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Prayer by Rev. P. S. Slevin, chaplain Forsyth Post, G. A. R., lowed by the transaction of Society business.
Wednesday Afternoon. Assemble at the Body House at 2:30 o'clock, for a drive about the city, in charge of the Entertainment Committee.
Evening. 7 P. M.-National salute, by Battery D, Ohio National Guard. 7:30 P. M.--Assemble at Boody House and march to Memorial Hall, under escort of Toledo Cadets, Companies A, C, and H, of the 16th Regiment, and Battery D, Ohio National Guaril, preceded by music.
AT MILITARY HALL. -8 P. M. First--Assembly, Reveille, and Medley,
Fremont Light Guard Band. Meeting called to order. Second-Prayer,
Rev. W. W. Williams. Third--Address of Welcome,
R. H. Cochran, Chairman Local Ex. Com. Fourth-Response,
Maj.-Gen. W. S. Rosecrans, President of the Society of the
Army of the Cumberland, Fifth--Music, “ Vive l'America" (Millard),
Mrs. W. W. Ainsworth, Sixth-Annual Oration, Brevet Brig.-Gen. Gates P. Thruston. Seventh-Music, “We are Tenting To-night” (Smith),
Mrs. Ainsworth and Male Chorus. Eighth--Camp Fire. Ninth-Tattoo,
Trumpeter and Band. SYMPOSIUM--For menibers of the Society and their guests.
Thursday, September 18. 10 A. M.-Business session of Society, at Memorial Hall. Announcements will be made by the Local Executive Committee, respecting programme following business session.
Thursday Evening. 9:30-Banquet at the Boody House. An elaborate programme will be disclosed at the banquet, consisting of toasts and responses, with splendid selections of music. Among those selected to respond to toasts are: GENERAL Wm. T. SHERMAN, GENERAL W. H. GIBSON, GENERAL R. A. ALGER,
GENERAL T. J. WOOD, COLONEL H. M. DUFFIELD, GENERAL J. WARREN KEIFER, COLONEL HENRY STONE,
COLONEL GEO. S. ROPER, Colonel Donn PIATT,
JUDGE JOSEFH W. O'NEALL, GENERAL J. S. FULLERTON, JUDGE ALBION W. TOURGEE, GENERAL J. G. PARKHURST,
COLONEL W. J. COLBURN.
In order to avoid annoying delays, visitors entitled to reduced fare are requested to have their certificates signed by GENERAL Cist, immediately on their arrival, and then to promptly make their application for return tickets.
Signed by the Local Executive Committee.
Ileadquarters for the Society and for the Local Executive Committee were established at the Boody Hlouse.
On Wednesday, at sunrise, a national salute was fired by Battery 1), 1st Regiment Light Artillery, Ohio National Guard, and at 10:30 A. M. the members of the Society, with GENERAL ROSECRANS at their head, marched from the Boody House to Memorial Hall, where the meeting was called to order by LIEUTENANT ('Ocuran, Chairman of the Committee. Prayer was offered by GENERAL P. S. SLEVIN, after which the meeting, with GENERAL ROSECRANS presiding, proceeded to the transaction of the business of the Society.
About 2:30 in the afternoon a majority of the visiting soldiers started from the Boody llouse in carriages, and were driven to points of interest in our beautiful city.
The drive evidently prepared them, in a measure, for the evening exercises, as they entered into them with energy and enthusiasm.
By 7 o'clock most of the forces had gathered in the Boody House lobby preparatory to the departure for Memorial Hall. Promptly at 7:30 o'clock, the veterans escorted by the Toledo Cadets, Companies A, C, and II of the 16th Regiment and Battery I), Ohio National Guard, headed by the Fremont Light Guard band, proceeded to Military IIall, during which time the national salute was fired by Battery D), reminding one of by-gone days when the cannon was heard much oftener than it is in these times.
An immense crowd had gathered in front of the Boody House, and as the men came out, they were greeted with cheers and clapping of hands. As they marched up Madison street the picture presented formed one of the pleasant features of the evening programme. As far as the hall, Madison and Ontario streets were lined on each side by people anxious to catch a glimpse of the distinguished body of men.
The crowd in Memorial llall was immense, taking up every available bit of space to be found. The audience certainly assured the veterans that they were thrice welcome to our city, for when they marched into the hall with their President, GENERAL ROSECRANS, in the lead, long and enthusiastic applause greeted them, and the noise did not subside until they had all been confortably seated.
Seated upon the stage were GENERAL W. S. RoseCRANS, GENERAL GATES P. THRUSTON, COLONEL John W. STEELE, LIEUTENANT R. II. COCHRAN, COLONEL II. S. BUNKER, GENERAL JAS. D. MORGAN, COLONEL GEORGE ROPER, COLONEL HENRY STONE, GENERAL R. P. BICHLAND, GENERAL J. G. PARKHURST, GENERAL T. J. Wood, GENERAL II. M. Cist, GEN
ERAL J. S. FULLERTON, MAJOR GARDNER, MAJOR BICKHAM, LIEUTENANT Joun Rum, GENERAL C. C. DOOLITTLE, COLONEL J. B. BELL, CAPTAIN Isom, CAPTAIN P. H. DOWLING, MAJOR W. II. McLyman, and Rev. W. W. WILLIAMS.
The hall was handsomely decorated. Large streamers of bunting, of the patriotic colors, were stretched around the hall in profusion. Hanging just above the platform were representations of the different army corps badges. The walls were covered with the names of numerous battles and many distinguished l'nion soldiers of the war, and reaching from one side of the hall to the other was a large canvass frame with the words “Army of the Cumberland” standing out in bold colors. The whole scene was one of unusual beauty, the tropical plants upon the platform and around the hall adding greatly to the other decorations.
Promptly at 8 o'clock, at a signal from Hon. R. H. Cochran, the Fremont Light Guard band sounded the reveille, following with a medley including the Star Spangled Banner, Hail Columbia, Rally Round the Flag, Yankee Doodle, and other patriotic airs. The music was highly appreciated by all, as the selections were appropriate to the occasion and the execution of a superior order.
The Camp Fire broke up at 10:30 P. m. in excellent humor, and the members adjourned to the Boody llouse, where a symposium of reminiscence, song, and story, was warmly enjoyed by the members and guests until a late-early hour.
On Thursday, at 11 A. M., the Society again met in Memorial Hall and concluded its formal business.
After a late dinner, visits were made to the manual Training School, Public Library, and other places to which they were invited, as the tastes of the members prompted.
After GENERAL ROSECRANS returned from the Scott Manual Training School, which is one of the prides of Toledo, and where he delivered several bright little speeches to the delighted pupils, he and other members of the Society held a reception at Memorial IIall, where inany ladies and gentlemen and school children were given an opportunity to meet and greet them.
Our citizens regretted that the Society could not find time to accept the reception tendered the members by the Ohio Yacht Club at their new and beautiful club house at Presque Isle. But it is fully understood that the failure to attend was for want of time only, and the invitation is a standing one to the Society when it shall again come to Toledo.
The Reunion closed with a banquet at the Boody House.
No people more loyally than our people of Toledo cherish the memory of the services of the loyal soldier of the
Many public buildings and private residences were beautifully bedecked with the patriotic colors, and accommodations at private residences were freely tendered had the hotels been inadequate to the accommodations.
The following editorial from one of our city papers is a type of the sentiment entertained toward our comrades by our entire local press :
THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND. This week there will assemble within the gates of Toledo a body men to whom will ever be accorded the meed of a grateful people. The soldier is at once the embodiment of bravery and of valor; and when to these attributes is added the rich treasure of patriotism, then