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OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

UNITED STATES ARMY,

WASHINGTON, D. C., August 11, 1884. General Parke regrets extremely that his duties here compel him to deny himself the pleasure of accepting the kind invitation to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, to be held the 13th and 14th inst. TO GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY,

Chairman Committee on Invitations.

Fort SNELLING, MINN., August 8, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY AND OTHERS,

Committee, St. Paul, Minnesota: GENTLEMEN:-I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your kind invitation to attend the seventeenth annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 13th and 14th inst., and regret exceedingly that my engagements are such as to deprive me of the pleasure of accepting it.

Please express to the gentlemen of your committee my appreciation of the honor conferred upon me, and much oblige.

Yours sincerely,

Geo. L. ANDREWS,
Colonel 25th Infantry.

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YANKTON, DAK., August 9, 1884. To GENERALS H. H. SIBLEY, VAN CLEVE AND OTHers,

Committee: GENTLEMEN:- I regret very much that it is not possible for me to attend the annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, to be held at Hotel Lafayette, Lake Minnetonka, on August 14th prox.

Very respectfully,

ALEX. SHARP, Major and Brigadier-General U. S. A. HEADQUARTERS DivisioN OF THE MISSOURI,

CHICAGO, ILLS., August 7, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY,

St. Paul, Minn.: GENERAL:-I should be most happy to accept the invitation of your committee to attend the seventeenth annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 13th and 14th instant, but the absence of Major-General Schofield from his headquarters will prevent my absenting myself from Chicago at that time. I beg you will convey my sincere thanks to the members of your 'committee for their remembrance of me, and my best wishes to all old comrades of the Army of the Tennessee for a prolonged, happy and prosperous life and a jolly reunion. I am, very truly,

Yours,

WM, M. WHERRY, Brevet-Colonel U. S. Army,

Aide-de-Camp.

BlocTon, BIBB Co., ALA., lugust 7, 1884. COLONEL L. M. DAYTON, Secretary Society of the Army of the Tennessee, Minnetonka Beach,

Minn.: Dear Colonel:—Please express to my friends my sincere regret at my inability to be present at the reunior. I fully expected to be with you, but now find that I must be in Colorado next week. I appreciate what I lose by my absence, and I am, Yours and theirs sincerely,

C. CADLE, JR.

HELENA, MONTANA, August 9, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY AND OTHERS, Gentlemen of the Committee on Invitation for the reunion of the Army

of the Tennessee: DEAR SIrs:-I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your kind invitation to be present at the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, to be held on the 13th and 14th inst., and regret much that I shall not be able to be present, I am, Very respectfully, and truly yours,

THOMAS H. RUGER, Colonel Eighteenth U. S. Infantry.

Fremont, Ohio, August 4, 1884. GENERAL W. T. SHERMAN,

President of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee: Dear GENERAL:—I hereby designate my son, George Buckland, as the relative to whom my membership in the Society of the Army of the Tennessee shall descend, and, with your approval, I desire to have this designation submitted to a vote of the Society at its next annual meeting, in accordance with the Constitution of the Society, and entered upon its records.

I have only two sons living. Horace S., the elder, has been duly admitted a member of the 2nd class of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. My greatest desire is that they may both prove themselves worthy to associate with my army comrades. With great respect, your obedient servant,

R. P. BUCKLAND.

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HEADQUARTERS Department of the Platte,

OMAHA, Neb., August 8, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY, ET AL.,

Committee on Invitation: Dear Sirs:-General Howard is absent in Europe, or would himself

acknowledge and if possible accept your kind invitation for August 13th and 14th.

Very truly yours,

GUY HOWARD,

Aide de Camp.

DAVENPORT, IOWA, August 9, 1884. General H. H. SIBLEY,

Chairman Committee Invitation, St. Paul, Minn.: Dear GENERAL:—My sincere regrets, that from business engagements, I will be unable to attend the seventeenth annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, as per your kind invitation of July 30. It seems, of late, to be my annually reverting misfortune, this absence when duty and pleasure call-yet, “all the samee," and even, if like music, I am by distance made more sweet, I am very sorry not to be with you on these happy occasions. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ADD. H. Sanders, Formerly Colonel 16th Iowa Infantry.

New York City, 229 BROADWAY, July 30, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary Army of the Tennessee Society: MY DEAR GENERAL:-Yours of July 10th, 1884, is just received. I have but little to say, except that, after years of severe intermittent illness, I find myself now with a reasonable hope of a fair degree of exemption from those special i!ls. With kind regards to all comrades, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

SCHUYLER HAMILTON,

Major-General, etc., etc.

