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Heroes Honored

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It was 33 vears ago that a three days' bal tle - oue of the most sauguin ary of the rebel] ion - was fought oh the now historie battleiiekl of C hickamauga. Thousands of héroes were slain and now their eomrades are doing honor to their memories hy erecting numerousand beautiful mon uments upon the spots where thev fought for thtir country. The Uniteii States has seeured a large amount ol territory eomprising tlie battletietld and the States of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois. Indiana, Minnesota and othei states ol the héroes slain liase erected the monumento and g-i ven trjem inte the keeping of"ilie goverhineut. The city of Chattanooga was lilled with thousands of old veterans of botfa tlie north and the south and thousauds of other visitors on the occassion of the dedieations and a grand reunión of the blue and the gray was held. The h'rst of the series of dedicatorv services was condueted by those representing the state of Michigan. On Snodgrass hill, where was established the headquarters of Gen. Geo. 11. Thomas, "the rock of Chiekamauga,'" ome of the hardest fighting of the three days occurred and it was here that tnany of the sons of Michigan shed their life blood for their beloved country. A large multitude gathered here wben the simple ceremonies, of the dedica tion were held. Capt. C. E. Belknap, chairman of the Michigan commission called the g-athering to order, and after prayer by Rev. Washington GardMr. Belknap made the formal presentation to Gov. Rich whogavea very pleasing address and then presented the monuments to Gen. J. S. Fullerton as the representative of the national Chickamauga park eommission. After (ien. Fullerton had responded Col. Henry M. Duliield deliveredan address descriptive of the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and the heroic part which the Michigan troopstook in them Gov. Rich and the Michigan commission then visited the various Michigan monuments which are as follows: Ninth Michigan inrantrv. on the ridge overlooking McFarlund's gap. the scène ol' the baltic .Sifnday. Sept. L'O. near where the regiment formed a line checking the nght ring rout. Eleventh infautry. Snodgruss hili. where desperate richting occurred. Twenty-second inlantry, Snodgrass hill, to the pight of the Eieventh, where the regiment lost 3.1 1 men in a desperate encounter. Thirteenth infantry, in the open lield in front of the Viniard house where the regiment lost luü mea, September ïü, lsiïi Twenty-nrst infantry, near the base of Lyttle hill where the regiment lost 10T men Sept. -M. and the scène of Gen. Lyttle's death. Tenth infantry. at the bse of Orchard Knob. scène of the battle of Chattanooga. Nov. n-2:,. Second cavairy, at theGlen house. iourth cavairy. on the site of Jay's mili, on the Reeds bridge road where the desperate üghting of September 19 and üü took p.ace. Battery A, Loomis' battery. near Lafayette road, where. Sept 19, the battery lost lts commander. i men. iWS horses and ft ve guns. Battery D, Church s battery. near the Poe house, the scène of its hardest tighting Sept. uu, and where the battery sullered heavily. EngineersandMeclianics, inthecustomhouse lot in Chattanooga, facing Lookout Mountain. This regiment peformea important servioe and inueh of the credit oí the hnul victory of the union army there is given them. Thre are, in addition to the 11 monuments, lli granite shafts three feet high. marking subordínate positíons oí the various Michigan commauds during the battle. The veterans of Ohio took possession of Snodgrass hill as soon as those frum Michigan had önished. General John lieatty, president of the Ohio commission, presided. Bishop Joyce offered prayer and Gen. Charles II. Grosvenor addressed the gatheriug. Short addresses were then madeby ex-Governor Campbell, who was governor at the time the commission was created, Hou. J. S. Gill and Hon. J. S. McElroy. Gen. Aquilla Wiley made a short address formally turning the monuments over to Gov. McKinley, who in turn transferreu thera to the national government. (!ov. McKinley dwelt upon the cieeds of the Buckeye boys. Brief were made by Hon. Andrew lackson, Col. Watson and Frederick Wondell. members of the eommission. Several thousand people, principally from Illinois or those who had served in Illinois regiments, were present to ■ït.ness the ceremonies at their monuments. Col. H. S. Reeves, president ji the Illinois commission, called the meeting to order. Prayer was offered ifter which Gov. Altgeld was introduced and made his address turning the monuments over to the govern,nent. Responses were made by Col. ■imith I). Atkins and Col. J. G. Everest. Illinois monuments were dedicated on the site where Widow Glenn's house stood during the battle. The exercises attending upon the transfer of the Indiana monuments to the government took place at Lyttle uill. so-called in memory of the death ien. Lyttle. Gen. M. C. Hunter preided and Hon. ü. R. McConnell made ;he address placing the monuments in ;he hands of Gov. Claude Matthews, .vho transferred them to the govern-nent. (en. Lew Wtillace and Gen. I. .. Walker, commander-in-chief of 'ha G. A. R. , spoke and the ceremonies losed with a alute fired by several egiments of the Indiana militia. Massachusetts monuments were dedcated at Knob Hill. The ceremonies jvere simple and impressive, Gov. F. T. ireenhalge presiding. Thi Chickamauga National parlt is one of the nost nolab'e in existeiiL-e. It extends from rman Heihts. Tenu.. to Glasa Mills. (Ja., a iistance ur 1 miles anti when completed will iontain Ui square miles. Ohio has ó4 monunent-i. Cnaiana '■:■ Illinois SS. Miohlitan 11, W'is■im.sin 9. Mi hflssouxi :" K'ansas :i. tfassachusetts 1, U. S. regulara 9. Besidea best) Now Yov'.i will erset -W, Peunsylvania is. l'enüc onneotlcat 2. About litio hisorical table' l.v m jjIíh-í1 and other ablets, giviog local, ty and dlstance. aumber fed i-i botng marked by ,t least two (pias. and ifib ruqs are mooated in ightin: -t the bat'eries and 400 guns .re now on the (round ready for mounting. The ninth national encampment of ■he Sous of Veterans asaembled at "noxville, Tenn. Commander-inhief W 'illiiim B. liuiulv. of (,'inciiinati, resided. Ever; state división, with ie eiception of the Colorado, Caliunia and Oreo-on were representi-d. any of them are men of national imutance. The "ity was one mass of ia and and at night was iiliantU' illuminated. The parada í Sons of Veterans was accompanied by ovs. McKinlej', of Ohio: l'pham. of V'isconsin, and Woodbury, of V'ermont, nd Past Commander-in-Chief Lawler, f the G. A. R., each with their respecve staff oflicers.


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