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Collingvrood 76

Theron E. Hall 77

David A. Russell. . .
Clias. D. Sanford. , .



Isaac B. Patten

John Goodwin, Jr.

J. E. Wilder

M. E. Stowell 1 84

.J. W. Lawton ', 85

86
87
88
89
90
91
92



Henry Wilson.
Gen. S. Thayer. . . .

Paul Revere

J. H. Chapman, Jr.

Ward

E. P. Cariienter

Francis Washburn.
Ozro Miller I 93



Revere

Gen.E. W. Hinka.

Joe Johnson

E. J.Griggs

J. D. Mirick



AVilliam B. Greene.
Charles Sunnier



Huntington F.Wolcott
Otis Chapman



E. Humphrey



Everett Peabody. . .

Ericsson

Cajit. Horace Niles.
J. E. Simmons



D. Willard Robinson.



E. W. Kinsley.



113



South Easton

Leominster

Berlin

Taunton

Cambridge

East Cambridge.. .
Weymouth



Sterling ,



Webster.
Newton. .
Natiek.. .
Clinton..



Warren

Medford

Manchester . .
Boston . . .

Westminster.
Millbury



Holyoke

Stoi'ighton

Abiiigton

Rockland

Stoneham

Plymouth

Holden

South Abington.
North Adams .



Watertown

Marblehead

Hanover

South Deerfleld.

Ware

Maynard

South Braintree.

Quincy

Beverly

Danvers

Fox borough

Brighton

Shelburne Falls.

Canton

Saugus

Northboro

Belchertown

Princeton



Methuen . .
Groveland



Milton...
Chicopee .

Hingham



Georgetown

East Templeton.

Randolph

Pembroke



South Scituate.
Boston



Commander.



George A . Larky

Wni. B. Frissell

John L. Bruce

George Gurney

.John H. Wells

Otis S. Brown

Benj. S. Lovell

East Weymouth
A. H. Melendy ."



Night of
Meeting.



E. W. Smith

Henrj' W. Downs

Frank P. Simonds

Luther E. Wilkins }

r. O. Box .594 \

J. H. Goodhue

Geoi ge L. Goodale

Charles H. Stone

William C. Cumings . . . /
Neponset j

Hobart Raymond

Rodney D. Looinis (

P. ( ). Box 145 (

George H. Smith. . .

Ly Sander Wood

A. H. Wright

Henry Damon

Mark Allen . . . ,

John Shannon

J. H. Gleason

Wm. R. Vining

A. W.Fulton



Geo. F. Robinson

Sam'l B. Hidden, Jr.

R. C. Waterman

W. W. Foster

Charles E. Woodard

George Flood

Thomas Fallon

Isaac M. Holt

Wm. H. Morjian... .

J. A. Roberts

.T. B. Davidson

A. B. Collier

George R. I^ierce

A. R. Holmes

James A. I'arker. .. .
Levi Whitcomb



E.W.Gill.



Charles E. Trow

George K. Anderson I

South Groveland i

George A . Fletcher

Amos O. Kinney /

1'. "0. Box 2 \
J. Frank Goodwin



Patrick Cole

B. F. French

Wm. A. Croak

H. H. Collamore........ I

North Pembroke j

Alpheus Thomas

Ridge Hill

T. R. Mathews

50 Central St.



2dandlastThur8
2d and 4th Thurs
1st and 3d Tues.
Monday
Monday
Wednesday

1st and 3d Tues.

1st Saturday

2d and 4th Fri.
1st and 3d Thurs.
Tuesday

1st and 3d Fri.

1st and 3d AVed.
2d and 4th Tues.
Friday

1st and 3d Tues.

Alternate Sat.

1st and 3d Mon.

Tuesday

1st and"3d Tues.

Wednesday

Monday

Monday

Wednesday

1st Saturday

Tuesday

Friday

1st and 3d Mon.

Monday

Last Tuesday ,

1st and 3d Fri.

2d and 4th Thurs.

1st Thursday

1st and 3d Fri.

