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Geo. W. Creasey of Post 49 ; Dennis Liuelian of Post 15 ,
J. W. Hersey of Post 16 ; John D. Billings of Post 94 ; John H.
Abbott of Post 46.

On motion of Comrade Geo. L. Goodale of Post 66, the
Assistant Adjutant-General was directed to acknowledge the
receipt of telegram from Department of New Jersey, G.A.R. ,
and extend to them the greeting of this Department.

Comrade Geo. H. Patch of Post 142 addressed the Encamp-
ment in favor of an Encampment under canvas, of this Depart-
ment, during the coming year, at Lake Waushacum, in the town
of Sterling.

He explained the plan quite at length, and gave notice that
he should call up this matter at the morning session, and ask a
vote on it.

The different committees were notified as to the place and
hour of meeting.

The Assistant Adjutant-General gave notice that there had
been unforeseen delay in the issue of the proceedings of the last
Encampmeut, but that he had them present, and they would be
distributed at the close of this session, the roll of Posts to be
called for that purpose.

Comrade Chas. B. Fox of Post 68 moved that when this
Encampment adjourns it be to meet at Tremont Temple, at 9
o'clock tomorrow morning, January 31.

Comrade James K. Churchill of Post 10 moved, as an amend-
ment, that the hour be 10 o'clock. Amendment lost.

The original motion was then carried.

There being no further business, the Encampment adjourned
at 10.30 P.M.



Tremont Temple, Jan 31, 1884.

The Department Encampment was called to order by Depart-
ment Commander Geo. S. Evans at 9.45 a.m.

Prayer was offered by Chaplain John W. Lee.

The following messages were read by the Assistant Adjutant-
General, who was directed to acknowledge and reply to the
same : —



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 203

MiDDLETOWN, CoNX., Jau. 31, 1884.

Geo. S. Evans, Department Commander, G.A R.,
Boston.
Seventeenth Encampment Department of Connecticut in session send
a comrade's greeting to your Encampment, trusting that your delibera-
tions may result in good to the Order. ISAAC B. HYATT,

Department Commander.

Tremoxt, Nej5., Jau. 30, 1884.

Geo S. Evans, Department Commander, G.A.R.,
Boston.
Nebraska sends greeting to the comrades of Massachusetts in
Encampment assembled. JOHN C. BONNELL,

Department Commander.

The next business being tlie reception of communications
from Posts, the roll was called with the following result : —

Headquarters John A. Andrew Post No. 15, G.A.R. ,
Department of Massachusetts.
Commander: Your delegates to this Convention from Post 15 have
been instructed to bring before you for action the following : —

To endeavor to have all of Section 2, Article VII., of the Eules and
Regulations after the word " choice " in the second line stricken out, and
that the delegates to the National Encampment from the Department of
Massachusetts be instructed to urge the same.

E. CLEAVES, S.V.C,
D. LINEHAN,
OLIVER DOWNING,
GEORGE W. POWERS.



Headquarters John A Andrew Post No. 15, G.A R.,
Department of Massachusetts.
Commander: Your delegates to this Convention from Post 15 have
been instructed to bring before you for action the following : —

That in the Ritual, work and orders of the Grand Army of the Repub-
lic, an unjust discrimination is made against sailors, who served their
country with a fidelity equal to that of soldiers, and Avho are entitled to
an e(jual recognition in that Order which claims to represent the com-
bined patriotism and loyalty of the country, and they ask that the dele-
gates from this Department to the National Encampment be instructed
to urge upon that body the justice of making the changes necessary to
comply with the spirit of this resolution.

E. CLEAVES, S.V.C,
OLIVER DOWNING,
D. LINEHAN,
GEORGE W. POWERS.



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

Headquarters Theodore Winthrop Post No 35, G.A.R ,
Department of Massachusetts.

Chelsea, Mass., Jau. 24, 1884.
To the Officers and Members of this Encampment.

Comrades: At a regular meeting of Post 35, held this evening, it
was voted that the delegates to the Department Convention be instructed
to present the matter of sailors' records to the Convention, and request
that some action be taken, whereby a complete record of every man who
served in the navy of the United States during the Rebellion might be kept
in the same manner as that of its soldiers.

Respectfully submitted, in F., C. and L.,

GEO. W. MARSH, Commander, Post 35.

For the Delegates.

Headquarters Post 30, G A.R.

Cambridgeport, Jau. 24, 1884.

Besolved, That the delegates to the National Encampment be instructed
to cause such change in the ritual as to make the installation of officers
in the rear of the altar and facing the Holy Bible, instead of being in
front of the altar, and back to the Bible, as now laid down in the ritual.
It is further,

Besolved, That thej^ cause such change to be made in the muster-in
service as to require the badge presentation in the mustering of recruits
in all Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic.

