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Officers who have at any time served in the Army or Department of the Tennessee, are, by our constitution, entitled to membership, and are especially requested to attend.
W. T. SHERMAY,
President. L. M. DAYTOX, Recording Secretary. A. HICKENLOOPER, Corresponding Secretary,
To which he added the following:
CINCINNATI, July 20, 1885. I have the honor to enclose herewith the official notification of ihe time and place of our next reunion; and in connection with which, desire to call your special attention to Article III of our Constitution:
“The Society shall meet once in every year, and those officers who, for any cause, are unable to attend its meetings, will be expected to write to the Corresponding Secretary of the Society, and impart such information in regard to themselves as they may desire, and which may be of interest to their brother officers."
And also to request, that if, since the date of our last meeting, the death of any member has come to your knowledge, you will at once advise me of the fact, and, if practicable, obtain and forward a sketch of the life and military services of such inember.
In accordance with instructions of the Society, reports of our annual meetings from September, 1877, to October, 1883, Nos, 11 to 16 inclusive, have been re-printed in two handsomely bound volumes of about 500 pages each, and are now ready for gratuitous distribution to paid-up members. About four hundred volumes will be sent to Chicago for delivery to members attending that meeting.
To other paid-up members, they will be sent either by mail or express, but as they are too valuable to be lost by misdirection, you are requested to advise the undersigned to what address, and by what express company, you desire to have them forwarded, expressage C. 0. D. New members, or others, who have never received the first two volumes-Nos. I to joinclusive, are requested to so state.
Delivery can be made by mail, but it is not advisable, as the regulations require a separation of the volumes, and an unsealed wrapper, thus greatly increasing the liability to loss or damage ; if, however, this is the only channel of communication with your place, you will please so state, and transmit fortyfour cents in stamps, with which to prepay postage.
A. HICKEN LOOPER, Corresponding Secretary, Cincinnati, O.
These were supplemented by the Local Executive Committee:
SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, HEADQUARTERS LOCAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE,
GRAND Pacific Hotel, CHICAGO, July 31, 1885. The following Committees are appointed in charge of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, at its eighteenth annual reunion at Chicago, Wednesday and Thursday, September 9th and ioth, 1885:
COMMITTEE ON INVITATION AND RECEPTION.
General J. B. Leake, Chairman, General Robt. W. Smith,
General John E. Smith, General W.Q. Gresham,
General John A. Logan, General Samuel Fallows,
General John McArthur,
General Arthur C. Ducat,
Dr. E. Powell,
Major S. C. Barrett,
Captain J. T. McAuley,
Lieutenant W. S. Scribner, Captain D. H. Gile,
Captain N. L. Lutz.
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE.
Colonel J. A. Sexton, Chairman, Captain Israel P. Rumsey,
Captain J. C. Neeley, Major C. H. Dyer,
Captain B. W. Underwood, Captain F. A. Bragg,
Captain J. E. White,
Lieutenant W. G. Mead.
General Joseph Stockton, Chairman,
Major J. A. Fitch,
Lieutenant A. N. Reece.
Captain R. S. Tuthill, Chairman,
Colonel Aug. Jacobson, Colonel W. L. Barnum,
Dr. O. W. Nixon, General A. N. Pearson,
Major W. L. B. Jenney.
COMMITTEE ON HALL AND EXCURSIONS.
Major George Mason, Chairman. Colonel W. H. Bolton,
Colonel W. B. Keeler, Major Geo. L. Paddock,
Captain P. McGrath, General J. L. Reynolds,
Captain R. W. Pike, Captain W. A. Ruff,
Captain G. W. Emerson, Captain G. A. Busse,
Lieutenant C. L. Pratt.
COMMITTEE ON DECORATION.
Captain Martin Beem, Chairman, Captain E. P. Tobey,
Captain Holmes Hoge, Captain C. W. Laing,
Captain C. H. Cooley, Lieutenant E. P. Fisher,
Lieutenant C. H. Hunting.
