5th Regiment Artillery (Heavy), NY Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
THE FIFTH REGIMENT NEW YORK ARTILLERY.
In our advertising columns will be found the call of the officers of the Fifth
regiment New York heavy artillery, at present stationed around Baltimore,
for two hundred men, to fill up its ranks to the maximum standard. This organization
is one of the most popular in the army. Heavy artillery are stationed in
forts, are nor compelled to perform long marches, attended with great privations.
This is a veteran regiment, and attached to it are two splendid brass bands,
so that the inducements to join it are very good.
COL. GRAHAM.—Col. S. Graham, of the Fifth New York Volunteer Artillery,
which for the past two years has garrisoned the forts in Baltimore, returned
home a day or two since on leave of absence for twenty days. The Colonel has
performed his duties faithfully and always remained at his post where his services
were most required. This is the second visit he has made to his home since
he marched to the South.
The Lewis County battalion is now in camp at Washington, drilling preparatory
for service. An order from the War Department will not allow of the appointment
of Majors by the Governor.
A number of Capt. Wilder's friends in this village, have presented him with
a splendid saber, sash and belt—the whole costing $65. They are very
fine, and we are of the opinion Capt. W. will do them honor.
We understand that Capt. H. S. Smith of Martinsburgh, has enlisted twenty men.
H. B. Wilder of Lowville, has enlisted fifteen men. We have not heard from
the Northern and Southern portions of the county—but presume the people
are wide awake in procuring recruits.
$302 AND $402 BOUNTIES!
RECRUITS are wanted to fill up our armies, under the recent calls of the President
and Governor of New York. The bounties offered are greater than ever offered
before by any Government for new men. $302 bounty is paid to new men, and $402
to those who have seen two years service—the recruit to have the choice
of any Regiment in the field.
Good clothing and subsistence furnished as soon as the volunteer reaches Watertown.
Apply to E. S. SILL, next door to P. Mundy's store, upstairs, or to E. J. CLARK,
Union Office, Fairbanks Block, Watertown. Also, wanted agents to procure volunteers
in order to fill up our quota before the 6th of January, and avoid a draft.
Liberal inducements offered to agents. The bounties to volunteers are so large
that any enterprising, active man can make good wages in enlisting men. For
particulars enquire of E. S. Sill or E. J. Clark, as above.
Watertown, Nov. 2, 1863.
Honor to whom Honor is Due!—
We suggest to our Utica friends of the Herald, Observer and Telegraph, that
they had best be a little more correct in their statements as to some military
matters, for instance, in publishing information as to the force of Artillery
recently at Sackets Harbor, they invariably call it the Jefferson County
Artillery. Now it happens that force has been divided into four battalions
of four batteries each, and that one of the four, is composed entirely of
companies from Lewis county under the command of Capt. Smith, Capt. Root,
Capt. Wilder and Capt. Hubbard — each of them a six gun battery. We
don't like this constant ignoring of Lewis County, and crediting its troops
to Oneida and Jefferson counties.
The 14th is called an Oneida regiment, when Co. I, Capt. Lahe is from this
County, as well as the greatest part of Co. F. So also with the 97th, for that
took away about 300 men from this County. The 35th has also a company from
this County, Capt. Angle.—So has the 59th. Capt. Gifford, and also the
94th. In the 1st regiment of Artillery, we have Capt. Mink's battery that won
such honor at Fair Oaks. In the 3d Cavalry, we have Capt. Hall's company. The
3d Artillery has nearly a Company from this County also, and so with the 57th
regiment. Besides, Maj. Arrndt who was wounded at Antietam, does'nt belong
to the 1st regiment of Artillery, but to the 1st battalion
formerly Col. Brickel.
Be more correct, friends, and give honor to whom it is due. We don't think
it just for other counties to claim everything, because they have the field
officers; but we insist that the Lewis County Battalion of Artillery shall
belong to us, and not to Jefferson.
Come in out of the Draft and secure the Bounties offered to Volunteers, to
STATE BOUNTY $ 75
U. S. GOV. BOUNTY 100
Total Bounties, New recruits $175
Re-enlistments from Mustered out Regiments.
