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SKTELklTCJBCO vMGS tSW V uru ir - ft ii i iiitlfffitTftftttTtiiitxf - yJ rTJ - 2fee Tales 2VM hytfMuJ8 I THREE men attended the encampment encampment who were memben of the famous Sixth Massachusetts Refi - ment which waa o sorely best by tnoba In the atreets at Baltimore thua shedding the Mm th the great war These were Georg A 2 Colgen and Charles Fryof Company TC Washington Light Guard of Beaton ard William H Phelao of the IoweIl Phalanx Mr Colgan waa severely severely wo ceded In the leg in this fight Each man Weara a medal which establishes establishes hla Identity and attests alike his own patrirtlsm and the appreciation appreciation of the commonwealth of Massachusetts Massachusetts The Legislature of the Bay State impatient of the tardy action of Congress decided to act for Itself to airucx a medal in commemoration of the services of the Sixth and presented 1 thought over there and Trowbridge with one to every man In the organisation trTha rtrm nt th or were nretty The obverse side of the medal bears J Wrere on us and we socn made up our the seal of the State and above It Minute men of Massachusetts of Mel On the reverse tide is the nam of the soldier to whom presented followed by this Inscription The Commonwealtn of Massacnusetts to the members of the Massacnusetts Volunteer Militia who were mustered into the United States strvlee - ln response to President Lincoln s first call for troops April J5 ISfti Tne Baltimore medal is of silver which bears upon one side Duett Amor Patriae rtrst in tne rield Baltimore April IS 1SI1 tpon the other side one of the medals records the name of George A J Conlan wounded April 1 1861 Mr Conlan lost this medal In the battle of Gettsburg but it waa found and returned to him b a yard - master of the Pennsylvania Railroad Having fought their way through Baltimore Baltimore the Sixth hurried on to Wasfata - g - ton and became a specia guard of President President Unco c who was then in the midst of menaces from all sides In the riots four men were klled and thirty wounded in the Sixth union of Jasper Culver of Pasadena and L CTrowbride - e of North Dakota These two men escaped from Andersonvllle prison together and had not seen each other for thirty - nine - years not since they parted when safely outside the risen and each struck out In what be elleved to be the quickest way to reach the Union lines The story Is an unusual one I waa a member of Company K of the First Wisconsin aald Culver and Trowbridge was a sergeant In Company H We were captured together at Cblca - mauga on September 20 1M3 and sent to Belle Isle Prison We were transferred transferred to LIbby and then to Danville where r contracted smallpox and waa sent to the pest house I escaped from there - on February M ISM waa recaptured recaptured two weekst later and sent to Anderaonvllle Danville prisoners were 2 lckfr specimen weighing wj uueijr - seven ut sua the gam waa worth the cande and to an old r1 J1 hea streets - wavingwaving wavingwaving with the good - old red white and blue pays us for all wo suffered Joylul Reunion One of the inoit Joyful reunions of this encampment was that of three men who enlisted together In 1861 marched In the came set of fours and messed - together for four years and were mustered out together together In 1S64 Becoming separated then the hae rot met since until this week These comrades are J S Stewart C H Jo and K F r - oster of Ccmpan E Ninth Jew Hampshire olunteers Last Wednes - clsy the three eterana marched side by side once more the firit time In thirty - elght years and perhaps the last time forever forever Stewart and Joy are row Californlacs the first living at Los Angeles the latter in Mendocino county The old frterds are inseparable now and instead of sightseeing sightseeing about the city the spend all their time in living over again the days that are no more New Hampsh re tent 40000 men to the war said Stewart Only about forty showed - up al the encampment This is 1 to 1000 I don t know where the other S99 arc he added sady P B Elliott of Ptttsneld N H who comes as a delegate with the contingent from that State is authority for the statement statement that bis brother erected the first frame bouse evei built in Han Francisco My brother Gardner Elliott he said came West In lie From Boston by boat ealllng around the Horn he carried the material all ready to put up for several frame buildings His return letters said that ever one here was then living In cant cant as and that hi houses were the first to be erected here From that time to this a period of flftj - five years I have been hearing hearing regularly through him and his descendants descendants of the the glories of California but reer had an opportunity of seeing them before I am In no wise disappointed Indeed Indeed the half has never been told Gardner Elliott s descendants are living on the Pacific Coast still one of whom Mr Jones a grandson is manager of the Portland Oregontan A granddaughter Mrs J A Marshall resides in Berkeley The old ettran will visit them before returning returning home Remarkable Election Comraae J G Lemmon who served with Company E Fourth Michigan Cavalry Cavalry but who is now a member