The survivors of some of them are here to-day, and whatever else has come to us in life, whether honor or disappointment, I do not think there are any of us—not me, I am sure—who would to-day exchange the satisfaction, the heart comfort we have in having been a part of the great army that subdued the rebellion, that saved the country, the Constitution, and the flag. If I were asked to exchange it for any honor that has come to me, I would lay down any civil office rather than surrender the satisfaction I have in having been an humble partaker with you in that great war.
Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), U.S. president. Speech in Galesburg, Illinois, October 8, 1890. Speeches of Benjamin Harrison: Twenty-Third President of the United States, p. 249, Kennikat Press (1971).
Reunion of 1st brigade, 3rd division, 20th corps; Harrison commanded the brigade.