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Post 157. J. 0. Madigan, N. W. Fisher.

Post 165. B. A. Sawyer, Lawrence Bradford.

Post 166. C. E. Ware.

Post 167. E. Noyes.

Post 168. Geo W. Corey.

Post 169. A. E. Pratt, Wm. Taylor.

Post 173. J. H. Harrison.

Post 174. A. Smedley.

Post 175. H. M. Nash, H. S. Nourse.

Post 177. D. M. Wilcox, J. H. Casev.

Post 179. P. H. Babbitt.

Total, 254.

. Comrade Downing of Post lo moved that the Convention
proceed to ballot for Department Commander for the ensuing-


Comrade J. H. O'Donnell of Post 2 moved that the first
ballot be informal.


On motion of Comrade Downing of Post 15 it was voted to
allow each comrade five minutes to present the names of candi-


Comrade Geo. L. Goodale of Post 66 moved a committee of
five be appointed to receive sort and count votes for Department

Commander Billings appointed as the committee, Comrades
Geo. L. Goodale of Post 66 ; John H. O'Donnell of Post 2 ;
Theo. Leutz of Post "21 ; Oliver H. Downing of Post 15 ; and
P. H. Babbitt of Post 179.

Comrade Myron P. Walker of Post 97 presented the name
of Senior Vice-Commander John W. Hersey of Post 16 for the
position of Department Commander. The nomination was
seconded by Comrades Flavel Shurtleff of Post ir)9; J. P.
Miixtield of Post 42 ; and J. B. Parsons of Post 86.

Comrade Charles B. Fox of Post 68 presented the name of
Charles O. Fellows of Post 35. The nomination was seconded
by Comrade Wm. Mink of Post 125; there being no other
nominations presented, the ballot for Departmen Commander
was taken, and the committee retired.

Comrade J. P. Maxfield of Post 42, for the committee on
communications from Posts, reported in favor of the adoption of
the resolution from Comrade Knight of Post 16, that the Depart-
ment Headquarters be retained in the city of Boston.


That we recommend the adoption, by this Encampment, of
the resolution from John A. Andrew Post 15, requesting the
Department to petition the Legislature of this Commonwealth to
pass the legislation necessary to give cities and towns the right
to give or lease the whole or any part of their public buildings to
Posts of the G. A. R.


In regard to the resolution presented by H. M. Fisher of
Post 22, that the comrades of this Depaitment be instructed to
draw up a petition in the name of the Department to be pre-
sented to the Legislature, that a law be enacted giving to
Grand Army Posts, or detachments thereof, and all other citizens
of the State, liberty to enter into any burial-place in this Com-
monwealth on " Memorial Day," so called, for the purpose of
decorating the graves of soldiers and sailors buried therein, your
committee report favorably and recommend its adoption.

After quite a long discussion, the resolution was rejected.


Comrjule Geo. L. Goodale of Post 66 reported as follows,
for committee on ballot for Department Commander: —

Whole number of votes 416

Necessary for choice 209

John W. Hersey had 315

Charles O. Fellows had 99

William H. Hart had 2

And Comrade Hersey was declared elected Department
Commander for the ensuing year.

Comrade Meehan of Post 7 moved that the Assistant Adju-
tant-General cast one vote for Comrade R. V. Tobin for Senior
Vice-Commander. Objection was made, and the Commander
directed the committee on votes for Department Commander to
receive, sort and count votes for Senior Vice-Commander. The
ballot was taken, and the committee retired.

Comrade Maxfield of Post 42 moved that the communication
of McPherson Post No. 73 of last year, be referred to the dele-
gates to the National Encampment.


Comrade Goodale of Post (!6 reported for committee as
follows, on ballot for Senior Vice-Commander.

Whole number of votes cast 388

Necessary for choice 195

Richard F. Tobin had oHl

Thomas Langlan had 6

K. B. Loring had 1

Comrade Richard F. Tobin was declared elected.

Comrade Augustus H. Wright of Post 73 nominated Comrade
Charles D. Nash for Junior Vice-Commander.

Comrade S. M. Weale of Post 23 nominated Conn-ade
W. W. Scott of Post 10.

Comrade W. S. Frost of Post 43 nominated Comrade
Edmund C. Whitney of Post 68.

