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A Transcription of the
Twentieth Regimental Reunion
16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Louisville, Kentucky
September 12, 1895
Web Author's Notes:
Below is a transcription of the recorded proceedings of the 16th Ohio's twentieth reunion at Louisville, Kentucky. It was taken from an unidentified source, assumed to be an addendum to the original Proceedings of Eleven Reunions Held By the 16th Regiment, O.V.I, compiled by Enos Pierson, Secretary of 16th O.V.I. Reunion Association, in 1887. This document was provided by fellow 16th OVI descendant H. Arlan Heiser of Ohio.

The location for this reunion was chosen to be in conjunction with the 29th G. A. R. National Encampment, at Louisville, where 150,000 Civil War veterans met in a national reunion.

Certain misspellings from the original document, believed to be accidental, were corrected, while others were transcribed as recorded.

Proceedings of Eleven Reunions Held By the 16th Regiment, O.V.I



16th Regiment, O. V. I.,


At Louisville, Ky., September 12, 1895, the 16th O. V. I., assembled at their headquarters, 215 West Main street, at 10 A.M. and were called to order by the president, B. C. Gilson. The secretary read his report at the reunion held at Millersburg, in September, 1894, which on motion was adopted. The treasurer then made his report as follows:

September 19, '94, received for dues, . . . . . . . . .$29 50
October 27, '94, " " " . . . . . . . . .50
$30 00
September 19, '95, balance, . . . . . . . . .$9 74
October 27, '95, paid Geo. Clapper, printing, . . . . . . . . .12 00
July 31, '95, postal cards . . . . . . . . .3 50
August 29, '95, ribbon for badges, . . . . . . . . .1 15
September 1, '95, printing cards . . . . . . . . .1 00
September 9, '95, printing badges . . . . . . . . .75
(28 14)
Balance on hand, . . . . . . . . .$1 86

On motion the report was adopted. President Gilson then appointed the following comrades a committee on resolutions, to-wit:
W. B. Taneyhill, S. Chapman and J. C. McQuigg. Bills amounting to $5.85 were then read, and on motion were ordered paid.

On motion that a committee of one from each company be appointed to select the place for holding the next reunion of the association, the president appointed the following comrades: Co. A, A. Haas; Co. B, Henry Snyder; Co. C, Samuel Metzler; Co. D, John Knapp; Co. E, W. B. Taneyhill; Co. F, Wm. Liedigh; Co. G, J. A. Richards; Co. H, E. W. Smith; Co. I, Alex Rodgers; Co. K, S. H. Corn.

Wooster, Ohio, was named by Harry McClarran, for the reason that in August, 1896, will be the one hundredth anniversary of Wayne county, and it was expected to have all the Wayne county regiments reune there at that time. Comrade P. W. Ball, named Springfield, Mo., and guaranteed that, outside of railroad fare, it would not cost the association a cent. Comrade Rodgers invited the association to come to Chicago, but assured them that they would pay for everything they got. Comrade Taneyhill said the association had a standing invitation to come to Akron, O. The committee retired for consultation but soon returned, and reported that a majority of the committee were in favor of holding our next reunion in Wooster. On motion the 21st annual reunion of the 16th, O. V. I., the date to be fixed by the resident officers.

The next order of business was the election of officers. Hon. A. S. McClure, of Wooster, captain of Co. H, was put in nomination for president. On motion the rules were suspended and he was declared duly elected president of the association by acclamation. For vice president, B. F. Clark, of Akron, was nominated and unanimously elected vice president. On motion of Comrade Wolbach, Secretary Enos Pierson and Treasurer Harry McClarran, both of Wooster, were re-elected. The Committee on Resolutions, having returned, made the following report:

WHEREAS, The death roll of the 16th O. V. I., having again been increased by the following named comrades: Calvin Campbell, of Co. H; D. Harvy Nelson, of Co. E; A. Weatherwax, of Co. B; B. F. Payne, of Co. A; D. F. Yarnell and A. J. Fredonline, of Co. C; Jacob Feightner, of Co. F; Thos. Carr, of Co. I; and Rudolph Hoffman, of Co. E. Therefore be it

Resolved, By the 16th O. V. I., in reunion assembled, that we express our heartfelt sorrow at the loss of our noble comrades, who so faithfully fought to maintain and perpetuate our Republic.

Resolved, That we extend to the respective families of these comrades our sympathy, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of the association.W. B. TANEYHILL,




On motion the above report was adopted. The committee made an additional report as follows:

Resolved, That the thanks of the association are due and are hereby extended to J. W. Zollars for the use of this Hall during our stay in Louisville, and to W. S. Adams for the assistance he rendered our president and for many other acts of kindness extended to us while here, and also to B. C. Gilson, our retiring president, for his untiring efforts to make our visit to Louisville an enjoyable one.





