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is submitted to you for your action; what is the pleasure of this Society.
On motion of Lieutenant-Colonel Dresser,
Resolved, That the report of the Treasurer be received and accepted.
The President:-General Force intimates at his conclusion that he prefers to surrender this office. I hope he will not do so. He has been our treasurer from the beginning, and certainly has managed our funds with great skill, and I hope he will consent to remain, but that will be a matter of consideration for the com. mittee just ordered, not yet appointed, who will take into consideration the nomination of the officers for the ensuing year, embracing that of Treasurer,
We have now all the reports, regular and extras, which are prepared. The next item is current business. Mr. Secretary, have you any business of any importance to lay before this meeting?
Colonel Dayton:There is no business in the hands of the Secretary to present to the Society, but I desire to make a motion, which is as follows: That John A. Logan, Jr., be elected by this Society to succeed his father's membership in the Society, according to the third amendment of the constitution.
The President:- I will read to you the amendment to which Colonel Dayton refers. (See constitution )
( It now rests with the Society by a vote to constitute John A. Logan, Jr., a member in full membership equal to that his father laid down. Are you prepared to vote?
Motion was adopted.
General Leggett:—The remarks of the Treasurer at the close of his report has suggested to me the propriety of making a motion that shall go before the committee on officers. General Force makes the suggestion of not longer holding that office in consequence of temporary poor health, and I would suggest, and if proper make the motion that an assistant treasurer be appointed for the time being until General Force is ready to do the business himself, and that General Force be also retained as Treasurer.
The President: You have heard the motion, and I think I have heard a second that we elect an assistant treasurer. That requires an amendment of the constitution, but there is the motion. There is no such officer mentioned in our constitution, but suppose the Society will share the responsibility, if the motion be carried.
Colonel Pride:—Would it not be obviated by permitting him, or authorizing him to appoint an assistant, making him still responsible as the Treasurer, and he himself appoint an assistant to carry the business through the year.
The President:-Colonel Pride suggests that he be allowed to appoint an assistant, still being responsible. He has that right already; he may select any assistance he pleases.
General Leggett:-In view of that fact, I will withdraw my motion, if the second consents.
The President:-General Force has that right already. He can select any one he chooses. I hope myself he will continue to remain as he has hitherto been. He has that right, but it may fortify him to know that the Society approve his action. Is there any other current business?
Colonel Brush:-At the fourteenth annual reunion of this Society in Cincinnati, April 6th, 1981, Mr. President, you favored us by reading your description of the battle of Shiloh, and at the close you requested that every member of the Society who commanded troops at that battle would take the time to make a complete statement of the part he took in the battle, in order that every man may be protected against such untruthful assaults as had been made by reporters and others in regard to that battle, and especially as were made in an article which appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal, April 2nd, 1881, and at the meeting in St. Louis the year following, General Hickenlooper suggested, on a motion pending, that General Belknap read a portion of the address he had made relative to the action on the 22nd of July, 1864, near Atlanta. I have prepared and am ready to offer to
I this Society identically the same class of literature that we proposed to have General Belknap to read to-day. My impression is, that a resolution recommending the carrying out the expressed desires of yourself and the suggestion of General Hickenlooper was adopted by the Society, but as to this I am not certain. I feel, however, that the action indicated as doing in many cases simple justice to the worth of every member of the Union army who has devoted his time and service to the cause, but who were, in the hurry and tumult of the time, overlooked and unnoticed in the reports of the actions in which they participated, and would also be a great aid to the future historian. Such considerations have induced me to prepare a statement in regard to the part taken by the 18th Illinois volunteers in the subjugation of the rebels in Forts Henry and Donelson, and in the battle of Shiloh, incidentally bearing somewhat upon the question of the Union army being surprised by an attack of the rebels in the last mentioned encounter, which I desire now to present with a request that it be accepted by this Society and be permitted a place upon its records.
