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THE JSTATTOIMi TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1883.
Tribune Posts, bnt wo expect you will divide
tho honors with us."
Comrade William II. Mix, Eldon, Wapello
county, Iowa, writes us that the following are
the officers of Post No. 73 at that place: Com
mander, William H. Mix; S. V. C, Orlando
Daniels: J. V. C, Jacob Overturf; Surgeon,
George H. Baker; Chaplain, F. blathers; O.D.,
Charles Friend; O. G., Charles Thompson;
Adj't,E. II. Thomas; Q. M., James Grewell;
Q.M. Serg't, W. H. Morgan; Serg't Maj., Chas.
Dibble. Tho Post is rapidly increasing in num
bers. Tho comrades are taking much interest
in its progress, aro uniformed, and are fitting
up a new hall.
Comrade J. P. Carter, Shenandoah, Iowa,
writes us that Buruside Post, No. 50, at that
place, is doing well, and all comrades going
that way will always find a hearty welcome
from the Post, and a cup of cofl'eo in truo army
style. Our correspondent says, in answer to
the cry of fraud, that during years of experi
ence in taking evidence for the Pension De
partment he has alwavs found the testimony
offered honest and conscientious, and can see
no way in which fraud could lie perpetrated.
Comrade C. 51. Cross writes us that Eedficld
Post, No. 26, Perry, Iowa, has a membership of
fifty-seven, and recruits aro being enlisted at
almost everv meeting. The officers aro: Com-,
mander, W. H. Chandler; S. V. C, John.W.'
Diddv; J.V. C, Levi Thornburg; 0. D., Ki
F. 31. Eoush; O. G., A. W. Parmenter; Q. M.,
James L. Thompson; Chaplain, L. P. Wilcox;
Surgeon, Dr. S. Pangburn; Ad.j't, CM. Cross;
t. M. S., II. B. Lee ; S. 21., E. S. Cross.
"Taps," Crcston, Iowa, writes us that fifty
loyal sons of the North constitute John A.
Eollins Post, No. CI, at that place, which is
prosperous, and adding recruits at every meet
ing. Its officers aro: Commander, Cant. Geo.
W. Hicks; S. V. C, T. J. Stafford ; J. V. C, Dr.
W. II. Christie; Chaplain, 21. Dargetts ; Adj't,
S. Eusscll; Q. JL, D. Woolcy; 0. D., J. B. Jor
don; O. G., H. Eockwcll.
Comrade Pr. E. Bailey, of Sheldon, Iowa, re
cently mustered' a Post at Sibley, Osceola co.,
Iowa, with fourteen charter members, of whom
tho following were installed as officers: Com
mander, D. J. Spencer; S. V. G, C. 21. Bailey;
.i. V. C, S. A. Wright; Q. 21.. T. 0. Wilbern;
Surgeon, J. II. Douglass; 0. D., Gus. O'Neill;
0. G., J. Blair; Adj't, W. 2L 2Iooro; S. 2L, Geo.
Carew; Q. M. S., E. C. Jenkins.
Comrade W. E. McCutcheon Washington,
Iowa, writes us that Post No. lOri, of that place,
although only three months old, now musters
Jlity members. They are considering the pro
priety of producing some drama of the war,
and will be glad to receive suggestions from
other Posts as to the bst play to present.
Comrade C. J. Carbaugh, Clinton, Iowa,
writes us that N. B. Baker Post, No. SS, of that
place, now uumbers eighty members, and is iu
a flourishing condition.
Elisha B. Townsend Post, No. 100, Bloom
field, Iowa, has elected Comrade L. P. Bates
correspondent 1'cr The Tribune.
Comrade George H. Armstead, Carterville,
Jasper county, 2Iissouri, writes us that on the
,24th ult. Comrade Jesse Ehoads, Post Com
mander, assisted by Comrades S. E. Wetzel and
J. W. Burch, of Staunton Post, No. 1C, mustered
Ault Post at that place with seventeen charter
members, and installed the following officers:
Commander, B. B. Hodge; S. T. C, Joseph S.
Wilson; J. V. C, George H. Armstead; O. D.,
L.W.Spencer; 0. D., .lames A. Jackson ; Chap
lain, J. J. Jefires; Surgeon, Charles H. Lilli
bridge; Q. 31., George Eobinsou ; Adj't, J. E.
Harbaugh; Serg't 2raj., G. W. Knight; Q.3L
Serg't, Charles A. Meeker. There are a num
ber of old soldiers in Carterville and vicinity
who intend to join the Post, and with the in
terest Bhown by the officers and members there
is no doubt of it3 success. Two recruits came
in at the last meeting. Our correspondent has
been appointed by the Post as agent for The
Comrade 0. C. Denslow, Boynlon, Sullivan
co., Mo., writes us that E. E. Eockwood Post,
No. 39, at Xcuia, 3Io., organized in Ocroberlast
with twenty-one members, now has 30. This
Post has had a larger membership, but Posts
recently mustered at Unionville, Pollock and
Milan, in the same county, have taken sway
some of the comrades. , " i ..
William H. Lytle Post, No. 32, Fort Scott,
Kansas, had a grand public installation of offi
cers last month. Junior Vico Department
Commander Homer W. Pond installed tho fol
lowing comrades: Commander, W. B. Shock
ley; S. V. C, H. 0. Peuicie; J. V. C, J. 31.
Stanley; Q. 31., H. Frankenburger; Chaplain,
B. Hudson; O. D., C. II. ILiynes; 0. G., E. A.
Blakely; Adj't, H. G. Herrick; Q. 21. S., L. B.
Welch; P. S., V. W. Sunderland; S. 31., T. W.
Price. At the conclusion of tho ceremony,
Comrade Shockley invited those present to a
repast prepared by the wives of the old soldiers.
After a few remarks by Comrade S. S. Brinkrr
lioff and a prayer by Bev. 2Ir. Porter, the
viands were heartily enjoyed. Then followed
6hort speeches by Comrades J. D. Hill, Emory,
Gen. John A. Eicc, Col. W. B. Pcanall; Col.
Nichols, of Columbus, Kan.; Frank Hiatt, of
Hiattsville; H. C. Phenicio, Gen. Homer B.
Pond, Frank Arnold, of Baxter Springs ; Biley,
Bev. 2Ir. Porter, Andy Butler, and Charles
Smith. In conclusion, a vote of thanks was
tendered to the ladies who got up tho collation.
The Post has 110 members and a drum corps of
thirteen musicians, who are the best uniformed
in the State.
Comrade W. Lockstone, Junction City, Kan.,
writes us that the horse formerly owned by
Dougal, of Company M, Second Colorado cav
alry, is now owned by John E. Boss & Sons,
grocers, of that city, to whom ho was sold in
lbG5, when about nine years old. He does his
work about as well as ever, but wants to go
with every body of troops that passes by. The
plaving of a band sets him fairlv wild. Ho was
known as " Old Soldier."