Thursday

Thursday

Monday "

2d and ■4th Tues.

1st and 3d Mon.

Tuesday

2d and lastThur.

2d and 4th Mon.

1st and 3d Mon.

2d Saturday

Friday

Thursday

2d Wednesday

Thursday

1st Thursday



2d and last Tues.
Last Friday
1st Friday

1st and 3d Sat.
2d and last Mon.
2d and 4th Wed.



SIXTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT.



71



POSTS.



Name of Post.



Col. C. R. Mudge...
E. S.Clark

D. G. Farragut

Moses Ellis

James L. Bates

George G. Meade.. .

Timothy Ingraham

E. l\ Wallace

I'arker

Justin Dimick

George E. Sayles . . .
T. L. Boiiuev".



George II. Thomas.



Robert A.Bell

E. A. Andrews .

(Jeo. C. Marshall —

W. C. Kinsley

I). B. Eames

C.L. Chandler

Chas. W. Carroll...,
Wm. A. Streeter...
R. G. Shaw

.A. D. Weld

Major G. L. Stearns

Major Boyd ,



NO.



Town.



Merrimac

Groton

Gardner

Medfield

Swampscott

Lexington

Hyde Park

Amesbiiry

Athol

East Bridge water

Adams

Hanson

Leicester

Boston

Shrewsbury

Rutland . . ."

Somerville

So. Framingliam. .

Brookline

Dedham

A ttleborousrh

New Bedford

Winchester

Charlestown

West Newbury



Commander.



Frank E. Hall

Moses 1'. Palmer

Charles F. Read _.

South (iardner

William F. (iuild

John R. Merritt

L. G. Babcock

David W. Lewis

Moses M. Dennett —

Edwin .T. Shaw

William H. Osborne . .

N. T. Howland

E. H.Stearns

Cherry Valley

L. IT. Thompson

Post Office

Hammond W. Paige

Cyrus H. Wesson

John M. Woods ,

E. P. Simpson

C. E. Hapgood

Amasa Guild

E. S. Horton

G. A. Hall

Wm. H. Johnson

Cor. Shawm ut & Cross
Sts., Somerville
E.P. Stanwood



NlOHT OF

Meeting.



1st and 3d Fri.
1st Saturday

1st Wednesday

2d Tuesday
Monilay



1st Friday
Monday

2dand4thThurs.
1st Thursday

Alternate Wed.
2d Saturday



2d and 4th Tues.



Thursday

2d and last Wed,
1st Monday

1st and .3d Mon.



2d and last Sat.
3d Monday
2d Friday
2d and 4th Mon.



2d and 4th Tues.

Friday

2d and 4th Sat.




GEORGE H. PATCH,

DEPARTIVrENT COMMANDER,
1882-83.



JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT,

DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS, G.A.R.

HELD AT

Boston, 1883.



JANUARY 29.— EVENING SESSION.

The Auuual Meeting of the Department of Massachusetts,
Grand Army of the Republic, convened at Faneuil Hall, Boston,
Jan. 29, 1883, at 7 o'clock p.m., in compliance with General
Orders No. 11, from Department Headquarters, and was called
to order at 7.30 by Department Commander George H. Patch.
The Officer of the Day reported all present members of the Order.

Prayer was offered by Department Chaplain John AV. Lee.

Commander Patch announced the Encampment opened in due
form, and appointed the following Committee on Credentials, viz. :
The Assistant Adjutant-General; Chief Mustering Officer A. C.
Monroe; Assistant Quartermaster-General Geo. L. Goodale ;
Comrade Chas. H. Parsons of the Council; Comrade E. P. Gibbs
of Post 9 ; Comrade W. J. Mansfield of Post 12.

