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purpose of sending two of the historic regiments of the National Guard, the
14th and 69th Eegiments, to honor the re-union of the Army of the Potomac.

Resol\ecl, That the thanks of the Society of the Army of the Potomac
are hereby extended to the President and corporate authorities of Saratoga,
to the Executive Committee, arid to the citizens of this beautiful village, for
the generous reception extended to the members of the Society ; and also to
the local and visiting military bodies and Grand Army Posts, which, by
their j^resence, have made this one of the most succcessful re-unions of the
Society in its history.

General Eobinson presented an invitation from the Fairmount Park Art
Association to the Society, to participate in the ceremony attending the
dedication of the bronze equestrian statue of General George G. Meade,
which "was accepted.

Coporal Tanner : I move that this Society does not thank General Mc-
Mahon for simply doing his duty, but we compliment him and congratulate
ourselves that he has filled the chair with such marked ability, such cour-
tesy and such conservatism of the rights of each individual.

The motion w^as unanimously carried by a rising vote.

The President : I thank you for your kind courtesy in adopting the mo-
tion of Coporal Tanner. I appreciate it fully, and I consider it the greatest
honor I have ever achieved or hope to achieve to have been President of this

On motion, the following named gentlemen were elected honorary members
of the Society: Lieutenant Com. A. E. McNair, U, S. N. ; Commander E. T.
Woodward, U. S. X. ; Lieutenant Loyal Farragut, L^. S. A. ; Lieutenant C.
M. Depew, the Orator; Mr. Wallace Bruce, the Poet. Subsequently at the
banquet, on motion of General King, General W. T. Sherman was also
elected an honorary member.

At this moment General Sherman and Mr. Depew entered the hall, and
each in turn was received with three cheers of welcome.

It was moved and carried that the Society be requested to attend the un-
veiling of the statue of General A. E. Burnside, at Providence, E. I., on
the 4th of July, 1887.

On motion, it was resolved that a committee be appointed from each corps
to take steps to prepare a suitable memorial in honor of General George B.
McClellan, and report at the next meeting.

On motion, the meeting adjourned.


After the meeting the parade took place, in which the Society did not join
because of the inclement weather.

The procession moved in the following order from x*Ionument Square :

Platoon of police, 16 strong.

Major-General S. G. Burbridge, Grand Marshal.

Assistants, Capt. J. M. Andrews, Jr., Chief of Staff ; Bvt. Maj. Gen. "W.
L. McMillan, Col. C. L. McArthur, Maj. Eugene F. O'Connor, Maj. W. T.
Rockwood, Maj. W. J. Riggs, Maj. C. A. Coombs, Capt. David C. King,
Surg. C. C Wells, Capt. W. W. French, Capt. I. D. Clapp, Capt. JohnD-
Rogers, Capt. T. F. Allen, Col. Edward R. Howe, Lt. A. Howland, Lt.
Thomas Harris, Capt. Geo. D. Story, Lt. W. G. Ball, Lt. Job Spofford, Lt.
A. J. Reid, Lt. Walter H. Bryant, Lt. C. F. Rich, Comrades A. F. Mitchell,
Julius Case and J. R. Gibbs,

FIEST DiYisioir.

General B. F. Baker, commanding.

Brigadier General McLeer and staff

Bayne's Sixty-ninth Regiment Band.

Sixty-ninth Regiment, N. G. S. X. Y., Colonel James Cavanagh com-
manding, 600 strong.

Fourteenth Regiment Band.

Fourteenth Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., Colonel Harry Michell command-
ing, 400 strong.


Lieutenant-Colonel John S. Fassett, commanding.
Doring's Band.

Twenty-second Separate Co., N. G. S. N. Y., 60 strong. Captain R. C. Mc-
Ewen commanding (Saratoga Citizens Corps).

Post Wheeler, No. 92, G. A. R., as escort to Posts of G. A. R.

Post McConhie, Xo. 185, of Troy, 57 strong.

Representatives of Post Frank Norton, No. 116, of Schuylerville.

Post B. C. Butler, No. 316, of Luzerne.

Post B. Rice, No. 290, Corinth, Washington Co., Veteran Association.

;'.iratoga Co. Veteran Association.

reorganized Veterans. j

Sons of Veterans, 18 strong. ., _ -» '

ISTumerons organizations which came to participate did not take part,
owing to tlie Aveather and the mnddy line of march; inckiding the Veterans
of the Seventh Regiment.

Xotwithstanding the rain, the pavements of Broadway were thronged and
every window was filled with enthnsiastic spectators.


