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ica will be very large and apparently
thft President intends that these op-
nortunitles shall be imnroved But he
Is credited with trying to obtain that
sort of diplomats even for the great
blue ribbon posts or Europe liKe Lon
don Berlin ana pans
All this shake up in diplomatic cir
pies has oDened nrosnects for
tious careers and is keeping Wash
ington humming with gossip and com
ment Republican Senators arc
tramping much to the White House
offices urging the claims of their con
stituents for these diplomatic nomi
Representative Nicholas Longworth
of Ohio an ox Presidents son-in-law
Iia3 become one of our most mention
ed citizens If there is a big plum
10 fall the speculators in official pros-
neets enter his name promptly So
it was when Dr David Jayne Hill
our Embassador to Berlin resigned
It was nrobably not Nicks fault that
ovcrzealous friends entered him at
once He might make it is true a
verv cood Embassador to Berlin and
possibly he has the pull to get it
He is a fellow townsman of Presi
dent Taft who thinks highly of him
Altho Ills distinguished father-in-law
has occasionally been in anything but
cordial co operation with the Presi
dent Wick has always been most
loil to the Administration
They like outin Ohio also to men
tion Kick much for high places
When the Republican Party last year
was casting about in desperation for
a gubernatorial candidate -there came
a rush of talk for which the Cinciu
nati Congressman was apparently not
responsible fbout grooming him for
the race Nothing came of it of
course but the campaign was hardly
under way before a Senatorial boom
for Nick bulged into prominence
and was heard of again and again be
fore the November voting What
might have happened to this Senato
rial boom had the Ohio Legislature
been Republican can not of course
be told but tho Legislature was over
whelmingly Democratic and it was
Senator Alloc Pomcrenc instead of
Senator Nicholas Longworth
Ohio always would keep in the pub
lic eye at Washington however and
that has been so of recent days with
the booming of Representative Long
worth for Embassador and the for
mal launching of a Presidential boom
for Gov Judson Harmon To date
the Ohio Governors boom is the only
one afield unless one considers the
presidential boom or that other emi
nent clncinnatian W H Taft in such
a category Presumably President
Taft will not send up any balloons to
announce his candidacy but the
While House has already given the
pigns which the workers regard as
Perhaps there arc too many bkep
tical folks at Washington not properly
in touch with sentiment out in the
provinces where the voters live but
tho wise ones keep on saying that the
Harmon boom was and is perceptibly-waning
and that tho action of the
Ohio Democrats in Congress formally
launching it was in fact desperate
tactics undertaken with a view to in
fusing new lifo Into the movement
Stoncmans Raid to JIacon
Editor National Tribune I recol
lect the battles at Ringgold Tunnel
Hill Resaca Dalton Buzzard Roost
Burnt Hickory Lost Mountain Pow
der Springs Kencsaw Mountain and
Alatoona I was on the Stoneman
raid to Macon July 27 to Aug C
1804 Wc charged upon the town as
I recollect tore up the railroad and
released the prisoners at Chilton We
were skirmishing on the other side of
the river Wc received news that the
enemy had evacuated Atlanta and
was closing in on us aa fast -as they
could Wc faced about and traveled
all that evening and all night
The next morning wc struck the
enemys lines at Hfllsboro where wo
battled and charged until about 4
oclock We found wc were com
pletely surrounded Stoneman and
about 700 men surrendered Our
Colonel refused to surrender Wc
linpd up fronting the cast and charg
ed in double quick time Wc charged
up to within 30 yards where our
horses were halted Wo placed our
bridles in our mouths and with a re
volver in each hand wc cut the line
down all but scattering ones Wc
then drew our nwords and slashed
right and left and went thru them
like wild Are
Wc worn followed by a regiment
commanded by CoL Capron He was
badly cut up Wc traveled until sun
down arriving at the river The
enemy began to lire on us in the
rear I do not remember but it
seems to me that it was at the Chat
tahoochee River After crossing the
river wc went into camp Wc re
mained until the next day and made
our way to Marietta wearied and
worn out and nearly starved to death
We were released from duty and turn
ed our horses over to the Government
and were sent back to Kentucky
where wc remained until the close of
the war I had six comrades in the
war from my fathers family I re
reived two wounds None of our
family received any wounds except
me I am wearing two of those bul
lets today one in my jaw and one in
my thigh I would love to hear from
some comrade Thomas Morris Poin
ter Ky
Tho 180th Ohio
Editor National Tribune Will you
kindly give me a short history of the
183th Ohio Walter M Swain Gold
field Iowa
The 183th Ohio was organized at
Toledo and other places in the State
from Jan 12 to March 3 18C5 to
nerve one and three years and mus
tered out Sept 28 1805 It was com
manded by Col Henry D Kingsbury
Brevet Brigadier General March 10
1865 all thru its service and lost one
killed and 48 from disease etc James
MeD Roe was its Lieutenant Colonel
and Norman Waite its Major Editor
National Tribune
