Skinner; S. V. C, Win. Saunders: J. V. C,
Frank Hammond; Adj't, Chas. A. Fora; Q. M.,
O. A. Babcock; 0. I)., F. D. Carpenter; O. G.,
L. W. Porter; Chaplain, J. J. Woodrotf; Surg.,
Chas. Hutchiugs; S. M., Harvey Fuller; Q. M.
S., H. L. Bates.
Post No. 91, Medina, N. Y., is in a very pros
perous condition, with a membership of 115,
and many more to follow.
Comrado Georgo B. Fielder, Department
Commander of New Jersey, issued on tho 31st
ult. General Orders, No. 1, in which ho sets
forth the fact of his election and his assuuip-.
tion of command, also that tho headquarters of
the Department are established at Jersey City.
The following appointments aro announced on
the stall' of the Department Commander; they
will be obeyed and respected accordingly: As
sistant Adjutant-General, John Ramsey, Post
3. Jersoy City; Assistant Quartermaster-General,
John G. Fisher, Post 3d, Jersey City;
Inspector, Wm. 11. Do Hart, Post 25, Elizabeth;
Judge Advocate, Henry M. Nevius, Post b'l,
Red Bank; Chief Mustering Officer, C. II. Ben
son, Post 11, Newark (business address Jersey
City) ; Chief of Staff, Edward F. McDonald,
Post 3S, Harrison ; Provost Marshal, II. II. Do
Grofft,Post33, Pcnn's Grovo; Ordnance Officer,
C. II. Miller, Post 27, Rahway; Commissary of
Subsistence, Walter A. Barrows, Post 2G, Mt.
Holly; Assistant. Provost Marshal, James A.
Sproiill, Post 7, Passaic; Addional Assistant
Quartermaster-General, H. J. Fillmau, Post 15,
Bordentown. Tho following were elected at
tho recent Encampment Alternato Delegates to
tho National Encampment: James A. Sproull,
Post 7, Passaic; Henry B. Francis, Post 5,
Camden; William Taylor, Post 33, Jersey City;
W. W. Larkins, Post 71, Gloucester, and Benj.
F. Bright, Post 42, Bridgcton.
Commander-in-Chief Van Dervoort, during
tho recent Encampment at Trenton, N. J., vis
ited Aaron Wilkes Post, No. 23, in Dippolts'
Building, aud expressed himself as much
pleased with the handsome manner in which
tho hall was furnished. Ho remarked casually
to a comrade that it was the most elegant and
best arranged of any he had seen so far.
Captain J. A. Thompson, Jr., A. A. A. G. De
partment of Marvland. on the 31st ult., mus
tered Joseph T. Brown Post, No. 30, located at
Cherrv Hill, Cecil county, Md. The new Post
is named after Capt. Joseph T. Brown, who
commanded a company in tho Sixth Maryland
regiment. It was organized under the most
favorable auspices, many of the old veterans in
Cecil county having already made application
for membership. The following officers were
elected : Commander, A. T. McCreery; S. V. C,
E. Seibold; J. V. C, Jos. T. Cantrell; Adj't,
James T.Kelly; Q. M., Allen McLane ; Surg.,
Richard Thomas; Chap., Wm. J. Graut; O. D.,
J. W. Miller; O. (J., Joshua Greer ; S. M., J. H.
Drummond; Q. M. S., James H. Mahan.
A full Encampment of the Department of tho
Potomac, G. A. R., was held at Grand Army
Hall, corner of Ninth and D streets, on Wed
nesday, January 31st. After a speech by Dep
uty Commander Burdette, tho reports of As
sistant Adjutant General John Cameron, As
sistant Quartermaster General A. J. Gunning
and other officers were read and referred to ap
propriate committees. The following-named
comrades were elected for the ensuing year: S.
S. Burdette, Department Commander; Fred
Mack, S. V. C; W. Howard, J. V. C; Dr. Flor
ence Donohue, Medical Director; Rev. Ben
Swallow, Chaplain. James W. Wisner and
Charles King wero elected delegates to the Na
tional Encampment to be held at Denver, Colo.,
next August. Among the prominent comrades
present wero Gelerals W. E. W. Ross and Un
derbill, from Department of Maryland, and
Past Department Commanders James T. Smith,
B. F. Ilawkcs, George E.Corson, A. H. G. Rich
ardson, Harrison Dingmau, Charles C. Royce
and William Gibson. The Encampment took
a recess from 12 m. to Thursday, February S,
at 7.30 p. m.
