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referred to these reports. I asked them for copies and got them, and that is the reason why I ask justice. Why make reports and send them to Washington if they are snowed under? But the matters spread on our records will be referred to by historians hereafter.
The President:-Gentlemen, I think I was at the battle of Shiloh myself, and, like all other battles, some people were surprised there very much. Some of us were not very much surprised; some of us kept them at bay all day. I think the proposition is simple enough. If we load down our records with regimental, with brigade, with division reports, they would become too voluminous.
Colonel Brush:This is not a regimental report. The report of the service of that regiment would take as big a book as was ever published by this association, but it is only their action at Donelson, Shiloh and Fort Henry, where they never gave way, that this paper speaks of.
The President:- I think a plan might be adopted more of this nature: that you prepare your paper, the committee will approve it, and you can publish it.
Colonel Brush:-But who would see it?
Colonel Brush:—That would do very well, but who would see a litile bit of a book that I put out? But they would look at the report.
The President:-We are certainly friendly to every soldier who fought, from the soldier up to the general-in-chief. We know that, we feel it in our hearts, but there is a limit to the labor imposed upon the Society, and we do not want to let down the bars. If General Force will examine your manuscript, General Hickenlooper will do the same and send it to me, and I will promise to read every word of it, and if I find the paper of surpassing excellence, I will recommend its publication.
General McGinnis:-I never understood that it was the desire of this Society to publish regimental histories in their proceedings. If they undertook to do so, every colonel who was connected with a regiment would have the right to come in here and publish the proceedings or history of his regiment, and that
we cannot allow. Now, for the purpose of getting this matter before the Society, I move that no regimental histories be pub. lished.
The President:- That, then, will take this subject out of our power.
General McGinnis:-Yes sir, entirely.
Colonel Brush:-I wish to say in regard to this matter, that it is not a regimental history, and action was taken upon it yesterday, and it is before a committee.
Colonel Jacobson:-I only wish to say that we have already disposed of this matter. It is already in the hands of the committee, and it seems to me we should let the matter rest where it is.
The President:—Will you withdraw your motion, General McGinnis?
General McGinnis:-I will withdraw it.
The President:- The committee I name upon this matter, is General Force, General Hickenlooper and General Sherman.
Colonel Brush:—That is very satisfactory.
The President:- Before we adjourn, I merely want to say that I desire to repeat what was spoken of yesterday, that I attach great importance to our annual reports. They will go down to history, and will gain interest with time. The bound volumes are very interesting, indeed I find them so every day, and I go over the first, second and seventh, and so on with renewed interest every time I am in search of the truth.
I commend the publication and the care used in their preparation. I hope every member of this Society will get a copy, and mark them so that nobody will carry them off as they do my books, and transmit them to your children, for I think they are the most interesting volumes concerning the civil war. The paper read by General Poe yesterday, would seem to bear upon our Society simply, but everything bears upon our history, and we are a link in the chain. Other ages are to come after us, and the question is, have we done our part well? Reasonably well, probably will be the judg. ment of those after us-let them do better.
We may pass our country down to futurity unimpaired by anything.
When we adjourn now, we adjourn to meet next year in Toledo. The Society then adjourned.
The following names are those members of the Society who registered their names with the Secretary during the meeting: Maj. E. C. Dawes,
Col. W. L. Barnum,
Capt. C. C. Chadwick,
Maj.-Gen. M. F. Force,
Brig.-Gen. O. M. Poe,
Capt. Israel P. Rumsey,
Lieut. W. W. Borland,
Brig.-Gen. G. B. Raum,
Surg. E. Guelich,
Capt. J. Alex. Smith,
Capt. Wm. S. Williams,
Lieut.-Col. Jos. Stockton,
Lieut. M. F. Madigan,
Capt. R. M. Campbell,
Lieut.-Col. B. T. Wright,
Maj. Jno. B. Bell,
Col. D. B. Henderson,
Maj. 0. C. Towne,
Capt. S. S. Tripp,
Maj.-Gen. M. D. Leggett,
Lieut.-Col. A. C. Fisk,
Lieut. Richard S. Tuthill,
Col. G. D. Munson,
Lieut. A. N. Reece,
Brig.-Gen. Jno. McNulta,
Lieut. A. J. Harding,
Capt. W. D. E. Andrus,
Col. Oscar L. Jackson,
Capt. D. H. Gile,
Gen. J. G. Wilson.
Col. G. S. Jennings,
Maj. Jas. W. Abert,
Surg. Edwin Powell,
Col. Gilbert A. Pierce,
Col. H. C. Warmoth,
Gen. C. C. Walcutt,
Gen. W. H. Baldwin,
Surg. A. E. Heighway,
Capt. John McAuley, Lieut. Geo. L. Paddock,
Col. L. F. Hubbard, Gen. Ino. W. Fuller,
Surg. Jno. W. Bond, Col. Ç. Cadle, Jr.,
Maj. Kilburn Knox, Capt. T. W. Stevens,
The Local Committee provided that our banquet should be on the evening of the 15th, in Light Infantry armory, and the Society and the guests assembled there at 9:00 o'clock, General Sherman presiding. Five tables lengthwise of the hall for members and guests, and one across the end of the hall for the President, officers and distinguished guests, were used.
Seated at the right of General Sherman were Senator Palmer, General Gresham, General Slocum, General Poe, General Alger, President Angell (Ann Arbor University), Bishop Fallows, General Fisk, Rev. Charles O'Riley, Governor Warmoth, Surgeon Lyster, Colonel Wilson, Colonel Duffield, General Belknap, Commander Rutherford (G. A. R. Mich).
On his left were General Dodge, General Whipple, General Goff, Colonel Jacobson, Colonel Dayton, Ex Governor Jerome, General Raum, General Fulton, Judge Chipman, Chaplain Wright, General Force, Mayor Pridgeon, Colonel Henderson, General McMahon, Ex-Governor Baldwin.
General Sherman, at 9:20 o'clock, requested all to remain quiet, and Chaplain Wright asked the blessing. The menu was as follows:
MENU. “Sit down at first
and last the hearty welcome.”—Macbeth.
BONED TURKEY-ORNAMENTED. BAKED HAM, TONGUE.
"Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends."— Taming of the Shrew.
HARLEQUIN ICE CREAM. “Discourse is heavy fasting; when we have supped
we'll mannerly demand thee of thy story.”—Cymbeline.
“The fat ribs of peace must by the hungry now be fed upon."-King Fohn.
CHAMPAGNE. “Give me some wine; fill full; I drink to the general joy of the whole table."