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believe that this can be done without any serious difficulty, as the work of soliciting subscriptions has been postponed by your committee until after the appropriate legislation by Congress has been obtained.
We now propose to ask for contributions to this fund.
We invite your attention to the fact that, at the request of a member of your committee, that Mrs. Logan, during her absence abroad, obtained from Mead, the great artist, a design for an esquestrian statue to General Logan a photographic copy of which your committee has ready to exhibit.
Upon consultation with Mrs. Logan, it has been decided to omit the female figures designed to ornament the base of the statue, and Mr. Mead has been requested to make an estimate of the cost of such a statue.
Your committee also brings to your attention the fact that Mr. A. B. Mullett, a prominent architect of Washington City, and who ranks among the ablest architects of this country, has kindly offered to prepare, without cost to your committee, a suitable design for the pedestal of an equestrian statue, such as has been designed by Mr. Mead Upon the completion of these plans by Mr. Mullett, your committee propose to ask the Secretary of War and the Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library to join in the approval of the same, and to take immediate steps for the erection of the pedestal.
We propose, also, that a contract shall be inade, as soon as may be, for the statue, so that the entire work may be completed without unnecessary delay. In all these labors we propose to ask and receive the co-operation of the committee appointed by the Grand Army of the Republic. Respectfully submitted.
GREEN B. RAUM,
The President:-Gentlemen, you have heard the report of your committee on the Logan statue, what is the pleasure of the Society?
General Hickenlooper:- I would like informally to call attention to part of the report before action is taken. I take exceptions to the language used in the report, undoubtedly unintentionally, but the more surprising because of the presence on that committee of a member of the committee on the erection of the McPherson monument. I refer to the language used that the exact cost of ihe McPherson statue could not be ascertained and reported, because of the failure upon the part of that committee to report their receipts and expenditures. That is, I say, undoubtedly an unintentional injustice to that committee.
The Government appropriated for the McPherson statue the
base. Every dollar of cash expended on that statue was raised directly by the Society of the Army of the Tennessee as contributions from the members of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee every year; and the reports every year contained an itemized statement of the moneys received and expended; and the final and conclusive report shows every dollar expended in that undertaking. So I think that the committee have undoubtedly overlooked that fact, and as a member of that committee it is my duty, in justice to the Society, that that language should not be put upon record.
General Leggett:-As a member of that committee, I must plead guilty to what General Hickenlooper has said. General Raum was not aware of the facts in the case I presume. I read the report over and intended to call his attention to that. There is no doubt that our report shows every cent that was collected and expended, and just how it was expended.
General Hickenlooper:-I will make a motion that the report be referred back to the committee on the Logan monument to be amended.
General Raum:—Wait one moment, General; in submitting the report, it will be observed that the language there is not my language; it is a quotation from this document that I hold in my hand from the First Comptroller of the Treasury.
General Hickenlooper:—I would call your attention to the fact, General Raum, that the First Comptroller of the Treasury, if
you will observe the language in my remarks, had nothing in the world to do with it. The Government's contribution was one thing; the money received and expended by the Society was another. We were under no obligations to report to the Secretary of the Treasury or Comptroller. We reported to the Society of the Army of the Tennessee.
General Raum:- Well, I wish to state that I could not have the slightest wish to commit a mistake in this matter; I simply had this paper before
me, which is supposed to be the best source of information that was available, and I would be glad for General Hickenlooper to see this, so that he will entirely exculpate me.
General Hickenlooper:—I did not presume for a moment that the language was used intentionally, but it ought to be amended in accordance with the facts.
General Raum:-Of course I desire any amendment there that is proper, because I do not want to misrepresent anything.
General Hickenlooper:--The motion is that the report be referred back to the committee for amendment General Leggett's attention having been called to it, and General Raum's now, it will be properly attended to; but it is a matter of so much importance, General, that I do not think you ought to have acted hastily upon it, and I think you ought to take the report back and get it in proper shape.
General Raum:-Certainly, but I thought I was in safe in following the language of the Comptroller of the Treasury.
The President:-I think that General Raum will find with me that the First Comptroller of the Treasury of the United States don't know everything. [Laughter.] The report makes the statement quoted, and quoted as the language of the Comptroller of the Treasury. You are perfectly right, General Hickenlooper, because I remember, year by year for several years, you yourself reported the exact receipts and expenditures for this purpose, and on our Society reports is a full account of every cent collected, the interest which has accrued, and the final disbursements; and it is accounted for as well as if the First Comptroller of the Treasury had the supervision of the matter, but he didn't have the supervision of the matter, and he knew nothing about it.
