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THE NATIONAL TBIBXTXE: WASHINGTON, D. C, MAT 6, 1882.
GRAND AMY MATTERS.
REDUCED RAILWAY RATES TO THE
Further Arrangements for tho Reception and En
tertainment of Delegates Remarkable
Grouth of the Order in Ohio What
fs Going on In Other
Special Correspondence National Tribnne.
Baltimore, May 4. Through the efforts of
General Ross, chairman, and other members of
the National Committee on the coming En
campment of the Grand Army, railroad rates
for the members of the- Order, in uniform, have
been reduced on all the trunk lines to three
fifths the regular price for transportation.
This was a difficult matter to accomplish, and
Gen. Boss deserves the thanks of comrades all
over the country who will visit Baltimore in
June for his zeal and energy in securing the
reduction. The uniform is simply a blue fiau
nel suit with the regulation Grand Army' but
tons, and persons unprovided with it, coming
from a distance, will find that the difference
between the regular and reduced rates of faro
will enablo them to procure it without extra
expense. As the buttons can be readily re
moved the suits can and arc worn as business
suits during the summer. One good effect of
the reduction in fare will, it is believed, result
in the appearance of nearly all tho visiting
members of tho Order in the regulation uni
form, which will Jiavc the effect of heightening
very materially popujar interest in thc'display
on the occasion of the grand parade.
Grand Array Headquarters have been estab
lished at South and Second streets in the busi
ness centre of the town, convenient to tho
public buildings, hotels, theatres, steamboat
lines, &c, and a large corps of competent clerks
are employed in answering inquiries and ar
ranging all the necessary preliminaries for the
reception and entertainment of the visitors.
Mr. John It. Thompson, secretary of the com
mittee, has charge of this Department.
Daring the week letters have been received
from Post 7, of Philadelphia, which will attend
the Encampment and remain tho three days.
They will have about 100 men. A. A. General
George F. Hopper, Department of .New York,
writes that the New York Department will be
well represented; the Department Commander
and staff will ha.vo an escort of 150 uniformed
comrades; he also states that they are having
a flag made costing $350 for the occasion. So
far wc have received fC letters from tho differ
ent Departments and Posts who are going to
take part in the parade on June 21st. Colonel
Eobert B. Beath, of Post 5, Philadelphia, was in
the city looking after the accommodations for
his Post. They will be quartered at tho Eu
A BROOKLYN" REGIMENT COMING.
While in New York General Boss extended
an invitation to tho Fourteenth Begiment X.
Y. S. X. G. to be the guests of the Fifth Mary
land Begiment during the three days of tho
Encampment. Tho invitation has been ac
cepted. A TRIBUTE TO GENERAL UURLBUT.
There has been received from headquarters
at Boston a touching memorial in regard to tho
death of Comrade Stephen A. Hurlbut, the first
Grand Commander of tho Grand Army. Gen.
George Merrill, present Commander, over whose
signature the order is issued 'also calls atten
tion to the Encampment in Baltimore and
urges a large attendance.
PENNSYLVANIANS IN LINE.
Mr. Charles F. Kennedy, of Post No. 2, G.
A. B,, Department of Pennsylvania, has issued
a circular-letter to the members of his Post
relative to the coming Encampment. They
are to receive Post 2, of Massachusetts, in
Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 2rt and escort
them to Baltimore. They will arrive at 7:15
p. m., aud be received by Wilson Post and
escorted to tho Carrollton Hotel, which they
will make their headquarters. Tho circular
gives tho programme of the encampment, and
to it is appended the names of tho various com
mittees. GIVES HIS nEABTY CONSENT.
There have been a number of additional
letters received by General Felix Agnus, signi
fying the acceptance of the writers of positions
on the honorary staff of the Grand Army En
campment. Among them were the following:
United Stiles Senator J. B. Groomo writes
from the Senate Chamber at Washington:
"Your letter was misplaced, and this will ox
plain why I did not long since give my hearty
consent to your request."
CONFERENCE WITH COMMERCIAL BODIES.
A meeting of the Executivo Committee of
the Grand Army and representatives from the
different commercial bodies of Baltimore was
held Tuesday afternoon at tho rooms of tho
Merchants and Manufacturers' Association.
General Boss presided, and stated that the ob
ject of the meeting was to organize a hospi
tality committee, to have charge of the arrange
ments of providing entertainment for the vis
itors during the Encampment. After remarks
from several of those present, it was decided to
hold another meeting next Monday, when, in
addition to those present, tho city council
committee will be invited to attend.
The benefit performances tendered by Man
ager Ford in aid of the hospitality fund took
place at Ford's Opera House on Wednesday
afternoon and evening. On both occasions
there were large audiences present, and a hand
some sum was added to tho treasury fund for
the entertainment of visitors.
GROWTH OF THE ORDER IN OHIO.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Columbus, Ohio, April 29. The many read
ers of The Xational Tribune will no doubt
be glad to hear how the Grand Army is pros
pering in the "Buckeye" State. Our growth
during 1S51 was a grand one, unequalled by
any Department of tho Order, and under Com
mander Kountz, so ably assisted by Colonel
George S. Canfield, A. A. G., new Posts were or
ganized rapidly in all parts of tho State. Under
the present Department officers the samo zeal
and deep interest is continued, and since Feb
ruary many new Posts have been organized
and over 2,000 recruits mustered into the ranks.