COMMITTEE ON PRINTING AND BADGES.
Captain A. T. Andreas, Chairman, Captain A. J. Harding,
Captain J. L. Bennett, Lieutenant-Colonel B. T. Wright, Lieutenant T. W. Letton. Dr. J. R. Zearing,
Lieutenant F. C. Wilson. The several committees will obtain their badges at the rooms of the Executive Committee, at the Grand Pacific Hotel, on the morning of the gth of September
The tickets for the banquet can be obtained of the Committee on Banquet, on and after the morning of the oth of September. Ladies of the families of members can participate at the banquet.
Officers who have served with the Army of the Tennessee, and who wish to join the Society, will apply to Colonel L. M. Dayton, Recording Secretary, at the rooms of the Executive Committee, on the oth of September.
Members desiring information in relation to hotel accommodations, transportation, etc., will address the Chairman of the respective committees.
The Committee on Transportation will, in due time, issue a circular letter to the members, giving the reduced rates of transportation on all railroads running into Chicago.
A. L. CHETLAIN,
Chairman Local Executive Commiitee. W. S. SCRIBNER,
Thus every effort being made that all active members of the Society, as well as those who are entitled to become members, should be properly advised of the reunion.
CHICAGO, ILL., September 9, 1885. The members of the Society marched from the headquarters of the Local Committee, at the Grand Pacific Hotel, to the theatre, and being assembled, were called to order by General Chetlain, Chairman of the Committee, and without ceremony, presented General Sherman, the President.
On assuming the chair, the President was received as usual, with a welcoming applause, and opened the meeting with the following remarks: COMRADES:
I am very glad to see so fine an attendance on this occasion. We meet for business purposes this morning, and I therefore call you to order as a Society, but before proceeding to business, we must perfect our organization. Our most zealous and active Secretary, Colonel Dayton, was called to Narragansett Pier, by reason of the sickness of his wife. That leaves us without a Secretary General Hickenlooper, our Corresponding Secretary, kindly undertook to perform his office until this moment, and called to his assistance Colonel Cadle. Is it the pleasure of the Society, that Colonel Cadle should act as Secretary in place of Colonel Dayton, for this meeting, to take the necessary notes of our proceeding.
On motion of Lieutenant Scribner,
ResolvedThat Colonel Cadle be elected Secretary, pro tem., by reason of the unavoidable absence of Colonel Dayton.
The President:--Colonel Cadle will take the books and make the necessary entries throughout the time of this meeting. Our organization now, gentlemen, is complete, and the first business in order, will be to read the proceedings of our last meeting at Lake Minnetonka. They are in print, and I suppose every member has received a copy in print.
On motion of Lieutenant-Colonel Dresser,
Resolved, That the reading of the record of the last meeting be dispensed with.
The President stated the next business would be the regular reports, and asked the Corresponding Secretary to present his in order. General Hickenlooper read the following:
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY'S REPORT.
OFFICE OF CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
CINCINNATI, September 8, 1885. Mr. President and Members of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee :
GENTLEMEN:- As Corresponding Secretary of your Society, I have the honor to report the transmittal of the usual notices pertaining to this meeting; submit letters received from absent members, and to officially notify you of the death of the following named members of our Society: General U. S. Grant, New York City; Colonel D. N. Welch, New Haven, Connecticut; Captain Jno. E. Jones, Carroll, Iowa, and Major Josiah Barber, Cleveland, Ohio. Biographical sketches of the deceased members are herewith submitted.
Reports of our annual meetings from September, 1877, to October, 1883-Nos. II to 16, inclusive--have, under the charge of your committee, been reprinted in two handsomely bound volumes of about five hundred pages each; these are now ready for distribution to members at the headquarter rooms.
A. HICKENLOOPER, Corresponding Secretary.
The Corresponding Secretary presented the following correspondence: