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•Organized May 16, 1881.
§ Organized July 15 1881.



t Organized June 18, 1881.
IT Reorganized Dec. 30, 1881.



; Organized April 18, 1881.
I Organized July 18, 1881.



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT.



19



CONSOLIDATED REPORT OF ADJUTANT-GENERAL— ConfiKwed.





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• Organized Oct. 26, 1881.



* Not organized. tt Disbanded January, 1881.



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

Of the 137 Posts comprising the Department, 95 have gained
in membership, 7 have the same number as one year ago, and 35
have lost in number.

The foregoing report shows that the following changes have
taken place in the membership of the Department during the
year : —

Number of comrades gained by muster-in . . . 1,796
'' " " transfer .... 141

"- " " reinstatement . . 1,439



Total gain 3,376

Number of comrades lost by death 110

" " honorable discharge . 48

" •' transfer . . ". . 201

"• " suspension . . . .1,641

" " dishonorable discharge, 1

" •' disbanding of Post 146, 12



Total loss 2,013



Excess of gains over losses 1,368

Number of rejections during the year 60



Only one Post has surrendered its charter during the year,
viz.. Post 146 of New Bedford. This Post was composed of
colored comrades and consequently had a small and limited
membership, and against gi'eat odds they struggled manfully for
an existence, but without avail. It is to be hoped that these
comrades will not be lost to the Order and I think I express the
wish of the mass of the comrades of this Department when I hope
that the mother Post of the Department will take such as are
worthy within her membership and thus illustrate " the broad
foundation stone on which our Order rests."

Two Posts have been reconstructed during the year, viz., 41
of Westfield and 97 of Belchertown. These two Posts, through
misfortune and the changes in business and population, ceased to
make their reports in 1878, and the Department officers of that
and succeeding years had allowed them to retain their books and
charters, with the expectation on one hand and the promise on
the other, that they would " come out all right," and so it proved ;
they each paid the per capita tax for ten quarters and both have
over four times as many members today as they started with six
months ago, and with them it is clearly proven that nothing
" succeeds like success."



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 21

Post 106 of Rockport has been reorganized with its original
name and number and while it is the baby Post of the year, —
having been reorganized on December oO, — I believe tliat it will
be of credit to itself and the Department.

Eight new Posts have been organized as follows : —

Post 21 . . . . Boston. Post 99 . . . . Andover.

" 36 . . . . Arlington. " 105 .... Upton.

" 60 . . . . Franklin. " 107 . . . . Palmer.

" 80 . . . . Westboro. " 120 . . . . Lowell.

These Posts were started under favorable auspices and with
a membership varying from 22 to 105.

MISSIONARY WORK.

I beg your indulgence for a moment while I refer to the
missionary work that has been done in the Department during the
past year. In the early spring a circular was prepared, con-
cisely giving the reasons why the Grand Army was in existence,
what it existed for, what it had done, and what it hoped to
accomplish. A blank was also prepared which was forwarded
with a circular letter to the town clerk in over sixty of the large
towns of the Commonwealth, where there were no Posts of the
Grand Army of the Republic, asking for the names of at least
six of the most prominent ex-soldiers or sailors of the town,
regardless of wealth, politics or religion, and in nearly every
instance the information was cheerfully given. To the addresses
thus obtained the missionary circulars, together with blank appli-
cations for charter, were sent, and out of that grew a call for
information regarding the Grand Army of the Republic. This
was readily given, in many instances by personal visits, but more
generally by correspondence, and out of that has grown the
interest in the Order from all sections of the State, as shown not
only by the new Posts and by the applications for charter for at
least three more now on file and awaiting muster, but b}' the
anxious inquiries relative to other new Posts and the prospect of
speedy organization. I believe that but a little Avork will be
necessary to restore the membership of the Department to the
number reached in its palmiest days, and certainly the vacant
numbers on our Roster can be filled and the end referred to
attained, previous to May 30.

COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR WORK.

I desire again to put myself on record as having much faith
in county organizations when properly conducted, as those in this
State are today. They may be made the mediums of increasing



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

our growth ; but, best of all, they present an opportunity for the
illustration and extension of what must be the main corner-stone
of our existence, viz., fraternity.