The seventeenth annual Encampment of the
Department of Pennsylvania commenced at
tho Opera House in Wilkesbarre on the 31st
tilt. Upward of 500 delegates were in attend
ance. In consequence of tho unpropitious
weather, the parade, which should have taken
place in the morning, was abandoned, much to
the disappointment both of the comrades and
the public generally. Tho delegates assembled
in Music Hall at ton o'clock for the transac
tion of business, Department Commander Van
dersliee presiding. Rev. John W. Sayers,
Chaplain of tho Department, opened the ses
sion with prayer. Department Commander
Vandorslice delivered an address. He said, in
addressing the comrades: " I congratulate you
upon tho present exceedingly prosperous con
dition of our Department, and upon the grati
fying results upon the year's work, as will bo
shown by the reports of staff officers. I could
not more emphatically epitomize these reports
than by saying that during the year wc have
added "seventy-three Posts to our Roster and
five thousand comrades to our ranks, and that
great as havo been the growth and rapid the
improvement made in our Departments, our
own Department of Pennsylvania is still first
in numbers, in discipline, and in enthusiasm
of its membership. I feel that I hut echo the
sentiment of you all when I say this posi
tion must not bo lost." Ho was succeeded
by Chaplain Sayers, who made a" report
of his year's work. Judge-Advocate B. C.
Christy then submitted his official report.
Comrade J. E. Vale, of Carlisle, a member of
the committee appointed to tako charge of
matters connected with tho Soldiers' Orphaus'
Schools, presented a report, in which he said in
conclusion: "We congratulate the Grand
Army upon tho splendid results of the great
interest they have always taken in the devel
opment of these orphan schools. Whilo not
under our direct legal supervision, they are
nevertheless an important and holy trust com
mitted to our keeping. It therefore behooves
us to continue our efforts for tho highest suc
cess and usefulness of the schools, and to use to
tho utmost every proper influence in their con
tinuance until overy soldier's orphan shall have
had a share in tho great benefaction. Wo can
perform no greater duty to tho State than to
assist in training an intelligent loyalty for her
future citizenship; wc can do no higher honor
to tho memories of our deceased comrades than
to perforin this sacred duty to thier children;
and we can do no greater credit to ourselves
than to carry out these grand objects with un
wavering fidelity." Medical Director Dr. W.
D. Hall then read his report for tho past year,
after which tho Council of Administration,
which performed the duty of auditing accounts,
made their report. Reports of other commit
tees were heard. The meeting then proceeded
to tho nomination of officers for the ensuing
year. Comrade Stewart, of Post No. 9S, Tunk
hannock, moved that no man should bo nomi
nated who had not been regular in tho dis
charge of his duties. Tho motion was ruled
out of order. Comrado Row, of Post No. 179,
then nominated General E. L. Osborne, of Ely
Post, for Department Commander. Rev. J.
Barton French, of Post No. 151, nominated F.
H. Dver, of Post No. 120, Washington, Pa.
Comrade Thomas G. Samuel, of Post 123, Alle
gheny City, proposed W. J. Patterson, of Post
154, for Senior Vice Commander. Comrade
Green, of Post No. 17, nominated Louis R. Rob
inson, of his Post. Tho first ballot was taken
in tho evening, but tho result was not an
nounced until the following morning. At 9 a.
in. every delegato was in his scat. The first
ballot stood, Dyer, 225 ; Osborne. 203 ; Patter
son, 70. No one of the three candidates having
received a majority of tho votes another ballot
was taken, which resulted in tho election of
Osborne, Patterson having withdrawn from
tho contest. The voto stood, Orborne, 27G;
Dyer, 21G. On motion of Comrade Dyer,
seconded by Comrado Patterson, tho election of
General Osborne was made unanimous. Gen
eral Osborne then read the report of tho Com
mittee on Resolutions, of which ho was chair
man. After some discussion tho report was
adopted. The report of the Connnitteo on
Soldiers' Orphans, of which Mr. J. K. Bogert
was chairman, was also read and adopted. Tho
Encampment then proceeded to the election of
Senior and Junior Vice-Commanders. A. J.
