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PROCEEDINGS 



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IHTH JipAL Et(CjlMPME((T 



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DEPARTMENT 



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LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI- 

Grand Army of the Republic, 



NEW ORLEANS, LA. 



February 1Gth, 1891. 



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1891, 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF TUB 



IC-HTH JipAL EHCAMPMEt(T 



OF THE 



DEPARTMENT 



OF 



LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI 

Irand Army of the Republic, 

NEW ORLEANS, LA. 

February 16th, 1891. 



,\1-;W ORLEANS: 

Patterson & R»3"i Printers, 114 Camp street, 

1891. 




PROCEEDINGS . 

OF THE 

Kighth Annual Encampment 

OF THE 

DEPARTMENT OF LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI, 6. A. R. 

New Orleans, La. 



February 16th, 1891. 

( JOMRADES : This is the meeting of the Eighth Annual 
lioami merit of the Department ot Louisiana and Mississippi, 
■i the Grand Army of the Bepublic, 

Officer of the Day t 

The Officer of the Day. Commander ? 

The Commander. Are the approaches to this Encamp- 
ment properly guarded ? 

The Officer of the Day. Commander they are. 

The Commander. Are all present members of the Grand 
v i my of the Republic ? 

The Officer of the Day, All present are members of the 
• I rand Army of the Bepublic. 

The Commander. Comrades, once more we have as- 

i*iii I tied for the transaction ot such business as may properly 

mime before this Encampment. We meet in fraternity, 

hi rily and loyalty, and may all our hearts unite as one in 

hi aining the great object rf our association. 

The Chaplain will invoke the divine blessing. 

Parade rest, 

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JEigMJi Annual Encampment, 



Comrade Van R. K. Hilliard, the Department Chaplain 
offered the following prayer: 

"Almighty Father: humbly wo bow before Thee, our Creator, Pr 
server, Guide and Protector. We thank The© for our lives; for tlie incrj 
which has kept ns until this hour; for Thy guidance in our marches 
clay and by night; for Thy constant care in the hour of danger— and fj 
the preservation of onr National integrity and unity. IJ » graciously in- 
to onr comrades, wlm sillier from disease or "wounds, and to the wido 
and orphansoftho.se who fell in onr holy cause: in all distress conrf] 
them, and give ns willing hearts and ready hands to supply their nee 
Almighty God; we do beseech Thee to bless every member of our Depai 
m en t Encampment: may all the results oflour deliberations be for 
good of onr beloved order. Bless onr country; grant that the memory 
onr noble dead, who freely gave their lives for the land they loved, in] 
dwell ever in our hearts. Bless the afflicted families of our dead ehii 
tains, comfort and sustain them in this time of their great bereavement. 

Bless our Order; make it an instrument of great good: keep our naini 
on the roll of Thy servants, and at last receives ns into that Grand Arn| 
above, where thou, God, are the Supreme Commander. Amen. 

Tits Department Commander. Attention I The Eucamj 
meat is now open in due form. 

General Orders Kb. 15 from Department Headquarter 
announcing the death of our late Commander and Comrad; 
General William Tecum seh Sherman,, was then read. 

Comrade F. H. Whitaker, Post 1, was appointed a.menj 
ber of the Committee on Credentials, vice Comrade J. 
Lawler, not present. 

Junior Vice-Commander Patrick O'Hare, on behalf of th 
members of Custer Post, No. 5, and A. Lincoln Post, No. \ 
presented to the Encampment a very beautiful picture <; 
Commander Geo. T. Hodges, it was received with apptopr: 
ate remarks, by Senior Vice-Commander Frederick Speed. | 

The Committee on Credentials made the following repori 

N6w Orleans, La., February 16, 1891. 
To the Officers and Memhrrs pf the Eighth Annual Convention, G. A. li. 

Comrades: — Your Committee -would respectfully report that the 
have examined the roll as prepared by the Assistant Adjutant Genera, 
and find the same correct, and reccommend that the same be adopted^ 
the Roll of the Encainpmcut. 

C. W. KEETING, 
F. II. WHITAKER, 
A. S. GRAHAM. 



University 

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Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G, A. li. 5 



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Upon motion the report was accepted. 
I foil of Officers and Members of the Eighth Annual En- 
i in pmeiit, Department Louisiana and Mississippi. 

Those marked with a (*) being present. 

*Geo. T. Hodges, New Orleans, La. 
*Fredfirick Speed, Vicksburg, Miss. 
'Patrick O'Hare, New Orleans, La. 
Chas. A. Dean, Baton Rouge, La, 
*Van R. K. Hilliard, New Orleans, La 
*C. W. Keating, New Orleans, La. 
*F. A. Olroyd, New Orleans, La. 
*A, S. Graham, New Orleans, La. 
*Frederiek Speed, New Orleans, La. 
'Geo. W. Miller, New Orleans, La. 



i ii-nr Commander, 

in Vice-Commander, 

i ii Vice-Corn mandei'j 

III illwil Director, 

| I: i|il:iin, 

i nt Adjutant General 

.i i ■•imaster General, 

Advocate, 

In IpMCtOl'j 

I )■!. I" Mustering Officer, 



COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION. 
C. M. Murray, Post 1, Thomas Krementz, Post 2, 

.John Stewart, Post :?, *Thomas Stone, Post 4, 

""Fred Brunner, Post 5, 



PAST DEPAR TMENT COMMANDERS. 
Iliam Roy, Kuowgalca, Arizona, 

i VV. Scully, Atlanta, Georgia, 

Badger, New Orleans, Louisiana, 

{, 8. Graham, ' New Orleans, Louisiana, 



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Joseph A. Mower Post, No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Post Commander *C. H. Shute. 

PAST POST COMMANDERS. 



"VY\ G. James, 
»Y. A. Woodward, 

"C. M. Murray, 
•Win. J. Steele, 

0. W. Kilborn, 
•C. F. Frink, 



*F. W. Gibson, 
"F. H. Whitaker. 

REPRESENTATIVES. 

*J. H. Wright, 
*D. H. Reese. 

ALTERNATES. 

C. K. Lincoln, 
W\ S. Kennedy. 



Eighth Annual Encamjmimt, 



Harney Post, No. 2 r Baton Bouge, Louisiana. 

Post Commander Thomas Krementz, 

PAST POST COMMANDERS. 

H. C. Blessing, Patrick Fallon, 



W. II. Harrison, 

Representative, 

Alternate, 



William Wright, 



Chas. A. Dean. 



Lyman J. Widney, 
James DeGray. 



T. O. Howe Post, So. 3, New Orleaus, Louisiana. 
Post ComTnander ; "James Brewin, 

PAST POST COMMANDERS. 

*H. C. Bartlett, , *P. M. Garry. 

Representative, "James Palmer, 

Alternate, Ezra Kryder, 



Abraham Lincoln Post, ?$o. 4, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Post Commander, *Henry Geifers, 

PAST POST COMMANDERS 

"P. A. Bradley, T Geo. C. Miller, 

Stewart Dennee, *Geo W. Miller. 

Repesentative, *A. T. Prise. 



Ouster Post, No. 5, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Post Commander, *John R. Cummings, 

PAST POST COMMANDERS. 

•Louis Klien, E. Dennis, 



L, V. 



Representative, 
Alternate, 



'Philip Zenzibi. 
L. Schafuit. 



Jennings Post, £To. 6, Jennings, Louisiana. 



Post Commander, 
Past Post Commander, 
Representative,, 
Alternate, 



•J. II, Roberts, 
G. W. Remage, 
"Daniel E. Sweet, 
Wesley A. Rogers, 



Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. B. 



Vieksourg Post, No. 7, Vicksburg, Mississippi. 

Commander, *W. H, Bleything, 

I'll Post Commanders, T. D. Godman, 

Charles Keefce, 
Representative, *H. H. Herman, 



John A. Logan, Post No. 8, ULanmiond, Louisiana. 



I 'c ist Commander, 
I 'ast Post Commander, 
Hi presentative, 
\ Ibornate, 



*A. C. Spalding, 
*D. M. Durkee, 
*J. M. Gould, 
P. L- Reed, 



The Department Commander delivered tlie following 
Address: 

New Orleans, February 16, 1891. 

(b the Officers and Members of the 

Eighth Annual Encampment of the Department of 

Louisiana and Mississippi, Grand Army of the Republic. 

Comrades; — I congratulate you in having so many representatives 

|H'i out to this the Eighth Annual Encampment of the Department of 

liDillmana and Mississippi, Grand Army of the Republic, and in seeing 

yow in such good health, time seems to have dealt most gently with 

mi all 

I ii presenting to you a report of my stewardship of the position of 
lilijh honor, as Department Commander, to which you elected me a little 
liter one year ago, it will perhaps not be amiss to give a brief history of 
i In o vents as they have happened during our time of office. 

After having been elected, duly installed, and assumed charge of this 
i li |iartment, we found an empty house, and with the exception of $9 41 
| in ueO over by Comrade P. II. Boyle, Assistant Quarter Master General, 
J. | ile ted Treasury; and another party in the field assuming the same 
H his and functions, that we had been elected to, this party under com- 
inn hd of Past Department Commander Jacob Gray, who withheld all books, 

nls, property, etc., belonging to this Department, and at the same 

announcing iu published orders as being the duly elected Commaud- 

As soon as it was known that these usurpers, would not transfer any 
.■I |,| i e books, records or property pertaining to this Department, that was 
III 1 1 u-ir possession, the matter was laid in full before the Commander-iu 
Chief, General Alger, with request that we might be recognized by him as 
l In * lawful, legally elected Officers of this Department, with this appeal 
. sent a copy of the proceedings of the Seventh Encampment. We 
Waited long and anxiously for a decision but none was received until June, 



Eighth Annual Encampment, 



and we did not know that cue had been rendered until in the last dayi 
of May, when it came out from the overflow ofipite and malice of thf 
usurpers, that General Alger had made a decision about April 7th, 1800 
recognizing the officers elected and installed at the session held at. Josepl 
A. Mower Post Rooms, as the legal officers of this Department; this decil 
ion had been mailed to me on April 8th, 1890, but the letter never reached 
its destination, a copy of this decision with a letter of instructions to Past 
Department Commander Gray was mailed to Mr. Gray at the same time, 
which he received, as appeared in public print of the daily press, so it is 
fair to infer that my letters had been stolen. Notwithstanding, the re- 
ceipt of the order, Past Department Commander Gray did not obey its 
mandates nor did he make any semblance of a transfer until about June 
18, 1890, when he was peremptorily ordered to do so by Assistant Adjutant 
General, J. T. Sterliug and Judge Advocate General D. R Austin, sent 
from National Headquarters for this purpose, aud then his transfer was 
but a form, a few old records of not much value aud the Charter, comprise 
about all; the valuable letter and order books of the Department, aud 
any record showing transactions during the years of his term of office were 
missing, not so much as a scrap of paper or a memoranda of what had 
been done. This was our birth-right and inheritance, except that with 
this transfer of Gray's came a contingent of some nine Posts said to have 
been organized by him in the last sixty days of bis term of office, said 
Posts containing a following of some 7-17 members, for these we were or- 
dered to pay to National Headquarters a per capita tax. It was found 
upon investigation that Past Department Commander Gray had not alone 
given Charters to the nine Posts mentioned, but had after February nth, 
1890, issued Charters to five other Posts. After a long and careful study 
of the situation with a desire to hold our own eight Posts together, and 
live in peace aud harmony, a petition was made to the National Head- 
quarters, G. A. R. stating that in-so-mnch as Past Department Command- 
er Gray had opened wide the doors of the Order and taken all the colored 
men in, that came along, without any regard to whether the applicant 
was eligible or not., that we be granted a department by ourselves, giving 
as our reasons that the Grand Army of the Republic being in a sense a 
social organization, we did not see.our way clear to mix with the so-called 
Colored Posts; this petition was refused by the Executive Committee of 
the National Council of Administration, from this decision, our Depart- 
ment Council of Administration made a most respectful protest, which 
protest has not yet been acted upon. After having received notice of the 
refusal of our petition, these Posts (1 ami 8.) feeling that they had a just 
right to be considered iu the matter, as to who should be admitted to the 
Order in this Department as their comrades and associates, and after a 
careful and thorough examination of the whole matter, it was found a 
large percentage of the so-called Colored Posts were from various causes 
not eligible to b.ecomc members of this Older; that they are aggressive 