No Short Hours Then
Comrade William Higglns Past De
partment Commander Bartlesvillc
OlIsu writes
During the civil war when the
private soldier was only getting J 13 a
month no effort was made by Con
gress or tho War Department to im
provo tho conditions shorten our
hours of work lessen oor hardships
or increase our pay for the good ser
vice rendered as is now a hobby by
the cheap fctatesmen to benclit Gov
ernment employes of tile several De
partments whoso salaries arc from
S75 to 3000 when the private
soldier only received 30 per year for
four ycarsand more Who did the
greater for his country
Monument to tho rcnnsjlvanla He
J It Hess Corporal 6th -Pa Re
serves Cherokee Iowa highly ap
proves of tho riiovcnient to build a
monument at Fredericksburg Va to
honor the Pennsylvania Reserves Ho
was in the fight until a ball struck- his
light shoulder and -there lias never
Ik en a day passed since that he has
not Xelt the effects of it
The Controversy Over the Mon
uments on Mission Ridge
Editor National Tribune The Na
tional Tribune will please bear with
mo while I lay before your readers
an act of national impprtancc as well
as one of injustice to thousands of
comrade dead and alive who
Sisted in storming and capturing that
rebel stronghold Missionary Ridge
near Chattanooga Tenn Nov 25
Many of your readers know that
Congress during its sessions in 1S31 2
passed acts creating the Chickamau
ga and Chattanooga Military Park
and providing for its future govern
ment and management
The House Military Committee of
tho 51st Congress to whom the bill
was referred in part reported The
bill under consideration establishes a
national military park the approaches
of which overlook and the ground
upon which occurred some of tho
most remarkable tactical movements
and deadliest lighting of the war of
the rebellion namely the held or
Chickamauga and Chattanooga
The proposed uniekamauga ana
Chattanooga National Park consists of
two features the approaches and
park proper
The battlefield of Chickamauga
proper forms the body of the park
As described in the bill embraces
about 7600 acres
The approach from Chattanooga
begins at or near Sherman Hights at
tho north end of Missionary Ridge
This Is the battlclield of the Army of
tho Tennessee under Gen A T
Sherman during the operations about
Chattanooga Nov 23 21 and 25 1S63
From this point this approach runs
along the crest of Missionary Ridge
to Rossvilio Gap Throughout Its
whole length it overlooks thu battle
field of Gen Hooker s troops from the
Army of the Potomac on IooKout
Mountain and terminates where thesu
troops after the battle on the moun
tain reached and crossed Missionary
Ridge This approach also overlooks
the lust nays operations about or
chard Knob and coincides throughout
its length with the lines- of Gen
Braggs army and thus passes along
the entire front of the famous assault
of the Army of the Cumberland under
Gen Thomas upon Missionary Ridge
That the said Chickamauga and
Chattanooga National Park and the
approaches thereto shall be under the
control of the Secretarv of War
That thf affairs of tho Chickamau
ga and Chattanooga National Park
shall subject to the supervision and
direction of the Secretary of War be
this case very respectfully Rob
ert Shaw Oliver Assistant Secretary
of War
Mr S J Stewart Chairman Histori
cal Committee Turchlns Brigade
fcvmgston Inn
Gen Baird who commanded the
division in which Turchlns VanDcr
veers and Phelpss Brigades stormed
Missionary Ridge side by side wrote
to Gen Turchin under date of Nov
IS 1S95 in answer to a pleading let
ter for the General to recognize his
claim as having captured De Longs
Point wrote On the whole 1 have
found no evidence to support your
Mr S F Stewart Secretary- and
Chairman of Historical Committee
Turchlns Brigade the moving spirit
of the foolish demand for disturbing
the brigade positions as established
by the report made by Gen Grant
soon after tho battle and a map
made by his engineer designating the
position of the different brigades and
filed in the War Department which
frives tho position of VanucrveiTS
Brigade at De Longs Point at the
crest of the ridge
A Rehearing Obtained
Notwithstanding all this through
the persistent efforts of the Chairman
of the Historical Committee of Tur
chlns Brigade after engaging U S
Senator Foraker in their behalf se-
ducrd a new Park Commission and a
new Secretary of AVar who knew noth
ing of military affairs to grant their
petition and moved the whole line
430 yards north and the markers as
they had been placed by the former
Commission and Secretary of War
from right to left the brigades of
Hazen AVillich Bcaty Turchin
ord VanDerveer so as to make those
brigades conform on tho left and
right of Turchins Brigade and give
it the coictcd honor of capturing Do
Longs Point without assistance from
other troops
This wonderful reversal of Gens
Grant Thomas Granger Balrd Hazen
AVilllc Beatty VanDcrvecr Fuller
ton and Boynton was first announced
Inly 12 1907 by a circular headed
Turchins Brigade Vindicated The
m oj uuuu
parAfJ31 of Brigade to the De Long
each of whom shall havo actively
atcd in the battle of V u uu rv -
ga or one of the battles about Chatta
That it shall be the duty of the
Commissioners acting under tho Sec
retary cf War to ascertain and sub
stantially mark the locations of the
regular troops both infantry and ar
tillery within the boundary of the