of Porter Pott in Oakland tells a stirring story of the most remarkable vote ever cast for ari man for President of the United States He was ciptured and was confined In Andersonville Florence Charleston and Macon prisons The affair of which he tells occurred in 1S64 in Florence prison He says hen time for the Pret ldentlal election came there were 11000 of us Union so dlers corflned in Florence prion pen The supreme supreme horrors of the pace coupled with the constant rumors from Washington that we were negected were indeed absolutely absolutely abandoned to our wretched fate - produced a deep sensation of a arm and Sroteit The rebel officers taunted us with tanton s cold - hearted refusal to ex change prisoners ard the Increased number number of seceth sympathizers all over the North They trsisted that there were n ore adherents of McCle Jar In our prison than of Uncoln There was much color tor their belief there was so much dis - satlitactier noisy rebel discussion and loud cheers for Litto Mac that it was teared on our part that at least one - fourth If cot cne - thlrd of the prisoners were so - sheared and miserable that they would prove recreant to the I nlon But the test applied proved a proud vindication of the fidelity of captive who were apparent y sbanouixd to suffer protracted starvation and final death in that far distant charnel per In ar evil hour as It pro ed to the rebel officers they proposed that a vote should be taken on ejection day by the prisoners - the decarlng that at least two - thirds If not mo - e were In favor of the brave McCletlan It optosltloft to the Tyrant Lincoln The offer waa eagerly accepted by the eeven sergeants each in charge of a thousand prisoners Two sacks of beans m of wblte for Little Mac the other black for LI r coin were brought Into the pen and paced under guard near the gate arl a cracker - box was paced near it to receive the bean balota The thousands were formed as well as possible bv the sersreants Into two ranks those able to walk often assisting assisting tne reenie ones wmie otners Hopelessly Hopelessly crippled crawled along as best thev could on all fours Beginning early In the forenoon the - prisoner alowly filed out of their respective sections In the stockade and marched to the polling polling place From the flrat rebel officers and sympathizers appeared on the least objectionable side of the lneloaure and harangued the staggering voters Rebels Against Lincoln A well - fed little Irishman witt and e oquent - was - taken outside to ascend the stairway to the broad beam over the big gate from which to address the crowd in the moat Offensive manner We heard from him all about the cruelty of Lincoln the brutality of Stanton and the criminality of Butler and then we heard In fulsome terms of the noble character of Jeff Davis the kindness of General Winder and the valor and sue cess of the Confederate soldiers - especially minds to attempt to escape - at the first opportunity e took Thomas Mason of the FIrtt Wisconsin into tne icneme un September 12 164 SOOprlf oners were to be taken out for transfer to Millen We three had our plan ready As the list was ca - Ted off we got eear th entrance and aa they filed out we flipped Into the line We kept our places until we got through tfco gale ot the outer stockaoe tnen v slipped cut of the line when the guards were looking In another direction and stood by the entrance bidding the boys gooonje juit as ll we nso come up irum the outside To have attempted to run would have caused us to be shot down We waited tmtil an officer came up and ordered us to clear out - We sauntered off leisure y Into the woods and then ran tor our lives We separated srd In time all safey reached the Union lines It Is good to meet Trowbridge again He is now Auditor of Pennlrgtcn ccurt North Dakota His nephew 1 manager of one of your largest drug stores in this dt Cruelties of Prison Life G W Nease a veteran whose home Is now In Spokane Wash encured some of the cruelties nflicted upon prisoners captured captured along the Mississippi during the war The bitter feeling which existed on the border was given vent on the captives captives either side took Nease was captured at Chickasaw Baou in 1862 where Sherman sustained a defeat For three months the prisoners were confined in the uncovered jalijard at Vlcksburg The wounded received ro attention whatever from the captors No surgeon came to save lives that woud have survived easlv Those who were unhurt had onlj cold water to app y to their comrades wouuds In the three months he was confined at Vicksburg Nease s weight was reduced from 1W pounds to 130 He retained good health but the prison fare was too meager to maintain bis robust form We were rext removed to Jackson Miss ami there I remained until August 163 when I was excharged aald the veteran But I never expected to escape from captlvitv with mv life All sorts of awful cruelties were Inflicted on ra comrades Some of them were in chairs for weeks at a time and then If the did not succumb In the meantime were led out and shot down co4d - bioodedv Both sides had begun wTeaklng vengeance on prisoners and there seemed no limit to the fiendish methods that were practiced practiced Nearly All Killed