Commander Patch then announced that the Commander-in-
Chief, with some members of his staff, were in waiting, and desired
to visit the Encampment. He was waited upon by the following
committee, viz.: Judge Advocate E. P. Simpson; S. B. Dear-
born of Post 12; James Pope of Post 4; Benj. A. Bridges of
Post 6; Zoeth R. Knowles of Post 11 ; James Maguire of Post
89 ; Peter D. Smith of Post 99 ; Geo. A. Fletcher of Post 102 ;
S. T. Chamberlain of Post 116; Chas. F. Urann of Post 120;
Chas. H. Fuller of Post 142 ; who retired to the anteroom and
immediately returned and presented to the Department Com-



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

mauder the distiuguisbed visitors, who escorted them to the plat-
form and presented to the Encampment, Commander-in-Chief
Paul Van Dervoort of Omaha, Neb. ; Junior Vice-Commander-in-
Chief Isaac S. Bangs of Waterville, Me. ; Surgeon-General Azel
Ames, Jr., Wakefield, Mass.; Past Judge Advocate Geo. W.
Williams of Ohio; Silas A. Barton of Lynn, National Council of
Administration.

The Commander-in-Chief was accompanied by the following
members of his staff, viz. : Adjutant-General Francis PL Brown
of Omaha, Neb. ; Aides-de-Camp Geo. G. Bailey, Jr., F. W.
Merriam, John F. Bruce, Geo. C. Joslin, and Assistant Inspector-
General A. C. Monroe.

The party were received in a most cordial manner, and after
the interest incident to the reception had subsided, the regular
business proceeded.

On motion of Comrade Hill of Post 33, it was

Voted, That the reading of the records of last Department
Encampment be dispensed with.

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

Number of comrades entitled to seats in this Encampment 437

Number present 351

Divided as follows : —

Department officers 15

Past Department Commanders 6

Post Commanders 115

Delegates 215

Total 351



SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMl'MKNT.



75



DEPARTMENT ENCAMPMENT,
1883.



ROLL OF MEMBERS.

Commander George II Patch.

Senior Vice- Commander ^^ illiam H. Hart.

Junior Vice-Commander John D. Billings.

Medical Director Azel Ames, Jr.

Chaplain J^n^-' W. Lee.

Council of Administration.

Willi \M A. Sloane. William S. Frost. William S. Brown.
Moses P. Palmer. Charles H. Parsons.

Official Staff.

Assistant Adjutant-General .... James F.Meech.

Assistant Quartermaster-General . ■ George L. Goodale.

Inspector William L. Baird.

Judge Advocate E. P. Simpson.

Chief Mustering Officer Alfred C Monroe.

Past Department Commanders.
Austin S. Cushman. William Cogswell.

John W. Kimball. George S. Merrill.

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

Post 1. Senior Vice-Commander Ezra K. Ely, Monro Holcomb, James

F. Tripp, Leopold Bartel.
Post 2. Commander George C. Joslin, J. Payson Bradlee, Charles II.

Ross, George H. Inniss.
Post 3. Commander Joshna W. Brewer, G. E. Dean, G. T. Fisher,

J. L. Presbrey.
Post 4. Commander James Pope, C. B. Baldwin. , . . ^^ .

Post 5. Commander Charles H Baker, A. G. Shepherd, A. A. Davis,

L O Kirk, John Macfarland, John L. Parker, James W.

Hoitt, J. H Dwver, (ieorge W. Littlefield, Frank SAvain,

Edwin Earp, George D Stiles, A. J. Hoitt, Hubert O.

Moore, Charles W. Sears, George A. Hunt, John G.

Dervan.
Post 6. Commander Daniel F. Travis, John M. Hart.
Post 7. Commander A. E. Perkins, Dennis Meehan, G. B. Martis, l.W/.

Doherty.
Post 8 Commander F. E. Wood, Ebenezei; W. Pierce.
Post 9. Commander Rufus Howe, E P. Gibbs. ,,,,.,, t •

Post 10. Commander William L. Robinson. Samuel i . Babbitt, Janus

B. Lamb, Joseph F. Lovering, E. II. Dunl)ar, H. T. Buck,

F H Rice, L. J, Goodell, Thomas O'Gara, E. L. Dewey.
Post 11. Commander Zoeth R. Knowles, Thomas Crozier, Lyman H

Post 12. Comnifnde7 Stanly B. Dearborn, W. J. Mansfield, Rufus F.

