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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1883.
TFJE GRAND ARIjY.
Our Weekly Record of Events in the
Grc?t activity still characterizes the move
ments of the Grand Army in nearly every De
partment The work of recruiting and organ
izing new Posts is being prosecuted with un
flagging vigor, and if it is maintained during
the spring months the Order will muster two
hundred thousand by the 1st of July.
As an evidence of what The Tribune is
doing to help on the good work, it may he men
tioned that during the past week we have re
ceived and complied with twenty requests for
blank applications for Post charters, as follows:
Herbert Vaudcrborg, Wcaubleau. Mo.; II. G.
Rose, Millbauk, Bale. T.; J. If. Wood. Bussey,
Iowa; A. B. Shakespcar, Central City, Iowa;
H. P. G. Carncs, Turkey City. Pa.; A. D. Rice,
Antigo, Wis.; Enoch S. Moulton, Holding,
Mich.; JL V. Jackson, Madison, Kan.: J. W.
McCoy, Gimp Creek. Tcnn.; P. Bean, Warren,
Vt.; Samuel 3L Allen, Fulton, 1ml.; James
Kelly, La Salle, 111.; Isaac D. Campbell, Wil
son, Neb.; E. IL Mitchell, Sidney, Iowa; Dal
las C. Eussell, Monticello, Iowa; J. F. Brown,
Clarksburg, Ohio; Wm. E. Boc. Jamestown,
Pa.: K. M. llamblin. Lenia, 111 ; L. Bander, St.
Jtli'nsYiilc, N. Y.; II. S. Bcaman, Beaman. loa.
.Wo have" also received and forwarded to
headquarters applications, duly signed, for the
organization of Posts at Wapello, Iowa, and
Verndalc, Minn. Adjutant General Brown
writes us acknowledging the receipt, through
Tun Tribune, of applications for Posts at Lex
ington, Midi.; North Calais, Yt.; Bellair, 111.;
Saranac, X. Y.; Blaudford, Mass.; Loogootcc,
Ind.: Hopedalc, Ohio; Laurel Gap, Tenu.,aud
states that they liave been duly attended to.
In General Orders, No. 1, issued last fall at
headquarters First Grand Division Sons of
Veteraus, Waterville, Maine, 1. S. Bangs an
nounces his appointment by the Commander-in-Chief
an honorary member and Brevet
Major-Geueral of the Sons of Veterans, and
assignment to the command of the Firt Divis
ion, comprising the New England States, and
also the appointment of Sidney Moor Heath as
Assistant Adjutant General. In General Or
ders, No. 2, issued on the 20th December last,
the following appointments are announced:
Sidney Moor Heath, of Waterville, to be colo
nel, to rank as such from November 1, 18S2;
Frank P. Merrill, of Auburn, to be lieutenant
colonel, and Harry M. Nickcrson, of Portland,
to be major of Maine Division; J. C. Ruther
ford, of Burlington, Yt, to be colonel ; Fletcher
R. Proctor, of Rutland, to be lieutenant-colonel,
and William T. Ripley, of Rutland, to be major
of Vermont Division; Harry R. Virgin, of
Portland, Maine, to be Judge Advocate, and H.
F.Benson, of Waterville, to be Medical Director
of this Grand Division. Aides-de-camp, with
Tank of major James Edward Hewcy, Alfred,
Harold Wyhs Chamberlain, iiruns-
mtip; wens aicntine, isenuingion,
hErrdinand S. Henry, Burlington,
ETrauk of captain Melvm T.
ffast, Maine; Harry C. Stetson,
Louis D. Green, Brattleboro, Yt.
Wi Order, No. 1, issued at Lisbon, Me.,
ko lGth ult.. by command of Department
Commander Elijah M. Shaw, D. H. Holman
Afctant Adjutant General, announces the
following as the personal stall' of the Com
maiidcr: Assistant Adjutant General, D. Hor
ace Holman, Post 7; Assistant Q. 31. General,
Benjamin F. Bcals, Post 47; Inspector, Harri
son A. Tripp, Pot4G; Chief 3Iusteriug Ollicer,
Isaiah S. Coombs, Post 4; Judge Advocate,
Joseph B. Peaks, Post 23. All requisitions for
rapplics for Posts should be forwarded to As
sistant Q. M General B. F. Beals, Auburn,
Maiue. Checks, drafts, or money orders for
Department headquarters, should be made pay
able to the order of Assistant Q. M. General B.
F. Beals, Auburn, Maine. All returns and re
ports from Post adjutants, &c, intended for
Department headquarters, should in all cases
be addressed to D. Horace Holman, Assistant
Adjutant General, Lcwistou, Maine.
Comrade Natt Shackford writes us from
headquarters, Lake Village, N. H., as follows :
"On Tuesday evening, Februry 27th, Men-ill
Post, No. 03, was organized at West Stewarts
town, N. IL, by Department Commander John
C. Linehan, :issisted by Comrades Natt Shack
ford, of Post 36. and James A. Troy, of Post GO.
This Post starts off with eighteen charter mem
hers, and with bright prospects for tho future ;
all arc interested in the work of the Order.
The following is tho list of oflicers who were
installed: Commander, John H.Brooks; S. V.
G, T. H. Mayo ; J. V. C, John C. Poor; Surg.,
John R. Little; Chap., Wm. McKannon; O. IX,
D. G. Ripley; O. G., Gardner W. Smith ; Q. M.,
Charles W.Delliber; Adj't, C.S. Dalton; S.M.,
Alden Hutchinson; Q. M. S., Albert Harris."
General Order, No. 2, issued at Bennington,
Yermont, on the 22d ult., by Department
Commander A. B. Valentine, C. C. Kinsman
Assistant Adjutant-General, announces the fol
lowing additional appointments upon the De
partment staff: -Judge Advocate General, Kit
tridge Haskins, Brattleboro; Chief Mustering
Olhcer, II. E. Taylor, Brattleboro; Aides-decamp,
II. W. Kingley, Rutland ; N. B. Puffer,
Bennington ; G. K. Russell, Bellows Falls; J.
M. Tarbell, Weston ; A. J. Noyes, Bennington ;
E. J. Coffey, Windsor; G W. Carr, Brandon.
The Camp staff of Gimp No. 1, Sons of Vet
erans, at Brandon, Vt., is: Orderly Sergeant, E.
L. Bigelow; Quartermaster Sergeant, W. J.
Powers; Sergeant of the Guard, H. Barrows;
Color Sergeant, Seward Powers; Ordnance Ser
geant, John Sealilan; Corporal of Guard, Fred
E. Masat; Chief Musician, Will C. Girr.
Comrade C. W. Putnam, our correspondent
for Post No. 10, Worcester, Mass., writes us
that that Post presented at Grand Army Hall,
Thursday evening, February 22d, a two act
drama entitled "The Chimuey-Corncr," and it
was played to an overflowing house; in fact, tho
hall would uot accomodate all who wished to
attend, so, by particular request, it was re-pf-aUd
at the tame place Friday evening. The
acting of some of the cast was excellent, that
off. H. Blood as "Solomon," David Boyden
as " Peter'' and Mrs. S. F. Rabbit as " Patty"
bring especially fine. Thursday evening the
entertainment was for comrades and their
families only, and after it was over a genuine
Camp-fire was lighted, minus the usual smoke,)
and doughnuts, crackers, cheese and coffee were
supplied in abundance. Then came speeches,
ringing and instrumental music and a jolly
pood time all round. Lady friends of the Post
hac often cxpnscd a desire to attend the
Camp-hres, and that desire was gratified Thurs
day evening. All enjoyed themselves, and
many taid if that was a sample of the Post's
Camp-fires they did uot wonder the comrades
liked lo attend them.
