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June 12, 13 and 14. — Visit of Shaler's Brigade and dedication of the Monuments of the 65th
and 123d New York, and 23d and 82d Pennsylvania Volunteers. June 21 — Dedication of the
96th Pennsylvania V^olunteei's' Monument. June 30 — The States of New Jersey and Wiscon-
sin will dedicate all the Monuments to their troops engaged in the battle. The 76th New York
Volunteers will also dedicate its Mouunient on that day. On that same Saturday the Depart-
ment Encampment of the G. A. R. of Pennsylvania will convene for its summer session on
East Cemetery Hill.


Sunday, July 1. — The' 147th New York Volunteers wUI open the campaign by dedicating
their Monument at 10 a. m., the 39th New York Volunteers following suit at 1 P. M. Atth
same hour the Society of the First Corps will meet in Reynolds' Grove for memrjrial services
and to dedicate a Corps Monument. During the afternoon the following New York regiments

will dedicate their Memorials— 83d Infantry (9th Militia), 41st, 45th, 54th, 68th, 97th, 119th,
134th, and 121st Pennsylvania. In the afternoon there will be a concert at the G. A. R. En'

Monday, July 2, will be the great day of this fraternal jubilee. The following Monu-
ments will be dedicated — Greene's Brigade, 78th, 103d, 60th, 137th, and 149th New York, on
Gulp's Hill, commencing at 10 a. M. In the afternoon the Excelsior Brigade, 70th, 71st, 72d,
73d, and 74th New York Regiments ; a special Monument by the 73d {2d Fire Zouaves), and
86th, 64th, 62d, 145th, and 152d New York Infantry, 9th New York Cavalry, Battery D, 15th.
and 4th Battery, New York Artillery ; 98th 68th, 110th, 105th Pennsylvania Infantry.

During the afternoon the Confederate Veterans will come in detachments, and will be
welcomed as soon as they arrive. When all are on the ground, or when General Cooke shall
notify General Sickles, the " Assembly" will be sounded, and the formal Re-Union will take
place. Circumstances alone will dictate the place, and accidentthe method, but the programme
for the speech-making is as follows : General Daniel E. Sickles will call the assemblage to
order. Major George W. Coonej'', as Secretary, recording the ceremony-. After his intro-
ductory j'emarks. General Sickles will present Governor and Lieutemnt-General John B.
Gordan of Georgia, who will introduce to the Southern Veterans Governor and Major-Gen-
eral James A. Beaver of Pennsylvania. Governor Beaver, in the name of that Common-
wealth and the Veterans of the Union Army, will welcome them as fellow citizens, friends
and brothers, to the hospitalities of the Keystone State. General Sickles will then present, or
some gentleman will be assigned by him to the pleasant duty of presenting, to the Union
Army Veterans, Captain and Professor McCabe of Petersburg, Va., who will respond to the
address of welcome. Then, if Pi-esident Grover Cleveland is present, he will address the
gathering as the Chief Magistrate of one people, with one glorious destiny before it. Speeches
by Governors of States present may possibly follow, and then the camp fires will be started
and kept up all night. Business meetings of the Corps Societies and Army of the Potomac
will precede the Re-Union ceremonies.

Tuesday, July 3.— Meetings of the several s< cieties will take place dm-ing che morning,
notably that of the 6th United States Regular Cavalry, and the Encampment of the Sons of
Veterans of Pennsylvania will commence. During the day the following Monuments will be
dedicated : 3d Battery, 13th Batterj^ and Battery B, New York Artillery ; 5th New York
Cavalry, 42d, 67th, and 146th New York Infantry, the Stone to General Hancock, and the 99th
Pennsylvania Infantry. The corner stone of the Memorial Church will be laid in the morn-
ing, and the public exercises of the Society of the Potomac in the afternoon will be followed
by a banquet in the evening.

Wednesday, July 4, will be spent in fraternizing by the Blue and the Gray all over the


Many of the Monuments on the field, or now being erected, will be dedicated later in the
season ; those who have reported dates are as follows : August 8, General Warren's bronze
Statue, by Duryee's Zouaves, 94th New York Infantry. August 9, 8Sth Pennsylvania In-
fantry. August 29, 4th New York Cavalry. September 4, 108th, 123d New York Infantry,
and 1st Light Battery. September 17, 107th New York Infantry. September 20, all Michi-
gan Monuments. September 26, 10th New York Cavalry. Last week in September, 80th,
and 44th New York Infantry, all Maryland, Maine, and Vermont Monuments, and 2d New
Hampshire Monuments. October, 84th, and 110th Pennsylvania.


