10th Infantry Regiment
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
May 1, 1861
McChesney's National Zouaves were inspected
and mustered into service at Washington
parade ground, yesterday morning. They were inspected
by companies, by Capt. Cogswell, of the U.
S. army, and by Dr. Mott. But few recruits were
rejected. They were expecting their uniforms last
evening, and will probably leave to-day for Fort
Hamilton or Schuyler. Company A (Capt. White), a fine body of picked men, are
quartered at the Tammany Hotel, having been inspected a few days ago .
There are now eight full companies of the National
Zouaves ready to march when supplied with arms
THE TENTH NEW-YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The Tenth—better known as the "New-York
Zouaves"—are now recruiting in the City. This
regiment has been all through the Peninsula, and for
splendid discipline and military behavior generally
has the special honor of being brigaded with DURYEE’S
Zouaves and the regulars, under WARREN and
Sykes, in Fitz JOHN PORTER'S corps d'armee. Col.
BENDIX, its commander, is a fine soldier. Capt. G. F.
HOPPER and Lieut. JAS. M. SMITH are detailed for recruiting
duty. Their headquarters are at the Mercer
House, corner of Mercer and Broome streets .
Col. McChesney's command go into encampment to-day, at Hamilton square, corner
of Sixty-sixth street and Fifth avenue.
ARRIVAL OF COMPANY F, TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS.
Company F, of the National Zouaves, Captain Jas.
Brady, arrived home yesterday afternoon, and were
well received by their friends. The company was
raised in Brooklyn by Captain Solomon Winchester,
who was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg. He
was succeeded by Captain Thomas D. Mosscrop, who
was wounded in the second battle of Bull Bun, and
the command then devolved upon Captain Brady. The
company, when it left Brooklyn, numbered 101 men,
and returns with 46 men. They were engaged in
the seven days' fight on the York peninsula, at
South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.
The flag which was presented to them by
General Wool, at Fortress Monroe, was brought
home by Sergeant Alexander Jameson, and will be
preserved as a memento. It is weather-worn and
perforated with bullet holes, so that it can hardly
sustain its own weight. It will be kept at the home
of Captain Mosscrop, No. 168 Myrtle avenue, for
the present. The company were entertained by
Captain Mosscrop, after which they left for their
THE REGIMENTS TO BE MUSTERED OUT—The Tenth
Zouaves appeared in front of the City Hall this morning,
to be mustered out of the United States service.
After remaining some time, the men were notified that
they should reassemble on Monday, at one o'clock, for
the purpose. There are two months' pay due the regiment,
with the discharge bounty to each soldier of $100.
At present the Zouaves manifest no disposition to reenlist,
but a few days and high bounty may change
Two of the companies will have invitation balls in a
few days, which will be generally attended by the officers.
The ball of company I takes place on the 12th
in the Apollo Rooms, and that of company F on the
25th instant. The colors, now a mass of shreds, will
be conspicuously displayed on each occasion.
The mustering out of the 7th regiment Stanton Rifles,
was also postponed until Monday.
INTERESTING TROPHY.—The Bureau of
Military Statistics this morning received the
following interesting letter and the Colors to
which it refers. The latter, a regimental banner,
bears the words: "10th Regiment,
N. Y. V., Presented by the city of New-
York," with the coat of arms of the city in the
centre. The banner is much worn, the lower
part torn into shreds, portions of which are
gone. The spear bears the mark of a shot,
and the flag of several. Twice a trophy, no
common interest attaches to this banner.
It will be remembered that the Tenth was a
two year's regiment, and is now out of service:—
NEW YORK, Feb. 16,1865.
Colonel Lockwood L. Doty, Chief of Bureau of Military
Statistics, State of New York:
Colonel—I send you by express to day the
colors of the Tenth New York regiment.
These colors were re-captured by General Slocum's
column of Major General Sherman's
army on their recent march through Georgia.
They were taken at the Capitol of Georgia.
Col. Rogers, of Gen. Slocum's staff, entrusted
them to me, with the request that they should
be forwarded to His Excellency, Gov. Fenton.
Will you have the kindness to apprise him of
their receipt by you.
Col. Rogers supposes that they were captured
from the Tenth New York in the Virginia campaign
of 1861-2. I have no knowledge of the
present location or organization of that regiment
if now in service, or I should return
them through its Commander to you.