Draper, George A. Seaver.
Post 13. Commander George A. Grant, Charles W. Tilton.
Post 14. Commander T. N. Drawbridge, II. E. Snow.



76 HISTORY DEl'T. OF MASS., G.A.R.

Post 15. Commander Dennis Linehan, Geora;e W. Powers, Thomas

Lauglon, E. B. Lorinji, John Keefe, Edward F. Rollins.
PjOST 16. Commander James O. Smith, li. R. McGregor, C. C Margerum,

C. C. Morrill, J. W. Hersey, R. J. Hamilton, W. C. Good-
rich.
Post 17. Not represented.

Post 18. Commander John H. Balcom, W. F. Merritt.
Post 19. Commander James Cuthbert, A. T. Hamlet, I. G. Wilkins,

George E. Goodrich, B M. Merchant, Alphonso Marsh
Post 20. Commander David W. Snow, Fred. I. Shippee.
Post 21. Commander Theodore Lentz, Philip Wachter.
Post 22. Senior Vice-Commander Henry Hancock, Joseph Hancock,

James H Barker
Post 23. Commander Wm. H. II, Emmons, Samuel M. Weale, George

E. Harrington.
Post 24. Junior Vice-Commander Thomas A. S. Mitchell, G.W. Hastings.
Post 25. Not represented.
Post 26. Commander William M. Olin, John L. Perkins, John E. Killian,

Hiram A. Wright.
Post 27. Commander John A. Taft, J. E. Nichols.
Post 28. Commander W. L. G. Haskins.

Post 29. Commander John G. Miller, Henry C Hall, John II. Whelon
Post 30. Commander Horace J. Gray, Richard F. Tobin, George II.

Copeland, P. Allen Lindsey.
Post 31. Commander A. A Seaverns, Benj. Brown, Henry Young.
Post 32. Commander A. C. Belcher, Warren D. Lord, Charles M. Mason
Post 33 Commander J. H. Carton, Thomas H. Hill, A. P. Barrett
Post 34. Commander Albert J. LoAvd, Mark Heathcote, J Frank Dal-

ton, Charles J. Sadler. William H. Eastman, William E.

Welch.
Post 35. Commander Charles O. Fellows, Henry T. Holmes, George W

Newhall, Charles A. Merriam, Jos. B. Everdean, Ivory R.

Allen, Ezra A. Batchelder, George H. Buck, George F.

Henderson, William F. Gillings.
Post 36. Commander John H. Hardy, Horace D Durgiu.
Post 37. Commander George L. Smith, Jarvis H. Jones, Charles P.

Barton.
Post 38. Commander J. A. Josselyn, M. A. Octwell.
Post 39. Commander William D. Curtis, Robert A. Seaver, John Cross,

Daniel F. Kiley, Andrew C. Stone, John Upham, Jr.
Post 40. Commander W. w'. Sampson, E. E. Currier, T. E. Barker.
Post 41. Commandei- Charles H. Clark, William H. Clark, John C.

Schmidt.
Post 42. Commander George H Richardson, C. H. Richardson, M. N.

Peabody, C. A. R. Dimon, J. C. Quinn, F. B Peabody.
Post 43 Commander E. C. Marsh, John S. Fay, William A. Alley.
Post 44. Commander Samuel F. Draper, Freeman Faii:.banks.
Post 45. Albert C. Andrews, Benj. E. Cook.
Post 46. Commander John H. Abbott, Frank McGraw, Charles Hoar,

John Fleet.
Post 47. Commander William H. Johnson, E. G. W. Cartwright, Charles

E. Peabody, Edgar () Bullock, Dudley P. Corson.
Post 48. Commander J. Q. A. McCollester, Henry C. Sherwin.
Post 49. Commander John A. Bean, Thomas E. Cutter, George W.