Abuut .sixty comrades of Post 10 chartered
o;j;nilu&siS and took a seven-mile ride to Graf
ton, Mass., on the night of theSKth ult., to at
Uud a Camp-fire given by A. B. If. Spruguc
Po:-t, No 24, of that place. On arriving at the
towu hall they found comrades from MHIbury,
Upton, SjK-ncer and Shrewsbury. All were
YTtleoincd by Commander McKeuzie, of Post 24.
A bountiful collation was spread ami enjoyed
in the upper ball, followed by the indispensable
"T. IX" and ciars for those who wished, and
-with the smoking the fun commenced. There
was a clarionet solo by Comrade Hathaway, of
Grafton; bone solo by Comrade Smith ; drum
Bulo by Comrade Johnson; solo on the har
monica by Comrade Saunder, of Post 10;
gpeovlies by Comrades Sloan, of Spencer ; Wind
sor al Batchelder, of Grafton; Commander
RobiiibOn, Comrades Scott and Lamb, of Post
A0; a song and dance by Comrade Murphy, of
Post 10; areritalion by Comrade Boyden, and
no end of blorics, such as only old soldiers can
tell. All agreed that it was one of thcpleasaut
Ct Camp-fires ever attended by Post 10.
Dr. Joseph N. Bates, a prominent physician
aad formerly surgeon of the Fifteenth Massa
chusetts vols., diedof heart trouble on Febru
ary. A. J. Bisco Post, No. 80, of Wcslboro, Mass.,
realized $1,600 from a fair held in that town
week before last.
An esteemed correspondent at Cambridge
port, Mass., sends us the following interesting
notices of passing events in that Department:
Post 29, ot Waltham, held a glorious Camp-fire
on the 2d ult., with a view of increasing their
membership. Senior Yico Department Com
mander Billings was present and niado an
earnest appeal to the old soldiers to enter the
Grand Army ranks, assuring them that the
Department' of Massachusetts, man for man,
never stood so well as to-day. Ho was followed
by Comrade Scott, of Brooklyn, of tho national
staff, Judge Luce, and others. About 100 of the
veterans were present and enjoyed tho exer
cises, including the beans and cotl'cc. Good
results are anticipated. On Wednesday night,
the 2Sth ult, Post 30, of Arlington, lighted a
rousing Camp fire, inviting to its warmth Posts
30, 50, and 57, of Cambridge, Post 33 of Woburn,
Post 139 of Somerville, Post MS of Winchester,
and Post 119 of Lexington. In the necessary
absence of Commander Evans, John D. Billings,
the Senior Vice Department Commander, re
sponded for the Department of Massachusetts,
in an able address, analyzing some of the objec
tions that old soldiers make to joining tho
Order, and appealing to the comrades lo stand
firm in-keeping the Order on a high plane in all
respects. Comrades Tobin, of the council, Aides
Cusbingand Lunt.and Comrades Gray, Duling,
Bufi'um, Wilson, and several others made very
able remarks, and Mr. Lakin, a civilian, who
takes to Grand Army boys, recited finely sev
eral patriotic pieces. The usual rations fol
lowed, and Post No. 30, which inaugurated this,
its first Comp-fire, is to bo congratulated, for it
was a great success.
Commander Leach Clark writes us that Gen
eral James Appleton Post, No. 12S, Ipswich,
Mass., lighted a rousing Camp-firo in their
hail Thursday evening, February 22d, to
which all the soldiers, sailors and marines of
the late war resident in Ipswich, Rowly and
Hamilton were invited to bo present. About
one hundred responded, representing ono
Rhode Island, three New Hampshiro and
twenty-seven- Massachusetts regiments, and
several from the navy. The comrades began
to assemble about eight o'clock, and an hour
was spent in social chat, singing old army
songs and renewing old time memories. Ono
very interesting event was the meeting between
Comrade Adams of Post 5. and Comrade Goss,
who were together in rebel prisons, and had
never met since tho escape of the former till
then. The veteran soldiers, Knox with his
violin and Nichols with with his kiss viol,
assisted Mr. Albert Stone on the organ and Mr.
Rogers on the flute, furnished the music for
the occasion. Supper was served as 9 o'clock,
and after it had been enjoyed, pipes were
lighted and speeches were made by Comrade J.
G. B. Adams of Post 5, Benj. Pitman of Post
82, N. Shatswell of Post 34, T. F. Ellsworth,
and others. Post 12S was organized January
17th, 1SS2, with twenty-four charter members,
and the Adjutant's reports for the last quarter
of the year showed a membership of fifty-one.
The comrades propose to more than double
their number in the present year.
Post No. 19, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, had a
rousing Camp-fire on the 23d ult. Senior Vice
Department Commander John D. Billings, Ju
nior Vice Department Commander W. A. Sloan,
Aids-de-canip S. A. Cushing, Jr., and W. Y.
Gross, Commander Beals, and a delegation
from Post 53, of Leominster, Comrade II. G.
Curtis, of Atlautic, Iowa, and many old com
rades of tho war from tho city and adjoining
towns were present. The programme included
an address of welcome by Commander Cuth
bert, selections by the orchestra, songs by Com
rades Hale, Pat "Gleason, and others, speeches
by Comrade John D. Billings, Senior Yico De
partment Commander; W.A.Sloan, Junior Vice
Department Commander; S. A. Cushing, Jr.,
and W. Y. Gross, Aids-dc-camp of the Depart
ment, John W. Kimball, Past Commander of
Post 19; Commander Beals, of Post 53; D. II.
Merriam, II. G. Curtis, of Atlautic, Iowa, and
a good supper.
Post No. S9, Beverly, Mass., will hold a fair,
commencing on April ISth, and continuing a
week. Prizes to tho value of $1,000 will be
given away to tho holders of season tickets.
The Post is thriving and has 170 on tho rolls,
between forty and fifty having been mustered
within the past year. A Camp of tho Sons of
Veterans, established at Beverly a few months
ago, recently held a fair which, netted the tidy
little sum of $S00.
General Order, No. 2, issued on the 24th ult,
at Providence, R. I., by Department Com
mander P. S. Chase, W. J. Bradford, A. A. G.,
gives the following extracts from the proceed
ings of Department Encampment at its meet
ing January 25: Voted, That it be the duty of
Post chaplains to prepare and forward to the
Department chaplain on or before the 30th of
June annually, a concise but comprehensive
report of the observance of Memorial Day by
their Posts, to be by him embodied in his re
port to tho Encampment; that the three senior
officers of the Encampment be a committee to
arrange for an excursion and Reunion of tho
several Posts this summer ; that tho per capita
tax be fixed at ten cents per quarter. The fol
lowing named were elected delegates and alter
nates to National Encampment: Charles A.
Barbour, Post No. 1, delegate at large; Henry
C. Luther, Post No. 10, alternate at large;
Daniel C. Easton, Post No. 1, delcgato; A. G.
Lawrence, Post No. 5, alternate. The follow
ing named comrades arc by the Order appointed
Aidcs-dc-Camp: William Frankland, Post No.
1; James A. Abbott, Post No. 1; Elisha Whit
ford, Post No. 2: Charles C. Nye, Post No. 3;
John W. Savles, Post No. 4; George A.Brown,
Post No. 4 f James II. Taylor, Post No. 5; A. A.
Wightman, Post No. 10 ; Richard W. Howard,
Post No. 31; John A. Jenkins, Post No. 13;
Henry L. Dana, Post No. 17; W. Herbert
Tracy, Post No. 17; Court. G. Stanton, Post
No. 18. February 17th, Reno Post, No. G, was
instituted at East Greenwich; Commander,
Gideon Spencer. Information is desired at
these headquarters of the names and address of
any two members of company B, Eighteenth
Comrade A. F. Hall, Mcriden, Conn., writes
us -that Merriam Post, No. 8, at that place,
stands at the head of tho list in the State. It
has a membership of 212 and a relief fund of
$2,000. The following aro tho oflicers: Com
mander, W. F. Rogers; S. V. C, A. F. Hall; J.