I am, very resp'y, your ob't sev't,
(Signed) DAN. BUTTERFIELD.
Maj. Gen. Vol.
Saturday Morning, May 10.
The troops left during the night, and
at day light could be seen from the
wharf, landing at Willoughby's Point,
a short distance from the Rip Raps.
Through the influence of Secretary
Stanton, I obtained, this forenoon, a
permit to accompany Gen. Wool and
Gen. Mansfield and Staffs to Willoughby's
Point, on the steamer Kansas, and
here I am, on sacred soil, within eight
miles of Norfolk.
The point at which we have landed
is known as Point Pleasant, one of the
favorite drives from Norfolk.
The first regiment landed was the
20th New York, known as Max Weber's regiment, which pushed on immediately
under Gen. Weber, and were at
8 a. m., picketed within five miles of
Norfolk. The 1st Delaware, Col. Andrews,
was pushed forward at 9 o'cl'k
accompanied by Gens. Mansfield and
Viele and Staffs. They were soon followed
by the 16th Massachusetts, Col.
Wyman. The balance of the expedition
consists of the10th New York, Col.
Bendix; the 48th Pennsylvania, Col.
Bailey; the 99th New York coast guards
Maj. Dodge's battalion of mounted
rifles, and Cap't. Follet's company of
the 4th regular infantry.
Gen. Wool and staff remained to superintend
the landing of the force, all
of whom were landed and off before
noon. The President, accompanied by
Secretary Stanton, accompanied. Gen.
Wool and staff to the wharf, and there
took a tug, and proceeded to the Minnesota,
where he was received with a
It is generally admitted that the President
and Secretary Stanton have infused
new vigor into both the naval
and military operations here, and that
the country will have no cause for further
complaint as to the cause of the
rebels in this quarter.
The President has declared that Norfolk
must fall: that the Merrimac must
succumb to the naval power of the
Union; and that the government property
at Norfolk must be repossessed at
whatever cost it may require. What
is more, he has determined to remain
here until it is accomplished.
The iron-clad gunboat Galena, accompanied
by Port Royal and Aroostook,
went up the James river Wednesday
night, and although I have been
unable to obtain positive information
from them since the Galena silenced the
forts on the lower part of the river, it
is understood that the President has received dispatches from Gen. McClellan
that they have given him most valuable
aid in driving the enemy to the
wall. It is even stated to-day that
the Galena not only captured the Yorktown
and Jamestown, but has put crews
on board and run them up within shelling
distance of the river defenses of
Richmond! Of the truth of this, however,
I can not vouch, as Old Point is
becoming famous for its rumors.
REORGANIZATION OF THE TENTH N. Y. VOLS.
In response to a call made by Col. John E. Benedix, an
enthusiastic meeting of the 10th Regiment New-York Volunteers
(National Zouaves), was held yesterday afternoon at
the Mercer House, preparatory to reorganizing for a brief
campaign, to resist the Rebel campaign in Pennsylvania.
Among the officers present were Col. Bendix, Lieut.-Col. J.
W. Marshall. Major J. Missing, and Capt. Dimmick. The
meeting having been called to order, Col. Bendix stated that
he issued the call at the suggestion of several of the officers
of the regiment, in consequence of the Rebel raid in Pennsylvania,
and he wanted a vote by companies of all those who
were willing to reorganize for a short term of service. Gen.
Sandford had agreed to accept them as State Militia.
Mr. Waldo Hutchings was then introduced and said that
his object in coming there was to raise a battalion of 400 men
from the veterans before him to resist the Rebel Invasion in
Pennsylvania under the leave of their gallant commander,
Col. Bendix. As far as he was concerned, he was willing to
defray the expenses of their journey, and the Government
would remunerate them as a military organization for their
timely services. If necessary he was ready to shoulder the
musket himself. They would go as militia, and would be
under the command of Militia Officers.
Col Bendix having conferred with the officers, said he understood
that many of the man were desirous of receiving
bounties. He suggested, however, that they enroll their
names at any rate, and if no bounties were forthcoming, they .
would not be held. They could act their own pleasure.
The roll was then signed by about 100 men, and a Committee,
composed of Major Missing, Capt. Dimmick, and Lieut.