Sellers, of Philadelphia, was unanimously
chosen Senior Vice-Commander, and George F.
Randolph Junior Vice-Commander. Rev. John
W. Sayres was re-elected Chaplain without a
dissenting voice. For Council of Administra
tion. J. F. Hunter, Pittsburg, and E. J. Sellers,
J. II. Mysomcr, A. II. Schafl'er and L. W.
Shengle, all of Philadelphia, were chosen.
Commander Orborne appointed Thomas J.
Stewart Assistant Adjutant-General, and Smith
Cozzens, of Philadelphia, Quartermaster Gen
eral. The following were selected delegates to
tho National Encampment, to be held at Den
ver: Delegate at Large. A. M. K. Storie, Post
19; Representatives, J. Emory By ram, Post 55;
Marriott Brosius, Post 84 ; E. W. Bettis, Post
50; Alexander R. Cutler, Post 21; Austin Cur
tin, Post 2G0; J. B. Denworth, Post G4; F. R.
Fleck, Post 83; J. T. Gannan, Post S; O.K.
Gardner, Post 230; W.Hays Grier, Post US;
Samuel Harper, Post 155 ; Horatio B. Hackctt,
Post 51 ; W. Clark Johnson, Post 12 N. Ferreo
Lightuer, Post 2; W. II. Lanius, Post 37; J. S.
Leiscnring, Post G2; Thomas Munroe, Post 20;
C. S. Marks, Post 17Gr J. M. Osborno, Post 89;
Wm. J. Simpson, Post 1 ; J. M. Sutman, Post 60 ;
A. F. Thompson, Post 232; H. C. Teeter, Post
181, and N. G. Wilson, Post 9. Tho Encamp
ment then adjourned sine die, highly pleased
with their visit to Wilkesbarre. Tho next
Encampment will bo held in Lancaster.
Robinson Post, No. 20, of Hazleton, Pennsyl-
vania, is flourishing, mustering, according to
last quarterly report, fifty-five comrades in good
standing. The following is tho roster of re
cently installed ollicers for the ensuing year:
Commander, Gcorgo IT. Troutman ; S. V. C,
John Meis; J. V. C., William Shaefcr; Adj't,
John Jones; Q;M., John Weir; Chaplain, Geo.
Bush. It has a'uiemorial hall fund amounting
to over $2,000 aud expects in tho near future to
erect a hall.
Lieutenant James G. Stevens Post was organ
ized at Peckville, Pcnn., on tho 25th ult., with
twenty-four charter members. Comrado Fred.
J. Amsdou, with a merry sloigh-load of com
rades, wero up from Scrantou, and Comrado J.
M. Alexander, with two loads from Carbondalo,
came down, and commenced business about
eight p. m. At eleven o'clock the mustering
was accomplished, and the officers installed.
David E. Davies was appointed Adjutant,
Frank Pickering S. M., and W. F. Ketcham Q.
M. S. Coffee aud sandwiches were then served,
and all went home feeling that it was good to
Comrado S. G. Patterson writes us that a
public installation of ollicers of Richard P.
Roberts Post, No. 244, Smith's Ferry, Pa., took
place in the Masonic Hall at Glasgow, Pa., on
the 26th ult. A number of visiting comrades
from Rochester Post were present. Past Com
mander Woodruff, of Rochester Post, was tho
installing officer. The officers are as follows :
Commander, John S. Ashbrook; S. V. C, Rob't
McClelland; J. V. C, George Mackall ; Q. M.,
HarrvLyon: Surg., Solomon Millirens; O. D.,
George B. Dawson; O. G., Samuel Dougherty;
Adj't, Charles Wallovcr; Chap., Capt. James H.
Johnson; S. M., S. G. Patterson: Q. M. S., Wm.
Boyd. Tho Post is doing well, and is con
stantly increasing its membership.
One of our subscribers writes us that Com
rade Abraham Brown, of Baden, Beaver county,
Pa., has lost two little girls and two boy3 insido
of three weeks by diphtheria, and that six other
members of his family havo been prostrated
with tho same disease. The case seems to bo
one worthy tho attention of the members of tho
Grand Army in that vicinity.