J. W. WALKER,
Commander, Post 30, G.A.R.



Headquarters MacPherson Post No. 73, G.A.R.
Abington, Mass., Jan. 16, 1884.

MacPherson Post No. 73, G.A.R., respectfully presents to the Depart-
ment Encampment the following memorial : —

In the national cemetery at Gettysburg the graves are arranged in
concentric curves, the lines of which are marked by granite bands, like
curbstones, on the top of which are cut into the granite the names of the
soldiers, each over against his gi'ave. Originally they were painted
black. This paint has been renewed two or three times, but noAv it is
entirely worn out, and the stones look painfully shabby and neglected.
The comrade in charge of the cemetery has put in a requisition to the
War Department each year for two or three years past, asking that the
names be repainted, but the request has been passed over.

What is true at Gettysburg is likely to be true, or to become true, at
each of the other national cemeteries. We therefore respectfully request
the Department Encampment to take such measures as will secure, if
possible, an appropriation from Congress, at its present session, to pro-
vide for painting all the names in all the national cemeteries, for which
we are informed that one cent a letter is ample.



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 205

We also understand that if the paint be renewed once in five years,
tliis will be often enough to keep the names looking neat and bright.
We therefore would further re<iuest that steps be also taken to secure
the establishment of a regular appropriation for this purpose once in
five years, just as our towns give regular appropriations yearly to the
G.A.R.

All Avhich is submitted with earnest desire,

In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

AUGUSTUS II. WRIGHT,
Wm. H. Nash, Adjutant. Post Commander.

At the conclusion of this order of business, on motion of
Comrade Oliver Downing of Post 15, it was voted that all resolu-
tions and communications from Posts be referred to the commit-
tee of five on Commander's address, except the one from Post
35, G.A.R. , relative to the matter of Navy records, and on
motion of Comrade Chas. B. Fox of Post 68, the latter question
was referred to a special committee of three, which was consti-
tuted as follows : —

Chas. B. Fox of Post 68, R. F. Tobin of Post 30, J. Frank
Dalton of Post 34.

After remarks by various comrades relative to matters that
had just been referred to committees. Comrade Geo. H. Patch of
Post 142 called up the matter referred to by him at the evening
session, and, after explaining the subject quite at length, sub-
mitted the following motion, viz : —

That it is the sense of the delegates here assembled that this
Department hold an Encampment under canvas for three or five
days, during the coming summer or autumn, at Lake Waushacum,
Sterling. The motion was seconded.

A long discussion of the question followed, which was par-
ticipated in by Comrades Wm. MacDonald of Post 158, E. "W.
Thompson of Post 42, J. B. Willard of Post 10, Geo. S. Merrill
of Post 3U, C. M. Whelden of Post 125, J. K. Churchill of Post
10, and others. Comrade Wm. H. Hart of Post 35 moved the
previous question, which was ordered, and Comrade Patch's
motion was declared lost.

The Special Committee of three on Navy Records asked for
further time, with leave to communicate their wishes to the
Legislature or the State authorities, which was granted.

On motion of Comrade Dennis Meehan of Post 7, it was
voted : —



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

That for the remainder of this session no comrade be allowed
to speak longer than five minutes, or more than once on the same
question, except by unanimous consent.

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

Number of comrades entitled to seats in this Encampment 487

Number of comrades present 426

Divided as follows : —

Department Officers • .... 15

Past Department Officers 5

Post Commanders 134

Delegates 272

Total . . • 426

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COMMANDER'S ADDRESS, ETC.

Comrade George W. Crease}' of Post 49 submitted a report
for above committee, which he read in full. Various motions and
amendments were made and discussed, and it was finall}' voted,
on motion of Comrade Andrew C. Stone of Post 39, that the
report be accepted, and the several recommendations be consid-
ered separately. In accordance with that vote, the report was
reread, and separate action taken.

First. The recommendation that the spring visitation to
Posts by Department officers be continued, your committee would
advise that the system be made permanent.

Adopted.

Second. That in the matter of changing the installation
services, as recommended by the Department Commander, the
committee consider any change inexpedient.

Quite a discussion followed, which was participated in by
Comrades Capelle of Post 57, Downing and Linehan of Post 15,
Thompson of Post 42, Goodale of Post 66, and Welch of Post
57 ; and on motion of Comrade Chas. B. Fox of Post 68, it was
voted that the matter be referred to the delegates from this
Department to the National Encampment.

