25TH ANNUAL ENCAMPMENT OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC

 

April 28, 1891

Steubenville, Ohio

 

Mr. Commander and Comrades: It would be impossible for me, if I were to try to tell you how deeply I appreciate your kind greeting. I am not going to try. Our Commander-in-Chief has given us the lession. He has told us that this is a business meeting; it is for work and not for words,; for deeds, not for talk. How glad we are, and we congratulate ourselves, that we have a Commander-in-Chief, who, by what he has said this morning, has shown to us that he is himself an example of that which he recommends to us. Why, he has been a Commander-in-Chief a few days, a few weeks and yet, what has he done? That red-tape at Washington that has kept back pensions, and back pay, and bounty he has cut it; and that circumlocution office that stands in the way of soldiers everywhere he has hewed, in these few weeks and months, a straight path through, and now we are going to get what is due to us. Oh, it is worthwhile to have a Vermont Yankee at the head of this thing. These Vermonters are good stock; my father and mother were both Vermonters, and you see what good stock it is. I think you.