The vast Casino, with a capacity of four thousand people, was filled in
every part. It was handsomely decorated with flags, bunting, emblematic
devices and Chinese lanterns. At the end farthest from the entrance was a
large canvas, upon which was painted a lifelike camj) scene. Upon the plat-
form, besides General Sherman and other distinguished ex-officers and citi-
zens, were many of the wives of the visiting veterans. General McMahon
presided, and after a spirited prelude by Doring's Band, in which were in-
troduced many of the familiar songs of the war times, the President called
the meeting to order, and requested the Rev. Dr. Joseph Carey of Saratoga
Springs to offer prayer.

An address of Avelcome was next delivered by Rev, William R. Terry, act-
ing for Captain Lewis R. Wood, a veteran and President of the village of
Saratoga ; the response being made by the President of the Society, General
M. T. McMahon.

At the conclusion of his address the band struck up ''Marching Through
Georgia," and Secretary King, springing to his feet, lead the chorus, in
which he was joined by the audience, and the grand melody rolled forth
from thousands of throats. Xone sang with more enthusiasm than did the
rugged old hero of that famous march to the sea ; and the effect was elec-

The President : Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps you are not aware that
the Army of the Potomac, which was equij^ped in its day with everything
necessary for a quiet life, now keeps a poet. I have the honor to introduce
Mr. Wallace Bruce, of New York, the poet of the evening

Mr. Bruce then stepped forward, and delivered with brilliant and thrill-
ing effect, the poem entitled "The Candle Parade," illustrating a most strik-
ing incident, at the close of the war, when the armies were encamped
around Washington, waiting for the closing review in the streets of that

The poet was frequently interrupted by fervent demonstrations of appre-
ciation, and at the close was greeted with prolonged applause.

The orator of the day. Lieutenant Chauncey M. Depew, was next intro-
duced, and, as was anticipated, made a striking and masterly exhibition of
his rhetorical powers.

The oration, during its delivery, was frequently interrupted with ap-
plause, and at its close three cheers were proposed for the orator, and given
with enthusiasm.

At this point a number of young misses belonging to the High School of
Saratoga, marshaled by their principal, sang one of the old army songs,
after which two of them, bearing a large wreath of immortelles, came to the
front of the stage, accompanied by their teacher, who addressed the Presi-
dent as follows :

General McMahon, on behalf of the young ladies of the High School of
Saratoga, forty-two in number, I present to you, or the Army of the Poto-
mac tlfrough you, this beautiful gift as their gift.

To which the President responded :

On behalf of the Society of the Army of the Potomac here and elsewhere,
I accept this very beautiful gift from the very beautiful donors.

The class then sang the " Star Sj)angled Banner."

In response to loud calls and cheering, G-eneral Sherman made the next
oration, and was followed by General H. W. Slocuni, General Daniel E.
Sickles and ex- Judge Henry D. Hilton.


The second day opened with rain, and many who had intended to remain
and paaticipate in the banquet, were discouraged at the outlook and re-
turned home.

The upper end of the immense dining room in Congress Hall was set
apart for the oanquet. Around the walls there was a liberal attendance of
ladies, and immediately in the rear of the main table, on a raised dais, were
seated a number of ladies, includnig Mrs. Colonel Grant, Mrs. General
King, Mrs. Colonel Clement, Mrs, Colonel Church, Mrs. General Pinto,
Mrs. General Whipple, Mrs. Wallace Bruce and Mrs. F. S. Halliday.

Promptly at half-past eight some two hundred and fifty members, pre-
ceded by the President and invited guests, marched into the room and took
their seats.

The menu represented crossed flags, the one tbe faded and torn battle
flag of the nation, and the other the white flag of peace, surmounted by a
dove, and beneath was the embossed badge of the Society, a beautiful and
exquisite bit of workmanship, the most tasteful of any of the menu cards at
the banquets of the Society.

Grace was asked by the Eev. Joseph Carey, and the members then at-
tacked the following bill of fare :



Snapping Turtle,



Boiled Kennebec Salmon, Cardinal Sauce.

Cucumbers. Parisienne Potatoes.

Vino de Pasto.


Sweetbread Patties, with Truffles.


Tenderloin of Beef, A. of P. Style.

Potato Croquettes.
Stewed Terrapin, American Fashion.

Croquettes of Fowls, with New Peas.
St. Julien.

Roman Pimch.


Spring Turkeys Stufifed, Lettuce Sauce.
G. H. Mumm Extra Dry.


Diplomatic Pudding, Chandeau Sauce.

Assorted Fancy Cakes and Candies.

Champagne Jelly.


Fruit en Compote. Coffee a la Francaise.