V. C, H. H. White; Adj't, E. R. Merriam; Q.
M., A. H. Fail child; Surgeon, Dr. N. Nicker
son; Chaplain, T. W. Kilbourno: O. D., W. R.
Greene; O. G., D. II. Mason; S. M., A. W.
Pierson ; Q. M. S., O. D. Blakeslee.
Comrade Fred. II. Cramer writes ub that tho
third annual Camp-fire of William D. Brcnnan
Post, No. 284, Malonc, N. Y., held at their
rooms, February 22d, was a pronounced suc
cess. The capacity of the hall was taxed to its
utmost by a delighted audience. The veterans
assembled about 150 strong. An excellent
lunch, prepared by a committee of ladies, waa
heartily enjoyed. The following toasts were
announced and responded to : " In Memory of
Washington," "TheO. A. R.," "Tho Press,"
"The Women of the War," and "Our Prisoners
of War." There w;is also singing by the Gleo
Club, and recitations and readings. In tho
evening Capt W. It. Helms lectured for tho
benefit of tho Post.
Comrade Robert Cooper, Adjutant of Sidney
C. Gaylord Post, Redficld, New York, writes
that on tho 17th ult. the Post passed a resolu
tion complimentary to itb beloved Commander,
A. S. Coy, who was suddenly compelled to go
to California for his health. The resolution
refers to the fact that he has been twice suc
cessively elected Commander and that it was
through his efforts that tho prosperity of Gay
lord Post is mainly due.
Comrade John Hammond, Centrcvillc, Sulli
van county, N. Y., writes us that a new Post
is to bo organized at Fallsburgh, that county.
It was to have been mustered in on the 21th
ult, but owing to the absence of tho mustering
ollicer the organization was postponed.
Canby Post, No. 17, Gloversvillc, New York,
now numbers eighty members, and is in a
. In Circular Order, No. 3, recently Issued
from headquarters, Jersey City, by Department
Commander of New Jersey George B. Fielder,
Assistant Adjutant General John Ramsey, it is
impressed on Post Commanders and comrades
generally tho .urgent necessity for having tho
Department in the best condition possible for
tho summer Encampment, which was deter
mined upon at tho last annual Encampment
held at Trenton. Comrade Fielder believes
that with an earnest and determined effort on
tho part of Post oflicers nnd the hearty co
operation of tho comrades all or nearly all the
Posts could bo in uniform by August. Enter
tainments might bo given before that timo by
tho Posts which are not already uniformed for
tho pumoso of raising money to procure uni
forms. The following plan has been tried and
has worked admirably: Have an entertain
ment best suited to the locality of tho Post,
and let the comrades have all tho tickets they
want to sell, and for overy dollar a comrade
turns in from the sale of tickets have the quar
termaster givo him credit for 50, GO, or 75 per
cent, as the Post may direct, towards his uni
form. If a fair is held give the comrade tho
same per ccntage of tho money realized from
the sale of any articlo ho may get for the fair.
This method makes every comrade personally
interested, and tho result of his efforts may not
only secure him a uniform without any cost to
himself, but also considerably increase tho
funds of this Post. Tho uniform adopted by
tho Posts tho Department, or that may here
after bo adopted, should bo trimmed in a man
ner that will not admit of its being used for
ordinary street wear or upon any other than
Grand Army or military occasions. If this bo
done tho uniforms will last much longer, and,
with oidinary aire, tho uniforms of all tho
comrades will always look alike.
Comrade Frank Getsinger, Manasquan, N. J.,
writes us that Vrcdcnburgh Post, No. 47, hold
a Camp-firo in the Post room on tho evening of
the 22d ult, with a good attendance of tho
comrades of tho Post, visiting comrades, and
ladics.and gentlemen. Letters of regret were
read from Comrades George B. Fielder, Depart
ment Commander, and Edwin F. Applcgate,
Commander of Capt. James W. Conover Post,
No. G3, Freehold. A history of the G. A. It
was read and able addresses delivered by Com
mander Nevius, of Arrowsmith Post, No. Gl,
Red Bank, on tho patriotism and love of coun
try shown by tho G. A. R. boys in the latewar.
Past Commander Titus, of Aaron Wilkes Post,
No. 23, of Trenton, read a piece of poetry en
titled "Tho Old Canteen." An amusing inci
dent waa related by Rev. Mr. Brown, lato
Chaplain of tho Seventh Ohio vols., describing
how he had volunteered to carry a dispatch
through a dangerous neighborhood in West
Virginia early in tho war to a distant com
mand. Mr. lienry Dcy, tho Misses Dey, Mr.
Hudson and Mr. Allen gave choice selections
of music during the evening, after which those
present partook of army rations of pork and
beans, coS'ce and hard-tack, served by tho
ladies of tho Loyal League. Tho entertain
ment closed with a contribution to a worthy
comrade who has been in distress for sonio
The first annual fair of Lafayetto Post, No.
69, Salem, N. J., recently held in Rumsey Hall,
was a most successful one, realizing at least
$300 clear of expenses. One of the most inter
esting features of tho fair wits tho museum,
wherein were displayed regimental flags and
curiosities of the Revolutionary and tho lato
wars. It wjis visited by Comrade Georgo B.
Fielder, Department Commander, of Jersey
City, and Gen. Ramsey, of Jersey City, and
Charles P. Lord, of Viuelaud, members of his
", Teems," New Rrunswick, New Jersey,
writes us that tho Ordor in that vicinity is
wide awako and working. Charles S. Olden
Post, No. 41, of Mctuchcn, gavo an entertain
ment on tho 22d ult. which was highly success
ful and added many dollars to; its fund. Mrs.
sE. Smith, of Jcrsoy City, was the primo mover
in the afl'air and placed tho Post under lasting
obligations to her. Barry Post, No. 27, of Rail
way, recently held a fair of three days' dura
tion, which, like all its undertakings, was a
Thompson Post, No. 132, Oxford, Pa., recently
had their first Camp-fire, which was held at
Reed's Hall. Post Commander Samuel II.
Smith, in a few remarks, welcomed those pres
ent, and then called upon the Rev. W. It. Bing
ham, who opened tho exercises with prayer.
Comrade W. H. Snydcrgave the familiar revoillo
and breakfast call on tho bugle, after which a
quartette, composed of William Crowl, William
Pugh, Reno Dickey and W. II. Snyder, with
Miss Jennio Reed organist, sang " My Country
'Tis of Thee," followed by an excellent and
appropriate address by Rev. W. R. Bingham,
Comrade Snyder read a selection entitled "Tho
Rising in '76," byT. Buchanan Read, and Com
rade A. II. Ingram related the manner of his
capture by tho rebels ; his travels to the prison,
and his escape from the same ; his subsequent
recapture when near tho Union lines, and re
turn to the prison from which he had escaped,
and from thcuco to Andersonvillo, and his
escape from that stockade. After tho song,
" Tenting on tho Old Camp Ground," by tho
quartette, the assembly was dismissed with the
bugle sound of tho "Taps" bT Comrado Snyder.
The Post at Tunkhannock, Pa., celebrated
Washington's Birthday by an open Camp-fire,
held at Billing's Hall. Tho exercises were in
charge of Commander Stroud, ably seconded
by Adjutant J. M. Kintner. Ex-Judgc-Advocato
Major Wm. M. Piatt gavo the Camp one of his
oil-hand speeches and was loudly applauded.
Ex-Quartermaster Captain A. B. Mott and
Captain James B. Harding also made short
talks. Captain Harding said it was not a timo
to talk politics, but he would remind the assem
blage that after all the Union would not have
been saved but for tho Greenbacks. After tho
conclusion of remarks by cx-Serg't-Maj. Chas.
Dana, the rations were dealt out, and the pork,
beans, cofl'ee and hard-tack, which had been
bountifully provided by tho ladies, was gotten
away with in true soldierly style. It was an
enjoyable time, nev'or to1 bo forgotten by tho
At a meeting of George G. Meade Post, Phil
delphia, held on the 2Gth ult, Comrade G. II.