I would urge the immediate organization of a county organi-
zation wherever one does not exist, as by so doing Posts and
comrades may become better acquainted and not only exchange
plans for promoting the growth and interest of the Posts, but
also see to it that every town and village in such county is repre-
sented in our Order wherever an efficient number of eligible
persons may be found. There are many towns in this Common-
wealth where we should have a branch of our organization, and
basing my calculations on having a Post in every town of 2,000
inhabitants or over, — and there are a number of good Posts in
towns of less than that number, — the following summary by
counties may be interesting : —

Barnstable County has no Post within her limits, but she has
eight towns large enough for our needs. We have just received
an application for a charter from Sandwich and one partially
promised from Harwich.

Berkshire County has two Posts, with a membership of 73.
Pittsfield has just moved in the matter and decided to organize
and there is room for at least eight more.

Bristol County has six Posts, with a membership of 588, and
there ought to be at least three more Posts within her borders.

Essex County has twenty-one Posts, with a membership of
2,481. There is still room for more Posts and a consequent gain
in membership.

Franklin County has four Posts with a membership of 150.
The number of Posts might be doubled without exhausting all the
material.

Hampden County has 444 comrades in five Posts, and that
record might also be doubled.

Hampshire County is struggling along with 76 comrades in
two Posts, where there should be at least eight Posts.

Middlesex County has twenty-seven Posts, but the total
number of comrades is' 1,875. Five new Posts should be created
here without delay.

Norfolk County has a membership of 750, distributed
through thirteen Posts ; a little effort would carry the number of
comrades to 1,000 or 1,200 and increase the Posts by six.

Plymouth County has a Post in every town of 2,000 inhabi-
tants and over, but there is need of more earnest work in Posts,
so that the membership of the thirteen Posts will aggregate more
than 746, as at present.

Suffolk County has fourteen Posts, with a membership of
1,363. Considering the vast population, it is fair to assume that
there should be at least 5,000 comrades in this great center.



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 23

Worcester County closes the list with the largest number of
Posts, viz., thirty, and the third largest number of comrades,
v'z., 1,7C6. There should be at least five or six more Posts,
with a large proportionate increase in membership.

Therefore it will be seen that a little earnest work by com-
rades, as well as officers, will double our present membership and
add at least fifty Posts to our Department.

I submit herewith the condition of the organization V)y
counties, giving the Posts numerically and the date of charter of
each : —



24



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



TABULATED REPORT BY COUNTIES.



BERKSHIKE COUNTY.



No.
Mems.



Date of
Charter.



Post.

79, North Adams, 39, Mar. 20, 1869

12(i, Adams, 34, June 12, 1870

Total — Posts, 2 ; members, 73.

BRISTOL COUNTY'.



HAMPSHIRE COUNTY.



No.
Mems.



Date of
Charter.



Post.

85, Ware, 33, May 12, 1869

97, Belchertowu, 43, Nov. 23, 1872

Total — Posts, 2; members, 7G.



1,


New Bedford,


140,


Oct.


14


1866




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3,


Taunton,


161,


Jan.


2


1867


4,


Melrose,


56


Feb.


19


1867


46,


FaU River,


125,


Jan.


22


1868


<>,


Holliston,


53


March 8


1867


52,


South Easton,


51,


Feb.


29


1868


9,


Hudson,


45


May


27


1867


55,


Taunton,


31,


Feb.


5


1872


12,


Wakefield,


138


Aug.


16


1867


145,


Attleboro,


80,


June


6


1871


18,


Ashland,


40


Aug.


12


1867




Total — I'osts, 6:


members, 588.




29,


Waltham,


74


Oct.


21


1867














30,


Cambridge,


93


Oct.


23


1867




ESSEX


COUNTY.






33,


Woburn,


94


Nov.


6


1867


5.


Lynn,


607,


Feb.


27


1867


36,


Arlington,


40


May


26


1881


34,


Salem,


266,


Nov.


15


1867


40,


Maiden,


71


Oct.


1


1873


.39,


Lawrence,


279,


Dec.


10


1867


42,


Lowell,


196


Jan.


15


1868


45,


Gloucester,


77,


Jan.