park and to erect monuments
That it shall bo lawful for the ail
thorltles of any State having troops
engaged either at Chattanooga or at
Chickamauga to enter upon the lands
and approaches of tho Chickamauga
and Chattanooga NationaL Park tor
the purpose of ascertaining and mark
ing the lines of battle of troops en
gaged therein Provided That before
any such lines aro permanently des
ignated tho positions of the lines and
tho proposed methods of marking
them by monuments tablets or oth
erwise hall be submitted to -the Sec
retary of War
The first to administer the affairs
of the Park Commission was Gen J
S Fullerton as Chairman Gpn A P
Stewart and Gen H V Boynton all
participants in the great battles that
were fought around Chattanooga
Gen Fullerton sejvlng on the staff
ol Gen Granger and viewed from
Orchard Knob with Grant Thomas
and Granger the several divisions of
the Army of the Cumberland in jain
view as they advanced upon the en
emy strongly- fortified on the crest
of Missionary Ridge Gen - H V
Boynton a gentleman of high attain
ments was the principal mover in se
curing from Congress all its acts that
has made those great battle grounds
as prominent as they aro today and
was in command of the 35th Ohio
In Gen VanDevccrs Brigade- that
memorable 25th day of November
1S63 until a rebel bullet disabled
him just before reaching tho crest of
Missionary Ridge just south -of De
Longs Point as pointed out to the
writer by Gen Boynton while pro
ceeding on foot over the very ground
traversed by VanDevecrs Brigade at
the time that tho Minnesota Monu
ment Commission was seeking the
right position to build a creditable
monument not to mark the spot ac
tually captured by the 2d Minn but
to commemorate the event that a
Minnesota military force representee
by the 2d Regiment of that State
aided the Union forces in capturing
the whole line of rebel works fiom
Shermans nights to Rcssvilie
Gen Boynton pointed out to Gen
Bishop who commanded the Minne
sota troops in that charge and the
Commission a plat of live acres of
land forming a promontory project
ing out from the crest of the ridge
west toward Chattanooga which he
said was owned by tho Government
and we were at liberty to build oitr
monument which was afterward sanc
tioned by the Secretary of War as
well as the Inscription which was to
be inscribed Thero and then in the
presence of five participants in the
charge of VanDeveers Brigade it wa3
agreed that the main portion of the
Brigadcpatacd that point to tho right
and south
Tho Minnesota Commission pro
ceeded to build five monuments and
markers four on the Chickamauga
field and one on the ko cajled De
Longs Point costing nearly J3000
This proved to be a red rag to Gen
Turchln the noted commander of
Turchlns Brigade who it iS said
threatened to tear down the Minne
sota monument because It stood on
ground captured by his brigade
Application was made to the Park
Commission and the Secretary of War
to have the Minnesota monument and
markers moved nearly a half milo
north and that the position of Tur
chiu6 Brigado be moved north to Do
Longs point which they claim they
assaulted and captured on Mission
The War Department Decides
Their first claim was turned down
by the Chairman of the Park Com
mission in part as follows It is
tho opinion of this Commission that
the positions in question are already
well established and that the ap
pointment of a commission of in
qury to ascertain them is entirely
senled the matter through Senator
Foraker to the War Department and
asked for an independent investiga
tion Gen Alger then Secretary of
War referred the matter to Col
Henry Duffleld who reported ad
versely to the claim which report was
approved by Gen Alger Again their
petition was denied as shown by the
following letter from the Assistant
Secretary of War
Sir Referring to your recent pre
sentation to the Department of your
claim that the location of Turchlns
Brigado upon Missionary Ridge is in
correctly assigned and should be fixed
at the point known as De Longs
place which is assigned to VanDcr
veers Brigade I beg to advise you
that tho statements presented by you
havo been exhaustively considered and
do not constitute a sufficient warrant
to the Secretary of War in reopening
of War
UV lilU lllill CULlCiaij
Your readers will remf mber that
this singular action was taken after
Gen Fullerton and Gen Boynton had
been rcm jved lrom the Park Com
mission by death and their places
had been filled by less Interested par
ties and without giving any of the
other brigades but Turchlns a chance
to prove their own case or disapprove
as to Turchins actCal position
Their action1 also created a gap of
430 -yards at the right of Beatys
Brigade and if Phelpss Brigade is
not moved north of where Col Phelps
was killed and I sec nothing in the
order promulgating the removal of
the other brigades the position as
signed VanDerveers Brigade will be on
tho left and still further north than
Phelpss Brigade AH of thl3 hub
bub seemingly to give the honor of
capturing De Longs Point to the noted
Turchins Brigade which positive
ly they did not nor did their left
reach nearer than SO rods of tho
south side of that Point for the
writer was thprc at that day and
hour and ascended thcridga about 60
rods to the right and south of that
promontory and crossed the rebel
works about f0 feet at the right of
