From the 24 June 1910 issue of The New York Times.


New York G.A.R. Encampment says It’s Out of Place in National Capitol.

SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 23.—The Committee on Resolutions of the forty-fourth encampment, Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic, Corporal Tanner, Chairman, prevented a bitter fight in to-day’s session by a carefully worded resolution regarding the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in the Capitol in Washington. As it was the fight took place in the committee before the resolution was agreed to. It was adopted by the unanimous vote of the encampment amid ringing cheers.

The act of Congress of July, 1864, under the authority of which Gen. Lee’s statue was placed in the Capitol by the Commonwealth of Virginia, provides that the honor shall be confined to “those illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military service.” The substane of the committee’s resolution is that this act must be construed to mean that such distinguished service shall be in “harmony with and not in conflict with the Constitution and other statutes,” and that therefore it has been “misconstrued and misinterpreted by those who have clothed the statue of Robert E. Lee in the uniform of the Confederate Army, a garb which of itself bears no evidence of distinguished service to the United States.”

The President is then asked tohave the law “construed by the law officers of the Government to the end that it shall be determined that no statue having thereon any badges or uniform which bear evidence of a disloyal action to the National Government under the Constitution shall be accepted or permitted to remain in the Statuary Hall in the National Capitol.”

The encampment elected De Witt C. Hurd Department Commander, and named delegates to the National encampment at Atlantic City, Sept. 5.