STATE BOUNTY $150
U. S. GOV. BOUNTY 100
Total Bounties, Re-enlistments $250
The preparations now being made for the coming draft will soon be completed,
and the draft enforced in Counties paid to drafted men.
Come, then, with a will to do and dare. Rally round our glorious Flag.
CALVIN SHAFFER, late a 1st Lieutenant, 5th N.
Y. Vol. Artillery, is now at catskill, organizing a
Company for the General Wool Heavy Artillery, 12th Reg't. N. Y. Vols., Col.
R. P. Gibson, Commanding. This is decidedly the best branch of the service.
Enroll your names and come with us.
CALVIN SHAFFER, Captain,
and Recruiting Officer.
2d Lieut. Louis Deitz, to be 1st Lieutenant, Jan. 21, 1863, vice J. Holmes,
Sergeant Alexis W. Bariteau, to be 1st Lieutenant, Jan. 22, 1863, vice M.
D. Williams, resigned.
Sergeant Henry W. Pitcher, to be 2d Lieutenant, Jan. 21, 1863, vice Louis
2d Lieut. Frank Hadcock, to be 1st Lieutenant, Dec. 23, 1862, vice J. T.
Sergeant Orvin C. Duncan, to be 2d Lieutenant, Dec. 23, 1862, vice Frank
Qr. Mast. Sergeant Luther A. Brown to be 2d Lieutenant, Dec. 20, 1862, vice
J. B. Vary, resigned.
2d Lieut. John W. Clark, to be 1st Lieutenant, Dec. 26, 1862, original Co."
Sergeant James G. Hartwell, to be 2d Lieutenant, Dec. 26, 1862, vice J. W.
1st Lieut. Edward E. Brown, to be Captain, Jan. 29, 1863, vice F. E. Root,
2d Lieut. Seymour F. Adams, to be 1st Lieutenant, Jan. 59, 1863, vice E.
E. Brown, promoted.
John B. Weaver, to be 2d Lieutenant, Jan, 29, 1863, vice S. F. Adams, promoted.
Sergeant Francis B. Smith, to be 2d Lieutenant, Jan. 29, 1863, Co. K, original.
Major Henry B. McIlvaine, to be Lieutenant-Colonel, Dec. 29, 1862, vice
E. Murray, promoted.
Capt. Eugene McGrath, to be Major, Dec. 29, 1862, vice H. B. McIlvaine,
1st Lieut. Charles C. Doherty, to be Captain, Dec. 29, 1862, vice E. McGrath,
From the Lewis County Battalion.—-
FORT GREBLE, Washington, D. C
Dec. 3, 1862.
The following members of Co. M, 3d battalion, 5th Regt. N. Y. A., have died
since we have garrisoned this fort, viz.:
Moses Tassell, of typhoid fever, Nov. 15th, 1862, at Patent Office Hospital,
Washington, D. C.
Lewis Weed, of typhoid fever, Nov. 2vth, 1862.
Robert M. Lyle, of diptheria, Nov. 2vth, at the hospital at Fort Carroll.
Josiah Phinney, of typhoid fever, at the Patent Office Hospital, Dec. 1st.
There seemed to be great activity among the troops around here yesterday, about
15,000 passing down this side of the river by our fort, mostly New Jersey and
Connecticut 9 months volunteers, and every steamer that went down was loaded
with troops. We can only guess their destination—many
think Acquia Creek. We expect to hear of a "big thing" from the direction
of Richmond before long.
Yours, G. W. R.
Lines on the death of ALBERT E. EBBLIE, a Private in Co. D, 3d Battalion 5th
Reg. N. Y. Artillery, who died Nov, 15, 1862, at the Patent Office Hospital,
[Written by Request.]
Bear him now, oh comrads, gently,
To the soldier's quiet grave;
Lay the wreath upon him smoothly,
As are decked the good and brave.
Here beneath the folds we gathered,
Of our country's banner bright.
When the woods were green and waving,
Round each cannon-guarded height.
Here we've stood as guard and sentry,
By Fort Carroll's ditch and wall;
Listening to the south wind singing.
Or some midnight challenge—call.
Far away we left our firesides.