At a meeting of Winfield Scott Post, No. 114,
Philadelphia, Pa., held on tho 29th ult., P. P.
C. Dr. Ferguson, after alluing in glowing terras
to the past record of P. P. C. Georgo McMullin,
now an aide-de-camp on tho stall of the Commander-in-Chief,
presented him with a heavy
solid gold rauk badge a gift from the Post.
Comrado Jacob S. Kimball, Liberty, Tioga
county, Pa., writes us that the Post at that
place now numbers forty members, and will
probably double its numbers by next fall.
Comrade Henry A. Zimmcrmann writes na
that a new Post was established at Peckville,
Pa., on tho 25th ult., with twenty-eight mem
John M. Bell Post, No. 119, Washington a
H., Ohio, was named for Captain John M. Bell,
who lost his life in an attempt to save tho live3
of some of his company, who were run down by
a steamer in the Kanawa River, in Virginia,
while they were crossing the river in a skiff in
the spring of 1SG2. Comrade George C. Jenkins
writes us: " Our Post was chartered August 4,
1331, with thirty-three charter members. On
tho 1st of January, 1S32, we mustered fifty-two -members.
On the 1st of January, 1333, wo
mustered 103 members, and wc now muster 11 1
with six elected applicants to muster at our
next regular meeting. We arc making arrange
ments for a Camp-fire and bean soup festival, to
commence on the 22d of February and continue
for several days. In connection with our
Camp-fire wo will have a paper, edited by a
corps of editors appointed by the Commander,
and each member of the Post is to contribute
at least ono incident of the war."
Adjutant H. K. Roads writes us that at a
regular meeting of James B. Elliott Post, No.
243, Bainsborough, Ohio, held January 27th,
the following officers were installed by Captain
Carson, Commander of John M. Barrier Post :
Commander, Captain D. M. Barrett: S. V. C,
Lieut. J. M. Grim; J. V. C, W. H. Wright ; Q.
M., Thomas S. Roads: Surg., Rufus A. Droyer;
Chaplain, James IE. Wiekersham: O. D., Tho3.
M. Ferguson; O. G., Robert E. Shi-crs; Adj't,
H. K. Roads: Serg't Maj., N. L. Fritts; Q. M.
Serg't, John W. Dewitt ; Inspector, William C.
Blair. Speeches were mado by Captain D. M.
Barrett. J. M. Hughey, J. II. Wiekersham,
Jacob Groves, and Captain Carson. Captain
Carson spoke in tho highest terms of The Na
tional Tribune, and recommended it a3
worthy the patronage of every soldier.
Comrade James P. Watson, Napoleon, Ohio,
writes that the following officers of Oscar P.
Randall Post, No. 211, of that place, havo been
installed: Commander, James P. Watson; S.V.
C, W. C. Johnson; J. V. C.,'J. M. Huffman;
Adj't, D. V. Hartman; Surgeon, P. Ballard;
Chaplain, F. M. Adams; Q. M., D. F. Hollo
peter; O. D..G.W. Vanpelt; O.G., Jacob Prin
tis; Serg't Maj., Levi Hoy ; Q. M. Serg't, James
Comrado Daniel Korns, New Philadelphia,
Ohio, writes us that Andrew Crawford Post, No.
G. was mustered at that place by Comrade Jno.
II. Grore on the 22d ult. The following officers
were installed: Commander, Fletcher Douthitt;
S. V. C, A. R. Holmes; J. V. C, J. A. Correll;
Adj't, Daniel Korns; Q. M., J. H. Morrow;
Surg., Joseph Ditto ; S. 31., J. H. Ditto ; Q. M.
S., L. R. McClelland; O. D., Jacob Wise; O.G.,
C. M. Rittenhouse.
John Campbell Post, No. 204, Harrison, Ohio,
has installed tho following officers: Com
mander, J. S. Penny; S. V. C, P. Corbin ; J. V.
C, L. D. Flora ; Surgeon, O. Caswell ; Chaplain,
W. R. Hartpence; Q. M., G. W. Bowlby; O.D.,
William Meade: O. G., C. Dorman; Adj't, J.