Davis presented the Post, on behalf of Com
rades Johnston and Ilervcy, tho head and neck
of "Baldy," the old war horse of General
Meade. Tho history of this animal is a re
markable one. Ho was in fifty-two engage
ments and was five tunes wounded, onco being
left on tho field for dead, but when, two days
after, a party went out to bury him ho was
found browsing on the battle-field. Tho head
and neck of the old war steed, presented to the
Post, are beautifully and artistically mounted
on a shield, and will occupy a placo on tho cast
wall of the room, together with his complete
record. Tho gift was received by Commander
James C. Wray in a neat and graceful speech.
Tho old Ninety-ninth Pennsylvania Veteran
volunteers, who enlisted early in 1861 and
served throughout tho war, from tho Peninsula
campaign, under General McClellan, till tho
surrender of Lee at Appomattox Court House,
are about forming a Social Veteran Association
from among tho few survivors still remaining
of the old regiment. General Biles has called
a meeting for Thursday evening, March 15,
1883, at No. 1108 Sansom street, Philadelphia,
for that purpose.
Comrado H. G. Bonobrake, Commander of
John E. Walker Post, No. 287, Waynesboro, Pa.,
writes us that that Post, which was mustered
last September with nineteen chartermembors,
has now thirty-seven. There is a complete
little drum corps attached to tho Post, and
many of the comrades aro getting uniforms.
An Old Folks' concert was given last January,
which netted $220, which will bo used in tho
purchase of flags, &c.
writes us that there
aro thirty-livo Posts in
in any other city in tho
that city, moro than
Union. Post No. 1 has tho handsomest quar
ters; Post No. 2 has tho best furnished; Post
No. 5 tho largest ; Post No. 275 tho smallest ;
Post No. 5 has tho best Ladies' Aid Society;
Post No. 2 tho best music ; Post No. 94 tho
most members, and Post No. 10 tho most
Comrado P. C. G. Cutler, Frceland, Luzerne
county, Pa., writes us that tho oflicers of C. B.
Cox Post, No. 147, wero installed on tho 1st
inst. by Mustering Ollicer G. H. Troutman.
They aro: Commander, P. C. G. Cutler; S. V.
C, T. Boyle; J. V. C, J. H. Lindsay; Surgeon,
J. Brookmyer; Q. M., J. D. Oliver; Adj't, J.
Shaffer; Chaplain, G. Macintosh.
William Simmons, secretary of the Farragut
Veteran Association, Philadelphia, Pa., wants
tho addresses of all comrades who served under
Admiral Farragut on tho Mississippi River
during tho war. Also tho address of any per
son who served on tho U. S. ship Verona (sunk
in battlo below New Orleans) who knew John
Tho Farragut Veteran Association, a naval
organization, held a meeting on Tuesday even
ing last at Caledonia Hall, Pino street, Phila
delphia, to make suitablo arrangements for the
proper celebration of tho twenty-first anniver
sary of the capture of New Orleans, April 24,
Comrado H. C. Cover, Eoxbury, FrankllnJ
county, Pa., writes us that Post No. 295 has
thirty-two members and is doing well. On tho
22d ult. the Post was presented with a portrait
of Lieut Pomeroy. The 'event was made tho
occasion of quite a number of speeches.
A delegation from A. J. Grimm Post, No. 152,
Spring City, under command of Post Com
mander W. W. West, on Saturday evening vis
ited Joseph Brcinard, of East Vincent, an cx
soldicr, who has become blind and dependent,
and presented him with a largo amount of pro
visions. Tho oflicers
bury, Pa., arc:
S. V. C, Lieut
of Pomery Post, No. 295, Rox
Commander, John Breckiger;
Adam Franklin ; J. V. C, II.
M., Franklin Cramer : O. IX,
James C. McLary; O. G., John Watson; Adj't,
Wo have received a pamphlet containing ex
tracts from tho address of Department Com
mander Samuel S. Burdett, at the fifteenth an
nual Encampment of tho Department of tho
Potomac, held in this city on tho 30th of last
January. In it he says that tho oflicial year
that will closo with this Encampment has been
one oi prosperity for tho Grand Army of tho
Republic in this Department The reports of
the A. A. General and of tho A. Q. M. General
show that tho membership of the Posts of tho
Department one year ago was S40. It is now
1,439, a gain of 599, or 71 per cent. During
tho year there was expended for charity, at
Department headquarters, tho sum of $52. In
regard to now Posts ho says: "Two new Posts
havo been chartered during tho year, and will
stand upon tho roster as James A. Garfield
Post, No. 7, and Burnside Post, No. 8. Whether
this was wise action or not, tho future will tes
tify. As a rulo I am of tho opinion that it is
tho better policy to restrain tho ambition of
comrades who wish to have their names im
mortalized by appearing us charter members
on tho Post roll."
General Orders, No. 1, issued in this city by
Comrado S. S. Burdett, Commander of tho De
partment of the Potomac, announces the follow
ing appointments: Assistant Adjutant General,
John Cameron ; Assistant Quartermaster Gen
eral, Amos J. Gunning; Inspector, Dr. S. A. IL
McKim; Judgo Advocate, Samuel C. Mills;
Chief Mustering Ollicer, Allen W. Prather;
Aids-de-Camp, Lyman B. Cutler, Jno. L. Pos
ton, David J. llusscy; Assistant Inspectors,
Wm. S. McPhorson, Jno. M. Kcogh, Jos. Bur
Comrado John S. Scott writes us that Lyon
Post, No. 137, Eureka Springs, Ark., is doing
well and gaining in membership overy week.
Comrado E. A. II. Rcyland, historian of tho
Department of Kentucky, and also of Garfield
Post, No. 2, Covington, Ky., writes us that tho
G. A. R. in that State, commencing a year ago
this month with Nelson Post, No. 1, at New
port, and Garfield Post, No. 2, at Covington,
now has increased to thirteen good, healthy
Posts. Tho fact that Tennessee has been mado
an adjunct to tho Department is a high com
pliment Tho recent impetus given to tho
Order is due. in a largo measure, to tho zeal
and energy of Department 3Connnander James
C. Michio and tho Department oflicers. Gar
field Post started with twenty-one charter
members, and now has fortyeight, and two
applications at the adjutant's desk. Tho com
rades intended holding a 'Camp-fire on Febru
ary 22d, to which tho ladies wero to havo been
invited, but wero prevented' by tho floods.
Soon theyjjwill havo uniforms, and now havo
equipments .i gift from noble and loyal ladies.
Tho last application for a Post charter, with
twenty-six signers, came from Maysville.
Nelson Post, No. 1, of Newport, has appar
ently suffered moro than any other from tho
lato "flood. About one-fourth of their member
ship havo lost household goods, fuel, &c, and
others havo' been damaged to' a considerable
extent Among thoso who havo shown their
comradeship in this emergency may bo men
tioned Pittsburg comrades, who sent a dona
tion of $50 to the sufferers
Thomas Post, of X.ouisv'illq, Ky., is going to
have a big Camp-firo in a fow duy, to which
tho Department of Kentucky has been invited.
Thoy will wake up Louisville, and mako Wat
A meeting of tho Toledo (Ohio) Soldiers' Me
morial Association was held on the 26th ult
The following oflicers were elected: President,
Hon. J. R. Osborn; First Vice President, Mrs.
K. B. Sherwood ; Second Vice President, Gen.
C. L. Young; Treasurer, W. T. Walker; Secre
tary, H. S. Bunker. Tho Association is flour
ishing and expects to erect within tho year a
$60,000 memorial building. Tho Board has se
cured from various sources, chiefly in unpaid
soldiers' bounties in tho county treasury, funds
to tho amount of $17,480.51. It also owns a
beautiful lot in tho heart of the city, presented
through the City Council. Tho balance of
funds required will bo raised by subscription.