Murray, appointed to wait upon the Committee on National
Affairs to obtain uniforms and other necessary aid. The following
call was issued yesterday afternoon:
Returned Volunteers — rally ! Rally! Rally!— All members of regiments who have been in service and will
serve again for a short period, not exceeding three months,
are requested to meet at the Mercer House, corner of Broome
and Mercer streets, and enroll their names, where the l0th
Regiment. N. Y. V. are reorganizing to serve with the New-
York troops in Gen. Sandford's Division. Col J. E. Bendix,
Lieut-Col. J. W. Marshall, Major J. Missing. Capt. R. A.
Dimmick, Capt. Thos. Mosscrop."
TENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The Tenth N. Y. Volunteers are determined again to be
in the field, despite any obstacles which may be thrown
in their way. Col. Bendix has been temporarily relieved
of the command, charged with bringing home some of his
men who had enlisted for three years. In justification of
the Colonel we have the best authority for saying that he
did his utmost to prevent such an occurrence: but it was
impossible to prevent a few of the men from eluding the
vigilance of their officers, who were stationed at different
points to prevent them from going with the returning two years men.
It is an act of injustice to the gallant Colonel, who has
so nobly and devotedly battled for his country since the
breaking out of the rebellion. The Tenth was organized
in this city, and not one cent came out of the public
funds of the city, as it was raised by the untiring efforts
of the Colonel and his officers. We hope soon that he will
be placed at the head of his regiment.
TENTH REGIMENT N. Y. S. V.~0n Thursday, the
14th, another box for our friends at Bonnet Carre will be
forwarded by D. DeGraff. All packages received up to
Wednesday night at 10 o'clock, at Medical Hall, corner
South Pearl and Plain streets.
MUSTERED OUT.—Several members of the
Tenth regiment, Hawkins' Zouaves, who enlisted
from Troy, are home again—among them "Ike" Warren, brother of our worthy Surrogate.
THE SECOND BATTALION, HAWKINS' ZOUAVES.
About one hundred men who joined the service
of the United States some seven months
since under the title of the Second battalion,
Hawkins' Zouaves, have now been discharged.
Those men, it appears, enlisted for nine months,
and have since been kept in camp at New Dorp,
Staten Island, without receiving pay or bounty.
In consequence of their refusal to enlist for
three years or the war they have been dishonorably
discharged the service.
COL. BENEDIX AND THE TENTH NEW YORK VOLS.
Correction.—We regret to state that a typographical
error made us say, last evening, that, "Colonel Bendix
brought the colors of the regiment back with him to .
this city, which were deserted by the men left behind."
The statement should have read—"which were desired
by the men left behind." The Tenth regiment has
always fought with bravery on many a bloody field, and
not a single member ever deserted its honored flag.
An "Indignation" Meeting—The officers of the several
Military organizations that were dropped from the
service of the State by reason of the consolidation of
the Troops at Sprague Barracks held an indignation
meeting a few days ago at the Headquarters of the Seymour
Light Infantry for the purpose of laying their
grievances before the Governor. H. F. Lubenan was called to the chair, and
after several nominations a Secretary
was finally found to act. A motion was then
made to appoint a Committee of three to draw up a
set of resolutions.
Pending the motion, Wm. H. Allen, formerly Colonel
of the First New York Volunteers, rose to address the
meeting. He said that he thought some of the members
ought to relate something of what they knew of
the matter, that the committee might have some
knowledge how to form the resolutions. He said that
he was not particularly interested in the matter either
one way or the other, that Adjutant General Sprague
obtained his position through Ex-Governor Morgan,
who impressed upon Governor Seymour the necessity
of having a military man in that position, on account of
the perilous position of the affairs of the nation. This
would have been a good reason in itself had Morgan
not had some ulterior object in view, which Sprague was
to carry out: that Sprague was a regular army officer
and he did all he could to discourage and displease the
volunteer officers, which work he was now doing in
revoking and consolidating so many regiments. In fact
he and Col. Lansing did everything to discourage enlistments
that Sprague being a regular army officer
had a dislike to the volunteer officers in the field, and
had them superseded, and put in their places men of
the regular army and also other favorites of his. Now
if they would lay all this, and also everything else
which they might ascertain, before Governor Seymour,
he might change his mind and supersede
Sprague. As to Col. Lansing, he was about as bad as
Sprague; he was a captain in the regular service, brevetted
Major, and he was a protégé of Morgan's, going
from New York in command of the 17th N. Y. Vols.