Thomas, Caleb P. Davis, Jr , Philip H Creasey.
Post 50. Commander William H. Hildreth, B. Hardy Millett, George

O. Peirce, Edward C Spofford.
Post 51. Senior Vice-Commander Emmon B. Corbin, Palmer P. Johnson.
Post 52. Commander Ellis R Holbrook. Marcus F. Delano.



SEVENTEKNTH ANNUAL. ENCAMl'MKNT.



Post 53.
Post 54.
Post 55.
Post 56
Post 57.
Post 58.



Post 59,
Post fiO.
Post 61.
Post 62.

Post 63.
Post 64.
Post 65.
Post 66.
Post 67.
Post 68.

Post 69,
Post 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.
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.



Commander M. Beals, T. J. Ames, Henry Joy.

Commander .lohn L. Bruce

Commander Simeon T. Wilber, Ed^ar G. Blandin.

Commander Daniel T. Dubii?, Melville C Beedle.

Commander J. F. Capelle, A. M. Lunt, William Gallagher.

Commander Benjamin S. Lovell, Geoi'ge F. Mavnard, Francis

A. Bickucll, John P. Burrell, John W. Hart, Charles

Hawes.
Commander Edward F. Winn, Peter O. Lynds.
Commander O. H. Ingalls, W. H. Williams.
Commander E. P. Morton, T. K Bates. V M. Jepson.
Commander W. A. Witherbee, Thomas Pickthall, D. A. Conant,

S. E Morse.
Commander F'rank P. Simonds, James H. Wright.
Commander Louis L. Stone
Commander Henry C. Bruce, H. M. Converse.
Commander John S. Beck, E. B. Withered, W. H. Warren.
Commander Henry T. Bingham, Wm. A. Stone,
Commander Herbert S. Cole, Charles B Fox, S. A. Gushing,

Jr , Cnther Moulton, .Jr.
Commander Edward S. Kendall, Abner E. Drury.
Commander Rodney D. Loomis, A. H. Batcbelor.
Commander Harry Crosby, J J. Callanem, A. N. Ricker,
Commander Lysander W^ood, E. A. Lothrop.
Commander Augustus H Wright, John W. Sproul, Henry B.

Peirce.
J. II. Harper, W. B. Seavey.

Commander R. K. Brown, L. P Benton, T. C. Silke.
Commander Alouzo H Perry, Benj. A. Hathaway, Arthur S.

Byrnes.
Commander Isaac Damon
Commander Timothy Reed, William II. Gurney, Darius B.

Mason.
Commander Peter Snyder, George S. Stockwell.
Commander George T. Fayerweather, T. N. Gates.
Commander H. W Martin, George F. Robinson
Commander William H. Brown, Joseph Gregory, Thomas

Swasey, Jr., William F\ Sinclair.
Commander K. C. Waterman, Horace S. Tower.
W. W. Foster.

Commander George S Marsh, Henry Council, Frank P. Clark.
Commander W. C. Pomeroy.
Commander Henry A Monk, Royal Belcher.
Commander Isaac M Holt, AVarren B. Muuroe.
Commander James Maguire, Jeremiah Ferguson, Rufus B.

Ferguson, William H. Morgan.
Commander P. H. O'Connell, George W Kenny, William J.

^lurphy.
Commander A. L Bundy.

Commander Benjamin F. Sanborn, David Reed, Michael Cal-
lahan.
Commander G R Pierce, J A. Richmond.
Commander Alexander R. Holmes, Raymond S Byam,
Commander James H. Boyce, Charles II. Mansfield
Commander D. M Bailev, F. M. Harrington, Josiah Proctor.
Commander George M. Abbey, D. K. Shumway, Alvertus

Morse, Myron P. Walker.
Commander C. A. Gross
Commander Peter D. Smith, Brainard Cummings, Sanford K.

Goldsmith



78



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



Post 100.
Post 101.
Post 102.
Post 103.
Post 104.
Post 105.
Post lOG.
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 110
Post 120.
Post 121.

Post 122
Post 123.
Post 124.
Post 125.
PO.ST 126.
Post 127.
Post 128.
Post 129.
Post 130.
Post 131.
Post 132.
Post 133.
Post 134.
Post 135
Post 136.
Post 137.
Post 138.
Post 139.