I lost my left arm at Kenesaw Mountain Mountain in the Atanta campaign on June 27 184 said General Theo F Brown of Illinois to a - group of comrades at the Palace Hotel when It came Ms turn to relate relate his most exciting experience of the war The Colonel of our regiment which was the Fifty - first Illinois Infantry had been killed the Lieuterant Coonel was lying wounded in the hospital and the Major had been taken prisoner and as senior Captain the command devolved upon me that day We had been under hot fire steadily for ninety days in that awful campaign and when we were ordered to attack the enemy on the mountain there were only 112 men of the regiment fit for duty Only twenty - two of us escaped with our lives from the raking fire that swept upon us as we ascended the slope We did not succeed in dislodging the Johnnies though we were within twentv feet of them I was with the remnant of the real ment urglrg my men on through the stormJ r eao wnen a Dunet snattereo my arm The rebel had drawn a bead on my head but it happened that I turned quickly as he fired e gave up the attempt to drive the enemy from their advantageous position position and retreated Why it was that everyone of us was not killed that day has always been a mystery to me for we were advancing directlv upon the entrenched guns that had a sweep of the hillside up which our forces ran B A Dulmade Is a v eteran who enlisted for three years was discharged for dls - ahilit because of wounds received In battle battle and then although unable to srve In the Infantry went back to the cavalry and fought until the end of the war I was wounded at the battle of Seven Pines on May 21 1SG2 sail Dulmade but was able to get back and see the fun through In a charge I was shot In the left leer be tween the knee and ankle with a mtnnle I Dili ana inree Duexsnot Alter being In the hospital for a long time they told me that m Injuries would make me lame and that my days of service In the Army were over Despite all that I could do they gave me an hororable dlschsrge for disability from m regiment which was the Ninety - Second New York Infantry After I had been home a short time I saw a chance to enlist In the Eighteenth New York Cav - alrj where my game leg would not prove such a drawback It did not take me long to arrive - at a decision and I took part in the fortunes of my new regiment until June 1S66 when I was mustered out Saved by Foolishness No said W H Huckabout of Wat - sonvllle In reply to a question I never was captured but I would have been had I net acted the fool It was at the battle of the Wlldrnes May 1S64 that we found ourselves flanked on both sides and there was nothing left to do but retreat which we did manfully Soon we ran Into another rebel line and we were left with no alternative but surrender This most of the hojs promptly did but a few of us didnt have BrBe enoueh T mid a leap for a large pine log and Just asj cracked I fell behind the log with two bullet holes In ra knapsack Thinking I was killed th Johnnies didn t investigate investigate and I soon had an opportunity to crawl away and so escaped Mr Huckabout was In Company I Sixth Wisconsin Infantry of the celebrated celebrated Iron Brigade It was a part of the force that covered the retreat across Bull Run at the second battled I was the last man of our forces to cross the creek he said But I do not deserve any credit for this I simply had to be I was left file - closer and my company the rearmost of the rear guard and so what would you have I had to be the last man and let me tell jou this If there ever was a Tile - closer anxious to close his files Shot and Trampled i John Roberts of Company D Seventh Infantry to another old soldier who nJThed In the parade yesterday and wno had some strenuous experiences In the Civil War One of these was when be was shot and then run down by th horses ofaocharglng troop ot Confederate Confederate cavalry v wi Phtr few of the soldiers whd fought through the war that did not Tal t one Pretty close call said Roberts In speaking of the matter X had mine when t waa on the skirmish Une at the battle of Cedar Mountain vl n 1Wi When we were not expecting expecting It the rebel made a desperate cavalry charge against our main Une and they came at us riding Mke mad and yelling like fury The skirmishers out In front did not have any time to hat a retreat for they were upon us almost before we knew it I had been laying on my stomach behind a little breastwork and aa I started to ray feet 1 was knocked over and felt a sensation like a burning Iron had been pressed against my shoulder It was the first time I had been shot and I hardly knew what had happened and did not have time to think The whole troop of rebel cavalry cane rushing by where I was and two of the horses stepped upon me and 1 became unconscious when I came to our main line had driven the Confederates Confederates back and I was safe with my own people My wound was only a flean wound but I was so badly trampled tnat it Avas some time before I got out of the hospital Medals to Be Proud Of John C Bucke senior vice - commander of the Department of South Carolina and Georgia wears on his breast a medal ot borer of welch he is Justy proud It was awarded