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comrades. We have not forgotten that of all the loyal states the great State of Ohio most generously sent her sons to our army and sacrificed them freely on the altar of their country. Neither have we forgotten that in the anxious years of conflict, encouraging aid and loving words from loyal hearts at home helped us to final victory.
Chickamauga Memorial Association.
State of Georgia,
To the Superior Court of said County.
JOSEPH WHEELER, and S. M. A. WOOD, Arkansas—JAMES H. BERRY, CLIFTON R. BRECKENRIDGE, EVANDER
MCNAIR, and L. H. MANGUM, Colorado.-G. G. SYMES, District of Columbia-ABSALOM BAIRD, H. V. BOYNTON, and W. S.
ROSECRANS, Florida-WILKINSON CALL, ROBERT H. M. DAVIDSON, AND JESSE J.
FINLEY, Georgia—JOSEPH M. BROWN, ALFRED H. COLQUITT, J. B. CUM
MINGS, JAMES LONGSTREET, LAFAYETTE McLaws, and E. B.
TATE, Ilinois-S. D. ATKINS, LYMAN BRIDGES, A. C. McCLURG, E. A.
OTIS, JOHN M. PALMER, and P. S. Post, Indiana-JOSEPH B. DODGE, W.Q. GRESHAM, J.J. REYNOLDS, M. S.
ROBINSON, G. W. STEELE, and J. T. WILDER, Iowa—FRANK HATTON AND W. P. HEPBURN, Kansas-JOHN A. MARTIN,
The charter of the Chickamauga Memorial Association is here given in full, being reprinted by reason of a mistake that occurred in our last report, whereby the last page was omitted.
Kentucky-C. D. BAILEY, M. H. COOPER, R. M. KELLY, G. C.
KNIFFIN, JOSEPH H. LEWIS, ALFRED PIRTLE, and W. J. STONE. Louisiana-RANDALL S. GIBSON and FELIX ROBERTSON, Michigan-H. M. DUFFIELD and A. W. WILBER. Minnesota–J. W. BISHOP AND R. W. JOHNSON, Mississippi—CHARLES E. HOOKER, J. BRIGHT MORGAN, JACOB M.
SHARP, J. A. SMITH, and EDWARD C. WALTHALL, Missouri—JOSEPH S. FULLERTON, WILLIAM HENRY Hatch, ROBERT
McCULLOCH, John S. MELTON, and J. H. WADE, New York-C. A. DANA and A, G. McCook, North Carolina—WILLIAM R. Cox, DAVID. H. HILL, CHARLES W.
McCLAMMEY, AND Matt. W. RANSOM, Ohio-H. M. Cist, W. F. GOODSPEED, CHARLES H. GROSVENOR, P.
P. LANE, J. C. MITCHELL, J. G. TAYLOR, AND FERD VAN DER
VEER, Pennsylvania—WILLIAM J. PALMER, John TWEEDALE, and John G.
Brown, S. B. MOE, ADOLPH S. Ochs, Lucius E. POLK, ALEX-
LOGG, FRANK G. SMITH, and Thomas J. Wood, respectfully shows :
First-That petitioners and all other persons who may be subscribers, as hereinafter provided, to the funds devoted to the preservation of the battle field of Chickamauga, in the county of Walker and State of Georgia, ex officio, and the governors, ex-officio, of such other states as had troops engaged in the battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth of September, 1863, and which may comply with the terms of this charter, and the President
and the Secretary of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, ex-officio, and the President and the Secretary of the Southern Historical Society of Virginia, ex-officio, and the Secretary of War of the United States, ex-officio, and their successors, be incorporated and made a body corporate and politic, under the name and style of The Chickamauga Memorial Association.
Second–The object of this corporation is not pecuniary gain to the stockholders, but is to mark and preserve the battle field of Chickamauga, on which were fought the actions of September eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth, Anno Domini, one Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-three, together with the natural and artificial features, as they were at the time of said battle, by such memorial stones, tablets, or monuments as a generous people may aid to erect, to commemorate the valor displayed by American soldiers on that field.
Third–The particular business of said association, in order to accomplish its objects, and for which they desire the powers hereinafter applied for, is to have the power to take and to hold, by purchase, lease, devise, grant, or gift such real and personal property and effects, and all such portions of said battle field, as may be necessary or convenient to promote and accomplish the objects of its incorporation, and upon its own grounds thus 'acquired, and upon private grounds with the permission of such owners as continue to hold any portion of such field, to inclose and perpetuate such grounds, to keep them in repair and in a state of preservation, to construct and maintain ways and roads, to improve and ornament the grounds, and to erect and promote the erection, by the association and by voluntary contributions, of suitable monuments and tablets.
Fourth-Petitioners desire that the property and affairs of said corporation shall be managed by a board of twenty-eight directors, with a secretary and treasurer, and such other officers as they desire, all of whom shall be selected from the subscribers who may be members of such corporation, by a majority of the votes cast, each subscriber who is a member of said corporation to be entitled to a single vote, either in person or by proxy. They desire that said officers
shall serve for a term of four years, or until their successors are elected, and that the first election shall be held upon said property of said corporation by those entitled to vote, and that subsequent elections shall be held each four years thereafter during the existence of this charter at such time and place as the directors may appoint.
Fifth— They desire that said corporation shall have the power to issue certificates of membership to all persons who shall desire the same, who shall subscribe one or more shares to the said memorial fund of said corporation, the amount of a single share to be fixed by the board of directors, and not to exceed five dollars, and all subscribers, upon payment and receipt of such certificates, shall be entitled to vote at all elections of said corporation.
Sixth—They desire that the president, directors, and treasurer shall make reports on the day of each election, to be presented to the members, and read and published, which shall be duly certified, and shall exhibit, fully and accurately, the receipts, expenses, and expendítures of said corporation.
Seventh-Petitioners desire to be incorporated for the term of twenty years, with the privilege of renewal as often as the same can be done under the laws. They desire the corporation to have the power of suing and being sued, and to have and use a common seal, and to have succession, and to make such by-laws as it wishes, binding on its own members, pot inconsistent with the laws of this state, or of the United States, and to alter, amend, and rescind the same at pleasure, and to have the power, as aforesaid, to receive, rent, lease, purchase, hold, acquire, and operate, in any way that a natural persun might acquire and operate the same, such real and personal property of all kinds as may be necessary for the legitimate purposes of said corporation. Petitioners do not desire to have any capital stock, or to declare any dividends, as said corporation is not organized for pecuniary or personal gain.
Eighth-Petitioners desire that the chief office and place of business of said corporation, and the place of holding its annual meetings,