According to tho plan, tho building to bo
erected will bo ISO feet long and 90 wide. An
invitation was extended by Mrs. Sherwood, on
behalf of Forsyth Post Ladies' Society, to attend
their fifth annual reception on tho evening of
tho 13th of March, which invitation was most
heartily accepted. Forsyth Post and the Sons
of Veterans, of which there aro two ilouishing
Camps in Toledo, will also bo present Tho
entertainment will consist of music, promenad
ing and a supper. Toledo is tho headquarters
of tho State Department of tho Philadelphia
Administration. Colonel II. R. Bacon is the
colonel commanding. Colonel Garcnfalo, of
tho Michigan Department Sons of Veterans, is
iu Toledo, on his way from tho Grand Encamp
ment at Philadelphia. The next Grand En
campment will be held in Toledo, and the boys
may be certain suro of a good timo.
John M. Bell Post, No. 119, Washington C. H.,
Ohio, mustered August 4, 1831, with thirty-two
charter members, has increased its numbers to
125. In its ranks are five empty sleeves and
one empty boot, and about one-half of its com
rades havo been wounded in action. Tho old
est member is 72 and tho youngest 35, while
tho average is 40i years. Tho Post has buried
but one of its members Comrado Frank Foulk.
Tho Post had a grand Camp-fire, which com
menced at tho City Hall at 10 a. m. on tho 22d
ult. and lasted until the night of tho 24th. Its
success was mainly duo to tho ladies, who al
ways como out strong on such occasions. Tho
festivities of each ovening woro interspersed
with vocal and instrumental music, and in ad
dition to tho singing by members of the Post
of soul-stirring camp and battlo songs, and hair
raising solos by John Stuckoy, tho Misses Lucy
Walker and Puss Willett nightly pleased tho
audience with tho most delightful singing
Miss Willett presiding at tho piano. On Sat
urday evening there weroia great many prizes
awarded to various contestants, but the arti
cles that awakened the most interest woro a
gold-headed cane, a largo, richly-dressed wax
doll and a celluloid toilet sot, which wero dis
posed of by ballot, each voto represented by a
Comrado L. C. Lyman writes 'us that Hunt
Post, No. 114, Mount Gilead, Ohio, lighted a
Camp-fire on tho ovening of February 28th,
Comrado II. L. Cunard, commanding. James Sfc.
John Post, No 83; of Cardington, was present.
At least two hundred and fifty old soldiers
drew rations of beans, bacon, hardtack and
black coffeo, and it was estimated that
thcro wero at least 1,000 persons in tho hall.
Tho following programmo was successfully
carried out: Prayer by Rev. D. B. Simms;
camp supper; music by Old Guard Band; ad
dress of welcomo by Past Post Commander W.
D. Matthews; camp scene; song, "Marching
Through Georgia;" recitation, "Bennio's Ro
priove," by Miss Jessio Miles; solo, Miss Doll
Barton ; "Sheridan's Ride," by Comrado T. H.
Hickman; song, "Red, White and Blue," by
Gleo Club; address by Department Chaplain
A. G. Bycrs; solo, Mrs. W. S. Miles; camp
reminiscences (limited to live minutos), inter
spersed with camp souga.
Comrado T. D. McGillicuddy, District Mus
tering Ofllcor, Akron, Ohio, writes us that on
tho 21st ult. ho mustered Post No. 294, at Man
tua, Portage county, Ohio, with Captain A. M.
Erwin, as Commander, and George G-. Striker,
as Adjutant. Tho Post started with twenty
six charter members, and would havo had a
number moro, but not a few forgot to bring
their certificates of honorable discharge. These
will bo admitted later. Tho Post promises to
bo a first class ono. On Friday evening, Feb
ruary 23, Comrade McGillicuddy organized E.
L. Dunham Post, No. 177, at Bedford, Cuya
hoga county, with the following list of officers j
Commander, Irving M. Harrington; S, Y, 0.f
Edward Cowlcs ; J. V. G, W. H. Dcisman ; Adj't,
L. P. Whitakcr; Q. M., J. C. Walton; Surgeon,
Dr. N. B. Armstrong; A. I., Milo H. Barn urn;
S. M L. D. Cox. Tho Post starts with eighteen
District Mustering Officer, Colonel M. W.
Williamson, Commander of Arnold Post, No.
161, mustered Langston Post, No. 299, at Cov
ington, Ohio, on Saturday evening with twenty
fivo charter members. Tho Colonel was as
sisted by Comrades Jas. E. Shellaberger, Lcroy
Jordan and Ludwig, of Alexander Post,
No. 153, Piqua, Ohio, and a number of the com
rades of Arnold Post The music was furnished
by Comrades Kiscr, Porter and Langston, of
Arnold Post. Tho following comrades were
elected and installed: Commander, ; S.V.
G, J. A. Corwin ; J. V. G, Geo. W. Butt; Adj't,
J. S. Dollinger; Q. M., T. D. Simcs; Surg., B.
P. Spcclman ; Chap., E. D. Simcs: O. D., G. W.
Ren eh : S. M., J.
Dino; Q. M.
Tobias; A. I., J.
Comrado W. II. n. Fleck, Mt Victory, Ohio,
writes us that Coleman Asbury Post, No. 257,
mustered August 25th, 1SS2, by Comrado W.
P. Anderson, with twenty charter members,
now numbers twenty-eight members (repre
senting twenty-one difl'erent regiments), with
live applications on file. Tho present oflicers
.arc: Commander, nenry Williams; S. V. G,
W.W. McFadden; J. V. G, IS. A. Powelson;
Surgeon, G W. Morrow; Chaplain, Milton
Southard ; O. D., Wm. Monte; Adj't, W. 11. Jl.
Fleck; Q. M., S. G. Humphrey; O. G., Isaac
H. Wilson ; S. M., J. W. Jones; Q. M. S , Wm.
D. F. Mathews. Post meets on tho first and
third Fridays in each month.
Comrade G. W. Everts writes us, that District
Mustering Officer Lieutenant J. P. Van Nest,
of Wooster, Ohio, on March 1st mustered Jere
miah Galehouso Post, No. 297, at Doylcstown,
Wayne county, Ohio. Tho following officers
were elected and installed : Commander, Jos.
Marshall; S. V. G, H. C. llotchkiss; J. V. G,
John L. Smith ; Adj't, George Jackson; Q. M.,
John II. Pursell; Surgeon, O. J. Miller; Chap
hfin, John Burgess; O. D., A. Ililbert; O. G.,
X.G. Boak; S. M., II. II. Galehouso; Q. M.
S., David Smith. Their regular meeting will
bo the first Thursday night ofeach month.
Comrado Frank Ridgley, Commander of El
liott Post, No. 255, Jcromovillo, Ohio, writes
us that that Post had a rousing Camp-fire on
the 22d ult, in honor of Washington's Birth
day. Tho entertainment was opened with
prayer by Sheriff J. J. Wonbiglcs, followed by
an address of welcome by Colonel Wm. Bigam.
Stories, anecdotes and singing of old army
songs completed the programme.
Comrado W. A. Skillen, Sidney, Ohio, writes
us that Neal Post, No. G2, now numbers twenty
five members, with a good prospect for future
additions, and possesses a fine auxiliary society.
Comrade William A. Thomas writes us that
he has been appointed correspondent of The
TnmuNE for Kinsman Post, No. 150, Kinsman,
Comrado Joseph Worthington, of Sprinkle's
Miils, Ohio, writes us that an effort is being
made to establish a now Post at that place.
