Military Parade and Banquet
     In accordance with previous notice and the invitation of a committee for that purpose, the surviving members of the Lafayette Blues--to the number of sixty--met in Dye's Hall, Troy, on Saturday last--July 24th.
     On motion of Gen. George Keifer, Capt. H. S. Mayo was made Chairman, and
     On motion the Maj. Jos. Pearson, Surgeon Horace Coleman was appointed Secretary.
     On motion of Sol. D. Bayless, all editors and reporters present were invited to seats upon the stage.
     On motion of Corp. H. C. Brown the following resolution was adopted:
      Resolved, That the original officers of the Company present take command of the military parade of the day.
     Capts., George Keifer, H. S. Mayo; Lieutenants, Joseph Pearson, B. F. Rosson; Sargeants, J. N. Culbertson, J. H. Conklin, Robt. Youart, John Cruikshank; Corporals, H. T. Ravenscraft, S. H. Worrell, B. F. McClung, H. C. Brown; Color-bearer, Joel T. Thompson; Color-guards, J. Westlake, G. D. Burgess.
     On motion of Lieutenant Pearson, Dr. Asa Coleman, the first military Surgeon who served in the United States Army from Miami County, was invited to the stand and addressed the Company.
     The company then, under the command of the officers above named formed in the streets, where their marching and other performances demonstrated that their early military training and discipline had not been forgotten.
     While the Blues were thus engaged an impromptu Company of the veteran volunteer soldiers of the late war, of Troy and vicinity, formed and met and greeted the Blues with such a "cheer" and "tiger" as only veterans can give.  They then fell into line with the Company, and very soon convinced all spectators that it was but the work of an instant to change from Citizen to Soldier.
     Subsequently a vote of thanks was unanimously tendered these veteran Soldiers for their cheerful greeting.  The thanks of the Company were also voted to W. H. H. Dye, Esq. for the use of his Hall in which to hold their meeting.
     On motion of Lieutenant Joseph Pearson, the Company flag was placed in the hands of Capt. Mayo, to dispose of and preserve in such manner as he should deem proper.
     On motion of Sargeant J. N. Culbertson a vote of thanks was given to J. T. Thompson for his care and vigilance in protecting and preserving the banner to this time.
     On motion, the Company then adjourned to meet at the Christy House at 8 1/2 o'clock P. M.
     At an early hour in the evening the members of the Company, with a goodly number of invited guests, repaired to the Parlor of the Christy House, where a couple of hours were very pleasantly spent in talking over old-time occurrences and recounting the various incidents connected with the history of the Company from its organization to its disbanding.
     Shortly after 9 o'clock supper was announced and the party--members of the company and invited guests, numbering in all something over a hundred--marched to the spacious Dining-room where an excellent and bountiful supper, prepared by the worthy landlord, Mr. Davis, awaited them.  To this all parties did ample justice--as good soldiers always do.
     After supper the following toasts were presented:
     1st. "The Lafayette Blues."
     This was responded to by Capt. H. S. Mayo, who gave a detailed and interesting history of the Company throughout the entire period of its existence, interspersed with numerous anecdotes, and laughable incidents which were common in old time military trainings.  Capt. M. was listened to with much interest throughout his remarks, and frequently interrupted by hearty cheers.  He was followed by Gen. Keifer and others in a few remarks.
     2nd. "The Constitution of the United States."
     This was responded to by Col. J. Westlake in a short, pleasant little speech.
     3rd. "The Soldiers and Sailors of the late War."
     Col. B. F. Rosson was called out on this toast.  He made a few remarks, but being unwell, turned the matter over to Mr. A. R. Byrkett, who made a very neat and appropriate speech, highly complimentary to the large number of the Blues who had distinguished themselves in the late war, concluding with a handsome and touching eulogy upon those of them who sacrificed their lives on the altar of their country.
     4th. "The Lafayette Blues who served in the war for the Union."
     To this Geo. D. Burgess, Esq., responded.  He gave the number and names of members of the Company who served in the late war, and who became, during its progress, commissioned officers.  The number of these and the promotion they received, show, conclusively, the advantage their company training had been to them.
          The following is the list, as far as ascertained:
          COLONELS.--A. H. Coleman, B. S. Kyle, J. H. Hart, R. W. Furnas, Robt. Youart, B. F. Rosson, Wm. B. Carroll, Wm. Swaim, J. W. Cruikshank.
          MAJOR.--G. W. Morris.
          CAPTAINS.--Wm. B. Brown, I. W. Hart, David Kelly, B. F. Coolidge, J. C. Drury, Wm. Douglass, Daniel Toy, David Gibbs.
          LIUTENANTS.--H. T. Ravenscroft, H. W. Culbertson, Jr., G. O. Toms, H. H. Gahagan, S. A. Cairns, B. F. Powers, Geo. H. McClung, Frank Wilmington.
          SURGEONS.--H. Coleman, Geo. Keifer, C. N. Hoagland.
     5th. "The non-resident members of the Blues now present."
     Responded to by S. D. Bayless, of Fort Wayne--formerly a member of the Blues--who made an amusing speech--giving a detailed account of sundry military operations here some 27 years ago, on a memorable occasion known as the Broad Ford war.  He was loudly cheered during his remarks.
     The following sentiment was offered by Corporal H. C. Brown:
     Our gallant and much respected Commander--CAPTAIN MAYO.
     May the memory of his genial, social qualities, ever in the future as in the past, prove a "Souvenie" of cheer in life's devious and checkered way--and the recollection as a civic soldier, mild yet successful in discipline--ever be a bright flower in the bouquet of memory.  May his life ever be woven with our kindliest affections.
     Letters were read from R. W. Furnas, of Brownsville, Nebraska, H. H. Culbertson, of Versailles, Kentucky, W. C. Munger, of Louisville, Ky., N. Shariff, of Indianapolis, In., J. B. Louthan, of Helena, Iowa, and Dr. C. N. Hoagland, of New York, former members of the Company, expressing regrets that they could not be present, and sending kind greeting to the meeting.
     After a complimentary toast o the Host and Hostess of the Christy House, the meeting adjourned, just as the dining-room clock announced the close of the week--12 o'clock--to meet here again on the 25th day of July next.
     We have never attended a meeting where there was more real good, kind, brotherly feeling manifested than on this occasion, mingled, however, with no small amount of sadness in the contemplation of the many comrades once associated with them, but who are now enrolled in the silent army of the dead.

As reported in the Miami Union 7/31/1869 

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