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nil Insolent ha manner; that they have not any idea or conception of 

iii i the true meaning of the objects of the Order are, that they were ad- 

llllli'il through a spirit of revenge, therefore, for these and other reasons 

| i I »epartment Council of Administration passed the following resolu- 

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fl hereras: The events of the past year prove conclusively, and to the 

!;iction of the Conn oil of Administration, that is is impossible that 

can be any affilia\iou between the Poj»t$ or Comrades of this De- 

i.Miiruont and the so-called Colored Posts organized by Past Department 

• ii in in a oder Jacob Gray — and 

II ii< was: The organization of these Posts and the forcing of them on 

i department, has greatly deuiorjlized the Comrades of the old Posts 

i unused a lots of membership. Therefore, 

Ho it Ilesolvidt That all moneys received from said Colored Posts by 

direction of Past Commander-in-Chief, Alger, be return d to them, 

i he per capita tax forwarded to National Headquarters, and that 

i :ouueil of Administration direct that thi said Posts be notified to 

ml their future returns to National Headquarters of the Grand Army 

i Republic direct : 

A 1 1 1 L further, that this Council of Administration believing that the 
id i .'olored Posts were illegally organized, they will not be further re- 
QOglllzed or considered in any way part of. tub Department. 

ftesoJved: That the Department Encampment shall be nailed as per 
r resolution on the 16th day of February, 1891, aud shall consist 
Dill j ni' the elected delegates and the members of the Encampment from 
1 1| Posts from No. 1 to No. 8 inclusive. 

'I ho Adjutant General and Assistant Quarter Master General serving 
i and as representatives of Past Department Commander Gray, have 
ii from the Quarter Master General, G. A, R. supplies to tfee amount 

• II.; i 00, said supplies are supposed to have been issued to the so-called 
I -i .ted Posts, and in most instances the money for these supplies have 

ii |. iid by the Posts to the persons from whom they received the snp- 

i, but the Quarter Master Geueral has not been paid and the amouut 

ids charged on hie books against this Department. To sum up the 

■ . . . 1m transaction from beginning to end, in the matter of issuing ohar- 

and admitting to the Order indiscriminately this great number of 

lias been a work of fraud and most flagrant rascality, and all done 

a spirit of revenge. The Council of Administration did well when 

iid opted the above resolution, and that the so-called posts No. 9 to 

ii 17 inclusive, will not be considered or recognized in any way as part 

III i his Department, now or hereafter. 

MEMORIAL DAY. 

Notwithstandiog the most peculiar and extraordinary position we 
i) in, as Memorial Day drew near, it Beemed but right and proper 









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that a special effort be made to secure its best observance. This wa 
done through the united efforts of all Posts in this City. 

The Sunday pieceeding Memorial Day the Posts in this City united 
aud attended in a body, services held in the Ames Chapel, which had beeJ 
kindly placed at our disposal by Rev. Wen. P. McLaughlin. S. T. B| 
Presiding Elder, Mission District, Methodist Episcopal Church", who conf 
duoted the services and gave a most eloquent, patriotic and charrniui 
discourse; a discouise that made each comrade who heard it, feel proud 
that be was there to do honor to those who fell in the defense of then) 
country and listen to such praise and eulogy as were there given ns tj 
the memory of our departed heroes, 'tis a beautiful service and one 
trust will be long continued in this Department. 

Memoiial Day was observed with increased interest and solemnity! 
the Committee appoiutod from the different Posts in this City to makJ 
preparations did their work ably and well, and in a manner not heretol 
fore excelled They were greatly assisted by the Ladies Aid Association 
and Sons of Veterans of Benjamin A. Harrison Camp, No. 1. The servi] 
ces were conducted as usual In accordance with the Ritual with a mosJ 
impressive and able oration by the Rev. Wni. M. Snively, D. D. A verJ 
pleasing feature of the day's exercises was the band of little children 
children of our comrades, representing each State iu the Union , theei 
laid their floral offerings around the monument with appropriate and iml 
pressive sentiments, for this we were indebted to Mrs. Shute, and to hei 
and the children we extend our thanks. 

In the matter of finances, there was an abundance of funds with, 
balance of $79 GO which was allotted to these Headquarters, aud has been, 
accounted for as will be seen from the Assistant Quarter Master General's! 
report. Comrade Friak, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Comrade; 
Brewin, Cnairnian of the Committee on Decoration, deserve special menl 
tion for valuable services, as do all the members of each and every Com- 
mittee, and I hereby tender them tny thanks; to the Ladies Aid Aseocia-j 
tion and Sons of Vet?raus of Benjamin A. Harrison Camp, No. 1, I tended 
my most heartfelt thanks for their valuable assistance and presence. 

The day was observed by Harney Post, No. 2, Vicksburg Post, No. 
and Hammond Post, No. 8, who carried beautiful flowers and strewed 
them over the graves of those who rest in the National Cemeteries in th<j 
immediate vicinity of the above named Posts. Through the interest and 
attention of Assistant Adjutant General Keeting, flags to mark each of 
the graves iu the National Cemeteries in this Department were sent frorq 
the National Headquarters at Detroit, so that each of the nearly 43,0(3 
grares in this Department were marked with a flag of our Conn try] 
what more fitting and loyal respect could be shown them ? 

Among the floral offerings presented on this day was one representing 
"Gates Ajar" from "Battery B." Louisiana Field Artillery, a scroll on an. 
easel from the Continental Guards, and a beautiful wreath from Mrs. Hj 



v Coleman, this beautiful tribute to the memory of our beloved 

■ •I in more than appreciated by us and received in the same kind and 

loving spirit that they were given, and we return our most sincere and 

Unit thanks. 

IN MEMORIAM- 

Sixteen ot our Comrades have answered the last roll call, all good 
-ii rue, who in the dark days of early rebellion took their positions in 
ill front rank to do battle for their Country and their flag. Among 
who-n we miss from this Encampment is our worthy Senior Vice- 
under, Comrade Henry Shorten, an active and zealous worker for 
in i iraud Army of the Republic, who* answered the call of the Great 
iiiiimander, on Memorial Day, May 30tb, ISiK), 

"One by one, we muster heavenward; 
One by one, our tents. we fold; 

Year by year, our ran fee are thinning 
Soon the number will be told. 

Twilight shadows soon will deepen 
Guard be mounted — Taps be beat. 

List! From dreamland comes a signal! 
Tia from those we then shall greet ! 

Re-united in a Kingdom 
Where no sounds of war are heard, 

We Bhallrest in peace eternal; 
This is oar Great Captain's word." 

CONDITION OF OUR DEPARTMENT. 

Through the various vicissitudes of the year, the Posts have fairly 

III III on, we have lost from all causes nearly fifty more than we have 
jiut nod, and I regret to say a large proportion of the loss is of suspended 

...hers. It is now time that each post should show some signs of more 
.1 and interest in the Order; in our own minds we have decided how we 
>.i. ill conduct this Department, with the fall approval of our most worthy 
' liimmanuer-in- Chief, we hope, &o that it behoves each comrade as an in- 
ih\ nlnal to work on the recruiting party and each Post to do the same. 
i liu pall that has hung over us for so many years is wiped away. There 
lire many old soldiers and sailors who are eligible to join our ranks and if 
foil show but a little interest, that they should, yon will be met more 
i Imi half way. Post Commanders are entreated to make the meetings 
Lioir Posts more interesting, not so much dry business; intersperse 
your business with song, a good story, a pleasing reminiscence; in this 
way* the Post room becomes as it should be, the Comrades Club Room, 
l Ibe Post meeting nights are looked forward to with pleasure, not as 

IV borepn this way, will the Post rooms become the attractive recruiting 
Oltloo, and your membership and prosperity increased; bnt Comrades, 
your Post Commanders cannot do this without your most willing and 






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never ceasing assistance; and Post Commanders, the Comrades wan 
yonr intelligent aud lending baud to guide them, yon were elected t 
command, direct aud guide, an example in the faithful carrying out an 
obedience to the laws of the Order and the perfect, working of the rilua. 
arouse therefore, one aud all, throw off this lethargy and indifference 
cease your internal dissensions, if you have any, swing into line, catcl 
the step, keep up the touch of elbow and march on with the good o 
the Order at heart, and at your nest Eueampment, you will show an in 
crease— yes an iuc cease of a hundred fold. 

CHARITY. 
There has been reported as expended for charity by the Posts in thii 
Department about $450 00, this is. however, but a small sum compared 
to the amount aciually given. When we take into consideration the 
small number in our Department with a per capita tax of bur. sixty cents 
per man, per year, from this the actual expenses to he paid that are 
necessary to maintain the Posts, the showing of $450.00 expended is Jarge 
being something like $250.00 more than the m.ximum of the amount due. 
Aside from thia, as before stated, the amouut donated in other ways is 
very great, given in a way that will never be shown to the comrades at 
large. The individual charities have been unceasing, the calls from the 
comrades and old soldiers who have wandered down here and become 
stranded, and in absolute want is great: and I feel that the call upon 
this Department for the relief of the poor and needy from outside De- 
partments is mnch greater than from those of our own, in a way this is 
gratifying; but should demands come much more frequent from comrades 
of our own Departmont, I fear there would be more suffering than we 
could relieve. These Head Quarters have but little, if any funds to de- 
vote to the needy, our expenses have been kept as low as possible, this 
year has been a struggle to get on, as we had to get an entire new outfit 
of books, etc., and this with a small amount of printing has been about 
all that we have been able to do. The only suggestions I have to make 
as lo how we eau increase our funds so that we can have more to expend'' 
are: 1st: To increase our membership, or increase of per capita tax.( 
2nd: For all the Posts in New Orleans to join forces aud hire one house 
for Post rooms, etc., this house to be large enough to have some spare 
rooms in which accomodations could be furnished for those who required 
them, with this small beginning it couid readily lead to greater things,] 
and I lay the matter before you for your consideration. 

NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT. 
At the Twenty- fourth National Encampment held in Boston this 
Department was well represented by Past Department Commander Com- 
rade Badger, who served on the stall" of the Commander-in-Chief, General 
Alger, Senior Vice-Commauder, Comrade Speed, Representative Comrade 
Heidenhain, Post Commander of Jos. A. Mower Post, No. 1, Comrade 



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Imte and Comrades Lincoln and McMahon. Onr Department was ably 

presented in the Encampment, Comrade Speed was appointed on the 

I mnmitfcee on Rules and Regulations and on the report of the Judge Ad- 

DOftte General. Comrade Shnte is a member of the National Council of 

\.i ministration. 