The President:-To the members of the Society present I will state this fact, that that resolution is perfectly well known to me, and that in pursuance of the same have named General Poe to read an address during this meeting, touching Detroit in its past history, all military, which will be of intense interest to us all. Another by Colonel Calkins, of Indiana, who is present I am told to-day, and also will be called upon to read his paper upon another subject of equal importance. I, too, have prepared a paper concerning the death of two of our most prominent members, Generals John A. Logan and William B. Wood. Those three papers I think are as much as we can handle at this meeting, but I am perfectly willing that Colonel Brush will submit his paper and have it examined, but I was once caught up by putting a paper on record which brought me a great deal of trouble person. ally, and you all remember it. I have no objection here, but the three papers are all ready and will be delivered to you in their order.
Colonel Brush:—With the permission of yourself, Mr. President, I would like to state the reason why I wish this memorial put upon the record; it will take me but a moment in the preface here, so that it may be understood by the members of the Society present, and with your permission I will read a part of it.
The President:-I think we had better let it go to a committee.
General Walcott:—I move you that the matter be referred to a committee, according to the suggestion of the President, and the committee to consist of three and to be named by the chair, the President to be one of the cominittee.
The President: You have heard the motion that the paper of Colonel Brush be examined, and if found worthy a place among our documents, it be printed. It costs something to print; theresure I will submit the motion to refer Colonel Brush's paper on the battle of Shiloh to a select committee.
The President: For this committee, I appoint General Force, General Hickenlooper and General Sherman. I think the subject is threadbare; we have written it up pretty well I think; there were over four thousand regiments there, and if all the reports were printed it would burst our $11,000 in the treasury; but I do say of our reports as they are now published in three or four volumes is to me the most interesting history of the war. I think they are better than the government publications. The next matter of current business under the resolution of General Hickenlooper are the three papers I have named, General Poe, Colonel Calkins and W. T. Sherman.
General Dodge:—It seems to me those papers ought to be read at the evening meeting. There will then be a large number pres. ent who will be greatly interested in the papers, and there are very few members of the Society present this morning. I think if they knew those papers were to be read here, they would like to be present.
The President:- I think the orators of the evening will fill three hours, and that is as much as we can Irold an audience. These orators are entitled to the inside track. The paper I have is more historical than interesting, but it ought to be printed, and I will read it this morning. I take it for granted that General Poe's
I paper will be of the same nature, and he can read it in whole or in part, and so can Colonel Calkins, and then the Society may order it printed.
General Leggett:-Let us have our usual short addresses this. morning, and then these articles.
The President:-I think the audience, which is of a miscellane. ous character, will prefer short speeches to anything else. They hate long speeches. I have found that the audience and the Society itself were more interested in those short, pithy little speeches made at the conclusion rather than the long orations. But those essays are admirable, when you come to study them. Most of them are prepared by men of thought and reading, and every paragraph is written to be printed, rather than to be de
livered. Still I think we had better adhere to our former proceeding, namely, the oration and the welcoming addresses. These papers can be read this morning; and if you so vote, they can be printed.
General Poe:-I want to say that the programme is made up, and will occupy the full time. There is no time for any change.
General Raum:-I desire to offer a resolution.
General Raum:-I move that a committee of five members be appointed by the President to prepare a suitable expression of the feeling of this Society on the untimely death of our comrade, Major-General John A. Logan, and to report some plan of action for this Society suitable to the memory of his great services. I don't think it is necessary for me to make any remarks.
Lieut.-Colonel Dresser:-Before hearing the regular papers, would it not be well to hear from the members in regard to those who have gone to the other shore since our last meeting. It is my painful duty to announce to the members of the association this morning the death of Colonel James Tullis, who lies now prepared for interment in the city of Lafayette, Indiana. He died yesterday morning at 3:10 o'clock, and the funeral services will be this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Colonel Tullis entered the service as a volunteer, and was successively promoted until he was the Colonel of the 3rd Iowa. He is known to the President of this Society and to many of its members. He died without family connection in the city where he lived, among strangers but friends. I am now the only living member of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee residing in the city of Lafayette, and I hesitated somewhat about attending this meeting until after the funeral services to-day, but in looking over the time tables I found if I came at all would have to come last night. He will be buried by the Grand Army, of which he was a member, and by the Order of the Red Men, and by his friends, all who met yesterday morn. ing to pay their respects and make the necessary arrangements in the absence of family friends. I make this announcement to the Society this morning that they may take such action as they may seem proper.
The President:-General Hickenlooper, being the Correspond