21


1880


43,


Marlboro,


113


Jan.


15


1868


47,


Haverhill,


176,


Jan.


28


1868


48,


Ayer,


30


Jan.


18


1868


49,


Newburyport,


218,


Feb.


17


1868


56,


Cambridge,


69


June


26


1868


50,


Peabody,


129,


April


28


1879


57,


Cambridge,


79


June


29


1868


67,


Manchester,


26,


Sept.


29


1868


62,


Newton,


76


July


21


1868


82,


Marblehead,


95,


Mar.


29


1880


63,


Natick,


49


July


23


1880


89,


Beverly,


117,


June


5


1869


66,


Medford,


91


Aug.


21


1868


90,


Danvers,


91,


June


8


1869


75,


Stoneham,


103


Dec.


15


If 69


95,


Saugus,


23,


June


4


1869


81,


Watertown,


37


Dec.


20


1871


99,


Andover,


•54,


April


18


1881


86,


Maynard,


21


May


26


1869


100,


Methuen,


"3,


Feb.


1


1877


115,


Groton,


40


July


30


1874


101,


Groveland,


51,


July


16


1869


119,


Lexington,


17








106,


Rockport,


27,


Dec.


30


1881


120,


Lowell,


105


Oct.


26


1881


108,


Georgetown,


31,


Aug.


18


1869


139,


Somerville,


72


Aug.


18


1870


114,


Merrimac,


56,


Dec.


20


1869


142,


Framingham,


38


Nov.


29


1870


118,


Swampscott,


31,


Jan.


24


1870


148,


Winchester,


.35


May


22


1872


122.


Amesbury,


40,


Mar.


23


1870




Total — Posts, 27


me


mbers.


,87


>•


151,


West Newbury,


14.


Jan.


10


1874
















Total — Posts, 21


. members. 2.48


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NORFOLK


CO


UNTY.








FRANKLIN


COUNTY'.






.58,


Weymouth,


192


July


2


1868


17,


Orange,


56,


Aug.


9


1867


60,


Franklin,


30


May


16


1881


20,


Colerain,


25,


March 4


1875


72


Stoughton,


35


Nov.


13


1868


84,


South Deerfleld


20,


April


17


1872


87,


Braintree,


30


June


2


1869


93,


Shelburne Falls


49,


June


15


1869


88,


Quincy,


60


June


4


1869




Total — Posts, 4;


members, 150.




91,


Foxboro,


30


June


12


1869














94,


Canton,


62


June


24


186:)




HAMPDEN


COUNTY.






102,


Milton,


52


April


3


1879


16,


Springfield,


244,


Aug.





1867


110,


Randolph,


36


Oct,


29


1869


41,


Westfield,


42,


Jan.


9


1868


117,


Medtield,


20


Jan.


3


1870


VI,


Holyoke,


73,


Nov.


25


1868


121,


Hyde Park,


114


Mar.


22


1870


103


Chicopee,


.56,


Oct.


27


1879


143,


Brookline,


43


Jan.


24


1871


107,


Palmer,


29,


July


18


1881


144,


Dedham,


46


, May


22


1871




Total — Posts, 5;


members, 444.






Total— Posts, 13


; m


3mbers,


750





SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT.



25



TABULATED REPORT BY COUl^iTlES — Continued.





PLYMOUTH COUNTY.








WOHCESTER COUNTY.






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Date of


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Middleboro,


S",


Mar.


10,


1867


10


Worcester,


400,


April


13


18(i7


13,


Brockton,


55,


July


1,


1867


19,


Fitchburg,


1.51,


Aug.


16


1867


31,


Scituate,


.36,


July


15,


1875


22,


Milford,


61,


Sept.


19


1867


73


Abingtou,


!)9,


Dec.


23,


1868


24,


Grafton,


20,


Sept.


25


1867


"i,


Rockland,


102,


Jan.


11,


1869


25,


Uxbridge,


24,


Sept.


30


1867


76,


Plymouth,


.SI,


Jan.


19,


1869


27,


Oxford,


•12,


Nov.


12


1870


78,


So. Abington,


108,


Jan.


.30,


1869


28,


West Boylston,


19,


Oct.


