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TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL REUNION.
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE
The Executive Committee, appointed by you to arrange for the meeting of the Society at Toledo, Ohio, on September 17 and 18, 1890, and for the entertainment of members and invited guests in attendance, beg leave to submit the following report :
Soon after receiving notice of their appointment, that Committee met and organized by electing LIEUTENANT R. II. Cochran, Chairman: COLONEL H. S. BUNKER, Secretary; and GENERAL C. C. DOOLITTLE, Treasurer, and at once sent a special invitation to the President of the United States to attend the Annual Meeting, and began to cause occasional notices of the coming meeting to be published in our city papers and through the Associated Press, and early in August the work of preparation was actively begun.
Special letters of invitation were again sent to PRESIDENT HARRISON, also to GENERAL W. T. SHERMAN and others, from
whom letters of regret were received, the President replying by his Secretary
On September 11th, the Committee wired PRESIDENT HARRISON, at Cresson Springs, Pennsylvania (where he was taking a vacation), as follows:
GENERAL BENJAMIN HARRISON:-Ten years ago GARFIELD and you were here. He fully purposed meeting us at Chattanooga the next year, had he lived. GENERAL GRANT met with us when he was President, and I fully voice the Executive Committee and the Society of the Army of the Cumberland in expressing the most earnest desire that our meeting and history shall be enriched and rounded by one of our members meeting us here while he is President of the United States. We can not surrender the hope that you will not fail us.
R. H. COCHRAN,
To which he replied, through his Private Secretary, that it was impossible for him to be present.
Many letters of regrets were received by the Committee, from those who were unable to attend the meeting. These letters, so full of heartfelt regrets and tender sentiments of affection for comrades living, will be published in full in the forthcoming volume of reports of the neeting of the Society.
The following invitation was sent to each member of the Society, to Cabinet officers, to members of the Supreme Court, to Governors of states, and to many comrades and distinguished soldiers who served in armies other that of the Cumberland :
The citizens of Toledo, Ohio, cordially invite you to be present at the Twenty-first Reunion of the Society of the Army of the
Cumberland, Wednesday and Thursday, September 17 and 18, 1890.
JUDGE R. H. COCHRAN,
COLONEL H. S. BUNKER,
A response is respectfully requested.
HENRY S. BUNKER,
Secretary of Committee.
Accompanying this invitation was the following circular:
SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND.
Local Executive Committee.
JUDGE R. H. COCHRAN, Chairman. GENERAL C. C. DOOLITTLE, MAJOR W. H. MCLYMAN, CAPTAIN P. H. DOWLING, CAPTAIN J. KENT HAMILTON, CAPTAIN H. W. BIGELOW, A. M. WOOLSON,
COLONEL H. S. BUNKER, Secretary.
[Circular No. 1.]
TOLEDO, OHIO, August 25, 1890. The Twenty-first Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland will be held at Toledo, Ohio, September 17 and 18, 1890.
Every officer and enlisted man who served in the Army of the Cumberland, and was bonorably discharged from the service, is eligible to membership in the Society, and is earnestly requested to become a member thereof.
The Local Executive Committee, the old soldiers of Toledo, and citizens of Toledo generally, will do every thing that is possible for them to do to make the Twenty-first Annual Meeting one of the most enjoyable ever held.
On Wednesday morning a business meeting of the Society will be held at Memorial Hall, and in the evening the annual address will be delivered by GENERAL GATES P. TURUSTON, followed by short speeches from distinguished guests and members of the Society. Wednesday afternoon will be devoted to pleasure, sight-seeing, and renewing old acquaintances and forming new ones. Thursday will be devoted to business and pleasure, and members will find that ample preparation has been made for their entertainment and pleasure. Thursday evening a banquet will be given at the Boody House.
The Central Traffic Association, the Western Passenger Association, the Southern Passenger Association, and the Trunk Line Association, have each made a rate of one and one-third fare for the round trip over the roads of their territory.
Each person must purchase (not more than three days prior to the date of the meeting, nor later than three days after the commencement of the meeting) a first-class ticket (either unlimited or limited) to the place of the meeting, for which he will pay the regular tariff fare, and upon request the ticket agent will issue to him a certificate of such purchase, properly filled up and signed by said ticket agent.
If through tickets can not be procured at the starting point, the person will purchase to the nearest point where such through tickets can be obtained, and there repurchase through to place of meeting, requesting a certificate properly filled out by the agent at the point where repurchase is made.
Tickets for the return journey will be sold by the ticket agents at
Toledo at one-third the highest limited fare only to those holding certificates signed by the ticket agent at point where through ticket to the place of meeting was purchased, and countersigned by GENERAL H. M. Cist, the Secretary of the Society, at Toledo, certifying that the holder has been in attendance at the meeting.
It is absolutely necessary that a certificate be procured, as it indicates that full fare had been paid for the going journey, and that the person is therefore entitled to the excursion fare returning. It will also determine the route via which the ticket for return journey should be sold, and without it no reduction will be made, as the role of the association is that "po refund of fare can be expected because of failure of the parties to obtain certificates."
Tickets for return journey will be furnished only on certificates procured not more than three days before the meeting assembles, nor later than three days after the commencement of the meeting, and will be available for continuous passage only, no stop over privileges being allowed on tickets sold at less than full fares. Certificates will not be honored unless presented within three days after the date of the adjournment of the convention.
Where the journey is made over more than one line, it is frequently necessary for the passenger to purchase separate local ticket, and procure certificate thereof for each of the lines in the territory over which he travels in going to the meeting. As some lines do not honor the certificates of any other line, passengers should therefore ascertain from the ticket agent what portion of their journey can be covered by the certificates procured of him, and purchase tickets and several certificates filled in accordingly.
All roads centering at Toledo will make a rate of one fare for the round trip.
The following hotels, conveniently located to the place of meeting, will furnish good accommodations, and at the prices named :
Boody House, per day....
$2.50 $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
2.00 2.50 3.00