Monongahela Monogram Whiskey.


After a lengthy and very satisfactory discussion of the viands, the Presi-
dent rapped for order, and said :

Comrades : It now becomes my duty to announce the first regular toast,
" The President of the United States/' to which General John C. Black will

The next toast, " The State of New York," was responded to by General
Judge Calvin E. Pratt.

" Saratoga Springs," called forth a reply from Professor Nathan Shep'
pard, which was both amusing and witty.

The Orator of the Day, Chauncey M. Depew, was received with ap-
plause and three cheers, and that gentleman responded with his usual alac-
rity and humor.

To the next toast, "The Army of the Potomac," General Slocum re-

" Our Sister Societies and Brothers in Arms," brought a reply from old
man Sherman himself.

At the close of his speech, which was pathetic and humorous, and con-
tained numerous telling hits at men and events, the Secretary, General King,
moved that General Sherman be elected an honorary member of the Society,
which motion was enthusiastically carried.

The next toast in order was the "Army and Navy," of which the President
said, " I shall re(][uest General Whipple, of the army, to respond, although

he has not had much experience of the navy, further than living on Gover-
nor's Island, whence he reaches the mainland in a tug boat/'

The next toast, ''The Volunteers," was responded to by General Sickles.

Three cheers were proposed for General Sickles at the close of his address,
and were given with great warmth.

The next toast, " The Army of the James,'' called forth a response from
Corporal James Tanner, who spoke in his usually effective manner.

To the next regular toast, "The National Guard," General Daniel But-
terfield responded.

Mr. Wallace Bruce responded to the toast, "The Poet," with the follow-
ing lines : It is said that when General Grant was dying, a ray of sunlight
through the half-closed shutters fell upon Lincoln's picture, leaving the
General's picture beside it in shadow. After lingering for a moment, it
passed and fell upon the dying hero's face. Here are the lines I have


From gulf to lake, from sea to sea,

The land is draped — a nation weeps ;
And o'er the bier bows reverently,

Whereon the silent soldier sleeps.

The mountain top is bathed in light,

And eastern cliff with outlook wide;
Its name shall live in memory bright —

The Mount McGregor, where he died !

A monument to stand for aye.

In summer's bloom, in winter's snows,
A shrine where men shall come to pray

While at its base the Hudson flows.

A humble room, the light burns low.

The morning breaks on distant hill.
The failing pulse is beating slow,

The group is motionless and still.

Two portraits hang upon the wall.

Two kindred pictures side by side —
Statesmen and soldier, loved by all —

Lincoln and Grant, Columbia's pride.

A single ray through lattice streams,

And breaks in rainbow colors there;
On Lincoln's brow a glory gleams,

As wife and children kneel in prayer.

A halo round the martyr's head,

It lights the sad and solemn room;
Above the living and the dead,

The soldier's portrait hangs in gloom.

In shadow one, and one in light :

But look ! the pencil ray has passed,
And on the hero's picture bright

The golden sunlight rests at last.

And so, throughout the coming years.

On both the morning beam shall play,
When the long night of bitter tears

Has melted in the light awaj'.

The President then said : " We have now reached the end of oiir regular
toasts, but as I desire to preserve the continuity of the Society, I will ask

and propose the health of my successor. General John C. Robinson;'* and
General Eobiuson replied : '"I hope to meet you all again on the field of the
greatest battle of modern times, where we helped to preserve the nation.
We will not find there the palatial hotels nor the sparkling streams of Sar-
atoga, but I shall ask of the Governor of Pennsylvania to have quarters and
a commissariat, so that we will all be comfortable, and I hope every mem-
ber will be there."


In connection with the re-union this year on the great battlefield the fol-
lowing sentiments were expressed by the several orators of the day and even-
ing :

Go to Gettysburg next year and welcome heartily your " enemy" of that
field, your enemy no more.

You have had here, I think, one of the most delightful meetings the So-
ciety has ever enjoyed. You will have one more, at which more members
will be present, and to which more interest will be attached — the meeting
next year on the battlefield of Gettysburg.

A correspondent in writing of the banquet, said : "The four years of the
great war had their annals told anew, and their glories again lighted the
eyes and flushed the cheeks of the heroes who fought and suffered through
them. Then the parting till the next re-union, which, with the Army of
Northern Virginia, shall be at Gettysburg."


The annual meeting of the surviving officers of Third Army Corps and
the Twenty-fourth Anniversary Banquet of the Third Army Corps Union
were held at the Windsor Hotel, New York City, on Thursday, May 5, at
four o'clock J), m.. Colonel A. Judson Clark, Vice-President, in the chair.