Comrado Gil. White, Clifton, Kan., writes us
that at the last meeting of Sedgwick Post, No.
2-1, at that place, Comrade Scott was appointed
agent for The Tribune, and ho will soon be
heard from with a long list of names. Com
rade White wishes to obtain the name and
address of the soldier boy of tho One Hundred
and Fifteenth 0. V. L who shot aud killed tho
rebel Captain Van Houton at Wartracc, Tenn.
The following arc tho officers of Fall Eiver
Post, No. 112, Fall Eiver, Greenwood countv,
Kan.: Commander, W. A. Winsal; S. V. C, W.
CV Dunbar; J. V. C, 51. Eobinson; Adj't, Wil
liam Gardner: Chaplain, J. Hunt; Surg., I.
Cutright; Q. 3L, C. Dolson; O. D., L. Morgan ;
O. G., ; Q. 21. S.f A. H. Penny; S. 3L, E.
Comrade T. N. King, Sedan, Kan., sends us
tho following list of officers of Stone Eiver
Post, No. 74, of that place: Commander, E. G.
Ward; S. V. C, Dan Stough; J. V. C, J. E.
Lewis ; Chaplain, A. E. Newman ; Q. 3L, J. B.
McGIll; Adj't, Burton Smith; O. G., A. C.
Hillegoss; 0. D., Captain George Hurst; S.
2L, Georgo Clay? Q. M. S., James C. Brooks.
Abilene Post, No. 63, Abilene, Kan., organ
ized '.at Juno with twenty-eight charter mem
oirs, now has 132 comrades on tho rolls.. At a
t "cent meeting a committee was appointed to
ape a movemout to establish a soldiers' home
and annual Encampment grounds upon the
Fort Biley reservation.
A petition has been signed by thousands of
the old soldiers of Kansas praying Congress to
establish a Soldiers' Homo in that State. The
petition originated with General Lythe Post of
the Grand Army at Fort Scott.
Comrade A. Clark, Nickcrson, Kan., writes
us that he has been appointed correspondent
and canvasser for Eeuo Post, No. 83, and as
evidence of his good wishes sends us three new
Comrade Joe Pym, Commander of Sedgwick
Post, No. 21, Clifton, Kansas, writes us that
Comrade Scott has been detailed to solicit sub
scriptions to Tbe Tribune.
Comrado John S. Fitch, Elk Valley, Dakato
county, Neb., -writes us that Stonenian Post,
No. 116, Ponca, Nob., had a public installation
of officers on tho 27th ult., on which occasion
an excellent programme, consisting of the sing
ing of old army tongs; a recitation, "Cover
Thorn Over," effectively dolivcred by 2Iiss Ben
nett; an address on the G. A. B., by Comrade
lion. Judge J. B. Barnes, and anecdotes, nwd a
feong by Adjutant Kingsbury, wsis enjoyed.
Resolutions were adopted favoring peusious to
ex-prisoners of war. On Washington's Birth
day the Post proposes to have a parade.
Comrade A. B. Cleveland, Decatur, Burt co..
Neb., writes us that Gordon Grainger Post, No.
117, at that place, has installed tho following
officers: Commander, J. B. Farnsworth; S.V.
C.,E. A. Eock; J. A7. C, Geo. White; O. D.,
W. B.Atwater; 0. G., Lew Higley; Chap., J.
31. Peebles ; Surg., 31. J. Kenyon; Q. 31., A. B.
Clovcland; Adj't, Ira Thompson; S.3L, Daniel
2Iorley; Q. 31. S., Thos. Wood. The Post was
organized in October last and is flourishing.
Its membership is about thirty. A Washing
ton's Birthday party will be given for the benefit
of the relief fund.
Comrade Thomas 21. Bell, Osceola, Nebraska,
writes us that J. F. Eeynnlds Post, No. 2G, at
that place, had a rousing Camp-firo on the 21th i
ultimo the largest and best ever held in Polk j
county. The programme included music by
the S'tromsburgh and 0ccola bands, a speech
by General Wheelcn, songs by 2fiss Ida 3Iills
and others, anecdotes, reminiscences, &c j
Comrado Augustus Smith, North Platto, Neb.,
writes us that Douglass Post, No. 69, of that
place, now numbers sixty-thrco members.
Comrado Thomas Crismau, Golden, Colorado,
writes us that Todd Post, No. 3, of that place,
now numbers thirty-six members, and new re
cruits aro being mustered in at each meeting.
Tho Commander is L. H. Ealston; S. V. C, J.
T. Boyd ; J. V. C, D. K. Lee.
Tho Colorado Legislature, on tho 8th inst.,
appropriated $21,000 for entertainment of the
Grand Army of the Eepublic, who hold a Na
tional Encampment at Denver during the com
ing summer. Tho city of Denver will donate
Thomas Post, No. 1, Las Vegas, N. 2L, Com
rade J. J. Fitzgcrrell, Commander, had a rous
ing Camp-fire on the 6th inst., on which occa
sion a regular army banquet was served. Pro
fessors 3Iay and Spencer furnished tho music.
Speeches and reminiscences of camp lifo closed
a pleasantly spent evening.
Tho Massachusetts Relief Corps.
To tho Editor National Tribune :
In your issue of the 1st inst. was published a
synopsis of tho Eules and Eegulations govern
ing tho Belief Corps of the Department of
Maine, or rather of Burnsido Corps of that
Department. The Eules and Eegulations of
the Belief Corps (auxiliary to the G. A. E.) of
this State are similar to thoso of 3Iaino. The
only exception of importance which I notice
concerning elegibility to membership, which
is not restricted to mothers, wives, sisters and
daughters of soldiers, but is open to all loyal
ladies. The Belief Corps of this State has a
Department organization under 3Ir3. E. Flor
ence Barker, who cannot bo excelled as a pop
ular presiding officer. The fourth annual con
vention of the Belief Corps of this Depart
ment was held in Boston, January 30th and
31st, and tjhe various reports were highly satis
factory, the total number of subordinate Corps
being twenty-one, and the gain in member
ship 220. Since tho organization of the Wo
man's Belief Corps tho sum of $10,000 has been
exjended for the relief of our Grand Army
wards, and the assistance which this organiza
tion of loyal ladies of the old Bay State has
rendered to the G. A. E. during its short exist
ence of four years, is hardly to bo calculated.
They render us almost invaluable assistance in
our charitable work, they greatly aid us in
bringing our fairs and entertainments to a suc
cessful conclusion, and 1 believe, with our Na
tional Commander, that the Auxiliary Corps of
the G. A. E. is its proudest outgrowth, and I
hope to live, Mr. Editor, to see the time when
a majority of the Grand Army Posts of our
broad laud shall be assisted by an auxiliary
Corps of loyal ladies, and the Belief Corps
shall have not only a Department, but a na
W. W. Sami-son,
Post 40, Waldcn, Mas3.