At no time in the history of the Order has so
much interest been manifested by the old sol
diers in the organization as at, the present time.
The capital city has one of the best Posts in the
Department J. C, McCoy Post, Xo. 1 named
after Colonel J. C. McCoy, who entered the ser
vice as captain in the Fifty-fourth Ohio volun
teer infantry, and after the battle of Shiloh
was appointed aid-do-camp to General Sher
man, on whose staff he remained until his
decease at Washington, D. C, a few years ago.
Colonel McCoy, prior to the war, was for many
3'cars engaged in business here, and belonged
to one of our best military organizations, known
cs the "Slate Fenciblcs," whoso thorough dis
cipline and drill largely aided him in tho
lesponsible positions to which he was after
wards called in the service of his country. This
Post, organized January 7, 18S1, now numbers
over 3G0 in its ranks, and we feel assured that
with so much good material to recruit from in
our growing city we shall soon be tho largest
Post in this Department. Within tho last two
months the "Worn ens Soldiers Aid Society,"
auxiliary to J. C. McCoy Post, has been organ
ized, with Mrs. ex-Governor William Dcnnison,
president; Mrs. Major Henry M. Xeil, vice
president; Mrs. Colonel Chas. T. Clark, secre
tary; Mrs. Sara A. Gormley, treasurer, and in
its patriotic and benevolent work with tho
comrades of tho Post are wide awake to all that
pertains to the advancement of the principles
of the Grand Army. The Department of Ohio
headquarters are in the State-House, and visit
ing comrades will always find Commander
Clark or his whole-souled A. A. G. (Colonel
David Banning) on hand to make their call an
MEMORIAL DAY IN CALIFORNIA.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
San Francisco, April 25. Adjutant-General
McCarty, under the direction of Dopartmcnt
Commander Bobinson, of California, has issued
an official circular in relation to Decoration
Day observances, in which ho says:
It is hereby ordered that the commanders of
Posts will, as soon as possible, make the neces
sary arrangements for the proper observanco of
the day. As the 30th of Mav has been declared
a legal holiday in this State, there will be no in
terference with business, and all will bo at
liberty to assist. Let ns remember that it is
not simply that wc strew ilowcrs over the
graves of individuals whose memory wc desire
to keep green, but that it is an offering of love
we, s comrades, pay to our dead, and a tribute
from a grateful people to that self-sacrificing
patriotism which resulted in the perpetuity of
our liberties and the integrity of the Xation.
Therefore, whether thero are graves of Veter
ans to bo decorated or not, it is desired that
wherever in this Department a Post of the G.
A. B. is located, some lilting memorial service
will be observed.
While these memorial exercises aro under
the auspices of the Grand Army of the Bepub
lic it is no less the duty of all to unite with tho
G. A. B. in the observance of the day, and all
organized bodies, military and civic, aro invited
to join with tho G. A. B. in making the observ
ance universal. As the years roll by our labors
on this day become increased, and our roll of
honor shows added names on each anniversary
of this day of grateful offerings, and as out
numbers becomo less let our devotion to the
memories of tho pact grow stronger, and our
loyalty to our dead never grow cold. Clergy
men in the different localities aro respectfully
requested to conduct appropriate memorial
service in their respectivo churches on Sabbath
preceding 30th of -May, and tho Press aro re
quested to ivc tho day aud its duties notice in
EIGHTH PENMA. CAVALRY REUNION.
Specinl Correspondence National Tribnne.
WiLLiAiisrORT, Pa., April 25. Tho Eighth
Pennsylvania C&rrlry will hold its second an
nual Beunion in this city on tho 2d of May.
Tho Post of honor in the line has been assigned
to Beno Post, G. A. B. An adduvn of welceni
will be made by llayor Parsons, and interesting
exercises will follow, including the reading of
an original poem descriptive of the charge of
the regiment at the battle of Chancellorsyille,
and the delivery of an oration by a membor of
tho old command. Colonel Ponnick Hocy has
been detailed as chiof officer of tho day. Tho
celebration will conclude with a grand banquet
at the Crawford House (regimental headquar
ters) in the afternoon.
A NEW POST AT SAN JOSE, CAL.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
San Jose, Cal., April 25. A new Post of tho
Grand Army of the Bepublic has been organ
ized here. In memory of the gallant Gen. Dix
it has been called "John A. Dix Post, Xo. -12."
At tho installation ceremonies Department
Commander Bobinson and Quartermaster-General
Culver were present. Tho officers installed
were: Commander, Orrin Tabcr; S. V., C. W.
Brcyfogle; J. V., Geo. W. Bowen; Q. M., J. C.
Stout, M. D. ; Surgeon, Thos. Kellpy, M. D. ;
Chaplain, A. P. Turner; O. D., A. G. Bennett;
O. G., Simeon Baker; Adjutant, J. II. Bussell;
Sergeant-Major, B. D. Berry; Q. M. S., C. T.
After listening to an interesting biographical
sketch of Gen. Dix, delivered by Comrado C.T.