General Sickles moved : " That a committee of seven members of the
Third Union Corps be appointed to take stejjs looking to a re-union of the
Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia, at Gettysburg,
on the 1st, 2d and 3d of July, 1888 ; that said committee be authorized
to correspond with the Society of the Army of the Potomac and the societies
of the army corps belonging to the Army of the Potomac, and with the or-
ganizations of the Grand Army of the Republic ; likewise with the organ-
izations, societies and officers of the Army of North Virginia, for the pur-
pose of making proper arrangements for the re-union contemplated in this
resolution ; and that such committee have power to unite with the organ-
izations above named in taking such measures as may be agreed upon for
the occasion ;" which resolution was passed unanimously.

Colonel McMichael moved, and it Avas so ordered, " That it be expressed
as the sense of this Society, that nothing contained in General Sickles' reso-

lution shall be construed as interfering with or changing the regular annual
re-union of the Third Corps* Union for 1888."

Committee named under General Sickles' resolution were : Generals
Sickles, Carr, Eobinson, Graham, Sharpe, Colonels Macmichael and Clark.

Pursuant to notice given at last re-union, and which was inadvertently
omitted in the minutes of said re-union, the following resolution *was pre-
sented, and after some discussion was unanimously adopted:

" That the Constitution and By-Laws be and they are hereby so amended
as to extend eligibility to membershijD to all non-commissioned officers and
privates who have served in the Third Army Corps, or who have participated
in any of the battles of the corps."

Colonel Macmichael, Major Fassitt, and Major Bullard were appointed a
committee, who shall, in conjunction with the President, the Secretary and
the Treasurer, make all proper arrangements for the annual re-union and
the twenty-fifth anniversary banquet of the Society.

The following officers were then nominated and elected for the ensuing
year : President, Colonel A. Judson Clark of New Jersey.

Vice-President, General C. H. T. Callis of Pennsylvania.

Secretary, Colonel Edward Welling of New Jersey.

Directors, General William J. Sewell of New Jersey ; General George H.
Sharpe of New York ; Colonel Clayton Macmichael of Pennsylvania ; Gen-
eral Joseph B. Carr of New York ; Major J. Barclay Fassitt of District of
Columbia ; Colonel Joseph F. Tobias of Pennsylvania ; Major William Plini-
ley of New Jersey ; Captain John G. Noonan of New York ; Captain C.
W. Wilson of New York.

Trustees, General Charles K. Graham of New York ; Major Willard Bul-
lard of New York.

At a subsequent meeting of the Board of Directors, Major William P.
Shreve of Massachusetts, was re-elected Treasurer.


Minutes of the annual meeting of the Society of the Fifth Army Corps,
held in the Putnam Music Hall, Saratoga Springs, on Wednesday, June 22,

The President appointed the following committee to nominate officers of
the Society for the ensuing year : General H. A. Barnum, Captain Van
Head, and J. W. Webb. The committee reported as follows : For Presi-
dent, Major-General Fitz John Porter, U. S. A^ols. ; for First Vice-Presi-
dent, Colonel Eichard F. O'Beirne, U. S. A.; for Second Vice-President,
Colonel William D. Dickey, U. S. Vols.; for Secretary and Treasurer,
General Fred T. Locke, U. S. Vols. For Executive Committee, General
H. A. Barnum, U. S. Vols. ; General Daniel Butterfield, L^. S. Vols. ; Cup-
tain John McGuhn, U. S. Vols.

The candidates named were tinanimously elected.

General Locke reported, as chairman of the committee appointed at the
meeting in Baltimore, to confer with a committee having in charge the erec-
tion of a monument to the late ^lajor-General G. K. Warren, that, with
the advice and consent of the President of the Society and the Executive
Committee, he had paid the sum of ^25 towards the erection of said monu-
ment, and, by the same authority, he had paid the sum of $25 towards the
erection of a monument to the late Major-General George Sykes. He re-
ported, also, that the monument to General Sykes was nearly completed,
and would be erected over the General's grave in the cemetery at West Point
by July 1, 1887.

It was resolved that the Executive Committee be authorized to make ar-
rangements for the Society to meet at West Point at the ceremonies of un-
veiling the monument when completed.

On motion, the Secretary was directed to telegraph to General Porter the
notice of his election as President of the Society.

General Barnum moved that the Society name for its choice as President
of the Society of the Army of the Potomac Major-General John C. Robin-
son ; carried unanimously. Major Joseph H. Stiner was elected Vice-Presi-
dent of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, to represent the Society of
the Fifth Army Corps.