At a regular meeting of Morton Post, No. 1,
held in Terro Haute, Ind., on Thursday oven
ing, February 16th, 1833, tho following comrades,
D. G Greiner, S. J. Yound, and Wm. J. Arm
strong, were made a committee (with power to
act), to express tho feelings of the Post in view
of the prospect of State legislation looking to
the establishment of a home for crippled and
infirm soldiers and soldiers' orphans a bill to
eflect this having been recently introduced in
tho Legislature. The committee have there
fore prepared tho following:
Therefore, appreciating the necessity nnd import
ance of Mich mi institution, be it
Resolved, That we appeal to our Senators nnd
RcprcbCiitativea now in j-osmou at our State Capital,
in the name of humanity and a just appreciation of
thobe who, witli prompt patriotism, abandoned the
comforts of home nnd all that was dear to them,
and willingly placed their lives and health on the
altar of their country when its existence was in
peril, to give such legislation their hearty nnd un
Jtesnlieit, That a copy of these proceedings be
forwarded to eaeli Post in this State with the re
quest that they join us in this just appeal without
Gustin Flint writes us that tho fifteenth Re
union of the veterans of tho Ono Hundred and
Twenty-ninth Indiana V. I. took placo on tho
22d ult. in Fort Wayne, Ind. Tho present
organization is as follows: President, Surgeon
Geo. W. Carr, Ligonier; Vice-President, Colo
nel G A. Zollinger, Fort Wayne; Secreta-,
Adjutant E. G. Melendy, Fremont; Treasurer,
Captain James Harper, Fort Wayne; Executive
Committee, Colonel Zollinger, Captain Harper,
and Lieutenant Melendy. Next Reunion will
be held at Columbia City, Whitley county, Ind.,
January 8, 1S84. The Reunion ended with a
grand banquet, given by tho good citizens of
Fort Wayne. Toasts and responses wero iu
order on the occasion.
Comrado James Tuck, Wolcottville, La
Grange county, Ind., writes us that a new Post
is about to be organized at that place with
forty-two charter members.
Comrado John Grierson writes us that Al
pheus Clark Post, No. US, Morrison, 111., had
a rousing Camp-fire at Milne's Opera nouso on
tho ovening of February 23d. Thrilling
speeches wero mado by Rev. W. A. Spencer,
formerly chaplain of tho Eighth Illinois cav
alry, Rev. James Frothingham, and Lieuteuant
E. W. Payne, tho one-armed county clerk. The
toast "Our Militia" was responded to by Lieu
tenant Win. Brcarton, Co. I, Fourteenth bat
talion I. N. G., in an excellent speech, full of
sense and pathos. A banquet of pork and beans,
hard-tack, and cofl'ee, was served, and every
body was immensely pleased. Comrade Martin
Card, Quartermaster of tho Post, had charge of
tho commissary stores, and did his duty to the
satisfaction of all. Songs by the Glee Club, tho
Post, and Rev. Spencer, and an "army ele
phant," added to tho amusement of the audi
enco. Comrade J. T. Clendenin writes us that Sparta
Post, 181, Sparta, 111., was mustered by Special
Mustering Officer S. G. Parks, February 9th,
wi th eighteen charter members. The following
officers havo been installed : Commander, Jas.
Bottom; S. V.G, J. R. Alexander; J.V.G,J.M.
Miller; Q. M., W. J. Colwell ; Surgeon, Thos.
Grey'; Chaplain, G. M. Reed; O. D., G Edgar;
O. G., J. H. Shaoffer; S. M., D. McConachie;
Q. M. S., R. Conch. Tho Post has a member
ship of twenty-eight.
Comrado John Lightle writes us that James
Slocum Post, No. 187, was recently mustered at
Bryaut Station, 111., by comrado T. A. Boyd, of
Lewiston, with sixteen charter members. Tho
following are the officers: Commander, J. H.
Buck; S. V. G, G. W. Hamit; J. V. G, J.
Liseube; Surg., G. Spraguo; Q. M., J. L. Wil
liams; Adj't, T. K.Connor; Chap., Wm. Smith ;
O. D., Wm. Goforth; O. G., B. F. Hackett; Q.
M. S., P. J. Wells.
Comrado Ed. Weinman, Kowanee, 111., writes
us that Julius A. Pratt Post, No. 143, has forty
mombors, and six waiting to bo installed. Its
officers aro: Commander, A. B. Ashley; S. V.
G, Isaac Cook; J. V. G, Jacob Messmoro; Adj't,
Robt. Mooro; Q. M., James H. Pinncy ; Chap.,
Win. Hurst; O. D., William Gcor ; S. M., Hortou
Vail; Q. M. S., Samuel McBrido; O. G., Thos.
McCluro ; Surgeon, I. G Nichols.
A grand Reunion of tho Thirty-ninth regi
ment of Illinois volunteer infantry took placo
at Farmer City, 111., on tho 22d ult. Over two
companies of boys woro present and a big
crowd of citizens. A grand banquet and ball
was tendered thoso present by tho peoplo of
that placo at night R. A. Loinoii, of Clinton,
111., dolivered tho oration.
Comrade Chas. F. Conwoll, Clinton, 111.,
writes us that Frank Lowry Post, No. 157, con
tinues to receive a good many recruits. It now
has about thirty applications on filo which havo
been p.ossed on. " Tho Post gavo two entertain
ments recontly, tho proceeds of which havo
placed tho relief fund on a working basis.
Comrade O. R. Morey, Gilman, 111., writes us
that Post No. 163 waa mustered at that placo
on tho evening of tho 26th ult, with twenty
six mombors, with a prospect that it will be
increased to fifty or moro during the next
Comrado J. N. McVIcker, Gibson, HI., writes
us that Post No. 70 had a Camp-fire on tho 9 th
ult, which was highly successful. Ninety-one
dollars was realized. Tho Post has forty-five
members, and moro aro coming.
Comrado W. O. McReynolds has been olectcd
and installed Commander of Kenesaw Post, No.
77, Indianola, 111., to fill tho vacancycaused
by tho resignation of Commander J. H. Mad
Couuado Henry P. Holme New Lisbon,
Wis., writes us that "W. P. Mitchcl Post, which
now has forty members, had a Camp-fire and
supper on tho 22d ult, which yielded $90.50.
Comrade W. J. Chittendon, of Willow Hill,
Jasper county, 111., writes us that a now Post
is about to be established at that place.
Comrade nenry F. Jenner writes us that the
officers of Moses Wesner Post No. 101, Ithaca,
Mich., aro: Commander, G. T. Brown; S. V.
G, F. Kellogg; J. V. G, II. D. Curtiss; Q. M.r
J. W. Howel; Surg., J. H. Mygrants; Adj't, G
E. Fink ; O. D., J. M. Trask ; O. G., N. G. Sutliff;
Chaplain, A. W. Russell ; S. M., A. A. Wood; Q.
M. S.f R. II. Caldwell. Tho Post has forty
members and twenty-ono applications on file.
Comrade M. F. Goodhue, Henderson, Michi
gan, writes us that a new Post is about to be
established at that place.
Comrado R. L. Cook, Omro, Wis., writes us
that J. F. Sawyer Post, No. 7, at that place,
was mustered by Comrade G. J. Thomas, of
Berlin, in January, 18S0. In February, 1S31,
tho Post lost overy cent's worth of its property
by fire, but tho boys had pluck, kept on work
ing, and, with forty-four on tho rolls, aro
stronger than ever before. The prcseut oflicers,
installed January 12th, by Past, Commander R.
Reed, Jr., aro: Commander, P. Lamphicr; S.
V. G, G G Morton; J. V. G, J. G. Pierce;
Adj't, R. L. Cook; Q. M., J. H. Shattuck;
Chap., J. M. Fowler; Surg., R. L. Cook; O. D.,
W. W. Wilcox; O. G., A. P. Howard; S. M., A.
Worden; Q. M. S., R. W. Reed; Guard, F. L,
Cross. Meetings are held on the 2d and 4th
Friday evenings of each month. The 2d Fri
day is for business, and the 4th Friday is a
social, when the comrades, with their families
and a lew invited guests, pass a pleasant timo
in singing, making speeches and drilling. Each
comrado brings ins basket well filled with
rations, and good coffee is not wanting.
