18th Regiment Cavalry, NY Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Corning Light Cavalry.
The Corning Light Cavalry, now in process of organization at Lafayette hall,
under command of Col. J. J. Byrne, as the second regiment of the metropolitan
Cavalry Brigade, is now filling up very rapidly, having already about 400
men enlisted. About 25 men per deim are recruited, the number on some days
being as high as 40. Three hundred and seventy-five men will se sent off
on Monday to Gen. Mott's Brigade in Texas, via New Orleans, in charge of
Capt. Haratszky. The men are at present encamped in comfortable quarters
on Riker's Island.
From the 18th N. Y. Cavalry.
A few facts in relation to the 18th, in which Jefferson county is represented
by a battalion, may not be uninteresting to your readers. Companies B, C, D,
G, H, J and K left here with Gen. Banks' Army for the Red River. They participated
in all the battles of the campaign under the command of Col. Byrne, behaving
with commendable courage in every instance. Co. B was commanded by Capt. Haratzcha;
Co. C by Capt. Van Slyck; Co. D by Capt. Bacon; Co. G by Capt. Anthes; Co.
H by Capt. Smith; Co. I by Capt. Pomer, and Co. K by Capt. Davis.
Capt. Van Slyck resigned March 29th, together with Lieuts. Keats and White.
Capt. Palmer was severely wounded at the battle of Compta, and has gone to
New York on sixty-days leave of absence, and Capt. Bacon was wounded at the
battle of Sabine Cross Roads and taken prisoner.
On the 16th ult., the first squadron, commanded by Capt Haratzpha, and composed
of Cos. B & I, the whole under the direction of Lieut. Col. Stryker, were
caught in a trap and captured entire, including Lieut. Col. Stryker, Capt Haratzpha,
and Lieuts. Paine and Glass.
Co. A, Capt. Phelan, and Co. F, Capt. Wilsey, were sent from here to Pas Carallo,
Texas, where they yet remain.
Cos. E, Capt. Lowe, L, Capt. Simpson, M, Capt. Haile, remained here in the
city, under the command of Major Pitcher.
Lieut. Keenan is in the hospital sick of typhoid fever, and Lieut. Hall's health
is far from good. Dr. Rockerell, Surgeon of the regiment, is in the hospital
sick. Asst. Surgeon Gaile is also in the hospital sick.
Lieuts. Mistelle, McMahon and Morton, have gone North on leave of absence,
sick. Major Pitcher is Assistant Provost Marshal in this city. Hs has as assistants
in his office, Lieuts. Bates, 11th N. Y. Cavalry, and Yates and Gaige of our
regiment, the latter officer having just returned from the front, where he
has been on duty with the regiment.
Lieut. Seeley, Co. I, has resigned, and gone North.
Major Tracy is in the city sick. He is on the staff of Gen. Arnold, commanding
the cavalry. Lieut. Willard is Aide-decamp on the staff of Col. Gooding, commanding
5th Cavalry Brigade. Col. Byrne Major Byrne, Quartermaster Rogers, Capts. Drought,
Smith, Anthes and Davis, were well and safe at last accounts. Lieut. Rockwell
is acting as Post Quartermaster in this city.
The above shows you how they use cavalry regiments in the department of the
Yours, &c., Z.
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