12


1867


S3,


Hanover,


38,


April


29,


1869


37,


Spencer,


102,


Nov.


20


1867


104


Hingham,


66,


July


29,


1869


38,


Brookfleld,


28,


Nov.


27


1867


111,


Pembroke,


33,


Oct.


29,


1869


44,


Southboro,


38,


May


17


1878


11-2,


South Scituate,


27,


Nov.


1,


1869


51,


N. Brooklield,


53,


Feb.


28


1868


124,


E. Bridgewater


19,


June


7,


1870


.53,


Leominster,


90,


June


13


1868


127,


Hanson,


25,


June


11,


1870


54,


Berlin,


24,


June


■2


1868




Total — Posts, 13


members,


"40.




,59,


Sterling,


26,


July


3


1868














61,


\Vebster,


86,


July


21


1868




SUFFOLK


COUNTY.






64,


Clinton,


66,


Aug.


17


1868


•_',


South Boston,


113,


Feb.


2(5,


1880


65,


Warren,


44,


Aug.


21


1868


7,


Boston,


145,


Mar.


11,


1867


69,


Westminster,


28,


Nov.


9


1866


11,


Charlestown,


74,


April


23,


18(!7


70,


Millbury,


45,


Aug.


3


1876


15,


Boston,


215,


Aug.


•'«,


1867


"~,


Holden,


2-1,


Jan.


19


18(i9


21,


Boston,


i".


Feb.


22,


ISSl


80,


Westboro,


59,


June


18


1881


23,


East Boston,


,S2,


Sept.


1",


1867


96,


Northboro,


SJ,


.lune


28


1869


26,


Roxbury,


103,


Oct.


1,


1867


98,


Princeton,


18,


Aug.


3


1877


32,


South Boston,


66,


Nov.


6,


1867


105,


Upton,


31,


July


15


1881


35,


Chelsea,


284,


Nov.


16,


1867


109,


Templeton,


18,


Oct.


11


1869


68,


Dorchester,


76,


Oct.


s,


1868


116,


Gardner,


50,


Dec.


30


1869


;i2.


Brighton,


47,


Nov.


12,


1873


123,


Athol,


58,


June


1


1870


113,


Boston,


65,


Dec.


18,


1869


131,


Leicester,


48,


June


21


1870


134,


Boston,


23,


June


28,


1870


135,


Shrewsbury,


IS,


Dec.


30


1873


149,


Charlestown,


23,


Dec.


11,


1872


136,


Rutland,


11,


July


1


1870




Total — Posts, 14


members,


1,363






Total — Postal, 30


; members.


1,7(


6.



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



HEADQUARTERS.

The volume of business has increased very materially during
the year, as in fact it has every year since I have been at head-
quarters, so that there is four or five times as much correspondence
as there was as many years ago ; and to conduct this correspond-
ence for the past year it has required twenty-two hundred letter-
heads, nineteen hundred postal cards, and $136 worth of postage
stamps. Eleven General Orders, seventy-one Special Orders and
six Circulars have been issued during the year.

Now, comrades, with an abiding faith in the glory of our
organization, with the hope and trust that it shall continue to
exemplify the three great principles under which we labor, and
with a grateful appreciation of many favors extended to me
during the year, I submit this report in Fraternity, Charity and
Loyalty.

JAMES F. MEECH,

Assistant Adjutayit- Getter al.



REPORT OF ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL.

Headquarters Dept. of Mass., G.A.R. ,
Boston, Dec. 31, 1881.

James F. Meech, Assistant Adjutant- Geiieral.

Comrade : In accordance with the requirements of our Order
I submit herewith a statement of the doings of the Assistant
Quartermaster-General's department for the year ending to date.

receipts.

1881. Dr.

Cash on hand as per last report $100 35

Received for dues, fourth quarter, 1878 .... 1 60
" " first, second, third and fourth

quarters, 1879 6 40

" ■■' first, second and third quarters,

1880 8 08

fourth quarter, 1880 .... 712 18

" " first quarter, 1881 .... 716 32

" " second quarter, 1881 .... 772 00

third quarter, 1881 .... 798 88

" " books and blanks 298 22

" " badjies 1,181 55

" " sundries 142 65

Total receipts .$4,738 23

Total expenditures 4,705 06

Balance cash on hand $33 17



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT 2i

EXPENDITURES.