Post 140.
Post 141.
Post 142.
Post 143.
Post 144
PO.ST 145.
Post 146.
Post 147
Post 148
Post 149
Post 150.
Post 151.
Post 152.



Coinmander Ernest Wagner, Charles E. Trow.

Commander W. W. Ray. N. E. Ladcl

Commander George A. Fletcher, J. Walter Bradlee.

Commander Charles H Tracy.

Commander William H. Thomas, P. Nichols Spragne

E. Warren Harback

Commander Eugene R. Prior, Calvin W. Pool.

C W. Cross

Commander E. P. Wildes, 11. X. Harrison.

Commander B. F. French.

Commander W A Croak, Sam. White.

Not represented.

Not represented.

Commander E. H. Richards, A. N. Sampson

Commander CO. Rol)erts, George A Grant.

Commander M P. Palmer.

C. B. BeckAvith.

Commander William F. Guild, John H. Pember.

Commander John R. Merritt, William G Earp.

Morse, Leonard G. Babcock.

F. Uraun, F. C Wasley, W. W. Tattle.

B. French, George L. Eldridge, David



Roswell L. Doane.



Commander John N,
Commander Charles
Commander Lemuel

W. Lewis.
Commander L F. Currier.
Commander James Oliver, Jr.
Not represented

Commander Charles M. Whelden, Robert B. Dickie.
Commander S. H. Smith, F. L. AVheelock.
Commander Charles Atwood, Edward Pendleton.
Commander Leach Clark.
Not represented.
Commander Henry A Walker.
Commander Jerome Bottomly, J. F. KeWer.
Commander S Wells Hunt, ,J. H. Stevens.
Commander William H. Wade, Edward P. Davis
Commander Jolm D. N. R Powell, John C. Lambert.
Commander Hammond W Page, Joseph Mitchell.
Commander Edward W. Hubbard, James G. Shannon.
Commander George H. Walker, Cornelius Emmons.
Commander Charles W. Parker, Isaiah Hutchins.
Commander Charles F King, John A. Cumraings, F. H

Buftum.
Commander William E. Jaquith, J. H. Cox.
Not represented.

Commander Charles IL Fuller, N. S Robinson.
Commander T. W. Clements, A. G. Sanborn, W. Y. Gross.
Commander C. A. Taft, A. B. Wentworth.
Commander Fred L LeBaron, Thomas K. Gay, E. S. Horton.
Commander Chas. H. Harrison.
Commander H. C. Corains.
Commander William A Snow, E. B Stillings.
Commander William H. Seymour, David D. Pike.
Commander F. A. Fisk.
Commander Ephraim Bailey.
Commander Timothy Andrews.



The next business was the reports of Department Officers,
commencing with the address of the Department Commander,
George H. Patch, as follows : —



SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT. 79

ADDRESS OF
DEPARTMENT COMMANDER GEORGE 11. PATCH.

Comrades : Another circuit of the seasons brings us again
together face to face as members of the organization we love so
well, to review the work of the past year, take counsel as to the
duties of the present, and prepare ourselves for the work of the
future.

And as we meet here in that full fraternit}' of feeling that
always marks the true comrade, and consider for the hour the
present strength and prosperity of our Department and the har-
mony that has prevailed among the various Posts in our jurisdic-
tion, sve should not forget (no matter what altar we bow before
as individuals) to thank the Great Commander of the Universe
who has protected and preserved us through the changing vicissi-
tudes of the past twelve mouths, and by His grace and mercy so
controlled our daily lives as to make us more willing than ever to
practise to the fullest extent the virtues of our creed. Fraternity,
Charity and Loyalt}', — Fraternity toward each other. Charity to
the need}" and destitute, and Loyaltv to our principles and our
common country.

We have met here not as a body of men to advance selfish
schemes or encourage personal aims, but as the representatives of
a grand and victorious contest in behalf of freedom and union ;
not to plan for the beuelit of the few, but in behalf of personal
freedom, true manhood and our nation's honor, all allied to the
desires and hopes of the many.