The first engagement he was in he left his horse on the
fields and was not heard from until he was in New
York; while here he obtained the position of Commander
of Troops in Camps and Garrison, which he
managed to keep when Seymour got in.
After this speech the chair put the motion for a committee
of three, which was carried, and the meeting then
New York National Zouaves at Fort Monroe.
HEADQUARTERS TENTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
Fortress Monroe, Va.,
15th August, 1861.
Editor N.Y. Leader :
DEAR Sir—I observe your cotemporaries designate
the Tenth Regiment N. Y. S. Volunteers (National
Zouaves) as "McChesney's Zouaves." May I ask you
to confer a favor upon a regiment which warmly appreciates
the able efforts of your Journal to expose
incompetency and abuse, to abstain from using the
designation "McChesney's Zouaves" in any way connecting
the name of Colonel McChesney with this regiment.
The regiment to a man feel thoroughly
ashamed at having his name given to them; as it
was to his vacillation and incompetency that we very
justly attribute our mischances both at Sandy Hook
and on leaving the City of New York. Added to the
foregoing, Mr. Editor, please observe the subsequent
conduct of the aforesaid colonel, in bringing the regiment
to the scene of action, and then curiously resigning
his command, only a day or two after the
unfortunate battle of Big Bethel to another officer,
and returning home on the plea of ill-health. This
same gallant colonel, it is said, has been heard in
New York to speak of his experience at the battle of
Big Bethel. This however, can hardly be true! for
I assure you, Mr. Editor, that Colonel McChesney was
not in the battle, nor near it, as the Tenth Regiment
never passed the village of Hampton. We were ordered
to take up the line of march for Big Bethel, but
this order was subsequently countermanded just before
reaching the bridge of Hampton.
I should here observe that Colonel McChesney is
not dead yet, nor likely to die; though having resigned
on the plea of ill-health.
Colonel McChesney, I may say, absented himself
from the regiment nearly the whole time we were at
Sandy Hook, and I hear, after resigning, gave the
people of New York to understand that our regiment
was anything but what he expected. I only wish you
had been here yourself to judge of our doings. No
regiment, with the exception of the Fifth Duryea and
the Third Townsend, have done more than we have.
Picket duty and expeditions to destroy schooners and
interrupt the perpetual introduction on the coast of
arms and supplies to the enemy have been an endless
source of employment to us. I was in the last expedition
to the Chesapeake Bay, and really felt proud to see
the admirable way the boys behaved. Three companies
of our regiment accompanied the expedition,
and it would have delighted you to have seen Companies
C and F, stripped to the skin, pitching coals out
of the "Fanny Cadwallader," a gunboat that got
aground just under the guns of the enemy. Captain
Lowther, of Thirty-seven New York Engine, behaved
splendidly, and by his conduct was mainly instrumental
in getting the boat off. There is not a
company in the regiment that have not firemen
among them, and you know their character and disposition
too well to think that they will flinch. We
have, it is true, seen hardships, but we are all content
to gut up with anything ourselves rather than be
disparaged by those who were formerly of us, but
have since seceded. You know, doubtless, Mr. Allen,
formerly of the District Attorney Waterbury's office.
He is our Quartermaster Sergeant, and will corroborate my statements.
I ask, Mr. Editor, in the name of the regiment,
that the name "McChesney" may never again be
associated with the Tenth National Zouaves of New
York. We have to thank our present Lieut.-Colonel
Elder, now commanding, and Adjutant Patrick for
the past and present military knowledge we have acquired;
and it is to their untiring and unceasing efforts
we may attribute our present efficiency. Excuse
my troubling you with this. The Tenth Regiment
is industriously working to achieve a name and position
for itself among its confreres, the New York
Volunteer Regiments, and it wants no name to be associated
with it that will not do it credit. The success
that has attended its effort to attain thorough efficiency
and distinction has been but small as yet, but
small as it has been, it has, however, met with the
recognition and appreciation both of General Butler
and Colonel Dimmick, the gallant commander of our
fortress here; and with the approval of such men the
regiment looks forward to a glorious future, and
watches with an eager, jealous eye for an opportunity
to rank itself in the public estimation among the
choisest regiments of New York.