Third. The recommendation that Posts include in the
muster-in fee the price of the regulation badge, be adopted, that
that portion of the muster-in service relating to the presentation



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 207

of the badge maj' be performed without the very unusual and
humiliatiug spectacle, presented b}^ some of the Posts in the
Department, of presenting to the initiate the badge of our Order,
and then supplementing it with the ridiculous demand of payment
for the same, or its return to the Quartermaster.

Adopted.

FonrtJi. Tliat portion of the Commander's address wherein
he recommends the appropriation of a sum not exceeding 6300,
for the actual traveling expenses of the Department Commander,
be adopted ; and in addition they would respectfully recommend
that it apply to the Department Commander oidy, and that all
such expenses be subject to the approval of the Council of
Administration ; and, further, that when the Department Com-
mander attends a fair, given by an individual Post, the Post shall
pay the expense.

The usual motion to accept the foregoing recommendation
was seconded, but much opposition was manifested, several com-
rades spoke upon the question, and especially with reference to
an amendment presented by Comrade Chas. A. Follett of Post
88, to add the words " Senior Vice-Commander and Junior Vice-
Commander" after the words " to the Department Commander,"
so that it shall read "to the Department Commander, Senior
Vice-Commander, and Junior Vice-Commander only."

The amendment was adopted, as was the original question
as amended.

Fifth. That the railroad fares of the Department Com-
mander and the Assistant Adjutant-General to the National
Encampment be paid b}^ the Department. The committee recom-
mend favorable action.

Adopted.

Sixth. That portion of the address relative to the contem-
plated fair in aid of the Soldiers' Home, the connnittee would
recommend that this Encampment "assures the Trustees of the
Home of the earnest, hearty and active co-operation of the
Department in whatever measures they may present for the ben
efit of the Home, and would further recommend that the delegates
report to their respective Posts that a fair is to be held in the
spring of 1885, and urge that their Posts not only endorse the
action of the Trustees and this Encampment, but pledge their
active assistance in making the fair a financial success.

Adopted.

Seventh. That the appropriation of 8200 for additional
clerical force for the Assistant Adjutant-General be continued.

Adopted.



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

Eifjlitli. The recommendation of the Assistant Adjutant-
General that a memorial page be inserted in the printed proceed-
ings, giving name, company and regiment, if soldiers, and ship,
squadron and station, if sailors, of comrades who have died dur-
ing the year, the committee most heartily approve, and recommend
its adoption.

Accepted by a rising vote.

Niyitli. The recommendation of the Judge Advocate regard-
ing a change in the Rules and Regulations so that a portion of
the funds of a Post may be placed in the hands of Trustees,
your committee would suggest that the subject be referred to the
National Encampment.

And it was so ordered.

Tenth. The recommendation of the Council of Administra-
tion regarding the investment of the surplus funds of the Depart-
ment, your committee would recommend the reference of the
subject to the incoming Council of Administration.

Adopted, and the report of the committee as a whole was
accepted.

Comrade Oliver Downing of Post 15 offered the following
motion : —

Besolved, That our delegates to the National Encampment be
instructed to urge that the Rules and Regulations be so changed as to
allow Post Commanders to appoint the Officer of the Day and the Officer
of the Guard.

The motion was lost.

Comrade J. P. Maxfield of Post 42 reported for the com-
mittee to nominate delegates and alternates to the National
Encampment, and the report of the committee was "laid on the
table until after the election of ofllcers."

A resolution offered by Comrade E. P. Morton of Post 61
as to the action, or rather, non-action, of the incoming Depart-
ment Commander during the approaching political campaign was,
on motion of Comrade Geo. L. Goodale of Post 66, returned to
the comrade presenting it.

Comrade John S. Beck of Post 66 moved, and it was voted,
That we proceed to the election of Department officers, and that
the Commander appoint a committee of live to collect, sort and
count votes for Department Commander. Comrade Chas. B. Fox
nominated the present Senior Vice-Commander, John D. Billings
of Post 94, for the position of Department Commander. The
nomination was seconded by Comrade W. H. Bartlett of Post 10.



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 209

After farther remarks by several comrades in favor of Comrade
Billings' candidacy, and there being no other nominations pre-
sented, the Department Commander appointed the following com-
mittee on ballot for Department Commander : —

John S. Beck of Post 6G, F. M. Harrington of Post 96,
E. J. Dolan of Post 30, J. H. Gould of Post 117, Fred Hanson
of Post 13.

After the vote for Commander had been taken and the com-
mittee had retired, it was voted, on motion of Comrade Theodore
Leutz of Post 21, that we proceed to the election of Depart-
ment Senior Vice-Commander, and that a committee of five be
appointed by the Commander to collect, sort and count votes for
a Department Senior Vice-Commander.

