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this Army, and Heaven may continue its choicest blessings to them all, is my sincere wish; and when, in future generations, the names of those wonderful men who have commanded this Army have become as familiar as household words," it shall also be remembered that the attachment of the soldier to this organization, born on the field of battle, was cherished while its survivors lived, by an annual meeting. With my best wishes that you may thoroughly enjoy this reunion, I remain, Very truly, your obedient servant,
EDWARD HATCH, Brot. Maj.-Gen., Col. 9th Reg., U. S. A.
CHICAGO, October 15, 1873. GENERAL A. HICKENLOOPER,
Corresponding Secretary Society Army of Tennessee: COMRADE:—I did hope to be able to “report for duty” at this meeting, but business compels me to forego the pleasure. My best wishes are with you, and I hope you may have a glorious good time.
In compliance with article 3, I report by letter. You will please change my address from Monmouth, Illinois, to 1516 State Street, Chicago, Illinois.
ROBERT M. CAMPBELL, Late Captain 17th II. Vol. Inf.
LANCASTER, KY., October 13, 1873. E. S. Dond, Esq.,
Chairman Committee on Invitations: DEAR SIR:-You will please accept my thanks for the kind invitation to attend the seventh annual meeting of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 15th and 16th inst. I regret very much my inability to be with you, owing to my pressing business relations, but hope to be able to attend at some similar meeting in the future. Sincerely wishing that you may all enjoy a glorious and happy reunion, I am, very respectfully, yours, etc.,
S. W. HEDGER, Late 1st Lieutenant Co. H, 19th Ky. l'ol. Inf.
CINCINNATI, October 14, 1873. GENERAL A. JUICKENLOOPER:
DEAR Sir:-I find that it will be impossible for me to go to Toledo. Please let me know if I am in arrears, and how much, and I will spiel.
I. S. Wise.
WASHINGTON City, October 1, 1873. MAJOR-GENERALS John W. FULLER, WAGER SWAYNE, AND OTHERS,
Gentlemen of the Local Ex. Com. Army of the Tennessee, Toledo, O.: GENTLEMEN:-Thanking you for your invitation to attend and participate in the festivities of the occasion of the seventh annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, at Toledo, Ohio, on the 15th and 16th inst., I am compelled to decline, as, at this season of the year, I am not able to absent myself from my official duties at Washington. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. B. EATON, Commissary General, U. S. A.
MANSFIELD, Ohio, October 17, 1873. MY DEAR SIR:-Your note and card, inviting me to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 15th and 16th inst., was duly rec
ed. would give me great pleasure to do so, but I am under an engagement of a public duty to be in New York at that time. I wish the members of your Society a most happy meeting, and long life and health to enjoy the honors they have nobly won.
Very truly yours,
JOHN SHERMAN. GENERAL John W. FULLER.
UTICA, N. Y., October , 1873. GENERAL J. W. FULLER,
Toledo, Ohio: My Dear Sir:--I have just received your note, indorsed on the printed programme of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, and am much obliged.
It would give me great pleasure to be present, but engagements less agreeable, but obligatory, put it entirely out of my power. I trust you will all find the occasion everything you would have it. With best wishes, yours sincerely,
CINCINNATI, October 14, 1873. GENERAL John W. FULLER,
Chairman, etc.: Dear GENERAL:—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your kind invitation to attend the seventh annual reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, at your city, on the 15th and 16th of this month.
I regret exceedingly that my business engagements will prevent my accepting the same. My recollections of your reunion at Cincinnati, and the “memories" of Pittsburg last month at our Cumberland Society reunion, confirm me in the belief that you will have a most enjoyable time at Toledo. With many best wishes for your Society and your present meeting, I am, very truly yours,
HENRY M. Cist.
L. S. STEAMER MICHIGAN, ERIE, October 8, 1873. GENERAL FULLER:
DEAR SIR:- I received your very kind letter and invitation of the 3rd, and have been waiting for an answer from our new commanding officer before writing
I am very sorry to write that he has decided against going to Toledo. He says, that he can't possibly arrange it so that a trip to Toledo on the 15th would not conflict with the necessary and official movements of the ship.
I tried very hard to influence him in favor of the visit, but couldn't manage it. There is a bare possibility of his running over from Detroit on the last day, but I think the chance a very doubtful one.
I extended the invitation to the officers of the ship, but I don't think that any will be able to accept, unless it be myself. I intend, if possible, to look in upon Toledo about that time.
I know of no retired naval officers living in this part of the country. Captain McCann, light-house inspector at Detroit, is the only naval man ashore in this part of the country.
