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The Acting Recording Secretary:~I have received applications for membership under the third amendment to our constitution, from sons and widows of deceased members. These applications have, in accordance with our rules, been approved by the President, and now are ready for the action of the Society. They are as follows: BELKNAP, Hugh R.,

Son of General W. W. Belknap. Connell, W. M.,

Son of Colonel John Connell. Fitch, Mrs. MARY J.,

Widow of Major 7. A. Fitch. FORT, ROBERT,

Son of Colonel Greenbury L. Fort. NOBLE, Mrs. MARY A.,

Widow of Colonel Henry T. Noble. SCRIBNER, MRS. MARY,

Widow of Lieutenant Wiley S. Scribner. SHERMAN, P. TECUMSEH,

Son of General W. T. Sherman. SLACK, JAMES R.,

Son of General 7. R. Slack.

Son of General Hugo Wangelin.
On motion, the persons named were duly elected members.

General Bane:-Mr. President, “When asked what state he hails from, our sole reply shall be, he hails from Appomattox and its famous apple tree.”

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Society, that the next Congress be requested to provide means to remove the remains of General U. S. Grant to Arlington Heights at Washington.

General Chellain:—That question has been before the country a long time, and I for one think that our Society had better keep out of it.

General Leggett:—The remark that I was going to make, has been substantially made by General Chetlain. I think if the resolution should pass there should be added to it, with the consent of the family. General Bane:- I accept that and intended to include it.

The President:-You make that as a part of your original motion.

General Bane:-Yes sir.

General Leggett:-I hope that it will not be understood that I am in favor of the motion even with that. I think we had better let it alone.

Captain McAuley:- I think it is time that this Society should express its feelings in this matter. It is simply to record the sen. timent of the Society, and I believe it is due to our old great leader to take some action here. It is only a suggestion to Congress.

General Chetlain:-As much as we regret the burial of Gen. eral Grant on the Hudson, it was done at the request of the family. The city of New York is now moving in the matter of erecting a monument. They are slow about it. There is a good deal of feeling about the matter in the country, and we had better keep out.

Colonel McCrory:-Mr. President, I do not live in Chicago, hence my modesty will not be taken into consideration at all. I live in the great northwest. I will acknowledge that the gentleman from Chicago said what is right in one respect. New York is slow. Chicago is not, and neither is it the further you go west. If you move the remains to Minneapolis we will put up a monument in two years. It is time that New York should recognize that General Grant is dead. It is further time that they should recognize the fact that they are calling themselves the money center of the United States; that they have there money enough, surplus enough, for other occasions, but the great General of the war cannot be considered for one moment. I do not know whether they have got a humdred thousand dollars there yet or


A Member:—About a hundred thousand.

Colonel McCrory:—We will raise that in ten days in Minneapolis, and they will raise it in Chicago in one day. I am in favor of this resolution and am in favor of putting on record what has been said, that we are surprised at the actions of these slow going gentlemen down there, and if there is not something done, the feeling will be such before the Army of the Tennessee passes out of existence, and I hope it will live forever, that the remains will be removed from where they are now and put at some place where the Grand Army of the United States will have a chance to go.

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 super

vision 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 struggle for the preservation of the Union. Copies of the Laws of Congress are herewith attached.

Respectfully submitted.

John. McNulta,


" 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 Grenville M. Dodge, Iowa.

General Walter Q. Gresham, Chicago,
Major Samuel Barrett, Chicago,
General Green B. Raum, Washington,
Colonel Nelson Cole, St. Louis,
Colonel D. W. C. Louden, Ohio,
Major Charles Christensen, St. Louis,
Major 0. C. Towne, Chicago,
Colonel James N. McArthur, Buffalo,
Lieutenant H. C. Adams, Indianapolis,
Captain Henry A. Castle, St. Paul,
Major Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines,
Captain R. H. Fleming, Kentucky.

Colonel Cornelius Cadle, Cincinnati.

General Andrew Hickenlooper, Cincinnati.


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 was. 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

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