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On motion of Colonel Louden the resolution was laid on the table.
The committee on the Logan monument submitted the following report, which, on motion of Captain Tuthill, was received and ordered spread upon the records of the Society, and the committee continued.
CHICAGO, ILL., October 7, 1891. To the Society of the Army of the Tennessee:
Your committee appointed to assist in securing the erection of a suitable equestrian statue in the city of Washington, D. C., in honor, and to commemorate the services of our late comrade, Major General John A. Logan, have the honor to report, that since the last meeting of this Society the subject of the erection of this statue, and also statues in honor of Major General Hancock, and Lieutenant General Sheridan, have been brought to the attention of Congress, and two provisions of law have been enacted in regard to said subjects, the first of which appropriates forty thousand dollars each to aid in the erection of statues to those distinguished soldiers, and the last act appropriating thirty thousand dollars additional, being ten thousand each for the statues to be erected, so that there is now an appropriation by Congress of fifty thousand dollars to aid in the erection of the statue to Major General John A. Logan. The money to be expended under the direction and supervision of the Secretary of war, the Chairman of the joint committee of the Library of Congress, and the Chairman of the Logan statue committee of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee. There has also been collected by this Society the sum of one thousand four hundred and sixty-five dollars and ninety-three cents for said statue and there remains uncollected the sum of six hundred dollars. There has also been collected for the same purpose about fifteen thousand dollars through the Grand Army of the Republic, and other organizations, so that there is now subject to be used for the erection of this statue over sixty seven thousand dollars, which is believed to be an ample fund for said work. It is also proper to state that designs have been made for the pedestal upon which the statue is to be placed, and that it is the intention of the Secretary of War at an early date, in conjunction with the other members of the committee, to make contracts for the erection of the pedestal.
In respect to the statue itself, it is proper to report that several of the most competent and prominent artists in the world have been consulted, and have already, or are about to make sketches of the equestrian statue of our distinguished comrade. It is to be hoped that during the coming year the work can be completed, and that our Society will be able to present to the Government at Washington a suitable statue to commemorate the life and services
of this most distinguished of the volunteer soldiers who served in the great
GREEN B. RAUM,
" For the preparation of a site and the erection of a pedestal for a statue of the late General John A. Logan, in the city of Washington, forty thousand dollars; said site to be selected by and said pedestal to be erected under the supervision of the Secretary of War, the Chairman of the joint committee on the Library, and Chairman of the Logan statue committee of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee.”
See Vol. 25 U. S. Stats. at Large, page 971. " For the completion of pedestals and statues thereon, in honor of the late General Philip H. Sheridan, and the late General John A. Logan, and the late General Winfield S. Hancock, ten thousand dollars for each commemorative statue, thirty thousand dollars, in addition to the sums appropriated to these objects by the act entitled An Act making an appropriation for the sundry civil expenses of the Government, for the fiscal year ending June 30th eighteen hundred and ninety, to be expended under the direction as provided for in regard to the appropriation made by said act. And such part of the appropriation made by said act for the preparation of sites and pedestals in each case as may not be needed for that separate purpose may be used and expended in the completion of the statues respectively to be placed on said pedestals in addition to the sum hereby appropriated thereto."
See Vol. 26 of the U. S. Stats, at Large, page 980. A Member:—Is it understood that the committee have authority to go
ahead and contract for the work. The President:-It is understood that they be continued until the work is complete.
The committee appointed upon the location of the next meeting reported as follows, through Colonel Nelson Cole, Chairman:
* Your committee to select the next place of meeting for the Society have chosen St. Louis, and recommended that the next meeting be held in that city."
The President:—There is no time set.
Dr. Plummer:-It has been customary since the organization of our Society to have the President name the time.
The President:- I will put the motion that the President of the Society name the time, and that St. Louis be the next place of meeting
The motion prevailed.
The commitee on the selection of orator for the next meeting reported, through General W. Q. Gresham, Chairman, that they had unanimously agreed upon General J. M. Rusk as orator of the next meeting, and General Richard J. Oglesby as alternate.