Trusting that you may have a very jolly and successful reunion, I am, with many thanks to yourself, and remembrances to Mrs. Fuller, Very respectfully yours,
J. J. Huxker.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN, September 13, 1873. E. S. Dodd, Esq.,
Chairman Committee on Invitations, Toledo, Ohio: DEAR SIR:-I am honored by the kind invitation to participate in the festivities of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee. I regret to have to excuse myself on this occasion. With high respect, your obedient servant,
P. ST. GEORGE COOKE, Brigadier-General, U. S. A.
Fort SưLLY, D. T., October 17, 1873. Dear GENERAL:-Your kind note and invitation came in due time. I am much gratified by your kind feeling. I assure you I never had a command at any part of my life, in which I took an equal pride, to that I felt for my first brigade and afterward my division, in both of which you were my good and faithful supporter. I assure you I often go back in memory to those trying but exciting and interesting days we have plodded on together.
I am a member of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, but have been so situated that I have never been able to attend any meeting of this, or other meeting of the army societies. I have not been farther East than Chicago for seven years, and only then a few days on military business. I returned, a few days ago, from a four months' campaign on the Yellowstone
as hard work as our Tennessee or Mississippi campaigning, with but little exciting incident to keep up interest. I hope you had a happy meeting. I shall read of it in the newspapers. Hoping to take you by the hand ere life's march is ended, I am, your friend,
D. S. STANLEY. GENERAL John W. Fuller,
DETROIT, MICHIGAN, October 13, 1873. E. S. DODD,
Chairman Committee on Invitations, Toledo: Dear Sir:—With much regret on account of my bad health, I have to decline your polite invitation of participating with you in the celebration of the seventh annual reunion of the Society of the Army of Tennessee. Your most obedient servant,
E. H. ABADIE, Surgeon and Brevet Colonel U, S. A.
NORWALK, Ohio, October 13, 1873. COLONEL E. S. Dodi,
Toledo, Ohio: Dear Sir:-It gives me pleasure to acknowledge receipt of your invitation to attend the reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, and to state that I will be present with you in spirit at your annual hand-shaking on the 15th, and personally at the banquet, where I more properly belong, as hailing from the
COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 11, 1873. CAPTAIN E. S. Dodd,
Toledo, Ohio: DEAR SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to attend the seventh annual reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, and should be glad to be able to be with you, but circumstances are such that I can not leave home at present.
Wishing the Society many happy reunions, and hoping I may be with them at some future time, I remain,
COLUMBU'S, October 13, 1873. E. S. DODD,
Chairman Committee on Invitations, S. A. T., Toledo, Ohio: DEAR SIR:- I am in receipt of your kind invitation to attend the reunion at Toledo, on the 15th and 16th instant, for which please accept my thanks.
I had, until recently, expected to be with you, and looked forward to the occasion with many pleasant anticipations, but at the eleventh hour find myself unable to attend. Regretting my inability to do so, and hoping that you will have the usual “good time," I am,
Very truly yours,
W. A. KNAPP, Adjutant-General.
New YORK, September 22, 1873. Dear Sir:- I have your favor of the 19th, inviting me to be present at the reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 15th and 16th proximos, at Toledo, Ohio, and requesting me to respond to the toast of " The Army of the Potomac.”
It would be a great pleasure to me to reply to that toast, and to join the Army of the Tennessee at Toledo, and especially as I have never had the pleasure of meeting the former or of visiting the latter.
I have, however, already made arrangements which require me to be in St. Louis on private business from October ist to zist, and it will, therefore, be impracticable for me to be with you on the 15th and 16th.
I beg you to make my thanks to the committee for the courtesy shown me in designating me as one of the speakers on the occasion of your meeting.
I am, sir, very truly yours,
WINFIELD S. HANCOCK,
Major-General U. S. A. To E. S. Dodd, Esq.,
Chairman Committee on Toasts and Invitations, Toledo, Ohio.
Iowa City, September 28, 1873. COLONEL J. K. HAMILTON,
Toledo, Ohio: MY DEAR SIR:-I have your letters of the 18th instant inviting me to be present at the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, on the 15th and 16th proximo, and thank you for the consideration implied in the invitation. But, as I am now absent from home, and will be absent from my official duties until about the time named for the meeting, it will be impossible for me to attend. I would like to do so, and nothing but obstacles which seem to be unsurmountable would prevent my coming.
But, while I will not be with you in person, my heart and my best wishes for your pleasure and success as a society and as individuals will attend you.
Yours very truly,
C. C. CARPENTER.