Several years ago a plan was conceived and matured of erecting a Memorial Church on the
Battlefield of Gettjsburg, whose stones shall be in.scribed, and donated as memorials of the
dead of both armies, and thank oflPerings of the livii^g. The church is to be named National

Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace. Nothing can well appeal more mo^'inrly to the
liearts of churchmen than the plan here set before them. That Church, upon whose loving
unity the terrible events of the Civil War made no mark, is surely the one above all others to
embrace the memorials of both sides in rearing a lasting Temple to the Prince of Peace.
Hundreds of memorial stones have already been contributed, and the corner stone mU. be
laid on the morning of July 3, when probably the largest gathering of veterans of both sides
that will ever take place will be witnessed.

The architect, Mr. Dempwolf of York, Pa. , says that $20,000 will be the enti'-p oo^t of the
beautiful edifice, and the special memorials to be donated may be wmdows, beils, furniture
and decorations, stones and tablets, suitably inscribed and to be placed m the large monu-
mental tower. Also, tiles with names burned therein. Designs and full particulars will be
furnished upon application to any one who wishes a stone or tablet to the memory of friend,
comrade or relative. The Church is to be located on the comer of Baltimore and High
streets, and the ceremonies will be under the directioa of Bishop Howe of the Diocfse of
Central Pennsylvania ; addresses will be made during the services by representatives of both
the Blue and the Gray.

Grand Army Encampment — The Semi- Annual Encampment, Department of Pennsyl-
vania, Grand Army of the Republic, will be held on East Cemetery Hill from June .SO to July
6, inclusive. The meetings will be held under a large canvas, owned by the Department.
This being the summer encampment there is no settled programme. Tents are erected on
Cemetery Hill for the use of comrades and Posts. Straw is put in them, and the comrades
provide, or bring with them, everything else. Concerts are given in c^mp morning and
evening by a band. Dress parade takes place every evening, and two or three camp fires

will be lighted during the week. The idea of the encampment is to have a grand Re-Union
and week of pleasure ; and everything done, tends to that end ; so the comrades are given
the fullest latitude. None but comrades of the G. A. R. are provided with quarters in this
section of the ground, under the rules and regulations of the Department. The officers of
the Department are : Frank J. Magee, D. C. ; W. R. Jones, S. V. C. ; George R. Hart, J. V
C. ; H. G. Williams, A. Q. M. G. ; Thomas J. Stewart, A. A. G. ; John V. Miller, Insp.;
Thomas E. Merchant, J. A.; W. W. Greenland, C. M. O. ; S. F. Chapin, M. D., and Rev.'
John W. Sajers, Chap.

Sixth United States Cavalry.— The survivors of the Sixth United States Cavalry are
ordered to report for duty on the Battlefield of Fairfield, near Gettysburg, Pa., on Tuesday,
July 3, 18SS, at 3 o'clock P. M., sharp, to take part in the Fifth Pce-Unon of that glorious old
regiment, and the anniversary of one of the greatest battles that ever took place between
troopers. George C. Piatt, President ; H. G. Mueller, Secretary.

Cushing's Battery, A, 4th United States Artillery, will take pait in the Re-Union, firing
the several salutes during the celebration.

Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, will meet at the Tablet on East Cemetery
Hill, at 4 p. M., July 2, for a good and hearty meeting, and to perfect the arrangements for
the dedication of its Monument in 1SS9.

Sons of Veterans of Pennsylvania will hold a Division Encami.meutat Gettysburg, com-
mencing on July 3, and closing on the 5th.



Aside from the Ee-Uniou of the Two Armies and Anniversary of the
Battle, the members of the Society of the Army of tlie Potomac will hold .
their Annual Meeting at Gettysburg.

The members of the Society and of the several Corps Societies will as-
semble during Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1. The main body
from the vicinity of New York City will leave the depot at Jersey City on
si^ecial trains at 11 A. M. and 11 p. m., June- 30. Tickets for these trains
can be obtained for $5 each, holders of which must return either on Tues-
day evening or Thursday morning. Tickets are not good on other trains.
The following is the programme :

Monday, July 2. — The various corps societies will hold their meetings at such places as can
be secured on that day. The meeting of the Fifth Corps will be presided over by General
Fitz John Porter ; Sixth Corps by General Charles A. "Whittier , Ninth Corps, General Gil-
bert H. McKibben ; Twelfth Corps, Lieutenant-Colonel William Fox ; Nineteenth Corps,
General W. H. Emory ; Cavalry Society, General Samuel E. Chamberlain. The hour set
for each is 10:30 A. M. The general business meeting of the Army of the Potomac will be held
in the Rink at 1 p. m. General John C. Robinson will preside. The business will conclude at
an early hour to allow of the reception of the various parties of Confederate veterans as the
trains roll in. In the evening the Society will join in the welcome and Re-Unicn exercises.