The Commander appointed the following committee : —

Theodore Leutz of Post 21, Chas. O. Welch of Post 57,
Leopold Bartol of Post 1, Thos. Stoddard of Post 87, Oliver
Downing of Post 15.

Nominations being next in order. Comrade Fitz J. Babson
of Post 45 nominated Comrade Benjamin Pitman of Post 82.
The nomination was seconded, and remarks were made by Com-
rades Powers and Langlan of Post 15, and Follet of Post 88.
Comrade John L. Otis of Post 86 nominated J, W. Hersey of
Post 16. The nomination was seconded by Comrade J. B. Par-
sons of Post 86. Comrade H. A. Sawyer of Post 5 was nomi-
nated by Comrade C. O. Fellows of Post 35. The present
Department Junior Vice-Commander, W. A. Sloane, was nomi-
nated by Comrade J. B. Lamb of Post 10. Seconded b}' Com-
rade J. K. Churchill of same Post. Comrade Jesse H. Jones of
Post 73 named Comrade D. H. L. Gleason of Post 63. Seconded
by Comrade A. B. Underwood of Post 62.

The ballot having been taken and the committee having
retired. Comrade Beck reported as follows on vote for Department
Commander : —



Whole number of votes cast 383

John D. Billings had . . 366

Benj. Pitman had 10

R. F. Tobin had 2

Scattering 5



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

Comrade Billings was declared elected, and Comrades Bab-
son of Post 42, Frost of Post 43, and Liuehan of Post 15, were
requested to escort the Commander-elect to the platform. The
committee attended to the duty assigned them, and presented
Commander-elect Billings, who thanked the Encampment for the
unanimity of his election, and pledged himself and his best efforts
to the advancement and upbuilding of the Department for tlie
coming year.

Comrade Geo. D. Stiles of Post 5 moved, and it was voted,
That there be no ballot for Department Junior-Vice Commander
until after the election of Senior Vice-Commander, and that we
proceed to the election of Medical Director.

For the latter office Comrade James Oliver, Jr., of Post 123
was nominated by Geo. P. Hawes of Post 109. The nomination
was seconded by Comrade Hersey of Post 16.

A motion was made by Comrade J. B. Willard of Post 10
that the Assistant Adjutant-General cast one ballot bearing the
name of Comrade James Oliver, Jr., for Medical Director.
Objection was made, and a ballot ordered to be taken.

On motion of Comrade J. F. Capelle of Post 57, the
Encampment voted to proceed to the election of Department
Chaplain, and that a committee of five be constituted to conduct
the balloting.

Comrades Capelle of Post 57, Hawkes of Post 109, Buzzell
of Post 7, Lauglan of Post 15, and Lothrop of Post 16, were
appointed a committee.

Comrades Edward A. Horton and Richard Eddy were nom-
inated, and the ballot was proceeded with. After this committee
had retired to count. Comrade Wm. H. Brown of Post 82
reported as follows for the committee appointed to nominate five
comrades to serve on the Council of Administration : —

Comrade W. W. Scott of Post 10, Worcester; Comrade J.
Cushing Thomas of Post 15, Boston; Comrade John McDonough
of Post 2, South Boston ; Comrade Edward McKay of Post 22,
Milford; Comrade Chas. H. Tracey of Post 103, Chicopee.

A motion was made that the report be accepted, and the
Assistant Adjutant-General cast the list as reported. Objection
was made, and the report was laid on the table.



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 211

Comrade Leutz of Post 21 reported as follows on l)allot
for Department Senior Vice-Commander : —

Whole number of votes cast 393

John W. Hersey had 197

Horace A. Sawyer had 70

W. A. Sloane had 59

Benjamin Pitman had 42

D. H. L. Gleason had 22

Scattering 3

And Comrade J. W. Hersey of Post 16 was declared
elected.

Comrades Pitman and Sawyer were appointed a committee
to conduct the Senior Vice-Commander elect to the platform, who
upon his arrival, thanked the comrades for their confidence, and
promised his cordial and untiring support for the year to come.

A ballot was ordered for Department Junior Vice-Com-
mander.

Comrade John H. Abbott of Post 46 placed in nomination
Comrade E. A. Horton of Post 145. Comrade John L. Rice of
Post 17 presented the name of Comrade H. A. Sawyer of Post 5.
Comrade J. P. Maxfield of Post 42 nominated Richard F. Tobin
of Post 30, seconded by Comrades Hart and Pitman. Comrade
A. H. Wright of Post 73 named Comrade Chas. D. Nash of Post
78, seconded by Comrade Geo. W. Powers of Post 15. Nomina-
tions ceased, the ballot was taken, and the committee retired.