by Congress fcr conspicuous gallantry before the enemy and was gained during the siege of Vlcksburg During a heated engagement it was resolved resolved to storm the enemy a works and volunteers were caled for to carry scaling scaling ladders a post involving extreme hazard Buckley was one of the first to respond respond a no feh with scores of his comrades comrades severely wcunded On the obverse side the medal bears this inscription the Congress to Sergeant John C Buckley Co u 4th VV Va In - tantr for gallant - y 4t Vlcksburg Miss Mav 22 1863 Sergeant Buckle a so made a most daring escape from the enemj after having having been paced on a train en route to Liobv prison 1 was captured in th battle of Perry - v ile Va he said ad when they headed us toward LIbby prison I made up my mird that 1 wou dnt go if I could bep it V hen within twenty - three miles ot Richmond Richmond I Jumped from the tran when It was going pretty rapid y and striklrg a sand bana sustalred no lnlurv Betore they coulc slew up and return for me was was tost in tne wooes ijui i was in a bad fix Lee s army was a 1 around me and escape seemed Impossib e For seventeen seventeen days I lived practica ly on grapes persimmons cmcquaptns and raw corn On such fare you may weI Imagine that I nearly starved I final managed to Join Grant s army before Petersburg however along the New Jerusalem road and got back into service Thrice JLett tor Dead M J Collins of Lincoln Post who served in Company L of the 1 bird Michigan Cavalry Cavalry was Oiree times left on the battle - field for dead but he lived and yesterday marched on the streets of San Francisco Of 1481 men who went out in Collins regiment there are now only two or three who survive This is the veteran a story of an experience at Senatoga Miss I was an orderly engaged In carrying dispatches and was riding along the road at night when four rebels sprang out from the bukhes and fired at me 1 knew I waa hit but kept on riding and galloped like mau uniu i grew vreaa and leu on the hack of my horse After a while I felt a little stronger and started In to try and crawl back to our lines It was slow work and terribly painful but toward morning 1 was almost where I could see our camp Area Then a party of graybacka came along and the first thing they did was to spy me I was taken to the prisoners camn at Macon Ga then to Belle Isle and then j to Libby prison My sufferings in the Southern prisons were the same as that of many other men who are here to - day To briefly summarise it I will ray that when I went tp Belle Isle I weighed lsl pounds and when I left It xty - eight days later I was weighed by a SlsTter of Mrt - ev and tipped the scales at ninety - eight pounds At tnat i was a luckv man for after three times being left on the field for dead I was picked up taken to hospitals and recovered For the same cause I would do It all ovr again Ten Months a Prisoner A B Crane of Owosso Mich who was a member of the Fifth Michigan Infantry had about as trying an experience as could well fall to a aoldier even In the world a greatest war Crane served a total of ten months In eight different Southern prisons and the plain tale of how he got there and what he suffered would make a book If published in its entirety I was captured at Petersburg said the old soldier and was carried off the n unconscious We were tearing up a railroad railroad track a little In advance of the main body of troops when bang goes a gun and here come the rebels They were charging charging us with fixed bayonets and I tell von there was a lively scrap that day I dls - recollect Just what happened but remember remember a blg gray coat with a gun coming for me I took a shot at him and then a clubbed musket smashed me on tb bead and I went out When I became conscious I was in a rebel hospital with a fractured skull that they thought would cause death But I got Well and they packed me off to LIbby then to Anderaonvllle Anderaonvllle and then aa our boys kept on winning from one prison to another Part of the time I spent in Florence where 1600 out 800 Union prisoners died in one winter We lived worse than dogs and the recollection makes me sick All I can say is that when I dropped In that great battle battle I weighed 1S5 pounds and when I came out of the prison pens I weighed 7 pounds The gladdest day In all my life waa when the boys to blue came marching In and once more I was a free man under the glorious Stars and Stripes TWIN BROTHERS MARCH The only twinswho marched in the procession procession Wednesday were Judge E A White of Marysvllle Yuba county and A E White of Los Angeles The Jurist hesitated hesitated about undertaking the long tramp much as he wished to represent his old regiment regiment the Twenty - Sfventh New York but his brother Insisted mat they would never again have a chance to march together under such circumstances and that aa they never had marched together It was time they began His wish prevailed and they are congratulating each other over It now Judge - White did not come West until tnirty - nve years agu wans - nis twin a p t K J

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 21 Aug 1903, Fri,
  3. Page 7

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