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and said that there was no monument to commemorate his memory; I am told since, that at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago, there is a very handsome one, erected by his personal friends, but the Society did not, as a body, contribute.
Colonel Oliver:-Mr. President, with a view of cutting off debate on this subject, I renew the motion to lay upon the table.
The President:—The motion to lay on the table of course cuts off all debate and must be taken at once. Gentlemen, you have heard the motion, which has been seconded, to lay on the table. All who are in favor of that motion will say aye, contrary nay; I rule that the nays have it. The proposition now comes back upon the motion to subscribe one hundred dollars of the Society towards the erection of this monument. Those who favor that motion will say aye, contrary nay. It is about equally divided, so far as I can make out. Gentlemen, if those who favor the proposition of subscribing a hundred dollars will rise, I will count. [After counting] Now, those who stand up for counting will vote against the adoption of the resolution. The result of the count is 39 against and 36 for. The motion is lost. The matter has been fairly considered and my office ends there.
Now, gentlemen, any other proposition is in order.
General Hamilton:-Mr. President, I wanted to say a word to you and to my comrades of the Army of the Tennessee. The meetings of the Society are so far from my home that it is probable I will not be able to meet you again; but I hold in my hand a photograph from an original picture of Alexander Hamilton-a man who I believe is respected by all classes of our countrymen, irrespective of politics—[applause) and I desire to present this to the Society as a slight token of my regard.
The President:-Gentlemen, what is the pleasure of the Society?
General Sanborn:--Mr. President, I move that the photograph be accepted, with the thanks of the Society, and be retained in the archives of the Society at Cincinnati by the proper officer.
The motion was adopted.
General Walcutt:—Mr. President, I move you that the thanks of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee be tendered to Captain McCrory for his kind invitation to take an excursion upon his steamboat and railroad. The motion was unanimously adopted.
On motion, adjourned till 10 o'clock A. M., August 14th, 1984, but to cover the meeting to be held this evening.
August 13, 1884.
The Society assembled in the large dining-hall of the hotel, as arranged by the local committee, reveille was sounded by buglers, and were called to order by the President, at 8:40 P. M., in the following words: MEMBERS OF THE Society, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR GUESTS:
We will take up the regular proceedings of the evening according to our printed programme. We always open our proceedings, comrades and friends, with prayer, and I call upon the Chaplain to invoke the divine blessing upon this assembly.
Rev. Dr. Neill then offered prayer:
Almighty and ever merciful Father, we assemble in Thy pres. ence this night with joy and thanksgiving and adore Thee as that God in whom our fathers didst trust. Thou hast done great things for us, whereof we are glad. Thou hast surrounded us with the fragrance of holy peace; thou hast caused our fields to stand thick with the grain; thou hast fed us with the finest of the wheat; thou hast clothed us in purple and in fine linen; thou hast not dealt with any other nation as thou hast dealt with us.
We rejoice that so many of those who in perils oft did earnestly contend for the liberties bequeathed to us by the founders of the republic have been preserved through these long years and are permitted to be with us on this occasion. We thank Thee that so many of the commanders of the various divisions of the Army of the Republic have been permitted to see an honored old age recognized everywhere by a grateful people. We would not forget to remember with tenderness those whose lives passed away amid the dusk of the battle-field and in garments rolled with blood, or upon beds of languishing in the hospitals, or in their own homes; we would cherish our memory of them, and we would remember their widows and children. Nor would we forget to pray for the vanquished, in the spirit of our blessed Redeemer who prayed upon the cross, “Father, forgive them;" that prosperity may attend them, for they fully did not know what they did.
May our whole country remain a united country, with no North and no South, no East and no West, and may these reunions of the various divisions of the great Army of the Union tend to foster a spirit of patriotism among the rising generation, and may our liberty be ever controlled by law and our education be always tempered by the purity and the gentleness of Christianity, and may each of the youth of the republic say with the Psalmist, as he said of his country, "If I forget thee, O! America, let my right hand forget its cunning; if I remember not thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.”
Hear these, our petitions, for Christ's sake, and unto the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the only wise God, we will render ceaseless praises. Amen.
ASSEMBLY by Drum Corps.
The President:-Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you the Governor of this State, Governor Hubbard, who has something to say to our old comrades.