It was resolved that the Society hold its next annual meeting at the same
time and place as the Army of the Potomac may select.


The nineteenth annual re-union of the Sixth Army Corps was held in the
rooms of Post Wheeler, ISTo. 92, G. A. P., Department of New York, at
Saratoga Springs, N". Y., on Wednesday, June 22, 1887.

The meeting was called to order by the President, General Francis E.

A letter from Colonel S. W. Russell was read, inviting the Society to visit
Salem, Washington Co,, N. Y., and the last resting jslace of General David
A. Russell, who was killed at Winchester, Va., September 19, 1801. The
invitation was accepted, and the letter ordered to be spread in full upon
the minutes.

Colonel Russell, who was present, exhibited the old headquarters flag of
the First Division of the Corps, and promised a soldier's welcome to all who
might find it convenient to visit Salem.

The following officers for the ensuing year were nominated and duly
elected : President, General Charles A. Whittier ; Vice-Presidents,
Colonel S. W. Russell, Colonel August Belknap, Major R. Q. Annersley,
Colonel I. W. Cronkhite ; Recording Secretary, Captain George B. Fielder;

Corresponding Secretary, Sergeant H. C. Larowe ; Treasurer, Colonel g.
Truesdell ; Vice-President of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, rep-
resenting the Sixth Corps, General Francis E. Pinto.

The meeting then adjourned, to meet on the same day and at the same
place with the Society of the Army of the Potomac.


The meeting of this Society tfas held in Odd Fellows^ Hall, Saratoga
Springs, N. Y., June 22, 1887, commencing at 11 a. m.

In the absence of the President — who sent a letter stating that he was de-
tained by illness — Major John S. Koster was elected President ^j/'O tem.

The Secretary presented an obituary sketch of Greneral Robert B. Pot-
ter, the only member of the Society known to have died during the year.

A communication was read from the Secretary of the committee in charge
of the ceremonies at the unveiling of the Burnside equestrian statue at
Providence, E. I., inviting this Society to participate in the exercises on the
4th day of July next. On motion the invitation was unanimously accepted.

The Committee on Nominations reported the following ticket, and it was
unanimously elected — President, General Gilbert H. McKibben of New
York ; Vice-President, Colonel Robert H. I. Goddard of Rhode Island ;
Secretary and Treasurer, General C. H. Barney of New York ; Vice-Presi-
dent of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, Major John S. Koster of
Lyons Falls, N. Y

It was voted that the Secretary send a cheering telegram to comrade Gen-
eral Edward Jardine, who had been confined to his bed for many weeks by
a painful, and at one time dangerous, illness.


The Society of the Twelfth Army Corps met in Odd Fellows" Hall, June
22, at 11 o'clock a. m.

The President, Captain A. ]\r. Matthews, formerly Thirteenth N. J.
Vols., called the meeting to order.

The Nominating Committee reported as follows : For President of the
Society. Lieutenant-Colonel William Fox, 107th New York : for Secre-
tary and Treasurer, John J. H. Love; for Vice-President Society Army
Potomac, General James C. Rogers of New York.

The committee also recommended the presentation to the Society of the
Army of the Potomac of the name of General George S. Greene, as a suita-
ble candidate for President of that Society.


The seventh annual re-union of the Society of the Nineteenth Army
Corps was held in the Town Hall, Saratoga Springs, New York, June 22,
1887, at 10:30 a. m.

The Society was called to order by the second Vice-President, General
Nicholas W. Day.

The following officers for the ensuing year were nominated and duly
elected : President, General William H. Emory, Washington, D. C. ;
First Vice-President, General Nicholas W. Day, New York City; Second
Vice-President, Colonel 0. W. Leonard, Massachusetts; Third Vice-Presi-
dent, Captain John J. Buchanan, Johnstown, New York; Secretary,
Major Thomas B. Odell, New York City; Treasurer, Major Charles Ap-
pleby, New Y^ork City; Historian, Colonel Eichard B. IrAvin, Philadel-
l^hia. Pa.; Vice-President of the Society of the Army of the Potomac rep-
resenting the Society of the Nineteenth Army Corps, General A. W.
Greely, WashingtoUj D. C. ; Executive Committee, General E. L. Mol-
ineux. Captain William II. Jewell, ]\rajor A. C. Tate, Major W. Frank
Tiemann, and Captain Emmett M. Fitch.


Society met pursuant to call at the Worden Hotel, at 3:30 p. m., June
21, 1887, and proceeded by special train to Mt. McGregor, Avhere after a visit
to the Drexel Cottage, they convened in business session. President Taylor
in the chair.

The election of officers being the next order of business, resulted as fol-

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