Park, the company was regaled with an amplo
collation. Tho new Post has a largo member
ship and will rapidly inereasa in strength and
ARMY OP THE POTOMAC REUNION
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Flat Bock, Mich., April 30. The Beunion
of the Army of the Potomac at Dotroit on the
7th and Sth of June promises to be one of the
largeso and most interesting.! gatherings of the
kind ever held, and it certainly will eclipse all
former Bcunlows of veterans in the West. The
second Beunion of the ex-prisoners of War As
sociation of Michigan will be held at the same
time and place, of which association every ex
prisoner in tho State should become a member.
Blank petitions and circulars will be mailed to
any ex-prisoner on application to tho secretary
of the association, Mr. B. B. Finljson, Xo. 353
Maple street, Detroit. It is of course under
stood that overy soldier is invited to be present,
and wo offer you a welcome which will be as
hearty as one comrade can give anthor. Bally
nco more, boys, and make this a gathering to
be remembered for a life-time.
A POST ORGANIZED IN NEW JERSEY.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Washington, X. J., April 27. A now Post
of the Grand Army of tho Bepublic, to be called
John F. Beynolds Post, Xo. GG, was instituted
here yesterday. Twenty -six members wero
mustered in by Chief Mustering Officer Geo. B.
Fielder, of Jersey City, and the following offi
cers installed: Post Commander, James II. Lu
kens; S. V. C, John T. Langstaff; J. V. C, I.
F.Ward; Adj't, D. M. Perry; Q. M., Joseph
Vann; Chaplain, E. B. Webb; S. M., Burnet
Searfoss; Q. M. S., John Wittie; O. D., George
Halm ; O. G., Fred. Lunger.
A NEW POST FOR CONNECTICUT.
Special Correspondence National Tribune.
Midplltown, Conn., April 2-1 .We have just
organized a Post of the Grand Army of the
Bepublic in this city and I think subscribers
can be obtained with a little effort. I'll do
what I can' for you. Jos. I. Noxon,
Adj't Mansfield Post, Xo. 53, G. A. E.
A NEW POST AT URBANA, ILLINOIS.
Special Correspondence National Tribune
Urbana, III., April 2G. The boys who woro
tho blue organized a Grand Army Post at this
place recently with a roll of thirty-nine mem
bers. They have now on the list sixty-three
members and have procured a handsome fur- J
nished hall for meeting purposes. Tho muster
ing officer of the Post was Adjutant Bennett of
NEW POSTS IN MARYLAND.
On Tuesday hist Department Commander
Graham Dukehart, A. A. A. Gen. Jno. A. Thomp
son, Jr., and Inspector Hal. G. Hayden visited
Easton, Md., and mustered in a new Post, Xo.
2-1, named after our war governor,' "Hicks."
The following are the officers: Post Com
mander, Col. Jas. C. Mulliken ; S. V. C, Win, T.
Elbin ; J. V. C, Jos. 11. While ; Chaplain, Thos.
H. Coburn; Q. M., B. F. Walker; Adjutant, J.
31. Gossage; O. D., Joseph Vansant, and O. G.,
Gustavus Bell. Twenty-six recruits wero
mustered and tho prospects for a good Post are
encouraging. The Department officers were
entertained by Commander P. C. Mullikin,
Chaplain Coburn, and Comrade J. C. White.
Comrado White has in his possession the uni
form and equipments worn by him during the
war, which bear the marks of the bullets which
struck him during the fight at Cold Harbor.
Ho was a private in the Twenty-third Penn
sylvania volunteers and served during tho
whole war, having enlisted on April 20th for
three months and re-enlisted at the expiration
of that term for three years, md was honorably
discharged as captain of his company.
On Thursday Department Commander Duke
hart, Mustering Officer G. W. Johnson, aud J.
W. Worth, A. Q. M. visited ChestertoAvn and
mustered in Charles Summer Post, No. 25, with
22 members and tho following officers: Post
Commander, Jno. W. Audcrson : S. V. G, Win.
J. Demby; J. V. C, Edwin Miller; Adjutant
Thos. Carmichael; Surgeon, G.C. Jones; Chap
lain, Jos. Berry; Q. M., James Lively; O. D.,
Win. It. Bey; O. G., Alex. Chancy.
THE ORDER IN PITTSBURG.
Davis Camp, Xo. 1, met at their quarters,
Germania Bank Building, recently, and mus
tered in fifteen now recruits. Applications are
being received daily and this Camp promises
to be one of tho best in tho division. Garfield
Camp, Xo. 3, held its first bean bake a few even
ings since, April 14th. Members from Camps
Xos. 1 and 2 were in attendance. Details from
Davis Camp, Xo. 1, and Lisle Camp, No. 2, took
part in the opening exercises of Post 151, G. A.
B.'s fair recently.
ANOTHER TEN YEAR OLD SOLDIER.
To the Editor Xational Tribune:
Bcferring to the item in your issue of April
Sth, entitled " Who can beat it." I desire to
say 1 can beat it about two years and :i half. I
was enlisted in Company H, Twenty-fourth
Missouri volunteer infantry, January, 1SG2; was
born Sth of June, 1S52; can refer to Major-Gen-eral
A. J. Smith or Col. Start of this city. I
will defy any ono who can show papers for a
younger soldier than myself.
Very respectfully, J. II. Mitchell,
St. Louis, Missouri.
ATTENTION, 7TH P. V. V. CAVALRY.
Tho officers and men who served in the Sev
enth Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Cavalry
are requested to send their address to Samuel
B. Bachtell, 1912 Van Pelt street, Philadelphia,
with a view of holding a Beunion aud organiz
ing a permanent regimental association. Sug
gestions as to time and place solicited.
