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Dedham. . .
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Charlestown .



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Commander.



Charles O. Roberts

M. P. Palmer

George Kendall i

So. Gardner '

Wm. r. Guild

Wm. G. Earp

L. G. Babcock

Chas. H. Coburn

Geoi ge L. Eldridge

M . M. Dennett • -

James Oliver

W. H. Osborne

Byron Weston 1

Dalton I

A. W. Wells

Charles Atwood

Leach Clark



A . W. Barton
R.F.Newton.



S. W. Hunt.



Rochdale



Thomas H. Younge )

5 Blossom Ct. (

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Edward W. Hubbard.. . )
West Rutland {



Martin Hinney

W. E. Jaquith

Geo. ]\1. Munsell.

Charles H Fuller

So. Fiamingham

T. W. Cli'ments

C. A. Taft

i;dward W. Rhodes —



Wni. A. Snow

Wm. H. Seymour

"410 Main St.



Ephriam Bailey.



Night of
Meeting.



1st and 3d Fri.
1st Saturday

1st Wednesday

2d Tuesday
Monday



2d and 4th Wed.
1st Monday
Monday

2dand4thTliurs.
1st Thursday

2dand4thThurs.

Alternate Sat.
2d Saturday
Wednesday



1st and 3dThurs.
2d and 4th Tues.
Ist Saturday



Thursday

2d and last Wed.

1st Monday



1st and 3d Mon.
Wednesday
1st and 3d Fri.

2d and last Thur.

3d Monday

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2d and 4th Mon.



2d and 4th Mon.
Friday



I'd and 4th Sat.




GEORGE S. EVANS,



Departmlcnt CorvirviANDER,



1883-84.



JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT,

DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS, G.A.R.

HELD AT

Boston, 1884.



JANUARY 30 — EVENING SESSION.

The Aumial Meetiug of the Department of Massachusetts,
Grand Army of the Republic, convened at Faneuil Hall, Boston,
Jan. 30, 1884, in compliance with General Orders, No. 12, from
Department Headquarters, and was called to order at 8 o'clock
by Department Commander George S. Evans.

The Officer of the Day reported all present members of the
Order

Prayer was offered by the Department Chaplain, John W.
Lee.

Commander Evans announced the Encampment opened in
due form, and appointed the following Committee on Credentials,
viz.: the Assistant Adjutant-General; C. H. Parsons; W. W.
Scott; R. F. Tobin ; J. C. Thomas; Benj. Pitman of the Coun-
cil of Administration, and Inspector H. A. Sawyer.

On motion of Comrade J. P. Maxfield of Post 42 it was
Rioted,

That the reading of the records be dispensed with.



150 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.

The Assistant Adjutant-General reported for the Committee
on Credentials as follows : —

Number of comrades entitled to seats in this Encampment . 487

Number present • 334

Divided as follows : —

Department Officers 15

Past Department Commanders 4

Post Commanders 108

Delegates • . 307

Total 334

The Department Commander reported the presence on the
platform of a delegation from the Department of Rhode Island,
headed by Past Senior Vice-Commander-in-Chief E. H. Rhodes.

Past Commander-in-Chief George S. Merrill, Past Depart-
ment Commanders John G. B. Adams and George W. Creasey
were noticed in the hall, and invited to seats on the platform.



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT



151



DEPARTMENT ENCAMPMENT,
1884.



ROLL OF MEMBERS.



Commander . . . .
Senior Vice- Commander
Junior Vice- Commander
Medical Director . .
Chaplain



George S. Evans.
John D. Billings.
Wm. a. Sloane.
Jas. H. Wright.
John W. Lee.



Council of Administration.
Chas. H. Parsons, W. W. Scott, Richard F. Tobix,



J. Gushing Thomas,

Official Staff
Assistant Adjutant-General
Assista)it Quartermaster-General

Inspector

Judge Advocate

Chief Mustering Officer



BEN.r. Pitman.



A. C. MONKGE.

C. O. Fellows.
H. A. Sawyer.
John L. Rice.
A M Lunt.



P(tst Department Commanders.

A. B. Underwood. George S. Merrill.

John G. B. Adams. George W. Ckeasey.

George H. P.\tch.

[Only the names of comrades present are given.]

Post 1. Commander James L. Wilber, James F. Triff, Leopold Bartol,
George P Gifford.

Post 2. Commander J. Payson Bradlej', William S. BroAvn, Horace S.
Everett, Charles H. Ross.

