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ON THE SECOND GUN OF FIRST SEC- them. My health has been poor ever TION,

since I got my garden stuff in last George W. Ranger, Farmington, fall. I suppose I worked too hard; I of the Sixth Maine Battery, Light have not done anything since. I Artillery, writes :

had to go to the hospital, and was Thomas W. Thorndike was in the

under the doctor's hands from the same section with me from October, middle of January until April; since 1864, to time of discharge, 1865. We then I have gained so I am feeling did not serve the same gun, however,

real smart now. I would like to go to he being on the first, and myself on

the Reunion in August. I do not know the second gun of the first section.

as I shall ever again have a chance,

when both of my I did not see the occurrence when

regiments will his foot and leg were injured. I do,

meet in one week. The Twentyhowever, remember him as an excel- second meets the 13th of August, lent man, always cool in action and First Maine Heavy Artillery the a boy of good habits. A man who

21st and 22d. Money is all the served in the Sixth Maine Battery trouble this time. I get the great from October, 1864, to March, 1865, sum of $8 per month. I want to go in Fort McGilvery in front of Peters

so bad ; it's no use, I have got to stay

at home. burg, was liable at any time to incur injury of which Rhodes speaks. LET THE GOOD WORK GO ON. There were few days during the five

Hon. E. M. Tuton of Company E, months we were in McGilvery, but Tenth New York Cavalry, of Bentley we were in action and many times Creek, Penn., writes : such action was very sharp. It was

The MAINE BUGLE reaches me the nearest fort on our line during the winter of 1864-5 to Petersburg, every quarter. Let the good work and the enfiladed situation, together

go on. with the prominence of the work, made it a target for many heavy

Captain A. J. Crockett of Rockguns. I visited the place a short land was very pleasantly surprised a

short time ago time ago and it is a wonder how

when a stranger Thorndike or any of us got away

walked up to him and asked him if safe.

he remembered any of the men who were with him on the gunboat Rhode

Island in 1864. The gentleman then Isaac G. Chandler, West Stough- introduced himself as

as Lieutenant ton, Mass., of the Twenty-second Edward E. Bradbury, U. S. N. Mr. Maine and the First Maine Heavy Bradbury was master's mate on the Artillery, writes :

Rhode Island during the Rebellion I feel thankful for the BuglE; I and lost one arm at Mobile Bay. have three this year. I like them so Captain Crockett remembered him much I hope I shall be able to take well, and it is needless to add the them as long as I am able to read gentlemen had a very pleasant chat.




September 7, '96, when Captain M. John E. Crawford, Company B, B. Cook, late of Company B, First Twenty-fourth Maine, Company F,

Maine Cavalry, entertained the comFirst D. C. Cavalry, and Company rades of P. Henry Tillson Post, G. C, First Maine Cavalry, of

Fort A. R., of Thomaston and the ladies Jones, California, writes;

of the Relief Corps and a few invited I came to California in February, dred and thirty-one sat down to the

guests at his residence. One hun1866, and went to Virginia City, Nevada. I worked six months, and

bountiful repast in Cook's hall, prethen I came to Siskiyon County, Cal., pared by the genial captain and his

estimable wife and daughter. Cook's where I have made my home ever since. I have followed mining, of

hall and the old family homestead which I cannot say much. I lost the

across the way were thrown open to sight of my right eye in January, the lawn and croquet grounds for

the guests, and settees disposed about 1877. You would scarcely detect

their convenience. At two o'clock the injury, only a scar across the pupil. I learned the carpenter trade Captain Cook called the assembly to when I first came here, and I find order and, after extending hearty plenty of work at good wages. We greetings to the visitors, called upon

Senior Vice-Commander Fales for have a few acres and a very nice

remarks. He was followed by Compleasant home, seven miles west of Fort Jones. I was married in 1870, Burton, Strout, Speed, Hewett, and

rades Cushing, Woodbury, Mears, and we have four boys and six girls ; our oldest daughter is twenty-five many others of P. Henry Tillson

Post, Rev. Mr. Nutter of Friendship, and our youngest, Lucy May, is two

Edward K. Gould, Esq., of Rockland, years; our oldest boy is twenty-two, and he cast his first vote for McKin and representatives from the Relief ley. We are We are gold men and do not

