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JOHNSON, NATHAN J. (Col.but.), Lt. Col. 115 N.Y.V..New York.
Comdr. Brig. 2 Div. 10 A. C.
.New Orleans, La.
(L. C. bvt.) 39 U. S. Inf. KIDDOO, JOSEPH B. (M. G. but.), Col. 22 U.S.C.T. New York. Comdr. Brig. 3 Div. 10 A. C.
(B. G. but.) 43 U.S. Inf. LOCKWOOD, HENRY C. (M. but.), Capt. Ad. A.D.C... New York.
Staff Genl. A. Ames.
(M. G. bot.) U. S. Inf. RANDLETT, JAMES F., L. C. 3 N. H. V...... . Lauderdale, Miss.
Capt. U. S. Inf.
Comdr. Brig. 1 Div. 18 A. C.
Little Rock, Ark.
(L. C. but.) U. S. Inf. VIDAL, THEODORE C. (Capt. but.), 1 Lt. U. S. Sig. Corps ..
(M. G. bot.) U. S. Engs. WHEELER, DANIEL D: (Col. but.), Lt. Col. A. A. G. Fort Hamilton, N.Y. A. A. G. 25 A. C.
(Capt. bvt.) 1 U. S. Art.
Che Origin of the Reunion.
AMONG the delegates to the Republican Convention at Chicago, Illinois, in May 1868, were a number of gentlemen who were former officers in the Army of the James, and while renewing their acquaintance with each other, it was suggested that a regular association, composed of the officers and enlisted inen of that army, be formed, for the purpose of permanently reviving and strengthening old memories and friendships. Accordingly a call was issued for a meeting in the city of Boston, Mass., of all connected with the Army of the James, and the hearty response to the invitation surprised and delighted the original movers in the matter.
The following was the Circular :
"Reunion of the Army of the James.
“The Ex-Officers of the 'Army of the James,' at a meeting held at the Sherman House, Chicago, May, 21, 1868, desiring to perpetuate the kind social relations formerly existing among the officers of the 10th, 18th, 24th, and 25th Army Corps, resolved that they should hold a Social Reunion at Boston, Mass., on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1868, at which time steps should be taken to form a permanent organization.
We feel that this gathering of comrades, and the renewal of old army friendships and associations, will be productive of sociability and good feeling, and cannot be otherwise than a source of pleasure to all parties; we therefore cordially invite you, as an ex-offi
cer, to join with us, and be present on this occasion. Should you conclude to do so, you will please notify
COL. P. A. Davis, Richmond, Va., or
T. O. OSBORNE, III.
J. W SHAFFER, Ill.
O. L. MANN, Ill.
Maj. W. E. FURNESS, Ill.” C. M. SAMPSON, Ill. The circular was sent, as far as possible, to the past officers, and the full response, considering the distance which separated many from Boston, fully equalled the expectations of the originators of the movement. It called together from various sections of our country many who, on the banks of the James and on the soil of Virginia, formed lasting friendships. The opportunity to meet again the comrades of the march, the bivouac, and the battle-field, was availed of by some two hundred and fifty ex-officers and enlisted men, many of whom met for the first time since the close of the rebellion.
Sketch of the Army of the James.
The many brilliant deeds of the “ Army of the James,” the eminence of many who were connected with it, render it almost superfluous to give even a sketch of its history. It will be interesting to many, however, to have a few facts relating to it. The " Army of the James ” was composed originally of two Corps, the Tenth and Eighteenth. A portion of the Tenth Corps, under Brig. Gen. T. W. Sherman, captured Hilton Head and Beaufort, S. C., fought many fights, and afterwards captured Fort Pulaski and the whole of the Atlantic coast of Florida. The Eighteenth Corps were originally a portion of the Ninth Corps, and under Gen. A. E. Burnside, captured Roanoke Island, Newbern, and the coast of North Carolina. When Gen. Burnside went to the assistance of Gen. McClellan, the troops left behind were afterwards
re-enforced by several brigades from the Army of the Potomac, and formed the Eighteenth Corps, under Gen. John G. Foster. When Gen. Foster went to Hilton Head to assist Gen. David Hunter in the reduction of Fort Sumter, he took with him a great portion of the Corps. They were afterwards made a part of the Tenth Corps, and participated in the capture of Morris Island, the bloody assaults on Fort Wayner, and the long and tedious siege of Charleston. The continuous hard work of months and the constant cannonading were more trying and fatal than the battles, with long intervals of rest, of the armies in the interior.
Finally the Tenth Corps, under Gen. Q. A. Gillmore, sailed for Fortress Monroe, and, joining the Eighteenth Corps, under Maj. Gen. Wm. F. (“Baldy ") Smith, became the “ Army of the James, and ascended that river under Gen. B. F. Butler, at the same time that Gen. Grant started on his great campaign with the Army of the Potomac--holding the position, a very important one, until the arrival of Gen. Grant's army, when the siege of Petersburg commenced. The Army of the James—the Tenth Corps, under Maj. Gen. D. D. Birney, and the Eighteenth, under Maj. Gen. E. O. C. Ord—crossed the James at Deep Bottom, and captured Fort Harrison, and a long line of works around Richmond, by assault, losing many men.
Gen. Ord was wounded, and Gen. Birney, by constant exposure, contracted a disease that in a few weeks caused his death. After this the army was reorganized, the colored troops from the Army of the Potomac being joined to those of the Army of the James, and formed the Twenty-fifth Corps, under Brevet Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel, while the white troops formed the Twenty-fourth Corps, under Gen. Ord. Soon after this a portion of the troops, under Generals Butler and Weitzel, started on the expedition against Fort Fisher, N. C., and returned without accomplishing its object. Gen. Grant sent then again, under Brevet Maj. Gen. A. H. Terry, with a more successful result. After this the Army of the James participated in the hard fighting around Petersburg; and while Gen. Ord, with a portion of the Twenty-fourth Corps, joined in the pursuit of Lee, the Third Division (Gen. Devens') of the Twentyfourth and Kautz's Division of the Twenty fifth Corps, both under Gen. Weitzel, were left to operate on the north side of the James;
and Gen. Devens' Division, with a few cavalrymen, had the honor of being the first troops to enter Richmond, April 3, 1865.
Business Meeting at Minot Hall.
The business meeting, for the purpose of organization, was held at Minot Hall, and there were about one hundred and twenty-five gentlemen present.
A half hour was spent in hand-shaking and congratulations, many of those present seeing each other for the first time since their separation at the close of the war.
The meeting was called to order by Surgeon Samuel A. Green, 24th Mass. Vols., Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements, who, upon motion of Col. W. V. Hutchings, A. Q. M., was made temporary Chairman. Capt. Charles A. Brooks, 9th Me. Vols., was chosen temporary Secretary.
On motion of Col. P. A. Davis, Asst. Adj. Gen., a committee of five, consisting of Col. Davis, Gen. J. W. Turner, Gen. H. M. Plaisted, Gen. E. W. Smith, and Maj. W. E. Furness, were appointed to report a draft of a constitution and by-laws for the government of the association. They subsequently reported a constitution and by-laws, as follows:
THE CONSTITUTION. Article 1. The name of this Association shall be the SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE JAMES; and said society shall include all officers and enlisted men who have served with honor in the Army of the James, or in any organization which at any time formed a portion of that army. Honorary members may be elected from officers who have served with distinction in armies of the United States.
Article 2. The object of this society shall be to preserve the memory of the fortunes and achievements of the Army of the James; to perpetuate the bonds of comradeship among its surviving members; to cherish the memory of those who have fallen, and by every means to cultivate and foster a pure and patriotic devotion to the service of the country.