I remain very obediently yours,
Co. E., Tenth Regm't New York "National Zouaves.''
THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
The regiment of Zouaves, under the command of
Colonel W.W. McChesney, at present camping at the City
Arsenal, corner of Elm and White streets, were yesterday
formally inspected and mustered into service.
Lieutenant M. Cogswell, of the United States Army,
acting as inspector on the occasion. The regiment is
undergoing the m o s t rigid discipline, and is constantly
engaged in drilling. The troops are nearly all equipped,
as far as the uniform is concerned, with the exception
of the caps, which are at present under contract.
The armament for the regiment has not yet come to
the city, which is the main cause of their protracted
stay. The officers are very anxious to remove their
troops from New York, and to attain this object various
attempts have been made to secure adequate quarters
for a camping ground in the suburbs. Up to yesterday
but poor success has crowned the efforts of those endeavoring
to find a suitable place for an encampment.
Quartermaster Biddle went yesterday to the Fashion
Course, but has not received a definite answer whether
the same may be secured or not. The proprietor, however,
has agreed to let him know to-day whether the
regiment can encamp on the course, and, if so, they will
probably take possession to-morrow.
The tents and camp utensils being contracted for will
doubtless be ready for the regiment as soon as they are
in the position to take up their quarters in the camp.
The best possible thing that could happen to the command
would be to leave the city, inasmuch as it is composed
of such material, that only the severest kind of
discipline will in a measure subdue their pugnacious spirit.
The troops are a fine body of men, of small stature,
and well developed muscular proportions.
The main cause of the trouble among themselves seems
to arise from their anxiety to get into actual service.
They have already been in close quarters for nearly two
weeks, and the surroundings are not proof against their
anticipated removal from this city to a sphere of usefulness.
Once out of New York the National Zouaves will
be a credit to the volunteer troops accepted by the federal
authorities. The regimental roster is now very near
full, yet numbers of recruits are offering daily, and four of five are refused.
The election of officers has taken place and none but thorough drilled and
disciplined men have been placed
in command. The board of officers have been very careful
in selecting the staff, and altogether it is doubtful
whether any New York regiment can boast of more accomplished
officers than the National Zouaves. Below
we present a complete list of the field, staff and
Line Officers—Colonel W. W. McChesney; Lieutenant
Colonel, Alexander B. Elder; Major, John W. Marshall;
Adjutant, F. M. Patrick; Quartermaster, James Biddle;
Assistant Quartermaster, J. B. Chapman; Surgeon, Dr. J.
Lovejoy; Paymaster, Aaron Seeley; Commissary, Marshall
B. Shaw; Chaplain, Rev. W. B. Meschutt.
Company A—Captain, Frank White; First Lieut., Alfred
Chamberlain; Ensign, James C. Jones.
Company B—Captain, James Fairman; First Lieut.,
Robert A. Dimick; Ensign, Thomas Culhane.
Company C— Captain, Thomas J. Louther; First Lieut.,
Wm. Lee Monaghan; Ensign, vacant.
Company D--Captain, Thomas Cloudsley; First Lieut.,
John Minor; Ensign, Volney Wright.
Company E—Captain, John Missing; First Lieut., Edgar
A. Brown; Ensign, Daniel Finley.
Company F—Captain, S. Winchester; First Lieut., Rufus
Farnsworth; Ensign, Thomas Mosscroft.
Company G—Captain, Joseph Newburgh; First Lieut.,
Frank C. Stott; Ensign, Charles Hill.
Company H—Captain, George F Hopper; First Lieutenant,
Eugene F. Roberts; Ensign, Theodore H. Rogers.
Company I—Captain, James H Briggs; First Lieutenant,
Thomas Wildes; Ensign, George M. Dewey.
Company J is an engineer corps, in command of Sergeant
Wm. H. Johnson, and is, according to regulations,
the right flank company of the regiment. This company
numbers eighty men. The Engineer of the regiment has
not yet been appointed. Colonel McChesney is endeavoring
to get a graduate of West Point to accept
the position. The same may be said of the surgeons.