tlie 2d Minnesota colors where set
two pieces of artillery just aban
doned by the enemy and seized upon
by Sergeant Nobles of my company
K Chas Iathan of Co I Isaac Sher
man of Co H and a few others of
the 2d Minn and not a man of any
other regiment was near
Position of the Brigade
All reports agree that Turchins
Brigade formed the right of Balrds
Division in that charge and his loft
connected with- the right of
vcers Brigade and that the 2d Minn
was the advance line covering the
brigade so that Turchlns Brigade was
in plain view of us to our- right all
the way up the ridge each striving to
get there first Had tho 2d Minn been
on the north side of Do Longs Point
we could not have seen Turchins men
and the long lines of blue coats
3trctching to the south as I plainly
remember seeing
The latest phaso of this unpleasant
affair is that Mr Stewart In behalf
of Turchlns Brigade has asked the
Park Commission to romovc our
granite monument costing nearly 3
000 and dedicated to the 2d Minn
and to VanDerveers Brigade from De
Longs TUflnl where the Government
owns five acrcs of land for tho pur
pose of rearing monuments upon to
Strock Point 450 yards north to
where no land is owned bi tho Gov
ernment except the crest road and
we fear the sacrilege may be com
Fortunately a few members of
Beattys Brigade who still livo ac
cidentally discovered the great wrong
that had been done to their brigade
and the Government as well as to
the memory of Gen Beatty and to
Fullerton and Boynton who as mem
bers of tho Park Commission
without doubt in the minds of fair
minded military men correctly lo
cated the positions of each brigade of
tho Army of tho Cumberland In their
assault on Missionary Ridge Nov 25
1S63 havo made application before
the Chickamauga and Chattanooga
National Park Commission for a
hearing In the maflcr and to have
their markers moved back to the
positions on tho crest that they
assaulted and captured and if the
minds of the Commission and the
Secretary of War are not indurated
wc of VanDerveers Brigade hopo to
keep our monument from being oblit
erated from Do Longs Point and in
a very righteous action of the Park
Commission have the old line of bat
tle restored and tho markers and tab
lets put back whore originally placed
A H Reed First Lieutenant Co
K 2d Minn Glcncoe Minn
The Colors of the 72d 111
Comrade F A Roziehc 4316 N
43d avenue Chicago III is in search
of the colors of his regiment the 72d
III and is now investigating the mu
seum of tho Military Academy at West
Point T In Ifmrnn that tvn 71 1 i
Again in 1S37 Gen Turchin pre l all probability captured the colors and
sorao u men who were with them
At the Battle of Franklin
Editor National Tribune I be
longed to Co C 12Sth Ind We left
Duck River about 9 p in and ar
rived in Franklin about i a m on
the morning of Nov 30 Wc rested
for a few hours and then went Into
position on the left oftheLewlsburg
Pike Wc threw up good works In
out front there was a large hedge
fence which we cut down within a
foot or two of the ground Wc piled
tho brush in a pile in the pike As I
was one of the shortest boys of the
company my place was always on tho
left of tho company Our company
was the Color company hence I stood
besido the Flag Wc had a Flag and
a large silk banner that was presented
to us by the citizens of Laporte Ind
the home of our Lieutenant Colonel
On the left of our company was an
embrasure to allow our cavalry to go
through To tho left of this em
brasure were two pieces of cannon I
think it was the second section of the
6th Ohio Battery These guns were
pulled back from the works I saw
Col Jasper Packard of our regiment
with hat in hand run up to the Cap
tain of this battery and 1 heard him
ask tho Cantaiu what he meant by
pulling his guns back The Colonel
said to him You leave these guns
where they are This Captain beside
tho cun nearest to mo was completely
covered up with sand and sod out of
which tne works were Duiit
When the Johnnies were sending
the shot thick and fast from a battery
oon8iderablv to our right wc were
well in range with the fort across the
river so wc were under their fire
The Captain was a bravo fellow He
crawled on all fours to where I was
rose and shook off tho sand and took
his placo again by the guns I saw
our Colors with staffs sticking in the
works and the Johnni3 grabbing for
them T have one of the gilt stars
out of the banner which I pulled off
as wo were leaving the worKs ab i
saw tlie star so near snot out J
saved it by putting it in my pocket
H E Butler Co c listn inu uowi
cster Ind
Col Mattison Dead
Col L V S Mattison the man who
tore down the stars and bars from the
flagstaff when the Union forces en
tered Richmond died at his home in
Oswego N aged C7 years Col
Mattison was one of the best known
veterans in northern and central New
York At tho age of 17 he was en
roled a private of Co D Slst N Y
and served thru to the close of the
war He was in 22 engagements and
left the service with the commission
of a Lieutenant He wan in charge
of Castle Thunder and Llbbey Prison
while in Richmond and was the first
to release without waiting for orders
between 300 and 400 union prisoners
confined there His command was
placed in churgc of 2500 Southern
prisoners wno were lor a time con
fined in their own prisons At one
time he was prominent in politics and
for 12 years was Assistant Librarian
in the Senate Chamber at Albany For
