1875 Reunion of the 10th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

The Somerset Herald (Somerset, Pennsylvania), May 26, 1875, pg 2.

The Tenth Reserves.

The reunion of the Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves, held at Canonsburg. Washington county, on Wednesday, was a very auspicious and agreeable one. The visiting soldiers were very hospitably entertained, and nothing was lacking which might tend to make their reunion happy and enjoyable. 

The Pittsburg delegates arrived at 10:40 A.M headed by the Canonsburg brass band. The regiment under the command of Col. J.T. Kirk, marched to the McCloy House, where the hospitalities of the city where extended by Burgess Luton. From thence, through the principal streets, the members of the regiment proceeded to Providence Hall, where an address of welcome on behalf of Co. D. and the citizens of Canaonsburg, was delivered by George S. Graham. This was followed by the transaction of the rontine business of the regiment. 

At half past two o’clock the members of the regiment accompanied by their lady friends assembled in Providence Hall, to hear the oration of the day, by Chaplain L. McGuire, who, in his happy and eloquent style, entertained the audience for more than an hour. 

In the absence of General Warner, the historian, the Quartermaster, Cyrus J. Elder, gave an interesting description of the general appearance of the regiment when mustered into the United States service. 

The crowning event of the day took place in the evening. A committee of ladies headed by Mrs. Van. Meter, Mrs. Long, Miss Irons, Miss Ritchie, Miss McCullough, Miss McDaniels, and many others, had prepared a banquet in Prayer Hall, to which not only members of the Tenth Reserves, but all soldiers were invited. Twelve Regiments of Pennsylvania Volunteers were represented at that table, which was fully and temptingly freighted with substantials and delicacies prepared by the committee. 

After supper an adjournment was had to Providence Hall, where under the direction of W.S. Caldwell, as Toast Master, the following were read and responded to:

Our Country-J. Fulton Phillips, Company D.

Private Soldiers – A.   S. S. Graham 

The Ladies – Captain C.W. Whistler, Company G.

The Drum – J.R. Chambers, Drum Major. 

Medical Department – Dr. Alexander, 85th P.V. 

Commissary Department – Captain Elder. 

Army and Navy – Edward L. Garvin – Company G.

Our Fallen Comrade – Dr. G.S. Graham, Company D.

The Press – Captain Monk, 9th Pa. R.C. 

The Keystone State – Dr. Barrett.

The Canonsburg Quarter Club enlivened the occasion by some very excelient vocal music. 

After the list of toasts had been exhausted, the members of the regiment and the audience, arose and very appropriately ended the ceremonies of the day by singing Auld Laug Syne. 

The next annual reunion of the regiment will take place at Franklin, Venango county. 

The following are the officers for the ensuing year: Col. J.S. McCalmont, President: Dr. J. J. McCord and B.D. Dawson, Vice presidents; C.C. Cochron, Secretary; W.J Carson, Treasurer: W.S. Caldwell, Corresponding Secretary; Col. J.B. Knox, Orator; S.S Graham, Alternate: J.S. Black, Historian. 

Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.