Corps. All the remarks were bright, want any fifty-cent dollars. Our pithy. and patriotic, keeping the

audience in excellent humor. family has always been very healthy, and we are blessed with very good

Among the incidents was Comrade children, and the older ones

Strout's gallant allusion to the ladies, great help now, for wages are always which brought upon him showers of good here. We have six inches of bouquets from every part of the hall, snow now (November 30th), the greatly to the discomfiture of that earliest ever known, and

gentleman and the amusement of the actually having about the coldest audience. The introduction of Comweather I ever saw in California, but

rade Speed, a veteran of more than it does not last long. Give my kind- eighty winters, as the oldest Grand est regards to all old comrades.

Army comrade in P. Henry Tillson
Post brought forth a chorus of cheers.

Leaning upon his staff, the old vetOne of the most delightful events eran delivered a most touching adof the season occurred at Friendship, dress. It

of the best

are a











speeches of the occasion. The meet- mammoth camp-fire at the residence ing closed with three lusty cheers for of Mr. Titcomb. The citizens were the host and his estimable wife. It heartily glad to see the veterans, and was indeed an open-handed and open- did their best to show it. hearted affair on the part of Captain

THE DEAR OLD BOYS. Cook and his wife and his estimable daughter, Mrs. Abbott.

Joseph T. Darling of Malaga, Cal., late of Company F, First Maine

Cavalry, writes : September 30, Houlton, through I fear I cannot go back East to one the instrumentality of one of her citi- more reunion of the dear old regizens, Frank W. Titcomb, extended ment. Make it a point to give my her hospitality to one hun- love and best wishes

every dred survivors of the gallant old comrade you see and tell them Sixth Maine regiment. Mr. Tit- as I grow older in years I love comb was a member of the regi- them


more, the dear ment and he conceived the idea old boys of the First Maine Cavalry. of having them here with him to give We are now in the midst of the a sort of gigantic housewarming at raisin packing season. Fresno counthe opening of his new hostelry, the ty is the busiest place in the whole Titcomb hotel. The comrades were country. The picking and gathering glad to respond to his cordial invita- is over, and now we are packing raition, and now the citizens of the sins, figs, and dried fruit. You can town have united to give them a taste get an idea when I tell you we shall of genuine Houlton hospitality. Some send out over three thousand cars of of the veterans came in Tuesday even- raisins, twenty-five thousand ing but the majority of them arrived of dried fruit, and hundreds of on the early trains this morning. As tons of figs, nuts, olives, etc., bemany as could be accommodated sides oranges and lemons and spent the night in the immediate wheat, thousands of carloads. We rooms of the hotel, while the remain- are getting good prices this year, der were distributed about town. which we have not had for four

In the forenoon the comrades as- years past. I am one of the memsembled for a short business meeting, bers of the Malaga Co-operative assoand the rest of the day was spent in ciation, which has caused the better sight-seeing about town. In the prices. evening the visitors were tendered a It is now midnight; all of Malaga banquet in Music Hall by the citizens, is wrapped in slumber, and I alone some of whom welcomed them most am guardian of the night, for I am cordially to the town, after the feast night watchman of the packing house. of good things had been discussed. Last year we packed from this The following day was devoted to house one hundred and sixty-five informal enjoyment and sight-seeing, cars of raisins, so you see it is no and the reunion terminated with a small affair.


condition the country would have James H. Merritt, Portland, Me., been in but for them? We are now late of Company E, First Maine Cav- on the wane. alry, writes :

THE PETERSBURG MINE. I regret very much that I was not This article, which appeared in the able to get to Waterville. I intended July Bugle of 1896, is the clearest to go but was prevented. I hope the and most exhaustive account which boys will all stick together and make has been given to the public. It was one grand association of the old First taken from the history of the FortyMaine Cavalry. We did more service eighth Pennsylvania Infantry, written in the First Maine than we did in the by Major Oliver Christian BosbyFirst D. C., and we ought to be, as shell, treasurer of the Fidelity Mutual

came home, one organization. Life Association of Philadelphia, and The Bugle is very interesting, and is a fair sample of the excellent qual. getting more so every year. When ities of that history. Glory in war is a fellow gets into one it carries him said to consist in being killed in batback to the old scenes of thirty odd tle and having your name wrongly years ago. Our ranks are thinning gazetted. This warlike honor was out fast, and the boys should stand done the Major by presenting his shoulder to shoulder in these last name with an extra c in it, viz.:days. Does any one imagine what Bosbyschell, instead of Bosbyshell.