1881. Cr.

Paid inspection expenses for 1880 $2 50

"■ Department Inspector, as per vote of Council 50 00

" National Headquarters for supplies, badges,

books, etc 1,475 50

" National Headquarters for dues -107 03

" Salary of Assistant Adjutant-General . . - 1,300 00

" Rent and care of Headquarters 350 00

" for printing and furnishing (ieneral Orders,
circulars, rosters, blanks, envelopes, books,
etc 518 98

" postage stamps, postal cards and office ex-
penses 204 32

" printing Proceedings 70 00

" missionary work and organizing new Posts 100 32

" sundi'ies, such as badge ribbon, decorating
and draping Headquarters, May 30, and at
death of President Garfield 86 90

" Inspector's expenses for 1881 79 51

Total expenditures $4,705 06

Vouchers No. 401, 413, 461 to 528, 530, 534, 536 cover the above expenses.

ASSETS.

Dues received from Posts for fourth quarter, 1881 $820 16

Due from Posts for sundries 2 64

Value of supplies on hand 364 00

" " office furniture .... .... 175 00

" colors 30 00

Total assets $1,391 80

Total liabilities 834 01



Excess of assets over liabilities $557 79



LIABILITIES.

National Headquarters, for supplies $481 48

" " '• dues 102 53

.lames F. Meech, as per vote of Encampment of

1881 200 00

Inspection expenses, estimated 50 00

Total liabilities $834 01



E. T. RAYMOND,
Assistant Quartermaster- General.



Approved :

Charles A. Stott,
Ben.i. a. Bridges,
W. A.. Sloane,

Auditing Committee.



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



REPORT OF INSPECTOR.



Headquarters Dept. of Mass., G.A.R. ,
Boston, Dec. 31, 1881.

James F. Meech, Assistant Adjutant- General.

Comrade : I have the honor to submit herewith the report in
duplicate of the inspections of the Posts of this Department for
the year ending Sept. 30, 1881.

At the present time the Department numbers 137 Posts, new
Posts having been organized during the year, as follows : —

Post 21 ... Boston. Post 99 ... . Audover.

"36 ... Arlington. "105 . . . . Upton,

"60 ... Franklin. " 107 ... . Palmer.

"80 ... Westboro. "120 . . . . Lowell.

Post 106 reorganized at Rockport with original number, and
Posts 41, Westfield, and 97, Belchertown, have been reconstructed.

Of the 137 Posts in the Department, 128 have been inspected.

Of the number not visited, two have been organized during
the last quarter and one was excused at the request of the Com-
mander, leaving six Posts which have been neglected.

It is a matter for regret that every Post organized previous
to September 30 has not been inspected, and it is to be hoped
that previous to the next annual tour some plan will be devised
so that no Post will be neglected ; and all comrades detailed as
Assistant Inspectors who may find themselves unable to perform
the duties assigned them will be required to notify the Department
in time to admit of making new arrangements.

The 128 Posts inspected report 9,955 comrades in good
standing, being a gain of 1,104 over the Inspector's report of
last year.

Twenty-eight Posts are reported to be in excellent condition,
60 in good condition, 29 in fair condition, and 11 in poor con-
dition.

Two Posts in the Department number more than 300 com-
rades, namely. Post 5 of Lynn, 641, and Post 10 of Worcester,
385 ; three Posts, 34 of Salem, 35 of Chelsea and 39 of
Lawrence, number between 250 and 300; four Posts, 15 of
Boston, 16 of Springfield, 49 of Newburyport and 58 of Wey-
mouth, number between 200 and 250 ; five Posts number between
150 and 200; tAvelve Posts number between 100 and 150 ; four-
teen Posts number between 75 and 100; thirty-one Posts number
between 50 and 75 ; forty-two Posts number between 25 and 50 ;
eleven Posts number between 20 and 25 ; four Posts number less
than 20.



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT 5^^

By this Classification it appears that of the IfJ^f^J^/Jy;
seven number less than 50 comrades each bemg t.vo less than
ia«t vpir when five less Posts were mspectecl.



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