The 0. A. R. Ono Hundred Years Ago.
To the Editor Natioxal Tuibuxe :
While it may not be entirely new to some of our
comrades, it will be interesting to othcrd, to know
that the pendant star on the breast of members of
the G. A. It., winch tells silently its own story of
heroic sacrifices and steadfast devotion to country
and principle, is but the'bubeyfsor'of a budge of an
order having the same aini and purpose as the G.
A. K. - ,
On the 19th of April, 17S3, lifts cessation of hostili
ties between the British and" Continental nrmies
wns proclaimed, but the Continental army did not
disband until November 3d. and Washington re
signed his commission December 23 all in the year
With the cessation ofhostilitiesnndlhcdisbanding
of the army came the separation of old comrades,
whose steadfast courage, devotion and friendship,
had been tried times without number, and pnrting
was to them a sin-cre sorrow. To perpetuate their
pleasant comradeship General Henry Knox, on the
19th of June, 17S3, called a meeting of nil officers of
the Continental army then located in the East, nt
Newburg on the Hudson; and the society wns
formed and called the " Society of the Cincinnati,"
after Cincinnatus (Lucius Quintius) the Roman Pa
triot. The objects of the society -were : First, to
commemorate by frequent reunions tho great
f-trugglo they had just successfully passed through;
fcconti, to promote cordial friendship, fraternity
and indissoluble union among themselves ; third,
to use their best endeavors for the promotion of
hsmian liberty; fourth, to cherish good feelings
lietwccn tho respective States, nwlfiflh, to extend
benevolent aid to there of the society whose cir
cumstances mightrequire it. France liaving united
her destinies with the struggling colonies in their
efforts to shake off the grasp of King George the
III, the offlcera of the French army were granted
membership privileges. Under the constitution
adopted the perpetuation was insured by the suc
cession of membership from father to eldest sou,
who woe-to bequeath it in like manner. But this
entailed membership foon aroused popular jeal
ousies. The manner of transmission was denounced
as germ of hereditary aristocracy, and so strong
was the feeling that after much diflcufesion, at a gen
eral meeting of the Society at Philadelphia in 1731,
the constitution was clianged so that all who wcro
found worthy could lKscome members. The order
or badge of the society, to 11 worn on the left breast,
consisted of a bald engi- with out-spread wings, of
gold, attached by an olive wreath to a dark blue
ribbon with a white border. On the breast of
tiic englc was an oval shield with a device engrossed
thereon representing Cincinnatus being called
from his humble pursuits by the Roman Senators.
The blue riblwu with white border was a symbol of
union between the Colonics and France, while tho
enplebeenmeoneof our national emblems. Branches
of the order were formed in all tho States, butmost
of them have been discontinued, and only in a few
instances arc they kept up. General Washington
was elected President of the society in 1767, and
continued to hold it by successive elections down
to tho year of his death. One of the last meetings
held was in 1872, at which Hon. Hamilton Fish was
chosen President. J. V. Pikuce,
03AGE Mission, Kaj. Late 147th N. Y.Vols.
The Second Colorado Again.
To thq Editor National Tbibcxe :
I notice in the columns of your valuable paper of
January 23th A. C. Jones's version of the death of
Major Smith of the Second regiment of Colorado
cavalry. I think Mr. Jones is in error as to tho
death of our brave commander, Major Smith. In tho
fir.-t place the regiment was not in Colonel Moon
light's brigade, but was in Colonel Ford's brigade,
who was colonel of the Second and acting brigadier-general.
In the second place, there was only
one company in the regiment mounted entirely on
white and one company mounted on black horeca.
As to Major Smith's death, he was killed by the
notorious bushwhacker, George Todd, while tho
bushwhackers, under command of Todd, and the
old Second were cliarging each other. Each of the
two commanders -Smith and Todd received his
lenth shot from the other. Major Smith wns borne
from the field by his friends, dead. Todd lived
until six o'clock tliat evening. Ho died in Indc
pundence, Missouri. I never knew A. C. Jones as
m-jpector of cavalry, but instead E. G. Ross, lnte
United States Senator. Geo. IS. Dobmax,
Co. M, 2d Colorado cavalry.
Cabboxdali:, Kax., Jan. 30.
I endorse the ubove, as I was brigaded with tho
Second Colorado. C. Montgomery,
1st Lieut. Co. A, ICth K. V. C.
To thcEditor National Tuibuxe:
I have long been watching tho columns, of Tnn
TnmuKE in the hope of seeing or hearing some
thing from my old comrades of the Second Colo
rado, nnd my heart was rejoiced to find in your is
biie of January 25th. an article from Lieut. Colonel
Jones in regard to that command. I was not per
sonally acquainted with Comrado Jones, but I
knew Colonel Ford and Major Smith intimately.
Thoy were both good officers and splendid men. I
was a member of Company F.
Senator riuinb and tho Soldier.
"During tho voting for United States Senator, at
Topeka, Kan., Mr. Gamble usked leave to explain
his vote and said, ' Mr. Sieakcr, I represent here
principally a boldier element, and in representing
that element faithfully, I cannot but cost my vote
for a soldier, aud ono who has proved himself an
able friend of the soldier in Congress; I therefore
vote for Preston B. Plumb.' I thought this too
good to be lost, and send it to you for publication
m The STatiokai, Tribune, the &oldier's friend."
B. F. W. Perry, Hartford, Kan.
A Good Suggestion.
"It feems to nw t'.iat it would be a very cosy mat
ter for every comrade who is now a sub-jcriber to
The Tkibosk to single out some ex-soldier who is
not a subscriber, acquaint him with the merits of
The Tkibusk and stfck to him until he signs for
the paiH-r. As for myself, although I am a poor
talker mid soldiers are scarce in this vicinity, 1 have
succeeded In securing twelve new subscribers to
The Tkibune." A. Cotton, Pollock, Mo.
Celebrating Ills Sixty-third Birthday The Tolnn
. General W. T. Sherman was sixty-three
years old on last Thursday, the 8th inst., and
in commemorJliorl of the anniversary tho
last prior to his retirement tmder the present
law a complimentary banquet was given at
the Portland, in this city, by Colonel George B.
Corkhill, United States Attorney for tlie Dis
trict of Columbia. Colonel Corkhill presided
at tho banquet, with General Sherman at his
right and Chief Justico Waite on his left.