when a child, and Maria Laura, wife This well-known and highly es- of Robert Hayden. He also leaves teemed resident of Somerset county

one sister, Mrs. Thomas E. Martin, died at his home in Athens, July 3, whose husband was formerly mayor 1896, after a long and distressing of Annapolis, Md. In 1863 Mr. illness. He was born in Athens, Bixby enlisted in Company B, ThirApril 3, 1834. His father, George tieth Maine regiment. Soon after Bixby, was born in Boxford, Mass., he went South he was quite ill, and near Newburyport, in 1788, and his while unable to continue in the field mother, Rachel White, in Bloomfield in active service, he was very efficient in 1794. He was a millman by occu- in hospital work. He had been town pation, and was an excellent all- clerk and supervisor of schools, and round mechanic. In 1858 he was at his death he was one of the trushappily united in marriage to Lovey tees of Somerset Academy and presJ., daughter of the late Rev. Comfort ident of Athens Hall association. Taylor. Two children were born of In 1895 he represented his district in this union, Martha A., who died the legislature. He was a man of


commanding presence and his char- church upon his removal to Auburn. acter was strongly marked.

At one time he was supervisor of

schools in Bradford and in Garland; DR. E. S. COAN.

he was also interested in the schoolDr. E. S. Coan of Auburn died board. In the eighties he repreMay 30, 1896, after a long illness, at sented the Garland district in the his home, corner of High and Drum- legislature. Two years ago he was mond streets, in Auburn.

president of the Auburn Y. M. C. A. Dr. Elisha Skinner Coan was Dr. Coan married Miss Mary Abbie native of Exeter. He was born Jan. Swett of Garland twenty-five years 26, 1843. Early in life he decided ago. He leaves a widow and four upon the practice of medicine and children: Newton Swett, Marion surgery as an occupation. He was a Sadie, Anna Estelle, and William student in the office of Dr. David Frederick Coan, the last named being Evans of Garland, later he attended the youngest, fifteen. the Maine Medical School at Bow- Comrade Coan's war record was doin College, and graduated in July, the very best. He served on the 1870. He first located in the prac- color guard of the Twentieth Maine, tice of his profession in Bradford, and was one of the survivors of that going from there to Garland. He guard who stood by the colors at Getcame to Auburn in December, 1887. tysburg. Dr. Coan was in the Civil War, going to the front in Company D, Twentieth Maine regiment, in July, 1862. Mr. M. W. Eveleth of Colorado He remained with this regiment until Springs, Col., died there, May 10, October, 1863, and from that date to 1896. Mr. Eveleth formerly lived in June, 1865, he was in the United Maine, and had many friends in LewStates Signal Service Corps, in the iston, Auburn, Durham, Lisbon, and Army of the Potomac.

Portland, and was once connected At the meetings of Burnside Post with several dry goods establishments of Auburn, of which he was an hon- in Portland. In 1880 President Harored member and at one time the rison appointed him postmaster, surgeon, it was a treat to listen to which he held until March, 1893, Dr. Coan's army reminiscences. He resigning on account of ill health. was well posted on the features of About seven years ago Mr. Eveleth many of the great battles. He had a had a severe stroke of paralysis, since way of going into details and bring. which time he has been a great sufing them out in a most interesting ferer. At the age of fifteen years he manner. He was a warm friend of ran away from home and enlisted all comrades of the Grand Army. July 30, 1862, in Company F, First

He became a member of the Con- Maine Cavalry. Promoted corporal, gregational church while living in 1863, sergeant in 1864, and mustered Garland, transferring his membership out in June, 1865. He was at Second to the High street Congregational Bull Run, South Mountain, Antie


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