No further nominations being made, (he ballot was taken,
and the committee retired.


Comrade George H. Iiinis of Post 2 reported as follows for
the coinniiltee appointed to nominate five comrades to serve on the
Council of Administration : —

John McDonough Post 2, South l.oston

Edward McKay "22, Milford

Charles H. Tracy " 103, Chicopee

Horace A. Sawyer " 5, Lynn

Samuel Worcester "34, Salem

Comrade Patch of Post 142 moved that the chairman of the
committee deposit the list as presented, and the comrades named
be declared elected.

There being no objection, the list was deposited as directed,
and the above comrades declared elected.

The committee on ballot for Junior Vice-Commander
reported as follows : —

Whole number of votes cast 404

Necessary for a choice ... 203

Charles D. Nash had 19'.)

W. W. Scott had 138

E. C. Whitney had 67

There being no choice, a second ballot was ordered ; Com-
rade Whitney thanked the comrades for their support, and with-
drew his name.

The second ballot was taken, and the committee retired.

Comrade Lowd presented a resolution from Post 34 in regard
to a change in the ritual, and asked to have it referred to the
delegates to the National Encampment. It was so referred.

The committee on ballot for Junior Vice-Commander
reported as follows : —

Whole number of votes cast 384

Necessary for a choice 193

Charles D. Nash had 250

W. W. Scott had 124

E. C. Whitney had 10

Comrade Nash was declared elected -lunior Vice-Commander.


Commander Billings appointed the following committee to
collate the history of the Department : —

James F. Meech of Post 10, Alfred C. Monroe of Post 13,
Henry B. Peirce of Post 73, Freeman C. Luce of Post 1, Fred L.
Perry of Post 16.

Comrade Richardson of Post 42 moved that the Assistant
Adjutant-General cast one ballot for Comrade Walter H. Leighton
of Post 42 for Medical Director; objection was made, and the
Convention proceeded to ballot.

Comrade John W. Lee of Post 12 moved that the Assistant
Adjutant-General cast one ballot for Comrade Richard Eddy,
the present incumbent, for Department Chaplain. Comrade
Eddy declined to serve another year. Comrade John W. Hersey
of Post 16 moved that the Assistant Adjutant-General cast one
ballot for Comrade E. A. Perry of Post 107 for Department
Chaplain. There being no objection, the ballot was cast as
directed, and Comrade Perry was declared elected.

Comrade Parsons of Post «6 moved that the Convention
proceed to the election of delegates and alternates to the National
Encampment. Adopted, and Convention proceeded to ballot.

Comrade Eddy of Post 4 moved that the delegates and
alternates to be elected to the National Encampment be instructed
to vote only for such measures touching pensions as are already
referred to the Committee of the National Encampment. Quite a
discussion followed, and on motion of Comrade Hill of Post 1 1 .
the subject was indefinitely postponed.

Comrade Whitney of Post 68 reported for committeee on
ballot for Medical Director.

Whole number of votes cast ^. . . 171

Necessary for choice 86

Walter H. Leighton had 115

J. S. Emerson had 14

H. C. Hall had 6

Scattering 36

Comrade Walter H. Leighton of Post 42 was declared elected
Medical Director.

Past Department Commander Austin S. Cushman then
installed Comrade John W. Hersey, Department Commander,


and Comrades Horace A. Sawyer and Samuel Worcester, of the
Council of Administration.

Comrade C. B. Fox of Post 68 moved that the Council of
Administration be instructed to secure for the uext Animal Con-
vention a hall which can be properly heated.


Conii-ade Patch of Post 1 1 2 moved that the thanks of the
Convention be extended to the guard from Post 68, for the faith-
ful and eflicient manner in which the}' performed their duty.


Commander Billings tendered to them his personal thanks.

On motion it was unanimously voted to extend the thanks
of the Convention to Commander Billings for the able and
impartial manner in which he had presided over its delibera-

Commander Billings : I am very much obliged, 1 assure you,
my conn-ades, for your kind expressions. I must confess I
entered upon the delibei-ations of this Convention with some
trepidation, because I knew how easy it would be to make a mis-
take, or to appear to be prejudiced. I have endeavored to stand
between the two parties, and if my action has met your appro-
bation, 1 am amply satisfied. I lay down the responsibilities of
this oflice, at the end of a very busy but pleasant year, and
nothing will delight me more than to take my place on the floor
again and be one of the rank and file.

