Wheeling, West Virginia, 1907









Wheeling Intelligencer – Tuesday, July 30, 1907







Several Addresses Made - Committees Are Appointed and Discussed


   Fully 35 veterans of the Spanish-American war last evening held a big meeting at the board of trade and plans for their reunion, to be held here in August, coincident with the reunion of the society of the Army of West Virginia were discussed.  Committees were appointed and another meeting for next Monday arranged.  From indications the reunion gives promise of being very largely attended and the meetings or the reunion are not limited to one branch only but is to include all the regulars and volunteers who were enlisted or saw service during the Spanish-American was or later in the Philippines, regardless of whether or not they enlisted in a West Virginia regiment or company.


   The meeting last evening was called to order by Chairman, Captain A. A. Franzheim, with Secretary Benj. S. Honecker presiding in the chair of the secretary.  A letter from Col. P. F. Zeise, secretary of the society of the army of West Virginia, extending them an invitation to meet on the dates co-incident with their reunion, August 28, 29 and 30, was read and ordered acknowledged.  The matter of appointing committees was next in order and appointments followed.


   Finance committee:  Capt. C. E. Morris, Henry Hinkleman, Howard Hastings, H. E. Caldabaugh.


   Press committee:  B. S. Honecker, Will Zeigenfelder, W. B. Hilton, Frank Thurlow.


   Committee on Printing:  John Myers, Perry Fisher, James Wycart, Charles Fitzpatrick, Harry McGrain.


   Committee on Programme:  Captain A. A. Franzheim, Captain C. E. Morris, B. S. Honecker, Henry Penner, Theodore Camp, Capt. A. L. Hooten, Howard Hastings.


   Committee on Invitation and reception:  Parry Fisher, Harry Pritchard, Smith Calvert, J. J. Connor, Capt. A. A. Franzheim, Henry Palmer, Will Smith, Alton Jones, Frank Combs, Will Zeigenfelder, Theodore Camp, James Wycart, Howard Hastings, Henry Hinkleman, Herman Clouse, J. T. Moore, J. J. Fitzpatrick, H. D. Nersing, Harry N. Zane and Frank Thurlow.


   State Committee:  Harry Tennant, Mannington; Edward Shaver, Fairmont; Will Ewing, Moundsville; Captain Vierlander, Huntington;  C. D. Farrar, Parkersburg; Captain A. L. Hood, Charleston; Captain W. J. White, Morgantown; Captain Howard, Pt. Pleasant; Captain Smith, Hilton; Captain Gatzendanner, Martinsburg; Captain Sparry, Charleston; Major Elliott, Parkersburg;  Lieut. Patton, Parkersburg; Tod Lukens, McMechen; M. E. Galagher, Woodsfield, O.


   The chairman of the various committees with the officers will compose the executive committee.


   Following the committee announcement several of the veterans present, among them Attorney B. S. Honecker, Tod Lukens, J. J. Connors, J. T. Moore, Howard Hastings and Will Zeigenfelder spoke and several urged the organization of an association or society that should provide for the holding of an annual reunion in this state at which features should be a camp fire and similar events that would afford divertisement, serve to recall recollections of service and to strengthen and renew friendships.  The idea was received with considerable enthusiasm by the members and indications are such will be the out-growth at least of the first reunion.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Friday, August, 2, 1907




As Feature of the Reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia


   Arrangements are progressing encouragingly for the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, which is to hold in this city during the latter part of this month.


   Col. Zeise, who is in charge of the arrangements, reports that many of the members who are residing out of the state have been heard from, and indications point to a large attendance.


   The matter of having a parade for the opening day is now receiving some attention from those in charge, but it was impossible to state yesterday whether or not this feature would be carried out.



Wheeling Intelligencer, Tuesday, August 6, 1907






Of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, Soon to Be Held In This City.


   Last evening the Spanish War Veterans held a very interesting meeting at the board of trade rooms, at which time the invitation which was tendered them to participate in the reunion to be given by the Society of the Army of West Virginia during the latter part of August, was given verbally by Col. Zeise, who gave a talk on just what the reunion would be.


   Captain Franzheim presided over the meet, and the first order were the reports of the various committees, all of which were very good and showed that great progress was being made.  The idea of conducting a campfire jointly was discussed at some length, and while it has not been definitely decided, the movement will doubtless be carried through, as the matter of selecting a suitable pace seems to be the only cause of holding the feature in abeyance.


   The committee appointed to look after the official program reported progress, but at this time nothing was reported regarding the arrangement of it or the speakers who would be present, as they already had received the consent of many who would be willing to participate but cannot assure the committee of the exact date they may attend.


   On the 29th of August there will be a large parade, in which all of the veterans will take part, and they are arranging to make this a memorable event.


   In speaking of the matter last evening both Captain Franzheim and Colonel Zeise were well pleased with the prospects, and said that the entire program would be announced in a few days, as soon as it was completed.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 7, 1907



Program for Society of the Army of West Virginia is Nearing Completion.


   The program for the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, which is to be held on the fair grounds the last of August, has been almost completed by Col. Zeise, secretary of the organization. The program carries at least five addresses a day by prominent speakers, while a big feature of the program will be the parade.  A conference was held yesterday afternoon with Captain A. A. Franzheim relative to this feature, and the line of march and order of formation mapped out.  Since the Spanish-American war veterans are to unite with a reunion at the same time and participate in the parade, the event promises to be one of the largest demonstrations of the kind ever held in the city.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Monday, August 12, 1907




Spanish War Men Will Hold Session At Board of Trade This Evening

   Captain A. A. Franzheim has issued a call for another meeting of the Spanish war veterans for this evening at the Board of Trade rooms. The object of the meeting is to help mature plans for the reunion to be held here on the three days beginning August 28th.  The committee reports and the proposed line of march for the parade will be among the matters discussed this evening.  This reunion is to be held in conjunction with that of the Society of the Army of West Virginia and occurs on the State Fair grounds.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Tuesday, August 13, 1907





Will Be Composed of School Children – Spanish War Veterans Hold Session


   The Spanish war veterans last evening held a rather largely attended session at the Board of Trade, despite the exceedingly hot weather and plans for their reunion on August 28, 29 and 30th were discussed.  Captain A. A. Franzheim presided and during the evening Col. Zeise, of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, addressed the younger veterans on their reunion and the society reunion which will occur on the Fair Grounds on identical dates.  Committees reported progress on various arrangements and in all the outlook is for a big reunion of the veterans, and at this session an organization will be formed that it is hoped will perpetuate the idea of holding annual reunions.


   The parade is one of the features that is interesting the Spanish war veterans to a great extent, and one of the latest features planned for it will be given under the auspices of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, and will be a living flag, school boys forming the flag by the colored uniforms each wears.


   Another meeting of the organization is to be held on next Monday night.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 14, 1907




Survivors of Colonel Curtis Command With Families Will Gatherer

At Blayney’s Grove Today


   The surviving members of Company D. Twelfth W. Va. Infantry Volunteers, with their families and friends will hold their annual reunion today at Roney’s Grove, near Roney’s Point.


   The Twelfth regiment was enlisted by Colonel Curtis in this county shortly after the onset of the war of the rebellion and Company D. was composed of neighbors and friends, residing in the north eastern part of Ohio county.  These annual reunions are very enjoyable to the participants and many who have moved away from their native homes to points throughout the country make it a point to attend although they have to travel considerable distances.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 14, 1907




   At the Hearne Tabernacle on Wednesday and Thursday a rehearsal for the coming reunion of the Grand Army of West Virginia, will be held.  This is to choose about 500 boys and girls to form the American flag and take part in the programme.  The display of this “real live” flag will be at the former post office site.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 15, 1907




Twelfth West Virginia Regiment Will Be Prominent In the

Army of West Virginia Meeting


   The Twelfth West Virginia Regiment will meet on the state fair ground on Wednesday afternoon, August 28th, for the election of officers and other business.  Company D, of the Twelfth met at Roney’s Point yesterday for the purpose of making arrangements for the big reunion to be held on the fair grounds when the army of West Virginia has its big three days meeting, August 28th, 29th, 30th.  The order for the meeting comes from E. N. Dunlap, president and T. J. Orr, secretary.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Friday, August 16, 1907






Col. Zeise Has Extended the Invitation on Behalf of the Old Soldiers


   As plans mature for the parade one of the features of the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, which occurs on the morning of August 29, the second day of the reunion, its size and importance become more apparent.  Organizations from all parts of the state have been invited by Col. Zeise, the secretary, who is making arrangements, and indications point that Chief Marshall A. A. Franzheim will be at the head of such a column as has not been seen here in years.  In addition to the old soldiers and the Spanish War Veterans, it is expected to have the uniform company of Spanish-American soldiers from Steubenville in line, while yesterday invitations were extended to the members of the Cathedral Cadet corps, the Linsley Cadet corps and to the recently organized Boys’ Brigade, and special places in the line will be reserved for each.


   The old veterans expect a large turnout, and all not able to walk will be provided, as far as possible, with carriages.  The line of march will be from the formation on Chapline street to Market, to Tenth, to Main, to Twenty-second , to Chapline, to Twentieth, to Market, to Fourteenth, to Chapline and disband.


   The program for the reunion is also shaping up well and gives promise of being unusually interesting.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Monday, August 19, 1907




Spanish War People Will Plan Further for Their Reunion at Meeting Tonight


   The Spanish-American war veterans will hold another meeting tonight at the board of trade rooms and will practically complete the arrangements at this meeting for the reunion of their order that has been planned for the three days beginning August 28, and a big attendance is anticipated.  This meeting will be in conjunction with that of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, and the reunion of old and young soldiers gives promise of being one of the biggest things Wheeling has had in years.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Monday, August 19, 1907








Final Answer From the War Department Has Not as Yet Been Received


   Plans are on foot to have a regiment of regulars detailed here from the United States Army for the week when the reunion of the Society of the West Virginia is in progress.  A final answer from the war department has not as yet been received, but it is believed that the concession will be made.  Congressman Hubbard, ex-Congressman Dovenol, Secretary of the Board of Trade R. B. Naylor and others have written the war department, while it is understood that this morning Senator Scott will also open negotiations in an effort to have the Washington officials concur.


   It is the custom with the war department to provide practice marches and camps for the various regiments of the regular army scattered over the country, but unfortunately none of these practice marches are held in this section of the country.  Congressman Hubbard made inquiries along this line and endeavored to have one regiment detailed, with Wheeling on the route.  When it was found the marches did not extend to this section, negotiations were at once opened to have a regiment sent direct for the week.  No answer to this has as yet been received from Washington.


   The nearest regiment of the regular army is quartered either at Governor’s Island, New York, or at Fort Thomas, opposite Cincinatti, and from one of these two points the soldiers would be detailed if the war department acts favorably upon the request.


   As an addition to the reunion the quartering of a regiment of the regular army here would be quite a feature.  The regulars, in addition to their drills, would participate in the parade on the 29th, in which the old soldiers are to march, and might possibly turn out in a parade over a longer route on one of the days following.  Captain A. A. Franzheim is to be Chief Marshall of this parade, which, besides being participated in by the old soldiers, will also have the Spanish-American war veterans in line, that will include among its members both regulars and volunteers who saw service, and who hold a reunion here on the same dates as the Society of the Army of West Virginia.




   The regiment of regulars, if detailed here, would be quartered on the quarter stretch of the fair grounds, a place well adapted for the purpose, as it is well drained, level and has water mains laid through it.  It would be at the same time convenient to the city, and would also be close at hand to the scene of the reunion.