AVe do not meet here in the boyish enthusiasm of youth, but
in strength and maturity of manhood, with a full knowledge of
our position before the generation of today, and as ever with loyal
and true hearts to our country and its flag.

We meet to renew our faith in the great principles of our
Order, faith in the true comradeship of Fraternity that shall bind
us more strongly together as age increases our infirmities and
depletes our membership. Faith in that universal Charity that
embraces in its beneficence the deserving soldier or his family
wherever found, and faith in those vows of devotion to Loyaltj'
and to the government we fought to maintain, the best that human
wisdom ever devised, and under which the principles we fought
for can best be secured. And finally we meet in full accord with,
and undimmed faith in the belief that Ave are the representatives
of that Grand Ami}- of the Union, which stood as a wall of
patriotism against the assaults of treason, and added to the dig-
nity and glory of the citizen soldiership of America.

As in those days of our soldier life we questioned no com-
rade's race, sect, or creed, but only his patriotism and love of



80 HISTORY DEPT. OF MASS., G.A.H.

country', so tonight we question no comrade save in accordance
witli our Rules and Regulations that we may test his patriotic
devotion to, and faithful service in the Grand Army. Rank,
position and service disappear in the title " Comrade," and all
meet upon equal and exact footing in our Encampment.

With such sentiments inspiring our hearts, we have met to
perform the annual work of this Encampment, and in full frater-
nity of feeling I bid you welcome and ask your attention while
I review the work of the 3'ear, and render an account of my
stewardship in the high and honorable position to which I was
elevated by your suffrages at the Encampment held in this hall
Jan. 30 and 31, 1882.

MEMBERSHIP.

Jan. 1, 1882, the Department was composed of 137 Posts,
with an aggregate membership of 10,252, a clear gain of 1,363
under the commandership of Comrade Creasey. The report of
the Assistant Adjutant-General imbued me with the idea that the
excellent S3'stem adopted by m}^ predecessor was worthy of con-
tinuance, and with the hope in my heart that the end of my offi-
cial year would see at least 15,000 members in our ranks and 150
Posts in our Department, I took up the work Commander Creasey
laid down. While the fondest anticipations have not been real-
ized the results have been very satisfactory, as we number today
more than 12,400 members and they are represented by 151 Posts.
Three of the new Posts belong by courtesy to the administration
of Comrade Creasey, but by the record they are placed to the
credit of the present year. And to offset that I have organized
three Posts since Jan. 1, 1883, and have at headquarters the
application for a new Post at Wincheudon, with the prospect of
another from Somerset, both of which I leave as seed corn for my
successor to cultivate and cause them to bring forth good fruit.
The net gain of the Department to Dec. 31, 1882, was 2,161, and
the present condition of the Order has never been equalled.
Stronger in numbers and finances, and I believe stronger in Fra-
ternity than ever, we stand today without a single dissenting or
discordant element in our ranks, ready for the coming duties and
work of the future.

FINANCIAL.

The financial condition of the Department was never so good
as today. At Department Headquarters there are no liabilities,
and we are in possession of property and funds to the amount of
81,293.77.

The report of the Department Inspector will show that we
are the banner Department in charity. There has been expended
in the year from Sept. 30, 1881, to Sept. 30, 1882, $28,429.53,



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and ill Post treasuries there remain $88,280.53, thus presenting
indisputal)le evidence that our comrades understand the objects
of our Order.

MEMORIAL DAY.

This day of hallowed remembrances and sad recollections was
never so generally observed as the one o*" the past j'ear. Reports
received from all parts of the Commonwealth show that the mem-
bers of our Order paraded in larger numbers than ever before,
took a deeper interest in the ceremonies, and had the cordial
co-operation of the pulilic to a greater degree than has ever been
noticed. This is due largely to the fact that it has been made by
law a legal holiday. That it is too much of a holiday in its tech-
nical sense is regretted by the members of the Order and by that



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