Commander .lohu W. Hersey announced to the Convention
that headquarters would be retained at No. 12 Pemberton Square,
Boston, and that he should appoint Comrade Alfred C. IMonroe,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

Comrade Whitney of Post 68 reported that it would take
some time to count the votes in order to give a detailed report
of delegates elected to the National P2ucampment.

Comrade Downing of Post lo moved that the eighteen com-
rades having a majority of the votes cast be reported to the Con-
vention, if the committee were prepared to do so.

Adopted .

Comrade Whitne}' reported the following list : —


Charles O. Fellows Post 3.), Chelsea




George H. Innis
E. B. Loring
Dennis Meehan .
John H. Abbot .
Sidney C. Bancroft
George D. Stiles
John L. Otis
H M. Phillips . . .
P. Allen Lindsey
Geoi'ge A. Marden
George G. Bailey, Jr.
J. C. Sullivan
Benjamin M. Merchant
William L. Robinson .
William H. Chamberlin
William H. Johnson
Horace D. Durgin .


William W. Scott

Post 2, South Boston

" 15, Boston
" 7, Boston

46, Fall River

" 50, Peabody
" 5, Lynn

" 86, Northampton

" 16, Springfield

" 30, Cambridgeport

" 42, Lowell

" 121, Hyde Park
" 8, Middleboro

" 19, Fitchburg

" 10, Worcester

" 125, Pittsfield

" 47, Haverhill

" 36, Arlington


Post 10, Worcester


Joseph H. Dalton
James Burrows, Jr.
Austin Y. Sylvester
T. C. Lucas . .
J. W. Joyce .
Leach Clark
John W. Howland
J. J. Callanan
T. W. Higginson
H. M. Potter . .
Lysander Wood .
Alonzo H. Perry .
H. O. Sawyer. .
W. A. Sloan .
Peter Snyder .
Brainard Cummings
Thomas H. Hill .

Post 23, East Boston
" 11, Charlestown
" 62, Newton
" 3, Taunton
" 39, Lawrence
" 128, Ipswich
" 147, Amherst
" 71, Holyoke
" 56. Cambridge
" 120, Lowell
" 72, Stoughton
" 76, Plymouth
" 28, West Boylston
" 37, Spencer
" 79, North Adams
" 99, Andover
" 33, Woburn


Comrade Meech of Post 10 moved that the report of the
committee be accepted, and the comrades named in the list be
declared elected.


There being no further business, the Nineteenth Encampment
of the Department of Massachusetts was declared dissolved.

A true cop}^ of the Droceedings.

Assistant ^ Idjntant -General.



Immediately after the adjournment of the Encampment the
delegates proceeded to Faneuil Hall, where a banquet had been
provided bj' Caterer McElroy. Every one of the more than five
hundred seats at the table was occupied, and many comrades went
into the galleries.

At the guest table on the platform sat Commander John D.
Billings, having on his right His Excellency, Governor George D.
Robinson ; John W. Hersey, Department Commander-elect ;
Richard Eddy, D.D., Department Chaplain; Samuel Dalton,
Adjutant-General of the State ; A. E. Pillsbury, President of the
Senate ; and at his left, Paul Van der Voort of Omaha, Past Com-
mander-in-Chief G.A.R. ; Corporal James Tanner of New York,
Past Department Commander of New York; J. Q. A. Brackett,
Speaker of the House of Representatives ; Richai'd F. Tobin,
Department Senior Vice-Commander-elect ; and other Department
and Past Department officers.

When every one had satisfied his appetite, after the unusually
prolonged fast of the day, cigars were lighted and the customary
post-prandial exercises began. Commander Billings commenced
by saying that the Convention had already heard so much from
him, that he should gladly avail himself of that fact and his some-
what hoarse and wearied condition, to do nothing more than pre-
sent the distiuguished guests, whom they would all be glad to hear
from, and that he would begin by calling upon a worthy successor
of that long line of chief magistrates who had made Massachusetts
illustrious, a warm friend of the soldier as well. Governor George
D. Robinson.