  Colonel Zelse is enthusiastic over the prospects of having a regiment of regulars here, while it is expected that by today or tomorrow definite information as to the intentions of the war department may be received.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Tuesday, August 20, 1907






Also Contemplate a Series of Post Cards Showing Scenes of Late War


   The Spanish - American war veterans, planning a reunion to be held on identical dates with that of the Society of the Army of West Virginia on the fair grounds, met last evening at the Board of Trade.  Captain A. A. Franzhelm presided, with Ben S. Honecker as chairman.  General plans were gone over and the program for the three day meeting, which begins the 28th, was discussed , but not completed.  It was decided but not completed.  It was decided to issue a handsome souvenir program, and from it the soldier veterans hope to realize a sufficient sum to pay the expenses of the reunion, while in conjunction with the affair a series of post cards , depicting scenes of the late unpleasantness with Spain will be issued for free distribution.


   Another meeting of the soldiers will be held on next Monday night, while committees will be busy the coming week and several meetings have been called.  The first occurs this evening at the home of John W. Myers, who is chairman of the printing committee, at eight o’clock at No. 1409 Chapline street.  The other members of the committee are J. W. Wicard, H. W. Fitzpatrick, Harry McGrane and Perry Fischer.


   The correspondence of the Spanish-American veterans has now increased to such a proportion that it has been found necessary to select a corresponding secretary and Harry Penner was unamiously chosen to the position.


   Interest in the reunion has now grown to a great extent and an echo of it was shown on last evening in a number of addresses made by veterans, among those that spoke being Henry Penner, Joseph Seibold, Thos. Kennedy, Theodore Orumm and Wm. Conner.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 22, 1907




   Time is a victor to which all men must bow.  Exactly twenty years ago the Society of the Army of West Virginia held its annual reunion in this city.  The reunion was attended by thousands of veterans; there was a great parade and much enthusiasm.  An ex-President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was among the old soldiers who gathered in honor of the occasion.  The reunion was made memorable by an outbreak of sectional feeling, precipitated by a banner bearing a likeness of President Cleveland, which was swung across Market street from the old office of the Wheeling Register.  At that particular time a great deal of feeling had been aroused by the President’s order to return the Southern states their battle flags, captured during the Civil war.


   A large number of the veterans in the parade refused to march under or salute the banner.  Rutherford B. Hayes, however, rode under the banner and saluted it with bared head; and the Union Veteran Legion of Pittsburgh, an organization second to none among those who wore blue, marched squarely under the banner, and following the example of their leader, each man lifted his martial cap to the man who had been chosen by the people, “commander in chief of the army and navy of the United States.”  That night the affair was the subject of an acrimonious debate from the verandah of the McLure house, which was taken part in by Gov. Foraker of Ohio, Gov. Wilson of West Virginia, ex-Gov. Pierpont of West Virginia, Gen. Gibson of Tiffin, Ohio, and others.  Gov. Wilson, of West Virginia, spoke three or four times in bitter criticism of the implied insult to President Cleveland, and was answered with equally as bitter language by Gov. Foraker.


   This is all now history - - - history of a time which even young men remember, when the wounds of the Civil war were still unhealed, and north and south were still arrayed against each other in spirit if not in actual warfare.  Twenty years have passed.  Of the men who were in Wheeling on that day, Rutherford B. Hayes is dead.  E. Willis Wilson is dead.  Francis H. Pierpont is dead.  Gen. Wm. H. Gibson is dead. How many more have gone to join the great majority, probably the diminished muster rolls of the Society of the Army of West Virginia may still tell in a small measure.

     “On fame’s eternal camping ground

       Their silent tents are spread,

       And glory guards with solemn round

       The Bivouac of the dead.”

   This year the Society of the Army of West Virginia will meet in Wheeling again, but with lessened numbers.  There will be no outbreak of party of sectional feeling to mar the occasion.  It would be impossible to re-create in the minds of the old soldiers, or in the minds of the people of Wheeling, or of any portion of West Virginia, the spirit of slumbering resentment and unforgotten injuries that prompted that spontaneous and entirely unexpected controversy.  It is gone forever.  A new generation which enjoys the blessing of an united country without the experience of the trials that secured that blessing, will show its veneration for the gallant men who counted not their lives dear unto them in their country’s cause.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 22, 1907




Reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia Next Week


   One week from today will occur the opening of the annual reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia in this city for a three days meeting.  Plans are rapidly maturing for the event and the reception committee has been appointed, it consisting of all the members of the Holliday Post, G. A. R.  The children yesterday held their first rehearsal for the part they are to take in the parade, that of forming a living flag, and a second rehearsal occurs at eight this evening at the Hearne tabernacle.  The program is almost complete.


   In the matter of decorating, Col. Zelse is to take it up with the entertainment committee of the Board of Trade, probably before the close of the week, and ask for a general decoration of the buildings, particularly in the business section, during the encampment.


   The plans for the official program for the Spanish War Veterans reunion are also progressing and it will be quite a handsome publication.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Friday, August 23, 1907




Board of Trade Arranges for Reunion and for Water Works Convention


   Arrangements for two coming big events, the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia and the central states water works convention, were taken up yesterday by the entertainment committee of the board of trade, with Chairman George Lutz presiding.  Relative to the water works, convention, it was decided to appoint all the members of council as members of the reception committee.  Entertainments for the guests were informally taken up and the matter of the program discussed, but before action upon it was taken it was decided to invite William Allen Veach, of Newark, to come over next week and confer.


   Relative to the reunion, the matter of appointing the members of Holiday Post, G. A. R., to positions on the reception committee and to look after the visitors in general.  It was also decided to have a large stand for the speakers erected in front of the grandstand at the fair grounds.  Various other details as to parade and program were discussed, while Meister’s band was engaged for the three days of the reunion.


   The matter of decorations was discussed in detail and it was decided to make an appeal to all citizens to decorate their places of business and homes out of patriotism to the gathering of the veterans here next week.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Monday, August 26, 1907






There Will Be Many Prominent Persons Here


W. R. C. Also Has Program


   Plans for the annual reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia have been practically completed, and it calls for quite an elaborate series of meetings, the reunion opening on next Wednesday.  The first exercises will occur at the Fair grounds, where a large stand is in process of erection, while the big event of Thursday will be the street parade.  The closing day will be devoted to a series of short addresses by prominent persons. In connection with the Veterans of the Civil war in reunion here, a reunion of the Spanish War Veterans is to be held at the same.  About 5,000 visitors are expected in the city for the two events.


     The program as announced by Col. Zeise, follows:


Wednesday, August 28.


Forenoon will be devoted to reception of visitors, registration and distribution of programs.


1:30 p. m.Reunion opens at State Fair grounds, where all sessions will be held.


Address of welcome from the state - - - Hon. William M. O. Dawson, governor of West Virginia.  On the event of unavoidable absence of the governor, the Hon. W. Hubbard, M. C. of Wheeling, will welcome the visitors in behalf of the State.


Extending the hospitality of the city - - Hon. Charles C. Schmidt, mayor of Wheeling


Responses - - Gen. John L. Vance, president of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, Columbus, Ohio; Capt. C. E. Morris, in behalf of Spanish War Veterans.


Addresses - - Gen. I. M. Adams, department commander, Ravenswood, W. Va.; Hon. B. B. Dovener, Wheeling; Col. A. L. Curry, Columbus, Ohio; Col. W. B. Hodge, Middleport, Ohio


7:30 p. m. (at camp grounds) - - Addresses:  Hon. J. A. Hughes, M. C., Huntington; Hon. J. H. Gaines, M. C., Charleston; Judge John W. Mason, Fairmont; the evening’s entertainment concluding in camp fire talks and was reminiscences.


Thursday, August 29.


9:30 a. m. - - Grand street parade.  Assembling at the court house, the column will form in the following order:  Right, resting on Fourteenth street, first, escort , cordon of police; second, Meister’s Military band; third, Chief Marshall Col. Albert A. Franzheim and staff, the Society of the Army of West Virginia,; fifth, Gen. I. M. Adams, department commander of the West Virginia G. A. R., and official staff; sixth, speakers and invited guests; seventh, the Society of the Army of West Virginia, ex-Union and Confederate soldiers; eighth, Spanish War Veterans; ninth, Company 11, Boys’ Brigade, Capt. Harry E. Caldabaugh, commandant; tenth, J. W. Holliday Post No. 13, Wheeling;  eleventh, carriages and vehicles.


10:20 a. m. - - The column will move promptly, west to Market Street, north to Ninth street, west to Main street, south to twenty-second street, east to Chapline street, west to Market street, north to Fourteenth street and disband.


1:00 p. m. - - Reception at Wheeling park by J. W. Holliday Post No. 12 G. A. R. and the Ladies Auxiliary. At the vaudeville pavilion in the park, Capt. Thomas Hudson McKee, of Washington, D. C., will entertain you in his oration , “The Great War Secretary, Edwin M. Stanton.”


Address - Hon. James Francis Burke, M. C., of Pittsburg, Pa., after which will be given an elegant vaudeville entertainment especially designed and arranged for the pleasure of the ex-soldiers and visitors present.


Friday, August, 30.

9:30 a. m. - - Reassemble at camp grounds.  Music and addresses by Hon. Harry C. Woodyard, Spencer, W. Va.; Hon. Mansell Gallaher, Woodsfield, Ohio; Gen. I. F. Mack, Sandusky, Ohio; Capt. Joseph Trax, New Castle, Pa.; and other speakers.  Adjourn for dinner.


2:00 p. m. - - Addresses by Prof. R. W. Douthat, Morgantown, W. Va.; Gen. J. Warren Keifer, M. C.; Springfield, Ohio; Capt. Thomas Hudson McKee, Washington, D. C.; Hon. Erasmus Wilson, “Quiet Observer”, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Hon. Charles Burdett Hart, Wheeling; Judge J. H. Lockery, Pomeroy, Ohio.


7:30 p. m. - - Grand campfire and addresses by Hon. A. H. Fleming, ex-governor, Fairmont, W. Va.; Gen. H. A. Axline, Columbus, Ohio; Hon. W. A. MacCorkle, ex-governor of West Virginia; Hon. Jewett Palmer, Marietta, Ohio.


Woman’s Relief Corps


   On Thursday the J. T. Baird and E. W. Stephens Circle of Women’s Relief Corps will have a basket picnic at Wheeling park to entertain all comrades of Grand Army of the Republic and visiting veterans of Spanish-American war. Both confederate and union soldiers will be royally entertained.  Company A will furnish patriotic music and a drum corps will be in attendance.  This affair will prove the patriotism of our Wheeling ladies.  West Virginia Women’s Relief Corps will serve a lunch on the fair grounds during the encampment of the Army of West Virginia.  The following committee have charge of the affair:


   Department President – Mrs. Harriet Fasmer

   Senior Vice-President – Mrs. Nannie Hickman

   Treasurer – Mrs. R. E. Bryson

   Secretary – Mrs. Lizzie Conkle

   Executive Board – Mrs. Clara Gamble, Mrs. Laura Baggs

   Past Department President – Mrs. Margaret Whiteman

   Past Department Junior Vice-President – Mrs. Lizzie Jackson.



Wheeling Intelligencer - Tuesday, August 27, 1907






   Several hundred veterans of the late Spanish-American war are expected here this week to participate in the reunion, to be held in connection with that of the veterans of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, and which opens on Thursday.  These veterans, which includes all those who served either as volunteers or regulars in Cuba, in the camps of the south or in the later war in the Philippines, will all participate in the big parade of Thursday morning and will form a separate division, headed by a band.  This was decided at a rousing meeting held last evening at the board of trade and all who have uniforms will turn out in them, while it was decided on a vote to make Captain C. E. Morris the colonel of the parade, and they also elected Attorney B. S. Honeker the adjutant.


   When the meeting was convened, Col. Zeise was present and delivered quite an enthusiastic address along patriotic lines and welcoming the Spanish veterans to participate in the reunion, remarking that with the passing of the old soldiers it revolved upon the young men to uphold the principles the old veterans had espoused.  He was applauded, and following several other addresses were made, and much credit was given to Captain A. A. Frankheim and Attorney B. S. Honecker who have been hard workers for the Success of the reunion.