25 years in succession he had been
Commander of Post Porter G A R
town of Scriba
Aiding the National Kncainpmcnt
The following resolution offt rcd by
George C Loud Chairman was unan
imously adopted by the Memorial
Committee of the G A R of New
York City at the regular meeting on
April 17 1311
Resolved That the Committee on
Legislation of tho Department of Now
York G A R be and tho same is
hereby requested to take such proper
and honorable means to secure a rea
sonable In fact a generous appro
priation by the Legislature of the
State of Nsw York to be included in
the general appropriation bill at tho
present cession for the expenses and
entertainment of tho National En
campment of the G A R at Roches
ter N Y in August 1311
George B Loud Chairman E
Comrade ODwrrcr Recehca
J At-
Iodije Crnnc Kt AI
Chas W Cook 7fith N V Soldiers
Home Vti says apropos of Sena
tors Crane Gore rt al An old farmer
down East had a fool son who was
always getting into some scrape fall
ing into the water or pig pen and no
when one day the mother came rush
ing into the fleid where the farmer
was at work saying Johnny has
fallen in the well the farmer leaned
on his hoe and said Well T never
did really wish Johnny would but
I have often thought if God wanted
such a boy as Johnny up in heaven I
hoped he would take him
Scnil Ccutennial of the 5th X X
The famous 5thN Y was mustered
into the service April 23 1861 and
the coming 23d of April will complete
the half century since then This
event will bo eclcbratod by a dinner
at tho St Denis Hotel Broadway and
11th Sts New York City on Monday
evening April 24 Gen Hiram Dur
yoa has promised to be present and
preside The committee in charge
consists of Alfred Atkins Tast Com
mander Department of Now Jersey
G A R George F Wilson and Peter
Wagner Comrade Atklnss address is
Roscllc N J
Tho Second New Jersey Brigade
The Second New Jersey Brigade
Association met at Trenton on Appo
mattox Day for the 24th Reunion and
50th anniversary of its organization
A dinner was held In the colonial
room of tho Tronton House The
room was elaborately decorated and
tho proceedings were enlivened by
music The President of the Associa
tion is Capt Joseph U Crawford Fox
chase Pa and the Secretary Col
Daniel Lodor 510 Carteret avenue
Trenton N J
M a banquet Jan 20 in G A R
Hall Detroit Mich given by W R
C 8 Comrade Cornelius ODwyer
Past Commander of Gen O M Poe
Post 433 was presented with a beau
tiful gold badge in recognition of his
services as Commander The pre
sentation was made by Department
Commander Samuel J Lawrence
Comrade ODwyer is a veteran of Cus
ters Brigado and of the 1st Mich
Incorporating the G A K
At the last regular meeting of Jo
seph A Mower Post New Orleans
La strong resolutions were adopted
thanking Representative Mann for his
course in objecting to the considera
tion of tho bill incorporating a rump
of tho organization as the Grand
Army of the Republic and Instruct
ing its Delegates to the Department
Encampment to present the samo to
tho Encampment and urge its adop
Trcs eiitcd With Veteran Jewels
Comrade Melvln G Huey South
Rend Ind was recently presented by
tllo Odd Fellows with a fine set of
veteran jewels in recognition of ha
having bsen a member of the Order
for 50 years
A Rcmiudcr of the Pnt by a Patriotic
When GO years ago treasons shot
was fired at the Flag that proudly
waved defiance from Sumters walls
and that brave handful of loyal men
under Anderson defending it to the
lust extremity were finally compelled
to lower It how did you feel com
rade how did you feel
When Lincoln sent out his call for
volunteers to come to the defense of
the Flag and the Nations Capital
where treason was seething whero
assassins lurked and you read It how
did you feel comrade hotf did you
When 4S hours later you with
musket on shoulder marched into tho
capital and the President meeting
you with outstretched hands face
beaming with joy saying those words
that reached your heart Thank God
you have como at last how did you
feel comrade how did you feel
When facing on the firing lino those
hosts who battled to crush to the
earth Gods Republic when shot and
shell sent on their death mission were
hurtling around you when the com
rade who slept under the same blank
et with you fell from your 3ide in the
battle how did you feel comrade
how did you feel
When those Southern hordes Invad
ed the North and Washington Balti
more Harrlsburg Philadelphia were
apparently almost within their grasp
when you after making forced
marches of 40 miles a day brought
them to a halt and on the field of
Gettysburg for three days losing 23
000 of your comrades fought with a
desperation such- as was never known
before the greatest of the 15 great
battles of the worlds history and
turned back to Southern soil Lees
host how did you feci comrade how
did you feel
When after four long years of that
deplorable fratricidal war in which
over 300000 of your comrades were
killed on battlefield and over half a
million wounded you reached Appo
mattox and on that glad sunny Sab
bath day while the sweet tones of the
diftajit church bell reverberated
among the hills singing Peace on
earth good will to all men you wit
nessed the lowcrln of the Hag of
treason and the final triumph of the
dear old Flag that you had so long
fought for without ono star being
eliminated from its fild of blue how
did you feci comrade how did you