Post 3. Commander Gustavns T. Fisher, C. S. Anthony, Henry D.
White, D. S Elliott.

Post 4. Commander Edwin C. Gould, James Pope.

Post a. Commander Geo. D. Stiles, H. O. Moore, E. B. Billings, John
L. Parker, Chas. H. Baker, Chas. Loyd, Wm. L Baird,
Chas W. Sears, Frank SAvain, H F. Segar, A .V. Davis,
R. E. Redman, John C. Metcalf, D. H. Fellows, John G
Dervan, G A. Badger, F. P. Larrabee, Geo. H. Lehman,
John Macfarlane.

Post C. Commander Daniel F. Travis, B. A. Bridges.



152



HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.



Post 7. Commander Albert S. Buswell, A. E. Perkins, S. F. Keyes,

Dennis Meehan, Geo. A. J. Colgan.
Post 8 Commander A. P. Vaiighan, Clias. A Howes.
Post 9. Commander Kufus Howe, Sullivan Arnold, E. P. Miles.
Post 10. Commander Wm. L Robinson, W. H. Bartlett, S. F. Babbitt,
C. W. Gasset, J. K. Clmrcbill, J. P. Lamb, Jobu G. Brewer,
Georse A. Blunt, J B. Willard. L J. Goodell, Thos.
O'Gara, F. H Rice
Post 11. Commander Thomas H. Haskell, Z. R. Knowles, Alvin R.

BaileJ^
Post 12. Commander Oliver Walton, Jason H Knight, S. B Dearborn,

Justin Howard, C. H. Ilawes.
Post 13. Senior Vice-Commander Frank W. Luce, Fred Hanson,

A. Elliot Paine.
Post 14. Commander T. N. Drawbridge, L. K. Hutchinson.
Post 15. Commander George 0. Noyes, D. Linehan, Thomas Langlan,

Oliver Downing, George W. Powers, Thomas G. White
Post 16. Commander E. W.^Lathrop, W B. Watts, J. W. Hersey,
Charles Fay, G. L. Warriner, R J. Hamilton, H. M.
Phillips, G. W. Turner.
Post 17. Commander R. W. Rand, S. S. Giles.
Post 18. Commander J. H. Balcom, Thomas Taylor.
Post 19. Commander Ira G. Wilkins, J. C Bruce, Alphonso Marsh,

C. E Pherson, J. R. Hamilton.
Post 20. Geo. H. Carpenter.

Post 21. Commander Charles Bleiler, Theodore Leutz.
Post 22. Commander Geo. L. Mayuard, Alfred A. Burrell, Geo M.

Hawkins.
Post 23. Commander J. H. Dalton, Samuel M.Weale, Jonas C Littlefleld.
Post 24. Commander Henry Mann, T. J. Hall.
Post 25. Not represented.
Post 26. Commander Charles H. Hovey, C. W. C Rhoades. F. W.

Monroe.
Post 27. Commander Fred G. Hyde, Edwin Allen.
Post 28. Commander W. L G. Haskins, H. O. Sawyer
Post 29. Commander Wm. D. Newlaud, H C. Hall, J. H Whelon.
Post 30. Commander John W. Walker, Horace J Gray, Geo. H. Cope-
land, E J Dolan.
Post 31. Commander A. A. Seaverns, Bardin A. Prouty.
Post 32. Commander W. J Blake, A. C. Belcher.
POST 33, Thomas H. Hill, Albert P. Barrett.
Post 34. Senior Vice-Commander Samuel Worcester, Amos StiUmau,

Mark Heathcote, J Frank Dalton
Post 35. Commander Geo. W. Marsh, Wm H. Hart, Jas. T. Lakin,
Charles A Littlefleld, Amasa P. Johnson, Charles A
Campbell, Henry J. Winde, F. 0. Barnes.
Post 36. Commander Horace D. Durgin, James A. Marden.
Post 37. Commander Geo. L. Smith, Junior Vice-Commander Ira E.

Lackey, E. J. Beau.
Po.ST 38. Junior Vice-Commander F. A. Cooper.
Post 39. Commander George H. Flagg, Wm. D. Curtis, A. C. Stone,

H. K. Webster, John K. Tarbox.
Post 40. Commander Benj. Johnson, M. B. Lakeman, Frank J. Scott.
Post 41. Commauder Charles H. Clark, John A. Pittsiuger, S. P.