On motion the report was adopted.
The committee on nomination of officers of the Society for the year made the following report through Captain A. T. Andreas, Chairman:
General Walter Q. Gresham, Chicago,
General M. F. Force, Sandusky, Ohio. General Walcutt:-I move that the report be adopted and the gentlemen elected to the offices named.
General Bane:-I want to say a word about General Dodge. I never knew him to make but one mistake. I will tell you how it
When Burnside issued his celebrated order suppressing the Chicago Times, he said to me Burnside is the man for me. I said General, Lincoln is a magnificent politician, he knows all the ins and outs, and it is my judgment that he will revoke that order in less than three days. I'll bet you a bottle of green seal champagne he won't do it, says General Dodge. I'll take the bet. I said. In three days Lincoln revoked the order and the General sent me the champagne, and I have it to-day in my house. The first time he comes to Washington we are going to knock the neck off.
The motion prevailed.
General Dodge was called for and addressed the Society as fol. lows:
COMRADES OF THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE:
I cannot in words express my thanks for the great honor you so kindly conferred on me.
It was a great privilege for one to serve in the Army of the Tennessee and be a part of its imperishable record. It would have been the greatest honor that could have been bestowed upon one of its soldiers to have been commander of the Army of the Tennessee, for it gave imperishable renown to Grant and Sherman, whom history is beginning to recognize as the two great soldiers of the century. McPherson, Logan, Howard were placed by it in the fore-front rank among the Generals of the war. Grant and Sherman have often said to me that had the opportunity offered, the Army of the Tennessee had many officers who would have filled the highest rank and command with honor to themselves and credit to the army. To be called by such a body of men to its civil head, I take as a kindly endorsement of my services in its days of battles and great victories.
It is the knowledge, in a busy life, of the fact that the comrades of our younger days do not forget us in their later acts, that touches the tender chords of the heart and plants a succession of monuments that are the happiest mile-stones of our lives.
But there is another and more potent reason why I should be especially thankful for this mark of your confidence. It was my good fortune early in the war to fall first under the guidance of Grant, who, when he left us, turned me over to Sherman, telling him that he must look after me; and how faithfully Sherman did so during the war you all know. While I have been in civil life he has taken greater interest, if possible, in all the enterprises that it has fallen to my lot to be a part of, and has watched them and advised with me about them, and been more anxious for their success, seemingly, than I could be myself. In fact, his interest has made him a part of them. From the day I said adieu to army service up to the day I bid good-by to General Sherman in my office in New York two weeks before he died, he watched, advised, and, when necessary, commanded, to keep me in the line that he desired every one of the Army of the Tennessee to pursue through life.
In the few words permitted me to say, I cannot give an adequate idea of the import of his friendship to me. In later days he seemed to take more pride in his success in civil life and in the growth of this nation than in his great war victories; and I only wish while I occupy this position that I can fill it as he would have me.
I will only say that I will make my best effort, and leave the rest to you.
Captain Sexton:-General Dodge, I take great pleasure, as the acting president of the Society, in turning over the command to you.
I have been invested with a little brief authority. I have done my best, and I am very thankful to the members of the Society for their sympathy and assistance. I am, perhaps, the youngest member of this Society, and it seems strange that I should have had command on two such momentous occasions as the burial of our old commander at St. Louis, and the unveiling of the statue of General Grant, our first commander. I thank
you Colonel Pierce:- I move that the vote of the Society be extended to Colonel Sexton for the admirable manner in which he has discharged the duties of acting president during the time he has occupied the chair.
The motion prevailed by a rising vote.
The President:- The next business before the Society, is the report of the special committee in relation to the death of our late commander. The report is as follows:
Whereas, An all-wise and over-ruling Providence has by the hand of death taken from our midst our beloved comrade, our adored commander,-General William Tecumseh Sherman,-it is fitting that we, the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, put on record, in tribute to his memory, an expression: