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his love and affections for those allied by terms of service were as kind, cordial and tender as a mother's love.
He had no pretensions to oratory, but as an impromptu public speaker he was forcible, fluent and frequently brilliant; his short, sharp, crispy sentences reflected the nervous energy of his character, and reminded one of his swift attacks in battle. Outspoken in every presence, intense in his friendships, fixed in his convictions, and immovable in his prejudices, he was ever the enthusiastic supporter of loyal men and the uncompromising enemy of their detractors.
As a writer-particularly upon military subjects—General Sherman stood without a peer among our military chieftains. The glint of his sword could always be traced in the work of his pen, His orders, letters and military correspondence were marvels of directness and precision of statement, leaving no room for doubt as to his meaning. His “Memoirs" will be to the citizens of this republic what “Caesar's Commentaries” were to the Romans.
His daily life was an illustration of the possibilities of American manhood, for probably no man ever lived, who in the beginning was more severely criticised, and before the ending more highly honored. Certainly none ever died more intensely loved or more sincerely mourned. While no memorable words were the last recorded utterances of the sleeping hero, he might well have said as did England's dying Nelson, “ Thank God I have done my duty."
Millions of loyal people with bated breath looked upon that last final struggle, which marked an epoch in our country's history; and seeking consolation found it only in the fact the sunset of his career was, if possible more glorious than the springtime of his military glory. He was not only honored for what he did, but loved for what he was; and many an eye grew moist with a tear of genuine sorrow when the tolling bells announced the death of your old commander, around whose name will ever cluster the most hallowed memories of the days when the destinies of our imperiled country hung trembling in the balance, until the weight of his untiring energy, military genius, and mighty personality were thrown upon the side of loyalty and love of country. Brave, generous, and noble, his name and his fame will be the pride and boast of America's coming centuries.
After music by the Elgin band and singing by the Imperial . quartette, tattoo and taps were sounded, and the meeting adjourned.
The following letter was received by Captain Sexton.
CITY OF CHICAGO,
CHICAGO, October 8, 1891.
Chicago, Ills.: My Dear COLONEL:-I did not have an opportunity last evening to congratulate you upon your masterly and eloquent speech. Such congratulations might naturally come from one friend to another; but in addition to that I wish to thank you for the beautiful tribute, and kind words, which you said on that occasion, in reference to my father. I appreciate it more than I can express to you, and I take this method of acquainting you with the fact that I am not oblivious to kind words spoken of one for whom I have so much respect, veneration and love.
I congratulate you upon your very successful reunion, and the soldiers of this country are to be congratulated upon the magnificent demonstration before the monument of Grant. This country has never beheld such an outpouring of popular sentiment and gratitude, and we shall not live to see again such a sight as we beheld yesterday. If anything were needed to demonstrate the fact that patriotism is not dead in the American people, that occasion has come and passed, and demonstrated the fact that the American people are as patriotic as they were in ’61.
Your sincere friend,
Upon the stage of the Auditorium the central chair was draped in black and left vacant in memory of General Sherman.
Tents and Gatling guns were on either flank of the stage and a camp-fire in the back ground. A detachment from the first regi. ment, under command of Captain Ford, performed picket and sentry duty, Beautiful floral pieces, presented by Mrs. William E. Strong and Mrs. John Mason Loomis graced the stage, and portraits of Grant, Sherman, and Logan faced the audience.
GRAND ARMY HALL
CHICAGO, October 8th, 1891. } The Society met at Grand Army Hall at 10 o'clock A. M.
The President:—The first order of business is the motion offered by Captain Andreas as to the appropriation of a portion of our fund to defray the expenses of our annual meeting.
Captain Andreas:—I do not know that I need add anything to this. It speaks for itself.
Colonel Wilcox:- That about exhausts the income from the fund, does it?
Captain Andreas:—Yes, and a little more.
Colonel Wilcox:— Does that about meet with what would be the ordinary deficiency?
Captain Andreas:—No, it costs generally more than that to have a meeting. The time has come when our meetings will be held either in the cities of Chicago, St. Louis, or Cincinnati, and as we have been in those cities a number of times, and the citizens have always contributed for us, it is pretty hard now to raise money from the citizens, and the burden falls upon a few of our members.
Colonel Wilcox:—Then I move the adoption of the resolution. General Force: I have no objection to an appropriation, but as to the amount I should like to say a word. The resolution says we have twenty thousand dollars, including the premium on bonds, and including the bequest of Colonel Dayton. The premium on the bonds is about nineteen hundred dollars, and there being twelve thousand of bonds, the premium is now sixteen per cent. That nineteen hundred dollars does not produce anything. Then there is about eleven hundred dollars cash in bank, money on deposit. That does not produce anything. Colonel Dayton has made a bequest, but it has not been handed over to this So. ciety. The executor of the will thinks it will be handed over some time in the course of this year. There is eight thousand dol. lars that does not produce anything. The twelve thousand dollars of bonds produce four per cent, which is four hundred and eighty dollars per annum. My impression is that it would be far safer to say that this appropriation should be the interest on the bonds, whatever that may be. That has been accumulating, with the object of having about six hundred dollars for this purpose.
Colonel Jacobson:-I wish you would move that as an amend. ment.
General Force: -Perhaps Captain Andreas will accept it.
The President:-General Force, I understand makes an amendment that the amount appropriated be the income of whatever bonds we have.
Captain Mason:-I understand that the resolution does not provide a specific sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars, but that the amount appropriated should not exceed that; leaving it discretionary to give as much of that as we can, and I suppose the spirit of the resolution is that we should not encroach upon the principal, but simply use the surplus income. Is not that the understanding?
Captain Andreas:—No, I cannot see why we cannot encroach upon the principal. What are we raising this fund for? Who is to have it in the time to come? In a few years there will only be a handful of this society. They will have an immense fund. What good will it do? They have no successors. What is the use of accumulating this? What is the use of burdening our present members? I say take the principal if necessary. We know how hard it has been to raise this amount of money that has been necessary here at this time. It has been very hard.
Colonel Jacobson:-I want to say only one word, and that is that this resolution, of course, does not cover this present meeting. The expenses of the present meeting are provided for; and the membership of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee will decrease much faster than we can possibly decrease the principal by this resolution. There is not any particular reason why we should continue to do as we have done, to be a burden to the places where we meet, and it has resulted in this instance in giving seats to people in the hall who were out of touch and out of sympathy with us. I hope this resolution will pass as it is, even if it does encroach upon the principal.
Major Mahon:--Mr. President, It occurs to me that this fund