Tuesday, July 3. — The public exercises before the Society and its guests will begin at 3:30
p. M. The Orator of the day will be George William Curtis ; the poet, George Parsons
Lathrop. In the evening the annual banquet of the Society will be held. On this occasion
the Blue and the Gray will fraternize at the festive board, expressing their feelings of mutual
esteem and pledging each other's united efforts for the country's advancement under the old
flag in the future. Any one desiring to participaite in the banquet can obtain tickets at the
Springs Hotel at $.5 each ; spectators' tickets, $1 each.

Wednesday, July 4 — Independence Day. — A general jubilee will take place on the Battle,
field, in the town, and at every hotel and home in Gettysburg.



The various detachments of Confederate Veterans will be welcomed at
the depots during the day on Monday, July 2, and escorted to the quarters
selected for or by them, by details from the Union veterans who have volun-
teered for that agreeable service.

In the evening, when General Tallafiero shall have notified General
Sickles that the main body of his party are in town, the "Assembly" will be
sounded, and under leadership of the Headquarter Band all will march to
the point selected for the formal Re-Union of the Blue and the Gray.

The Court House will be placed at the disposal of the society for any
meetings they may choose to hold. All business matters connected with the
Re-Union or their personal movements will be discussed at the meetings
they expect to hold every morning in that hall at 7:30 o'clock. Committee
meetings will be held in the special hotel car reserved for the leading officers
of the Confederate Army, which will be stationed on the special side track
recently erected.

The full affiliation and fraternization will take place all along the lines of
the battlefield on the Anniversary of Independence day. No special festivi-
ties have been arranged for by the contingent in Grav.

As an evidence of the general desire of the Boys in Gray to participate
we publish one letter of many received by the Committee of Arrangements :

Veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia, J
Brigade Association, Louisiana Division, ^
New Orleans, June 4, 1888. )
General Daniel E. Sickles.

My Dear Sir : Will you kindly give me information in regard to the celebration of the
anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg to be held on Juiy 1, 2 and 3 of this year. A dele-
gation from this Association may attend, composed of soldiers who participated and who
desii'e to be present. * * * We speak for oui selves as the survivors of Louisiana's Contin-
gent serving under General Robert E. Lee. Very respectfully your obedient servant,

Fred. A. Ober,
Formerly of the 5th Louisiana Infantry, Hays' Louisiana Brigade.

Frederick & Field,


-h (^ins Monuments -\-

From New and Artistic Desii^ns in Granite and Real Bronze.



Quarries and Works, Quincy, Mass.

-A.L.MYERS- Agent, -



Port Jervis, N. Y., Leominster, Mass., West Roxbury, Mass.,

Norristown, N. J , Monmouth Battle Monument, Springfield, O.,

Lawrence, Mass., Manchester, N. H., Findley, O., Etc.


20th N. Y. S. M. (80th N. Y. Vol. Inf.) 1st N. J. Cavalry, 12th N. J. Vol. Inf.,

Battery K, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, 6th Ohio Cavalry, Clark's Battery,

eth N. J. Vol. Inf., 5th N. J. Vol. Inf., 1 st N. J. Artillery,

8th N. J. Vol. Inf., 7th N.J. Vol. Inf., 39th N. Y. Inf.,

43d N. Y. Inf., 67th N. Y. Infy., 86th N. Y. Infy.,

49th N. Y. Inf. 68th N. Y Inf. 97th N. Y. Inf.,

57th N. Y. Inf., 76th N. Y. Inf., 104th N. Y. Inf.,

60th N. Y. Inf., 80th N. Y. Inf., 121st N. Y. Inf.,

125th N. Y. Inf., 1 37th N. Y Inf., Battery D, 1st N. Y. Artillery,

126th N. Y. Inf., 146th N. Y. Inf., 5th N. Y. Independent Battery,

134th N. Y. Inf., 147th N. Y. Inf., 9th N. Y. Cavalry,

136th N. Y. Inf., Battery B, 1st N. Y. Artillery, 83d Penn. Inf.





In order that the various dedicatory exercises may be more easily referred
to, we have divided this programme into three sections : 1 — Before the Ee-
Union. 2 — During the Ee-Union. 3 — After the Ee-Ux.ion.