Comrado O. B. Chester, New Lisbon, Wis.,
writes us that W. P. Mitchell Post, of that
place, gave an entertainment and supper on tho
22d ult, which, financially and socially, was a
decided success. Tho receipts were $91. Every
ono seemed pleased and the old soldiers wero
jubilant Patriotic songs were sung, and short
speeches made by Hon. II. F. G Nichols and
the pastors of tho several churches. The Post
started January 19th, with tweuty-fite mem
bers, and now numbers thirty-seven, and more
Comrade W. Hood, Spring Green, Wis., -writes
-jis that J. T. Hungcrford Post, No. 39, organized
last September, now has thirty-eight members.
Tho following aro the officers: Commander, D.
D. Davis; S. V. G, G. G. Reeby ; J. V. G, W.H.
Harris ; Adj't, A. H. Hungcrford ; Q. M., E. W.
Evans; Surg.,J. G. Pelton ; Chap.,W. M. Hatha
way ; O. D., J. G Hudson; O. G., Christ Haron.
On February 22d a ball was given by the Post
which was attended by both old and young.
Gray hairs were forgotten, and in many in
stances, tho veterans of 'CO were boys again.
Comrado Georgo W. Howe, of Stockbridge,
Wis., who has sent us some nine subscribers,
writes us that Stockbridge Post, No. 40, contem
plates holding a rousiug Camp-firo on tho 17th
inst. The Post is in a prosperous condition and
hopes to muster 100 comrades before the closo
of the year.
A Post will probably be mustered at Chip
pewa Falls, Wis., on tho 15th inst, with at
least fifty charter members.
General Order, No. 1, issued at Stillwater,
Minn., by command of J. P. Rea, Department
Commander, announces that the following
comrades have been appointed on the staff of
the Department Commander: Samuel Bloomer,
Stillwater, Ass't Adj't-General; N. G Simmil
kier, Anoka, Ass't Q. M. General; T. II. Press
nell, Duluth, Inspector; W. II. Harrington,
Stillwater, Chief Mustering Officer; Edward
Simonton, St. Paul, Judge Advocate. Head
quarters will, as heretofore, bo established in
Stillwater, but tho address of the Department
Commander will be 239 Nicholct avenue, Min
P. M. Coder Post, Vinton, Iowa, gave its first
Camp-fire on the 22d ult. in Watson's Hall,
which was crowded to its utmost capacity. In
addition to residents present, there was a dele
gation of about ninety from Robert Anderson
Post, of Waterloo. Shortly after 8 o'clock the
" assembly " sounded. Commander II. H. Eddy
called the gathering to order, and prayer was
offered by Rev. L. S. Ke.agle, which was fol
lowed by a song, "America." Comrado A. H.
Reed, in an address of twelve to fifteen min
utes, welcomed to the Camp-fire comrades from
other Posts and citizens. Response was made
by Comrade Harvey Smith, of Waterloo. Then
followed a quartette song, after which came
some interesting and realistic camp scenes.
Tho "Vacant Chair" and other songs were
touchingly sung by twelve little girls, daugh
ters of soldiers, and speeches and other exer
cises gone through with. The broom brigade
drill, by young ladies in uniform and armed
with brooms, with dust-pans for cartridge
boxes, was ono of the best performances of tho
evening. The programme concluded with a
supper of hard-tack, coffee, beans, &c. The
entertainment was gotten up for tho purpose
of establishing a relief fund, and it netted $118.
Comrade Z. Plumb, Stuart, Iowa, writes us
that Maxwell Post, No. 14, held a Gimp-fire
and banquet on the evening of 22d of Febru
ary. Lively and entertaining speeches wero
mado by Major E. H. Conger and General
Josiah Given, of Des Moines. Governor Sher
man was expected, but was prevented by sick
ness. Commander-in-Chief Van Dervoort was
also invited. Tho song " The Old Army Blan
ket" was sung beautifully by Mrs. John Con
ger, and chorus by tho Glee Club. Mayor
Applcgate, on tho part of the ladies, wives of
the comrades, presented tho Post with a beau
tiful Bible. It was a complete surprise, but
Comrade John Heriott returned thanks in a
few well-chosen words. An excellent supper
was served and partaken of by 250 or 300 per
sons. Comrado N. Townsend, assistant adjutant
general, Department of Iowa, writes us from
headquarters, Newton, Iowa, as follows: "You
may think (because you have not heard from
mo for somo time) that we are not doing any
work in Iowa but I am Avorking night and
day. Iowa numbers 133 Posts now, and twelve
more on tho road to muster. Wo intend to
havo No. 150 beforo tho convening of the an
nual Encampment. That will make our year's
work ono hard to beat, making eighty Posts in
Iowa, and ten in Dakota, mustered during this
administration (the past year, from March 1,
1SS2, to March 1, 1883). I am completing a
new Roster, and will send you ouc as soon as
possible The Tribune is doing her share of
tho work. Every ex-soldier ought to take it."
" Reporter" writes us that Eldon Post, Eldon,
Iowa, held a Camp-firo on tho 19th ult The
house was crowded. Songs and recitations were
given by Miss Grenell, Miss Thompson, Miss
Dibble, the Misses Roberts, Miss Minuio Mix,
and others. Several of tho comrades made
speeches and gavo reminiscences. Tho Elden
Cornet Baud opened tho entertainment with
music. The Camp-fire was under tho super
vision of Comrado W. H. Mix, P. G
A well-attended meeting of ox-soldiers was
hold at tho court-house, Forest City, Iowa, on
the 10th ult It w:is the sense of the meeting
that all soldiers of tho lato war over the age of
fifty years should receive a pension, and
that all who wero disabled in tho service
should receive a pension to date from their
discharge. A committeo on permauent organ
ization was appointed and adjournment was
mado until the 2tth inst
Griffith Post, No. 134, Oelweln, Iowa, mus
tered on the 5th ult with thirty charter mem
bers, has installed the following officers : Com
mander, J. E. Kent ; S. V. G, A. Bell ; J. V. G,
J. Hill; Adjutant, R. J. Young; Q. M., G. H.
Phillips; Chaplain, W.R.Bell; Surgeon, I. Pat
tison ; O. D., J. W. Redficld; O. G., Geo. Kint;
Serg't Maj., G G Van Hert; Q. M. Serg't, A. L.
Comrado D. J. Spencer, Sibley, Iowa, writes
us that tho Post recently mustered at that
placo had thirty-nine, not fourteen charter
members as heretofore stated, and that the boys
proposo to run tho number up to 150 beforo tho
year is out.
Comrade J. B. Burris, O. D. of James A.
Mulligan Post, No. 11, Lexington, Mo., writes
us that that Post, mustered a year ago with, ten
charter members, now ha3 twenty-eight, a good
Showing, considering that it is located in what
was said to be the strongest rebel county in th
State. Our correspondent, together with Com
rades H. W. Turner, Commander, Chas. Mur
phey, Q. M, and Comrade Crctzmeyer, on the
23d ult, visited Colonel Schaeffer Post, No. 51,
at Concordia, which was in session when they
arrived. They wero handsomely entertained,
not -with hard-tack and beans, but with oysters
and plenty of tho beverage known in Kansas
as "sea foam." A pleasant evening waa
passed in telling stories and reminiscences of
Comrado John Collar, Dawn, Mo., writes us
that Wadsworth Post, recently mustered afc
that place, with thirty-six charter members,
has tho following officers: Commander, Henry
Bushnell; S.V. G, Wm. Heare; J. V. G, Jas.
G Blackson; Chaplain, J. D. Graham; Surg.,
John E. Brown ; O. D., Frank Green ; O. G.
G S. Smith; Q. M.. Donaldson Day; Adjt,
John Collar; S. M., David Shaffer; Q. M.S.,
The Department of Missouri now mnsters
sixty-two Posts. One year ago it had but nine.