   It is the intention, following the society programs at Wheeling park, to have a reunion of the Spanish war veterans, and it will be the first reunion ever held by the local soldiers.  A permanent organization and a branch of the United Spanish war veterans will be organized, and another of addresses, will be made, and among the speakers will be Attorney E. S. Malloney, of Baltimore, Md., who was a lieutenant in the Fourth Immunes.  War experiences and stories and instances of camp life will all be recited, while following the general reunion, a reunion of Company G., Fourth Immunes; Company D., Second West Virginia, and Company M, First West Virginia, Will be held.


   The Spanish war veterans have issued a series of postal cards showing  scenes in southern camp life and in the campaign in Cuba and these will be offered for sale, and from the sale it is hoped to derive sufficient to defray the cost of the reunion.  Chairman Denner of the printing committee, will have charge of the cards, while they will be offered also at drug stores and at post card stations.


   One of the important results it is hoped to achieve by the reunion will be the organization in Wheeling of a permanent company of volunteers, all veterans in service, who will be equipped in regulation army style and be quite a handsome addition militarily, to the city.


  It was hoped to have the Steubenville company of war veterans down for the parade, they having preserved their organization, but they have a reunion on the same day the local affair occurs, so such was impossible. 



Wheeling Intelligencer - Tuesday, August 27, 1907






Will Make His Headquarters at the Windsor

Body to Open Two Bureaus


   President John L. Vance, of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, is coming to Wheeling this afternoon and will at once make his headquarters at the Windsor.  Col. Vance will remain here till after the close of the reunion and will be in conference during this afternoon with Col. Zeise on such details as are yet to be arranged for the affair.  By tomorrow quite a delegation is expected to be present of visitors, while even last evening some few had arrived.

   Wednesday headquarters will be opened at No. 38 Twelfth street, where clerks will be in charge to give general information as to rooms, meals, and the details of the program.  The executive headquarters will be at the Windsor, while a ladies rest room in charge of the W. R. C. will be opened at No. 1231 Market street, over the Nicoll Art Store for the lady visitors.  It has been tastefully fitted up and will no doubt be greatly appreciated.


   Official programs of the reunion, issued under the auspices of the Spanish War Veterans, will be out today and will contain the program of all events scheduled by the Spanish veterans, the Civil War veterans, and the W. C. R.


   The response for available rooms for lodging has been quite large and the committee feel that they are amply prepared to care for all the persons who may attend the reunion.  It is the dull season with the hotels and they have much room available, and with that offered by private dwelling, it is expected no crowding will be necessary.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907




   Wheeling welcomes the Society of the Army of West Virginia today.  Over forty years have passed since the last shot was fired in the great Civil war.  The men who were “boys” while that great struggle was on, are old and broken now.  Their numbers, grow fewer each year, and not a great many years more will they be able to meet in annual reunions, renew old friendships and recount the thrilling deeds in which they took a part.

   It is in the highest privilege of American citizenship to be able to entertain these old veterans and to show them some measure of the appreciation we put upon their services.  Wheeling threw open its gates to the “boys in blue” in 1861, and now in a peaceful but no less hearty manner it bids them welcome again.  The city is theirs by willing surrender, and we trust they will enjoy it to the full. 



Wheeling Intelligencer - Wednesday, August 28, 1907






   Today the twenty-sixth reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia convenes in Wheeling, and hundreds if not thousands of the men who fought under McClellan, Rosecrans, Curtis, Oley, Hayes, McKinley and scores of other gallant leaders will gather as of yore to renew the old ties of friendship that will bind them to the last.  Not many more are reunions such as this, for even the youngest of those who fought for the preservation of the Union now walk with faltering steps.  Wheeling will welcome these defenders of the flag with enthusiasm, and their stay in the city will be made most pleasant.


   It is a pleasing feature of the present gathering that those younger veterans who fought in the Spanish-American war will have a prominent part.  Also, the presence and co-operation of many who wore the Confederate gray will add to the interest of the occasion, this showing as it does that the bitter animosities of the sixties have been laid aside forever.


   To the Union and Confederate survivors, and as well to the Soldiers of 1898, the Intelligencer, on behalf of the people of Wheeling, extends the warmest welcome.







   The twenty – sixth reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia will begin in this city to-day.  The event will continue for three days and indications are it will be one of the most successful in the history of the organization.  Veterans from all sides, members of the organization through their having served in companies who participated in the Civil war, were arriving last evening from adjoining states and this morning will see the bulk of the veterans present.  The lapse of years since the events of the sixties has slackened the pace and whitened the hair of the veterans, and many have it impossible to attend, but a goodly showing of the old soldiers is in evidence.  ‘Additions’ interest in the reunion too, is given by the presence of Spanish – American war veterans in reunion on the same days, and the result has been the coming in many instances of both father and son to Wheeling.


   For the entertainment of the visitors, elaborate preparations have been made and today will doubtless see the city well decorated.  The reunion proper does not open till afternoon, but many of the veterans came yesterday and spent the day renewing old friendships as well as sightseeing.  About headquarters there was constantly gathered a crowd who with enthusiasm, that old age did not impair, discussed remembrances and incidents and the plans of the reunion.  There has been provided ample accommodations, and so far not the least trouble has been found in housing the visitors.  Members of Holliday post are the reception committee and yesterday they met each train and will continue to do so today.


   The first meeting of the reunion will occur at 1:30 at the state fair grounds on the big stand that has been erected in front of the grand stand.  President H. C. Franzheim, of the board of trade, upon whose invitation the reunion is being held here, will call the meeting to order and then there will follow the series of addresses arranged.  The absence of Governor W. M. O. Dawson, in Denver, made it impossible for him to return in time for the reunion, but Congressman W. P. Hubbard, will make the address of welcome upon behalf of the state in his usual eloquent and earnest manner, while the citizens will back up everything that Mr. Hubbard will say in the way of welcome and hospitality.  Both President Vance and Col. Zeise on last evening were pleased at this spirit already in evidence before the reunion had been opened.


Programme of To-Day


   The programme of this morning consists of welcoming and registering the veterans, while the real opening at the fair grounds will be marked by the following programme:


Address of welcome from the state - - Hon. W. P. Hubbard, M. C., of Wheeling


Extending the hospitality of the city - - Hon. Charles C. Schmidt, mayor of Wheeling


Responses – Gen. John L. Vance, president of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, Columbus, Ohio; Capt. C. E. Morris, in behalf of Spanish War Veterans.


Addresses - - Gen. I. M. Adams, department commander, Ravenswood, W. Va.; Hon. B. B. Dovener, Wheeling; Cpl. S. L. Curry, Columbus, Ohio; Col. W. B. Hodge, Middleport, Ohio.


7:30 p.m. (at camp grounds) - - Addresses by Hon. J. A. Hughes, M. C., Huntington; Hon. J. H. Gaines, M. C., Charleston, Judge John W. Mason, Fairmont, evenings entertainment, concluding in camp fire talks and war reminiscences.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907




Advance Guard of the Society of the Army of West Virginia Came Yesterday


   The advance guard of the veterans to attend the Society of the Army of West Virginia reunion, which opens in this city today and continues for three days, arrived yesterday.  They were chiefly veterans who came from points in the interior of the state, Pennsylvania and Ohio points, and the main body of the veterans will not come until today.  The veterans’ last evening who arrived, began the reunion by greeting each other and recalling of events of years ago on the battlefield or at former reunions.  The headquarters on Twelfth street was at all times crowded, and Col. Vance and Col. Zeise were visitors there.  It is supposed that the register will this evening show the presence of hundreds of veterans and the smallness of the number registered last night was laid to the fact that many came from a distance, were tired and delayed visiting headquarters until daylight.  That many of the veterans are here was demonstrated by the arrival of dozens on almost every train last yesterday afternoon and night.


Those registered last night were:


J. W. Robinson, Phillippi, Co. C., Fourth cavalry; Robert Kelly, Sherrard, Co. H, First cavalry; D. F. McKinley, city, Co. A., Fourth cavalry; James H. McGill, Moundsville, Co. A, Eighty-eighth West Virginia infantry; Z. Chidestein, Holcolm, Wis., Co. D, Second West Virginia cavaley; Joseph F. Seifert, Youngstown, O., Co. K, Thirty-seventy O. V. I.; Com. Jos. Trax, New Castle, Pa., Co. D, Second West Virginia cavalry; Corp. W. P. Kirkpatrick, New Castle, Pa., Co. K, One-Hundred and Thirty-fourth P. V. L.; First Sergeant M. Echelberry, Dresden, O.; Co. F. Second West Virginia cavalry; Wm. Kemp, Wheeling, Co. C, First West Virginia Infantry; G. W. Clifton, Wheeling, First West Virginia cavalry; A. J. Streight, Wheeling, Co. D, One Hundred and Sixth O. V. I,; L. Stewart, New Lexington, O., Co. A., Forty-second O. V. I.; Chas. T. Reed, city, Snow’s No. 1 battery; Thos. V. Salisbury, city, Co. F, West Virginia cavalry; Wm. Johnston, city, Battery D; Alonzo Reed, Wheeling, Co. D, West Virginia Light artillery; J. P. Morningstar, city, Troop G, Fifth cavalry; Perry Fisher, city, Do. D.


   Many more of the veterans will arrive this morning, while all who were in the city last evening did not call at headquarters to register.


   The headquarters are No. 38 Twelfth street, and there information of the city, amusements, program for the reunion or where to obtain lodging or meals, may be had, while badges are also distributed from that point.  Col. Zeise or an assistant is always in charge at the headquarters, while the wives of veterans and their daughters are in charge of the woman’s rest room at No. 1231 Market street, over the Nocoll art store.  It has been tendered the ladies by Mr. Nicoll, and has been tastefully decorated. 



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The Famous Custer Cannon Is Here

and is Attracting Much Attention


   The famous "Custer Cannon" was an arrival yesterday for the reunion.  It was brought here by Joseph Trax, of New Castle, Pa., who is its owner, and is justly proud of the relic of many battles of the late war.  He had the cannon cast at the Fort Pitt works, Pittsburgh, and it is composed of bugles, shells, badges, sabres and relics from various battlefields from all parts of the country.  Trax was an orderly under Custer during the civil war, and named the cannon for him, while on it is engraved the shoulder straps of Custer, also flags, eagles and various other designs.  In all, there are in its composition 118 relics of the Blue and Gray.  The cannon has been exibited at 24 national encampments, 24 reunions, 9 state encampments, and many other affairs.  Mr. Trax was in Co. B., Second West Virginia Cavalry, and has also with him a flag, well preserved, which was presented to the Second West Virginia by the ladies of Wheeling in 1865.

   The relics are in the window at headquarters on Twelfth street, but the cannon will be in the parade on tomorrow morning, and it will be halted at the Fort Henry monument, on Main street hill, during the parade, and a salute fired.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907






Believes the Reunion Will Be One of the Most Successful in the

History of Society


   Gen. John L. Vance, the president of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, arrived last evening at 5:20 o’clock from Columbus to attend the Reunion.  He is stopping at the Windsor and is enthusiastic over the reunion, which begins this morning.  In discussing the arrangements with an Intelligencer representative last evening, Col. Vance said:

   “Although I knew that arrangements were progressing very satisfactorily for the reunion, yet I was surprised on reaching here at the magnitude of the arrangements and I cannot help but think that this meeting of the Society of the Army of West Virginia will be the most successful in its history.  I have examined carefully the work done by Col. Zeise, our most efficient secretary, and it meets with my unqualified approval.  I rely greatly upon the judgement of Col. Zeise, and he tells me that if the reunion is not successful in every respect, it will be no fault of the citizens of Wheeling, who have seconded his every effort during the entire period of his stay here.