Dr. Valentine Mott having been charged with their appointments,
has not yet as settled definitely upon any one.
There are scores of applicants for the positions.
THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
This command was to have taken up their quarters yesterday
at Hamilton park, Sixth-fifth street and Third
avenue, but the state authorities could not by any possibility
furnish them with tents and camp equipage. The regiment,
in consequence thereof, had to pass another night
in their close and confined quarters at the City Arsenal
and Tammany Hall.
Col. McChesney yesterday called upon the Union Defence
Committee to assist him in this dilemma, and get
his regiment, into quarters out of the city; but this body
referred him to Col. Scott, and that officer promised positively
to order the Zouaves to a camping ground near this
city. The exact locality, however, has not been designated,
but it is likely to be at Sandy Hill, where
temporary barracks are now being erected.
Yesterday afternoon the field, staff and line officers
underwent a strict medical examination by Dr. Mott,
Surgeon of the second brigade, after which they were
sworn into the United States service, the men having
been mustered in the day previous.
The officers are of the opinion that, owing to the
despatch of the Secretary of State to Governor Morgan,
on the 30th ult., in reply whether any more troops would
be needed from this State, answering that forty thousand
more volunteers, to serve for three years or during the
war, would be accepted, the National Zouaves will leave
for the scene of action in a very few days.
THE NATIONAL ZUOAVES
This regiment, quartered at Sandy Hook, have received
marching orders, and will probably leave in a day or two. A few more recruits
will be taken if application is made at Lafayette Hall, in Broadway. The regiment
is also in need of a few buglers, who will aslo apply at the above place.
THEIR ENCAMPMENT AT SANDY HOOK AND EXPECTED
The Tenth regiment New York Volunteers (National
Zouaves), under command of Colonel Waters McChesney,
is expected to leave for Fortress Monroe within a few
days. The regiment, for the past three weeks, has been
encamped on a small island at the mouth of Shrewsbury
river, about thirty miles below the city. The
island is a mass of white sand, wholly destitute of vegetation,
except a few stunted trees which grow near its
centre. A large lighthouse and three or four frame buildings
are erected upon it, and these are now used as barracks
for the troops. The air is very pure, coming directly
from the sea, and its bracing effects have added
much to the health and vigor of the men. The bath facilities
are most excellent, and are daily appreciated— both officers and men availing themselves of the opportunity
afforded for delightful sea bathing. As an encampment
for the drilling of recruits the place can scarcely
be excelled, the only drawback being the sand, which
in some places permits them to sink too deep for quick
movements. The troops have, however, made great proficiency
in marching, manoevering, combinations
and evolutions. They have not yet been fully
supplied with rifles? but by drilling in squads this impediment
to their progress in that branch of their exercises
has been overcome. Nine of the companies composing
the regiment were mustered into service on the 30th of
April, the remaining one on the 10th of May. The uniforms
are to be sent to the encampment to day, and are
the improved Zouave costume, the jacket and pants being
of blue pilot cloth, trimmed with red, with vest of the
same cloth, trimmed with stripes of blue, and ornamented
in front with a row of gilt buttons; a havelock of linen,
Zouave boots, and a blue sash with crimson border,
complete the costume. Several tailors are sent with the
uniforms, and each man is to be properly fitted. Colonel
McChesney was the first person who organized a company
of Zouaves in this city, he having previously been connected
with the Chicago Zouaves, under the lamented
Colonel Ellsworth. Captain Frank J. White of this regiment,
was also one of the Chicago Zouaves. A portion
of the recruits are firemen from this city, and one company,
commanded by Captain Winchester, late of the
Brooklyn Fire Department, is composed entirely of young
men from Brooklyn; the rest are mostly young mechanics
and clerks. The Brooklyn company is entitled to
the right of the line, and Company C, commanded by
Captain Southern, the left. Its staff and line officers
Waters M. McChesney, Colonel.
Alexander B. Elder, Lieutenant Colonel.
John W. Marshall, Major.
Frederick M. Patrick, Adjutant
James Biddle, Quartermaster.
John A. Brady, Sergeant Major.
James Fairman; Captain Company A.
Frank J. White, Captain Company B.
James C. Souther, Captain Company C.
Thomas Cloudsley, Captain Company D.
