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shall be upon the grounds of said corporation, in the State of Georgia, and county of Walker, and that it have power, also, to establish and remove branch offices at such other place or places within the United States, as by a vote of its directors may be deemed of benefit to said corporation.
Ninth-Petitioners pray that they may be made a body corporate and politic, under the name as aforesaid, and with all the powers and privileges as aforesaid, that this petition may be recorded by the clerk of the Superior Court of said county of Walker, and that the same may be published in the Walker county Messenger, a public gazette publishing the sheriff's sales of said county, once a week for one month, and that afterward the court will pass an order declaring said application granted, and petitioners will ever pray, etc.
JULIUS L. BROWN,
R. N. DICKERSON,
The petition of WILLIAM H. FORNEY, JAMES WHEELER, H. V. BOYNTON, W. S. ROSECRANS, ALFRED H. COLQUITT, JAMES LONGSTREET, LAFAYETTE MCLAWS, C. A. DANA, H. M. Cist, and others named in the petition, praying to be incorporated under the name and style of The Chickamauga Memorial Association, came on to be heard in open court, and upon consideration thereof, and being satisfied that the same has been duly advertised, and that the law has been complied with, and no objections having been filed thereto, and being further satisfied that the objects of said petition are proper and come within the purview and intention of the code and laws of this state, it is ordered by the court that said petition be granted, and that said petitioners and their successors and assigns be incorporated for and during the term of twenty years, with the privilege of renewal
at the expiration of that time, under the laws, and that said corpora-
JULIUS L. BROWN,
J. S. C., R. C.
State of Georgia,
Walker County. S
I, R. N. DICKERSON, clerk of the Superior. Court of said county, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the petition and order incorporating the Chickamauga Memorial Association as the same appears of entry in the minutes of said court and of file in this office. Given under my hand and seal of office this 1st March, 1890.
R. N. DICKERSON,
Thursday Evening, September 18th.
The Banquet was held in Memorial Hall. After the menu had been discussed, GENERAL ROSECRANS spoke as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen-Having now enjoyed the repast of the evening, we come to an intellectual repast, the master of ceremonies of which will be JUDGE COCHRAN, who is chairman of the Local Executive Committee, to whose efforts this Society feels so much in- , debted, and for which it has already expressed thanks. JUDGE COCHRAN will announce the toasts and the successive speakers, and I hope you will enjoy it quite as well as the menu.
LIEUTENAN'T COCHRAN :
Mr. President, Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen—The night has grown late, and I have prepared an elaborate speech as toast master, which I will ask leave, however, to print.
You mean in the next volume ?
In the next volume of the Reports. I was in hopes that this meeting would begin by saying, “Go on, go on."
Cries of "No," “No!”
LIEUTENANT COCHRAN :
If there is any thing I like in a meeting of this kind, it is frankness, and I see that we have invoked it at the very beginning. So I will take leave to print the remarks that I had intended to make on this occasion.
I want to say, on introducing the gentleman who is to respond to the first toast, that COLONEL DUFFIELD until day before yesterday had expected to be here and promised to be here, as was the case with every
other person on this programme who is not here, but he was necessarily detained, and so advised us, and in our extremity we have called upon an old comrade whom we have not seen for years, but whom we are delighted on this occasion to see. We don't know why he has wandered away up here from the Gulf, or some such place, but it is due to him to explain his short notice.
I give the toast, “OUR COUNTRY,” and call upon COLONEL WICKERSHAM, of Mobile, Alabama.
Mr. President-When the martyred president, MR. LINCOLN, was en route to the national capital, he stopped over at Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, and was there called upon, very much in the same manner that I have been, to make a speech to his admirers there assembled. I remember as distinctly as if it were yesterday the response that he made: “Fellow-citizens of Lancaster, I am satisfied you only call upon me because I am taller than almost any body else." And I am satisfied that the selection of your Local Committee was made
similar considerations. Yesterday, shortly before the announcement or information was conveyed to me of this selection, the brilliant and accomplished President of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland announced also that I had been appointed a member of the Memorial Committee. You will understand, those of you who are not members of our Society, that one of the functions of that Committee is to prepare the statement that goes into history about those of our members who happen to die; and I was selected, as I had been privately informed, because I am the youngest member, surviving, of the Army of the Cumberland, and apparently in good health.
From that time to the present, ladies and gentlemen, I have been besieged by those whom I know well, and whom I knew dearly in the army, and by those with whom I had only a slight acquaintance, with the request—as it was evident that I would survive every other member of the Army of the Cumberland—“Here is a little manuscript of our services, which we would be glad to have printed.”
I have a large amount of manuscript now, and from a cursory examination, I find that the gentlemen of the Society who have handed me their biographical statements of their military serviceswhich of course will be printed precisely as stated--were the men who, in some great emergency, in connection with some slight assistance, saved this glorious country.
I take it, before I shall get through, that there will be more heroes and more great men belonging to the Army of the Cumberland than have hitherto been recognized in the history of this country.
Now, having been thus occupied—a grateful task, I assure youI met all with the assurance that these different manuscripts, which I have in my pocket, and which I will deposit in ,my truuk, shall be faithfully published, and you will know that we young fellows will come to mourn a great many of these gentlemen with a statement of their services that has been prepared by themselves, and therefore true.
I am greatly embarrassed by having so large a subject submitted for my comment; and then, on the other hand, warned by the hour of the evening, I shall not wish to trespass upon the patience of this