Harrison. Geo. H. Prescott.
Post 42. Commander F. B. Peabody, E. W. Thompson, J. P. Maxfleld,
N W. Allen, S. S. Stacey, Geo. C. Hedrick, Geo H.
Richardson
Post 43 Commander E. C. Marsh, W. S. Frost, J. W. Barnes. W. A.
Allev.



KUiHTEENTII ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT



153



Post 44.
Post 45.

Post 46.



Post 47



Post 48.
Post 49.

Post 50.

Post 51.
Post 52.
Post 53.
Post 54.
Po.>*t 55.
Post 56
Post 57.



Post 58.
Post 5it.
Post 60.
Post 61.
Post 62.
Post 63.
Post 64.
Post 65.
Post 66.
Post 67.

Post 68.



Post 69.
PO.ST 70.
Post 71.

Post 72.
Post 73.
Post 74.
Post 75.

Post 76.
Post 77.
Post 78.
Post 79.
Post 80.

Post 81.
Post 82.

Post 83.
Post 84.
Post 85.
Post 86



Couiinaiuler Francis Wright, S. F Draper.

Connnauder Win. H. Cross, Fitz. J. Babson, E L Rowe, D. S.

Watson, A. C. Andrews.
Commander John H Abbott, Henry M. Weeden, Frank Mc-

Graw, Richard B. Blake, Henry 0. Nickerson, Joseph E.

Nye
Commander Wni. H. Johnson, John G. Scates, E G. W. Cart-

Avriaht, Chas E Stnrgis, Walter Goodrich, Nathan P.

Taber, Thomas M. Arnold.
Commander John Q A. McCollester.
Senior Vice-Commander J. Albert Mills, Thomas E. Cutter,

Philip H. Creasey, Caleb P. Davis, Jr., William A. Little.
Commander William" H. Hildreth, John H. Tibbetts, C. T.

Batchelder, Simon P. Buxton.
Commander John S. Cook, Stephen B. Kemp.
Commander E. R. Holbrook, Marcus F. Delano.
Commander Aldrich Cook, W. H. Loverine, Clesson Kenne)'.
Commander John L. Bruce, John A. ^Merrill.
Not represented.

Commander D. T. Duhig, H. A. Allyn. Wm II. Eveleth.
Commander Jonas F. Capelle, Junior Vice-Commander Henry

Weisse, John C. DriscoU, Charles O. Welch, Thos Mont-

<?omery.
Commander Benj. S Lovell, Charles Hawes.
Commander Eihvard F. Winn, Thomas L. Gerry, S R. Peters.
Commander Oliver II. Inijalls, Georf^e W. Nason.
Commander A. R. Snow, E. P Morton, E W. Smith.
Commander W. A. Wetherbee, S. S Whitney, J. F Makee.
Commander Frank P. Simonds, D. H L. Gleason, A B Pierce.
Commander Louis L. Stone, Jeremiah Stuart, Henrj' C. Ladd.
Amos Bliss.

Commander Samuel G. Jepson, John S. Beck, Geo. L. Goodale.
Commander Robert C. Calder, Senior Vice-Commander Ezra

Stanley, Henry T. Brisham.
Commander Charles D. Stiles, J. K. Bui'lingame, H. S. Cole,

Chas. B. Fox, Sam'l A. Gushing, Jr., B. Read Wales,

Luther Moulton, Jr.
Commander Abner E. Drury, Adin F. Baker.
Commander A. H. Bachelor, S E. Hull
Commander Henry Crosby, Senior Vice-Commander W. II.

Abbott, P. J. Donnelly'. W. H. Abbott
Commander Lysander Wood, Thomas l^lanchard.
Commander A. II. Wright, Jesse H. Jones, John W. Sproul.
Commander Isaac Hopkins, Henry J. Gushing, Wm. B. Seavey.
Commander R. K. Brown, Senior Vice-Commander Y. C. Silke,

L. P. Benton, John Bert, S. A. Lawrence.
Commander Alonzo H. Perry, Ezra T. Burgess, W. H. Standish.
Commander George S. (rraham

Commander William H. Gurney, V. P. Harlow, Timothy Reed.
Commander G S. Stock well, Henry A. Tower.
Commander G. T. Fayerweather, Theodore N. Gates, Chas

Drayton.
Commander B H. Dow, Geo. E. Teele, II. W. Martin.
Commander Wm. 15. McCurdy, William H. Brown, Richard

(Joldsmith, John Anderson.
Commander Woodbridge R. Howes, Horace S. Tower.
Not represented.

