Ex-Soldier Re-Union and Monument Dedication,
Hancock County, West Virginia

The following are the words from the actual invitation.
This document belongs to Miss Mary Porter of New Cumberland, West Virginia, whose
father served in the Civil War.

W. A. Atkinson Post, No. 18,
Department of West Virginia

COMRADE: There will be a Re-Union of Ex-Soldiers held at New Cumberland, W. Va. on Saturday, May 29th 1886, at which time the Soldiers' Monument erected buy the citizens of Hancock County, to the Memory of the Defenders of the Union, in the War of Rebellion, will be dedicated.

At 9 o'clock A.M., the graves of deceased soldiers buried in the New Cumberland Cemetery will be strewn with flowers.  At 12 o'clock a Free Dinner will be served in the Rink to all Visiting Comrades.

At 1 o'clock P.M., the Command will be formed in marching order and a short Parade will be had, ending at the Court House grounds, where the monument will be unveiled.
The Dedicatory address will be delivered by the Hon. John A. Campbell, of New Cumberland, to be followed by Comrade F. H. Crago, of Wheeling, in a Memorial Address.

Good music will be in attendance.  In the evening a Camp Fire will be held in the Rink, in which it is desired that all who can will take part. As the stirring times which we commemorate by these Re-unions
grow more distant with each fleeting year, by the same cause is the opportunity lessened for us to participate in these gatherings. Let us therefore come together while we can,
and cherish the ties of brotherhood formed amid scenes of battle and made sacred by the blood of our fallen comrades. We request your presence and assistance on that day.

James Porter
Wm. Chapman
S. B. Jenkins
John Erskine
John McDonald
Jas. Bradley
Committee of Arrangement

New Cumberland, W. Va., April 23d, 1886

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