   “The officers and committees of the Board of Trade have been active, the local G. A. R. post, W. R. C., and the ladies of the G. A. R., have done everything possible to insure success.  In a word, Wheeling, as is always the case with her, has left nothing undone in behalf of the reunion.  I am particularly gratified at the course pursued by the newspapers of Wheeling, who have given publicity to all matters of interest relating to the reunion in their news columns and have also substantial evidence of good-will in their editorial departments.  It is also particularly gratifying for me to know that we shall have many present and participate in the reunion who were on the other side during the war of the rebellion, thus making the occasion most emphatically a reunion a reunion that will embrace all our people.”

   “The spirit evinced by the soldiers of the Spanish-American war deserves special commendation and I anticipate that their presence will enhance the interest in the occasion, which promises, as heretofore stated, to be the most important in the history of the organization.  The Society of the Army of West Virginia has held itself together during all the years that have elapsed since the close of the war, and while its members are growing fewer with the passage of years, those who remain are proud of the record made by the army to which they belong and its brilliant services in behalf of the government.”

   Col. Vance was greatly fatigued when he reached Wheeling after the long trip, which, it is said, was made against the advice of his physician.  After looking to his correspondence at the Windsor he visited the Twelfth street headquarters, chatted briefly with the veterans present and as he left, stated he would be pleased to see any of the veterans at his rooms at the Windsor during the continuance of the reunion.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907




Plans Almost Completed for it Occurs on Thursday Morning A Big Turnout


   Plans for the parade of the reunion which occurs on Thursday morning, are progressing and Chief Marshal A. A. Franzheim last evening expressed the belief that it would be one of the largest affairs of the kind that has been seen in the city in years.  The veterans of two wars will participate, and with the members of various local military organizations, Chief Marshall Franzheim will announce this morning his aides, who will be eight in number, two from the G. A. R., two from the Spanish war veterans, two from the Confederates and two from the Society of the Army of West Virginia.

   This parade is to form on Chapline street, the order of formation being announced last night as follows:

   Meisters band to assemble at south- east corner of Fourteenth and Chapline street, and the veterans of the Confederacy and the Union to fall in behind.  Mayers’ band to assemble at the northeast corner of Chapline and Fourteenth street, and the Spanish-American and veterans of the Phillippine service to fall in behind.  The Wheeling and Bellaire Boys’ Brigade companies to form on the northwest corner of Fourteenth street, east of Chapline street.  The parade is to form at 10 and will move promptly at 10:30.  The march is west to Market, north to Ninth, to Main, south to Twenty-Second, to Chapline, to Twentieth, to Market, to Fourteenth and disband.

   The Spanish War Veterans will be under the command of Col. Morris, with Attorney Ben S. Honecker second in command.  All are urged to wear uniforms that have them, and if a complete uniform is not in their possession to wear all that they have, even if it be leggings or a hat.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907




Business Men and Residents Urged to Make Special Decorations

During Reunion


   The reunion opens this morning and is anticipated that by noon today the greater number of business houses and residences of the city will be decorated, an evidence of the patriotism of the citizens and a mute attestation of respect to the veterans of the Civil War who are here.  The threatening weather of yesterday prevented many putting out flags and bunting, as had been planned, but this morning it is anticipated that the work may proceed to the beautifying of the city by an abundant use of red, white and blue.  The board of Trade has made an especial appeal to the citizens to decorate and leave the decorations up for Labor Day, and the following for Fair week and West Virginia home coming week.



Wheeling  Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907




Prominent Persons Invited Who Are Not Able to Come to the Reunion


   Some of the prominent persons invited to the reunion have, through other engagements, been prevented from coming to the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, which begins here today.  Among them was Governor Dawson, who is in Colorado, and unable to reach here in time.

   Gen. H. A. Axline, of Columbus, is another, and in a letter to the Intelligencer, regrets the fact, but states he is in the field as a candidate for mayor and unable to leave the scenes of his campaign.  He has been a prominent veteran and is a former adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard.

   Dr. R. W. Douthat, of the West Virginia State university, but at present on a tour of lectures through the lower end of the state, was one of the invited, but is unable to attend because of lecture-dates.  In writing the Intelligencer, he regrets the fact exceedingly, but adds this:  “I may add to these words a few I have in my heart for the veterans and for the people.  Though we fought for each other so hard for four long weary years, yet the Union is stronger today than it was fifty years ago. God bless you, we are now one and expect as a people to be one forever, strong against all the foes of our fatherland.

   “I wish I could be present at the reunion, but lectures this week in the southern end of the state will prevent.

                                                             “Yours truly,

                                                            “R. W. DOUTHAT”


   General J. Warren Keifer, of Springfield, O., a member of congress, last night telegraphed the Intelligencer he would be unable to be present today to attend the reunion.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Wednesday, August 28, 1907




Incidents of the Arrival of Veterans and the Opening of Reunion


   Col. Zeise, the efficient secretary of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, was last evening tendered a Custer medal, a token that greatly appreciates, though he was not a soldier under Custer.  Captain Trax made the presentation.

   The entertainment committee of the Board of Trade, of which Mr. George Lutz is chairman, were last evening the subject of much favorable comment by the various veterans that arrived over the energy they had displayed in working up reunion plans and who were largely successful for the assured success of the meetings.

   The ladies’ rest rooms over the Nicoll art store on Market street, are dainty and cozy and an invitation is extended visiting ladies to stop there.

   Holiday Post G. A. R. will be conspicuous in the line of the parade and will have a large turnout.

   Col. Thomas Salisbury and C. T. Reed, two prominent local veterans, were conspicuous among those welcoming visiting veterans yesterday at headquarters.  



Wednesday, August 28, 1907


The Pipe of Appomattox; Heirloom Of the Family of General Curtis


   A few days ago the Intelligencer printed a description of the elaborately carved and handsomely mounted pipe, known as the Pipe of Appomattox, which is one of the most cherished possessions of the family of the last General W. B. Curtis of West Liberty, who commanded a brigade in the army of West Virginia.  The illustration shows the elaborate workmanship of the pipe, both in its carving and in the gold mountings, the latter having been added at the insistance of a friend of General Curtis, the late Henry K. List, of this city, who saw and admired the pipe when on a visit to General Curtis’ headquarters at Richmond, shortly after the surrender of Lee at Appomattox.


   The pipe was carved by a Pennsylvania soldier of General Curtis’ command, from a limb the general wrenched from the apple tree at Appomatox, beneath which Lee surrendered the forces of the Confederacy to Grant.


   The bowl carries this inscription: “Made from the wood of the tree Under which Gen. R. E. Lee stood when agreeing to Gen. Grant’s terms of surrender on the 9th of April, 1865, at Appomattox Court House.”


   On the lid these words are engraved:  “Presented to Col. W. B. Curtis, Twelfth West Virginia Infantry, from Henry K. List, Wheeling, W. Va., May 27th, 1865.”


   In 1863, the war department, in placing tablets marking the important spots in and around the old Appomattox Court House, placed one as nearly as possible on the site of the famous apple tree that figured so largely in the preliminary transaction of the surrender of Lee to Grant. At the time, the tree was dug up by soldiers who saw its immense value As a relic.  They went down several feet in order to secure the roots intact.  The site of the tree was therefore all that could be marked.  It stood a few yards west of the road, and 400 yards or so north of the court house.  The tablet that was placed there bears this inscription:  “Near this spot stood the apple tree under which General Robert E. Lee rested while awaiting the return of a flag of truce sent by him to Gen. U. S. Grant on the morning of April 9, 1865.”


   The Curtis pipe is on exhibition in the display window of the Charles N. Hancher jewelry store on Market street, during this week’s reunion.


   Another Curtis heirloom on exhibition is the saddle and bridle used by General Curtis.  Daniel Maxwell, of Liberty district, this county, a member of the West Virginia legislature, and a veteran of the Army of West Virginia, says he saw General Curtis ride over the Confederate breast-works at the battle of Newmarket (Virginia), using this saddle.  Just at that moment Mr. Maxwell was stricken on the top of the head by a Confederate bullet---his last impression being the gallant figure of General Curtis mounting the rebel breast-works.  The saddle and bridle are on exhibition at the Nicoll art store on Market street this week.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907




   THE twenty-sixth annual reunion of the society of the Army of West Virginia was formally opened at the state fair grounds Wednesday afternoon , when addresses of welcome by Congressman Hubbard and others were responded to by General Vance, president of the society, following which in the evening there was a rousing camp fire, at which the principal address was that of Judge John W. Mason, of Fairmont, who recounted the stirring incidents that resulted in the formation first of the restored government of Virginia, under Governor Pierpont, and later the formation and admission into the Union of the state of West Virginia.  This was history whose writing was done here in Wheeling, and the judge’s graphic recital was listened to with profound interest.

   Today is the big day of the reunion, when the spectacular feature, the parade will occur during the morning over some of the principal streets in the central section of the city, the route extending from Ninth to Twenty-second streets.  In the afternoon a basket picnic in honor of the veterans will be given at Wheeling park; and the evening has a camp fire on the programme.  A pleasing feature during the parade in the morning will be the Living Flag, formed on the old postoffice steps by 200 young ladies, under the direction of Miss Margaret Virginia Hall.

   The reunion concludes on Friday.



Thursday, August 29, 1907







Responses by President Vance and Captain Morris

Features of The Afternoon


   Veterans of two wars yesterday began their reunion in this city.  To the veterans of the Civil war it was the twenty-sixth reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia, while to the veterans of the Spanish-American war it was their first.  Both were largely attended and the initiatory exercises at the fair grounds saw in the neighborhood of 500 present.  Threatening weather, no doubt, was responsible in limiting the number to that figure.  To-day will be the big day of the reunion, the big parade being scheduled for the morning, while in the afternoon at the park occurs the W. R. C. and G. A. R. picnic as well as the organization of a society of Spanish war veterans.  Several addresses are scheduled by some of the more prominent visitors to the reunion.


   The exercises yesterday included welcoming the visitors at the state fair grounds in the afternoon, and the camp-fire in the evening that was largely attended.  The exercises all occur immediately in front of the grand stand on a large platform erected for the purpose and draped in flags, bunting and other patriotic materials.  The grand stand affords seating room for the veterans, their wives and friends, and at the same time any inclemency of the weather will not in any way dampen either the veterans or their enthusiasm.


Many on Platform


   Upon the speaker’s platform yesterday were Gen. John L. Vance, of Columbus, president of the society; Secretary P. F. Zeise. Of Gallipolis; Captain John Alexander, of Gallipolis; Mr. And Mrs. Fisher of Steubenville; Judge John W. Mason, of Fairmont; General I. M. Adams, of Ravenswood; department commander Hon. W. P. Hubbard; M. C.; Hon. B. B. Dovenor, Hon. N. B. Scott, U. S. senator; Captain C. E. Morris, Hon. Roy B. Naylor, and one or two others.


   The initial meeting was called to order by Secretary Roy B. Naylor, of The board of trade, in the absence of President H. C. Franzheim.  Mr. Naylor spoke briefly and said  - - “To the members of the Society of the Army of West Virginia and the Spanish-American war veterans, I extend a cordial welcome to the city on behalf of the board of trade and citizens of Wheeling.  We hope your stay in the city may be an enjoyable one and that you may live longer for having come here.  Govenor Dawson, who was to have welcomed you to the state, but was prevented from coming, so our congressman, the Hon. W. P. Hubbard, will speak to you.”


   Mr. Hubbard spoke very briefly and as follows:


“It may be the fortune of a soldier to be a conqueror even to be a savior; not very often to be a creator.  There may be a deathless fame for the conquering soldier who has destroyed nations, changed the maps of continents and perhaps won a crown for himself, but the glory of his success is cruel and barren.  Such a soldier is only a destroyer of others, at best.


   History records many expressions of the gratitude of nations to the soldiers who have preserved them.  Such people have held their saviors in grateful esteem while they lived, have instituted triumphs and pageants in their honor from time to time, and have mourned their departure until the memories of them blended into an unfading renown; until sorrow that such men had died became transformed into a great joy and pride that such men had lived.


