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"Reminiscences of Saratoga"
compiled by Cornelius E. Durkee

Page 18
patriotic meeting of Saratogians to see what could be done to help the colonel in the matter.

Accordingly a meeting was called for a Sunday evening and was to be held in the Pavilion Spring grounds. Notice of the meeting was given in all of the churches and members of the congregation were urged to attend.

A platform for the speakers was erected and planks placed upon spring water boxes provided seats for the audience. Several hundred citizens and a number of visitors from the hotels and boarding houses gathered and the seats were well filled. Several of the clergymen and prominent citizens made patriotic addresses and Colonel French made an inspiring address and appeal for volunteers to enlist. At that time the government was paying, I think $300 bounty to men who enlisted. Of course, this was announced and a few men came forward and signed the enlistment papers. Then there was a halt and no more came.

After a little while, someone in the crowd announced that, in addition to the government bounty, he would give $25 at once to any one who would sign and that brought a few more to the platform. When no more came, another man announced that be would add $50 to the government bounty and that secured still a few more recruits.

There was great excitement among the audience, the people cheering as the young men went to the platform to sign. Then $100 was promised and that induced more enlistments. The excitement was tremendous and when no more were persuaded to sign, one woman apparently very well to do, a stranger, took off her earrings, and breat pin and holding them up announced the lot would go to the next enlistment. Then another woman offered a gold watch and chain.

Finally an elderly woman, with a young man by her side, arose and said: "I am a widow; I have no money to give: I have no fine jewelry to give; but I want to aid in this good cause and I give my only son. John, go up and sign the enlistment papers," she said turning to her son. The boy went to the platform and signed as she directed.

I wish I could give the name of that woman, she was a splendid example of the real spirit that actuated Saratogians at that time. The women in the audience crowded around her and shook her hand, and complimented her loyalty, praising her for her great sacrifice.

That ended the meeting, a little after midnight. I have witnessed excited audiences and people at religious revivals, camp meetings and on other occasions, but never anything the equal of this meeting.


January 18, Isaac Patrick, died at age of 83 years.

February 5, Andrew Watrous, father of Mrs. George R. Putnam. died.

February 13, Gertrude C. Doe, widow of Judge Nicholas B. Doe, a former member of Congress died at the age of 70 years.

May 26, Captain William S. Schuyler died in Washington from wounds received in the battle of Chicahominy. He was 27 years old and left a widow, Florence Schuyler, the daughter of Oliver L. Barbour, who resided here until her death.

June, Colonel William A. Sackett, son of Judge and Mrs. William A. Sackett was killed in battle at the charge at Trevilian's plantation, Virginia. He was colonel of the 9th New York Cavalry, and fought in many of the famous battles of the army of the Potomac. He was selected by General Philip Sheridan to lead the charge at the battle in which he fell in action.

July 4, occured a disastrous fire on Broadway. Dr. Norman Bedortha's Water Cure Establishment, C. R. Brown, Jeweler and stores, Mrs. Carver's hotel, Stanwix Hall, Slade's, in all, fourteen buildings were burned. On Broadway at corner of Congress St., the Grand Central Block was later built to replace these buildings destroyed. The fire was set by a powder

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