Where the north-star brightly shines;
And in thought we seek that valley,
As we watch these guarded lines,
Ne'er again shall home or family
Greet the comrad—dead and gone;
And thy father, mother, sisters—
All must wait thee—oh so long
Long they'll miss thy form oh! Albert.
At thy childhood's early home;
To their call thou'll send no answer,
They is thee above must come.
Now no reveille can wake him,
Out of death's eternal year,
At the roll call way in Heaven,
God has heard him answer—"Here"
Lewville, Dec. 9, 1862.
At Fort Carroll Hospital, near Washington, D. C. Jan'y 8th, 1863, of Measles,
Mr. JOHN PEAK, of Co. L, 3, Bat. 5 N. Y. Artillery, aged 25 year.
Bro. John, like many brave sons, at the call of the President for six hundred
thousand additional men in August last, left his companion and two small children,
enlisted under Lieut. Homes, and started to defend o u r countries interest.
He was a faithful member of the M. E. Church some six years, always faithful
in the discharge of his Christian duties. He was loved by friends at home,
by his comrads in camp, and by his removal from earth, our country, the church,
and community feel his loss. But he left that bright evidence (that the children
of God only leave) that our loss is his infinite gain. His remains was returned
home and a large circle of friends attended his funeral, Feb'y 5th, at New
Bremen, where he resided.
His remains sleep in yonder grave,
But his spirit lives above;
His life showed Jesus forever to save,
And now rests where all is love.
His companion now feels her loss,
But Jesus is her friend;
Cheerfully she bears every cross,
That they may meet again.
Extract from a Letter Written by one of Capt. H. L. Smith's Company.
I must say we are very pleasantly situated and everything moves on smoothly.
We now have good barracks, made of split logs set in the ground, plastered
upon the outside with clay, a board roof, and three rows of bunks on each
side, steamboat fashion. The flapping tents no longer disturb us, and we
are fully protected from the chilling frosts of night. Capt. Smith is especially
interested in our good health, and frequently cautions us against unnecessary
exposure, calls often; at the hospitals to see the sick there. He is the
first to look after the wants of the sick, and does all he can for us. We
have several sick with the measles but are doing well. We have lost but three
by death, and only one by desertion, and that before we came here. We are
succeeding well in the drills; all our officers are fully competent, and
take much pains to instruct us. The captain compliments us highly on our
rapid improvements. You must know with such officers we are a "right
smart" company, and can show as correct and prompt movements as the
best of them, considering the time we have been in service. Military rules
are pretty strict, but those who do their duty, find no trouble, and ask
for no favors that are not granted.
I hear that there are hard stories in circulation in Lewis county about some
of our officers: all I have to say is, we here are satisfied, and want our
friends to feel so. We believe them to be honest and good men—with them
for our pattern and leaders we shall never shame our friends at home, nor disgrace
the cause of our common country. Capt. Smith has the respect and confidence
of his company. He gives us a lecture occasionally on good conduct and military
discipline with as much earnestness as he vindicated the claims of his country
while recruiting. Christmas he surprised us with an oyster-supper. I tell you,
we enjoyed it hugely, and thanked the generous captain for the holiday treat.
We undoubtedly will stay here all Winter, and should the war continue, we may
in the Spring have a chance to take a more active part in it. We shall be prepared
to show a bold front, and you may expect to hear a favorable report of Co.
I, wherever it is called to act.
I am writing more than I intended, but I must not close without mentioning
our Major. He is an excellent officer, and is liked by all of the men and officers.
HEADQUART'S 3D BATT'N 5TH N. Y. ARTILLERY.
Fort Carroll, Washington, D. C., Feb. 19th.
To the Editor of the Journal & Republican:
Quite a number of changes have occurred among the officers of our battalion
recently. James Aldrus, 1st Lieut. Co. K, John Putnam, 1st Lieut. Co. M, and
Wm. P. Frazor, 2d Lieut, Co. I, have resigned, and their resignations having
been accepted, they are honorably discharged from the service of the United
States. Luther A. Brown, private Co. L, has been promoted to 2d Lieutenant
in Co. M, and detailed as Quartermaster and Commissary of the Battalion.