The Governor was received with much enthusiasm, every
comrade rising to his feet and cheering lustily. ' When the demon-
stration had subsided. His Excellency spoke in a most interesting
manner, mingling humor with patriotic utterances in a way to hold
the closest attention of his auditors. He alluded to the fact that
both the Commander of the Militia of the State and the Com-
mander of the Grand Army were from the same section, and
prophesied what they would do conjointly in any emergency. He
congratulated the Order upon its flourishing coudition, and gave
it his best wishes for the future. Later, he directed attention to
the necessity of each of the regimental and battery organizations
which were in the battle of Gettysburg, taking immediate action
in regard to erecting its memorial shaft or tablet on that famous
battle-field, as the limit of time, during which theJ appropriation


made by the State for that purpose Avas available, would expire
ill a few months.

John W. Hersey, the Department Commander-elect, was next
presented and warmly received. He asked the hearty co-operaiiou
of every comrade present for the upbuildiiii> of the Order. He
said that while he could not expect to organize any new Posts
after the country had been skimmed so clean the past 3'ear, yet
that there were thousands of worthy veterans who ought to be
with us, giving us their assistance. He said that, having assumed
the burdens of the position so generously conferred, he would
pledge his earnest efforts to prove that the confidence of his com-
rades had not been misplaced.

By particular request of Assistant Adjutant-General Monroe,
Department Senior Vice-Commander Tobin was next introduced,
and after a few remarks of a general character, addressed himself
to Commander Billings ; then, taking a package at that moment
handed him, displa^'ed a heavy gold watch and chain and a plush-
covered album, which he presented, in behalf of the Department
officers, to the retiring Commander. Comrade Billings was
entirely taken by surprise, so quietly was the whole affair managed,
and responded feelingly, as best he could under the circumstances.
Inside the case is the following inscription : —

John D. Hillings,
CoMMANDEi; Dept Mass., G.A.K

EUOM the

Jan. 30, 1885.

The album contains autograph cards of the donors, grouped
according to rank, as they are fonnd in the rosier of head-

The Commander then called for three rousing cheers for
Governor Robinson, who was compelled to retire at this time,
which were given with a will ; after wdiich he introduced A. E.
Pillsbnry, Esq., President of the State Senate, who spoke in an
off-hand and entertaining manner, assuring the veterans that his
influence should be exerted for them at every opportunity.

Commander Billings then stated that his original intention
had been to have the prominent officials of the Woman's Relief
Corps present at the banquet, but that it had been thought advis-
able not to carry out this plan. He congratulated the comrades,
however, that they were " not left to monrn as those without hope,"
as a most worthy member of that Order was present, who was
once known as a distinguished Commander-in-Chief of the Grand
Army, but whom he would now introduce as Sister Panl/ne Van
der Voort, Woman's Relief Corps, of Omaha.


Comrade Van der Voort was enthusiastically received, and
spoke eloquently for woman and her work. He then addressed
himself with his usual fervor to other themes. Referring to the
inspiration of the surroundings, he said that the people of his
State would give mines of wealth to have a Faueuil Hall or a
Bunker Hill in their midst. He was frequently applauded, and
when he sat down was greeted with a round of cheers.

J. Q. A. Brackett, Esq., the Speaker of the Massachusetts
House of Representatives, was called upon next, and like the
President of the Senate, pledged the House to enact such legisla-
tion for soldiers and the Soldiers' Home as they stood in need of.

The Commander then said the Encampment was honored b}'
the presence of a distinguished comrade from New York, a former
Department Commander of that State, that legless veteran. Cor-
poral James Tanner, whom he then presented.

Corporal Tanner was well received, but it was evident that
not all of the comrades knew what a treat they had in store. It
took him a little time to get warmed up, but when that time came
he stirred the hearts of the veterans as they were never stirred
on a like occasion before. Now he has them shouting themselves
hoarse, throwing hats in air, pounding the tables at some eloquent
and patriotic utterance which strikes a responsive chord ; and now,
in a minute's time, his tender pathos has so appealed to their hearts
that half of them are fumbling for a handkerchief to dry their eyes
with. Strong-hearted men weep in his presence who have not
shed tears before for years. Then by the magic of his impas-
sioned words, that well out aglow with fervor as they were from
his very heart's core while he consigns the arch traitor to the
hottest imaginable Hades, his auditors rush back again from the
depths of pathos into which he had so completely precipitated
them to a white heat of enthusiasm, which, it is believed, found
expression in a frenzy of approval such as Faneuil Hall has rarely
witnessed from an equal number of men. And when he tinall}'
closed, he was greeted with a tumult of applause that rocked the
Cradle of Liberty with a veiiemence which did that time-honored
institution great credit.