The Boston Herald stated: "Although the Lnuisiaua and Mississippi 

itions were small, they however, had enthusiasm enouyb lor ;v mnch 

i mm:- crowd, they marched well and their handsome silk banner was 

in ii :idmired." Each of the above nirned Comrades did noble service 

t ilighteoing our Northern Comrades as to the true state of the sitna- 

in this Department, to them I extend ray tbanks- 
SONSOF VETERANS 

Henjamin A. Harrison Camp, No. I, is the only Camp of the Sons of 
I n rams in this Department, they number about seventy memberR and 
\U ftU energetic and growiug Camp. They have had tne same difficulties 
lu contend with the past year that yon have and met them in a true and 
i>. mly spirit. The attention to duty aud the working of their officers is 
limply beautiful. I feel assured that it ia the fluty of every.G. A. R. man 
vq them m helping hand to assist and encourage them in every way 
rcuutonable to a successful accomplishment of the purposes of their organ- 
ktion; m no better hands can we leave the duty of perpetuating the 
principles of our grand Order, to them. I wish all snecess ard pros- 
perity , 

OFFICERS. 

Tbe duties of the Assistant Adjutant Gen ral th« pist year have been 

u illy great and laborious and Comrade Keetiug has proven himself 

|ti bo most efficient, careful and painstaking iu the discharge of the mass 

III l. nsiness thrown upon him; to him is due lha formulating of an entire 

s»t of books and the keeping of records that will last for all tim<-, 

in bringing order out of chaos and presenting to you an intelligent 

mm I true report, I feel greatly indebted to him for his official acts and 

i grateful for his warm personal friendship ever expressed towards 

To the Assistant Quartermaster General for attentive aud faithful 
h:irge of his various and on timfts complicated duties, I am indebted 

i nch aid during the past year, to tbe Judge Advocate General, for 

vise counsel and ready assistance at all times: I am thankful to the 

I impoctor General who has given so much of bis time and means, who 

performed his duti s so ably, and has given new heart and courage 

il the P.ists he has visited, my warmest thanks are tendered. I must 

Iklpn thank tbe other officers of tbe Department, and Btuff for the valuable 

prrvices rendered and particularly to the Senior Aide-de Camp Comrade 

k Y. A. Woodward, for le.iviog his business and visiting National Head 

Quarters at, Detroit, for and in behalf of this Department at a time it was 

tlire distress. To the Conncil of Administration, 1 am especially in. 



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debted for their aid, advice and counsel, they have been called logetbe 
many times and have done good wort, your interests were placed i 
good hands when you elected them to the responsible positions. 

Finally. With a deep sense of gratitnte for the honor yon conferre 
upon me aud one which I shall never fail to appreciate, the trust confide 
to me, I roturn to you with more thanks than words can express for you 
confidence. I have endeavored to do my duty, any errors committed 
have been errors of judgement, not of the heart and I pray your iudu 
gen oe. 

Let mall remain united in the three principal objects of our Ordei 
Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty. May God bless you all is the fdrven, 
wish of your humble servaat, 

GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Commander 



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Report of ttie genioz "S/ice Comniandej. 



Vicksju'ki-!, Miss., February 14, 1891 
Col. C. VI . Kekting, " 

Assistant Adjutant' (J ena-al, 

Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, Q.J, li. 

COiMKADE:— I have the honor to submit my report as Senior Vice Com 
mander and Inspector of the Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, | 
the Department Encampment. 

As soon as practicable after my appointment as Inspector I made 
personal inspection of Joseph A. Mower Post, No. 1 ; Timothy O. Howi 
Post, No. 3 ; Abraham Lincoln Post, No. 4; Custer Post, No. 5; and ViolriJ 
burg Post, No. 7; and found their condition entirely satisfactory, mon 
especially when it is remembered that shortly previous to ray visit \ 
them an attempt had been made by the late Commander of the Depar 
rnent to organize a huge number of Posts composed entirely of colore] 
men, which owing to the peculiar social conditions by which we'are Bill 
rounded, had a discouraging and depressing effect upon their membershi 
and had caused a falling off in the attendance. I received a sulci ei'] 
reception and generous hospitality and was much gratified at meetin 
with a number of old comrades with whom it was my privilege to hav] 
served during the war, There was a full attendance at the Inspections, 
In discipline, interest, manner of keeping the records, col lection of revenue] 
and zeal displayed in searching out and affording relief to destitute com 
rades, I am sure that the Posts enumerated will compare favorably with) 



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iii tveragePost wheresoever situated. Joseph A. Mower Post, No. 1, 

have its equal, bnt there is none superior to it, in any Department 

f the Grand Army of the Republic. Comrad Thomas Krementz, cour- 

ly performed the doty of inspecting Harney Post, No. 2, for me. aud 

Although the number of its members is small and it had suffered an ir- 

I parable loss in the death of Comrade Henry Shorten, he found its condi- 

li to be good, audits prospects blight. Comrades D. E. Sweet, and 
i < . h'ecd placed me under obligations by inspecting Jennings Post, No. 
I iiul John A. Logan Post, No. 8, respectively, the condition of each of 
hull was found to be satisfactory. 

I was unable to inspect in person, owing to important, business cn- 

nis during the month of December, any of the Posts except 

iburg, No. 7, but that duty was kindly performed for me by Comrades 
• Hum, Krementz, Ilcidenhain, Stewart, Stone, Sweet and Reed who 
i, , < . my thanks therefor. An examination of the several reports reveals 
llli I'm J that although there has been, with the exception of three Posts, 
. marked falling off in membership, during the six months preceding, 
.iii has not been as great as was to have been expected from the pecu- 
i conditions existing in this Department, aud it is a source of congrat- 

lli n to know that notwithstanding the demoralization occasioned by 

illegal and fraudulent attempt of the late Department Commander' 

perpetuate his power by seizing upon the Department records and 

liiuory of organization, that with com pari tively few exceptions the 

uti'odcs nave remained steadfast. It is not to be disguised, however, 

mii In- iin rent of hostility towards the promoters of the scheme to seize 

It I the Department Organization by the attempted creation of a large 

number of Posts whose members in the main were ineligible to momber- 

ililp i:i the Grand Army, runs deep and strong, and it has only been 

.ugh an abiding faith that justice will be done in the end. (hat our 

Hi utilization has been maintained. Our comrades find themselves con- 

•(! by a situation not of their own making or seeking. When in 1861 

Ihn «irr summoned, Jibe our forefathers, to leave the plow in the fur- 
l.he heated iron "upon the anvil, the pen in the counting room,' the 
mid hammer upon the bench, it was in response to the demands of 

II duly which they owed to their country, to rally round its Hag and pre- 
i r the sacred legacy of human freedom and the rights of man, bc- 

ipii'iithed to them by those whose glorious deeds at Vorktown, and Mo'n- 

il, and Valley Forge had taught them that the noblest duty of man 

suffer, and if need be, to die for country and their fellow men. It 

urn, not the love of adventure or desire for gain which tore them from 

!„,,.( I'ul homes, the labors of the lu-hl. of the shop, and of commerce, but 

|| , ,,!•:, demand of duty, and now that their labors, their sufferings and 

M i iliees have been crowned with victory and there is no longer a coun- 

||',V'h honor in peril, other duties call tor their exertions, and to day, in 

II.. o d.'.clining years, bhey are confronted with a dncy second only to that 



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which they owe to their country, but. as sacred and as binding, — that 
wife and children. Through, force of circumstances which they cou 
neither control nor avert, they find themselves domiciled in a section <j 
the country where peculiar social conditions exist and which they j 
powerless to change. The inexorable law of this social condition is ml 
that the white man who associates upon terms of social equality with th 
black man is deba red from nil Association with the people ofthowhij 
race and practically excluded from the privilege of earning a IiveB 
hood. It points the finger of scorn, and derision to the wife of his bosog 
and the children of his love, Like the law of the Modes and the Persia 
it altereth hot and operates with an irresistable and crushing force upol 
al I who dare to disregard its behest s. A nd no stronger proof of this m < 
be advanced than to mention the fact that there are no mixed organizJ 
tions existing anywhere throughout the Southern States, with a possiblj 
exception of a few political clubs. This chasm is too wide and too dee 
to be bridged in a generation and even if our comrades were willirij 
their utmost exertions would be impotent to till it. The tide runs : 
strong and so deep that no man can stem it. This is but the recognit ioij 
of a fact which confronts us on every side and it would be the height < 
folly to ignore it. Our comrades have shown during long years of trig 
and in many difficult situations, their willingness to main lain at anl 
sacrifice the civil rights of the colored man: they have labored in season 
and out of season for the amelioration of his condition, for the education 
of his chil dree, and to secure the enactment, of just and equitable la\J 
for his protection, not without results. But this law of social condition 
whether it be of man or the devil, presents an insurmountable obstaclj 
and to come into collision with it simply means social annihilation and 
abject poverty. Onr comrades aie not. to be blamed ii'l hey place theij 
duty to those whom Clod has given into their protection, their wives anl 
children, superior to any demand upon them as social reformers. Ourl 
is purely a social and charitable organization with no ulterior objectf 
Experience has demonstrated that whenever our colored friends enter intl 
an organization owing to their superior numbers they immediately dorm 
inate it, the Grand Army of the Republic would be no exception to tH 
rule, as was conclusively* shown by the selection of officers made by till 
Gray usurpation, eleven of the fifteen Department officers, including 
Council of Administration, chosen by ifc being colored men. Knowing 
these facts and realizing the inexorable law based upon them, with a del 
gree of unanimity unparalleled in any like organization, our memhershi] 
has been prepared for months past, to abandon their Posts rather thai 
yield the domination of Ibis Department to our "brother in black" ami if 
is surprising to know that under the circumstances our losses have n<| 
been far in excess of actual results. It is undoubtedly true, howeve* 
that should our anticipations of being able to maintain a separate exis 
fence, unfortunately not be realized, our Posts J will dissolve like fo<-- hi 



h i he rising sun and remain only as a memory of pleasant hours spent 

companionship with those between whom the magnetism of true 

, muriMleship exists, only to be broken when we shall have been mustered 

IMIl of this earthly warfare and retaliated in the Grand Army of the great 

After. I have on all occasions when called upon to speak counselled 

loration and patience, believing that some way will be found by which 

. conld be extricated from our unfortunate and distressing condition, 

| thou t doing any act of injustice to those who by reason of their service 
n entitled to admittance into the Grand Army of the Republic, and 

i,,,- misfortune it is, without their fault, to have darker hued skins 

Ilia u our own. 

I made no inspection of the so-called colored Posts, numbered from- 

fco seventeen^ inclusive, several of which were organized by Captain 

after he ceased to be Department Commander, because I knew of 

own knowledge and from reliable information received from others^ 

Hint a large proportion of their membership consists of individuals who 

h-arly ineligible to membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. 

I asserted and I beleive it to be a fact, that many members of these 

1. 1 led Posts, are persons under the age of forty years, who could by no 

i hi lily have seen any service in the Army of the Union. If I had 

In on disposed so to do I could not consistently with my obligation as a 

member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and my oath of office, have 

da Post which I believed from its very inception to have been 

diluted with fraud. 

i hi hist Memorial day I participated with the comrades at Vieksburg 

III Its observance, and at the r invitation delivered an oration in the pres- 

of many thousand hearers at the National Cemetery. Passed Com- 

|imnder-ta-Chief JohnD, Kountz also made an address, chaste, eloquent 

I appropriate to the occasion, which was received with the greatest 

. i. faction by the immense assemblage, included in which was the 

\ Ir.kshurg Camp of Confederate veterans, who formed an escort of honor 

I,, Yhksbmg Post and its distinguished guest "the drummer boy of 

i iona-ry Ridge," and h large number of comrades in attendance upon 

I he reunion of the Blue and the Grey. 

Respectfully submitted in F, C. and L. 

FREDERIC SPEED, 
Senior Fice Commander and Inspector. 



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Report of the Junior Vice Commander. 