F. Hadcock, 2d Lieut. Co. M, has been promoted to 1st Lieut. There are a number
of vacancies which will be filled by the appointment of deserving sergeants.
Our first artillery practice was this week. The 3d pounders, mounted en barbette,
spoke beautifully, and the spherical case went whistling through the air, greatly
inspiriting the men.
The battalion was paid last week, up to the 1st of November. The allotment
rolls which were extensively signed at Sackett's Harbor, are annulled, as I
understand, on account of the extra labor they would make the pay department.
It was an excellent system, and it seems a pity that it should be discarded.
I learn that some $1,500 has been sent home by the two companies at this fort,
and I presume the other companies have done as well.
The restriction upon furloughs has been remitted, so that one enlisted man
from a company, and two commissioned officers from a regiment, may be absent
at the same time. No leave or furloughs, however, to exceed ten days.
There seems to be a more buoyant feeling, of late, in reference to our National
affairs. This must be ascribed to the prospect of efficient legislation in
support of the war, rather than to any change upon the theater of military
operations, for everything has been unusually quiet "along the lines" for
L. F. D.
From the Lewis County Battalion.---
FORT GREBLE, NOV. 8, 1862.
FRIEND PHILLIPS: In looking over the JOURNAL & REPUBLICAN of Oct 22d, my
attention was drawn to a piece of "war correspondence," dated Fort
Carroll, Va., Oct. 14th, in which I discovered some very large mistakes, and
perhaps your correspondent will not be offended if I make a few corrections.
In the first place, Fort Carroll does not happen to be situated on the "sacred
soil of the F. F. V.'s," but in the District of Columbia; and one would
judge by reading the letter that Fort Carroll was the only fort anywhere in
these "diggins," and that the whole Lewis county battalion were stowed
away inside of its walls, but such is not the fact, unless the battalion consists
of only the Martinsburgh and Lowville companies. The Turin company are in
Fort Snyder, and the Copenhagen company occupy Fort Greble, directly opposite,
and commanding Alexandria.—Fort Carroll is up the river towards
Washington, and about half way between Greble and Snyder. Fort Greble
is much the largest of the three forts, and the view from it is very fine.
Across the liver lies the village of Alexandria; farther up, to the right are
the Arlington Heights, with the Arlington House, the residence of the rebel
Gen. Lee, just visible with the aid of a field glass. One can discern the flag
on Fort Corcoran. The cities of Washington and Georgetown are in full view
of this fort. I have frequently been to Fort Carroll, and I cannot imagine
where our correspondent gets his fine view of Alexandria, Washington, and the
surrounding country," unless he climbs the flagstaff and looks over the
But I have already written more than I intended, and my only object is to let
the people of Denmark know that there are other forts beside Fort Carroll around
here, and that the company sent from Denmark, under Capt. Hubbard, occupies
'one of them are.'
The ground is covered with snow and the weather is very cold, and the boys
suffer a great deal in their cloth houses, but they bear it cheerfully, and
all are eager for a trip to "Dixie." We have 23 in hospital, and
quite a number sick in camp.
Major Merriam was here to-day, and I understand it is to assume command of
this battalion, so I reckon we are coming out all right.
On election day we took a vote in our company for Wadsworth and Seymour, with
the following result:
Majority for Wadsworth 75
Respectfully yours, G. W. B.
Regimental Organization of the Jefferson
County Battalions.—The following extract of a letter from Col. John Bradley
to Dr. Rosa, Dated—'Washington, Dec. 27,'—contains the following
good news for the friends of the brave boys last sent out from Jefferson county.
The Col. says:
I have to-day obtained from the Secretary of War a sanction for the consolidation
of our three Jefferson county battalions into a regimental organization. The
order will be issued to-day.
The Lewis county battalions having some time ago been attached to the 5th
Regiment of heavy artillery, (raised previously to ours) our main troubles
in the matter seemed to be disposed of.—The regiment has the prospect,
I think, of being employed in the vicinity of Washington."—[Reformer.