Comrade George H. Patch, Past Department Commander,
was called upon and made a few remarks, after which the com-
pany joined in singing " America," and then made a rush for the
platform to shake the hand of Corporal Tanner.

Thus concluded the Nineteenth Annual Encampment of the
Department of Massachusetts. Whereas it promised to be a
stormy gathering on account of the strong partisan feeling which
had been developed in relation to the so-called " Lovering Pension
Bill," yet everything went off harmoniously and creditably to the
Order. Never did the comrades linger after the banquet so long
or in such numbers, and probably they were never so well repaid
for their patience and virtue in so doing.



3tt QYlemoriam

Post 1.
Post 2,
Post 8,
Post 3.
Post 3.
Post 3.
Post 4.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post o.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 5.
Post 9.
Post 11.
Post 12.
Post 12.
Post 12.
Post 13.
Post 15.
Post 15.
Post 15.
Post 15.
Post 15.
Post 17.
Post 19.

Post 19.
Post 21.
Post 23.
Post 23.
Post 27.
Post 27.
Post 30.
Post 32.
Post 34.
Post 34.
Post 35.
Post 35.
Post 35.

Wm, F. Gifford, age 45; private, Co. C, 41st Mass.
John H. Welch, age 43; private, 5th Mass. Batty.
Terrence Tighe, age 47; private, Co. F, ;-i9th Mass.
Charles H. Orchard, age 32; private, Co. A, odili Mass.
Benj. E. Morse, age 3S; 1st lieutenant, Co. C, 22d Mass.
Wm. H. Harlow, sergeant, Co. E, 4Cth Mass.
Isaac A. Watson, age 48; 1st sergeant, Co. G, 5th Mass. Cav.
William H. Smith, private, Co. F, 8th Mass. M.V.M.
Horace L. Aldrich, age 44; private, Co. L, 4th H.A.
Edgar M. Riggs, age 47; 2d lieutenant, Co. F, 35th Mass.
Albert T. Thurston, age 41; private, Co. B, 4th H.A.
Thatcher H. Swift, age 41; sergeant, Co. B, 9tli V.R.C.
James Forsyth, age 4(i; private, Co. K, 12th Mass.
Charles Fitzgerald, age 47; private, Co. G, 2d H.A.
John Dolan, age 50; private, Co. A, 30th Mass.
James H. Hutchinson, age 42; private, Co. B, 19th Mass.
Lemuel Goodwin, age 35; private. Co. F, 8th Mass.
Stephen E. Kimball, age :^5; private, Co. H, 12th M.E.
Henry W. Kummer, age 74; private, Co. E, 3d Mass. Cav.
Charles I. Betton, age"-J3; corporal, Co. L, 4th H.A
Lyman F. Holyoke, age 45; private, Co. C, S'Ul M.V.M.
Joel Raymond, Jr., age 58; private, Co. H, 5th Mass. Vols.
John J. Kelly, age 39; private, Co. I. 19th Mass. Vols.
Frank B. Bancroft, age 71; private, Co. E, 16th Mass. Vols.
Benj. McAllister, age G^; private, Co. I, 11th Mass. Vols.
C;has. D. Packard, private, Co. C, 60th Mass. Vols.
Henry Lusoph, age 41 ; private, Co. G, 4th R.I. Inf.
AVm. J. Hickey, age 42; 1st class fireman, U.S.S. Aroostook.
Rufus King, age 39; drummer, ('o. C, 23d Mass. Inf.
Richard F. Lyman, age 46; sergeant, Co. A. 22d Mass. Inf.
John J. Shea, age 39; private, Co. G, 60th Mass. Inf.
1). J. Gilmore, age 35; private, Co. F, 52d Mass. Vols.
Levi Lawrence, age .58; 1st lieutenant, Co. F. 25th 3Iass. ; cap-
tain, Co. F, 57th Mass.
Fred B. Fisher, age 47; corporal, Co. C, 1st H. A.
Simon Trautveller. age 50: private, Co. G, 52d N.Y.
Jas. G. Brown, engineer, U. S. Navy.
John Nelson, age 62; steward, U. S" Navy.
Geo H. Stevens, age 39; sergeant, Co. A, loth Mass.
Francis W. Davis, age 60; private, Co. H, 15th Mass.
Geo. H. Copelaiid, age 40; lieutenant, Co. K, 38th Mass.
John Cook, age 30; landsman, Portsmouth.
Jeremiah Mahoney, age 43; corporal, Co. F, 12th U.S. Inf.
Daniel Desmond, age 60; private, Co. H, 48th Mass.
Edward Webley, age 51 : private, Co. A, 61st Mass.
Thos. B. Campbell, aee 49; private, Co. E, 4th Me.
Michael Keagan, age 44; private.