NewOklbaks, February, 16th, 189 

To the Officers and Members of tb, Eighth Annual Encampment, Departm] 

Louwaua and Miniuigpi, Grand Army of the Republic. 

Commander and Comradks:-I have the honor to make this : 
report of the opperations of ray office for t*he pas'; year. 

I have visited Posts one, four and five located 'in this city and found, 
in ail these Posts a lively interest for the good of our Order, I have at-, 
tended all meetings of the Council of Administration 10 in numbers, esj 
ceptone. My connection with my associates of the Department have 
been pleasant and agreeable and I shall always remember with pie 
and pride my connection with the outgoing Council of Administration. 

I congratulate my Comrades on the happy results thus far obtained, 
through the management of our worthy Commander and his itmneJ 
diate staff. The great evil that threatened our existence as an organizaJ 
tion, during the past year is I think past, and I confidently look forwardL 
to a year of great prosperity and increased usefulness in Grand limy 
of the Republic of this Department. 

In conclusion, I thank my Comrades of the Department for their 
uniform kindness and courtesy during my term of office. 

Yours in F. C. & L. 

PAT KICK O'HARE. 

Junior Five Commander I 



Report of the Assistant Adjutant General. 



New Orleans, La., February 10, 1891, 
Geo. T. Hodges, 

Department Commander. 

Comrade: In compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the] 
Graud Army of the Republic, I have the honor to submit my annual'! 
report of 1 he business transacted in this office for the year ending Del 
cember 31, 1890. I 

No records having been turned over to me by my predecessor in office,! 
I was compelled to ascertain the membership in good standing on the 31st] 
day of December, 1889, from the reports furnished me by the Posts Adjn.f 
tants for the first quarter of 1890. 



Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. It. i<> 






First Quarter Gains. 

■'■'■ in good Branding December 31, 1889 

' Muster in 6JS 

1 : v Transfer U 

I ly Reinstatement 

Total e*in ... ... — 

- 13 

k'ate.... ■ 

* 406 

Losses, 

!>eath ; 

Transfer ' 

Suspensions 

Total Loss. ~~ 

17 

1 i " good standing March 31, 1?90 ~7TZ 

Second Quarter Gains. 

luster in 

"v Transfer 

Koinstatemant , 

Total gain m 

fc^Rftte — 

40b 

Second Quarter Losses. 

aths 

• h Transfer , 

|lj Suspension _ 

Total Loss 

' " ■ 41 

i n good standing June 30, 1390 ~~ZZ 

Third Quarter Gains. 
1 Muster in , 

*■■»••••••-..,. 7 

H Transfer,. .... 

" ' * • 2 

I gain „ 



384 

Losses. 
11/ Death 

|j IVansfer 

Ujf Suspension 

20 

i -'inl Loss.. ....... 

S2 

ii good standing June 30, 1890 ~!^7 



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Fourth Quarter Gains. 



By Master in. 
By Transfer.. 

Total gain. 

Aggregate 



Losses. 



By Dea'h 

By Transfer.. . 
By Suspension . 



Total Loss 

Number in good standing December 31, 1890 

Recapitulation. 
Number in good standing December 31, lt89 



Total gain. 



Aggregate . 



Losses. 



;;: 



. 4 
.19 



;; 



Gain during the year by Muster in • ■ ™ 

«« " " " Transfer - j* 

.< «« " *' Reinstatement •* 



n; 



By Death during the year * 

By Transfer during the year I, 

By SuBpcuoion during the year - °_ 

Total Loss 

Number in good standing December 31, 1890 

Net loss in numbers during the year * 

Total amount expended for relief d nring the year, taken from the Q uartj 

Reports of 8 Posts • ■ • * ^ 

The following table gives an exhibit in detail of the gain or lo| 
each Post during the year. 



No. of 
Post 



1 

2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 



2SFame oi' Post. 



Membership Membership, 
Dec. 31, 1889 Dec. 31, 1890 



Joseph A. Mower. 

Harney.. 

T. 0. Howe 

A. Lincoln 

Custer 

Jennings 

Vicksburg 

John A. Logan . , 



165 
16 
60 
50 
42 
18 
26 
16 



163 
14 
42 
35 
24 
21 
31 
15 



Gain. 



Net loss for the year ending December 31, 1890. 



Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. E 



■2\ 



There has been issued from Department Headquarters during the 

past year, 15 General Orders. 16 Special Orders and 1 Circnlar Letter. 

For the second and third quarters of the year, I forwarded to Nation- 

,»] Headquarters, Supplementary Reports made up from the returns sent; 

to me from the nine Posts organized by Jacob Gray. 

When I entered upon the discharge of the duties of my office, I was 
not able to obtain from my predecessor any of the books, records or prop- 
erty belonging to the Department, I was therefore compelled to com- 
mence my labors without the benefit of a single copy of a letter or order 
to guide me in the discharge of my duties. 

With the chaotic condition of affairs in the Department at the time, 
necessitatioo- a larger correspondence and a close and careful study of 
I he Rules and Regulations pertaining to all matters connected with the 
(Jrand Army, at times I hardly know how I could have performed all the 
dudes devolving npon me, had it not been for the able assistance you so 
cheerfully rendered. 

The Comrades of the Department of Louisiana and Mississippi re- 
Npect and admire you for the faithful and loyal manner in which you 
have performed the duties of Department Commander during the past 
year, but I have to especially thank you for the active interest you have 
at all times manifested, to instruct and assist, me in the performance of 
my work. Yonr unwavering courtesy and friendship has materially aid- 
i(i to make my labors that often seemed difficult, appear light and 

agreeable. 

For the kind and respectful treatment 1 have ever received from the 
Comrades of this Department, I return my heartfelt thanks. 

To the members of the official staff, I desire to express ray appreciation 
and gratitude, for their uniform courtesy and consideration shown to me 

at all times. 

Yours in F. C. & L„ 

C. W. KEETING, 

Assistant Adjutant General 



Report of the Assistant Quarter Master General. 



New Orleans, La., February 16th, 1891 

Commander AKP Comrades:— I have the honor to submit the follow- 
ing statement of the operations of my office during the year 1S90, which 



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officially closes to night. During that period I have received from mv 
predecessor. 

Commander P. H. Boyle S 9 41 

Account Per capita Tax , ...[........ £19 85 

" Decoration day 1890 79 60 

" Sup p |ie8 ^'"".'!*.'".\'.\ , .".*!.W55 

Total .337.41 

1 have expended tor, 

™f n * 466.50 

-Post-age fl 

Per capita Tax 1889 " 

" i89o v.'...;.;.;;;;: ?m ":y<» 

Relief.... •. ' ' 8 'f n 

„ . , ,, 7 , , •■•■ 20.00 

Burial D. Edgunth 1fl 

■ "/ ohaDeyer " -'••■■•^■^v::::::::.i5:oo 

^PP 1168 ■ ...45.42 

Expenses Boston Encampment 

Courtniartial J, Gray , .....,, ■ " ok rwi 

Incidental expenses To ■-i 

TotaI T$305~33 

Leaving a balance of $ 32.08 The expenses ineurred from the Court- 
martialof Jacob Gray of .$25.00 has been returned to this Department 
thereby leaving a cash balance on hand of $57.08. 

I have also collected by orders froni National headquarters per capita 
tax from colored Post from 9 to 17 inclusive, the earn of $280 65' said 
amount has been returned by order from Council of Administration De- 
partment Louisiana and Mississippi, to Post 9 to 17 inclusive less per 
capita tax sent to National Department. 

Respectfully yours, in F. C. & L , 

P. A. OLROYD, 

Assistant Quarter Master General. 

We the undersigned committee of the Council of Administration have 
exammed the books and accounts of the A. Q. M. G. and find same cor- 
rect. 

C. M. MURRAY, 
THOMAS STONE. 



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Report of the Assistant Judge Advocate General. 



New Orleans, La., February 16tb, 1891. 
Charles W. Kehting 

Assistant Adjutant General. 
Dear Comrade: The report of my Department must necessarily be 
brief, as I have rendered no official decisions or opinions during my term 
oi office, and my duties have been more consultative and advisory than 
otherwise. The Commander and other officers of the Department have 
been S o thoroughly in earnest in all that pertained to its affairs, and so 
competent to judge and decide for its best interests, tbey have had but 
little need of my assistance in my official capacity. The vital needs of 
| lie Department have been generally discussed among the Comrades, and 
am happy to say the conclusions arrived at have been almost unani- 
mous. 

I believe the action of the Department during the past year will 
meet wrth the approval of the Commander-in-chief and the National En- 
campment. 

I'o the Department Commander, yourself and other members of the 
Btaff, and to the Comrades of the Department, generally, I desire to ex- 
" ess my thanks, and appreciation ot the uniform kindness and Com- 
radeship extended to me during my term of office. 

Yours in P. C. aud L. 
A. S. GRAHAM. 

Assistant Judge Advocate General, 
* — <>>«*«a8P->-s« 

Report of the Department Chaplain. 



New Orleans, La , February 16th, 1891, 
PoCol-C. W, Keetinu. 

Assistant Adjutant General, 

Department Louisiana and, Mississippi, G. A. R. 

Comrade:— I have the honor to submit to the Department Encamp- 
liMuit through you, the following [brief report a 8 ;De P artment Chaplain. 
I J10 duties of thi 8 :office are not, very clearly defined in the rules and Reg- 
ulations, bat so far as I have understood them or they have heen made 
Known to me, I have endeavored faithfully to perform them. I assisted 
In the Memorial Day services at ChalmettejNatioaal Cemetery last year 

I officiated at the burial services of the fnneral of our late Senior 
Vim, Commander, Comrade -Henry Shorten," who's death took place at 
fUou Rouge, May 30tb, 1890. 



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May the God of nations, who led us through perilous times and gave 
us the victory, now give na wisdom, so to use our dearly bought privi- j 
leges as to be able to promote the highest good and greatest prosperity, j 
not of a section but the whole country, not of a party but of all the j 

people. 

I have the honor to be iu F. U. & L.,most sincerely your Comrade j 

and friend, 

VAN R, K. HILLIARD, 

Department Chaplain.^ 

.>*s*f»~<»— — 

Impost of the Chief ]\lustaing Officer. 

Gkxkhai. Geo. T. Hodges, 

Commander of the Eighth Annual Encampment, 

Department Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. 
Comrade: I have tbe honor to submit this my report for the past 
year ending February 16, 1891. I have not been called upon to perform 
'any of the duties appertaining to my office as Mustering Officer, and 
therefore have nothiug to communicate under that head. I attended 
meetings of the Council and been at all times ready to act when called 
upon. I thank you for the honor conferred by appointment and yon 
may rest assured'that had an opportunity preeented itself, I should have 
done iny utmost to n fleet credit upon the office. 

Respectfully yours in P. C. & L , 

GEO. W. MILLER, 
Chief Mustering Often: 

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^epo?t of the Senior /lide-ds-Camp. 



New Orleans, La., February 13, 1891] 

General Gko. T. Hodges, 

Commander t 
Department Louisiana and Mississippi. 0. A. H. 
Comrade: I have the honor to report that my official labors for tfl 
year just paat, have been so light and so few, by reason of the nntiriifl 
and unremiting work of onr Commander, that they cannot possibly o« 
for any recognition; except in acknowledgment of the kindness wfaifl 
prompted the>ppoitmeut. Regretting that I have not been able to | 
more, I have the honor to be .. . In F. C. & L., 

Y. A. WOODWARD, j 
Senior Aid, i 



Department of Louisiana and Mississippi. G. A, B, 25 

The Assistant Adjutant General presented the following 
report of the Council of Administration. 

Report of the Council of Administration. 