Commander (Jeorge S. Marsh, IM. G. Miller
Commander Wm. C. Pomeroy, John L. Otis, J. B. Parsons.



154



HISTORY DKPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.



Post


87.


Post


88.


Post


89.


Post


90.


Post


91.


Post


92


Post


93.


Post


94.


Post


95.


Post


96.


Post


97.


Post


98.


Post


99.


Post


100.


Post


101.


Post


102.


Post


103.


Post


104.


Post


105.


Post


106


Post


107.


Post


108.


Post


109.


Post


110.


Post


111.


Post


112.


Post


113.


Post


114.


Post


115.


Post


116.


Post


117.


Post


118.


Post


119.


Post


120.


Post


121.


Post


122.


Post


123.


Post


124.


Post


125.


Post


126


Post


127.


Post


128.


Post


129.


Post


130.


Post


131.


Post


132.


Post


133.


Post


134,


Post


1.35.


Post


136,


Post


137.



Commaiuler Henry A. Monk, T. B. Stoddard.

Commander William P. Martin, Geo. A. Ordway, Chas. A

Follett
Commander .Joseph VV. Stocker, Fred K. A. Wallis, Henry N.

Rogers, Charles W. Pert.
Commander Edward L Hill, Wm. P. Damon, William J.

Mnrphy, Thomas R. McDermott
Commander C. A. Stevens, H. L. Campbell.
Commander B. F. Sanborn, A. J. Wilson.
Not represented.

Commander J. Linfield, A. A. Harrington
Commander Chas. A. Newhall, J. W Sawyer.
Commander F. M Harrington, M. M. Thompson
Commander George M. Abbey, Charles E. Davis.
Commander Chas. A Gross, F. A. Field
Commander B. Cummings, S K. Goldsmith.
Commander Daniel Webster, Senior Vice-Commander George

N. Barnard.
Commander Hosea B. Nash, L. H. Hopkinson
Commander Geo. A Fletcher, J. Walter Bradlee.
Commander C. H. Tracy, Amos 0. Kenuey.
Commander C. H. Wakefield, Henry .Jones.
Albert Davis.

Commander Thomas Y. Parsons, Jr., Walter G. Peckham.
Not represented .

Commander Chas. Smith, E. P. Wildes.
George P Hawkes.
Commander William A. Croak, Senior Vice-Commander

H. A. Drake, John Moore, Jr.
Commander Henry H. CoUamore, George N. Church.
Not represented
Commander E. H. Richards, Albert W. Heney, Thos. L.

OBrion
Commander Chas. Roberts, Bailey Sargent.
Commander M. P. Palmer, Thomas Gibson
Commander S. T. Chambeiiin, John A. Byron.
Commander John H. Gould, William F. Guild.
Commander I'eleg Gardner, John I. Adams
Senior Vice-Commander George D. Harrington.
Commander Hubert M. Potter. Junior Vice-Commander

W. A. Fifleld, C. H. Coburn, C. F. Mann, A. G. Hildreth.
Commander Geo. G. Bailey, Jr., Geo. L. Eldridge, S A.

Reynolds, L. B. French.
Commander Chas. L. Tucker, Dudley E Gale.
Commander Samuel N Gould, Enoch T. Lewis.
Commander E E. Edson, F M. liingman.
Commander W. H Chamberlain, Chas. M. Wheldeu.
Commander F L. Wheelock, N. B. Baker.
Not represented.

Commander Luther Wait, Leach Clark.
Not represented.

Commander H. A. Walker, Jerry Simmons.
Commander F. M. Lamb, Henry Williams.
Senior Vice-Commander B. F Chamberlin, J. H. Stevens.
Commander Wm. H. Wade, J. R. Mathewson.
Wm. H. Howard, J Lambert.
Commander Jos R. Loring, Hammond W. Paige.
Commander Jas. G. Shannon.
Not represented



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155



Post 138. Commauder Jonatban C. Loker, A. C. Handley.

Post 139. Commander Chas. F. King, James Murphy.

Post 140 Commauder L. H. Sawiu, M. R. Hartshorn, W. E. Jaquith.

Post 141. Commander Samuel Hawes, Chas. H. Packard.

Post 142. Commander Wm B. Wallace, George .\. Reed.

Post 143. Willard Y. Gross, Wm. E. Long, Chas. C. Soule.

Post 144. Commander Chas C. Nichols, John B. Fisher, Cornelius A.