That some idea of the number of Monuments erected, or to be erected,
on the Battlefield may be given those interested, the following statement has
been couipiled from official sources ; and will show the number of organiza-
tions from each State engaged on the Union side at Gettysburg ; the amount
appropriated by the State to each organization to mark its position on the
field ; the amount apjiropriated by the State to the Gettysburg Battlefield
Memorial Association, for purchase of lands, &c., and the total amount ap-
propriated by each State, including, in some instances, special appropria-
tions for Monuments to distinguished officers who fell on the field:

States repretented by Troops of

in the Union Army Organi-

a.t Gettysburg. zaiions-

New York 92

Pennsylvania 85

Massachusetts 25

Maine 14

New Jersey 15

Ohio -. 19

Micjjigan 12

Vermont 9

Connecticut 8

Indiana 6

New Hampshire 4

Rhode Island 3

Delaware 2

Minnesota 1

Wisconsin 6

JJaryland ,.,...,.,, 5

Amount to Oet-

tysburg Battle-


mount to each

field Mem.



















































Of the intended Monuments nearly ninety were in position awd dedicated
before the close of 1887. Those to be dedicated during tliis year, the
twenty-fifth anniversary of the battle, will be mentioned in the following
sections :


SHALER'S BRIGADE.— The first gathering of Veterans on the Battlefield during the year
will bo that of the surviTors of Shaler's Brigade on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June
12, 1." and 14. This was the First Brigade, Third Division, Sixth Army Cori>s— comprising
the C5th, 67th and 12'~d New York, and the 2"d and S2d Pennsylvania Volunteers. It is ex-
pected that the Regimental Associations, excepting tlie 67th New York, will reach Gettys-
burg on the morning of Tuesday, the 12th, and remain during the three days. The pro-
gramme as arranged is :

June 12, Tuesday. — 9 a. m., arrival of the 122d New York Volunteers. 1. p. M., arrival of
the 6.jth New York \^olunteers, 23d and 82d Pennsylvania Volunteers, who will be escorted
ipon ',heir arrival to their respective headquarters by the G. A. R. Band of Gettysburg. 7:30
?. M , assemble at Brigade headquarters to attend the Camp Fire at Court House; General
Alexander Shaler will deliver an address, followed by music, songs, recitations, Army reminis-
cences, &c. William J. Wray, 23d Pennsylvania, Master of Ceremonies.

June 13, Wednesday. — 9 a. m., assemble at Brigade headquarters to march to the Dedica-
tion Grounds at Gulp's Hill. The Monument Dedication Ceremonies will begin with an ad-
dress by General John Cochrane of New York City, one of the former Brigade Commanders,
followed by the dedication of Monuments in the order named — 23d Pennsylvania, 82d Penn-
sylvania, 65th New York and 122d New York. Should General Cochrane not recover his
health in time for the ceremonies General Martin T. INIcMahon, United States Marshal for
the Southern District of New York, will probably deliver the address. Each of the dedi-
catory ceremonies is expected not to exceed thirty minutes'. 2 r. M. , assemble at Brigade
headquarters for visit to the Battlefield of the second and third days' actions, passing along
the lines at Cemetery Hill, Peach Orchard, Dev.l's I'cn, the Round Tops, Gulp's Hill and
National Cernctcry. 9 p. M. , reassemble at Brigade headquarters to attend the complimentary
ball and reception, given in honor of the event, by the 23d Pennsylvania Volunteers' Survi-
vors' Association, at the Rink Building. Colonel John F. Glenn of Philadelphia, Grand Con-
ductor. Music by McKnightstown Cornet Band.

June 14, Thursday. — 9 A. M., assemble afc Brigade headquarters to visit the Reynolds Monu-
ment and field of the first day's action. Noon — Departure for home.

The officers of the Brigade Association are : President— General Alexander Shaler, Ridge-
field, N. J. ; Vice-Presidents— Colonel John F. Glenn, 23d Pennjylvania Volunteers, Philadel-
phia, Pa. ; Colonel Silas Titus, 122d New York Volunteers, Syracuse, N. Y. ; Colonel John M.
Wetherill, 82J Pennsylvania Volunteers, Pottsville, Pa. ; Lieutenant-Colonel Henry G. Healy,
65th New York Volunteers, Washington, D. C. ; Colonel William P. Roome, Headquarters
Staff, New York City. Secretary and Treasurer— William J. "\^'i-ay, 23d Pennsylvania Volun-
teers, 3923 Reno street, Philadelphia, Pa. Brigade Committee— General Alexander Shaler.
Headquarters, Ridgefield, N. J. ; Colonel Sanniel Truesdell, 65th New York Vohniteers, New
York City; Captain Robert H. Moses, 122d New York Volunteers, New York City ; Colonel
John M. Wetherill, 82d Pennsylvania Volunteei-s, Pottsville, Pa. ; William J. Wray, 23d I*enn-
sylvania Volunteers, Philadelphia, Pa.