The committee on ballot for Medical Director reported as
follows : —

Whole number of votes cast 316

James Oliver, Jr., Post 123, had .... 294

M. F. Delano, Post 52, had 16

J. H. Wright, Post 63, had 3

Scattering 3

And Comrade Oliver was declared elected.
Comrade Capclle reported as follows on ballot for Chap-
lain : —



212



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



Whole number of votes cast 324

Richard Eddy had 245

E. A. Hortou had 66

John W. Lee had 9

Philip H. Creasey had 4

Comrade Richard Eddy of Post 4 was declared elected
Department Chaplain, and was presented to the Encampment,
whereupon he expressed his appreciation of the honor conferred
and pledged his most earnest co-operation.

Comrade John S. Beck of Post 66 moved to take from the
table the report of Committee to Nominate Delegates and Alter-
nates to National Encampment, and that the Assistant Adjutant-
General cast the list as reported.

Objection was made, and Comrade Dennis Meehan of Post
7 moved to substitute the name of S. F. Keyes for that of J. E.
Killian ; but the Encampment refused to concur. The original
motion being called for, and no objection being made, the
Assistant Adjutant-General cast the list as reported, and the
following comrades were declared elected

Refresentatives to National Encamfment.

delegate-at-large.
James F. Meech, Post 10, Worcester.



DELEGATES.



Charles M. Whelden
Henry C. Hall .
J. A. G. Richardson
Geo. A. Fletcher
John E. Killian
Andrew C. Stone
John Macfarlane .
Wm. H. Estey
Geo. G. Bailey, Jr.
Chas. O. Welch .
Thos. H. Hill
Chas. S. Anthony
M. R. Greeley
E. B. Stillings



Post 125, Pittsfield

" 29, Waltham

" 42, Lowell

" 102, Milton
" 26, Roxbury

" 39, Lawrence
" 5, Lynn
" 15, Boston

" 121, Hyde Park
" 57, East Cambridge

" 33, Woburn
" 3, Taunton

" 58, Weymouth

" 148, Winchester



EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 213

ALTERNATE-AT-LARGE.

Johu L. Otis Post 86, Northampton

ALTERNATES.

F. O. Barnes Post 35, Chelsea

J. H. Abbott "46, Fall River

S. F. Keyes '' 7, Boston

E. S. Horton "145, Attleboro

C. Frank Luther "79, North Adams

AYm. H. Warren "12, Wakefield

Thos. E. Barker . . . . . . " 40, Maiden

J. W. Sawyer ''95, Saugus

C. H. Coburn "120, Lowell

E. H. Dyer • " 2, South Boston

E. P. Davis "133, Plain ville

J. F. Capelle "57, East Cambridge

H. M. Phillips "16, Springfield

P. A. Lindsey "30, Cambridge port

Comrade J. B. Willard of Post 10 moved to take from the
table the report of Committee on Nomination of Council of
Administration. The motion was adopted, and it was then voted
that the list as presented by the committee be deposited by the
Assistant Adjutant-General, and the comrades therein named. be
declared elected.

There being no objection, the list was deposited as directed
and the following comrades declared elected : —

COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION.

W. W. Scott Post 10, Worcester

J. Cushing Thomas ''15, Boston

John McDouough " 2, South Boston

Edward McKay "22, Milford

Chas. H. Tracey "113, Chicopee

Comrade Leutz reported for Committee on Ballot for Depart-
ment Juuior Vice-Commander, as follows : —

Whole number of votes cast 363

Richard F. Tobin had 254

Chas D. Nash " 40

Edward S. Horton " 31

Benj. Pitman " 27

H. A. Sawyer " 9

Scattering 2

And Richard F. Tobin was declared elected.



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

Comrade Tobiii was presented, and while he does not claim
to be a musician, he struck the right " note," at least that was
the opinion of the Encampment, judging by the interest mani-
fested.

Comrade Wm. H. Hart of Post 35 offered the following reso-
lution, which was unanimously adopted : —

Resolved, That the thanks of this Department, in Convention
assembled, be extended to Department Chaplain John W. Lee, for
the character and dignity which he has brought to his office during
five years of faithful service, in which he has won the respect and
esteem of all his comrades.

The Department Commander-elect announced that he should
reappoint Comrade Alfred C. Monroe as Assistant Adjutant-
General, which announcement was enthusiastically received by
the delegates.

The Assistant Adjutant-General presented the following
motion : —

That the thanks of the Encampment be extended to the offi-
cers and guard of Post 30, for the excellent manner in which they
performed guard duty.

And it was unanimously adopted.



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