When you returned to your home
and had once more resumed the voca
tion of the life of peace and the rust
ed plowshare brightened as ybu bent
to aid tho work of blndinjr un the
Nations wounds doing your part in
building the most humane and great
est Nation in the world how did you
feci comrade how did you feel
When as tlie years have passed and
you are bent with the infirmities of
old age when the plow is rusted the
shingles falling from tho house and
the grasshopper has become a burden
to you the bright steely eyesight
dimmed the quick alert step becomes
tottering and unable to work longer
you reach thn milestone in lifes jour
ney that says Rest and you learned
that you had asked in vain of that
Government to fulfill the promise of
President Lincoln and be granted that
pension which would permit you to
end your days in comfort how did
you fool comrade how did you feel
when you aw the specter AVant
go into your comrades home and day
by day witnessed the shadows grow
ing longer in tho AVeit as the strug
gle was being made by him and the
loved lifes companion to remain to
gether and when finally tho effort
became too great did not your heart
ache as you saw your old comrade
come to his cottage door and stand
ing on the parting 3tone throw his
arms around tho form of the dear
wife tho one who thru the long ears-
years of the pa3t had ministered to his
ufos comfort and kiss her furrowed
cheek while the tears filled tho eve
as he bade her Good by to go Into
the Soldiers Home that she might
have the omsJl pension he was receiv
ing too small for both and keen
the spark of life alive in her how did
you feel comrade how did you feel
wncn you read tho words uttered
by the Nations lawmakers uttered so
frequently that they never could do
enough for the old civil war veteran
you believed them when President
Lincoln made that promise to care for
tnem in his address delivered just 40
days previous to his death you be
lieved that wnen the time came to
have that promise fulfilled that the
Nations lawmakers would consider it
as sacred but when you witnessed tho
cold refusal the flerco resistance to
She veterans appeal for or 20 a
month n adc by some of those law
makers who in the past have been
the loudest in protestations of loyaltr
to ana desire to aid the veteran how
did vou feel comrade how did you
feel Edward O Skclton Patriotic
instructor Gettysburg Post 131 G A
R Department of Massachusetts Bos
ton March 20 1311
McClellan Meade Grant
toiior fsauonai urwune I am a
subscriber to Tho National Tribune
and am generaly pleased with it but
sometimes ariicits creep in that are
unjust narrow and partisan For in
stance recently there was a short ar
tide under the head of Tho Penin
sula which reads as follows Find
ley W Munsoii of Sanford Fla was
all through the Peninsular Campaign
and quite agrees with what The Na
tional Tribune history lias said If
Grant had been in McClellans place
at Malvern Hill Richmond would
have been taken at once McClellan
could have been in Richmond within
a month trom starting from Fort Mon
roe if he had had anything of the Grant
spirit in him Now I am not specially
an admirer of McClellan though I
served under him He went down to
the Peninsula with about 150000 men
and met Lee with barely 100000 AVith
all that force and with immense re
inforcements at call Grant did not
take Richmond in a month nor for
10 months after losing as many men
in killed and wounded and prisoners
as Lees entire army AVhen Lee sur
rendered ho had only 37000 men left
While Grant had nearly 200000 men
around him These are historic facts
Bo fair Acry rarely in the columns
of your paper do I see any praise of
Gen Meade and yet he was one of the
grandest and noblest Generals of the
war and fought the battle which was
virtually the AVatcrloo of the rebellion
Why is this Grants praise is in every
number and every column Evcrhard
Biercc Colonel 171at Pa Hlawutha
Real Life In the Army
Chas F Devlan 0th Paitav Ida
ho Springs Colo says that heretofore
histories have been dry and uninter
esting but Comrade McElroy has told
the story well of how tho men actual
ly lived and fought how they
marched thru rain and mud and the
sufferings and Hardships they en
dured He thinks
should unito In a general demand that
the McElroy stories bo published in
book form
The 1st Mc H A
Editor National TTibunc Kindly
give a history of the 1st Me II A If
I am not mistaken our regiment lost
more men killed in battle than any
other S B Piper National Military
Home Indiana
Tho 1st Me H A one of the fight
ing regiments was organized at Ban
gor and Augusta Aug 21 1862 as the
ISth Me and its designation changed
to heavv artillery and designated the
1st in December 1862 Two addi
tional regiments were added to it in
January and February 1861 and the
original members were mustered out
Juno 6 1S65 The veterans and re
cruits with accessions from the 17th
and 19th Me were retained in service
till Sept 11 1S65 It was commanded
by Cols Daniel Chaplin and Russell
Tho Stitli Ohio
Editor National Tribune The regi
ment a short history of which is
desired by AVm K Johnson and my
self is the 3Cth Ohio Frank L
Johnson 1206 N 02d St Philadel
phia Pa
The 36th Ohio ono of the fichting
regiments was organized at Marictta1
in iubusi jsoi ana aiicr serving out
two enlistments mustered out July
27 1865 It was commanded by Cols
George Crook a AVcst Point man