This is conclusive evidence of the splendid,
work that has been done in the Department
during tho past year, and it points to the wis
dom of re-electing tho present Department
Commander, General Warner, at the coming
Encampment, which will bo held at Kansas
City on the 22d inst.
Comrado A. E.Magoffin,whohasbeen appoint
ed correspondent for The Tribune by Kit Car
son Post, No. 20, Lyons, Kansas, writes to us as
follows: " This Post is in a flourishing condi
tion and has a good muster roll. The officers
are: "Commander, A. E. Magoffin; S. V. G,
H.B: Prose; J.V. G, J. W. Allen; Q. M., R.
Porter; Adj't, S. J. Smith; Chaplain, R. Day;
Surg., J. S. Chase; O. D., W. H. Morton; O. G.,
G A. Paul; S. M., M. D. Tucker; Q. M. S., G
Miller. We meet once a week, (every Tuesday
evening.) Our meetings are well attended,
and every comrade has the interest of tho
Order at heart, and cheerfully and efficiently
executes all orders. Our city is the county
scat of Rice county, on tho M. and M. branch,
of the Santa Fo Railroad, and contains about
1,000 inhabitants. The country is well settled
in all directions. Farms are first class in aU
respects. We have no hills, no stones, no
grubbing an almost farmers' paradise. Our
crops arc good and they are produced with hull
a small part of tho labor expended in tho
East This is called the land of the Cyclone
and the grasshopper. True and not true
hoppers are almost, if not entirely, a thing of
the past Cyclones are like comets, they aro
semi-occasional. Our post is composed of men
who pursue all the varied avocations in tho
West; all true, loyal, large-hearted boys. As
they stood shoulder to shoulder on the battle
field, so they stand in the Post Wo intend to
make our Post, in point of efficiency, second
to none in the State". Additions are now mado
at every meeting, and we are growing nicely
in numbers as weU. as drill."
Comrado N. L. Burr, Delphos, Kan., who
sends us sixteen new subscribers, writes us
, that Warren Post, No. 116, had a grand Camp
fire on the 22d ult, which was pronounced ono
of the best entertainments ever given at that
place. Many were present from a distance, in
cluding a delegation from Kenesaw Post, No.
47, who, after the event, passed a resolution of
thanks to Post 116 for their cordial hospitality.
Tho Delphos Cornet Band and the Minneapolis
Drum Corps supplied the music. An address
was delivered by Comrade Chipman, of Post
47, and an elegant supper enjoyed by all pres
ent. The programme also included many other
features. Warren Post has thirty-six members,
and fifteen recruits waiting to be mustered.
Tho officers are: Commander, H. Z. Towner;
S.V.G,N.L.Burr; J. V.G. G.W.Rice; Chap.,
R. Bates; Surg., D. W. Chase; Q. M., J. Eaker;
O, D., J. Neu man ; O. G-, J. Shibler ; Q. S., A.
L. Keables; S. M., G Newman. .
Post No. 130, Hiawatha, Kansas, had a suc
cessful Camp-fire on the 15th ult. Rev. Under
wood, Chaplain, delivered an interesting ad
dress on the objects of the G. A. R. Thcro was
also a number of other features, including vocal
and instrumental music, and a good supper.
The Post has voted to build an armory. It
will be located on Morrill's square, east of
Hiawatha House, and will be 50 by 140 feet,
one story high, and will bo built as soon a3 the
lumber arrives. There are about eighteen car
penters in the Post who will get the material
ready, and then the boys, 140 strong, will rat
tle it up after the manner of Sherman's bridgo
building in less than no time. When com
pleted, the boys will get " The Spy of Atlanta"
company to produce that play in the armory,
on a stago 30 by 50 feet.
Comrade G L. Myers, Ellsworth, Kan., who
has sent us eighteen subscribers, writes us that
he intends to present all the premiums he can
obtain to Ellsworth Post, No. 22. This Post
had a grand Camp-fire on tho 22d ult The
ball opened with old army songs and tableaux,
presented by the Post a song and tableau
alternately until the six of each selected for
the occasion were presented. After this, tho
poem " Barbara Fritchie," by a little Miss ten.
years old. Next caino the ball and supper,
the lady friends of the Post soliciting tho sup
per from friends in town and country, and
serving it in the hall. All went " merry as tho
marriage bell" until the wee sma' hours. Tho
entertainment realized $175 for tho relief fund.
Comrade Alexander Montgomery, Carbon
dale, Osage county, Kansas, who sends us four
new subscribers, writes that Hays Post, No. 91,
of that place, is in a nourishing condition, and
now numbers forty-fiye members. The Com
mander is J. G. Ellis. Tho Post at Scranton,
four miles distant, has a membership of thirty
five. That at Burlingame, eight miles distant,
numbers sixty members. Comrade Montgom
ery entered tho army in 1850 and left it in
1805. He built Fort Earned, and his son was
the first white child born in the county.
Comrade S. B. Tower, Lyndon, Osage county,
Kan., writes us that Lyndon Post, No. 19, had
a rousing Camp-fire on the 22d ult The court
room in which it was held was crowded with,
interested spectators. Old array songs wero
sung, short speeches made, and solos rendered
by Miss Kate Wilson. There are five Posts in
0s3ge county, and two more aro being organ
ized. Comrade W. B. Jenkins, Pleasanton, Kan.,
writes us that Jewell Post, No. 3, mustered ia
August, 1SS1, with 21 members, now has 105.
Comrade J. L. Carringham is Commander, J. J.
Harris, S. V. G, and Captain George, Adj't.
The Post gave a grand ball and banquet on the
22d ult, which was highly successful.
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At the annual Encampment of the Depart
ment of Nebraska, held in Lincoln, on tho
20th ult, the following officers were elected in
addition to those already published : Council
of Administration, W. S. Randall, Fairfield;
II. Strong, Cameron; J. D. Davis, Wahoo; A.
V. Cole, Juniata; M. Warren, Bellwood. Dele
gates to National Encampment: Delegate-at-largc,
General Charles F. Mandersou, Omaha ;
Alternate-at-large, II. M. Wells, Crete; Dele
gates, L. W. Oaborn, E. A. Barnes, J. W. Small,
M. E. Risdon; Alternates, II. Q. Starcr, T. G
Patterson, J. M. Hiatt, O. J. Stowell. The re
port of Comrado Bradford P. Cook, A. A. G.,
for the year 1SS2, delivered at the Encampment
and addressed to tho retiring Department
Commander, S. J. Alexander, contains tho fol
lowing: "There wero added to this Depart
ment, during your first terra, twenty-two Posts
and 567 comrades. During the past year fifty
one Posts and 1,511 comrades have been added,
making, December 31st, 1SS2, 110 Posts and.
4,014 comrades in good standing. Since Janu
ary 1st, 1SS3, fivo Posts have been mustered,
with 175 members, showing a gain during
your admiustmtion of seventy-seven Posts
and 2,178 members. At the timo you first
assumed command tho Department was over
$1,700 in debt, and not a cent in the treasnry.
The report of tho Assistant Quartermaster
General will show that it has all been paid,
and thero is now a balance of over $1,100 on
hand. Applications aro on file at this office for
Posts at Raymond, Lyons, Stanton, Atkinson,
Stewart, Long Pine, North Loup, Wood River,
Blue Hill, Culbertson and Table Rock. Many
of these would havo been established but for
tho serious illness of the Assistant Adjutant
General for tho past fifty days. The past year
has been ono of prosperity; not a Post has
surrendered its charter ; on tho contrary, fivo
who had surrendered in former years have
been reorganized, and aro now in good work
ing order. I have personally mustered thirty
eight of the new Posts and inspected six of tho
old Posts; havo traveled, during tho past year,
17,180 miles in attending to tho interests of
this Department, and havo kept my corres
pondence fully up to date, having mailed 7,290
letters and circulars, and filled all requisitions
foi' Bnnidira issued durinc the year. I hav
( endeavored to perform th.e various duties. f