Taft.

Post 145. Commander Thomas K. Gay, E A. Horton, M. O. Wheaton,

E. W Rhodes.

Post 146. Commander Chas. H. Harrison.

Post 147. Commander J. W. Howland, Senior Vice-Commander H. C.

Comins, J A. Rawson.

Post 148 Commander AVm. A Snow, S. C. Small.

Post 149. Commander Horace S. Flagg, Wm. H. Seymour.

Post 150. Commander Jason Mann, L. B Sewell.

Post 151 Not represented.

Post 153 Commauder C. T. Stearns.

Post 154 Commander Geo. H. Bonney, Jr., James H. Thompson.

Post 155. Not represented.

Post 156. Commander Darius Hadley, Robert H. Jenkins.

Post 157. Commauder Geo. E. Craig, F. A. Hartshorn.

Post 158. Commander William McDonald.

Post 159. Commander Flavel Shurtleff, F M. Boynton.

Post 160. Commauder J. G Warren, G. H. Howard

Post 161. Commander George Perkins.

Post 162. Not represented.



The next business was the reports of Department OflBcers,
commencing with the address of the Department Commander,
George S. Evans, as follows : —



156 HISTORY UEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.

ADDRESS OF
DEPARTMENT COMMANDER GEORGE S. EVANS.

Comrades : As we gather together here tonight, at the Eight-
eenth Annual Encampment of our Department organization, it
is right and proper that we should return sincere and hearty
thanks to the great Commander of us all for His watchful care
and providence over us in the past, and to invoke His aid and
blessing for the success and prosperit}^ of our beloved organiza-
tion in the future.

As we look back over the past year and the work which has
been accomplished, in extending the influence and the blessings
of the Grand Army of the Republic in this State, and the frater-
nal feeling which exists throughout the Department, it is with a
feeling of deep thankfulness that I most heartily congratulate you
upon the excellent condition of our Department today, and the
bright and glorious prospects which loom up before us for the
future.

Comrades, I am glad to meet you here tonight at this, the
largest Encampment of our Department organization, and in my
review of the work of the past year, I shall speak, not boastfully,
but gratefully. When the delegates to the last Encampment con-
ferred upon me the high and responsible position of Commander,
I determined to devote all the time and attention to the duties
of the office that I possibly could, and by all the means in my
power promote the interests and extend the benefits of our organ-
ization. I hand back to you, tomorrow, the charge you then
confided to my keeping, with the consciousness of having, to the
best of my ability, and in my humble way, done all that in me
lay for the best interests of the Department and of the Grand
Army of the Republic.

We meet at this time to review the work of the past year
and to take counsel for the future. We meet in peace to counsel
for the maintaining and advancing of the principles and influence
of this grand organization, that sprang up from the ashes of the
great armies whose record you helped to make glorious, and
whose triumphs and victories you helped to achieve ; an organi-
zation whose fraternity is so true and grand, whose charity is
so widespread and so free, and whose loyalty is so earnest and
intense.

MEMBERSHIP.

During the year we have added to our roster fourteen new
Posts, three of which were organized by my predecessor. Two new
Posts were organized last week, and appeared to start off under
very favorable circumstances. The twelve Posts previously organ-



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT 157

ized are in excellent condition, ;ind are increasing their member-
ship at nearly every meeting.

I have not been over-anxious for the organization of new
Posts, believing more in strengthening the Posts in existence,
when it was possible to do so, than establishing new ones in
localities where there was but a slight prospect of their living.
Though the Rules and Regulations require but ten names on an
application for charter, I have insisted on having at least twenty
names, believing that ten names are too few, at this late day,
with which to organize a Post ; and I therefore feel more confi-
dent of the success of these Posts from the fact that they have
started off with a good working membership of at least twenty-
five.

There have been no surrenders of charters during the year.
One Post has failed to make returns for the fourth quarter of the
year, and, I believe, has held no meetings. The Commander
paid the ^^er capita tax of the first, second and third quarters,
and promised to try and get the comrades together and renew the
interest. I wrote him a personal letter, offering him any assist-
ance that I might be able to render either personally or through
my Staff", but received no reply. The Assistant Inspector detailed
for that Post made his spring and fall visitations, but was unable
to get the comrades together. Including this Post, we now have
1G2 Posts in the Department.

