ndefatigable and honored president of the Washington Artillery Association, will also give voice in answer to the toasts proposed to be drunk in honor of their respective charges.
Now, Mr. Chairman, I desire to express my thanks for the attention that has been bestowed upon my unworthy effort and to apologize for the time I have consumed in my weak endeavor to place before you a partial record of the Washington Artillery from its organization to the date of its departure for Virginia in May, 1861.
Imperfect as it is, the labor bestowed upon the compilation has been a labor of love as well as of duty.
The history is one of which any command, in any land, might well be proud.
The Washington Artillery in the Army of Tennessee. address of Captain J. A. Chalaron.
Soldiers,—In eloquent and feeling words the Father of the Battalion has just related its birth, its growth, its history—the departure of its first quota for the front in Virginia.
We are fortunate veterans, and membe
ng of the prisoners, and where Nature had furnished every possible requisite for salubrity.
Losses of the Army of the Potomac:
In his oration before the veterans of the Army of the Potomac, at their last reunion, Major Maginnis gave an estimate of losses of this army, which we think can be shown to be greatly below the real figures, but we give his figures as a most eloquent tribute to the prowess of the Army of Northern Virginia, and the skill of our great commander:
He said: From May, 1861, to March, 1864, the losses of the Army of the Potomac were, in killed, 15,220; wounded, 65,850; captured, 31,378; in all, 112,448.
From May 1, 1864, to April 9, 1865, killed, 12,500; wounded, 69,500; captured or missing, 28,000; aggregate, 110,000.
From the beginning to the close of the war, killed, 27,720; wounded, 155,652; captured or missing, 59,378.
A grand aggregate of 242,750.
Added those who died of gunshot wounds, the number of men who lost their lives in action in the Army of