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site direction at the date of meeting, and so shall be deprived the pleasure afforded the comrades who may be so fortunate as to be present at “roll call." But let us all remember that one day there will be a “roll call" at which we must all respond in person--no substitute, no form of excuse will be entertained by the great Captain of our Salvation. May we all be “minute men” and ever have our armor on, and our feet shod with a preparation of the gospel of peace, and so be prepared to enter into that last reunion from which there will be no discharge. Fraternally yours,
R. B. FRARY.
CHICAGO, Fuly 27, 1884. GeneRAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary Society of the Army of the Tennessee, Cin
cinnati, O.: Dear COMRADE:-Your favor of the roth inst. came duly to hand. I have delayed writing, hoping that I might see the way open to attend the annual reunion at Lake Minnetonka.
I am sorry that at last I must give up the hope of going and content myself simply with being with the “Army of the Tennessee" in spirit.
May you all have royal good time enjoying the peace and prosperity won by your patriotism and death-daring devotion on the field and in the front ranks when duty called. My address remains the same as for the past eight years.
Yours very truly,
J. THOMPSON Moss, 1st Lieutenaut“/” Co., 53d Ills. Vol.,
76 and 78 Monroe St., Chicago, Ills.
Lincoln, PLACER Co., CAL., Fuly 23, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER:
DEAR SIR:-Your circular letter, with the official notification of the time and place of holding the seventeenth annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, is received.
I very deeply regret my inability, arising from my daily duties here, that I will not be able to meet with and enjoy the pleasure of intercourse with the assembled heroes on that occasion. I would like particularly to see and hear our great commander deliver the annual address, that I know will be full of interesting facts, stirring, patriotic words of admonition to brighten and strengthen the love we have for each other and our common country, that we all fought to keep from dissolution and anarchy. Wishing you all an interesting and happy meeting, I am your humble soldier friend,
BELVIDERE, ILL., Fuly 26, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary of Army of Tennessee, Cincinnati, O.: DEAR SIR:—Replying to your circular of 10th inst., would say that I shall be unable to attend the reunion of our Society, to be held at Lake Minnetonka, Minn., August 13th prox. Wishing great success to an occasion which will certainly prove most enjoyable to all comrades present, I remain,
Very truly yours,
W. W. Wood, Adjutant 95th Illinois Infantry.
CHICAGO, Fuly 19, 1884. DEAR GENERAL:-I am in receipt of yours of the roth inst. giving notice of our annual reunion. A rheumatic arm and shoulder (a relic of Young's Point and Chickasaw Bayou) will prevent my attendance. You have my best wishes for a good time, and I would be glad to have my best wishes given to the first commander of the Army of the Tennessee.
Yours very truly,
Chas. W. Smith. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary Army of Tennessee, Cincinnati, O.
WAUKESHA, Wis., August 7, 1884. General A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary: Dear Sir:- I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the official notification of the time and place of meeting of our Society, and to convey my regrets that engagements here will debar me from joining in the pleasures of the reunion.
A special term of court was, some time ago, ordered by me for that week, and, with a proper regard for official duties, I cannot then be away from Waukesha. Hoping that the festivities may be all that could be wished, I am, General, Very respectfully yours,
FRANK H. PUTNEY.
LIMA, O., August 5, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary Society Army of the Tennessee: DEAR GENERAL:-The circular notice and invitation to the seventeenth meeting of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee is received. I have delayed my response, hoping that I would be able to arrange my business so as to enable me to be present. I now regret to say that it will be impossible to be present at your reunion at Lake Minnetonka, Minn., on the 13th and 14th
inst. I need not express the hope that you will have a grand good time, for this I know you will have; I only regret that I cannot be one of the number.
