The 21st Missouri Regiment Infantry Veteran Volunteer Association
THE CALL TO ORGANIZE.
Survivors of the 21st Missouri Infantry are requested to meet at Arbela, Missouri, August 18th. The object of the meeting is to effect a permanent organization, to unite the efforts of the boys to aid and assist each other in the hour of need, and enable the survivors to pay fitting honors to those who answer the summons first. Our old Commander, General Moore, is now past 70 years of age, and in the the natural course of life must ere long pay the debt of nature. Many of his old comrades who bore the brunt of the hailstorm of shot and shell through which the 21st conspicuously passed, with a devotion and gallantry seldom equalled, are now white headed men. Some are beginning to lean heavily on their canes and will ere long be marked "dead" on the rolls.
In response to the foregoing call comrades to the number of 73 met at Arbela, Missouri, August 18th, 1888, and organized the 21st Missouri Veteran Volunteer Infantry Association, and adopted the following rules for governing the same:
T.W. HOLMAN, JAMES P. SMITH, PERRY DEAN, Committee.
On motion report adopted and committee discharged.
T.W. Holman, James P. Smith and Perry Dean were appointed committee on time and place of holding next annual re-union, and reported in favor of Kahoka, Mo., and time August 17th, 18th, 19th, 1889. Adopted and committee discharged.
Collection taken and $1.57 contributed.
(Note. - There was no secretary and no record of the re-union made. The forgoing account is compiled from letters, and reports made by me as chairman of committee. - T.W. HOLMAN.)
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