The other guests were as follows :
General P. H. Sheridan, Speaker J. Warren
Keifcr, Senator Joseph E. Hawlcy, 3larslial
Clayton 3Ic3Iichacl, 3Ir. Stilson Hutchins,
General Van Vliot, U. S. A., Chief Justice
Carttcr of tho District Supremo Court, Senator
John Sherman, Senator John A. Logan, Justice
3IcArthur, Senator William B. Allison, Jlr. U.
B. Eamsdell. 3Ir. Hcnrv Wattcrson, Justico
Stanley 3Iatthcvs and Justico 3Iillcr, Attorney
General Brewster nnd Assistant Postmaster
General Ilatton. In reply to the first toast
General Shorman Faid :
According to our family Bible, T was born on
the 8th of February, 1820, consequently am in mjj
sixty-fourth year of life, nnd if I survive another
year, will pass from the active command of tho'
nrmy of the United States to a life of comparative
ease and retirement. The law for tho compulsory
retirement of all army officers at the ngc ot sixty
four was, in my judgment, wise and proper. 1 did
not ask for or wfoh an exception in my own case,
and I declare that I then, us now, approved the
measure and asked my friends not to interpose any
objections by reason of its effect on me. 1 think; I
am duly grateful that I have passed through sixty
three years of varied life withmind and body sound
enough to promise a reasonable remainder, and am
thankful to confess that suitable nnd liberal pro
vision has been luudc for me and those dependent
on me to enable us to live out eur appointed days
in comiarativc ease.
General Sherman referred to the 3Iexican
war aud to the acquisition of California. In
commenting on the wonderful development of
California aud of tho far Western States, he
spoke eloquently of tho service performed by
the Eegular army in guarding the outposts of
civilization. Of tho late war ho said :
Its history is written, nnd all who now hear me
remember its details. I will venture to say, how
ever, in this connection, that friend and foe alike
now share its glories and fnriu. Ko part of the
Union has experienced a larger measure of profit
than the section over which wo seemingly tri
umphed. I believe that nine out of ten of the s-ol-diers
of the South would to-day rather be members
of our present glorious Union, at peace with all tbe
world, than citizens of a southern confederacy,
with slavery the corner-stone, and at constant yar
with their neighbors. 1 have not tho least desire,
here, or elsewhere, to boast of my share in that war,
but I do feel a sense of pride and satisfaction tlintwc
as a people met the issues of that day like brave
men, and carried our bhip through the breakers
which for a time threatened shipwreck; that peace
and good order now reign supreme, qnd thatl mny
lay aside the armor with which J have been clothed
with honor and safety.
SENATOE LOGAX OX THE VOLUirTEEE SOLMEB.
Among tho other speakers was Senator Lo
gan, who responded to the toast, "The Volun
teer Soldier." He said :
I have no excuse to make for not having made
preparations for a speech, although, like many
other persons here to-night, 1 did not come pre
pared to make one on any subject. This subject re
quires no preparation for any man. In tins Gov
ernment of ours its beauty, and there is beauty in it,
is in the theory that every man is a, sovereign, and
on the ninny sovereigns of this country rests the
liberty of this people. In other words, it is their
power that moves all things in this Government.
In times of war it will not do and I do not sny it
by way of criticism It will not do to rely upon any
power organized or constituted otherwise than that
which rests in the majesty of the people. When
the tocsin of war sounds, it is not to the little army
that you turn, but to tho patriotic people in nil sec
tions of the country. The little army that is always
organized is but the nucleus that is to attract to it
tiic power of the Nation that is to put down all that
interferes to threaten it. The war is settled and
past, and I hope it is settled and past forever, and
that all feeling and bitterness that grew out Of that
war may die and pass away forever. But, sir, the
grandest sight that has ever been seen or witnessed
by men was witnessed at the time that the citizen
fcoldicr was summoned to defend the Constitution of
this country. The patriotism of thismighty people,
burning like a mighty fire, and as the announce
ment was made from one part of this country to tho
other that war was inevitable; that the flag had
1 been insulted; that the Constitution had been
trampled under foot; that a mighty army was nec
essary to overthrow this force patriotism, burning,
until it was as bright as the fires upon the prairies
of the West, spread until from tire workshops, lrom
the plow standing in the furrow, frtnn the counter,
from the store, the banker's counter, the lawyer's
office, and from every profession and kind of man
in this country, came a voice from tho northern
region of this Republic, "This Government shall
not -die or cease, but must be preserved." Ap
plnuie. When this army was organized, all young men,
and middle-aged men, and old men, under leaders
that have proved themselves great, and will go,
down into history ns the great military heroes of
this age of ours, whenever and wherever the flag
of this country was seen, held cither by mechanic,
farmer or professional man, it was "held by a man
who-e patriotic impulses impelled him onward lb
great and glorious deeds. Applause. j It was the
patriotism of tho man whose profession is peace,
and not whoo profession is wur. It was the con
viction that the liberties of the people and thnt tho
Republican form of Government were in danger
that fired the heart of the American people, and
impelled them to desperation and bright and glo
rious achievements. Applause.
Sir, since history has been written, since wars
have occurred, since men have engaged in trial
and contest of skill and strength in warfare, there
has nothing ever equaled the patriotism of the
people of this country or tho manly.bravcry of the
Americans that contended both on the Northern
and Southern sides. This contest was not a contest
of Americans axniust men from some effete mon
archy, or against Some classes of men who caro not
for tho government, but merely for their own
achievement, but a contest of Americana against
Americans for principle cacli one believing he Was
rifltt rtnil onr'li mm lw!no-n. ttiuti !v irmtbirt. nnd llv
blood. Applause Sir, it was a contest In which
each and every man who partook on cither side
was proud of the principle that he advocated, and
whether it stood or not, mllit bo proitd of the
manner in which it was maintained on both sides.
So, when speaking of these men, I speak of them
an Americans, contending on American soil for that
which they believed on either side to be correct.
Whenever Gen. Sherman's army, with tho other
armies, gained a victory, perhaps it was because
they had more skillful generals, or may be they
had more bone or muscle lhau the other side.
Applause. But, inasmuch as the chairman lias
alluded to the soldiers of Sherman's army, I desire
to say but a word in reference to their conduct. In
saying tltatl do not desire to speak of anything in
reference to myself, but the band of patriots who
followed him from tho time that he organized
his brigade, nt Pnducah, Ky., I believe it was. up
to the time that Johnston's army surrendered at
Raleigh, no braver men, no more noblo men, no
more patriotic or devoted men, ever followed a
great chieftain to final success. Applause.
They were ready in the storm and in the sunlight ;
they were ready in darkness nnd in daylight;
when orders came they marched, they moved;
they fought whether 'their guns were of tho best
quality or not; whether their clothing was adapted
to their condition or not; whether their food was
all that they would have asked or not was not tho
question with these men. The question was,
''Where docs Sherman want us to go, and when
ryust wo move? " Applause.