WINCHESTER, MASS., July 30, 1884. Dear GENERAL:—Your notification of the 17th annual reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, in Minnesota, reached me here in my home near Boston. I should be glad, indeed, to participate with my comrades of the Army of the Tennessee at this reunion, but you are a little too far off for me.

I have my pleasant associations with the State of Minnesota, it being my last command, and it would be an additional inducement to attend to meet many of the pleasant acquaintances formed in that year and a half of residence in St. Paul, where, in fact, I was finally mustered out.

Thanking you for your timely notice, I beg to convey my kindest regards to the members of the Society in session, and remain, as ever, Sincerely your friend

John M. CORSE. To GenerAL A. HICKENLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary Society Army Tennessee, Cincinnati, O.

U. S. ENGINEER OFFICE,

DETROIT, Mich., 7uly 16, 1884. S DEAR GENERAL HICKENLOOper:-I regret that I will not be able to attend the meeting of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, at Lake Minnetonka, as my public duties are such that I must be here at that time.

By the way, will you be so good as to change my postoffice address on your records, so that it shall read 34 West Congress street, Detroit, Mich. The notice of July 10, of the next meeting, went to Washington, D. C. Yours truly,

O. M. PoE.

TACOMA, W. T., Fuly 29, 1884. My Dear GENERAL:- I am again compelled to express my regrets that I cannot be present at the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, to be held at Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, on the 13th and 14th of August next. But I beg to present to the members who may be fortunate enough to be present my sincere fraternal regards and best wishes for their health, happiness and prosperity.

Sincerely yours,

J. W. SPRAGUE. GENERAL A. HickENLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary, etc., Cincinnati, O.

TECUMSEH, CHEROKEE Co., ALA., August 7, 1884. GenerAL A. HJCKENLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary: My Dear GENERAL:-1 greatly regret that other engagements will prevent my attendance at meeting of Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 13th and 14th instants.

Please express to the members my warm and increasing regard for them, my deep interest in their society, my great admiration for the glorious and beneficent service the Army of the Tennessee rendered to country and the world, and my especial pride in its great living commanders, Generals Grant, Sherman and Logan, and my loving remembrances of its dead hero, General McPherson.

With kindest regards to yourself, and my wish that you may have a happy meeting, and that we may all always be true to the great principles for which the Army of the Tennessee fought, I am,

Yours fraternally,

WILLARD WARNER.

Vert ISLAND, July 27, 1884. GENERAL A. HickeNLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary Society of the Army of the Tennessee: My Dear GenERAL:—Here I am across the line, helping to develop the resources of the north shore of Lake Superior. I find myself tied up with

business to such an extent as to prevent me from attending the annual reunion at Minnetonka. I regret this exceedingly. I find myself arriving at an age that warns me not to expect many of these happy gatherings in front of me, and while I feel that the hearty shake and warm greetings of my old comrades give me a better grip of life, still to secure them this year would be a sacrifice of duty. Please present my regrets to enquiring friends, tell them I am well and hearty and on the up grade, and full of hope that I will be able to meet the “boys” next year. God bless them all. Sincerely your friend,

Jno. McArthur.

FREMONT, Ohio, August 4, 1884.

GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary: Dear Sir:-I have expected to attend the meeting of the Army of the Tennessee at Minneapolis, but matters have recently turned up which will deprive me of that pleasure.

The enclosed writing, addressed to General Sherman as President of the Society, explains itself. Please present the paper to General Sherman for his approval, and if approved, submit it to a vote of the Society. I think General Sherman will remember George.

I have attended nearly all the meetings of the Society, and have enjoyed them very highly, but advancing years admonishes me that I must soon relinquish my membership to younger blood.

My thoughts and best wishes will ever be with my comrades of the Army of the Tennessee.

Very truly yours,

R. P. BUCKLAND.

CLINTON, ILL., Fuly 25, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,

Corresponding Secretary, etc. My Dear GENERAL:—I have the honor to inform you that I received your notice of the seventeenth annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee on the 13th and 14th proximo. I need not tell you how much pleasure it would afford me to meet with my old comrades on that occasion; but having an engagement to be elsewhere at that time, I can only comfort myself in imagining how happy you will all be, and how “hugely” you will enjoy yourselves at the Hotel Lafayette, on that beautiful little lake Minnetonka. Please shake hands with the "boys” for me, and believe me to be, as ever, Your friend and comrade,

C. GOODBRAKE.

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