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Address of Secretary of the General Committee,


419 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.



Report op the General Chairman 5

" Secretary 8

" Treasurer .... lO

Report of Counsel 12

Auditing Committee 12

Badges : 13

Boarding Houses . 14

Bureau of Information 16

Camp and Free Quarters 18

Camp Fires and Reunions 27

Collections 29

Decorations and Illuminations 30

Finance 32

Horses and Carriages 33

Hotels 34

Invitations ant) Courtesies 35

Medical Corps 37

Music 40

Navy and Marine Corps 43

Other Societies 45

Parade and Review 46

Posts of Ca>iden. N. J 48

Press 52

Printing 54

Public Comfort 55

Refreshment Saloons 57

Registration 58

Tablets 61

Transportation 64

United States Colored Troops 65

Final Meeting of General Committee 66

List of Subscribers 69

Roster of Comjiittees 79

Htsi of ^llusfrafions.

Card of Invitation (Frontispiece.)

Independence Hall 8

Carpenters' Hall — First Continental Congress met here 16

Entrance to Camp James A. Sexton, Fairmount Park 18

Company Street, Cajip James A. Sexton 24

AvENiTE OF Fame— Broad Street North from Walnut Street to City

Hali 30

Avenue of Fame— Electricaj. UibrL.vY Nuiau from Walnut Street . . 32

Reviewing Stand, Commander-in-Chief, G. A. R 34

Chorus of 32i)0 School Children— North Front of City Hali 40

Naval Review, Delaware River 42

President's Reviewing Stand — Grand Marshal and Staff 46

President's Reviewing Stand— Band and Parade 48

Avenue of Fame— North of City Hall, showing Lafayette Post, N. Y.,

going to Quarters, and Head of Naval Veterans' Parade 52

Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon 56

Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon 58

City Hall 60

AVENUE OF Fame— One of the Sixty Columns 64

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2lUenbant Ucunions, |)l)ilabdpliia, September 4 to 9, 1899.

HBport of ffjB (Efjairman.

To <Ae several Contributors to the Entertaimnent Fund and the
Posts of the G. A. B., meeting in Philadelphia and vicinity
and in Camden, New Jersey.

Gemtlemen and Comrades: — The reports of the officers of
the General Committee and of the several Committees having
charge of the work connected with the Thirty-third National
Encampment, G. A. E., and attendant reunions, held in Phila-
delphia, September 4th-9th, 1899, printed herewith, cover so
fully, and in so great detail, all that was planned and done
to make the stay of our Comrades and their friends in the
city of Philadelphia a pleasant one, that little need be said
by me as the Chairman of the General Committee.

The following were the societies holding their annual ses-
sions here: the National Encampment of the Grand Army


of the Republic, the National Convention of the Naval Vet-
erans, the Union Ex-Prisoners of War Association, the
Woman's Relief Corps, the Ladies of the G. A. R., the Daugh-
ters of Veterans, the Army Nurses, and the Loyal Home

In addition to these there were held a large number of
regimental and other reunions, as named in detail in the
report of the Committee on Camp Fires and Reunions.

The transportation companies and the public authorities
agree in the statement that there vs^ere never before so large
a number of strangers in our city, and also that there was
not an accident of any kind on railroad or railway cars, and
that good order and decorum were universally observed.

The Reunion was honored by the attendance of the Pres-
ident of the United States and by members of his Cabinet,
by other prominent officials of States and of Nation, and by
officers high in rank in the Army and in the Navy of the
United States.

The occasion was a source of continued pleasure to all our
guests, and an evidence of the never-flagging interest of our
fellow-citizens in, and anxiety for, the welfare of the sur-
vivors of the war for the suppression of the Rebellion.

The City authorities cordially co-operated with us, and
our thanks cannot be too emphatic for the help given by
the City Councils in the more than liberal appropriation to
the Entertainment Fund; for the earnest assistance given us
by the Special Committee of Councils; for the encouragement
we received from his Honor, Mayor Samuel H. Ashbridge,
and for the efficient labors of his executive officers, who did
all that could be done, and omitted nothing, for the comfort
and the safety of Philadelphia's guests.