On motion the resolution was adopted.

This finished up the regular business of the association, and the next in order was short speeches by the comrades. Comrade P. W. Ball was the first one called on. He stated that he lived in Springfield, Mo., the home of the Big Red Apple; that he was a fruit dealer, and knowing from the past that the 16th Ohio were all lovers of fruit, he presented them with a huge bunch of bananas, which were accepted with thanks. B. F. Stevenson, surgeon of the 22d Kentucky V. I., responded to a call by thanking the association for the invitation to attend our reunion; was glad that he once more had the privilege of meeting his old comrades of the 16th Ohio on his native soil. His remarks were listened to with interest. Dr. J. C. Kilgore, of Monmouth, Ill., was next called on, and made a brief speech, and in reviewing the past few years since he had met with us was visibly affected. Capt. S. H. Corn, of Cameron, Mo., was then called for. This being the first time the captain has met with us in reunion, his speech was listened to with marked attention. His feelings were wrought up to the highest pitch when he spoke of the injustice done De Courcey's brigade by Gen. Sherman in his memoirs. The official records show that the brigade lost 724 men in 15 minutes. Speeches were made by Comrades W. B. Taneyhill, Alex. Rodgers, Wm. Leidigh and others. Several comrades were present for the first time, so that our reunion was largely enjoyed by all.

A telegram of greeting and regrets was received from the adopted daughter of the regiment, Miss Una Abell, of Detroit; also letters of regrets from Surgeon B. B. Brashear, E. B. Robison, and Col. Kershner. On motion of W. B. Taneyhill, the greetings of the association were sent to Col. Kershner.

The officers of association for the ensuing year are as follows:
President, Hon. A. S. McClure, Wooster, O.; vice president, B. F. Clark, Akron, O.; secretary, Enos Pierson, Wooster, O.; treasurer, Harry McClarran, Wooster, O.

Roll of members present at this reunion:

(reunion attendance pages to be developed)

Honorary Members--Mesdames Harry McClarran, A. Branstetter, E. Pierson, E. W. Smith, Wooster, O.; Wm. Leidigh, Villa Ridge, Ill.; T. B. Miller, Clarence, Ia.; Miss Tanneyhill, Akron, O.; Dr. B. F. Stevenson, 22d Ky. V. I., Norwood, O.; Miss Stevenson, Norwood, O.; Robt. Watson, 1st Wisconsin Battery, Minneapolis, Minn.

Deaths report at this meeting:

Thos. Carr, Co. I, died at Thayer, Mo., February 19, 1893.

B. F. Payne, Co. A, died at Bloomington, Ill., April 21, 1893.

Jacob Feightner, Co. F, died in Noble Co., Ind., June 20, 1894.

Cal. Campbell, Co. H, died at Fredericksburg, O., Sept. 30, 1894.

A. Weatherwax, Co. B, died at Bloomfield, O., December 12, 1894.

D. Harvey Nelson, Co. E, died near Millersburg, O., Jan. 19, 1895.

D. F. Yarnell, Co. C, died near Shreve, O., May 8, 1895.

A. J. Fredoline, Co. C, died near Jeromeville, O., June 27, 1895.

Rudolph Hoffman, Co. E, died in Summit Co., August 14, 1895.

The comrades of the 16th Ohio were rejoiced to meet our old comrades of the 22d Kentucky, Dr. B. F. Stevenson. The Dr. is 84 years old and rather feeble, but he made the trip from Cincinnati to meet with us, and we certainly appreciate the honor of his visit.

The business of the association having all been completed, the farewell words were spoken and the association adjourned to meet in Wooster, O., in August, 1896. ENOS PIERSON, Secretary.

CALEDONIA, MINN., August 8, 1895.

Enos Pierson, Esq., Wooster, Ohio:--

DEAR SIR AND COMRADE:--I received your postal notifying me of the 20th Annual Reunion of the 16th Ohio, to be held at Louisville, Ky., September 12.

There are no comrades outside of the 1st Wis. Battery that I would like to meet as well as those of the 16th and 42d Ohio Regt. Those that were with us as detailed men were first-class in every respect. It was generally expected that when a detail was made from a Regiment of Infantry to fill up a Battery the poorest men would be sent, but I believe that you always gave us the best, or if you did not the 16th and 42d were composed of some mighty good fellows. It will be impossible for me to be with you on the date mentioned but will try to meet you at some future time. Express to them my regrets and also my desire to take every one by the hand of the few that are left as I consider the 16th Ohio was as fine a Regiment as ever left your state. Yours in F. C. and L. E. E. STEWART,

2d Lieut. Jr. 1st Wis. Battery.

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