It was deemed best that the Re-Union should occur in June, it being the beginning of tne
vacation sea.son, and the Regimental Talilcfs would lie erected in time for inspection by the
great crowd of people who will visit the historic field of Gettysburg in July. Following ar©
the Regimental I'rogramineo-

■,2'Id Penn'SYlvania Infan'thv (Birney /'-iiiiavn>) will ur.veil their Biiiiey J^oiinvo Statue
June i;i, the order of dedicatory exercises being : Prayer, by Rev. Janios G. Shinn, Atlantic
City, N. J., late CViaplain 23d Pennsylvania Volunteers; Address, by Colonel John F. Glenn,
Philadelpliia, late Colonel 2">(1 Pennsylvania Volunteers; Music, McKnightstowa Cornet
Band; Presentation of 8tatuo to the Battlefield Association, by William J. Wraj', Philadel-
phia, late F Company 2:iil I'eiiitsylvania Volunteers ; Unveiling of Statue — Music; Accept-
ance of Statue by the Battlefield Association's Secretary; Singing, "My Country, 'tis o'
Thee"; Doxoloyy, by Chaplain Shinn. During the stay of the Brigade in Gettysburg the
aSd will give a ball and reception at the Kink Building. The regimental headquarters wili
be at the Eagle Hotel.

82d Pennsylvania Infantry. — This command will dedicate a Tablet on Wednesday
morning, June 13. The programme of exercises is: Address, by the President, Colonel J. M.
Wetherill ; Prayer, by the Chaplain ; Music — Band ; Oration. Captain George W. Water-
house ; Singing, " My Country, 'tis of Thee"; Doxology. The Committee on the Tablet are:
Colonel John M. Wetherill, Captain Charles Williams, Captain Albert Ivers, William H.
Aiment and W. H. Redheffer. The excursion party of this regiment have arranged for
their train to leave Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, on Tuesdav, June 12, 188S, at 7:20
o'clock A. M. Headquarters have been established at the Keystone Hotel.

65th New York Infantry (Chasseurs), was raised in New York City, and mustered in
during October, 1801, and fought at Fair Oaks, Malvern 11 11, Antietani, Fredericksburg^
Marye's Heights, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harlior, Peters-
burg, Opequan and Cedar C'reek. Regimental headquarters will bo at the Mc(Jlellan House
in the square. The Monument will be dedicated on June 13.

122d New York Infantry, raised at Syracuse, and mustered in during August, 1862, It
smelt powder at Marye's Heights, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Wilderness, Spottsyl-
vania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fort Stevens, Opequan, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek. The order
of exercises at the Monument is: Calling to order, by the President of the Survivors' Association
A. H. Hubbs; Presentation of Monument, by Major Davis Cossett, Chairman of Monument
Committee; Unveiling of Monument; Music, by Band; Acceptance of Monument, by President
A. H. Hubbs; Oration, by Major J. B. Davis. Regimental headquarters will beat the Globe

Note. — The regiments met as arranged, and the programme was thoroughly and success-
fully carried out.

The State of Wisconsin will dedicate on oune 30 seven Monuments to the memory of
the dead from that State who participated with their several commands iu the en;^agement.
Each regiment will have its own appropriate exercises, and then the general exercises on be-
half of the'State will be held in tlie grove where General Reynolds fell on July 1, 18(>.'>. The
Society of the First Corps has tendered the State the use of the rostrum it has erected for
exercises on the following Sunday, and the offer has been accepted. The platform, built by
Peter Culp, a scout employed by General Reynolds on the morning of the first day's fight, is
thirty two feet square. State Senator L. E. Pond was the prime mover iu o'.)taining the ap-
propriations which enable the State to place her seven stately and unique Memorials in
granite and marble. The Senator was Captain of Company E of the 7th Regiment at Get-
tysburg, and fell shot in the breast early in the engagement — so early, in fact, that it is said
he was the first man wounded in the battle. The company faltered for a moment. He cried
out: " Press on, boys; never mind mo," and they pressed on. He was subsequently wounded
twice at Petersburg, and was compelled to withdraw from the service December 30, 18G4.
Captain Pond was appointed President of the Wisconsin Gettysburg Monumental Associa-
tion, and to his efforts the prompt execution of the will of the Legislature is due. The Wis-
consin delegation will reach Gettysburg early on the morning of the day of dedication. The
programme for the general gathering is arranged as follows : The procession will wend its
way from the town, and at ten o'clock, under the direction of L. E. Pond, President of th^
State Commission, and Chairman of the Committee on Excursion, and H. B. Harshaw,

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