The several officers and committees faithfully discharged
their appointed duties, and where all did so well, individual
commendation would be invidious.

Our fellow-citizens, who, as individuals or as officers of
corporations, furnished the funds which made all these things


possible, have the proud satisfaction to know that never were
public guests treated so royally, and also that the fair fame
and reputation of the. City of Brotherly Love for hospitality
to the defenders of the flag have not suffered at our hands.

Our financial statements show that the money contributed
has been properly and economically expended, and we re-
quest a careful examination of these accounts by those who
aided us m our work with such liberal contributions.

Once more thanking all who labored with and for us to
make the Thirty-third National Encampment, G. A. R., and
the attendant reunions, so great a success.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully.




T^tij^Dxl x>f tf^B ^uxtlaxyi.

Louis Wagner, Chairman.

Dear Sir: Pursuant to a call by the Grand Army Asso-
ciation of Philadelphia and vicinity, a meeting for the organ-
ization of the General Committee for the Thirty-third Na-
tional Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic was
held at Headquarters, Department of Pennsylvania, October
14th, 1898. Comrade Joseph E. Craig presided and Comrade
Edwin Walton acted as Secretary.

By the action of this meeting. Comrade Louis Wagner,
Past Commander-in'-Chief, was chosen as Chairman of the
General Committee, and Comrade Eobert B. Beath, Past
Commander-in-Chief, Secretary.

A Committee of Five, consisting of the General Chairman
and Secretary, Comrades Charles L. Leiper, A. A. G., Depart-
ment of Pennsylvania, G. A. E.; Charles M. Betts, Post 2;
Eobert B. Wallace, Post 51; Edwin Walton, Post 63; and
H. J. Stager, Post 77, were appointed on "Eules and Plans,"
with instructions to secure permanent headquarters and
make the preliminary contracts with hotels.

A contract was soon closed by this Committee with all
the hotels embraced in the Philadelphia Hotel Association,
and later, the Executive Committee representing the National
Encampment, G. A. E., made a contract with the Continental
Hotel for National headquarters during the Encampment.
The Continental Hotel also agreed with the Committee on
Eules to reserve all its rooms for the different Department
delegations, so that a large number of Departments could
be thus provided for in the same hotel.

The Committee on Eules and Plans, after thorough con-
sideration of the whole subject, later presented their pro-
posed programme for Grand Army week, making one im-


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portaiit change from that of previous Encampments, namely,
that the parade of the G. A. K. should be held on Tuesday,
instead of Wednesday, as heretofore, in order that the En-
campment and reunions might be held on Wednesday and
Thursday, and Friday be wholly devoted to a grand naval
display on the Delavpare Kiver. The programme so presented
was cordially approved by the Commander-in-Chief, and was
carried out to the letter in all its details.

Through the courtesy of the city authorities, the use of
the large room on the first floor of the building at southwest
corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets was given to the Com-
mittee, and it was occupied by the Secretary with his as-
sistants, and the Committees on Boarding Houses and on
Camp and Free Quarters. The National Relief Commission
kindly loaned the use of office furniture, saving us any
expenditure for that purpose. Postmaster Thomas L. Hicks
is entitled to much credit for the expeditious delivery and
collection of mail matter at the camp and all the stations
where veterans were quartered.

It was understood that the Chairman, Secretary, Treas-
urer, and Counsel of the General Committee should give their
services wdthout charge, thus the only expenses incurred for
salaries were for the necessary clerical force.

It seems unnecessary to particularize the vast amount of
detail work carried on in this office or by the Chairman at
his own office. Each communication requiring attention of
committees was promptly referred, and each day's business
was promptly disposed of, and with a smaller office force
than it was at first supposed would be necessary.

Major John Lockhart was elected Assistant Secretary, and
assigned to certain detail work to relieve the Secretary.

During the brief vacation I was compelled to take during
the Summer, Col. John P. Nicholson kindly relieved me at
the office, and the Chairman had additional work reported
to his office for disposition.



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The following tabular statement presents the receipts and
disbursements of the office and of the various subcommittees
as shown by the trial balance of the ledger.