THE LEWIS COUNTY BATTALION.—We have heard numerous reports about our
battalion receiving marching orders, but we cannot trace such rumors to any
reliable source. The Lewis county battalion is attached to a heavy artillery
regiment, and remains in Forts Greble, Carroll, and Snyder. Reports reach us
of some of the officers resigning, but their names we have not yet learned.
An Appeal from the Lewis County Boys.
The following letter from Capt. Smith to Mrs. Botsford of Martinsburgh, explains
the wants of the soldiers from every company that went from this county last
Summer. Let the appeal be responded to with cheerfulness, for the cold nights
of Winter are approaching:
FORT CARROLL, D. C.,
Oct. 22, 1862.
MRS. BOTSFORD: Many of the good ladies of Martinsburgh told me before I left
with my company, that I must not be backward in making known the wants of the
soldiers at any time, for it would be a pleasure to them to assist us. I know
they would take great delight in administering to the wants of the noble boys
who have left all that is dear at home for the sake of their country and humanity.
You will therefore please assist in soliciting and preparing bed clothing and
mittens for them, and send to me. Let each soldier receive a bed-quilt and
a pair of mittens if possible. Please notify the folks in Greig and New Bremen
and have each family furnish those from such family, and each article perhaps
had better be marked, that it may go as intended. Immediate action in the matter
will send the goods in time for colder weather In fact, the nights are very
cold now, and the frost pinches considerable. I have sent Mrs. Smith direction
H. L. SMITH,
Capt. Comd'g 6th Bat. N. Y. A.
John H. Stooky, a member of Capt. Root's company of artillery, raised in the
southern portion of the county, died at Fort Carroll Hospital, Washington,
D. C., on the 3d inst., of typhoid fever.
Deserted from Fort Carroll, D. C. on the 28th of October 1862, John Gordon
a private in Co. D, 5th N. Y. Artillery, said soldier has grey eyes, black
hair, dark complexion and is five feet 10 1/2 inches high.
Deserted from Fort Carroll, D. C., on the 20th day of November 1862, John Grinnel,
private in Co. L, 5th N. Y. Artillery—said soldier has blue eyes, brown
hair, light complexion and is five ft. nine inches high.
Deserted from Fort Carroll, D. C. on the 11th of December 1862, Amzi T. Bromley
a private in Co. L 5th N. Y. Artillery—said soldier has blue eyes, brown
hair, light complexion and is 5 1/2 feet high.
Deserted from Fort Carroll, D. C. on the 11th of December 1862, Joseph Hodges,
a private in Co. L, 5th N. Y. Artillery—said soldier has blue eyes, light
hair, light complexion and is five feet ten inches high.
John Gordon, John Grinnel and Amzi T. Bromley were enlisted in Lowville, N.
Y. Joseph Hodges was enlisted in Watson, N. Y. These soldiers have all received
their town, State and advance Government bounty and month's advance pay. Any
person arresting and delivering these miserable sneaks to the nearest military
camp, will receive, besides the Government reward, $20 for each one so delivered.
HENRY B. WILDER Captain
Co. L. 3d Battalion 5th Reg't N. Y. Artillery
Capt. H. B. Wilder sends to us the names of a number of deserters from his
company, which we publish on our next page. They are John Gordon, John
Grinnel, Amzi T. Bromley, and Joseph Hodges.
CAMP HILL, HARPER'S FERRY, VA.,
May 3d 1864.
S. B. FAIRMAN Esq.—Dear Sin It may be a satisfaction to some of your
readers, to hear of the whereabouts of the 5th Reg't. of N. Y. Artillery.—This
regiment was ordered from Baltimore to Harper's Ferry on the 9th of April.
Since that time we have been in this vicinity: although the 1st and 2d Battalions
have been acting as advance pickets for a part of the time. We have lively
times occasionally with the "Graybacks." Some days we catch as many
as thirty rebel bushwhackers, as we call them, with different kinds of arms.
Some are held as spies, and some give up their arms and take the prescribed
oath, and are sent north for safety. We are in Gen. Seigles command; but any
detailed accounts at this time would be regarded as contraband. Our Company
(C), is the senior company of the Reg't. composed mostly of Chemung County
boys. Our aggregate report this morning was two hundred and eight, and seven
on the sick report.—Our Reg't. numbers over 2400 aggregate, and are in
a splendid condition at this time for duty.