The report to National Headquarters for the year ending
December 31, 1882, shows a membership, in good standing, of
12,410 ; while the report for the year ending Dec. 31, 1883, foots
up a total of 14,393 members in good standing; an actual gain
over all losses during the past year of 1,983. With the gain in
membership made by the accession of the two new Posts, and
the delayed returns received from Posts since our reports were
sent to National Headquarters, the Assistant Adjutant-General's
Report will show that, up to the present time, our membership is
14,505, in good standing, making the total gain 2,064. 1 regret
to say that our fourth quarter's report shows a suspended mem-
bership of 420. In General Orders, No. 10, I drew attention to
this matter of suspended members, believing then, as I do now,
that, by a little extra exertion on the part of Post Quartermasters,
this large suspended list might be greatly reduced. The first
quarter of last year there were suspended 463 ; second quar-
ter, 496 ; third quarter, 429 ; while the dropped from the rolls
amounted to only seventy-seven in the second quarter, ninety-two
in the third quarter, and seventy-three in the fourth quarter. It
would naturally be inferred that the suspended membership of
463 the first quarter would cause a large number to be dropped
later on in the year, but such is not the case, as you will see by
the above figures that nearly all those suspended during the first



158 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.R.

quarter have been gained in the second or third. The number
suspended during the j^ear was 1,87G ; while the number dropped
from the rolls was only 307.

Believing as I do that a large number of these suspensions
are caused simply by the neglect or carelessness of comrades who
are amply able and perfectly willing to pay their dues, I feel that,
if Post Quartermasters will take as much interest in the collection
of dues before suspending a member as they do before drop-
ping him, this showing can be greatly improved upon. I would
earnestly recommend that Commanders of Posts, entering upon
their duties for this year, will give this subject the consideration
it deserves, and make a better showing for our Department in
this direction during the present year. Feeling that these 420
suspended members of the last quarter are not lost to the Depart-
ment, we can safely place our membership on Jan. 1, 1884, at
about 14,600; or, up to the present time, at about 14,800, in
round numbers.

In looking over the roll, we find that 1G9 of our comrades
have been mustered out by Death, and gone into camp with that
large column which preceded them to the other side of the river.
We miss their faces and their counsel, but, like their comrades
who have gone before, they are gratefully remembered for what
they did and suffered for their country. Their places are vacant,
never to be filled in the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Among those whose loss we were caused to mourn during
the year were two whose prominence in our Order deserves more
than passing mention : Past Department Commander John A.
Hawes died at Fair Haven, March 10, 1883. His funeral took
place on the 13th. I regretted exceedingly that I did not have
timely notice of his funeral, in order to make arrangements to
attend ; but the Department was represented by the Assistant
Adjutant-General, Past Commander-in-Chief Merrill, Past Depart-
ment Commanders Adams, Creasey and Patch, with other com-
rades. A beautiful floral tribute was contributed in behalf of the
Department, and at a meeting of the Council of Administration
appropriate resolutions were adopted and forwarded to the family
of our respected Past Department Commander. By the death of
Comrade Hawes the Department lost an earnest, devoted and
loyal comrade ; one whose heart was in the welfare of our organi-
zation, and one whose memory will long be cherished by his
comrades throughout the Department, and especially by those
who were associated with him during his three years at Depart-
ment Headquarters as Junior Vice, Senior Vice and Commander.

Past Department Chaplain Warren H. Cudworth died sud-
denly at Flast Boston, on Thanksgiving Day, at a union service
of the various churches, and while invoking the Divine blessing.
His sudden death cast a gloom all over the city, and brought a



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 159

deep sorrow to the home of many who had experienced his kind-
heartedness and generosity. Popular alike with rich and poor,
youno- and old, his loss to the commuuity was universally regretted,
but by none more so than by his comrades. Those who were
associated with him in the service of his country knew him but to
love him, and we of the Grand Army of the Republic, who were
intimate with him, can best appreciate him as the friend of the
soldier, the widow and the orphan. His genial, happy disposi-
tion endeared him to all, and our Department, by his death, loses
one of the kindest, noblest and most generous of our comrades.
We mourn his loss, but our grief is tempered with joj^ous pride
in his heroism, and our tear-drops, glistening in the lustre of his
manhood, become imperishable gems to adorn for all time his
radiant memory. He fought the good fight, and is now enjoying
the repose of a victory greater tlian any earthly triumph.

The Department was represented at the funeral of Comrade
Cudworth by the Commander and a large delegation of his Staff.

FINANCES.

The excellent detailed report of the Assistant Quartermaster-



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