New Orleans, La., February lGfeb, 1891. 
To the Eighth Annual Encampment, of the Department of Louisiana and 

Mississippi, Grand Army of the Republic, 

Comrades : The Council of Administration met at Joseph A, Mower 
Post room February 12, 1390. Action on proceedings of 7 th Annual En- 
campment was postponed until next meeting. 

The following resolution was adopted. "Resolved, that the Assis- 
tant AdjutantGener :lbe iusbructedto deruindof Dr. Edward Henderson, 
late Assistant Adjutant General to turn over 10 him all books, records 
and other property belonging to the Department, of Louisiana and Mis- 
sissippi." The meeting adjourned to meet at same place February 17, 
1891. 

February 17. lb'90. The Council met peisuant to adjournment and 
approved th« minutes of the previous meeting. The proceedings of the 
Seventh Annual Encampment were read and approved. The folio ving 
resolution was unanimously adopted, and a copy ordered sent to the Adju- 
tant General of the G. A. R. 

"Resolved. That it is the opinion of the Council of Administration 
of this Department, that on investigation of the organization of the so- 
called Posts of this Department numbered from 9 to 17, will show; that 
very many members thereof are not, and never were eligible to member- 
ship in the G. A. R, and that said so-called Posts were hastily organized 
mainly with a view to control the action of the Department Encamp- 
ment." Beit fnriher resolved: That the National Administration be 
n quested not lo give recoguition to the so-called officers of the Depart- 
ment of Louisiana md Mississippi, of which Jacob Gray claims to be the 
Commander, until a full and thorough investigation be made into the 
manner of their elecrion." It was farther resolved, that the Department 
Commander be requested to send Comrade York A. Woodward to the 
Commander-in-Chief General Alger, with a fall explanation of the situa- 
tion in this Department. The Council then adjourned subject to call- 
June 23, 1890, in accordance with order of the'^Department Com- 
mander the Council again met at Mower Posb room and adopted the fol- 
io wing resolution: 

Whereas: It has pleased the Supreme Commander of the Universe 
to remove from our midat our worthy Comrade, and Senior Vice Com- 
mander, Henry Schorten, who died on the 3rd day of May, 1890, while in 
the prime of his manhood, and during a period in tbe history of our Order, 






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when to be deprivtd of bis usefulness we sustain au irreparable loss: m 
humbly bow in resignation to the dispensation of our all wise Commando^ 
in our great aiilietion. Resolved: That iu the death of our Counado,] 
the community wherein he resided has lost a good man, and a true anij 
loyal citizen, whom to know was to love and honor, and this Department 
an active and generons member whi> was ever ready to devote his tiino 
and means to further the interests of ouc Organization. 

Resolved: That we in behalf of the Department, tender to his wifj 
aud children our heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of greatest sorrow, 
and commend them to Him who cares for the widow and fatherless. R«M 
olved: That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family of onl 
late Comrade. 

The Council then proceeded to the election of a Senior Vice Com 
rnander, and Comrade Frederick Speed, of Vicksburg, being the unanfl 
mous choice of the Council, he was elected to fill the unexpired ter| 
made vacant by Comrade Schorteu's death. 

The Council then by unanimous consent requesled the Coramauder o(j 
Mower Post, No. 1, to have charges of disobedience of lawful orders, an] 
conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, preferred against Niche 
las Stumpt, a member of that Post, he having in his pretended office oij 
Assistant Quarter Master General of this Department, unlawfully drawj 
money and supplies from National Headquariers. The Council then] 
adjourned Biibject to call. 

July 2, 1890, pursuant to orders from G. T. Hodges, Departmenj 
Commander, the Council of administration met at Mower Post room ai 
installed Comrade Frederick Speed as Senior Vice-Commander. C.oono] 
then adjourned subject to call. 

July 31, 1890, pursuant to orders from the Department Commandei 
the Council met at Mower Post room, and the following resolutions wf| 
passed: 

Resolved: That in the event of Ihe National Encampment at Boston, 
deciding that the Negro Posts organized by Jacob Gray, Past Department 
Commander, shall be taken up by, and hereafter firm a part of tho 
Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, that this Deipartmeut requests | 
our officers and delegates to ask the Encampment, to organize the Puiff 
of Louisiana aud Mississippi known as Nos 1 to 8 inclusive, into a separate] 
Department, to be known as the Department of the Gulf, in order thai 
the object for which they worked for so many years may not be lost to 
ns, and that our social associations may not be destroyed. 

After electing Comrade Henry Heidenhain to fill the place of dele, 
gate to the National Encampment, made vacant by the resignation ofl 
Comrade F, "W. Gibson, theCouncil adjourned, subject to call. 

November 20, 189G. The Council of Administration met pursuant tg 
call ofG. T- Hodgos, Department Commander, who then laid before 



Department efljouisiwna, and Mississippi, &. A. k. 27 



l be refusal of the National Council of Administration to grant the appeal 
Ibr a Separate Department for the Posts 1 to 8 inclusive. After fully 
discussing the situation and interest of the Department, a Committee 
i-ouBisting of Comrades Patrick O'Hare and John Stewart was appointed 

10 draft a protest againt the decinion of the Executive Committee of the 
National Council of Administration, and the Council then adjourned Lo 
meet again on Tuesday, November 25, 1890. 

November 25, ,1890. The Council met pursuant to adjournment, and 
after approving the proceedings of former meetings adopted the follow- 
\\\g'. 

Whereas: The Executive Committee of the National Council of Ad- 
ministration have refused to grant the requist of the Posts from 1 to 8 
inclusive of this Department, for a separate Department. 

Therefore, Be ib resolved: That this Council of Administration of 
the Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, do enter our most solemn 
und earnest protest against the ruling and decision of the Executive 
Committee of the National Council of Administration, G. A. R. in refus- 
ing to grant the request made by the Posts from 1 to 8 inclusive of this 
Department to be made a separate Department, for the following reasons: 

That in the event that this decision of the Executive Committee of 
i lm National Council of Administration be sustained it will be the means 
ut entirely wiping out the white Posts of this Department or "depleting 
l hem so that their efficiency will be lost. That it is a well known fact 
that the G. A. R. Posts, from 9 to 17 inclusive, in this Department were 
granted Charters in a spirit of revenge by the then Department Com- 
mander, Jacob Gray, who openly boasted, '"that as be could not have the 
(1, A. R. participate with him iu the funeral ceremonies of the late Jefter- 
ni)n Davis, that hereafter he would foroe them to march with, and be 
commanded by negroes." That this decision, if sustained, will break up 
(he organization that has been in existence the past seventeen years, an 
nut-post, as it were of the G. A. R., on account of our far away and 
iHolated location, an organization composed of Comrades from almost 
Bvery State in the Union, who in years past made their homes in the 
"Bunny South," formed social ties and associations which of necessity 
took years to cement — Comrades who haive all "worn the badge with hon- 
or to themselves and credit to the Grand Army, and who are honored by 
nil true soldiers. . Therefore it can easily be understood how humiliating 

1 1 is now to be obliged to surrender these grand privileges, after all these 
many years of struggle and labor in maintaining a Department, overcom- 
ing obstacles and prejudices which no other Department of the G. A. R. 
bus been subjected to. We therefore, most earnestly pray, that for the 
Kood of the order, and for the maintenance of these Eight Posts, that our 
request for a Separate Department may be granted. The Council then 
ml jour ned subject to call. • 



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January 10, 1891. Pursuant to orders of the Department Commander, 
the Council met for the purpose of taking into lurther consideration the, 
interest of the Dopartineut, and several eoggestions of the Commander-in- 
Chief, and the Inspector General of tbe G. A, P. communicated through 
the Department Commander. The Conncil resolved to call a muss meet- 
ing o1 the Comrades of the Department to meet General Burst, on Tues- 
day evening January 13, 1B91. After deciding to change the date of the 
meeting of the Eighth Department Encampment, from the second Mod- j 
day, to tbe third Monday iu February. The Conncil adjourned to meet 
January 17, 1891. 

January 17, 1891. Tin Council met pursuant to adjournment. There j 
being no quorum present, it adjourned subject to call. 

January 20, 1891. In obedience to Special] Order No. 16 dated:' 
Department Headqnartfr,-*, January 18, the Council of Ad minis 4 rat ion 
met at Department Headquarters. The proceedings of former meeting 
■were approved. The Department Commander then made a full and clear 
statement, regarding the examination and inspection: made by Gsneral 
Burst, Inspector General of the G. A. R. After which each member of 
the Council gave his views regarding future action of the Department, 
when the following resolutions were presented and passed: 

"Whereas; The events of the past year, prove conclusively, and to^j 
Ihe satisfaction of the Council of Administration, that it is impossible 
there can be any affiliation between the Posts or Comrades of this De- j 
partnieut, and the so-called Colored Posts organized by Past Department 
Commander Jacob Grey, and, Whereas: Tbe organization of these 
Post?, and tbe forcing of them on this Department has greatly demoraliz- 
ed the Comrades of the old Posts, and caused a loss of membership.] 
Therefore, 

Be it Resolved: That all moneys received from said Colored PostH, 
by tbe Direction of General Alger, Past Commauder-ir-Chief of the 
G. A. R., be returned to them, lees the per capita tax forwarded to Na- 
tional Headquarters, and that this Council of Administration direct that 
tbe Slid Posts be notified to send tbeir future returns direct to National 
Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic, ana farther— that this Coun- 
cil of Administration, believing that the said Colored Posts were illegally 
organized, they will not be further recognized, or considered in anyway 
part of this Department. 

Resolved: That the Department Encampment shall be called as per 
a former resolution on the 16th day of February, 1891, and shall consist 
only of the elected delegates and the members of the Encampment, from 
Posts No. 1 to 8 inclusive. 

The Council then adjourned to meet at rooms of Mower Post, No. 
on February 14, 1891. 




February 14, 1891. Tbe Council met pnrsuant to adjournment and 
appointed a committee to txaraine the books and accounts of the Assist- 
ant Quarter Master General, which were found correct, as will be Bhown 
by their report. The Council then adjourned. 

A. S. GRAHAM, 
C. W. KEEPING, 



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ommittee. 



On motion, all the reports were received and approved. 
On motion, the Department Commander, appointed the 
following Oomm ittees: 

Committee on Credentials. 

Comrade 0, W. Keeling, Comrade James Brewin, 

Comrade W. G. James. 

Committee on Reports of Officers. 

Comrade C. H. Shute, Comrade A. S. Graham, 

Comrade A. S. Badger. 

Senior Vice-Commander Speed, moved that two thousand 
copies of the proceedings of the Encampment be printed. 

The motion was carried. 

On motion of Comrade F. E Whitaker, voted that the 
Per Capita Tax be increased to one dollar per year, payable 
semi-annually. 

On motion of Comrade H. C. Bartlett, Post 3, voted to 
proceed to the nomination and election of Department Officers. 

Comande F. H. Whitaker, Post 1, nominated Comrade 
Geo, T. Hodges. 

Comrade Frederic Speed, Post 7, seconded the nomina- 
tion. ISo other nomination having been made, the Assistant. 
Adjutant General was directed to cast the vote of the En- 
campment for Comrade George T. Hodges, for Department 
Commander, for the ensuing year. 

The Assistant Adjutant General cast 39 ballots accord- 
ingly, and Comrade George T, Hodges, was declared to have 
been elected Department Commander. 

Comrade Frederick Speed, Post 7, as Senior Vice-Com- 
mander; Comrade J. H. Roberts, Post 6, as Junior Vice-Com- 
mander and Comrade Van E. K. Hi! Hard, Post 1, as Chap- 



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lain, were nominated and elected in same manner and by the 
same vote. 

