8th Independent Battery, NY Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Wounded—Serg. Jas. B. Gemmel, William ...y, Rudolph Smith, Oran B. Maynard,
Wm. ..., Darius Hadley.
We are indebted to a friend for a copy of the Yorktown (Va.) Cavalier of May
28th--a—good looking and lively newspaper, printed by S. C. Hough and
T. C. Fell. The editor is J. Hiram Champion, First Lieutenant of the 8th Independent
N. Y. Battery.
CAMP OF 8TH INDEPENDENT N. Y.
BATTERY, YORKTOWN, Va., Sept. 2.
Mr. Mirror--Thinking that you would wish to hear from the Battery, I pen these
lines. To be brief, we left camp on Gloucester Point, on the 28th ultimo. We
were ordered to this side to relieve a Battery from Wisconsin, who had his
reported 17 men for duty; and no wonder, for the foul state of the fort and
of their quarters, was sufficient to put any Company in the same condition.
Since we came in their place, some of the boys have been sick; but the cool
weather has set in, and is likely to continue. The Company some time ago, raised
about $140 for an independent band of six pieces. They came day before yesterday,
and the musicians are now practicing; their maiden effort in that line, I should
judge. Deserters from Richmond sometimes come within our lines here. The other
day 12 came in and took the oath to support Uncle Sam.
Everything is quiet and monotonous in this place. Lieut. P. Morton has gone
to Williamsburgh, to take temporary command of a battery.
I remain yours, &c., W. R. D.
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