Melvin Clark Ebenezcr B Andrews
AVm G Jones also a AVest Pointer
and Hiram I- Duval successively
The regiment was first on duty in
AVest Virginia where at Summerville
It remained till May 12 1862 when
It went to Lewlsburg and was placed
in Coxs Division While at
burg it repulsed a rebel force under
tjetj Jiuaui jusjug m nit auair a Kill
ed 41 wounded and 4 missing It
fought under Burusidc at South
Mountain and at Antietam Col Clark
was killed At Chickamauga it lost 12
killed including Col Jones 65 wound
ed and 14 missing At Missionary
Ridge it sustained its heaviest loss
The 36th belonged to Duvals Divis
ion Eighth Corps and lost 140 killed
and 163 from disease etc Its total
of killed and wounded was 518 and
36 of Its members died in Confederate
prisons Editor national Tribune
The I60th N Y
Editor National Tribune Please
give a history of the 169th N Y Ed
ward T Jackson Bowdolnham Me
The 169th N Y one of the fighting
regiments was organized at New Yorli
city and Troy in September and Octo
ber 1862 and mustered out July 19
iS6o it was commanded by Cols
Clarence Buell John McConihe and
Alonzo Aldcn in succession This regi
ment was engaged in 1S63 In the de
fence of Sulfolk Va and after that
in the operations about Charleston
Harbor In May 1S64 it Joined tho
Army of the James At the battle ol
Cold Harbor Col McConihe was killed
It lost men nearly every day while in
the trenches before Petersburg The
169th was one of the regiments select
od for tho expedition against Fort
Fisher acquitting itself with great
gallantry The explosion ot the maga
zine after tho capture of the fort
killed a large number of Its men After
tort Flsner the regiment accompanied
the Tenth Corps In its advance upon
AVilmington It belonged jo Ames Di
vision Tenth Corps and lost 157 killed
and 128 from disease etc Its total
of killed and wounded was 618 and 23
of its members died in Confederate
prisons Editor National Tribune
The 33d III
Editor National Tribune Please
give a short history of the 33d 111
I have never seen such In your
paper AA C Ogden Avon Idaho
Tho 33d 111 was organized at
Springfield from August to September
iati ana atier serving out two enlist
ments waa mustered out Nov 24 1SS5
It was commanded by Col Chas E
Hovey promoted Sept 5 1862 to
Brigadier General mustered out Sept
iu xaoa succccaea oy col Isaac II
Elliott in command at tho time of
final muster out It belonged to E
A Carrs Division Thirteenth Corps
and lost 58 killed and 251 from dis
ease etc Editor National Tribune
183d Ohio
Editor National Tribune Please
give a history of the lS3d Ohio 41
liowman Cincinnati O
The IS 3d Ohio was organized t
Cincinnati and Sandusky during Sep-
lemucr ana ucioorr IS64 and mus
tered out July 17 1S65 It was com
manded by Col Geo AV Hogc all
thru its service belonged to Couchs
Division Twenty third Corps and- lost
4 Killed ana 53 from disease etc
Editor National Tribune
The 18th 111 and 13th Mo Cav
Editor National Tribune Please
give a short history of the above regi
ments I was a member of both
S A Crossman Mitchells Mills Pa
The ISth HI was organized at Anna
from May 28 to June 30 ISSl Its
original members mustered out upon
tho expiration of Its three years term
while veterans and remaining mem
bers were organized Into a battalion
of three companies and retained in
service In March 1S65 seven addi
tional companies were organized and
added to it and the force with tho
exception of Co A was mustered out
finally Dec 16 1S65 Co A was mus
tered out July S It was com
manded by Col Michael K Lawlcr
promoted Nov 29 1862 to Brigadier
General succeeded by Col H Smith
B ShoDherd successively Of the resigned Aug 21 1S63 succeeded by
2017 regiments In the Union army Licut CoI Samuel B Marks mustcr
the 1st Mc II A sustained the great icd out June 11 1864 At the tlmo
est loss in baltle Also its loss atl of final muster out Licut Col Jules C
Petersburg June IS was the greatest J Webber was In command The regi
of any one regiment in any one action ment belonged to Kimballs Division
during the war 13 oilicers being Sixteenth Corps and lost 105 killed
killed or mortallv vounded and 1
hit It made the charge that day with
about 900 muskets losing 632 In kill-
and 289 from disease etc
The 13tli Mo Cav composed of vet
erans and all tho Missouri militia
ed and wounded In its fight on the was organized from September
Fredericksburg Pike it lost 82 killed jS64 to February 1S65 and with tho
and 394 wounded six ofilccrs being exCcptlon of Cos D G K and M was
among those killed Col Chapman
was mortally wounded at Strawberry
Plains AH Its losses occurred within
a period of 10 months It belonged
to Birneys Division Second CoVps
and lost altogether 423 killed and 260
from disease etc Its total of killed
mustered out at different dates from
April IS to July 3 1866 Tho other
companies were mustered out Jan 11
1866 It was commanded by Col Ed
win C Cathcrwood resigned June 20-
1 1865 followed by Col Austin A King
or uiacnurxvu uaii it ioov
aud wounded was 1283 and 21 of its 0j by Licut Col YVm C Lc Fe er
members died in Confederate prisons
It took active part in 14 battles and
was present at four others Editor
National Tribune
The 2d and Cth Ohio Cav
Editor National Tribune Please
give a short history of the 2d Ohio
Cav and if not asking too much also
of the 6th Ohio Cav Chas Bcal
Fullerton Neb
Tho 2d Ohio Cav was organized at