Comrade D . M. Durkee, Post 8, and Comrade J. B, Van 
degriefT, Post 4, were placed in nomination for Medical Direc- 
tor, the vote resulted as follows: 

D. M. Durkee, received 24 votes; J, B. Vandegrieff, re- 
ceived 14 votes . 

Comrade D, M. Durkee, Post S, having received a maj- 
ority of the votes cast, was declared duly elected Medical 
Director for the ensuing year. 

On motion, the Assistant Adjutant General was instruct- 
ed to cast the vote of the Encampment for M. Murray, 
Post, 1; John Stewart, Post 3; Thomas Stone, Post 4; Patrick 
O'Hare and Fred Bruuner, Post o; as members of the Couucil 
of Administration, whereupon the Assistant Adjutant General 
cast the vote accordingly; and Comrade C. W. Murray, Post 1: 
Comrade John Stewart, Post 3; Comrade Thomas Stone, Post 4; 
Comrade Patrick Hare and Comrade Fred Brunner, Post 5, 
received 39 votes, and were declared to have been duly 
elected members of the Council of Administration for the 
ensuing year. 

The following Comrades were placed in nomination as 
Representatives to the 25th Annual National Encampment: 

Comrade C. K. Lincoln, Post 1; Comrade C. S. Rice, Post 
1- Comrade G. W. Miller, Post 4j Comrade H. Heidenhain, 
Post 1. 

A ballot was then taken which resulted as follows: 

Comrade C. K. Lincoln, Post 1, received 5 votes; Com- 
rade C. S. Rice, Post 1, received 11 votes; Comrade G. W. j 
Miller, Post 4, received 12 votes; Comrade H. Heidenhain. Post 
1, received 9 votes . 

No Comrade having received a majority of the votes cast 
a second ballot was taken with the following result: 

Comrade C. S. Rice, Post 1, received 17 votes; Comrade 
G. W. Miller, Post 4, received 14 votes; Comrade H. Heiden • j 
,hain, Post 1, received 5 votes. 

Again no Comrade having received a majority of the 
votes cast, a third ballot was taken which resuted as follows: 



Comrade C. S. Rice, Post 1, received 10 votes; Comrade 
G W. Miller, Port 4, received 15 votes. 

Comrade C. S. Rice, Post 1, having received a majority 
of the votes cast, was declared duly elected Representative 
to the 25th Annual National Encampment, 

On motion, Comrade G. W. Miller, Post 4, was unani 
mosly elected Alternate Representative to the 25th Annual 
National Encampment, 

On motion of Past Department Commander A. S. Gra- 
ham, the thanks of the Encampment was tendered to the 
Comrades of Lincoln and Custer Posts, for the presentation 
of the excellent picture of our worthy Department Comman- 
der. 

* 

On motion of Comrade Y. A. Woodward, Post 1. that 
the handsome picture of the Department Commander, receiv- 
ed from the Comrades of Lincoln and Custer Posts, be pre- 
sented to the wife of our Commander, and the following Com- 
mitttee was appointed by the Assistant Adjutant General, to 
make the presentation. 

Comrade T. A. Woodward, Post 1, 
Comrade A. S. Graham, Post 3, 
Comrade Patrick O'Hare, Post ■">. 
On motion, voted that a copy of General Orders No, 15, 
from Department Headquarters, be forwarded to the family 
of General Sherman and to Ransom Post, Grand Army of 
the Republic, St. Louis, Missouri, as expressing the senti- 
ments of the Department Encampment. 

A motion was made by Comrade H. C. Bartlett, Post 3, 
that we now proceed with the installation of Officers, which 
motion was carried, whereupon the officers elect, also C. W. 
Keeting, Post 1, Assistant Adjutant General and Comrade 
Charles P. Prink, Post 1, Assistant Quartermaster General, 
were duly installed by Past Department Commander A. S, 
Graham. 

Comrade A. S. Graham, Post 3, and Comrade F. A 
Olroyd, Post 3, having been announced as Judge Advocate 



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and Chief Mustering Officer, respectively, were then duly in-j 
stalled by the Department Commander. 

The Encampment then adjourned sine die, 
A true copy of the proceedings, 

0. W. KEET1NG-, 
Asst. Adjutant General. 



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Headquarters Department of Louisiana and_ Mississippi, G. A. R. 
New Orleans, La., February 12, 1890 

( j E X K i: A L R D E It ) 

Xo. 1. ^' 

The undersigned, at a meeting of the Seventh Annual Encampment 
of this Department, held on the 11th clay of February, 1890, having been] 
duly elected and installed as Department Commander for the coming 
year. 1m-vc1i\ assumes command. 

Existing orders and regulations will remain in force until rescind^ 
or modified.. 

GEO T. HODGES, 
Official: Department Commander 

O. W. KEET1NG, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi,. G. A. R., i 
New Orleans, La , February 20, 1890. 

General Orders ) 
No. 2. $ 

Comrade York A. Woodward, of Joseph A. Mower Post. Xo. 1, : 
hereby unpointed Senior Aid-de-Camp on the Department t ommaudei'i 
Staff/ and Will be obeyed and respected accordingly. 
By command of 

GEO- T. HODGES, 
Official: Department Commander, 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant Genera', 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana .and Mississippi, G. A, E. ) 

New Orleans, La., March 27, 1890. I 
General Orders ) 
No. 3. J 

I. The following named comrades have been duly elected, at the 
Seventh Annual Encampment of this Department, to the positions desig- 
nated herein: 

Geo. T. Hodges, Commander. 

Henry Shorten, Senior Vice- Commander. 

Patrick O'Hare, Junior Vice-Commander. 

C. A. Deane, Medical Director. 

Van R. K. Hilliard, Chaplain. 

COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION. 
C . M. Murray, Joseph A . Mower Post, No. 1. 

Ihomas Kremntz, Harnev Post, No. 2. 

John Steward, t. O. Howe Post, No. 3. 

Ihoinas Stone, A. Lincoln Post. No. 4. 

I red Eruner, Custer Post, No. 5. 

REPRESENTATIVE TO NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT. 

F. W. Gibson. 

ALTERNATE. 

Henry Heidenhain. 

II. The following appointments iu this Department are hereby an- 
nounced; they will be obeyed and respected accordingly. 

Assistant Adjutant General, C. W. Keeting, Post No. 1 

Assistant Quarter Master General, F, A. Olroyd, ", ' 3 

Department Inspector, William Wright, " 2 

Judge Advocate, A. S. Graham, « ^ 

Chief Mustering Officer, Geo. W. Miller, " 4 

Se'mor JLid-dc-Camp, York A. Woodward, » j 

III. All the foregoing officers are expected to equip themselves with 
uniforms as follows: dark navy blue double breasted blouse, witb regula- 
tion G. A. R. buttons, dark blue navy pants and military bat with gold 
cord, wreath with Post No., and when on duty wear white gloves, and iu 
their several positions render all assistance in the affairs of the Depart- 
ment. 

IV. The Commander of each Post will as soon as practicable, nom- 
inate one comrade of his Post, to serve as au Aid-de-Camp to the Depart- 
ment Commander, and forward his name and address to these headquarters. 

V. Requisitions for supplies must be sent to the Assistant Adjutant 
General, and be accompanied by the cash, check or money order; but all 
checks or money orders should be drawn to the order of F, A. Olrovd A 
(J. M. General. ' ' 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
° ffiCia c. W. KEETING, Apartment Commander. 

"Ass't Adjutant General. 



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J Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A- R. 

New Orleans, La. ? May 6, 1890.- 

General Orders ) 
No. 4. § 

The following appointments in this Department are hereby unnouii 
cd; they will be obeyed and respected accordingly: 

DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR. 
Comrade Frederic Speed, of Vicksburg, Post. No. 8, vice Comradj 
William Wright, of Harney Post No. % resigned to accept appointment ol 
Assistant Inspector General on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief. 
ASSISTANT INSPECTOR. 
Comrade Henry Street, of Howe Post No. :i. 
AIDES-DE-CAMP. 
Comrade E. H. Wheeler, of Joseph A. Mower Post No. 3. 
Comrade Joseph Periiatt, of Harney Post, No. 2, 
Comrade Samuel W. Evans, of Howe Post; No. 3, 
Comrade Charles Weegle, of Custer Post, No. 4. 

The attention of the foregoing officers is called to Paragraph I ol 
General Orders No. 3, C. S. } from those Headquarters.' 
• By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
Official; Department Command! 

C. W. KEETING. 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R 

Now Orleans, La., May 12, 1890- 

General Orders ) 
No. 5. C 

MEMORIAL DAY. 

While our comrades throughout the length and breadth of our helm 
ed nation, are arranging to commemorate the loyalty and devotion of IM 
patriotic dead, we should remember that to our little baud the pr-opi 
observance of the 30th of May, as Memorial Day is fraught with a s'gnllf 
cauce of unusual saeredness and sublimity. 

Within the National Cemeteries of the Department of Lonisiani 
Mississippi are buried 42,345 soldiers and sailors of the late war; 1,301) i| 
Alexandria; 3,017 at Baton Rouge; 12,597 at Chalmette; 5,719 at Corim 
3,088 at Natchez and 16,615 at Vicksburg. 

These, brave men, coining from nearly every State in the nation, fi l| 
while fighting for the preservation of our cherished Union. No fr 
or kindred will be able to place floral offerings over the last resting plj 
of the dear ones they loved so well. 



Department of Louisiana and Miwmipjri, G. A. E. 35 



To perpetuate the memory of these heroic comrades, is intrusted to 
us the consecrated duty of strewing spring flowers over their lonely 
graves. 

The co-operation of the Woman's Relief Corps and Sons of Veterans, 
in all preparations for a proper observance of the day at Chalmette, is 
earnestly requested. All who desire to participate in the ceremonies, 
should be cordially invited. 

It is recommended that every Post attend some church in a body on 
the Sunday preceding Memorial Day and unite in thanking God for his ma- 
ny blessings. The Department Commander and Staff will attend divine 
services Sunday, May 25th, -with Jos. A. Mower Post No. 1, T.O.Howe 
No. 3, A. Lincoln No. 4, and Custer, No. 5, at 11 o'clock A. M. 

Comrades will assemble at the post-room of Jos. A. Mower No. 1-, at 
S>:30 o'clock A. M. Staff officers will report in fall uniform. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
official: Department. Commander. 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



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a and Mississippi, G. A. R. f 
Bans, La., May 13, 1890. \ 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana 

New Orleans, 
General Orders 
No. 6. 
In accordance with Paragraph III, General Order No. 12, from Na- 
'ional Headquarters, dated Detroit, Mich., April 11th, 1890. A thorough 
inspection of the Posts of this Department, will he made under direction 
of Department Inspector Frederic Speed. The form of inspection accoui. 
panying General Order No. 12, has been forwarded to every Post in the 
Department. 

Harney Post No. 2, of Baton Ronge, will be inspected by Past Depart- 
ment Inspector, Henry Shorten. 

By command of 

GEO! T. HODGES, 
Official: Department Commander, 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R., ^ 

New Orleans, La., May 28, 1890. { 

General Orders ) 
No.- 7. \ 

The following appointments on the Staff of the Department Com- 



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JEHgJith Annual Encampment, 



mander are hereby announced; they will be obeyed and respected accord- 
ingly: 

ASSISTANT INSPECTORS. 

Comrade D. E. Sweet, of Jennings Post No. €. 
Comrade L. C, Reed, of John A. Logan Post No, 8. 
AIDE-DE-CAMP. 

Comrade L. W. Swaft'ord, of Vicksburg Post No. 7. 
By Command of 



Official-. 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Commander. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mie&is&ippi, G. A. R. 

