Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Grand Army of the Republic
Grand Parade, August 24, 1924
Boston, Massachusettts

Shortly after 10 o'clock came the signal to march. Out of Arlington Street, swung Sgt. Joseph W. Comerford and 10 mounted men. Boyston St. sagged against the ropes. The distance sounded Yankee Doodle on the fifes. In once car rode Governor Cox, Mayor Curley and Lt. Gov. Fuller. This was followed by an automobile occupied by two veterans carrying the colors. Then came the car of Commander-in-Chief Saltzgaber with the Union Jack and the two cars bearing the members of the Encampment committee. Corral Tanner, his son and grandson rode in the next automobile.

At this point came the 30 piece band of the United Shoe Machinery Corporation of Beverly, followed by the 92 massed flags, with a color guard of eight veterans. The escort of uniformed Sons of Veterans, led by Division Commander Alfred M. Spear turned in next, 336 strong.

The first of the drum corps, the National Drum Corps, made its appearance here, at the head of the Illinois department. This department was lead by six veterans who preceded a veteran band from Rockport, Illinois. Post No. 1, Illinois sang the State song along the route. Thirty-four veterans, led by two flags marched ahead of the Chicago post of 14 men.

Marching with Illinois troops, to which had been assigned the position of honor, was George W. Manely, of Chicago, the only surviving member of the drum corps of the U.S. Grant Post, which is Post 28. He beat the drum again today as he has done at practically every Encampment for the last 40 years.

Pennsylvania marched 250 strong, led by the First Corps Cadets Band and two standards.

Forsyth Post led the Ohio group, which was commanded by Edmund Birdsall and numbered Jacob Siegrist, asst. commander, among the leaders behind four flags.

In front of the New York department strode George Arthur Rainsville of Manchester, New Hampshiore, drum major for Teel's band, every proud because his initials are G.A.R. Henry L. Lane led the New Yorkers.

Ira R. Wildman, commander and Charles Douglas, of New Haven, led the valiant 32 who made up the Connecticut contingent.

New Jersey had 31 men in line under the command of P.J. Lydecker and as they passed the reviewing sand they gave three cheers of General Pershing.

Maine came with 32 men marching.

Iowa, was led by a second Daughter's of Veterans' women's drum corps in white, conducted by Mr. Mrs. Adah Hendershot of Fort Wayne. As the 10 women passed, one Iowan in line started the song, Grain and hay, grain and hay, we are the boys for Ioway. Then came two flags and 40 men.

Indiana was led by four Red Cross nurses. A veterans' band of 28 men preceded 30 marchers who wore blue coats and with frogs and white trousers.

In the Denver Veteran-Drum Corps of Colorado-Wyoming department was a drum which was played during the Lincoln-Douglas campaign in 1858 and was employed for recruiting purposes in 1861. The drum is owned by W.A. Fiedler of Denver leader of the corps.

Kansas came next with an outburst of bedraggled sunflowers. These were worn on the lapels and hats. Kansas had a band of six men and 24 men made up the delegation.

The Central Kansas Fife and Drum Corps, composed of two snare drums, one bass dum and two fires, claims to having the oldest and one of youngest musicians. The oldest A.D. Sample, 85 and youngest is J.F. Richardson, 75.

Rhode Island had 40 men in line, dressed in blue coats and white trousers,

Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching, was the aire of the New Hampshire drum corps. Led by A. Stratton, PDC, they had 40 men in line.

In the Vermont department, 32 men strong, marched led by E.L. Bush, who was assisted by his daughter.

Colors of Virginia and North Carolina were carried by three aged Negroes. Corey Sessions, Allan Berry and Henry House. Eleven men made up the department of the Potomac.

The drum corps of Gorman Post of Duluth led the Minnesota delegation of 38 men.

Kentucky was represented by Albert Scott of Louisville a member of old company C, 31st Massachusetts Infantry. He marched alone as did J.G. Caldwell of Albuquerque, New Mexico, asst. AG of the department of New Mexico, who was given a bouquet of roses at Tremont and Boylston Streets to present to Governor Cox in the reviewing stand.

West Virginia and 24 men in line, followed by a delegation from the state of Washington and from Alaska, who numbered six. Then came Arkansas with nine, Florida had nine, Montana was represented by three veterans.

John A. Barr of Citronelle, Alabama was the sole representative of that state. Georgia, South Carolina and Oklahoma were represented by eight men each.

Then came the Navy contingent, including Kearsarge Naval Veterans' Association.

South Dakota, which was the last State of march carried a worn and inscribed, First Prize, 34th Encampment, Chicago. Immediately behind South Dakota was the Knights of Pythias Band of nearly 100 pieces, led by Lt. George F. Seamon.

Fourteen cars bearing veterans then opened the automobile contingent of the parade.


Submitted by:
Jerome Orton, PDC
Department of New York
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
June 2000

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