John Messing, Captain Company E.
S. Winchester, Captain Company F.
James Newberg, Captain Company G.
George F. Hopper, Captain Company H.
James H. Briggs, Captain Company I.
Most of the officers have been connected with military
affairs for some years, and a few have seen active service.
This is the case also with many of the men. The
regiment will by Monday be perfectly equipped , and intend
early in the week to parade in the city.
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN THE CITY
FINAL DEPARTURE OF THE NATIONAL
ZOUAVES (TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS).
The transport State of Georgia, with the regiment of
National Zouaves, left her anchorage in the North river
yesterday about noon and sailed for Fortress Monroe.
Some forty or fifty of the absentees are yet on shore.
They will be forwarded in accordance with the following
notice, which has been issued for their benefit;—
COL. McCHESNEY'S NATIONAL ZOUAVES (TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS).
The members of this regiment left behind will report
themselves as early as possible at Lafayette Hall, Broadway,
as they will be forwarded immediately to join
the regiment at Fortress Monroe. A few good men
Lieut. Aaron Seeley,
Paymaster, Tenth Regiment
NATIONAL GUARD ZOUAVES.
More than 70 members of the old National Guard,
the pride of the city, have applied for commissions in
the new volunteer regiment, which it is intended shall
in every respect be of the first class. Many of the applicants, seeing that
it will be impossible for all to get commissions, declare their willingness
to go in the
ranks, if necessary, under their old commander. Another fact, which speaks
for itself is, that some who were appointed in other regiments have withdrawn
to take a lower rank in the Zouaves, in consideration
of the rule that all the officers must be members of the
New York 7th, or gradates of West Point.
THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES (TENTH REGIMENT
The National Zouaves, Colonel McChesney, were unable
to get off yesterday, contrary to expectation, owing to
the continued absence of a number of the men. Many
complaints have been uttered against the command of
the regiment, and the troubles of Tuesday are attributed
to want of judgment on the part of the officers. The
tiresome march of that day, from the foot of Twentieth
street, North river, to Sixty-fifth street, and thence
to the wharf at Canal street, where they expected
to be sent on board without an
opportunity of bidding their friends and families
farewell-- a march made without any meat after breakfast—
all contributed to render the men very much dissatisfied,
if not rebellious. The ''seceders" numbered
some two hundred, a portion of whom returned during
yesterday, and it is probable that all are now on board.
The men did not wish to desert, but only desired an opportunity
of seeing their friends before going, and if a
promise of furlough had been given to them, on their
arrival in the city on Tuesday, these troubles would have
been avoided. The State of Georgia sails this morning....
NEW YORK MILITARY MOVEMENTS.
DEPARTURE OF Mc CHESNEY'S ZOUAVES.
FOR FORTRESS MONROE.
FLAG PRESENTATIONS AT JUDGE WHITE'S HOUSE IN
FIFTH AVENUE, AND AT MR. J.L. BROWN'S, CORNER
OF SIXTY-SECOND STREET AND LEXINGTON
AVENUE--APPEARANCE OF THE REGIMENT--BRILLIANT
RECEPTION ALONG THE ROUTE, ETC.
The Tenth regiment, New York Zouaves, otherwise
known by the name of McChesney's Zouaves, took
their departure about noon yesterday on board the
steamboat Maryland, from Sandy Hook for New York,
and landed at the foot of Twentieth street, North River,
at about a quarter past two. In accordance with prior
arrangements, the whole regiment marched up Twentieth
street to Fifth avenue, and thence to the residence of the
Hon. Judge White, of the Supreme Court, where they
were to be honored by the presentation of a regimental
flag, the gift of Mrs. Benson, whose son goes out with
company A, as private. As the Tenth were expected to
arrive at the residence of Judge White, at the corner of
Fifth avenue and Thirty-fifth street, at as early an hour
as half- past eleven o'clock, the whole neighborhood was
thickly thronged by the fashionable and less pretending
phase of humanity. Balcony, piazza, stoop, and housetop
were occupied from the Fifth Avenue Hotel up
to Thirty-fifth street, by the fair and elegantly attired
ladies of that abode of luxury, and long before the
gallant Zouaves made their appearance the scene presented
was one of the liveliest character.