Camp AVade Cleveland from AUgust
to October IS61 and after serving
out two enlistments was mustered out
by companies at different dates from
Sept 11 to Oct 12 1865 It was
commanded by Col Chas Doubleday
resigned June 16 1862 succeeded by
Col August Kautz a AVcst Point
man promoted May 7 1864 to Brigadier-General
succeeded by Col A
Bayard Nettlcton discharged June 16
18C5 succeeded by Col Dudley Sew
ard in command at the time of
muster out It belonged to Wilsons
Division Cavalry Corps and lost S3
killed and 184 from disease etc
Tho 6th Ohio Cav was organized at
Cleveland and other places in the
State from Oct 7 1861 to Dec
1863 and after serving out two en
listments was mustered out Aug 7
186a It was commanded by Col
AVm R Lloyd resigned April 2 1863
succeeded by col m Ltedman mus
tered out Oct 6 1864 succeeded by
Lieut Col Geo AY Dickinson and
afer that by Liout Col Frank C
Loveland Its battles were Cross
Keys Uppcrvillc Todds Tavern Tre
vlllan Station Second Bull Run Cul
peper St Marys Church Brandy
Station Auburn Mills Boydton Road
Aldle Mlnu Run Hawos Shop and
Hatchers Run It belonged to
Greggs Division Cavalry Corps
and lost 57 killed and 181 from dis
ease ctcEditor National Tribune
Some of its battles were Glasgow Lex
ington Independence Little Osage
and Carthage The regiment belonged
to Pleasontons Division Cavalry
Corps and lost 11 killed and 28 from
disease etc Editor National Tribune
The USth Ta
Editor National Tribune Please
give a short history of the 14th Pa
D C Law 213 S 6th St Lyons Iowa
The 14Sth Pa one of the fighting
regiments was organized at Harris
burg Oct 8 1862 and mustered out
June 1 1865 It was commanded by
Col James A Beaver After three
months sen ice in Maryland it joined
the Array of the Potomac and its
first battle was Chancellorsville where
It lost 31 kiled 119 wounded and 14
missing Col Beaver being among the
wounded At Spotsylvania it lost 33
killed and 235 wounded and 33 miss
ing the heaviest loss of any Infantry
regiment in that action Col Beaver
fwas again wounded at Petersburg
but rejoined his regiment Jus as it
was entering the fight at Reams
Station when he was a third time
wounded aferward3 losing his leg by
amputation In September the War
Department decided that one regi
ment in each division should be armed
with breech loading rifles and the
148th was selected by Gen Hancock
as the one in his division to be so
armed The regiment belonged to
Barlows Division Second Corps and
lost 210 killed and 187 from disease
etc Its total of killed and wounded
was 769 and 62 of its members died
in confederate prisons Editor Na
tional Tribuue
The 10th III Cav
Editor National Tribune Pieass
give a small history of the 10th m
Cav Geo AV Hcigold Petersburg
Tho 10th III Cav was organized
at Camp Butler from Nov 25 to Dec
31 1S61 and after serving out two
enlistments was mustered out Nov
22 1863 The 15th 111 Cav was
consolidated with this regiment Jan
26 1865 It was commanded by Col
James A Barret resigned May 15
1S62 succeeded by Col Dudley Wlck
crsham resigned May 10 1864 suc
ceeded by Col James Stuart in
command at the time of muster out
It belonged to E A Carrs Division
Seventh Corps and lost 25 killed and
265 from disease etc Editor Nat
ional Tribune
The 15M N Y
Editor National Tribune Plcasa
give some account bf the 152d N Y -A
W Burgess 337 Harrison St
Bctersburg N Y
The 152d N X was organized at
Mohawk in October 1862 and mus
tered out July 13 1865 It was com
manded by Col Leonard Boyer re
signed Jan 10 1863 succeeded by Col
Alonzo Ferguson discharged Nov 23
1863 succeeded by Lieut CoI James
E Curtlss In command at the time of
muster out It belonged to Gibbons
Division Sixth Corps and lost 69 kill
ed and 92 from disease etc Its prin
cipal battles were AVIlderness Spot
sylvania North Anna Cold Harbor
Petersburg strawberrv Plains Deeri
Bottom Reams Station and Boydton
Road Editor National Tribune
Tho 5th TT S C Car Mass
Editor National Tribune picase
give some information of tho 5th
Mass Colored Cavalry Josephus
Prince 43 AV Main St Little Falls
This regiment was- organized at
Readvlllc from Jan D to May 5 1S64
and mustered out Oct 31- 1865 It
was commanded by Col Henry B
Russell resigned Feb 14 1865 suc
ceeded by Co J Chas F Adams tJr
resigned Aug 1 same year suceeded
by Col S IS Its-service
was principally connected with
Petersburg It belonged to Hinkss
Division Eighteenth- Corps Armv of
the James and lost 35 killed and 152
from disease etc Editor National
The 6th Battery Wis I A
Editor National Tribune Picase
give a history of the 6th Battery Wis
L A Sam Beaver Rhinelander Wis
This battery was organized at Ra
cine Oct 1 1861 and after serving
out two enlistments was finally mus
tered out July 3 1S65 It was com
manded by Capt Henry Dillon mus
tered out Oct 19 1864 succeeded bv
Capt Thos R Hood resigned May
17 1865 succeeded by Capt James
G Simpson It belonged to Quinbys
Division Seventeenth Corps and lost
seven killed and 22 from disease etc
It took part in the battles of Corinth
Jones Crossroads Jackson Champion
Hills Siege of Vicksburg and Chatta
nooga Editor National Tribune
Is the most effective medicine
for the complete purification
of the blood and the complete
renovation of die Avhole sys
tem Take it this sprinff
Gt It todr In usual liquid form or choco
lated tablets called Sarcaub

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