Very truly yours,
H. S. PROPHET.
MEMPHIS, Mo., August 6, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Cincinnati, O.: MY DEAR GENERAL:-Your circular letter, notifying me of our next reunion received. I have looked forward to this reunion with special interest, anticipating much pleasure at meeting again old comrades of those times that tried men's souls, but I am doomed to disappointment, business engagements prevent. Many years have come and gone since we laid down the sword and took up civil pursuits; yet those days of march, battle and camp, are as vivid as if but yesterday. During the past twenty years we have lost some of our physical strength; our sight is not strong, and our heads are being whitened by the frosts of many winters, but our love for one another which was born midst the bursting of shell, crash of musketry and groans of our wounded and dying comrades grows stronger as years roll by and our members become less. Those who stood shoulder to shoulder in the midst of death will be pardoned for feeling especial endeared to each other in these da of peace. Both sadness and pleasure was ours in the camp. I have just been thinking of the ever memorable day of July 22d, 1864. I had been severely wounded in a charge July 21st, and was in the hospital. General McPherson (that noble man) was passing through the hospital tent with a smile and pleasant word for all, bidding the wounded to be of good cheer, when the crack of a musket was heard to the rear, and the bullet passed through the tent, then another, then a crash. McPherson sprang to his horse, and in thirty minutes was killed. Oh! how the heart-strings of the “ Army of the Tennessee" were pulled out when the news spread. Bleeding and almost exhausted, some fifteen of us were taken to a little grove of brush, back a short distance. While here, bloody, and unable to get further, General Logan came riding by at full gallop to take charge of the Army of the Tennessee. Amid the scream of shell and crash of arms, he saw us, with hospital clothes on, bloody and dusty; we no doubt presented a pitiful sight. General Logan stopped, asked where we were from, told us to keep up our spirits, and he would send an ambulance and get us out of danger, and saying: “We will avenge McPherson's death,” rode away. Of course we knew it was impracticable to send an ambulauce under the circumstances, but it cheered us, and showed the true inwardness and bigness of heart of a man worthy the nation's pride. But I am too lengthy. May your pleasures be unbounded. I will be with you in spirit. In your joys and festivities remember those of us patriots not so highly favored. Love to all.
H. C. McArthur,
Major and A. D. C.
JOLIET, August 11, 1884. GENERAL:-Being deprived of the privilege of attending the seventeenth reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, I beg to report my whereabouts, in obedience to article 3d of our constitution, to express my great regret at my enforced absence from your meeting, and my ever deepening interest in all that pertains to the welfare of the Society and of its individual members. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. W. McCLAUGHRY. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary Society Army of the Tennessee.
BLOOMINGTON, ILL, August 11, 1884. GENERAL A. HickeNLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary, etc.: I have been looking forward with a great deal of pleasure to the meeting of the Society of the Army of the Tenriessee on the 13th and 14th inst., at Lake Minnetonka, and had, as I thought, fully determined to be there; but owing to our approaching term of court, and matters connected therewith, which was unforseen (previously) I will now very reluctantly have to say, I cannot attend.
I know, however, that you will all have a splendid time, and I do not know of any body of men who deserve to have a splendid time more than the members of the “ Society of the Army of the Tennessee.” Yours most respectfully,
J. C. McFARLAND.
Warsaw, IND., August 11, 1884. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Lake Minnetonka, Minn.; Dear GENERAL:- I regret exceedingly that, at the very last moment, I find it will be impossible for me to attend the meeting of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee at Lake Minnetonka, on the 13th and 14th inst.
I had looked forward to this reunion with deep pleasure, and I am reminded, from the fact, that each year finds the roll depleted by the “going hence” of those we learned to love in days long gone by, that we have no assurance who will answer at the “next roll call.” I fondly hope all may be there. Wishing you a delightful time, I am, General,
W. S. MARSHALL.
La Crosse, Wis., August 9, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY, GENERAL H. P. VAN CLEVE, Hon. W. D. WASHBURN AND OTHERS,
Committee on Invitation : GentLEMEN:- I beg to acknowledge the receipt of an invitation from your
committee, to be present at the seventeenth annual reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, to be held at Lake Minnetonka, August 13th and 14th instant. I regret that my engagements prevent my acceptance of the invitation.
JOLIET, ILL., August 11, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY AND OTHERS,
Committee on Invitations Society of Army of the Tennessee: GENTLEMEN:-After making preparations to attend the reunion, to which your invitation of 30th ult. so kindly invites me, I find, at the last moment, that I cannot be spared from my duties here, and am compelled, most reluctantly, to send my regrets. Wishing you a most joyous reunion, I remain, Your obedient servant,
R. W. McCLAUGHRY.
CHICAGO, August 8, 1884. GENERAL JOHN B. SANBORN,
Chairman Executive Committee, etc.: DEAR SIR:-( very much regret my inability to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, at Lake Minnetonka, on the 12th and 13th inst.
The location, the time, the men in charge and the interest manifested by all the members warrant the belief that this will be one of the most successful and enjoyable reunions the Society has ever held. With warmest friendship for all, I am, Sincerely and fraternally yours,
WILEY S. SCRIBNER.
MISHAWAKA, IND., August 11, 1884. GENERAL W. T. CLARK:
DEAR GENERAL.-I regret that I cannot be with you at the seventeenth reunion of the dear old Army of the Tennessee to-inorrow. If you see any of the boys of our old brigade, please remember me to them.
Yours very truly,
W. H. JUDKINS, 1st Lieutenant 48th Ind. Infantry, 1st Brig., 31 Div., 15th A. C.
MUSCATINE, IOWA, August 8, 1884. GENERAL H. H. SIBLEY,
Chairman Committee on Invitations 17th Reunion Army Tennessee: My Dear Sir:-Your card of invitation received. I very much regret that I will not be able to meet with the gallant officers of the old Army of the