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Reports on Two Iowa Conventions
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men and non-commissioned officers of the Sixtieth U.S. Infantry (colored regiment), numbering about 700 persons, met in mass convention at Camp McClellan, Davenport, on Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 1865.
The convention was organized by electing Alexander Clark of Muscatine, President, and 1st Sergt. I.N. Tripler, Secretary.
The following named gentlemen were chosen Vice Presidents:
1st Sergt. Edward Herenden, Co. A
" " Samuel Meeks, Co. B
" " P. Neal, Co. D
" " D. Segrel, Co. E
" " Benjamin Franklin, Co. F
" " Loundon Triplett, Co. J
" " Alfred Mason, Co. K
Corporal G. Kelpher, Co. G
" Wm. Edwards, Co. H.
Mr. Clark, on being conducted to the chair, spoke as follows:
“Soldiers of Iowa: I would have been pleased if the honor you have conferred on me had been bestowed on a member of the regiment, and were it not for the interest I felt and the position I occupied in the organization of the regiment, I should feel loth [sic] to occupy the honored position to which you have called me. But I must confess that it is with a heart inexpressibly filled with gratitude and joy that I accept the honor you have done me. It assures me that you have confidence in me know that whilst you were in the field fighting in defense of your flag and mine, I, though at home, was giving aid and comfort to your noble effort.
“Soldiers of Iowa! when I addressed you this morning at your request and that of your gallant Colonel, the noble and brave-hearted soldier John G. Hudson, I said that when, two years ago, I presented you that beautiful flag, the ensign of our country, presented to you by the ladies of Keokuk and Muscatine, I thought it the proudest moment of my life; but I now confess I am doubly thrice proud in presiding over your present deliberations, had after the years of patient service you have given your country. Now, my friends, we have a work to perform, and here to- day. A duty we owe to ourselves and to our race, in asking for those political rights of which we are now deprived. These we must ask of the white citizens of Iowa–our friends who have so nobly maintained and defended the principles of Justice and Liberty throughout the late election campaign. And this recalls to mind what I told you two years ago, that you had true friends in Iowa. I reiterate that cheering truth now. I told you that Gov. Kirkwood, Senator Harlan and Senator Grimes were your friends. They are your friends now. I told you Chief Justice Lowe, Gen. N.B. Baker and Gov. Stone, our re-elected Governor, and ex-Gov. Kirkwood nobly took the stump in defense of our rights. On the principles they defended the State has been carried by a majority of 16,000! Therefore we can now ask the legislature to do its duty and prepare the way for our approach to the ballot box.”
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