1st Regiment Veteran Cavalry,
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Recruiting in the City.
During the progress of the draft, the great demand for substitutes brought
recruiting operations to a comparative cessation, and for several weeks
very little was accomplished, but of late they have considerably revived,
and nearly all the skeleton organizations represented here are enjoying
the legitimate fruits of persevering effort. The Cavalry was always a favorite
branch of the service, and we are pleased to note that the "1st Regiment
of Veterans," under the auspices of Col. Taylor, late of the 83d,
is now rapidly filling up. Capt. Frank White and Lieut. Clague are the
only representives of this regiment in Rochester, and have already secured
forty-five men. Their recruiting quarters are on Buffalo street, in front
of Arcade entrance.
The rendezvous is Camp Sherrill, Geneva, where the men find comfortable quarters,
little to do, plenty to eat, showy uniforms, glittering sabres, and good
Capt. Graham, of the Griswold Cavalry, which has already taken one full company
from Rochester and vicinity, has an office in the Arcade, and is drawing
about him an excellent class of men. They will have the advantage of serving
under an old campaigner—one who enlisted as a private in the first
company of volunteers raised in Western New York at the outbreak of the Rebellion,
and who has participated in almost every fight on the Potomac from Bull Run
No. 1 to Fredericksburg No. 2. The headquarters of this Regiment is at Troy,
and only a few more men are required to bring it to the maximum standard.
The 14th Heavy Artillery is rapidly filling up. On Friday the first battalion
was organized and mustered into the service under the following
Major—W. H. Reynolds, Utica.
Company A—Capt. Trowbridge, 1st Lieut. Wood.
Company B—Capt. H. R. Randall, 1st Lieut. Judson Knickerbocker, 2d
Lieut. Charles A. Vedder.
Company C--Capt. Green, 1st Lieut. Fauct.
Company D--Capt. Jones, 1st Lieut. Foote.
FIRST VETERAN CAVALRY.
Lt. E. H. BRADY, late of the 27th N. Y. V. has opened a Recruiting office
in this village for the 1st Veteran Cavalry, Col. Taylor. Lt. Brady has
seen two years service, and was in all the battles on the Potomac from
the first Bull Run to that of Chancellorville, and has testimonials from
Gens. Slocum and Bartlett, in whose commands he served, of his efficiency
and bravery. He has already enlisted many of his old companions in arms,
and is offering the highest bounties—$552 to veterans and $175 to
new recruits. This is an excellent opportunity to those who are martially
inclined, to enter the service. His headquarters are at the Tent on the
Correspondence of the Geneva Gazette.
Letter from the 1st Veteran Cavalry.
CAMP STONEMAN, Nov. 6, 1863.
FRIEND PARKER—Yesterday, Nov. 5th, will long be remembered as an eventful
day in the history of our regiment,—the occasion being sword presentations
by Companys E and D, commanded by Captains CHARLES
RINGER and JOHN J. CARTER. Company D made their presentation first. The company
was formed in line and the Captain being called from his tent, Serg't Wm.
STODDARD stepped to the front of the company with the articles to be presented,
and spoke as follows:
In behalf of Company D, I have the honor of presenting you with a sword,
sash, belt and spurs, all of which you will receive as a token of the confidence
which the company repose in your ability as their Captain and commander,
hoping that whenever you unsheath this blade and view its glittering point,
you may remember the confidence reposed in you by each and every man composing
Captain CARTER, on receiving the sword, &c, replied as follows:
Soldiers of Company D:
Need I say that this token of your friendship and esteem for me, who but
a short time since was a stranger to a majority of you, has wholly taken
me by surprise. And well it might, for in looking over the history of our
short acquaintance, I can find nothing on its bright pages that would even
commend me to your notice, much more to present me with a sword, sash, belt
and spurs—each and all of which are worthy of the men presenting them.
My men, in taking these articles, I find that the language of which I am
now master is insufficient in its flow to half express the thanks that I
feel, and I might say that thanks are insufficient of themselves to express
anything of what I feel; but knowing that deeds are greater than words, and
that but a short time can pass before those deeds must be tried, I forbear
any expression that any other occasion might call forth, and bid you wait
the issue of events which will better prove to your satisfaction whether
your confidence was well placed or whether your money was spent in vain.
In the event of the former, I shall be proud to look on the glittering steel
and say that "I have fought a good fight, and am proud to have been
associated as the commander of men so worthy the name of soldiers." But
in the event of the latter, I should thank any member of Company D to take
this gift and place it in the archives of our State, and inscribe upon it
in characters unmistakeable in themselves,—"Here is a trophy of
misplaced confidence: all who look at the glittering blade of this sword
must beware and not follow in the footsteps of its recipient." I now
flatter myself, however, that the former shall be the inscription that we
shall have on this, your gift of friendship; and as I pass down the journey
of life, I shall be proud to remember you; and when I shall have passed away,
there are those of my friends who will look upon this with no little degree
of interest, and remember that it was the expression of Company D towards
their commander,—better known at home as "Johnny." In conclusion,
let me once more thank you, with the assurance that whether on the field
of battle or in the quiet of camp life, it shall ever be my duty, as well
as my privilege, to look after the welfare of Company D; knowing as I do,
that each and every one of you are with me, heart and hand, in the performance
of all the soldierly duties which may from time to time be allotted to us
as our part in crushing out this wicked rebellion and restoring peace to
our once happy country.