Sir, these men marched with him through val
leys, over hills and mountains, acioss rivers and
over marshes, and tho only question, asked in all
these campaigns wns, "Whcru is the enemy?"
Applause. There were no questions of numbers
or tunc. And for Gen. Sherman I will say there
was not a soldier who bore the American flag or
followed it, not a soldier that carried a musket or
drew a sabre, who did not respect him as his com
mander. Applause. Thcro was not one, sir, but
would have drawn Ins sword nt any time to liavo
preserved his life. There is not ono to-day, n
matter wliat inny be said, that would dim in the
slightest degree the lustre of that bright name,
achieved by ability, by integrity, and by true
bravery as an officer. Applause. And, in con
clusion, let me say this: While that army, when it
was disbanded, was absorbed in tho community
like rain-drops iu the sand, all citizens in the
twinkling of an eye. and back to their professions
and their business, there is not one of these mcn
scattered as they are from ocean to ocean, who
docs not honor the name of the man who led them
in'tritimph through the enemy's land. Applanse.j
Wherever ho may go, wherever he may bo, what
ever may be his condition in life, there is not one
who would not stretch out a helping hand to that
bravo commander who led them to glory. Speak
ing for that army, if I may be permitted to speak
for it, I have to say: May the choicest blessings
that God showers upon the head of the man go
with him along down through his life. It is the
prayer of every soldier who served under him,
Womnn In the War.
"In a recent number of The Tribune I noticed a
letter from a lady in Illinois, who, with her sister,
had given her service to the Government as nurse
during the late war. In February. 1661, 1 was an
inmate of tho Memphis Hospital, and I think the
good ladies who volunteered as nurses deserve
compensation if anybody does. No words can de
scribe the kindness anil comfort I received at their
hands. Tiic name my own nurse was known by
was Mrs. Brake. She was from Illinois, and if she
is still alive I would like to thank her for her kind
ness." S. W. Mills, Kingsvillc, Mo.
Tho Way to Go Alont It.
"A few days ago Comrado Xathan Orr, of this
city, showed me a copy of your paper nnd said ho
was getting up n club of subscribers for it I read
il with much interest, and immediately said to my
self, "this paper ought to be supported and encour
aged." I went to work, therefore, and to-day secured
five new subscribers for it. I have always believed
that the justice of our claims would ultimately be
acknowledged by tho Government ns equal, if not
greater, than all others, if we could only find some
way of properly presenting them nnd Impressing
their importance upon Congress. This work you
arc doing and doing it well, God bless you. You
ought to have the assistance of every old soldier in
the land. I was a member of Co. E, Eighteenth
Massachusetts, nnd was ten months ft prisoner,
nnd part of the timo at Audcrsonvillc. 1 kept a
diary, from which you are welcome to take extracts
if you wish." David C. Meechan, New Haven,
The Hirer and Harbor IHUProbing the Polygamy
The question as to whether a tnriff bill will
be passed this session or not, can not bo much
'longer in doubt. The middle of Fcbrtiary has
arrived with half the appropriation bills still
pending, both branches of Congress still strug
gling with tho tarifF question. In tho House,
.there is yet to bo passed tho two great appro
priation bills, the legislative, executive and
judicial, and tho sundry civil. Thcro are also
tho deficiency and river and harbor bills to bo
considered. The Senate ha3 dono hardly any
thing upon tho appropriation bills, and has yet
to right over the army and navy appropria
tions, which have been very much altered in
committee from the form iu which they came
from the House. Still, with all the legislative
jlillicultie3 of tho situation, thcro is much moro
prospect oi mo lanu 0111 ueiug p;isseu now
fyian there was a week ago. At that timo it
was conceded on all sides that it would be im
possible for tho House to finish consideration of
the mcasuro brought forward by the Ways and
Means Committee. Tho fame may be said now.
But at that lime the Senate had warped aud
twisted its bill into such an incongruous meas
ure that no ono believed the House would pay
any attention to it when it was sent over, and
thus the Senators were believed to be losing
their time by devoting weeks to its considera
tion. Now, however, the Senate has so for cor
rected tho 'discrepancies in its bill, that it is
considered highly probable that the ITouso will
take it up and manage in some way to put it
The leaders of the House on the Ecpublican
side, while thoy were readj' last week to vote
against the Senate bill, are now in favor of its
adoption, and a new rulo is being made, the ob
ject of which it is to provide a way for taking
it up. Tho rule is proposed by 3Ir. Kasson, of
Iowa, and provides that a majority of tho House
may take up any bill it sees fit and put it on
its passage. The rules were changed last ses
sion after a desperate struggle in order to stop
filibustering by the Democrats against consid
eration of the election cases. At that timo
Speaker Keifer made a decision which nearly
caused a riot in tho House, to tho effect that
dilatory motions could not bo allowed to pre
vent the House from altering its own rules,
following a precedent set by Speaker Eandall in
1S76, when he prevented the bringing about of
confusion with referenco to tho Presidential
succession, by putting an arbitrary stop to tho
filibustering of his Democratic colleagues.
Should the Senate bill bo found, as it is believed
now it will be, to have gone through tho cruci
ble of 3ix weeks' discussion and hourly change
and still suit the leaders, the new rule will be
put through tlie House, and under it the Sen
ate bill be taken up. Its consideration under
tho circumstances that surround it may be re
garded as tantamount to its adoption.
For the most part all this tariff legislation
which is bciug attempted in Coupress is simply
a game of euchre between the politicians.
Congressmen have becomu posses-sed of the idea
that there should be a reduction of taxation.
The question is how to do it, and at the same
timo leave the burden of the effect upon tho
other side. Politicians among themselves un
derstand each other, and they understand that
it is a species of national gammon. There is
no cry from a tax-burdened people for iariff
tinkering, and beyond the correction of a few
discrepancies iu the list itahould not be touched.
The country has prospered under tho tariff
during the la3t twenty years as it never did
Sefore. Then, according to all human reason,
if these conditions are changed by sweeping re
ductions and a destruction of all relevancy in
values, the result will be bad. The demagogues
who are now posing as tariff reformers know
this perfectly well, and tlie problem of their
political existence at this time is how now to
figure as. reducers of taxation and, at the same
time, so arranec it as to have u good excuse
ready for the demoralization which will lmp-
aftcr it is done.
The situation, however, while complex, seems
tffindieaUrtuetfassago of a tanll billot some
TJCE POLYGAMY PROBLEM.
The members of the Utah Commission havo
teen in tho city for some days in consultation
with committees of Congress with reference
to tho polygamy problem. Ex -Secretary
Bamsey, of Minnesota, president of the com
mission, was asked how tho new law af
fected tho practice of polygamy, and whether,
in his opinion, tho result would be bene
ficial. His reply was characteristic of the
man who, through all his public life, has beau
ipted for conservative action and cautious
tjiccch. Said he: " It dejicnds upon hov you
look at it. The Mormon thinks tho law is an
outrage, while the Gentile thinks it is a dead
letter. The law deprives the polygamisfc of tho
right to sit on a jury, to vote, or to hold office.