A NEW POST IN MINNESOTA.
A number of tho old soldiers and sailors of
this portion of Brown county, says the Skew
Eye- (.Minn.) Republican, assembled at the Re
publican offico and were mustered in as Wesley
Green Post, Xo. 14, Department of Minnesota,
G. A. K., by Major John W.Blake, A. D. G, of
Marshall, Comrado Chas. C. Whitney, J. V. C.
of the Department boing unavoidably absent.
Tho comrades adopted this name for the Post
in honor of Wesley Green, a young man who
enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth regiment
of Wisconsin infantry, and who was killed at
Vicksburg by a cannon ball taking his head
off. Tho following roster of officers wero
elected and duly mustered in by Maj. Blake:
Commander, Chas. Bromwich; S. V. C, John
C. Zicskc; J. V. C, Calvin Smith ; Adj't, Bob't
Watson; Surgeon, J. K. Wright; Q. M.. John
Colby; Chaplain, Wesley Green; 0. D., W. II.
Post; O. G., W. Bcmele; Q. M. S., C. F. Prcscott.
SOCIETY' OF THE ARMY OF THE TEN
NESSEE. The Society of the Army of tho Tenncssco
meets at St. Louis on May 10th and 11th, tho
10th being tho anniversary of tho capture of
Camp Jackson, near St. Louis, by Gen. Lyon
and Gen. Blair.
Gen. Sherman is president of the society and
General E. W. Bice, of Washington, first vice
president. Gen. Thomas C. Fletcher is chair
man of tho executivo committee and the ora
tor is Gen. James A. Williamson, late Commis
sioner of tho General Land Office.
The society will bo escorted by tho military
of St. Louis and a largo gathering is anticipated.
Generals Williamson, Bice, Clark, Belknap,
and others will attend from Washington. This
society was formed at Baleigh, X. C, in 1SG5,
and this is its fifteenth annual meeting. It is
one of tho largest army societies, is purely so
cial in its character, and entirely harmonious.
Wo shall givo a bketch of its proceedings in a
THE G. A. R. IN MISSOURI.
Tho Department of Missouri, G. A. B., has
beon organized at Kansas City. There wero
about sixty delegates from abroad and twenty
Kansas City delegates in attendance Depart
ment commandcry officers woro elected. Mis
souri has had only a provisional department
THE GETTYSBURG ENCAMPMENT.
The Grand Amiy Encampment of tho De
partment of Pennsylvania at Gettysburg will
begin on July 22 and close on the 2.6th. Tho
prospects now aro that this will be tho largest
Encampment yet held there. The special rail
road Tate of last year one cent per mile will
be adhered to this year, and this itself will
have a tendency to largely sn'ell tho number
of visitors this year. Colonel Baehclder, who
is preparing the official history of the battle of
Gettysburg, with a view of getting tho fullest
and most accurate information, has called two
meetings of participants in tho battle, to bo
held on the battle-ground itself. Tho first will
tako place Juno 7, and will includo soldiers,
confederate and Union, who took 'part n tho
fighting near the peach orchard, tho wheat
field, and tho Devil's Den or Bound Top. The
second will be held June 15, and will include
those who wero engaged in the first day's
battle. All veterans, both Union and con
federate, of any rank, who fought on those oc
casions are invited to bo present.
THE GARFIELD MONUMENT.
A circular letter has been received at tho
Fifth Begiment Armory, in Baltimore, from
the Society of the Army of the Cumberland
calling attention to the fact of tho intention of
the Garfield Monument Committco to solicit
subscriptions for the purpose of erecting a mon
ument to the late President James A. Garfield
in one of tho public squares of Washington.
Tho letter asks that contributions bo sent, and
that all regular and volunteer forces tako an
interest in tho movement. Tho letter is signed
by Colonel II. C. Corbin, corresponding secre
tary and treasurer of tho comniittee. It is pre
sumed some action will bo taken by tho officers
of the Fifth toward starting a subscription list
among the members of tho regiment for the
STRENGTH OF OUR MILITIA.
Tho militia outlook of this couutry is not
very formidable, and for all tho showing wc
can make on paper, even Mexico could tackle
us with impunity. Of the thirty-eight States
in the Union, the adjutant-general of tho army,
to whom the militia returns should be made,
has had to conjecture the number of men avail
able for military duty in thirteen of them;
four Slates sent no report at all ; soven others
have not sent none since 1S70; two more have
not been heard from sinco 1S77. Xot a Stato
in the Union has a force of 20,000 organized
militia, and only three that havo as high as
9,000 these three being Xew York, Arkansas,
aud North Carolina. With the exception of
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Florida, none
of tho remaining thirty-one States can boast of
even 4,000. In the returns made by tho various
States commissioned officers loom up largely.
Ono State, with a total force of 850, returned
seven generals; another, with G59 enlisted men,
supports six officers of the samo rank. Tho
condition of the militia forces of all the States,
with tho exception of half a dozen, is very un
satisfactory to a military man tho organiza
tion is deficient and tho discipline nowhere.
In some instances companies of the samo regi
ment are armed and uniformed differently.
SOLDIERS' ORPHANS NEGLECTED.