As Captain CARTER concluded, three hearty cheers were given by the company,
which showed that every man of them had confidence in their commander.
After the excitement of the presentation had subsided, Company E, commanded
by Capt. Charles Ringer, was formed in line and the officers called to the
front. Orderly Serg't SEYMOUR B. SEELY, in presenting the swords in behalf
of Co. E, spoke as follows:
We, the non-commissioned officers and privates of Company E, 1st Veteran
Cavalry, wishing to show our regards for you, our commanders, know of no
better way of so doing than by presenting each of you with a sabre, believing
that they will be wielded by strong arms and willing hearts, and also believing
that they will never be disgraced while you are spared to use them in the
defense of your country. Accept this, then, Capt. CHARLES RINGER, and you,
Lieut. EDWARD H. BRADY, accept this, and wear them for the sake of those
who now stand before you.
Captain RINGER then replied in the following words:
Members of Company E:
Words cannot express my heartfelt thanks to you, on this occasion—you
have placed this confidence, this token of honor, for which I have done nothing,
as yet, to entitle me to receive it from you who now stand before me. But
I trust that when were are called upon to enter the more active duties of
a soldier's life, you will not find me wanting, nor your confidence in me
misplaced. To some of you I am well known—having fought side by side
with you, as you are aware. I am not much of a speaker, and on such an occasion
as this, my heart is to full for utterance. Mine are deeds, not words. I
cannot make you a fine speech, but I can fight. In conclusion let me thank
you again for the confidence you have placed in me; and this sword, a token
of your friendship and esteem, which will always be cherished by me as a
gift from the noble men I have the honor to command; and let me assure you
that as long as life remains it shall never be disgraced nor stained with
dishonor. Then let us wait the event of our more active duties, and you shall
see whether your confidence in me is misplaced or not.
As Captain Ringer concluded, Lieutenant E. H. Brady stepped to the front
and, holding up the gifts he had received, spoke in the following manner:
I hardly know what to say to you on this occasion—not that I wish to
censure or reprove you in the action you have taken, yet I cannot help thinking
that a word of counsel or reproof might not be out of place. You all must
know that the sword has always been considered the embodiment of honor, the
emblem of power and true manhood; and the idea sent forth when a sword is
presented to a person, carries with it the strongest assurance of confidence,
trust and friendship. To most of you, as yet, I am untried; and you know
not whether this beautiful sword which you have placed in my hands to be
used in defence of our country will or will not be disgraced. My reproof
to you is this: never again place the emblem of power, of confidence, of
esteem and of true manhood, in the hands of a man until you know he has been
well and faithfully tried.
Members of Company E, in receiving this beautiful testimonial of your unmerited
confidence in me, I can but extend to you my heartfelt thanks. I shall ever
bear in mind the motive which I think prompted your action; and I shall leave
it to your judgment and my course in the future to decide whether or not
your confidence has been misplaced.
Comrades, this, to me, is a joyful and yet a sad and melancholy time—joyful,
to think that I have the confidence and respect of the men over whom I am
an officer, and sad and painful to think that many of us have parted with
friends and loved ones, to whom it may never again be our privilege to extend
the right hand of friendship. But let us not falter. Let us remember that
we are engaged in a great and a glorious cause; that it is not the thirty
millions of to-day we are fighting for, but that it is the one hundred or
perhaps five hundred millions who are in some future time to occupy this
land, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf to Hudson's Bay.
Let us rise far above party lines and distinctions; let us stand by the emblem
of the free, borne in triumph by our forefathers upon so many battle-fields,
and stained by the blood of so many thousands of our own day; let us never
permit one star to be blotted from its azure field of blue, nor one stripe
to be taken from its time-honored folds. Let us nobly stand by our country
in this her darkest hour; and when the tornado of revolution shall have passed
away, and our ship of State shall once more be safely anchored in the harbor
of peace; when union, prosperity and happiness shall come to our mourning
country, we can look back on the part we have acted in this great drama with
credit to ourselves and honor to our friends.
Fellow-soldiers, in conclusion I will again extend to you my heartfelt thanks,
hoping that our intercourse with each other in the future may be happy and
agreeable, as it has been in the past.
As he ceased speaking three rousing cheers and a tiger were given for the
officers of Company E. A. BRANCROFT, 2d Lieutenant of Company E, although
an entire stranger to most of the men when he came to the company, has won
the confidence and esteem of every man in it. The general health of the Regiment
is good. The few that are sick are nearly, if not all, new recruits. We are
in good comfortable tents now, and get plenty to eat; and that is about as
much as the majority care for. We have had one pay day and expect another
soon. Company E sent about $4,000 to friends at home. As there is nothing
more of interest to write, I will close.
GEORGE E. BARKER,
Q. M. Serg't.
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