Now, this is a good deal, isn't it? I should
thinkso. Well, the law does so much. Yet it does
not suit tho Gentile population of Utah, because
thoy want the institution cut out by tho roots.
They would take a knife and pare it away lit
erally. They arc only one-fifth of tho people,
but they want to override the other four-fifths
to go in and possess tho land, ns it were.
This is all very natural, and if Congress should
seo fit to pass a law depriving tho Mormons of
all political power, creating n legislative com
mission, I suppose it could be carried out. This
is what the ultra Gentiles want. They want
the Legislature abolished, and the law-making
functions of the peoplo wiped out of existence.
They want every vestigo of power removed
from Mormon influence within the Territory,
and their affairs administered by officials ap
pointed by tho President. Very well. Con
gress will probably enact such laws as seem
best in view of theconstitutional rights of a
citizen who, of course, cannot bo alienated.
Here is ft difiicutly which tho Gentile in Utah
cannot appreciate. He is so ultra in 3ppotition
to tho Mormons that he draws no distinctions.
Now, Congress cannot pass a law forbidding a
man to bo a Mormon any moro than it can pro
hibit Catholicism or Protestantism. It is only
when tho Mormon commits an overt act and
takes moro thun one wife that ho is guilty of a
crime and becomes subject to tho penalties
provided in the statutes. President Arthur,
some time ago, asked me to mako any sugges
tions which I thought necessary In order to
help carry out the objectof tho act creating tho
"Utah Commission, which was, of course, the
suppression of polygamy. I gave him my viows
on tho subject, and thoy aro embodied in tho
bill recently introduced by Senator Edmunds
to amend tho previous act. This bill provides
a marriago law. Under it marriages must bo
performed in public instead of in secret in the
En'dowment House. A record must be kept.
Again, female suffrage is abolished, and a first
wife is made a legal witness against her hus
band in trial for polygamy. Should this act
pass, I think that wo shall havo progressed at
IcaSt so far a? to havo secured competent inu
chihery for tho punishment of polygamy."
Ex-Senator Paddock, of Nebraska, another
member of tho commission, was asked what he
thought of tho prospects for the suppression of
polygamy in Utah. Said he: " I think all
power should bo taken from tho peoplo of tho
Territory, and tho right of suffrage and repre
sentation in a Legislature of thoir own. Tho
pblygamists now dominato the Legislature and
control tho affairs of the Territory just tho
eanio as they ever did. Tho Legislature is
composed of Mormons who, while not polyga
mists, believe in tho institution and are com
plete tools of the church. We shall never bo
able to reach them until all this is wiped out.
Let polygamy bo stamped out by the most
stringent laws administered by officers ap
pointed by tho President entirely. Lot tho
peoplo of Utah bo disfranchised and unrepre
sented until they are ready to eradicate this
systom which has grown up and flourishes
THE BIVEIJ AND HARBOR RILL.
Having been made an issue in tho last cam
paign, tho omnibus river aud harbor bin will
this year attraet attention rarely given the
subjoct before. It" will be remembered that tho
bill last year, which appropriated somo $19,
000,000, was vetoed by the President and
whirled through Congress over his head, tho
" veto notwithstanding."
Tho bill this year is of a different character
from tho last, and is frco from the features
which wero criticised in tho last. It is differ
ent in many respects from the other. All the
bayous and creeks have been thrown out. In
order to avoid tho question of constitutional
ity, nothing is appropriated for tho various
renal projects. The appropriation for tho resor
.virs for tho head of tho Mississippi Eivor has
been eliminated altogether. There is nothing
in tho bill for tho Potomac Flats. There is
nothing for any work not clearly Of national
importance and where the appropriation is un
questionably for the benefit of commerce.
A few of tho works condemned by the Secre
tary of War, in his answer sent recently to
Congress in response to a resolution of inquiry
as to what works, if any, iu tlie last bill were
noc for the benefit of commerce, arc included,
bnt only in such cases where tho comrnittco
was of tho unanimous opinion that the Secre
tary was mistaken. There is but ono new
work provided for in the bill, that for improv
ing the mouth of tho Columbia Eiver in Ore
gon. The total of the bill foots up to $3,450,000 in
round numbors ; tho total for tho Mississippi
Eiver amounts to $2,650,000.
The Commerce Committee which prepared
this bill did so with a determination to try
whether a measure of this character can pass
tho Houso of Eopresontativcs upon its merits
without the usual compensatory appropriations
for objects, which would not be included icro
it not necessary to employ this means to secure
tho votes of somo members, who arc always
ready to ' declare they will not vote for a bill (
unless it contains some particular thing which
Life on an Ocoan Steamer Couipnnions du
Special correspondence National Tribune.
Liverpool, Jan. 26. In these days, when
fifty thousand Americans go abroad every year
iu search of pleasure and culture, your readers
may caro to know some of tho experiences of
that part of the great army which sets sail in
December. In the first place, it is choilly old
travelers who do this -travelers who know that
the discomforts of h 'ck and the delights of
tho well are nearly ssiforni throughout tho
year. Accordingly, tho vessel of whose com
pany your correspondent was one, carried few
inexperienced travelers, and tho proportion of
enjoyment of the short, warm passage, was
large. Of ten days passed between Sandy Hook
and Qucctiatown but two wera such as forced
all hands below; and the strong northwest
wind that blew us out of New York harbor, in
all the glory of a winter sunset, continued a
faithful frieud well nigh to the end. Life on
deck was the rule, therefore, and a contented
colony appeared every morning tucked up iu
countless rugs on steamer chairs lashed to the
woodwork that shields tho funnel aud gives
out a pleasant degree of heat in the process. In
this colony conversation was like tho reading
aloud of charming travels ; for an Englishman
discussed in a sensible way the advantages of
making a preliminary bachelor-trip, as he had
done, in order to facilitate matters before tak
ing his wedding trip with tho pretty American
wife now accompanying him to tho Madeira
Islands. A returned missionary from Japan
compared notes with the aged man, who, as
first white resident of the Sandwich Islands,
has recently published an account of that region
and its aborigines, tho Maoris. Incidental to
this conversation were comments from a Scotch
physician returning home for a third visit, after
a residence of fifteen years in tho Sandwich Is
lands. An American who was present, filled
with dread lest a certain loving little brother
left at home should fall a victim to epidemic
diphtheria, might well listen with envy to tho
quiet Scotchman's account of the quarantine
regulations of his distant Sandwich Islands
home, where precautions are taken so success
fully against the spread of disease that mea
sles, scarlet fever, diphtheria andsmall-pox, and
all the host of contagions which threaten the
American child, are well nigh unknown.