Tho Soldiers' Orphan Committee of tho Grand
Army of the Bepublic of the State of Pennsyl
vania met recently at Pittsburg to take action
looking to the admission of 360 applicants who
have met the requirements of the law, for ad
missiou to soldiers' orphans schools. These
children havo been kopt ouuof the institutions
named because the legislature at the last session
did not appropriate a sufficient amount of
money to educate, clothe and feed them. The
committee appeared before tho Superintendent
of Public Instruction, who is also Superintend
ent of Soldiers' Orphan Schools, but obtained no
promise of relief. The committee then in
structed the chairman to inform the principals
of tho various schools, that if they admitted
these children the Grand Army of the Bepublic
would pay for the maintenance in case tho
Stato did not. Pennsylvania has already ex
pended over $S,000,000 to provide educational
facilities for hersoldiers' orphans, and an effort
is to be made to continue the schools beyond
18S5, the time fixed for their expiration.
SHOULD BE IN EVERY SOLDIER'S
From the Greene County (Iowa) Gazette.
Wo are in receipt of a copy of the Tnc Xa
tional Tribune. It is a large forty-eight col
umn paper devoted especially to tho interests
of soldiers and tho pensioner, is published at
Washington. D. C, at$l per year, and should
bo in tho hands of every ex-soldier in tho
United States. We quote the following from
Gen. George S. Merrill, Commander-in-Chief
of tho Grand Army of tho Bepublic:
"To tho Editor Xational Tribune:
"Send me The Xational Tribune to Law
rence, Mass. The bold advocacy of The Xa
tional Tribune of the rights of tho soldier
elicits my hearty approval.
MEN WHO FOUGHT WITH FARRAGUT.
The Farragut Association, composed of the
survivors of the gallant Admiral's Gulf Squad
ron, recently held its meeting in Philadelphia,
the occasion being the twentieth anniversary
of the capture of Xew Orleans. Loyal Farragut.
son of tho bravo old sea-king, was present.
The following resolutions wero adopted.
Whereas, tho naval expedition under com
mand of Bear-Admiral Farragut on tho 25th
day of April, 1502, succeeded in capturing tho
City of Xuw Orleans and its defenses, which
was not only one of tho most brilliant victories
of the war of the rebellion, but was instrumental
in opening the Mississippi Biver to the com
merce' of the world ;
Whereas, ships of war rams, vessels, &c, to
tho appraised value of $1,231,720, fell into tho
hands of tho Union fleet, which by existing
laws of the Xavy Department woro legal prizes
of the captors ;
Whereas, suit for tho recovery was instituted
in the Supreme Court of the District of Colum
bia, whero a decision in favor of tho captors
was rendered, said decision being confirmed by
tho United States Supremo Court;
Whereas, but a small portion of this money
has been paid, tho balance of tho amount re
maining to the credit of the captors, requiring
a Congressional appropriation beforo a final
settlement can bo had ;
Whereas, tho men who composed tho Farra
gut fleet entered tho service through motives
of patriotism, without receiving any bountv,
we thercforo submit, in all fairness, that wo
ought to receive what is justly and legally duo
us. Therefore, be it
Resolved, That after a lapso of twenty years
the survivors, or what faw of them remain, do
most respectfully petition our national law
makers in Congress assembled to make tho
requisite appropriation, so that a full, fair, and
honoroble settlement may be had at an early
A private letter from a distinguished major
general of tho United States army, addressed
to Thb Xational Tribune, contains tho fol
lowing high endorsement to tho impartiality
with which our army sketches aro written by
Colonel G. C. Kniffin. It has been said that it
will bo an impossibility for any American, in
this generation at least, to write a disinterested
history of tho civil, war. Colonel Kniflin was
an original Union man in Kentucky in 1501,
and was one of the first to recruit soldiors for
tho Union army at Camp Dick Bobinson. Ho
.served during tho entire war on the staffs of
Generals William Xelson, Georgo n. Thomas,
Thos. L. Crittenden, and David S. Stanley, and
sinco tho war has been a straight-out Bepubli
can. Xotwithstanding this, Colonel Kniffin, in
assuming tho task of reviewing tho events of
tho late civil war, has divested himself of tho
sectional animosity which a life in a border
State, preceding and following tho rebellion,
naturally engendered, and readers of The Xa
tional Tribune may rely upon the absolute
accuracy of his descriptions of campaigns and
It is the object of TnE Xational Tribune
to instruct as well as to amuse, and in all its
departments to furnish valuablo information
upon the subject treated.
Tho Jotter is as follows:
To the Editor National Tribune:
Havo tho goodness to send mo your journal,
commencing with thft articles on tho civil war
written by G. C. Kniffin. I take it that ho was
a confederate, but he writes with the simplic
ity and impartiality of a disinterested histo
rian, and- when completed, I trust that his
articles may appear in book-form as a history
of the great civil war. In that event, I would
be glad to furnish him with a few facts worthy
of attention. Among others, that General
Georgo W. .Morgan captured two confederate
officers at Hazel Green, whilo on his retreat
from Cumberland Gap, from whom he learned
that the divisions of Heth and McCown wero
advancing towards Mt. Sterling with the inten
tion of intercepting Morgan's division. Gen
eral Morgan pushed on to West Liberty, whero
ho remained two days with his division await
ing an attack, which he supposed was not made
in cunscquenco of Heth and McCown being
sent to reinforco Bragg.