    Well, might these people do this and more.


   But there is at least one case in history where the soldier was a conqueror and more; was the savior of his country and more; for he was also the creator of a commonwealth.


   There may have been some other instances; but if there was I have never read of it, where the valor and constancy of the soldier have brought into being a new republic, which within half a century has grown greater and one day turns aside from the common pursuits of life to extend a welcome to those who survive of the men to whom it owes existence, as now the state of West Virginia makes welcome the association of the army that established that state and of right bears its name.


   For yourselves and your comrades, of the Army of West Virginia have this one glory more than the other soldiers of the great republic.  With them you preserved your country, not a state disservered, not a boundry shrunken, not a power weakened.  With them you upheld its flag, “not a stripe erased or polluted, not a single star obscured, but more than that you laid the foundations of a new state, and began to build a structure of government that now towers in equal heighth and beauty among its great neighbors.


   And West Virginia remembers you, honors you, welcomes you.  Her governor extends the grand flags of the state to you, its fathers and its founders.  Constrained to visit the west, and disappointed in his hope to return in season to greet you in person, the governor has asked me to be the bearer of his message to you.  In his own words it is this:


Charleston, W. Va., Aug. 16, 1907

Hon. W. P. Hubbard

Wheeling, W. Va.

   Dear Mr. Hubbard: ---Feeling that it is a duty I owe myself to avail myself of the opportunity of taking a trip to the west, leaving here tomorrow, and which may prevent my attending the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia in your city on August 28-30.  I would be greatly obliged to you if you would be present and represent me in welcoming the members of the society and otherwise.  I regret very much that I am not sure I can be present, but I will come if I get back from the west in time.

   I hope you will express to the old veterans and to the veterans of the Spanish-American war my heartfelt wishes that they may have a most pleasant meeting and assure them of the interest I feel in their reunions and of my high regard for them as men who have done conspicuous service for our common country.

                                         Very sincerely yours,

                                                     WM. M. O. DAWSON


   If anything were needed to make this occasion a reunion without precedent in any other country, it is that some of those who once looked upon the other side of the shield from you, who differed from you in judgement, more allegiance to other ideals than yours, faced you on the battlefield, and fought you with a courage and tenacity equaled only by your own, are here today, welcomed with you and by you. 


   Since the appeal of the great soldier, the Union army - - then Union Army - - then awkward squads of raw recruits - - and yet the men who a little later struck the first blow among our mountains, and who were to become the seasoned veterans of the grand army.  By the side of the men of our own city and of northwestern Virginia were the men of Ohio and Pennsylvania.  From time to time while the struggle lasted new regiments and companies or Virginians, later to be called West Virginians, assembled here and elsewhere in the state, and new detachments from other states came within our borders.  In the course of time, more perhaps for convenience than by any formal action or order, these various commands, so far at least as they operated within the state, came to be known as the Army of West Virginia.


   “Under the protection of this army civil government resumed and held its way in the union counties of Virginia; and in due season, in orderly method, under the impulse of forces that had been operating for generations and now were quickened by the opportunities and the events of war and strengthened by the steady support of this same army, the state of West Virginia was created.”


   It seems to me that it is for you, speaking for yourselves and those who were with you in the labors and struggles of those early days, now to extend your welcome to that state, rather than for it to welcome you.  It has come in all the dignity of its material and moral prosperity, bringing institutions of industry and finance, of charity and religion, of jurisprudence and government, back to this island, where under your guidance all these things had their beginning, and here it finds you after the long lapse of years, come again into your own, and here she lays these jewels of her statehood at your feet and craves your welcome, your blessing and your continued care.


   For still, West Virginia, with the rest of the country has much need of you, and still she has the right to call on you, no matter whether or not you dwell within her borders.  You are still in the service of your country as much as when your names were on her muster rolls.  Your term of service is longer than for three years or even for the war.  You were American citizens before you were American soldiers.  While you were American soldiers after you were American Citizens.


   You have laid down your arms, but you have not laid down your influence, your votes, your character, your judgement, your leadership, your citizenship, all those weapons with which  you may strive for justice and right, fairness and charity, patriotism and public spirit among your fellow men, “This is the scene of combat, not of rest, Man’s is laborious happiness at best.  On this side death his labors, never cease,  His joys are joys of conquest, not of peace.”


   Among this people of ours, there always have been, as there always will be, and always out to be, serious and vital questions going to the very heart of our public life, enlisting on the one side and the other, the interests, the passions and the judgements of men.  Let us be glad of it, for without it we as a people would lose all fibre and strength, and as individuals would degenerate into selfishness and sloth.


   It is an inspiration to see you still in the front, occupying the stations of usefulness and influence which your merits have earned, led by a man whose natural force seems to increase rather than abate, as he moves on, bearing much of the burden of a public movement for a great improvement in transportation which promises great benefit to the whole country, and in which we of this valley have a special concern.  Your choice of him as a leader gives earnestness of your own zeal for the public welfare.


   Some things belong to you that are worth having, the consciousness of work well done, memories out of which most that was unpleasant has faded,

“Long experience that doth attain, To something like prophetic strain, Honor, love, obedience, troops of friends.”


   But these are not the only things worth having, and the fountain from which they rose has not gone dry.  With records like yours, you cannot afford to go wrong, and you cannot afford to stand still.  Your country and your state still have problems for you to solve, examples for you to set, lessons for you to teach, work for you to do, and in doing that work you can go on winning victories no less renowned than those you won in war.


   The state of West Virginia extends to you for this occasion her heartiest welcome, for all your lives her best wishes for your usefulness and happiness, and for all time to come her undying remembrance and affection.


Welcome to City


   In the absence of Mayor C. C. Schmidt, the welcome to the city was delivered by the Hon. Chas. J. Schuck, the prosecuting attorney.  In his introductory remarks Mr. Schuck stated it was but fitting and proper some words of welcome should be extended those who in years ago served in this state.  It is fitting, too; for us to enjoy with you your stay here.  You who have done so much for us and are gathered together in reunion.  Some of were at the opening at Phillippi and followed events to Fredricksburg, Antietem, and to the battle of the Wilderness.  In memory now you again fear the movements of Lee, you hear the hoof beats and the march of soldiers; you see again the flag floating from the ramparts and hear the battle.  Again the battle of Gettysburg is fought and now the was is closing.


   In memory all is brilliantly conjured up.  But now the sun of the Confederacy is setting, that great general said:  “Let us have peace.”  We see the surrender with Lee and Grant central figures, the return of the sword to the vanquished foe and their warm clasp of friendship.  Since that time there has been that same warm clasp of friendship between the north and the south, the blue and the gray.  In social life, business and finance, today, there is no north and south.  Sentiment has been erased and all unite to-day in an effort to elevate in an effort to elevate the greatest republic there is on the footstool of God.


   Since those days, though, another was has been fought.  A great republic ten years ago heard the cry of distress across the water from the little isle of Cuba.  The country went to their rescue and to help them throw off the yoke of oppression, for again had the armies of the republic been marshalled and the banner unfurled.  Again we see them return with victory written upon those banners.  They had fought in the same cause you had, for equality and right, and it is fitting that you meet to-day and admit them to terms of equality.


   “However, I am not here to make a speech, but here to welcome you.  The latch string is ever out, and during your stay here we shall do the best we can to entertain you and rally to extend the hearty welcome that you so richly deserve.  Upon behalf of our true and patriotic mayor and citizens, therefore, I extend to you a welcome to our city.  May the occasion be a profitable one and when you go away from here, and the reunion is long past, may the reunion and its memories be the cause of much happiness and cause you to live happier.  May you recall the battles you fought from ’61 to ’65, and may it be a pleasure to you and when you stand on the river that has no shore, with all life’s work done, may you hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907






Today’s Big Feature Will Be the Parade –


Living Flag at the Postoffice Corner


   The evening session of the Society of the Army of West Virginia at the State Fair grounds, was attended by even a larger gathering than characterized the afternoon.  Gen. Vance presided again, while the principal speaker of the evening was Judge John W. Mason, of Fairmont.  Following his talk a campfire was held and stories of war, camp life and battles were recounted, while incidental to the evening, the Meister band rendered a program of the old time war melodies that aroused the greatest of enthusiasm.    

   Judge Mason, who as a boy entered the army, recounted incidents of the war, as he recalled it, and then gave a descriptive talk which was greatly appreciated by the veterans, relating to the breaking away of the counties of West Virginia from the old state, the formation of the new state and making its star secure in the flag.

   Conditions which led to the threatened secession of the south from the north were discussed briefly, and then the condition as it related directly to the now West Virginia was taken up.  The speaker told of the convention in Wheeling which decided the counties of Northwest Virginia should remain local, then of the forming of West Virginia from the western counties.  The legality of the formation of West Virginia was discussed at length, Judge Mason stating that those who doubted were in the wrong as the new West Virginia took the place of the seceded old Virginia, and that through congress the place of West Virginia was made secure.  The selection of Governor Pierpoint, whom he characterized as a grand old man, was the wise act of the assembly, and he guided the formation of the new state safely. There were no funds, no way of raising them and Governor Pierpoint placed the first money in the treasury by giving his own personal note for two checks of $5.000 each, which were placed in Wheeling banks, and the state later redeemed them.  Governor Pierpoint was really not a governor of West Virginia, but governor of Virginia.


Organizing a State


   The unstable condition that existed then was told of, as the state had two Governments, the new and the secession governments.  It was a matter of choice and the northwest chose wisely and compelled all their officers to swear allegiance to the constituting of the United States government.  With this decision the chances of lawlessness were lost, the new state was made secure, and it at once launched into the work of putting troops in the field. They were true soldiers, the best the country produced, and the speaker Went on to tell of the rising of the First Virginia, with Col. Kelley in command  of the arrival here of the Twentieth Ohio and the Twenty-fifth Ohio, and a tribute was paid Captain Fordyce, and an incident of his coming to Fairmont with a handful of men and the fleeing of the rebel editor was recounted.  Captain Fordyce’s men took charge and got out the paper, copies of which exist yet.  It being half union and half rebel was when the rebel staff fled when it was half printed. 

   Continuing, he told of the Fourth West Virginia, of which Gen. Vance was in command, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Fourteenth, were each touched upon, and Col. Johnson, of the latter, eulogized.  A glowing tribute was also paid Thoburn.  The number of soldiers the state put in the field was commented upon and the prominence they achieved mentioned.

   The readjustment of matters in West Virginia and a number of other war incidents concluded his address and Judge Mason was given quite an ovation.



Wheeling Intelligencer - Thursday, August 29, 1907


List of the Veterans Who Have Registered at Headquarters


   The following is a complete list of the Union, Confederate and Spanish-American war veterans who registered at reunion headquarters yesterday:


(In this list, “city” refers to Wheeling)


1-   J. W. Robinson, Phillipi, Co. C., Fourth W. Va. Cavalry

2-   Robert Kelly, Sherrard, Co. H, First W. Va. Cavalry

3-   B. T. McKinley, city, Co. A., Fourth W. Va. Cavalry

4-   J. H. Magill, Moundsville, Co. A., Eleventh, W. Va.

5-   Z. Chidester, Holcomb, W. Va., Co. I, Second, W. Va.

6-   J. S. Seifert, Youngstown, Co. K, Thirty-seventh Ohio

7-   Commander Jostrain, New Castle, Pa., Co. D., Second W. Va.

8-   Corporal W. D. Kirkpatrick, New Castle, Pa., Co. K., One-Hundred and

       Thirty-fourth Pa.

9-   Sergeant M. Eckelbery, Breston, O., Co. M. W. Va. Cavalry

    10-  W. M. Kemp, city, Co. E, First W. Va.

    11-  G. W. Clifton, city, Co. K., First W. Va.