These precautions include stringentquarantine
of every family in which any case of any con
tagions discaso appears; and tho nnxious
American may perhaps bo pardoned a Litter re
flection that in the Sandwich Islands moro
than in any American city local self-gov-emmtnt
seems to mean local good govern
ment, and to assure protection from raardcr by
disease, while we are content with an insuffi
cient protection from murder by pistol orbowie
knife, and with discontented inefficiency permit
useless boards of health to let disease run riot.
A LESSO:. IX FREN'CII.
Three members of the deck-colony on every
sunny day -were young collegians who passed
long hours iii aborbedly'9tudying French, and
interspersed 'their conversation with French
phrases, to the nmnsefilcntf of their neighbors,
until a long, lank, slouchily-dressed man from
northern Michigan broke in with such a stream
of Canadian French patois as cured their affec
tation and carried off the conversation lo the
lumber interests of the United States and tho
need of wise and stringent forestry legislation.
This mail was an Irishman, who had brought
his young wife to America fifteen years since,
and, having made a fortune, was now going to
Italy to spend the winter. A good oxample
this of tho possibilities of American Efo! This
couple, still far on tho younger side of fifty, in
perfect health, with means assured, looked for
ward ever the life that stretches before them
with finite as cherry hearts as the newly-married
couple on tho wedding trip to tho Ma
deiras. Two lads were of tho little colony and
were so well-bred, so happy with each other, fio
frank, yot unobtrusive, that tho older members
of tlie company delighted in them. Tho
younger was making the voyage for his health.
The other, a youth still under twcnty-thrco
years of ago, was the Euglish purchaser for a
New York firm of house decorators; for ho
had cultivated tastes iu these matters as in
dress and demeanor. "Thcso lads seemed to
carry a pleasant promise of the good time com
ing when our American homes, already tho
most comfortable in the world, shall bo as
tasteful as those of the older countries.
There were also in tho company a physician
from a western town, going to study his profes
sional specialty; and the typical American, as
the British writer a quarter of a century ago
delighted to describe him rich, vulgar and in
temperate. These, with a group of commercial
travelers, a quiet little boy, who was crossing
alone iiutior the care ot the captain, and two
pert little girls made up tho cabin passengers.
Quite as interesting wcro the steerage passen
gers, chicily.men goipg homo to spend Christ
mas and perhaps to bring out their families
with them afterward. They wero all woll
clad, comfortable looking men, with more or
less baggage; men whose air of self-respect and
prosperity spoke volumes for the opportunity
that the New World gives to tho working man.
Most of theso men lefc at Qupenstown, and the
thoughtful Amcricau, who stood watching them
file over tho gang-plank and on board tho
tender, could not fail to feci proud qf the con
trast between their comfortable appearance,
and tho wretchedness of the emigrants who"
swarm into Castle Garden. Even tho cargo
was not without its interest; for the fact that
it consisted of hops going from America to mako
up the deficit of the English crops, told onco
more the story of tlie Old World's grbwing de
pendence on the New, and brought up a train
of sorrowful reflections concerning the evil to
tho working population of England that these
samo hops work every year when turned into
beer. Apropos of American products going to
England, it gives ono a curious sensation to
have to wait half an hour, in a littlo pen in
Liverpool, whilo one's trunks are arranged for
the customs inspection before ono can ontcr
free trado England I It is truo that the list of
articles which one must affirm that ono has
not, is short and simple, including chiefly to
bacco, perfumes and American reprints of Eng
lish books; but tho fact that England main
tains custom-houses and tho expense of a reti
nue of customs officers is an interesting com
ment upon the English onslaughts upon Ameri
can protective regulations. In this half hour's
waiting there is timo for speculation concern
ing the people on tho vessel, whom one learns to
think of with strong interest in ten days of being
shut up together on the ocean, in the samo sus
pense, with the same eagerness to come safely
to land. What will befall them? Will they
reach America in safety again? Will they be
changed at all ? And, if so, will they bo changed
for the better or for the worse? Doubtless
every human being who has mado that voyage
will return to America somewhat altered ; and,
on tho whole, tho chango will, probably be for
THE TJSES OP TRAVEL.
If the pert littlo girls, who aro on their
way to a convent school in Paris, catch
the sweet low tones of voice of the nuns and
learn their gentlo consideratencss of the feel
ings of others, they will gain something pre
cious; nnd there is small danger of their losing
their frank uprightness, for tnoy aro American
girls. If tho well-bred boy going homo to Eng
land to get the latest best designs for his Ameri
can decorations, carries back" an enthusiasm for
such fine training as the English art schools
provide, ho and tho land of his adoption wiU
be the better therefor. If the Michigan lumber
man finds in Italy that money in itself and for
itself is of littlo value, and that his wealth can
go far to mako beautiful his western villajo;
if his wife grasps the idtr. that the dainty ser
vice and cxqui3ito cooking that prevail in Eu
ropo can Ihj introduced into America, whero
women of leisure and wealth do their duty in
conducting housework schools, thoir winter iu
Europe will be a benefit to themselves and to
many another. If tho collegians loam, whilo
using their French phrases during their walk
ing trip through France, tho secret of the lino
roads, the absence of tramps, the security of
the unarmed foicigncr, the good ordor nnd tho
good municipal government, they will bo hot
ter citizens. If the doctor from a western
town returns with a belief that long traiuing
and wide hospital practice arc moro needful
than we think them in America, something
will be gained towards securing a higher stand
ard of preliminary training than that, which
now permits the graduate of a two-years' course
of lectures to tnko human life in his unskilled
hands, in our reckless American fashion. As
for the vulgar man who boasted of his fortune
in tho smoking-room, where he spent tho love
liest hours of the voyage in playing ioker with
sovereigns for stakes, ho will doubtless go to
swell the number of obnoxious persons who
maintain tho many drinking places that pre
sent the sign "American bar." Ho will return
to America, neither very much better nor very
much worse than ho left it: but "he will do
nluch to bring contempt upon it wherever ho
may go. He is unhappily a single example of
a very Jnrge class, ami his moro respoctablo
compatriots must sharo the scorn which ho
brings upon lu Americaim. Whether or not
tho growth of mind of these travelers bo in
precisely tho directions suggested, certain it is
'that year by year many good things spring up
in American lifo by reason of European travel;
and one of tho best is tho fervent love of his
country with which tho wanderer usually re
turns, eager to mako American life as finished
and courteous as tho daily life of the older
countries; eager to work, each man his own
change in it, but thankful, at heart, devoutly
thankful, that tho laud of his birth is our beau
tiful freo American land. F. K.
THE PENSION OFFICE.