New Orleans, La., May 28, 1890. 
General Orders ) 
No, 8. t 

In accordance with the arrangements made by the Executive Com- 
mittee, representing the Grand Army Posts of New Orleans, the following 
is announced, as. the Programme of Ceremonies to be observed at Chal- 
mette National Cemetery, on Memorial Day, Friday, May 30th, 1890. 

' 1. National Salute ofSlgnnsbya dctachmeut of Fourth Artillery 
United States Army; by kind permission of Major J. B. Campbell. 
United States Army Commanding Jackson Barracks. 

2. Formation in line and reception of the United States Army aud 
Navy, Foreign Counsuls and other officers and organizations. 

3. March to the Monument. 

4. Ritualistic ceremonies of the G. A. R. at Monument, including 
reception and distribution of floral offerings- 

5. March to Rostrum. 
6 Music. 

7. Prater by Rev. M, C, Cole. 

8. Music. 

9. Oration by Rev. Wm, A. Snively, D, D, 

10. Music. 

11. Recitation by Miss Dolphin e Steele. 

12. Doxology. 

s 13. Benediction by Rev. W. P. McLaughlin, S. T. B., Presiding Elder, 
Mission District Methodist Episcopal Church. 
The ceremonies at the Cemetery will, begin on the arrival of the boat \ 
leaving Canal street at 4 o'clock P. M. 

Colonel C. W. Keeting, Assistant Adjutant General, Department 

Louisiana and Mississippi, G- A, R,, will act as Field Officer of the Day, 

By command of 



Official: 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Commando 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. 

New Orleans. La,, May 31, 1890. 
General Orders ) 
No. 9. ^ 

It has become the painful duty of the Department Commander (o 
announce to -the Grand Army of the Republic the death of a Comrade, 
Henry Shorten, Senior Vice-Commander, Department Louisiana and 
Mississippi, who'died at his home in Baton Rouge, La., yesterday. 

Comrade Henry Shorten enlisted as a private soldier in Company ct C," 
Second U. S. Cavalry, in June, 1857. and was honorably discharged upon 
expiration of term of enlistment, at Corinth, Mississippi, in June, 1862. 
He was present aud participated in the engagements of Fort Henry, Fort 
Donaldson, aud the battle of Shiloh, serving under General Lew Wallace; 
after having been, discharged from the Army he served in the Quarter- 
master's Department. In 1872 he was elected Mayor of the City of Baton 
Itouge, La., and was appointed to fill the office for a second term by Gov- 
ernor H. C. Warmoth. He was an active and zealous worker for the 
Grand Army of the Republic, was among the first to organize Harney 
Tost No; 3 in 1883, aud was Commander of that Post for some time; in 
1885 he was elected Junior Vice-Commander of this Department, and in 
1889 and 1890 he was elected Senior Vice-Commander. He had attended 
every session of the National Encampment since 1883 

The loss of such an estimable, true man, and Comrade cannot but be 
deeply regreted by the Grand Army of the Republic; his interest in its 
welfare, always active, remained to the end unabated. He possessed in 
an eminent degree that correct feeling of Comradeship necessary to pre- 
serve and strengthen those hind and fraternal feelings which bind 
together those who united to suppress the late rebellion, and to perpetu- 
ate the memory and history of the dead; to assist, when necessary, our for- 
mer comrades in arms, and extend aid to thewidows and orphans of those 
who have fallen; his precept and example exerted an influence which was 
highly beneficial to the order. 

As a testimonial of respect f;r the deceased, the Charters and Post 
polors of this Department will be draped, and Comrades will wear the 
usual badge of mourning for the period of thirty days. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 

f,|liml: ' Department Commander. 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 






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Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. / 

New Orleans, La., June 5, 1890, <j 

General Orders. } 
No. 10. t 

At a meeting of the Council of Administration of this Department, 
held in New Orleans, La., ou Monday the 23d day of June, 1890, in com- 
pliance with Special Orders No. 9, from these Headquarters, Comrade 
Frederic Speed, Vicksburg Post No. 7, was unanimously elected Senior 
Vice-Commander for the Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, vice 
Henry Shorten, deceased. 

Bv command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Commander. 

Official: 

C. W. KEETING, 

Aes't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Missis ippi, G. A. R.[ 
New Orleans. La., November 15, 1890. J 

General Orders. j> 
No. 11. t 

I The Twenty-fourth National Encampment held at Boston, Mass.. 
voted to restore to use the R.tnal as it was hefore the last amendments, 
and this new copy of the old Ritual, which goes into effect January 11th, 
1891, will he forwarded to each Post not later than December 15th, next. 
At the last meeting in December, the copies of the Ritual now in use 
should he returned to Department Headquarters. 

II. At the last meeting in December next, there will be held an 
inspection of each Post, showing its condition at the close of the year 
The Department Inspector will recommend the assignment of Assistant 
Inspectors to this duty. 

III. The Twentv-fonrth National Encampment also yoted that semi- 
annual reports only will be required of Department and Post orb 
hereafter. This regulation will take effect January 11th, 1891, the usual 
reports will therefore be required for the quarter ending December 31, 
1890, and each Post is requested to render this report promptly. 

IV. In accordance with the rules and regulations, the Post officer! 
(the Adjutant, Sergeant, Major and Quartermaster-Sergeant excepted) 

shall be 'elected at the first stated meeting in December by ballot, in, I 

a ballot be dispensed with by unanimous consent, and they shall ben 
stalled into their respeciivs offices at the first stated meeting in Jannnrj 
following. 



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V. The Delegates and Alternates to the Department Encampment 
shall he elected at the same time and in the same manner as the Post 
officers. They shall be furnished with credentials signed by the Post 
Commander and Post Adjutant, a copy of which will be immediately for 
warded to the Assistant adjutant General of the Department. 

The number of Delegates to which each Post is entitled to, is one 
representative for every fifty members or fractional part thereof, as 
shown by their reports of members in good standing for the third quarter 
of the current year. 

By com maud of _ 

GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Commander, 
Official: 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Missisbippi, G. A. R. ^ 
New Orleans, La., December 19, 189m, I 

General Orders. ) 
NO, 12. \ 

In accordance with Paragraph 2, Geueral Orders No. 11, from 
Department Headquarters, dated November 15tb, 1890. A thorough in- 
spection of the Posts of this Department will be made at the last meeting 
in December, under direction of Iaspector Frederic Speed, and Assist- 
ants, as following: 



Inspector, Frederic Speed, 
Ass'c Inspector, Thos. Krementz, 
" A. S. Graham, 

" Henry Heidenhain, 

" John Stewart, 

■« Thos. Stone, 

" D. E. Sweet, 

" L. C Reed, 



Vicksburg Post No. 7. 
Harney Post No. 2. 
Jos. A. Mower Post No. 1, 
T. O. Howe Post No. 3. 
A. Lincoln Post No. 4. 
Custer Post No. 5. 
Jennings Post No. 6. 
John A. Logan Post No. 8. 



Assistant- Inspectors will upon completion of their work, transmit at 
once reports to Frederic Speed, Department Inspector, Vicksburg, Mitts. 

By command of 

GEO T. HODGES, 
Official, Department Commander. 

C. W. KEEPING, 

As3't Adjutant General. 



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Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, Q. A. K, 
New Orleans, La,, February 4, 189L 

General Orders. ) 
No. 13. I 



1 



I. The Eighth Annual Encampment of the Department of Louisiana 

and Mississippi will meet at the Rooms of Joseph A. Mower Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic; No. 5 Commercial Plaee, on Monday, February 
16th, 1891, at 7:30 o'clock P. M. Posts are entitled to the following re- 
presentation, based upon the reports for the quarter ending September 30. 









Representatives. 


Alternates 


Jos. A. Mower, 


Post No. 


1, 


4 


4 


Harney, 


(i 


2, 


1 




T. 0. Howe, 


it 


3, 


1 




A. Lincoln, 


it 


4, 


1 




Custer, 


. n 


3| 


1 




Jennings, 


a 


6, 


1 




Vieksbnrg, 


lt 


7, 


1 




John A. Logan, 


a 


8, 


1 





II. The following are also entitled to membership, Department 
Officers, Past Department Commanders when in good standing, Pout 
Commanders, Past Post Com minders who may be members of them at 
the time of the Encampment, and members of the Council of Administra- 
tion. 

1IL A written rep >rt must be male by each officer of the D apart 
ment, showing the opecitioas of his office during the past year, 

IV. The Commander of Post No. 1 will derail from his Post, an 
Officer of the Day.au Officer of the Guard, and a sufficient number of 
Sentinels with proper reliefs for duty during the session of the Encamp- 
ment. The Officer of the Day will report to the Assistant Adjutant ( 
eral at Headquarters at 7 o'clock, P. M , of the 16th day of February I'm 
instructions. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
Official: Department Coniniaxd<_-i . 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass 7 t Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. S. ) 
New Orleans, La., February 13, 1891. ( 
General Orders. ) 
No. 14. ( 

The following resolutions adopted by the Council of Administration 
for this Department, are hereby published for the information of all con- 
cerned, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly: 

New Orleans, La., January 20, 1891. 

At a meeting of the Council of Administration for the Department of 
Louisiana and Mississippi, held this day, the following resolutions were 
adopted: 

Whereas, The events of the past year prove conclusively, and to the 
satisfaction of the Council of Administration, that it is impossible that 
there can bo any affiliation between the Posts or Comrades of this De- 
partment and the so-called Colored Posts organized by Past Commander 
Jacob Gray; and 

Whereas, The organization of these Posts aud the forcing of them on 
this Department, has greatly demoralized the Comrades of the old Posts 
and caused a loss of membership, therefore, 

Be U Resslved, That all moneys received from said Colored Posts by 
the direction of Past Commander in-Chief Alger, be returned to them, 
less the per Capita tax forwarded to National Headquarters, and that 
this Council of Administration direct that the said Posts be notified to 
send their future returns to National Headquarters of the Grand Army of 
the Republic direct; aud further, that this Council of Administration be- 
lieving that the said Colored Posts were illegally organized, they will 
not be further recognized or considered in any way part of this Depart- 
ment; 

Eesolved, That the Department Encampment shall be called as per- 
former resolution on the 16th day of February, 1891, and shall consist 
only of the elected delegates and the members of the Encampment from 
the Posts from No. 1 to No. 8 inclusive. 

By command of 

GEO. T. II0DGES, 

Department Commander. 
Official: 

C. W. KEETING, 

Asa't Adjutant General. 






Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. ) 
New Orleans, La., February 10, 1891. <j 

General Ohdees ) 
No. 15. f 

It is the painfal duty of the Department Commander, in this, his last 
official order, to announce the death of our great and noble Commander 
and Comrade, 

General William Tecnmseh Sherman, P. S. Army, 

whe died at 1:50 P. M. February 11th, 1891, at his home in New York City. 

Another of our distinguished comrades has answered the last roll 
call aud taken his place with the rank and file of the Grand Army 
beyond the grave. 

Any special allusion to his distinguished services in "War, in Peace is 
unnecessary here, his life is a part of the history of his country and is 
deeply engraved upon the hearts of every member of the Graud Army of 
the Republic, every one of whom does therefore feel the gicater grief at 
his death; farewell dear Comrade, your memory will beheld in all of our 
hearts, until such time as we shall answer the last roll call of the Great 
Commander of all aud serve once more together in the great army above, 

As a mark of respect to his memory all Department and Post Officers 
when on duty, will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, 
after the reading of this order, and Post Colors and Altars will bo 
appropriately draped, 

I3y Command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Commander. 
Official; 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adj't General. 



Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. E. 48 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. ) 

New Orleans, La., May 8. 1890. ( 

Circular ) 
No. 1. I 

hiaiSm^ffS^*! ? 11 ^^* dcs , ires *° announce that, he will be at 
of 8 nSS ft? J2 ? I I "W OV ? ry TneaA& y evening, between the hours 
th2cE££ A°JS OCk J^ nd ^ ri11 ^ - la<1 t0 8eea11 Officers and Comrades of 
wh nnt ]/} VU,y t ot a»BjPnWJo for the purpose of consultation regarding 
^er n >Vt S U<1 U : 5fc ?^gthen aud build up our organization, or any 
ouiei matter connected with the Order 

Department aud Staff Officers are requested to call frequently. 
Official: GEO. T.HODGES, 

C. W. KEEPING Department Commander. 

Ass't Adjutant General. 

Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. > 
New Orleans, La., January 22, 1890. i 

CIRCULAR LETTER. 

To Post Commanders, Department, of La. and Mka. 

ofth^/nnhlTr^n^f ,H tter from the Head q Q arters, Grand Army 
Department publl8lie(1 for the information of the Poats in this 

To Department Commanders; 

wieUnoS\e?ni h ™» 1 5? e J na fV* pidly ino ™ Min * number of appeals for 
assistance being made directly upon the Posts by individuals and 



_ ._— . — ^«, KUU i/ojiaiuuionii limns or origin, be considered bv Po<rts 

™lZ*2n\ 7 t^V^ ¥&* °P** *"»«*» witftht favorable 
?ariSSS?nth« liw- ^.Department Commander within whose 
Chief. application originates and that of the Commander-in- 

in which%?oS!n^ e8i? f e i° n fj i ior cir « ulati °n within the Department 
oriSnind rffffn 981 l fc 8ho ^ dh ave the endorsement of the Post of 

*p«21 k S, De P a * tnieat Commander of that jurisdiction, 
ted Tmrn^^S S ?, P ° D * 6 "^P* of ™* »PPeal, not endorsed as sugges- 
tea, immediately forward the same to their respective HeadnnarrprVfnr 
such endorsement before taking any action thereon lleadf l narfc er8 for 

These suggestions are not, of course, intended to apply to nor debar 
any comrade from the full and free exercise of any chaHtv he mav b« 
disposed to extend individually to any comrade or nlS 1> Q £LZl 

a? iS to actioa of Po9t9 * 8 a ^Vto°aSti 6 oSss 




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This matter was suggested to the Commander-in-Chief by the fact 
th»t»SeTpplSittous haTe been made which he had conclusive reason 

*° b g^^° t I cSim««l«. Till communicate ^W*^ 
Commamler-inChief immediately to the Posts ^General Orders or 
Circular Letters, and that it may more distinctly come before tno 
Comrades, the communication should he limited to this one subject. 

Yours in F. C. & L. 

J. H. GQULDING, 

Adjutant General. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
n „ . , Department Commander. 

Cia C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R.) 

New Orleans, La., February 18, 1890 . j 

Special Orders. 



No. 1. 

In accordance with Section 9, Article 2, Rules and l^^n* a aid 
pensation is hereby granted Past Post Commander Geo. C. Miller 1 




iippi, 
ArmV'ofXKeJShlTo, and being a resident of a distant Parish of the ; 
State, and unable- to be present at the regular meeting oi the Post. 
■ By Command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
Official- Department Commander, 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. K. 

New Orleans, La., April 25, 1890. 

Special Orders / 
No. % \ 

In accordance with Section 7, Article 2, Chapter 2, Rules and Regula- 
tions, a dispensation is hereby granted to Joseph A. Mower ^t,>o.l, 
Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, Grand Army of the Republic, 
to Muster on April 25, 1890, James Barkley, Late a Private in Company 
«B " 12th Conneticut Veterans, he having been detained by sickness ami 
notable to be present since the date of his election, more than three 

months ago. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
Q fficLal . Department Commander, 

, G..W* KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



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Headquarters Department of Louisiana 

New Ori 
Special Orders 

No. 3, 

Pi 
Post 
mitt 
sissippi 



and Mississippi, G. A. R., ) 
Leans, La., May 15, 1890. i 




Official: 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 

Department Comman 1 1 e r . 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi G, A. R ) 

New Orleans, La., May 16, 1890. ( 

Special Orders ) 

No. 4. J 

Colonel Frederick Speed, Inspector, Department of Louisiana and 

Mississippi, G. A. R 53 hereby directed lo T-o nuke a thorough insnnofinn 

of Vicksburg Post, No. 7, on Tuesday, th« 20M, instant. 1DS Pecuon 

By command of 
om . . GEO. T. HODGES, 

'"a W. KEETING, Department Commander, 

Ass't Adjutant General. • 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi G. A. E. ) 

New Orleans, La., May 22, 1890. i 
Special Orders ) 
No. 5. \ 

Comrade D. E. Sweet is hereby appointed Assistant Inspector for 
the Department of Louisiana and Mississippi G. A. R. Ho will proceed 
at once to make a thorough inspection of Jennings Post, No. (i, trans- 
mitting his report to Department Inspector Frederick Speed, at Vicksbur* 
Miss, on or before the 31st of May, ltf£>0. B 

By command -of 
ilir . . GEO. T. HODGES, 

C. W. KEETING, Department Commander. 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G A. R. ) 

New Orleans, La., May 2G, 1890, I 
Special Orders ) ' 



No. 6. 



Comrade S. G. Reed, is hereby appointed Assistant Inspector for the 
Wepartraent of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. He will proceed to 



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make a thorough inspection of John A. Logan Posh, No. 8, Hammond, 
Louisiana, on Monday the 2nd day of June, 1890, transmitting at once 
his rep oi t to Department Inspector Frederick Speed, at Vicksburg, Miss. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
Official: Department Coram andor. 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana ai.d Mississippi, G. A, E. 

New Orleans, La., Jane 2, 1890. 



Special Orders, i 

No. 7. \ 

Comrade Thomas Krementz is hereby appointed Assistant Inspector, 
Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R, He will proceed" 
make a thorough inspection of Harney Post No. 2, oa the 8th day of Jun 
1890; transmitting his report at once to Fredeiick bpeed, Department " 
specior at Vickburg, Miss. By command of 

1 GEO. T. HODGES, 

Official: Department Commander. 

C. W. KEETING, 

Ass's Adjutant General. 



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Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A, R. , 

New Oilcans, La.. June 4, 1890. 

Special Orders ) 
No. 8. ) 

A thorough inspection of the Posts, Joseph A. Mower No. 1, T. Oj 
HonerNo. 3, A. Lincoln No. 4, and Custer No. 5 will be made bj 
Department Inspector Fredrick Speed, of Vickshnrg, Mississippi. 

By command of 

GEO. T. HODGES, 
Officia', Department Commanded 

C. W. KEETING, 

As^t Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. II. ) 

New Orleans, La., June 18, 1890. 

Special Orders ? 

No. 9. $ 

In accordance with the requirements of Section 3, Article 5, Chapter 
3 of the Roles and Regulation, the Council of Administration will mool 
at the rooms of Joseph A. Mower Post, No, 1, ou Monday the '23d day nl 
Jnne, 1890 at 7:30 o'clock P.M. promptly, for the purpose of elec tin;-. ■ 
Senior Vice Commander, for the Department of Louisiana and Mi 



Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. E, 47 



sippi, G, A. R. Vice Henry Shorten, deceased, and for the transaction of 
such other business as may properly come before it. 

, . By command of GEO. T. HODGES, 

Official? Department Commander. 

C. W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. ) 

New Orleans, La., June 24, 1890. . I 
Special Oiuieks. ) ' .a 

No, 1C. C 

At a meeting of the Council of Administration of this Department 
hold in New Orleans, La., June 23, 1690, Comrade Frederick Speed, of 
Vicksburg Post. No. 7, was unanimously elected Senior-Vice Commander 
Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. Vice Henry ShorUu 
deceased. Colonel T. M. Godiuan or Fost No. 7, Victtsbnrg, Miss., is 
hereby directed to attend to the installation of Comrade Frederick Speed 
immediately and forward certificate of same at once to the Headquarters. 

. By command of GEO. T. HODGES, 

Official: Department Commander." 

C. W.. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General, 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A R. 

New Orleans, La., July 2, 1890. 
General Orders ) 



No. 11. 



s 



In accordance with the requirements of Section 3, Article ! 5, Chapter 
:$, of the Rules and Regulations, the Council of Administration will 




Vice-Coinmanderof the Department of Lonisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. 
and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come 
before it. By command of GEO. T. HODGES, 

Official: Department Commander. 

G\ W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General. 



Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. K. ) 
New Orleans, La., November 18, 1890. { 
Special Orders. ) 
No. 12. J 

In accordance with the requirements of Section 3, Article 5. Chapter 
4 of the Rules and Regulation, the Committee of Administration will 
meet at the rooms of Joseph Mower Post, No, 1, on Thursday the 20bh 
day of November, 1890, at 7:30 o'clock P. M. promptly, for the transaction 
of important business. By command of 

rxai . . GEO. T. HODGES, 

Uflwial: Department Commander* 

C. W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General. 



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Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. K. / 
New Orleans, La., November 28, 1890. (j 

Special Orders, No. 13. , , -. , 

in accordance with Article 2, Section 7 of the Rules and Regula- 
tions, a dispensation is hereby granted Joseph Mower Post, No. 1, 
Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A R. to Master b. V. 
Carpenter, Late Surgeon, United States Volunteer Army. He residing 
in a distant Parish and not having been able to attend a. meeting of the 
Post since the date of bis election, more than three months ago. 
By command of &LO. I. llODUJkb, 
Official: Department Commander. 

C. W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General. 

Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. > 

New Orleans, La,. January 1, 189 1. \ 

^^accordance with the Rules and Regulations, the Post Office™ 
Bhall be installed in their respective offices at the hrst stated meeting in 

aU The following comrades have been selected tD perform that duty, vM 
Comrade A. S. Graham, will install the officers of Post ISO. 1. 
" Thomas Kremeutz, will install the officers ot Post jno. z. 
«« H. Heidenhain, will instalL the officers of Post No. 3. 

»« John Stewart, will install the officers of Post No. 4. 

k , ThoB. Stone, will install the officers of Post No. 5, 
•« D. E. Sweet, will install the officer's of Post No. 6. 

Frederick Speed, will install the officers of Post No. 7. 
" L. C. Reed, will install the officers of Post No. 7. 

By command of GEO. T. HODGES, 
Official: C. W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General. 

Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. R. 

Hew Orleans, IjU.. January 7, 1891. 

Special Orders, No. 15. ' _= 

In accordance with the requirements of Section 3, Article 5, Chapter 
3 of the Rules aud Regulations, the Council of Administration will 
meet at the rooms of Joseph A. Mower Post, No. 1, on the 10th day of 
January, 1891, at 7:30 o'clock p. m. promptly, for the transaction oi busi- 
ness of great importance to the Department. 

By command of GEO- 1. HODGLb, 
Official: Department Commander. 

C. W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General. 

Headquarters Department of Louisiana and Mississippi, G. A. K . ) 
New Orleans, La., January 19, 1891. ^ 

SrE Tn accordance with the requirements of Section 3 Article 5 Chap im 
3 of the Rules and Regulations, the Council of Administration will 
meet at the office of the Department Commander, No. b3 Carondelot 
street, on the 20dh day of January, 1891, at 7:30 p. m. promptly lor thfl 
transaction of important business. , n r, A m tr nnr w 

By command of GEO. T. HODGES, 
Official' Department Comm; i 

C. W. KEETING, Ass't Adjutant General, &&