12-     A. J. Straight, city, Co. D., One Hundred and Sixteenth Ohio

13-     L. Stewart, New Lexingford, Co. A., Forty-third Ohio

14-     C. T. Reed, city, Snow’s Maryland battery

15-     T. B. Salisberry, Wheeling, Co. F, Third W. Va. Cavalry

16-     Wm. Johnson, Wheeling, Battery D.

17-     Alonzo Reed, Wheeling, Co. D., First W. Va.

18-     J. P. Morningstar, Wheeling, Troop D, Fifth cavalry

19-     Carey Fisher, Wheeling, Co. D, W. Va.

20-     R. S. Taylor, Wheeling, Co. K, Fourth W. Va.

21-     H. Smith, Wheeling, Co. H., First W. Va.

22-     Capt. J. E. Murdock, Kingwood, Co. A, Seventh W. Va.

23-     U. N. Orr, Kingwood, Co. T, Sixth W. Va.

24-     R. L. Agnew, city, Co. A., Fourth W. Va.

25-     J. N. Pickering, Co. A., Seventy-fourth Ohio

26-     J. M. Davis, Harrisville, W. Va., Third W. Va.

27-     W. H. Garb, Aleppo, Pa., Seventh W. Va.

28-     John W. Chambers, Mannington, Co. B, First W. Va. Cavalry

29-     Robert Hazlett, Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers

30-     W. T. Grafton, city, Co. D. One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Ohio.

31-     W. Ruttencutter, Triadelphia, Co. T., Tenth W. Va.

32-     D. W. Morris, Kingwood, Co. B, Fourteenth W. Va.

33-     John Leighner, Waynesburg, Co. F, Seventh W. Va.

34-     P. Caldabaugh, city, Co. F., One Hundred and Eighty-ninth-Ohio

35-     N. Nichson, Edgewood, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

36-     S. Evilsiber, Spenser, Ninety-second Ohio

37-     J. L. Stamm, city, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

38-     N. Vananan, Elm Grove, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

39-     George A. Authers, Bellaire, Co. A, First W. Va. Cavalry

40-     George Kreiter, Bellaire, Co. N, First W. Va. Cavalry

41-     L. T. Busbey, Wheeling, Co. G, Ohio Volunteer Infantry

42-     J. W. Owens, Co. G, Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry

43-     Martin Reeder, Wheeling, Co. E, Second Virginia Infantry

44-     J. P. Hallen, Cameron, Co. D, First W. Va.

45-     James Johnson, Greggsville, Co. H, First W. Va. Artillery

46-     James McAdams, Co. D, First West Va.

47-     B. F. Westlake, Elm Grove, Forty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry

48-     Jacob Wohnhaus, Sardis, Co. E., One Hundred and Sixteenth Ohio

49-     William Noyce, Benwood, Co. A, Twelfth W. Va.

50-     William Daugherty, Sand Hill, Co. T, Fifteenth W. Va.

51-     J. Nicolls, Fulton, Co. C., Fifth W. Va. Cavalry

52-     J. B. Rose, Wheeling, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

53-     E. J. Clark, Elm Grove, Co. 4, Forty-Third Ohio

54-     W. M. Morgan, Battery A, First W. Va. Artillery

55-     S. M. Lemmons, Wheeling, Co. D, One Hundred and Eighty Fourth Ohio

56-     J. L. Kinney, Clarington, Co. G, Eighty-eighth Ohio

57-     Alex. Geary, Martins Ferry, Co. E, First W. Va. Cavalry

58-     W. R. C. Fullerton, Wheeling, Co. B, Seventy-second

59-     Robert Ray, Hartford, Co. T., One Hundred and Ninety-seventh Ohio

60-     B. Schols, Pt. Pleasant, Co. D, Thirteenth Va.

61-     Philip Wenzel, Sandusky, Co. C, Fifth W. Va. Cavalry

62-     W. L. Starling, Martins Ferry, Co. A, Fifth Va.

63-     Warnock Habig, Wheeling, Co. H, First W. Va. Artillery

64-     W. H. Smith, Wheeling, Co. K, Seventh Va.

65-     S. H. Hamilton, McDonald, Co. E, Second New York

66-     John R. Marsh, Wheeling, Co. H, First W. Va.

67-     F. M. Yost, Bellaire, Co. C, First W. Va.

68-     F. Danburg, Wheeling, Co. F, One Hundred and Eighth N. Y.

69-     W. W. Foreman, Triadelphia, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

70-     George Warfel, Wheeling, Co. H, Fifteenth W. Va.

71-     J. T. Crippen, Bellaire, Co. G, Forty-third Ohio

72-     John Patterson, Browning, Co. E., Eleventh W. Va.

73-     Thomas W. Hill, Moundsville, Co. C, Fifteenth W. Va.

74-     Isaac Brock, Rowlersville, Co. C, Fifteenth W. Va.

75-     W. P. Rine, Elm Grove, Co. B, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Ohio

76-     W. H. White, Park View, Co. H, First W. Va. Artillery

77-     William Burris, Elm Grove, Co. T, Fifteenth W. Va.

78-     Jacob Messer, Bridgeport, Co. B, Second W. Va. Cavalry

79-     A. J. Ashby, Wheeling, Co. A, Third W. Va. Cavalry

80-     Jas. McCullough, Elm Grove, First W. Va. Artillery

81-     C. H. Plant, Columbus, First W. Va. Artillery

82-     Isaac Grimes, Calis, Co. I, Third W. Va.

83-     Matt Altmeyer, Wheeling, Co. H, Fifteenth W. Va.

84-     Isaac Kurtz, Charleston, Co. F, Seventh Ohio cavalry

85-     C. P. McIntosh, Charleston, Co. I, Twenty-third Ohio volunteers

86-     Samuel Welsh, Benwood, Co. H, Fifteenth W. Va.

87-     W. W. Gibbons, New Martinsville, Co. D, First W. Va. Cavalry

88-     D. W. Gamble, New Martinsville, Co. C, Fifteenth W. Va

89-     D. T. Wetzel, New Martinsville, Co. E, Fourteenth, W. Va.

90-     Richard Robertson, Wheeling, Battery H, First W. Va. Artillery

91-     J. D. Frankhauser, New Martinsville, Co. E, First W. Va

92-     John W. Edwards, Moundsville, Co. L, Twelfth W. Va.

93-     Ben Stevens, Wheeling, Co. 6, Sixth Pa.

94-     D. Cunningham, Wheeling, Co. F, Twelfth W. Va.

95-     O. C. Miller, Wheeling, Co. C, First W. Va.

96-     R. C. Melson, Wheeling, Co. C, First W. Va.

97-     I. N. Adams, Ravenswood, Co. E, Tenth W. Va.

98-     A. T. Anderson, Washington, Pa., Co. B, First W. Va. Cavalry

99-     Marshal Cox, Washington, Pa., Co. B, First W. Va. Cavalry

100- Jas. W. Murray, Washington Pa, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

101- Rev. S. S. Lukens, Moundsville, Co. I, Nineteenth Ohio

102- E. W. Dunlap, Washington, Pa., Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

103- W. M. Dunlap, West Alexander, Co. D, Twelfth, W. Va.

104- J. W. Allum, Waynesburg, Co. B, Twelfth W. Va.

105- F. C. Robertson, Bridgeport, First W. Va. Cavalry

106- T. C. Wallace, Waynesburg

107- Jos. Dugan, Wheeling, Co. I, Second W. Va.

108- John B. Pyle, Lansing, Co. E, Second W. Va.

109- J. W. Manning, Moundsville, Co. A, Twelfth W. Va.

110- John Pastorious, McMechen, Co. E, Fourteenth Pennsylvania

111- Wm. Bowman, Wheeling, Co. H, Fifteenth, W. Va.

112- C. C. Matthews, Moundsville, Co. A, First W. Va.

113- H. W. Thompson, Moundsville, Battery H, First W. Va.

114- J. T. McCombs, Moundsville, Battery D, First W. Va.

115- W. H. Ennex, Wheeling, Co. L, Fourth W. Va.

116- J. J. Majors, Moundsville, Co. K, Twelfth W. Va.

117- John Long, Wheeling, Co. C, First W. Va.

118- A. B. Wait, Chatanooga, Co., A, Twenty-Sixth Ohio

119- J. C. Liller, Martins Ferry, Co. K, Fourth W. Va.

120- C. W. Kennedy, La(?)e, Co. H., Fourth W. Va.

121- Smith Ressinger, Moundsville, Co. A., Ninth W. Va.

122- Samuel Yoho, Martins Ferry, Co. I, One Hundred and Seventy Ninth Ohio

123- W. R. Coe, Moundsville, Co. I, Fourth W. Va. Cavalry

124- T. S. Moner, Moundsville, Co. B, First W. Va.

125- John Heath, Moundsville, Co. A, Seventy-seventh Ohio

126- Theodore Roller, city, Batter D, Light Artillery

127- S. W. Kimmons, Dallas, Co. D, First W. Va.

128- D. W. Sollars, Finleysville, Pa., First W. Va. Cavalry

129- J. C. Dawson, Columbus; Co. D, Fourth W. Va.

130- B. Metzgar, city, Co. H, Forty-first Missouri

131- S. Davis, city, Co. F, Fiftieth Ohio

132- W. H. Echols, Co. A, Seventy-seventh Ohio

133- J. T. Roseberry, Benwood, Co. T., Fifteenth W. Va.

134- J. D. Marple, Clarington, Co. K, Fifteenth W. Va.

135- E. Smith, Clarington, Co. F., One Hundred and Eighteth Ohio

136- J. R. Mendel, Wheeling, Third W. Va. Cavalry hospital

137- W. J. Hamilton, Wheeling, Co. A., Sixth W. Va.

138- J. H. Connelly, Elm Grove, Co. D., First W. Va.

139- A. K. Rader, Kelsey, O.; Co. F., Fifty-second Ohio

140- Francis Hams, Cameron, Co. L., Fourth W. Va.

141- G. A. McIntyre, New Martinsville, Co. A., Seventh W. Va.

142- J. W. Marsh, Wellsburg, Co. I, Fifteenth W. Va.

143- Andrew Corbly, Littleton, Co. G., First W. Va.

144- F. A. Fortney, Kingwood, Co. C, Sixth W. Va.

145- J. D. Thompson, Anthem, Co. E, Fifteenth W. Va.

146- W. W. McMaster, Belton, Co. H. Eleventh W. Va.

147- G. R. Sims, Claysville, Co. H, Sixth W. Va.

148- A. C. Scott, Kingwood, Co. E, Fifteenth W. Va.

149- H. H. Parry, Bistoria, Pa., Co. B., Twelfth W. Va.

150- Sergt. W. F. Graebe, Wheeling, Co. C., Sixth W Va.

151- L. Giffen, city, Co. F., Fiftieth Ohio

152- Christ. Yost, New Martinsville, Co. H, Seventy-Seventh Ohio

153- Geo. Prager, city, Co. I, Fifteenth W. Va.

154- R. L. Williamson, city, Co. C, Twelfth W. Va.

155- Major H. W. Hunter, Moundsville, Sixth W. Va.

156- W. H. Hicks, Moundsville, C. C, twelfth W. Va.

157- E. L. Brown, Bellaire, Co. D, Forty-Third Ohio

158- Thomas Moore, city, Co. F, Fiftieth Ohio

159- Eaton Kinney, Brestona, Pa, Co. I, Fifteenth W. Va.

160- James M. Blair, Moundsville, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

161- James D. Hoyt, Moundsville, Co. C, Eleventh W. Va.

162- John Laurel, Wheeling, Co. B, Fifteenth W. Va.

163- D. G. Frazier, West Alexander, Co. D, Twelfth W. Va.

164- J. S. Storey, city, Co. I, One Hundred and Eighty-Sixth New York

165- Anson Mcinsfield, Wheeling, Co. A, Eleventh W. Va.