What ConunlsMoner Dudley Intends to Do An
Now that the passage of the annual pension ap
priation bill is practically assured, it i- of interest
to know what the prospect is for a speedy adjust
ment of tho claims now pending iu tho Pension
In the bill which wni passed ut the end of tho last
session the employment of about 1,200 additional
clerks was authorized for the purpose of clearinjc
up within three years- pendingand delayed pension
clnims. Of these about 800 wcro given to the Pen-
sion Bureau. The bill was parsed at such a late day
that the additional clerks, as a whole, were not set
at work until about November 1. The introduction
of these clerks, who had no knowledge of the work
to be done, temporarily paralyzed the whole force.
The new clerks mingled with the old, and the work
of instruction began. To those who had no knowl
edge of law, education in the work required time.
The adjudication of cases could not at first be in
trusted to them ; but they are now becoming eill
clent. For example, before the new clerks came,
the average number of cases settled by an old ex
aminer iu one of the divisions iu one month was 16.
Tlie average number settled now in that division
by a new examiner in ono month is nlout and
tho average monthly number settled in that divis
ion, by new and old examiners combined, is a frac
tion more than 11. The work of educating tlie new
clerks has retarded the work of the old clerks. The
new clerlw have done nswell as the Commissioner
could c.ipcct under the circumstances. Of '2S0
whose probation time is about to cxpiro only 31
will be rejected.
Spenkiug of the work on hand, the Commissioner
says that he could have mnde larger payments if he
had Ix-cn willing to take up and adjudicate only
the cacs weere the evidence is plain and which
can easily and quickly be settled. Uv had under
taken, however, to dispose of all pending and de
layed claims in a period of tiirce years, and it wns
not only right, but also economical and expedient,
that he should begin at the lottom and clear away
the material which it is difiicult to handle. The
cases which could be cosily and quickly settled, ho
says, have in a great degree risen to the top and
floated off as adjudicated cases, and it can be In
ferred from his statements and tlie official tables
that lib predecessors have, to some extent, taken
the cream nnd left him the skimmed milk. Tho
tables show tliat while the number of tsises adjudi
cated in the two years 1SS1 and 1S?2 is much larger
than the number for any previous years, a much
larcer number of clnims tiled many years ago wcro
settled in those years than were -settled in previous
years. Tho work of clearing up the lilcb from the
cotton makes necessary the consideration of many
knotty cases, but he intends to leave nothing be
hind o$ he goes along. Recently he has been re
jecting as inany claims as he has been allowing,
aud this kind of work Is, in his opinion, for the
benefit of'tho Government, although it does not
increase the payments. He ex poets, he says, to liave
the work in so advanced a condition within a year
from this date that claimants will lc Jn default to
the office rather than tliat the office shall bj in de
fault to them. The work of educating tho new
clerksanddisposingofoldand difficult cases has now
reached such a point tliat he expects the payments
will increase, nnd that In the months of February,
March, April. May. and Juno tho payments will
amount to 530,000,000, which will be auflleient to
exhaust the limit of $S5,000,000 which he fixed a
few weeks ago as the probable extent of pension
expenses for this fiscal year.
CHRONOLOGY OF THE WAR.
Tho Leading Stents c.T the War Arranged by
Feb. 18. Surrender of U. S. military posts in
Texas, by General Twiggs.
" 21. Evacuation of Camp Cooper, Texas, by
companies D and H, Second U. S.
Feb. IF. Action at Benlonvillc, Ark., by detach
ments of Benton's nnd Fremont's
Miaouri cavalry and Elbert's battery.
" 18-19. Expedition to Mt. Vernon, Mo., by Third
" 18-20. Expedition up the Chowan Kivcr.N.C,
by the intn X. Y. infantry.
" 19. Skirmish at West Plains, Mo., by Wood's
battalion. Sixth Missouri cavalry, and
detachment Third Iowa cavalry.
" 16. Capture of Ularksville, Tenn., by TJ. S.
gunboats Conctoga and Cairo.
" 19-20. Expedition Into Currituck Sound, N. C,
by battalion Fifth lihode Island In.
u 21. Engagement at Valyerde, New Mexico,
ly detachments First, Second, Third,
Fourth, and Fifth New Mexico infan
try, Oraydon's independent company,
Dodd's company of Colorado Infantry,
eight companies Regular cavalry, and
eleven companies Regular infantry.
" 22. Skirmish at Independence, Mo., by de
tachment Second Ohio cavalry.
" 22. Expedition to Vienna and Flint Hill,
a by tbe Sixth Maine infantry.
Forty-third New York infantry, and
Fifth Pennsylvania cavalry.
Feb. 18. Skirmish at Milton, Tenn., by Second
Michigan and Third Ohio cavalry.
" 19. Skirmish at Spring River, Mo., by com
pany of Ninth Kansas iufantry.
" 19. Skirmish nt Cold Water, Mbs., by cav
alry commanded by Licut.-Colonel
Wood, First Indiana cavalry.
" 20. Skirmish at Yazoo Pass, Miss., by Fifth
" 21. Skirmish at Prairio Stition, Miss., by
Second Iowa cavalry.
" 22. SkirmishatTu'icmiibiajAIa.,byColonel
Cormyns' cavalry brigade.
Feb. 17. Action nt Marion, Miss., by a portion or
6 tho Seventeenth Corps.
" 17. Loss of the Hotisatonic In Charleston
harbor, S. C.
" 19. Skirmish nt Grossc Tcto Payou, La.,
by Fourth Wisconsin cavalry.
19. Skirmish at Waugh's farm. Independ
ence county, Ark., by Eleventh Mis
souri cavalry and I-ourth Arkansas
infantry, commanded by Colonel
" 20. Action at Olustcc. Fin., by tho Forty
seventh, Forty-eighth, and Ono Hun
dred and Fifteenth New York; Sev
enth Connecticut, Seventh New
Hampshire. Fortieth Massachusetts
infantry, First Massachusetts cavalry.
Fifty-fourth Massachusetts colored
troops, First North Carolina colored
troop3, Eighth Unhcd States colored
troops, Fiust nnd Third United States
artillery, and Third Rhode Island
" 21. Skirmish nt West Point, Miss.; General
Feb. 18. Affair nt Fort Jones, Ky., by Twelfth
United States colored heavy artillery-
" 18. Skirmish at Ashby's Gap, Va., by de
tachment of Fourteenth Pennsylva
" 18. Reconnaissance at Charleston, S. C, by
General Q. A. Gilmore'.-. troop-.
" 13. Action at Fort Amlcrcn, N. C, by .Ad
miral Porter's squadron, 17. S. X.;
troops of the Twenty-fourth Corpa,
under General Terry, and I'wenty
third Corps, under General Cox.
" 20. Action,ut Town Creek. N. C, by Third
division, Twenty-third Corps.
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