Governor Hubbard was received with applause as he arose. His address in behalf of Minnesota was as follows:
MR. PRESIDENT AND GENTLEMEN OF THE SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE:
Minnesota extends you a cordial greeting on the occasion of your seventeenth annual reunion. She is proud to welcome you for a second time as her honored guest. As her chief executive, but more especially as a comrade and a member of your Society, it gives me pleasure to assure you that her hearty and generous hospitality are yours. These expressions of welcome are not to be accepted as a matter of form, such as may perhaps be expected as a matter of course, but rather a greeting of the character that the members of your Society extend to each other when you meet, as at this time, to revive and renew the sacred associations of the past. Minnesota has an especial regard for the old Army of the Tennessee. She feels an especial pride in its record, as she regards it a part of her own. She had a much larger representa
tion of her stalwart patriotism in that army than in any other similar organization. Her interest in all the movements and operations of that army during the war was great, not simply because so many of her sons were serving with it, but also by reason of the fact that its field of service was largely upon that theatre of the war with which she was connected by a vital part. When the rebellion blockaded the Mississippi river, Minnesota felt that the current in a main artery of her being had ceased to flow. She was restive under a sense of her isolation until the barriers of that blockade were broken down. She has always realized, and upon this occasion she desires to especially recognize the fact, that to the vigilance and valor of the Army of the Tennessee that great consummation was largely due. The restoration of the Mississippi river to the use and control of the government was prophetic of the final success of the Union cause. It gave hope and encouragement to the country beyond any other single achievement of its aims.
It was the dawn of final victory. The entire country, therefore, renders you its gratitude and applause for the part you bore in those brilliant campaigns of which the event I have referred to was the grand culmination, and which made the names of Grant and Sherman and their armies immortal. [Applause.] I need not refer to your achievements upon other fields. They are a part of the history of the country with which every youth of the land is familiar. They have left the impress of your patriotism and valor upon the greatest events of modern times.
Gentlemen, I feel that I do not need to add to what I have said to assure you of the utmost cordiality of the welcome with which our people desire to receive you. The Society of the Army of the Tennessee could not assemble anywhere upon the broad area of the continent where it would not be heartily welcomed and highly honored. I will, therefore, only say further, that though less demonstrative perhaps, than has been the case at some of your former meetings, the welcome with which Minnesota greets you on this occasion, is none the less hearty and cordial than the most enthusiastic accorded you in your entire experience.
General Sherman:-Ladies and gentlemen, the St. Paul Quartette will now sing the favorite old army song of “Tramp, Tramp Tramp, The Boys are Marching,” and the audience is requested to join in the chorus.
SONG, as above.
General Sherman:-Ladies and gentlemen, it will be necessary for me to premise that we are here at Lake Minnetonka as a Society, and we are indebted in a great measure to our neighbors and friends of the neighboring cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul for the welcome, and also for the hospitality which they extend to us as a Society.
The chief of the committee, called by us habitually the local committee, is General Sanborn, and he has something to say to us. We have felt, of course, his generous hand already, and we are equally willing to hear from him whatever words he may say, in real, downright earnest. I therefore present to you General John B. Sanborn, the president of the local committee.
General Sanborn was received with a round of cheers, and spoke as follows:
VIR. PRESIDENT AND BROTHER OFFICERS:
It is in vain to attempt to give due expression to the sentiments and emotions that fill our hearts. In the few hours that we spend together we live over the greatest and most striking events of our past lives; we seem to see and converse again with those who participated with us in the marches and battles of the war; we see again our serried and advancing ranks, thinned by the destructive fire of the enemy, replenished and supported by the strong reserves sent forward by our vigilant and skilled generals, and then again we move forward over abatis and parapets, and hear again the shouts of victory from the gallant men who wrested it from a brave enemy on hard-fought and bloody fields. Inexpressible gratification at the unexampled achievements of our government and army, in which we were permitted to contribute an honorable, even though it may be an humble, part; gratitude that our lives have been spared to witness the improved condition and the increased happiness of fifty millions of people, under a restored and regenerated Union, induces us to give the day more to mirth than sadness, more to exultation than to despond. ency and despair.
Fellow officers, the esteem in which you are held by your fellow citizens throughout this broad land, and which is but slightly manifested by the preparations here made by the committees for your reception, is not so much because you proved yourselves