W. Hartpence; Serg't Maj., J.H.Penny; Q. M.
S., I. Horseley. The Post has a membership of
forty and is in good condition.
In General Order, No. 1, issued recently at
Columbus by Comrade C.T.Clark, Department
Commander of Ohio, the following appoint
ments to serve on staff aro announced: David
Launing, Assistant Adjutant-General; Joseph
Amos, Assistant Quartermaster-General; J. C.
Donaldson, Chief Mustering Officer; John H.
Grove, Inspector; H. P. Floyd, Judge Advo
cate. Kinsman Post, No. 150, Kinsman, Ohio, gave
an oyster supper at tho town hall on New
Year's night which was highly successful.
Prior to the supper Comrade William Wallace,
Commander, aud the other officers, wero pub
licly installed. The Post has now forty-fivo
members and a large number of applications on
The subject of the National Reunion of Vet
erans is being pushed forward at a meeting of
the Ex-soldiers' and Sailors' Association held
recently at Columbus, Ohio. Letters were read
from Generals Sheridan and Hazen accepting
invitations to attend, unless prevented by
Comrado J. D. Timraermann, M. D., of Leip
sic, Ohio, was elected Medical Director of tho
Department of Ohio at tho Encampment held
recently at Youugstown.
Comrade G. W. Miller writes us that Past
Post Commander W. II. Armstrong has installed
tho following officers of Morton Post, No. 1,
Terre Haute, Ind. : Commander, Morton C.
Rankin ; S.V. C, Jacob E.'Vorhecs ; Ad'jt., Geo.
W.Miller: Surg., W. E- "Elear, M. D. ; Chap.,
J. D. Mitchell, M. D. : Q. M., C. S. Darnell; O.
D., S. C. Lockman; O. G., R. P. Davis; S. M.,
Howard Leslie ; Q. M. S., David Denny. Con
nected with tho Post is a military company,
known as the Hagar Veterans, commanded by
Comrade R. P. Davis as captain, Comrado L.
Burgett first lieutenant, Comrado Geo. W. Mil
ler second lieutenant, and Comrade E. L. Keys
orderly sergeant. The company numbers 'sixty
men, all of whom have seen a great deal of
hard service, and some of whom are now carry
ing wounds received whilo fighting in defense
of their country and homes. The company is
also in the Stato service as Company "A," First
Indiana Vcterau Regiment.
Comrade R. Wisehart, Middletown, Ind.,
writes us that George W. Rader Post, No. 119,
at that place, which was mustered on the 12th
of hist December, by Comrade Joseph P. Iliff,
Commander of tho Post at Richmond, Ind.,
with about thirty members, has enlisted twenty
recruits since, aud a near prospect of fifty more.
Tho officers of tho Post are: Commander,
Joseph A. Young; S. V. C, David Jones; J. V.
C, Benjamin Davis, jr. ; Q. M., Joseph Dutton ;
Adj't, Abraham Hopper; Chaplain, George W.
Tarkleson ; Surgeon, Peter MeKenzie ; O. D., R.
Wisehart; O. G., Jonathan Brattain. At tho last
meeting of tho Post Comrades Abo Hopper, R.
Wisehart and Joseph Dutton wero appointed
to draft a series of resolutions to be forwarded
to members of Congress, asking them to voto
for and use thoir influence in favor of pension
ing tho survivors of tho Mexican and Indian
Georgo H. Thomas Post, No. 17, Indianapolis,
lias published a beautiful and complete Roster
of their Post, which contains the name and
regiment of each comrade. The officers arc :
Commander, Gcorgo W. Spahr; S. V. C, It.
O'Brien; J. V. C, W. L. Amthur; Adj't, R. M.
Smock; Q. M., G. H. Shover; Surg., W. P.
Johnson ; Chap., A. Boice ; O. D., I. Bobbins ;
O. G., J. Stokes ; S. M., H. C. Hendrickson ;
Q. M. S.f Georgo W. Crano.
Gettysburg Post, No. 93. Spencer, has taken
the initiatory step in erecting a monument to
perpetuate the memory of the heroes of tho late
war. Tho executive committee of tho Post,
consisting of Comrades J. W. Archer, E. 11.
Bladen, F. H. Freeland, J. S. Meek, and S. H. H.