Some money reached me direct and was deposited in the
Third National Bank, accounting for the difference between
the Finance Report and the following: —

The total cash disbursements were $39,669 40

To these should be added: —

Contribution of the Hotel Walton for en-
tertainment of the President and other

officials $927 33

Vare Brothers, distributing ice water on

route of parade 134 50

1,061 83

$90,731 23

The balance on hand, $433.37, will be charged with the
expense of printing and distributing this report.


City of Philadelphia, contributions $49,996 94

Finance Committee, contributions $521 33 33,886 56

Olfice expenses: Salaries, printing, post-
age, &c 4,670 69 42 88

General Committee 296 12 5 56

Badges 3,997 05 1,841 70

Boarding houses 850 91

Bureau of Information 966 35

Camp and free quarters 27,034 23 1,958 21

Camp fires and reunions 7,563 30 24 06



Decorations and illuminations $28,111 81 $18 96

Entertainments, hotels &c 3,195 19

Horses and carriages 770 50

Hotel Committee 88 74

Invitations and courtesies 1,210 89

Medical Corps 238 21 G 06

Music 1,605 05

Navy and Marine Corps 3,530 02

Other societies 217 70 217 70

Parade and review 574 60

Press 1,619 41

Printing souvenir book 2,104 14

Public comfort 87 12

Registration 618 19

Tablets 192 61

Transportation (steamboats) 1,652 50

United States colored troops 56 88

$89,669 40
Balance cash 433 37

$90,102 77 $90,102 77

The Committee for Camden, N. J., kept its own accounts,
and its receipts and disbursements are not here included.




BBporf of (EounsBL

It gives me pleasure to report that all matters referred to
me as Counsel in regard to making contracts, and disputes
arising therefrom, have been prompth' and amicably settled
in a manner that was satisfactory to all jjarties concerned,
and no further difficulties are likely to arise.

My intercourse vdth the members of the Committee was
most pleasant and gratifying, and it gave me great pleasure
to be of service to you in the most excellent work.

Counsel for General Committee, G. A. R.

]KBporf nf i\}t Jtubtftng (S.m\m\lltt.

Robert B. Beatli, Secretary.

Dear Sir: The Auditing Committee begs leave to report
that they have carefully attended to all the duties assigned
them; that they have examined and approved all bills in-
curred by the various subcommittees and authorized by the
General Committee; that they have audited the receipts and
disbursements of the Treasurer and books and accounts kept
by the General Secretary, and find them correct.




BBpDri of (EommiffBB on BabgBS,

The Committee on Badges respectfully submits the fol-
lowing report: in view of the desire of the Committee to
present a badge to each representative to the National En-
campment, G. A. 11., and those of its kindred organizations,
estimates were advertised for and responses obtained from
four different m.anufacturers, the lowest of which was Joseph
K. Davison, 718 Sansoni Street, this city, to whom was
awarded the contract.

The privilege for the sole right to manufacture and sell
souvenir badges was sold to the Schwaab Stamp and Seal
Company, Milwaukee, Wis., for the sum of $1300, and proved
of great benefit in materially reducing the expenses of the

Badges furnished by Joseph K. Davison and gratuitously
distributed to the various organizations, cost as follows: —


1600 members National Encampment $2,000 00

783 General Committee 391 50

600 Woman's Eelief Corps 210 00

300 Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic 105 00

150 Daughters of Veterans 52 50

60 Army Nurses 21 00

125 Ex-Prisoners of War 43 75

300 Naval Veterans 105 00

100 Signal Corps 35 00

800 Sons of Veterans 280 00

500 Reception Committee 125 00

30 Bureau of Information 4 50

50 Committee on Invitations 31 00


250 Press representatives $87 50

3 Special 15 00

By Charles H. Van Fleet & Son, 1000 lapel but-
tons for the Press 60 00

Total expenditures $3,560 75


The Schwaab Stamp and Seal Company $1,300 00

Gun metal 541 70

1,841 70

Net cost $1,725 05



BBport of orummittBB on Buartitng ^omt^.

