from The Fitchburg Sentinel, Friday, 22 Oct 1880
| Fourteenth Annual Reunion of the 15th Regiment.
The 14th annual reunion of the veterans of the 15th Massachusetts regiment took place at Worcester, Thursday. At the business meeting, Vice President Col. Henry S. TAFT of Northbridge in the chair, and Edward A. RICE of Worcester secretary, the following officers were elected:
At noon, the veterans of the regiment formed in line under command of Gen. J. W. Kimball, and marched to the Continental Hotel, where an excellent dinner was served, provided by landlord E. A. Ward, brother of Col. Ward. The tables were handsomely decorated with flowers, and at one end was a life size portrait of the lamented Colonel. Each member of the association was presented by the ladies of the house with a handsome bouquet. The first exercise after dinner was the annual address, by Col. TAFT, the president of the day, who made an eloquent reference to the deeds and sacrifices of the brave men who risked their lives in the service, closing with a touching tribute to the honored dead of the old 15th.
Letters were read by the secretary from Gen. Devens and Gen. F. A. WAlker, at Washington;
A magnificent bouquet, or rather pyramid of flowers, arranged by Mr. C. D. THAYER, was presented to the regimental association by the father and family of the lamented Lieut. J. W. Grout, who fell at Ball's Bluff, and a vote of thanks was extended to the donors for the gift, and the executive committee were directed to place a floral tribute upon the grave of the deceased in the cemeteryx. A vote of thanks was also extended to the ladies of the hotel for the bouquets to each member.
Capt. T. J. HASTINGS of Worcester read a poem, describing the passage of the regiment through Baltimore on its way to the front, written by a lady of New Jersey, who was present in Baltimore when the regiment passed through in August, 1861. ( Click HERE to read it.).
Maj. Anson Mills of the 10th cavalry, U. S. A., who has been in the service since 1861, was called upon, and gave an interesting account of some of his experiences in the army, now engaged in fighting the Indians. He said it was about as difficult a matter to civilize a full blooded Indian as to domesticate a buffalo; to do either is out of the question.
Speeches followed by Gen. J. W. Kimball, the third commander of the regiment;
Gen. Kimball and Col. Studley spoke feelingly of the late Gen. Ward, and on motion of the former, a silent toast was given to the memory of the deceased.
Col. Taft, in the course of his tribute to Gen. Ward, said there was a representative of the family present, and his son, George W. Ward, was introduced and made a feeling and appropriate response.
Prof. A. S. Roe of the high school favored the company with several interesting readings, both serious and humorous, in his characteristic vein, which were exceedingly well received. Three regimental songs closing with "Auld Lang Syne," were sung. Comrade May brought his fiddle and gave the favorite old tunes, "19th Maine," and "5th Wisconsin." The company separated about 5 o'clock, having enjoyed one of the best reunions they ever held.