166- C. W. Cunningham, Wheeling, Co.  M, First W. Va.

167- A. I. Junkins, Moundsville, Co. E, Second W. Va.

168- George Marple, Zanesville, Co. B, Twelfth W. Va. Infantry

169- William Hall, Newark, O., Co. G, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

170- P. M. Pelley, Sherrard, Co. A, Twelfth W. Va. Infantry

171- F. Defffinbaugh, Wheeling, Co. A, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

172- John Wolf, Moundsville, Co. G, Seventeenth W. Va. Infantry

173- B. B. Dovener, Wheeling, Co. A, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

174- Ed Grubb, Howell, O., Co I, One Hundred and Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

175- E. W. Lauck, Fairmont, Co. C, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

176- I. D. Winters, West Alexander, Pa., Co. I, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

177- J. A. Baer, Clinton, Texas, Co. E, Fifth W. Va. Infantry

178- D. Z. Scott, Armstrong, Mo., Co. C, One Hundred and Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

179- John H. Wilson, Armstrong, Mo., Co. E, Thirteenth Ind. Volunteer Infantry

180- M. G. Milligan, Bristor, Pa., Co. G, Eighteenth Pa., Cavalry

181- B. (Bushrod) Rod Gray, Viola, W. Va., Co. F. One Hundred and Thirty-Fourth Volunteer Infantry

182- Ben Exley, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va.

183- Albert Stumpp, Wheeling, Co. C,  Twelfth W. Va. Infantry

184- Henry Holfer, Wheeling, Co. E, First W. Va. Cavalry

185- David Mintier, New Athens, O., Co. G, Forty-Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry

186- W. F. White, New Athens, O., Co. D, Eleventh W. Va. Infantry

187- Jesse Brown, Jersey Run, W. Va., Co. A, Seventeenth W. Va. Infantry

188- Sam Morris, McMechen, W. Va., Co. P, Sixth W. Va. Infantry

189- F. M. Bowers, McMechen, W. Va,, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

190- D. G. Morgan, Wheeling, Co. I, Sixth W. Va. Infantry

191- E. B. Clark, Martins Ferry, O., co. E, Second W. Va. Infantry

192- Basil T. Bowers, New Martinsville, W. Va., Co. E, Second W. Va.

193- James Wyrick, Bellaire, O., Co. A, Twelfth Va. Infantry

194- J. L. Lansker, Bellaire, O., Co. A, Twenty-Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

195- Thomas O’Brien, Wheeling, Co. A, First W. Va. Infantry

196- C. W. Armstrong, Armstrong, Mo., Co. D, Forty-Third Ohio Infantry

197- Richard Shepherd, Armstrong, Mo., Co. D, Forty-Third Ohio Infantry

198- W. W. Rogers, Wheeling, Troop L, Second Ky. Cavalry

199- Owen Sullivan, Wheeling, Co. C, Fifth W. Va. Cavalry

200- George R. Beck, Wheeling, Co. E, First W. Va. Infantry

201- C. H. Watkins, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

202- S. L. Brice, Wheeling, Co. F, Fifty-Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry

203- J. M. Alexander, Gallipolis, O., Ninety-First Ohio Volunteer Artillery

204- O. C. Stringer, Wheeling, Co. A, First W. Va. Infantry

205- J. H. Wilson, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

206- J. W. May, Fairmont, Battery F, First W. Va. Artillery

207- Jacob Honecker, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

208- Joseph Wheeler, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

209- Adolph Fritz, Wheeling, Co, E, First W. Va. Infantry

210- Barney Brady, Wheeling, Co. I, Second U. S. Infantry

211- J. H. Barnhouse, Wheeling, Co. A, Fifty-First Ohio Volunteer Infantry

212- J. N. Jones, Wellsburg, Co. B, First Va. Infantry

213- Charles Wilbert, Wheeling, Co. F, Third W. Va. Cavalry

214- Samuel Simmons, Bellaire, co. F, Eighty-Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

215- Alonzo Winters, Sand Hill, W. Va., Co. I, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

216- Gus Simpson, Wheeling, Co. I, Twelfth W. Va. Infantry

217- Jacob Soles, Martins Ferry, O.; Co. G, First W. Va. Infantry

218- S. D. Hughes, Wheeling, Co. H, Seventeenth W. Va. Infantry

219- J. A. Fish, Shadyside, Co. E, Seventy-Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry

220- G. P. Little, Glencoe, Co. I, Second W. Va. Infantry

221- James A. Talbot, Sherrard, Co. K, Twenty-Fourth Ind. Volunteer Infantry

222- James Young, Wheeling, Co. H, First W. Va. Infantry

223- John Kernan, Powhatan, O., Co. A, First W. Va. Infantry

224- Charles Kleives, Wheeling, Co. P, First W. Va. Infantry

225- J. P. O’Neil, Wheeling, Co. E, Seventh W. Va. Infantry

226- Fred Scharf, Wheeling, Co. G, Eighty-Third Pa. Volunteer Infantry

227- Fred Satou, Belleville, W. Va., Co. E, First W. Va., Infantry

228- Carl A. Satou, Belleville, Co. E, First W. Va. Infantry

229- J. A. Smith, Belleville, Co. I, Eleventh W. Va. Infantry

230- D. H. Burrough, Liverpool, Co. D, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

231- Major B. M. Skinner, Pomeroy, O., Ninth Va. Infantry

232- Moses Bishop, Long Bottom, O., Co. A, Ninety-First Ohio Volunteer Infantry

233- A. C. Gowfrey, Bramwell, W. Va. Co. B, Thirty-Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

234- J. B. Harbison, New Martinsville, Co. A, Seventeenth W. Va. Infantry

235- Robert Blake, Elm Grove; Co. I, Fifteenth Va. Infantry

236- B. T. Sutton, Woodland; W. Va., Co. A, Seventh W. Va. Infantry

237- I. N. Sutton, Woodland, W. Va. Co. A, Seventh W. Va. Infantry

238- C. H. Booth, Taylor, Tex., Battery D, Fourth W. Va. Artillery

239- Lewis Sykes, New Martinsville, Co. A, Seventy-Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry

240- D. A. Thurber, Wheeling, Co. C, Sixth W. Va. Cavalry

241- Ferd. Fey, Wheeling, Co. H, First W. Va. Cavalry

242- Samuel Humphrey, Wheeling, Co. I, First Ind. Cavalry

243- M. A. Martin, Wheeling, Co. P, Sixth W. Va. Infantry

244- B. F. McGuier, W. Finley, O., Co. F, Third W. Va. Cavalry

245- Chas. Miller, Wheeling, Co. D, First W. Va. Cavalry

246- L. M. McDermott, Wheeling, Co. A, Eighth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry

247- A. Wilson, Armstrong, Mo., Co. I, One Hundred and Seventy-Ninth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry

248- C. H. Moore, Wheeling, Co. I, Second Ill. Volunteer cavalry

249- Wm. Frank, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

250- Dennis Sanders, Rogersville, Pa., Co. B, W. Va. Cavalry

251- D. R. Reeves, Kingwood, W. Va., Co. K, Sixth Va. Infantry

252- S. A. Dill, Readville, W. Va., Co. A, Sixth W. Va. Cavalry

253- Jos. Losh, Weston, Co. D, Fifteenth W. Va. Infantry

254- J. A. Hicks, Cameron, Co. C, Twelfth W. Va. Infantry

255- L. J. Cline, Nelsonville, O., Troop B, Second W. Va. Cavalry

256- S. R. Hannan, Glen Easton, W. Va., Troop D, Sixth W. Va. Cavalry

257- Harm White, Ashtree, Pa., Troop E, Second W. Va. Cavalry

258- Henry Bowman, Bowling Green, O., Co. G., One Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

259- John J. Myles, Wheeling, Troop F., Third W. Va.

260- S. B. Owens, Bellaire, O., Co. D, Forty-Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry

261- Samuel Gillespie, Captina, O., Co. L, Fifty-Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry

262- J. C. G. King, Bellaire, O., Co. A, Forty-Third Ohio Vol. Inf.

263- David Greer, Wheeling, Co. A, First W. Va. Inf.

264- J. B. Jamison, Cameron, Co. E, Fourteenth, W. Va. Inf.

265- Louis Graabe, Wheeling, Co. I, Sixth W. Va. Inf.

266- Anton Mozier, Wheeling, Battery H, Forst W. Va. Artillery

267- David M. Wilson, Grages, W. Va., Co. A, Seventh W. Va. Inf.

268- J. E. Trueman, Bridgeport, O., Co. I, Forty-Third Ohio Vol. Inf.

269- James W. Corcoran, Bridgeport, O., Co. K., Sixty-Ninth Ohio Vol. Inf.

270- Jos. D. Miller, Masillon, O., Co. C, First W. Va. Inf.

271- Geo. W. Wools, Wheeling, Battery B, Sixth Pa. Artillery

272- John Armbruster, Wheeling, Co. K, Sixth W. Va. Inf.

273- John Reed, Echo Point, W. Va., Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

274- Henry C. Schneider, Wheeling, Co. A, One Hundred and Forty-Eighth Ohio Vol. Inf.

275- J. M. Richard, Bethesda, O., Battery B, First W. Va. Artillery

276- D. B. Moore, Wheeling, Co. I, One Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Ohio Vol. Inf.

277- I. Clinton, Steubenville, O., Co. A, Fifty-Seventh Ohio Vol. Inf.

278- Henry Kochler, Pomeroy, O., Troop M, First W. Va. Cav.

279- Henry Pebler, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

280- J. M. Haskins, Wheeling, Troop K, First W. Va. Cav.

281- Levi Yoss, Benwood, Co. H, Seventy-Seventh Ohio Vol. Inf.

282- M. S. Reilly, Clarksburg, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

283- Eph. Ayars, Wheeling, Co. H, Twenty-Fourth N. J. Inf.

284- James E. Dyson, Wheeling, Battery D, First W. Va. Artillery

285- Henry Grass, Wheeling, Co. E, One Hundred and Fourteenth Ohio Vol. Inf.

286- William Truax, Wheeling, Troop H, First W. Va. Cav.


Among the Spanish war veterans who registered during the early part of the day were the following:


 1    – Capt. A. A. Franzheim, Wheeling, Co. G., Fourth Immunes

 2    – H. E. Caldebaugh, Co. D., Second W. Va. Vol. Inf.

 3    – J. J. Conners, Co. D., Second W. Va. Vol. Inf.

 4    – Jos. Maurer, Co. D., Second W. Va. Vol. Inf.

 5    – Chas. Meyer, Co. D., Second W. Va. Vol. Inf.

 6    – John Helder, Co. F., Second Wisconsin Vol. Inf.

 7    – John Fry, Co. M., First W. Va. Vol. Inf.

 8    – E. J. Green, Co. K., Tenth Penna

 9    – F. DeGrant, Troop K., Tenth Penna.

10     - Thomas Kennedy, Co. D., Second W. Va. Inf.

11     – Harry E. Taylor, Co., D, Second W. Va. Inf.

12     – Robert M. Williamson, Co., D, Second W. Va.

13     – Ormond W. Burt, Co., G, Thirty-first Michigan and Ninth battery field

          artillery, U. S. A.

14     - John V. Meyers, Co., G, Fourth Immunes

15     – George V. Hall, Co., K, Fourth O. V. I., Columbus

16     – William S. Powell, Co., M, First W. Va.

17     – James Arnett, sergeant, U. S. A., Palestine, Tex.

18     – Thomas Morris, corporal, U. S. Marines

19     – G-----  ??ams, Co. F, Second W. Va.

20     – T. _ _ _  B. Fitzpatrick, Co., E, Twenty- ? Inf.

21     – Al- - -   Rivers, U. S. N.

22     – W.  - - - egenfelder, Co., M, Second W. Va.