Post 35. Felix Cassidy, age .58; seaman.

Post 8o. Samuel Ingalls, age 62; assistant-surgeon, oth Mass. Cav.

Post 85. Wm. H. Gibby,' age 62; private, Co. G, -tOth Mass.

Post ;;5. Wm. H. Bolton, age 48; private, Co. C, 2d N.H.

Post 3-i. John M. Wood, age 69; private, Co. D, 48d Mass.

Post 87. Horace E. Prouty, age 53; corporal, Co. K, 10th Mass.

Post 89. Wm. H. Cross, age 42; private, Co. B, 26lh Mass.

Post 39. Herman Xichols, age 42; private, Co. I, 4th N.H.

Post 39. Albert Coan, age 48; private, Co. F, 12th Me.

Post 39. Thomas .Tones, age 89; private, Co. E, 27th Mass.

Post 39. Charles Fish, age 42; private, Co. B, 4th Mass.

Post 89. Dominick Dowd, age 47; private, Co. I, 17th Mass.

Post .39. Levi Harrison, age 62; private, Co. D, (ith Mass.

Post 40. Daniel Sullivan, age 38; seaman, U.S S. Malvern.

Post 42. Owen TuUy, age .o6; private, Co. G, 4th N.H.

Post 43. 'Decatur McCarter, age 43; private, 10th N.H.

Post 45. Chas. P. Mann, age 51; corporal, Co. E, 20th Me.

Post 47. Chas. A. Rand, age 31 ; 1st lieutenant, 20th Mass.

Post 47. Chas. H. Hardy, age 37; private, Co. D, 14th N.H.

Post 47. Merrill O. Luce, age 36; sergeant, Co. B, 18th Vt.

Post 47. Nathaniel W. Perkins, age 47; private, Co. B, 1st N.H

Post 47. Martin Corson, age 45; private. Co. A. 4th N.H.

Post 49. John D. Parsons, age .59; private, Co. I, 2;^d Mass.

Post 50. Samuel Davis, age 48; corporal, Co. B, 40th Mass.

Post 50. Charles H. Collins, age 85; private, Co. A, 28d Mass.

Post .50. Daniel A. Caskins, age 37; private, Co. I, 6th Mass.

Post 50. Frank Duffy, age 49; 'private, 5th Mass. Batty.

Post 58. Wm. C. Damon, age 69; private, Co. G, 3d R.I.H.A.

Post 58. Loren L. Moore, age 52; musician, 1st Mass.

Post 56. Jas. E. Burrows, age 40; corporal, Co. D, 88th Mass.

Post 56. Chas. Z. Sears, age 71; seaman, U.S. Navy.

Post 56. J. Warren Cotton, lieutenant. 8Sth U.S.I.

Post 58. Wm. L. Cummings, age 52; private, Co. D, 4th Mass. Cav.

Post .58. Thos. Derby, Jr., age "60; sergeant, Co. A, 46th Mass.

Post .58, Patrick Tracy, age 49; private, Co. G, 4th Mass. H.A.

Post 58. Albert Bates, age 55; private. Co. H, 12th Mass.

Post 58. Joshua L. Torrey, age ; 8; private, Co. A. 1st Mass. Cav.

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