The Memorial Committee of tho Grand Army
of tho Bepublic havo established their head
quarters at tho United States Pension Offico in
Xew York, where the officers and clerks aro
hard at Avork making the necessary prepara
tions for Decoration Daj, to tako place on tho
30th inst. On Monday cA'cning a meeting of
the Executive Committco took place, Avhen tho
various sub-committees reported considerable
progress as to tho Avork in hand, Avhich this
year has been simplified by tho consolidation
of various committees. This year, forinstauce,
thero is a commilteo on public exercises,
chart. d Avith all tho duties heretofore attended
to by committees on house, on orators, on mu
sic, and on decorations, Avliilo committees on
cemeteries, transposition, printing, and fi
nance remain independent as heretofore. All
of their Avork is progressing finely, and, apart
from tho parado, Avhich Avill surpass in strength
and enthusiasm, that of last year, tho evening
exercises will, this year, form a notable feature
of tho day. Tho Academy of Music has already
been engaged for the occasion. Among tho
guests who nave signified their intention to bo
present, aro President Arthur, Secretary Lin
coln (who will be present early in the morning
to witness the ceremonies at his fathers statue
under control of Abraham Lincoln Post, Xo. 13,
Grand Army of the Bepublic,) Generals Sher
man, Grant, Hancock, and Sheridan ; Governor
Cornell, Collector Bobertson, Speaker Keifer,
and Governor Ludlow, of Xew Jersey. Tho
offieers of tho Memorial Committco this year
are: Chairman, General Henry A. Barnum;
First Vice Chairman, J. C. Julius Langbein;
Second Vice Chairman, Georgo P. Osborne;
Becording Secretary, Lehman Israels ; Corres
ponding Secretary, Alonzo Howell ; Treasurer,
E. W. Brueninghausen; Grand Marshal, Ed
The latter, official has already issued several
orders bearing on the coming parade, and had
several interviews with General Shaler, com
manding the First division Xational Guard,
tho militia being anxious to co-operate with
the veterans in paying proper respect to Memo
rial Day. Comrado Frederick Seibcrt has been
appointed adjutant-goneral on the Grand Mar
shal's staff. Tho finance committco has
ordered tho issue of 10,000 tickets for tho va
rious public exercises.
Tho headquarters of the Department of Xew
York being now established, it is expected that
Commander Frazer and staff will form a prom
inent feature of the procession, and that tho
new department banner ordered at the recent
Stato Encampment will be flung to the breeze
for the first time on Decoration Day.
SOCIETY OF THE RED CROSS.
Bcv. Dr. George A. Leak in, of Baltimore, re
cently lectured on "The International Society,"
explaining its origin, design, and benefits in
mitigating tho horrors of war and of calamities
in peace. To this society, which originated at
Gonova in 1S0-1, thirty-two nations have given
encouragement, the last being tho United States,
March 15th, 1SS2. Its operations were particu
larly marked during the Franco-Prussian war,
and recently in relieving tho fire-smitten re
gions of Michigan, tho inundated districts of
the Mississippi, and preparing for a threatened
epidemic in Turkey. A new feature in tho
treaty is tho protection of each house and per
son sheltering a wounded soldier. It is now
proposed that this society bo extended to seas,
lakes, and rivers, providing for tho Avounded
and sick mariner, aiding the explorer, caring
for tho emigrant, and by suitable lodcing
houses, furnishing protective homes where not
already furnished. The samo flag for sea and
land tho red cross, with a white border. The
United States being tho last to sign this treaty,
Dr. Leakin proposes that this nation ho tho
first to extend its benefits to the vessels and
ports of all nations. At tho conclusion of his
remarks, Dr. Leakin stated that in view of the
meeting of the Grand Army of tho Bepublic in
Baltimoro next month, tho following resolu
tions, adopted at Indianapolis on June 15, 18S1,
will be especially interesting :
Resolved by the Grand Army in National
Encampment assembled, That tho purposes of tho
Geneva Convention meet our hearty approval,
and that its work is commended to the earnest
attention of tho treaty-making powers, to tho
end that our country, saved by the Grand Army,
may bo placed in tho column of nations who
rccognizo that the love of mercy may survive
and conquer tho evil passions engendered by
ORDERS FROM COMMISSIONER DUD
LEY. Commissioner Dudley has issued tho follow
ing orders :
1 In any claim in which under tho law a
pension agent fhall be directed to pay tho fee
for its prosecution, and it shall appear that tho
attorney has received any part of the fee in ad
vance for his services in tho claim, said attor
ney shall refund to tho pensioner or other per
son from Avhom such advance fee Avas receied
tho amount so paid and file in this Office the
receipt for tho same.
2 By direction of tho Honorable Secretary
no substitution of an attorney by another -will
bo recognized hereafter Avithout the Avritteu
consent of tho applicant to tho substitution of
the particular person proposed to be substituted,
and in cases in which there is a legal contract
for a fee the substitution of an attorney by an
other shall not bo held to carry Avith it the
rights of the former attorney to tho feo con
tracted for by him, unless the claimant shall
consent thereto in Avriting. This order will not
apply in cases whero tho substitution of an
attorney has beon allowed prior to this date.