Very respectfully, JAMES WHITNEY.
Com'dg Co. C
A Soldier Drowned at Sackets Harbor.—
Early Sunday morning, Aug. 31st, Alfred Woodard, a member of Capt.
Hubbard's company of this County, was drowned while bathing in the bay by the
barracks, His body was recovered and sent to his friends on Sunday, to whom
this calamity must come with crushing force. His father, mother and sisters,
having just made him a visit the previous day, little anticipating how soon
and in how unexpected a manner their son and brother would be called forever
From Madison Barracks.
MADISON BARRACKS, Aug. 29.
FRIEND PHILLIPS—There are but few places whose natural scenery holds
a stronger claim to the beautiful, than that of Madison Barracks. The three
rows of buildings, meeting at right angles, shut out all prospect except the
Lake and there, the boats sleep in the summer sun, now gliding along before
the passing breeze, then melting away in the dim distance. Across the bay,
perhaps two miles distant, lies the Cape with its flocks of white villages
guarding the shore, and far westward looms up the Canadian shore more than
twenty miles away. A few days since, I visited the ship-house—a large
building erected over a ship, which was commenced in the war of 1812, but for
some unknown reason was not completed. The vessel is 200 feet long, contained
74 port-holes, and to the visitor here, is well worthy of notice.
Yesterday, there was a picnic upon the grounds; and to observe the effect which
the presence of ladies produced upon the soldier-boys, one could not but exclaim—"truly
the influence of woman is divine." As I write, I am informed by the proper
officers, that 2098 have passed examination by the Surgeon, and 1897, exclusive
of officers, have been mustered into the service.
The Turin volunteers received their town bounty to-day. Below, I give you,
as desired, the names of the members of our company, with the residence of
Captain—F. E. Root.
1st. Lieutenant—James Aldus.
2d Lieutenants —E. E. Brown, S. F. Adams.
TURIN—Levi B. Noulton, Levi H. Rockwell, Alonzo Spencer, Jeremiah
Cook, Harrison Cook, George H. Cook, James Cook, Hiram Olmstead, jr., Edwin
H. Millard, John Ledger, Joseph Ledger, Thomas W. Roberts, Cyrus Bibbins, Joseph
Bibbins, John V. Owens Chas. Seckner, John Smithling, Joseph Smithling, Willard
L. Radley, David Diver, Wm. Radley, Chas. B. Shedman Robt. W. Jacox, Adelbert
Mason, John Diver, John Stooly, John E. Stuber, W. Stuber Strickland, V. Lansing
Waters, Lyman W. Barnes, Urial Sliter, Stephen E. Gillett, John Manion, Dennis
McQuillen, Silas E. Loomis, Jacob Niebergall, Elias Davis, Monroe Stone, Albert
W. Kidder, Henry C. Tiffany, Horatio H. Phillips, Chas. M. Dickinson.
Depuyster. Nelson B. Felshaw, H. J. Barnard, Clinton Scoville, R. Swackhammer,
Manellus Chapin, Jas. C. Root, Willard B. Smith Henry
J. Dean, David H. Greene, Fred. Myers, John W. Crofoot, Phillip B. Oster,
Thomas W. Roberts, John Tschume, Samuel Tschume, John Baker, George Schmall,
Wm. E. Roberts, Evan Williams, Evan P. Jones, John P. Jones, John H. Jones,
Hugh D. Jones John M. Jones, Samuel Miller, Martin Conners, Wm. L. Lewis,
John Evans, J. R. Houghton, Orville Hovey, John L. Lewis.
Mullin, Lewis Conover, Chas. Jonas, Patrick Hiner, Patrick Keohane, Coleman
LEWIS.—Stephen Higby, Jacob Rubel,
LEYDEN—Jacob Baker, Thomas Chase, Lorin Swartout, A. Russel,
Alburn Stone, George Myers, Lambert Poucher. Francis M. Finch. Harrison Burnham,
Phelps, Chauncey Banning.
GREIG—Henry H. Card, John Lewis, Jas. M. Lindsley,
Wm. W. Smith, Wm. Harvey, Isaac Chase, John F. Davis, Henry M. Davis, Henry
Seymour Peter S.