The Committee on Boarding Houses begs leave to make
this, their final report. At the first meeting of the Com-
mittee they elected Mr. Edward D. Smith, Secretary. Fre-
quent meetings were held from that time to the close of the

After careful thought a printed form was adopted, and
with this, added to a cabinet-card system (perhaps the first of
its kind ever used for the purpose), we started in to sur-
round ourselves with the best class of boarding houses. The
work went slowly for some time, largely owing to the fact
that the Encampment was so far off; and again, the keepers
of boarding houses did not realize the magnitude of a Na-
tional Encampment, but by personal visits among the board-


ing-house keepers this difficulty was soon overcome, and as
time rolled on boarding-house keepers began calling at this
office, anxious that their houses should appear upon our
register, but many of those who called did not stand the
test after proper inspection.

The next move made by this Committee was to interest
the Police Department. In so doing we received the location
of every boarding house within the city limits, from this
we culled the best; then, adding these to those already se-
cured, we had 6221 first-class boarding houses, with an accom-
modation for 40,000 people. Immediately after our organiza-
tion correspondence was conducted with parties out of the
city, requesting accommodations. As applications were re-
ceived they were at once assigned to' parties having proper

Many representatives of visiting delegations called per-
sonally to make arrangements for the accommodations of
visitors. All were accommodated, and before the Encamp-
m,ent opened 14,000 had been comfortably placed in the homes
of our city. During the Encampment week this Committee
was on constant duty to accommodate any visitors coming
to our city, and 16,S21 people who had not previously applied
were directed and placed in comfortable quarters.

I also take this opportunity to extend my thanks and
appreciation to my associates for their faithful work and
never-failing interest; to the Secretary and clerks for their
untiring services; the police for their kind assistance; and
to the press, who at all times were ever ready to aid in every
possible way to make our work a success.




BBpori of fIjB Bureau nf :5nfi3rmatiDu.

The Committee on Bureau of Information, of the Thirty-
third National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Ke-
public respectfully submits this as its report.

From the time of the organization of the Committee until
the opening of the Encampment meetings were regularly
held once a week.

With the assistance of the Secretary of the General Com-
mittee, Col. Robert B. Beath, which assistance was at all times
cheerfully and promptly given, on the twentieth day of May,
1899, an advance four-page "Information Circular" was pre-
pared and mailed to every Post of the Grand Armj^ of the

In June an edition of 25,000 copies of a handsomely-printed
and bound pamphlet, entitled "The G. A. R. in the City of
Philadelj)hia," was compiled and printed, showing the loca-
tion of all the Posts of Philadelphia and Camden, system of
street numbering, maps of the city and Fairmount Park in-
cating Camp Sexton, a programme for the Aveek, points of
interest in and about the city, and much other valuable in-
formation for the guidance of visiting Comrades and their

There was also compiled, printed, and distributed during
Encampment week 40,000 copies of a thirty-four page jjam-
phlet, giving, in addition to the matter contained in the June
pamphlet, the location of the headquarters of National or-
ganizations, Departments, and all visiting Posts, location and
time of holding Corps, Brigade, Regimental, and other Re-
unions; stations of the several booths of the Bureau of
Information and stations of the Medical Corps during the
parade; rates of fare of side trips from Philadelphia; and
much other information necessary for strangers to know.


(■ \i;ri;N ii;i;>' mall. — iiKsr ( uminkn tai. (■uN(;i;i->.s .mi-:t iikue.

There were ten branches of the Bureau of lufoinnation
established at the Continental Hotel, railroad stations, and
principal points in the city, and a headquarters and supply
room opened at Room No. 119, City Hall, each of which were
provided with a city residence and business directory, and
the "Travelers' Official Eailway Guide."

On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, the booth opposite the
Pennsylvania Railroad Station was kept open all night, and
the one at the Continental Hotel, the headquarters of the
various National organizations and most of the Departments,
was kept open all night Monday and Tuesday.

Headquarters were found for four Departments, and more
than 4000 visitors were comfortably quartered in boarding
and lodging houses. About 1200 letters were distributed to
comrades stopping at the Continental Hotel, and many lost
articles, such as railroad tickets, pocket books, and badges,
were returned to their lawful owners by the Bureau of In-

On Monday a large poster was printed showing the head-
quarters of Departments and National organizations, which
was put up in all the hotels and in every place where it was
likely to be seen by inquirers.

