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FROM MAJOR-GENERAL J. M. SCHOFIELD, U. S. A.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
WASHINGTON, D. C., September 11, 1890. GENERAL HENRY M. CIST,
Corresponding Secretary, Society of the Army of the Cum-
I regret very much that it is not practicable for me to attend the Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland
As time and our members diminish, comradeship becomes more dear to us, and the memories of those who fell in battle, or have since departed, become more tender and precious. Although my service as a member of the Army of the Cumberland, with the old Third Division, Fourteenth Army Corps, was but short, it was to me of the most agreeable character, while my close association with that army in the campaigns of 1864 in Georgia and Tennessee developed an attachment fully akiu to that which I have always felt toward the Twenty-third Corps and Army of the Ohio with which I was more intimately associated. Indeed, the later Army of the Ohio and that of the Cumberland, which originally bore that name, are inseparable in their attachment as fellow soldiers as they are in their proud history of patriotic sacrifice and loyal services in defense of the Union.
In addition to this affection born of common service and sacrifice, there is the even more tender regard which had its birth in earlier life. Many of the heroes of the Army of the Cumberland were the friends and companions of my youth. SiLL and TERRILL, who nobly died on the fields of Stone River and Perryville, were my classmates and intimate friends at West Point. STANLEY was my com
panion at West Point as at Atlanta, Columbia, Spring Hill, and Franklin, and as in the long subsequent service up to the present time. Thomas was my instructor in artillery at the military academy, respected and loved by us then for his kind, just, and generous nature, as he was afterward revered by all for the noble character which made him one of the foremost patriots and soldiers of the age. We who thus knew him so much longer, and in such varied phases of life, loved him even more dearly, if possible, than the soldiers who found him the very rock of their strength on so many bloody fields.
Your present beloved President, ROSECRANS, was the intimate friend of my family even before the days of my youth, while lamented SHERIDAN was my classmate and friend.
WOOD, KIMBALL, and WAGNER, with their gallant officers and brave men, shared with Cox and Pugh and my dear old Twenty-third Corps the honors of Columbia, Spring Hill, and Franklin, while scores of other gallant officers were endeared to me by those strongest of ties that bind true comrades in battle.
These associations will ever be most dear to me, and though I may seldom have the pleasure of meeting my old comrades at their annual Reunions, I shall cherish toward them all the most affectionate regard.
Yours, very truly,
J. M. SCOFIELD.
FROM ADMIRAL D. D. PORTER.
JAMESTOWN, R., I., August 28, 1890. DEAR SIR:
Nothing could afford me greater pleasure than to meet the members of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland on their Twenty-first Anniversary, but I have arrived at that time of life when I am unable to travel, as I am an invalid, and am con
fined mostly to my house. I wish the members of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland a most enjoyable Reunion and a most happy one.
Admiral. COLONEL H. S. BUNKER,
FROM GENERAL 0. 0. HOWARD.
OFFICE OF MAJOR-GENERAL COMMANDING,
HEADQUARTERS DIVISION OF THE ATLANTIC,
GOVERNOR'S ISLAND, NEW YORK CITY, September 6, 1890. COLONEL HENRY S. BUNKER,
Secretary Local Executive Committee,
Your kind invitation received. I did hope that this year I might have attended the Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, but engagements and distance will again prevent.
Hoping that you may have, as ever, a most pleasant and profitable good time, full of cherished reminiscences, I remain, as ever, a friend of the Army of the Cumberland.
OLIVER 0. HOWARD,
Major-General U. S. Army.
FROM GENERAL D. S. STANLEY.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF Texas,
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, September 9, 1890. COLONEL HENRY S. BUNKER,
Your invitation to attend the meeting of the Army of the Cumberland Society at their Twenty-first Reunion at Toledo, Ohio, was duly received. I know I ought to go; many of my old command will be there. I remember once when I was a boy I had to stay at home to hoe corn on the Fourth of July. To add to my abasement, all day long we heard the booming of cannon. My old Revolutionary grandfather, who was authority on such matters, said it was at Toledo. I don't know about that, now, but ever since in my mind Toledo has been famed for patriotism. I am very sorry to say I can not come.
FROM GENERAL C. M. CLAY.
WHITE HALL, KY., September 9, 1890. GENTLEMEN:
Your invitation on the part of the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, to attend the Twenty-first Reunion of the Society of the
Army of the Cumberland, on the 17th and 18th days of September inst., is received.
I regret that I can not be present on so pleasant and distinguished an occasion.
And my regrets are the more intense because I believe that the battles of Chattanooga were more important in many respects than those which have heretofore held the first place of honor. For it is my duty, and the duty of every citizen of the Republic, to bestow honor where honor is due.
Besides, the gallant armies on the heights surrounding the city of Chattanooga were so nearly matched in prowess as to leave but little room for envy or triumph, and are therefore the fitting basis of the restoration of good feeling between the North and the South, and renewed brotherhood in our glorious Union.
And these Reunions grow to me more interesting of late years because all the intellectual and moral forces of our times are called to the help of this Republic, which is threatened by a Plutocracy; where not only our liberties, but civilization itself, may be lost.
With grateful sentiments for the honor of such association, count me always on the side of the people—against tyranny—and equal rights and opportunity to all men.
CASSIUS M. CLAY.