Lonas, Ela J. Springsteen, Geo. Frank, Henry Keith, Wm. L. Barker.
C. M. DICKINSON.
FIFTH ARTILLERY REGIMENT N. Y. S. V.
The friends of Captain Eugene Magrath, of the above regiment, are about to
present him with a testimonial in consideration of his bravery in defence
or Harper's Ferry. The Captain was formerly connected with the Thirty-eighth
regiment New York State Volunteers, Col. Ward, and was wounded at the battle
of Bull run.
CAPTURED.—A letter from Maryland Heights, dated August 23d, states that
Lieut. F. Hadcock, Corporal E. D. Alexander, and privates A. Van Dusen, Wilson
Tyler, and Weatherhead, Co. M, 5th N. Y. A., were lately captured by guerrillas,
while escorting some pontoon boats down the canal from Harper's Ferry to Washington.
The young men of this town will present to Capt. Wilder, a beautiful Sword
at the Court House, this (Wednesday) evening.
ARREST OF A WIFE BEATER AND A DESERTER.— Friday night Martin Kennedy,
who turns out to be a deserter from the 5th Regt. N. Y. Artillery, was arrested
for beating and abusing his wife. He has treated her shamefully for several
weeks past, and Friday night threatened to take her life, and raised a chair
to strike her with it. She plead with him, and he did not strike her, but would
have beaten her, but for the interference of a man who heard the disturbance,
and went in the house. He was arrested, and Saturday morning sent to jail.
MOVEMENTS OF TROOPS.
Arrival of Artillerists from Sacketts Harbor.
The Fourth and Fifth battalions New York State Artillery, numbering twelve
hundred men, arrived in this city at noon yesterday, from Sacketts Harbor,
en route to the seat of war. Two more battalions remain behind, and will follow
as speedily as possible. The men were recruited in Jefferson and Lewis counties,
and are a credit to the rural districts from which they come. They remained
at the Park Barracks during the night, and will depart to-day for Washington.
The following is a list of the officers:—
Major Commanding—Joseph Spratt.
Company A—Captain Cleghorn; First Lieutenants, E. Tyler, A. A. Wheeler;
Second Lieutenants, R. M. Jones and M. G. Cook.
Company B—Captain, S. R. Cowles; First Lieutenants, L. E. Carter and
George B. Salter; Second Lieutenants, Walter Horr and James Ward.
Company C— Captain, J. B. Campbell; First Lieutenants, J. C. Armstrong
and B. R. Brown; Second Lieutenants, J. M. Wilcox and Philip Riley.
Company D—Captain, J. S. Vanderberg; First Lieutenants, J. L. Huntington
and Elias Getman; Second Lieutenants, Robert McKnight and Levi Butterfield.
Major Commanding—Edward P. Webb.
Company A—Captain, E. H. Tobey; First Lieutenants, L. A. Rising and M.
A. Reed; Second Lieutenant, A. M. Wheelock.
Company B—Captain Marshall; First Lieutenants, G. H. Marshall and E.
A. Chapman; Second Lieutenants, V, B. Rottiers and Lewis Hart.
Company C—Captain, C. C. Abel; First Lieutenants, —— Canada
and T. B. Ackerman; Second Lieutenants, Wm. M. Comstock and Eugene Miller.
Company D—Captain, G. M. Kitts; First Lieutenant, F. O. Sherman; Second
Lieutenants, Donald Raney and S. B. Spears.
CAMP HILL, NEAR HARPER'S FERRY,
Va., Dec. 9th, 1864.
MESSRS. EDITORS OF ELMIRA ADVERTISER
---Dear Sirs---Enclosed you will please find a copy of The Guidon, a small
sheet published in our camp by soldiers for diversion. We have your valuable
publication in our camp, which is a favorite of the Chemung county boys—and
for variety's sake, we get the Baltimore Amercan, New York Tribune and Herald,
but nothing is so pleasing as our old acquaintance,
The Elmira ADVERTISER, where we see the local news from our own homes, for
which we seek so anxiously. Gen. P. Sheridan's head quarters at present, with
base of supplies, is near Winchester, Va. Two divisions of sixth army corps
has left the Valley for some other field of usefulness, leaving one division
of sixth army corps in company with the eighth and nineteenth army corps in
Shenandoah Valley. Our regiment is attached to the eighth army corps, and the
Chemung county boys stand high in the estimation of their commanders. F. K.