The booths were mostly in charge of Sons of Veterans,
many of whom deserve great credit for the manner in which
they performed their arduous duties.

The Chairman of the Committee visited each booth at
least three times a day during the week, and he is satisfied
that the information imparted by the attendants in charge
was of great benefit to and appreciated by the more than
100,000 visiting Comrades and others who made inquiry.




^Bfjorf Jpf 11)2 Qldmmxiht nn Olamp anb

The Committee on Camp and Free Quarters having com-
pleted the duties assigned it, respectfully reports as fol-
lows: I was appointed Chairman of the Committee in April,
and shortly afterwards secured the services of Comrade W. S.
Moorhead, of Post 2, as Secretary. A meeting was held in the
quarters of Post No. 1, Odd Fellows' Temple, which was at-
tended by 248 members, and at the suggestion of Colonel
Beath, an Executive Committee of thirteen was selected to
conduct the general routine business.

At the first meeting of this Executive Committee a reso-
lution was passed that the Chairman and Secretary of the
Committee perform all the work and have full power to
act. However, three meetings of the full Committee were
afterwards held, at which the attendance was exceedingly
good, and at these meetings the several Eeception Committees
were appointed, and a report made by the Chairman of the
work done.

Eighty-two halls, armories, and buildings were secured,
with an accommodation for 21,000 persons, the expense for
rent amounting to less than $4000.

After proposals had been invited and bids opened, a con-
tract was entered into with Messrs. D. C. Humphrys & Co.
for supplying tents and erecting a camp at Fairmount Park
to accommodate 10,000 men, at 43 cents per head; also to
furnish 10,000 cots at 481/4, cents each.

Twenty-four thousand mattresses had already been secured
by the General Committee from Cincinnati at an expense of
.$4000. This made a total accommodation of quarters for
31,000 men, and of cots and mattresses for 34,000.

We also purchased basins and tin cups and secured dona-
tions of toilet soap from several firms.


Through the courtesy of Mr. George G. Pierie, Chief of
Bureau of City Property, the old gas works, running from
Twenty-third and Market to Twenty-fourth and Chestnut
Streets, were secured free of expense, and after having been
fitted up by the city employees and the United Gas Improve-
ment Company with gas fixtures, &c., were transferred into
excellent quarters, with accommodations with from two to
three thousand men. This building during the Encampment
was in charge of Lieut. K. Croskey, an officer of the National
Guard of this State, and, having a central location, was a
great convenience.

On July 4th the Committee erected a flagpole which had
been presented bj'' Mr. Schultz, on the site of the camp at Fair-
mount Park, the General and Subcommittees being present
on the occasion, and raised thereon a flag, which had been
presented by Mr. Theodore C. Search, and which was left
flying until the end of the camp, when another was substi-
tuted, presented by the same gentleman.

Twenty thousand and forty-seven Comrades were assigned
to quarters in the city and 7077 to camp, but on the first two
days of the Encampment ai^plications were received from
1500 to 2000 for accommodations outside of the assignments.
So that between the dates of September 4th and 9th it is
presumed that about 30,000 persons availed themselves of free
accofnmodations, at an expense to the Committee of about
85 cents per head.

We were confronted during the early part of our labors
with the fact that the school houses could not be procured
for free quarters, but as future events developed, we con-
sider that we were gainers by the refusal.

The several buildings occupied in the city were policed
by special officers, who were paid $1.50 per day. Each of
these buildings was also in charge of a special committee,
who reported to me from time to time how the arrangements
were progressing. There was but one breach of discipline
in these buildings, namely, at the Reading Railroad office,


on Fourth Street, where considerable damage was done by
the Post who occupied that hall.

At the close of the Encampment the mattresses which
had been distributed at the various halls and also 2400 in
Camden were carted to the Stephenson Barracks, Twenty-
third and Market Streets, and stored.

At a meeting of the Executive Committee on August 11th

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