Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic
Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting servi...ces and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit... Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.
By command of: John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief.
An update and correction on the rifle story ... A crate of 19th century guns was found in the fishing net of the Newfoundland Lynx, an Ocean Choice Internationa...l (OCI) fishing trawler. The guns were found offshore just inside the 200-mile limit and were brought to the attention of the Provincial Archaeology Office by OCI’s Operations Manager. They are currently undergoing conservation treatment.
According to a military historian, the guns appear to be a bundle of 3-band P53 Enfield rifled muskets in what is left of their original crate and as packed at the Tower of London for shipment sometime in the 1850s-60s. These were the standard British arm in the 1850s-60s and the first standard British rifle. They were very popular with the British military and used in several wars and highly favoured by both sides in the American Civil War. These examples were likely new arms on their way from the Tower of London to arm either regular British Troops in Canada or the new Canadian militia.
Good job by WCAX-TV's Robynn Beams editing a story today in which I work in a Grease and Wizard of Oz reference. The Northfield time machine: http://www.wcax.com/…/vermont-history-on-parade-in-northfie…
The Hemlocks showed up last night in St. J for a surprise musket salute to our 1st Sgt Steve Wakefield's retirement party from the State of VT. Congrats, "Henry", now you'll have even more time with us in the field!