General Hickenlooper:- I think if the report goes back to the committee, they will amend it.
The motion of General Hickenlooper was here put to the Society and carried.
Colonel Dayton: I wish to state to General Raum, the chairman of this committee, that I have in my hands quite a considerable fund that will eventually go to this object of erecting this Logan monument. It was contributed by an assessment made per capita on the Grand Army of the Republic Posts of Illinois, and without my knowledge they passed some sort of a resolution to remit the funds so collected to me as treasurer. Well, the funds kept coming in; I didn't know what it meant or anything about it; finally I wrote to a party and asked what it meant and then he explained it to me. Who has authority to draw that money out of my hands I never have known; I haven't found out yet. The
money keeps coming to me; I am very glad it does [laughter], and it will all go to the proper fund. I think it is some $300.00 now.
The President:-Now, gentlemen, the paper prepared for us, which is in the hands of Colonel Jacobson, will now be read to the Society, and I beg you to give him your attention.
Colonel Jacobson:- This is a paper by Captain John W. Rumsey, and it should be read by his brother, Captain I. P. Rumsey, who is here, but who is too modest to appear before the Society. It is a beautiful paper, it will not take to exceed seven or eight minutes; and if I spoil it, it will be my fault. “Artillerymen made in a day.” This is signed by John W. Rumsey, and I think it is one of the best military papers I have ever seen.
Colonel Jacobson here read the paper as follows:
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, May, 1889.
ARTILLERY MEN MADE IN A DAY.
Dates and statistics must be omitted in this paper, as I am traveling in the far West, (some of you would call it the “New West,” but our worthy President would name it the “Old West"), in the Puget Sound country of our new State, Washington.
About April 10th, 1861, Chicago was ablaze with patriotism and enthusiasm, volunteer companies by the score tendering their services to the Governor. Chicago had an artillery company which placed itself on a war footing” and awaited the orders of the Governor. I think April 18th the volunteer rolls were opened; there were about three hundred (300) enrolled for this artillery company that night. The multitude was looked over and one hundred and twenty (120) persons selected and sent to one side of the hall; the others being dismissed with the promise that they should soon have another opportunity. That night commenced the drill, and the
* sponge," or as most of us called it the “rammer," was the feature of the drill. There were eight or ten who had belonged to the old company long enough to know the "sponge” from the "trail hand-spike," and these few were kept busy instructing the “raw recruits," informing us concerning the ammunition chests, why the “fifth wheel" could not be carried on the gun instead of the caisson, and explaining the difference between a six pound gun and a twelve pound howitzer. (Later on how I loved that twelve-pound
howitzer, she would throw a bucket full of deadly missiles.) Every man was intelligent and eager to learn, and the instructor was pressed on every side by the anxious pupils, all intent on every word and motion.
So in earnest were they that when once they understood the construction of Schrapnell shell or canister, and the proper use of each, they never again had to be told; their whole souls were bent on mastering the science. They were intelligent, thinking men who studied and reasoned it out together. The harness, what a thing it was! The army should take lessons from Chicago's fire department. The wheel harness of that day was a puzzler; however, that very night a number of the boys became experts in throwing the cumbersome affair over a box (a horse improvised for the occasion) and in hitching up the toggles and buckles on that great breast strap. The 21st of April we were ordered to move, as we presumed for a street parade, but not
We made a short march and halted at the Illinois Central depot. The guns were loaded on flat cars, I should say the cannon, as that name is more suggestive of slaughter and the terrors of war; and we were off for Cairo, Illinois. Each man selected his own comrade or partner, and each assisted the other, nothing escaped the eagle eye and attentive ear. Until the construction and usefulness of every piece, the whys and wherefores of every action was fully understood and clearly comprehended, we thought not of rest.
Before leaving Chicago we were furnished with ammunition, the solid shot being cast at the foundry. Size or shape made no difference, provided only that it was not too large for the bore. The canister was supplied by the lead works, and came to the Armory in tin cans, which were fair measurement, filled with bar lead cut in chunks about one inch in length and a quarter to a half an inch in thickness, no sawdust for filling. The canister for the six pounders weighed twelve to fifteen pounds, those for the Howitzer about' thirty pounds, solid chunks of lead. A part of this ammunition was repacked, but the enemy got a few of these • buckets of lead” at Donelson.
Entering Cairo the artillery had the advance. How is that for generalship? We found no organized troops there, but as the telegraph wires had been cut we supposed the town was occupied by the Confederates. The two cannons, shotted and with port ' fires lighted (we had no " friction primer” until later), we un