Edward M. Stedman Commander Ill Naval Reserve Alton Evening Telegraph Alton, IL May 5 1896
The Naval Militia. Lieut. Jr. E. V. Crossman and Ensign Baker Ash returned this rnoru- i ig from Chicago, where thoy were in attendance last evening, at the election of a commander of the entire State Reserve. The meeting was called to order by Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, of the First Battalion, I. N. Q., of Chicago, who read the call, and then introduced the commander-in- ohief, Gov. John P. AHgeld, who made a lengthy address in which he expressed his gratitude at the manner in which the Naval Reserve was progressing, and pledged his hearty support In any way he conld render assistance. At the conclusion of the Governor's address the election of commander was proceeded with, anc ex-Lieut. B. F. Stedman, of the U. S Navy, was unanimously chosen Lieutenant-Commander D. C. Daggett being instructed to cast the unanimous vote of the entire brigade Commander Stedman then addressee the meeting in eloquent language. Af ter this addresses were made by eacl officer in turn, which went to show how the divisions were progressing. The report by Lieut. Crossman wa heartily received, and much satisfac tion was expressed in the progres made by the Alton Division in th short time they have been organized Tho meeting was followed by a sumptions banquet, tendered by th First Battalion, which was highly en joyed. Commander Stedman will im mediately start on a tour of inspec tion, and will visit Alton in abou three weeks. The Chicago battalion was represented by a full complimen of omiers; Molino by Lieutenant Commander D. C. Daggett and hi entire staff, and AJtjn by Lieutenan Crossman and Ensign Ash.