Excerpts and Highlights from
Sixth Regimental Reunion
16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Mansfield, Ohio
August 11, 1881

Web Author's Notes:
The text below was taken from the 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 text has been transcribed exactly as it appeared in the original document.

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Sixth Reunion
AT MANSFIELD, O., AUGUST 11th, 1881

The Association convened in the High School Hall, at 9 o'clock, a.m. The President, J. H. Morrison, favored the Association with a short address.

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The Sixteenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, held its Sixth Reunion at Mansfield, on Tuesday, August 11th, 1880 (1881).

This Regiment for three years' service was organized at Camp Tiffin, near Wooster, on the 2d of October, 1861. Five companies were recruited in Wayne county, commanded by Eli W. Bottsford, Hamilton Richeson, Samuel Smith, George U. Harn and A. S. McClure. The field officers were Colonel John F. DeCourcey; Lieutenant-Colonel George W. Bailey; Major Philip Kershner. ...

CALLED TO ORDER

When the Sixteenth Regiment O. V. I. was called to order in Miller's Hall, Thursday morning, the hall was comfortably filled by members of the regiment, guests from the 42d and 120th Ohio, and other regiments, together with citizens of Mansfield. On the stage sat Col. B. Burns, Capt. A. S. McClure, Col. Worthington, of the 22d Kentucky, Mrs. Dr. Brashear, of the 16th, Dr. Stevenson, Surgeon of the 22d Kentucky, Capt. W. M. Ross of the 16th, and others.

The stage had been carpeted for the occasion and on either side of the proscenium were stacked muskets, flanked by the colors of the regiment.

The Apple Creek Brass Band, under the leadership of Prof. George Winters, of Wooster, furnished excellent music.

President T. T. Dill rapped for order, and after welcoming his comrades, in a few fitting remarks, introduced Col. B. Burns, of Mansfield, who delivered the RECEPTION ADDRESS.......


"OUR FLAG"

was the subject of the first after dinner toast, by J. B. Ross, which is as follows:

COMRADES AND FRIENDS: I am sensible of the honor conferred upon me by being called upon to respond to the sentiment "Our Flag", upon this occasion, when we meet to rejoice together, recount the scenes of the past and strengthen anew the bond of brotherhood. Brotherhood is the golden chain that binds Nation to Nation, people to people, and man to man. Comrades, how bright and durable is that chain when purified in the heat of battle, fashioned on the tented field and wedded at the cannon's mouth. It has no end, it extends from friend to friend, from the living soldier to the dead here, from earth to the throne of the great Unseen, around which are united our dead comrades with the father of our country, with his patriot band of seventy-six, they who first unfurled to heaven's breeze that starry banner, that emblem of liberty that synonym of victory, and followed it through the long dark days of the revolution to the bright sunshine of victory and independence. To perpetuate that which was established by that patriot band, their sons, in the second revolution rallied around their fallen banner, following across the dark and bloody grounds, over mountains and rivers, through the tangled woods of the wilderness, o'er the scorching plains of Mississippi, through the deadly swamps of Louisiana, up to the clouds of Lookout, down through the dark valley to the river of death, where great drops of leaden rain soaked to the hearts of half a million of Columbia's noblest sons. Their spirits, amid sulphurous smoke of battle, took their flight across the dark rolling river to the battlements of heaven, and pitched their tents on the plains of the New Jerusalem; and have their names written on the rolls of eternity by the pen of the Prince of Peace, ---

On fame's eternal camping grounds
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.

While we are permitted to remain to protect the flag for which they fell, and perpetuate the principles so dearly purchased with their lives, and guard the tree of liberty planted by our fathers and watered by the blood of our nation's dead, God grant that our deeds and words may be the clasp of steel that shall bind heart to heart, the east to the west, the north to the south, so that should our flag ever again be assailed the sons of those who wore the gray and our sons all, side by side, in its defense if need be, as our fathers and their fathers fell side by side while under the leadership of the great Virginian.

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