Hewett, of Horseheads, has received a commission as Second Lieutenant for his
soldierly conduct in battle, and others have been promoted as non-commissioned
officers for their good behavior in the recent campaign of the Shenandoah.
Most of the Chemung boys are enjoying very good health now, the weather being
quite cold here for some time. We are not exactly idle here this winter, for
the surrounding country is taking a scourging which will long be remembered
by those that survive it, the forage being taken or destroyed simultaneously,
and all buildings destroyed far and near, except dwellings, as not to leave
a lurking place for the gangs of guerillas that infest this locality—and
when they are captured they are severely punished, and if this cruel war should
last much longer, this vicinity of country will become depopulated. With my
best wishes, I close. I am, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
1st Lieut. commanding Co. H., 5th Regt. N. Y. S. V. Art'y.
THE THIRD BATTALION OF THE FIFTH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY arrived between
eleven and twelve o'clock, in company with the remainder of the Tenth Heavy
Artillery, on the steamer Cayuga, and were received by attentive and energetic
Citizens' Committee, who had just got the One Hundred and Twenty-first off
The Fifth artillery was raised in Lewis county, was mustered in at Sackett's
Harbor in September, 1862, as the Third batallion of the Black River artillery.
On arriving at Washington its designation was changed to the Sixth battalion
of New York Artillery, and it was afterwards transferred to the Fifth New York,
as the Third battalion of that regiment. It went out with 614 men and returned
It never lost an officer or private in action. It was in but one engagement,
and that the siege Maryland Heights, from the 3d to 8th of July, 1864. It served
in the defences of Washington fifteen months, and built Fort C. F. Smith. It
left that position November, 1863, and since that time has been in permanent
garrison at Maryland Heights.
The officers are as follows:— Major—Henry B. Wilder. Captains—Frank
Haddeck, James G. Hartwell. First Lieutenant—George W. Bartlett. Major
G. F. Merriam was first appointed Major, and went out of service March 14,
1865, and was succeeded by Major Wilder.
The battalion left for Sackett's Harbor this morning. The remainder of the
Tenth left last night. (Alb. Journal, June 24, 1865)
ARRIVAL AND RECEPTION OF THE THIRD BATTALION 5TH N. Y. ARTILLERY.—The
3d battalion of the 5th N. Y. Artillery, reached this city last evening between
eleven and twelve o'clock, in company with the balance of the 10th Regiment,
N. Y. H. A., by the steamer Cayuga. It numbered 327 men, and there were 840
of the 10th Regiment. The Citizen's Committee having discharged their duties
towards the 121st Regiment, were promptly on hand, and took charge of the brave
fellows, escorting them to the different hotels and giving them plenty to eat.
The 5th Artillery was raised in Lewis County, and was mustered in as the 3d
battalion of the Black River Artillery. On arriving at Washington its designation
was changed to the 6th battalion of N. Y. Artillery, and it was afterwards
transferred to the 5th New York, as the 3d battalion of that regiment It was
mustered into service of the United States at Sackett's Harbor, September,
1862, and went out 614 strong. Major G. F. Merriam was first appointed Major,
and went out of service March 41, 1865, and was succeeded by Major Henry B.
Wilder, who is now in command. It never lost an officer or private in action.
It was in but one engagement, and that the siege of Maryland Heights, from
the 3d to the 8th of July, 1864. It served in the defences of Washington fifteen
months, and built Fort C. F. Smith. It left that position Nov., 1863, and since
that time has been in permanent garrison at Maryland Heights.
The Officers are as follows: Major Henry B. Wilder.
Captains—Frank Haddeck, James G. Hartwell.
First Lieutenant—George W. Bartlett.
The battalion will leave for Sackett's Harbor this morning. The balance of
the 10th went west last night. (Alb. Express, June 29, 1865)
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