3 In all cases where report of a medical ex
amination shows no disability and other evi
dence tends to show that the disability actually
exists, the claimant shall receive another exami
nation by a Board of Surgeons, if practicable, or
another Surgeon with specific instructions set
ting forth tho facts in the case ; and whero this
examination shows no disability no rating of
pension shall bo allowed to continue after tho
dato of such report unless so ordered in writing
by tho Commissioner or one of tho Deputy
4 Injuries received by soldiers Avhilo en
gaged in the athletic sports properly indulged
in by them Avhilo in camp shall be regarded as
received in line of duty, provided ordinary
care and prudenco Avere exercised and that the
games indulged in Avero not of an unfriendly
charactcr nor in pursuance of any ;vager.
INCIDENT OF THE PORT HUDSON
A charging party, consisting of the Twelfth
Maine, Ninety-first Xew York, One Hundred
and Fourteenth Now York, Eighth Ver
mont, Twenty-fourth Connecticut, and part of
tho Twelfth Connecticut regiments, had been
engaged in storming the formidable Aorks
AA'hich the rebels had erected near tho Clinton
road, and Avero repulsed Avith heavy losses, but
the Twenty-fou rtli Connecticut succeeded in
holding a position Avitlnn a few rods of the
main angle of the enemy's Avorks, by means of
the cotton bags Avhich each man carried to
throw into tho trench for the charging party
to cross over on. These placed together at tho
top of a ravine formed a slight breastwork,
from behind Avhich they returned the enemy's
bullets Avith interest during that long day.
When night came shoA'els Avero procured and
an embankment thrown up, Avhich, by shovel
ing nights and sharp-shooting days, Avas held
until the surrender, July J).
Tho day following tho repulse, when tho roar
of shut and shell had nearly ceased, tho men
avIio still held positions near the front Avero
distressed at hearing the groans aud cries for
help of tho Avounded, scattered all over the
abandoned battle field without being able to
render any assistance to the unfortunate suffer
ers, and officers and men Avero especially exer
cised Avith sympathy for tho AA-ounded soldier
who sat at tho bank only a few rods distant,
but very near tho enemy's sharpshooters, and
who Avas begging for Avater and help. While
all wero regretting that nothing could bo done
for his relief, a young soldier, from tho Twelfth
Maine regiment, Avhich held a position not far
away, and avIio had contrived to creep unscathed
to tho protecting embankment held by tho
Twenty-fourth, after listening a little time to
the cries of that sufferer, surprised tho officers
by offering to tako tho necessary relief to the
man or die in Hie attempt. Tho offer, after
some debate, Avas accepted, and a canteen con
taining Avater and Avhisky and a supply of
"hard tack," tho best avo had, Avas furnished
which he took, and starting from one end of tho
embankment sprang up in open view of tho
rebel gunners and walked on apparently un
concerned toward tho wounded man. Wo
looked on anxiously, expecting to seo him shot
down every moment, but instead the sharp cry
of "Halt! what do you want ?" rang out from,
the rebel works.
He replied : "To carry water to the wounded
" Go ahead, wo will not hurt you," came back
from tho rebel side, and tho poor fellow was
seen holding his parched lips to the canteen.
After doing what he could for tho relief of
tho sufferer, bathing and swathing his broken
limb, he started to return, when the sharp cry
came from the rebels, "Halt! come to us or you
aro a dead man."
Ho looked with longing eyes at us, then at
the row of threatening muskets, and seeing
that he must surrender or die, waved his hand
to us, said, ''Good bye, boys, it no uso to run,"
and disappeared from our sight over tho rebel
embankment, while his friends hurled impre
cations and cries of shame at the rebel captors.
A flag of truce was granted tho second day
after, hut the poor fellow whose sufferings had
so moved our sympathies had found relief in
DEATH ROLL OF WEST POINT GRAD
The following is a list of graduates of tho
West Point Academy avIio have died dnriug
the past ten months, Avith a statement of tho
disease and place of death of each, as furnished
by the secretary of tho Association of Grad
uates. It embraces, as Avill be seen, the names
of such prominent officers as Burnside, Kil
ratrick, Martindale, and Casey, of tho Union
array, and Pemberton, Bains, and other ex
confederates: Charles T. Phillips, June 1-1,
L--51, Norfolk, Va.; Edward G. Beckwith, Juno
22, 1 SSI, Clifton, X. Y. ; Jno. W. DaA-idson, Juno
26, 1831, St. Paul, Minn.; J. M. Lake Henry,
July -J, 1331, Washington, D. C; John C. Pem
berton, July 13, 1831, Penelyn, Pa.; Nathaniel
Michler, July 17, 1331, Saratoga, X. Y.; Over
ton Carr, Jr., July 21, 13S1, Philadelphia, Pa.;
James G. Benton, August 23, Springfield, Mass.;
Benjamin I. Bntlcr, Bayiew, Mass; Gabriel
J. Bains, September 1, 1831, Aiken, S. C; Am
brose E. Burnside, September 13, 1831, Bristol,
B. L; John Edwards, Jr., October 12, 1SS1,
Portland, Me.; Bolland A. Ives, October 29,
1831, Summit, X. J.; Melancthon Smith, dato
unknown. Mobilo, Ala.; S. C. Plummcr, No
vember 11, 1S31, Washington, D. C; Judson
Kilpatrick, December 5, 1331. Santiago, Chili;
E. B. Babbitt, December 10, 1831, Fort Monroe
Arsenal, Virginia, J. H. Martindale, December
3, 1831, Xice, France; Meriwether L. Clark,
October 23, 1351, Frankfort, Kentucky; Henry
S. Turner, December 1G, 1SS1, St. Louis, Mo.;
Silas Casey, January 22, 1882, Brooklyn, N. Y.;
Samuel P. Ferris, February 3, 1832, Fort D. A.