23     – Thomas H. Graves, Co., D, Second W. Va.

24      - Charles V. Winam, Co., D, Second W. Va.

25     – A. C. Mobley, Co. E, Third Texas V. I.

26     – J. H. Wurdack, Co., G, Fourth Immunes

27     – John Madden, sergeant, U. S. Marines

28     – Thoburn Moore, Co., I, Seventeenth U. S. Infantry

29     – D. A. McCleary, Co., D, Second W. Va.

30     – Ira Hill, Co.  E, Seventh O. V. I.

31     – G. Blakemore, Co., G, Fourth Immunes

32     – Samuel G. Devon, First W. Va.

33     – Henry M. Laur, Co., G, First Regiment, W. Va.

34     - Wm. P. Parrill, Co., M, First W. Va.

35     – Wm. S. Snider, Co. I, Eighteenth U. S. I.

36     -  Howard Davis, Co., B, Sixteenth U. S. I.

37     -  Wa;lter B. Hilton, Co., 2, Second W. Va.

38     -  Harry Pritchard, Co., M, First W. Va.

39     – Joseph Hunter, Co., G, Fourth U. S. V.

40     - ?. E. McDerniott, Co., G, Sixteenth Pa.,  O.V. I.

41     -  ? H. Bodley, Co., G, Fourth U. S. V. I.

42      - Charles G. Dabbin, Co., D, Second W. Va.

43      - S. M. Ripley, sergeant, Co., A, One Hundred and Sixty First

          Indiana V. L. Claren Echols, ‘Co.’, N. First W. Va. 

44     - Robert Haymaker, Wellsburg, Co., C, First W. Va.

45     – John Youngman, Co., G, Fourth U. S. V. I.

46      - George M. Young, Co., 6, Seventy-sixth Artillery

47      - Jules C. Lacock, Eleventh U. S. Cavalry band.

48      - A. G. Mersing, Co., E, Third U. S. V.

49      - Bert Naylor, York, Pa., Co. G, Third Pa. V. I.; engineers

50      - William Hunter, U. S. Marines

51      - Harry B. Nail, Co., B, Sixth U. S. I.

52      - William L. Stillwell, Co., G, First W. Va.

53      - Stephen K. Dawson, Co., D, Second W. Va.

54     -  J. B. Brown, Troop A, Fourth U. S. Cavalry

55     - Wesley Grimm, sergeant, Co., K, Seventeenth U. S. I.

56     – Elmer Davidson, Eleventh company, coast artillery

57     – Charles M. Hathaway, U. S. S. Maine

58      - ?. J. Fitzpatrick, Co., M, First W. Va.

59      - H. J. Carroll, Troop A., U. S. Cavalry



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907




Will Hold Reunion Today at Wheeling Park

Will Form Permanent Organization


   The Spanish-American war veterans will hold a reunion this afternoon at Wheeling park, it immediately following the Society of the Army of West Virginia exercises.  Captain A. A. Franzheim will call the meeting to order and in addition to a camp fire being held it is the intention to take steps to form an organization that will be permanent and hold reunions annually. Soldiers who were in the southern camps, saw service in Cuba or the Phillippines will be present at the reunion and it is anticipated will be quite large.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907




Will Be Carried in Today’s Parade by Battery D

Presented by the Late A. W. Campbell


   President Joseph McCombs and Secretary Sandy Johnson announced that Battery D, will meet at the postoffice building, Twelfth and Chapline streets at 9 a. m., tomorrow to form for the big parade.  The battery will have in possession the flag presented to it by Mr. A. W. Campbell June, 1862.

   This flag went through three campaigns from ’62 to ’64 and was in nine or ten battles.  Because of their respect for it’s donor, as well as the love for “Old Glory” the battery always made it a point to keep their flag flying.  It will be flying tomorrow, watch for it.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907




Both W. R. C. and the G. A. R. Had Stands at Fair Grounds

Serving Luncheon


   A pleasing feature of the reunion was the action of the Ladies of the Ladies of the G. A. R. and W. R. C., both of whom maintained booths at the fair grounds where they served the veterans with substantial luncheons. These stands were located at the Penn street gate and the head of the quarter stretch and many enjoyed their excellent cooking.  The stands will be maintained again on Friday, while today at the park through the medium of a basket picnic the “ladies will again provide luncheon for the visitors.

   The ladies have been most active in making the reunion a success and General Vance and Colonel Zeise as well as other prominent veterans took occasion yesterday to thank them for their excellent work.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907






Col. Franzheim Announces His Staff For the Occasion Line of March


   The reunion parade today gives promise of being a big affair.  In fact much bigger than had been anticipated by those who planned it.  It will move promptly at 10:30 and will cover the principal streets of the business sections, a short, line of march being arranged on account of the large number of veterans who have announced they will be in line.  Col. A. A. Franzheim will be in command and he yesterday announced his staff, which consists of Pat Mahoney and Finley McKinley, of the Society of the Army of West Virginia; Dr. W. A. Cracraft and Martin Thornton, of the confederacy, and Captain Franzheim and Harry Bodley, of the Spanish war veterans.  The formation of the parade will be as given in yesterday’s Intelligencer and the line of march is on Chapline to Fourteenth, to Market, to Ninth, to Main to Twenty-second, to Chapline, to Twentieth, to Market, and to Fourteenth and disband.

   The Custer cannon, which fired several salutes last evening, will be in line and will be halted before the Fort Henry monument and a salute fired.  A cordon of police and firemen will lead the parade.  Lieutenant Howard Hastings, a Spanish-war veteran, will be in command and the detail will be composed of Leylad, Birch, Kraft, Null, W. West, Wells, Haborfield, Parrish, C. Miller, Luneaux, Schrump, Gebhart, Jackson, Plants, Huseman and Seamon.  Following them will ve a detail of eight firemen.

   Colonel Franzheim and staff will come next, then the Meister band.  The first division will contain President Vance in a carriage, then Gen. I. M. Adams, department commander and the veterans.  Speakers and invited guests follow, with more veterans, the Spanish war veterans, Bellaire and Wheeling Boys’ Brigade, Holiday Post, G. A. R., and then carriages.

   It could not be estimated last night how many men would be in line but Marshall Franzheim stated the parade would be a big one.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Thursday, August 29, 1907




Addresses, Camp Fire and a Basket Picnic Will be

Features of the Day


   All the veterans and their friends, following the parade will go to Wheeling park.  There an informal reception will be tendered by the Ladies of the G. A. R. and Holiday Post and the ladies will entertain with an old fashioned basket picnic.  Two addresses will be made, one by Congressman Burke, of Pittsburgh, and the other by Thomas Hudson McKee, on “The Great War Secretary, Edwin M. Stanton.”  Mr. McKee is from Washington, D. C., and this lecture has made him famous.  Following the addresses the park management will offer a special vaudeville program.  The Camp fire and the Spanish war veterans reunion will follow and the remainder of the day will then be quietly given over to such amusements or pastimes as the veterans themselves plan.  It is probable that no program will occur in the evening because of the parade that will doubtless tire the veterans out and it is not desired to crowd too much into one day.



Wheeling Intelligencer – Friday, August 30, 1907


Streets of Wheeling Shake with the Martial Tread of the Men Of The

Union, While Cheering Thousands are Thrilled by the Sight






   Side by side the boys of the blue and the gray marched with the boys of the Spanish-American war yesterday in one of the greatest patriotic parades wheeling has seen in years.  It was a fitting feature to inaugurate one of the biggest days of the reunion of the Society of the Army of West Virginia. The line of march was through streets whose buildings were almost hidden in a mass of patriotic drapery, while overhead flags stretched across the streets joining the decorations on either side in a mass of bunting and banners.  The parade was followed by a big outing at Wheeling park, attended by thousands, at which company reunions were held, a basket picnic indulged in and a stirring patriotic address delivered by the Hon. Thomas Hudson McKee, of Washington, D. C., a West Virginia soldier of the Civil war period.

   The old veterans turned out in numbers that was a surprise to all, and though an ambulance followed the line of march, every veteran kept in line and marched as steady as did the younger soldiers who followed them. It was an inspiring sight and in the line, fluttering, tattered and torn in the breeze, were six old battle flags.   A number of old rifles and small artillery pieces were also in line and attracted much attention.


The Parade


   The parade moved promptly at 10:30 o’clock and covered the line of march given in the intelligencer of yesterday.  Captain A. A. Franzheim, chief marshall, led, followed by his staff composed of Pat Mahoney and Finley McKinley, Union veterans; Dr. W. A. Cracraft and Martin Thornton, Confederate veterans, and Harry Bodley for the Spanish war veterans.  The cordon of police, however, it must be stated, headed the column, in of Lieutenant Howard Hastings, a Spanish war veteran, and the detail was composed of Patrolmen Leland, Burch, Coulter, Null, West, Wells, Haberfield, Paris, Charles, Miller, Lunan, Schrumpf, Geghart, Jackson, Plant, Horstman and Seamon; who were followed by a detail of fireman composed of John Leadley, of Chemical No. 1; Burley Thompson, of Atlantic, No. 8; James Grogan, of Hook and Ladder, No. 6; Charles Neiber, of Wheeling, No. 4; Ed. McGrannagan, of Alert, No. 1; Joe Ritz, of Niagara, No. 3; Dick Turner, of Vigilant, No. 2; and Dallas Porter, of Fort Henry, No. 9.

   The first carriage contained Gen. John L. Vance, president, and Col. P. F. Zeise, secretary of the Society of the Army of West Virginia; Congressman W. P. Hubbard and Roy B. Naylor, of the board of trade.  Their escort was Co. A, Boys’ Brigade, who made a handsome showing in their neat uniforms.  Holliday Post G. A. R. headed the veterans and they had 250 in line.  Carlin’s battery followed with the Custer cannon, owned by Capt. Trax, of New Castle, Pa., which halted along the line of march and salutes were fired.  William H. C. Curtis and Daniel Maxwell followed, leading a horse that carried the accutrements of the late Gen. Curtis.  A carriage containing Captain B. B. Dovener, John Mendel, Jacob Messer and William Morgan, followed and the division was ended by the ambulance, which was placed in line in case of emergency.  It was not needed, however; though some of the veterans walked the line of parade on crutches.  Meister’s band headed the first division, while Mayer’s band headed the second division and behind them came the Spanish-American war veterans in charge of Capt. C. E. Morris, with Ben S. Honecker second in command, fifty strong.  The Trinity church cadets of Bellaire, under the command of the Rev. E. A. Powell, also held a prominent position in this division and made a fine showing, their natty uniforms and equipment, exciting much favorable comment.  Carriages completed this division and in them were the following:  The first held Thomas Hudson McKee, of Washington; Major D. E. Stalnaker, of Wheeling; Col. Frank Robinson, of Bridgeport; and Col. Orvill Carroll, of Wheeling.  In the next were Prosecuting Attorney Charles J. Schuck, General L. F. Beeler, of Baltimore, president of the society if veterans of the Mexican war; Captain G. W. Harrison, of Piedmont, and Captain J. M. Alexander, of Gallipolis.  Col. Thomas O’Brien was to have been in this carriage, but he retired.  In the next carriage were Judge J. W. Mason, of Fairmont; Major Ben Skinner, of Pomeroy, O., and Major R. L. Curtis, of Marietta.  The next carriage contained the following:  General I. N. Adams, state commander of the G. A. R.; G. H. Marks, of Wellsburg, junior vice commander; William Dowdy, of Moundsville, and C. B. McIntosh, of Charleston.  The last vehicle was a buggy in which rode M. Bennett, of Elm Grove, and L. J. Kline, of Nelsonville, O.

   Immediately after the parade, which was witnessed by thousands who lined the march, the veterans went to the park.  There the ladies had preceded them with well-filled baskets, and again the ladies of the G. A. R. and W. R. C., made themselves doubly popular by serving a tempting basket lunch.