Bussell, Wyoming Territory; Walter Gywnn,
February 6,1532, Baltimore, Md. ; Joseph K.
Hyer, February 12, 1852, Baltimore, Md.;
James B. McAuliffe, February 21, 1882, Fort
Columbus, Governor's Island, Xew York har
bor; Charles Mason, February 25, 1S32, Bur
lington, Iowa; Lorenzo Lorain, March 6, 1832,
Baltimore, Md.; Charles W. Howell, April 5,
1882, Xew Orleans, La.
GARFIELD RELICS IN COURT,
A bill for an injunction has been filed in the
Superior Court by Anna Gettz Lucas against
Anna L. Childs, to"preent the latter from dis
posing of photographs or duplicates of certain
floral pieces. The bill alleges that she has pre
pared, at great expense, copies of a nnmber of
the floral pieces sent to the obsequies of tho
late President Garfield, and Avas to preserve
and embalm tho originals. The pieces as pre
pared by her Avero ready for photographing,
and the complainant Avas to receivo her pay for
tho Avork done by the sale of these photogranh3
and the exhibition of tho originals, and the
sale of duplicates of the floral pieces. Tho
pieces mentioned aro copies of the .wreath sent
by Queen Victoria, the piece representing
' Faith, Hope, and Charity," sent by tho Bo
livian goA-crnment, a lyre sent by the Emperor
of Brazil, and tho tuberose obelisk sent by Cin
cinnati. The bill continues, that tho floAvers
Avere to bo exhibited at the rooms of tho de
fendant, and that the latter secretly had tho
pieces photographed Avith the intention of sell
ing tho pho'tographs. AA-hich would Avork great
iujury to tho complainant, wherefore she pray3
for an injunction restraining tho said Child3
from so doing. The court ordered that tho
property described bo placed in tho hands of
Eldridge, as custodian, until further orders.
GRAND ARMY NOTES.
G. A. Warner Post, No. 5-1, of Putnam, Conn.,
'was organized recently by the Department
officers under Commander Hicks with 2-4
charter members. Tho folloAving officers are
in chargo: Post Commander, A. A. Buchanan;
S. V. P. C, P. O. Lcary; J. V. C, E. Fly. Ap
plications are coming in fast, and the member1
ship soon Avill bo Aery largo.
Captain L. M. B. Smith and Captain James
M. Comstock, ex-soldiers and prominent mem
bers of the Grand Army, aro successful mer
chants in Algona, loAva.
Tho chaplain of tho Ninth New Hampshire
regiment has just returned to tho owner, Dr.
W. I. Johnson, of Fredericksburg, Va., an.
Episcopal prayer book, Avhich fell into his
hands when Fredericksburg Avas occupied in,
General Hancock has promised to attend tho
Beunion.of the Army of tho Potomac in Detroit,
in June, if his duties permit.
A. J. Lyon, an old Wisconsin soldier, writes
from San Francisco, Cal., as follows: "Lieut.
Lloyd V. Nausea wen, of the Twenty-ninth and
Forty-third Wisconsin Aolunteer infantry, has
recently been appointed postmaster of the city
of Visalia. It A-ould be difficult to find a bet
ter man for tho place, as ho is thoroughly ac
quainted with tho business and knoAvs just
how to run a post office." Comrado XauscaAveu
AA'as a former resident of Hartford, Wisconsin,
Avhero ho has relatives.
Burnsido Tost, Xo. 47, of Auburn, Me., dedi
cated their new soldiers' monument Avith ap
propriate ceremonies on the 30th of April.
Post 2GG, Department of Ncav York, has been
organized at Middletown by Col. Win. H. Hick,
mustering officer, assisted by Boa. James Deane,
of HoAvells, N. Y. Charles B. Smith Avas elected
commander. Tho Post promises to bo strong;
numerically and active in good Avorks.
A Post has been organized at Jefferson, Wis.,
Avith twenty-four charter members.
The efforts to raise funds for tho erection of
a soldiers' monument at Tuukhanuock, Pa., aro
being continued, and the outlook is encour
aging for a corner-stone laying on tho 4tb of
July. Tho )Vorl:er is doing good work in tho
For Memorial Day, Pittsburg Posts havo
ordered ten gross of G. A. B. flags of anew pat
torn to mark tho soldiers' graA'es.
J. C. MeCoy Post, No. 1, Columbus, aro fast
mustering in new recruits. Carl M. Bancroft,
Post Commander, presented $50 to tho Ladies'
Auxiliary Society of Columbus. The Post also
The committco of tho Grand Army of tho
Bepublic, appointed to mako arrangements for
tho celebration of Memorial Day at Pittsburg,
haA'o decided to secure tho Graud Army Band
of Canton. Thero -will be the regular serA'ico
at tho military lot in the Allegheny Cemetery."
Col. T. M. Bayno Avill 'deliver the oration. It
has been decided to invite tho Duquesne Graya