About half-past three o'clock the roll of drums was
heard by the expectant throng, and presently the regiment
debouched in gallant style from Twentieth street
into Fifth avenue amidst a perfect frenzy of applause.
They wheeled into Fourth avenue, and came round by
Thirty-fifth street to Judge White's residence. Steady,
compact, erect, firm and with not the breadth of a hair's
difference between the line of their muskets, they marched
onward until they arrived opposite the house where
the amiable and interesting family of the judge surrounded
by a host of ladies, stood on the stoop awaiting them. The regiment was at
once thrown into line by
Colonel McChesney, and simultaneously with the movement, the beautiful daughter
of Judge White, Miss Genett
White, attired in a snow white robe and decorated
with a magnificent silk scarf of red, white
and blue, made her appearance on the stoop,
holding the emblem of liberty in her delicate hand, and
proceeded to present it to Captain Winchester, of Company A
on behalf of the regiment. Casting the gorgeous
bunting to the summer breeze, the fair presenter of the
flag advanced a step towards Captain Winchester, and
and addressed the regiment as follows:
Gallant soldiers -- I feel highly honored in having
been chosen by the patriotic donor, Mrs. Benson, to present
you with the colors which you have so nobly volunteered
to defend. I hope that the Stars and Stripes will
ever be so fondly cherished by you as they now are.
(Applause.) When on the field of battle let your watchword
be -- "Union - better die than yield." But let valor
and humanity be united, and in the victory which awaits
you, be just but merciful. Let your sentiments be those of
pity, not revenge. If at times the clouds seem dark
remember the motto, "Nil desperandum" for right is
might, and the flag of our Union shall wave. Be assured
if you stand true to God and your country He will guide
and protect you. Hoping you may ever proudly and
valiantly support it, I will consign to your care our Star Spangled banner.
Captain Winchester received the gift with head uncovered
and bent low on his breast, while the throats of
the soldiers rang out loud cheers. As soon a s silence
had been restored, he spoke in response as follows:--
On behalf of the regiment allow me to return you
thanks for this beautiful emblem. We are now soldiers
going out to action and consequently have no time to
loose in words. Allow me simply to thank you, and to
say that we will do our best not to have this flag disgraced.
It is not in mortals to command success, but we
will do our best to deserve it.
The regiment were then formed into marching order,
when they proceeded to the house of Mr. Brown, corner
of Sixty-second street and Lexington avenue, where they
were presented with two splendid guide colors by Miss
Elder, sister of the Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment,
and Mrs. Masters, on behalf of the ladies of the Nineteenth
ward. The colors were beautiful specimens
ladies' handiwork. One was made of red silk, and bore
the inscription, pro libertat patrice.
The presentation was made by the ladies in the following
appropriate and choice language:--
New York, June 4, 1861.
SOLDIERS OF THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES—The ladies of the
Nineteenth ward of this city, feeling the deepest interest
in your welfare, many of us being connected to said regiment by the sacred
ties of blood and friendship, beg
you to accept these tokens of our regard. On this, your
entrance into the field of battle amid the cannon's roar,
should your eyes revert to these mottoes, may you
realize the full force of their meaning; and hear the
voice of the people calling upon you to keep inviolate the
liberty of your country. We know you will do your duty.
A world's freedom depends upon you—not a thousand
past but a thousand future generations are looking at you.
May the God of battles protect you, and grant you all a
speedy return without one star torn from the glorious
flag of our Union.
Strike! till the last armed foe expires!
Strike! for your alters and your fires!
Strike! for the green graves of you sires! God and your native land!
Mrs. O. Hull,
and several others.
The regiment then reformed and proceeded via Third
avenue, Broadway, Canal street, &c. to the foot of North
Moore street, where they embarked on board the State of
Georgia lying there to receive them. As it had been
published in the Herald that the regiment would pass in
review before the Mayor and Common Council at the
City Hall, thousands of people were congregated there
but they were destined to go away in disappointment in
consequence of the course adopted by the regiment.
They lay out in the stream last night, and started for
Fortress Monroe at an early hour this morning. The regiment
numbers eight hundred strong hale men. Mr.
John A. Brady, an attaché of the New York World, goes
over as Sergeant Major.
SERVICES BY REV. MR. W.B. MATCHETT BEFORE THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
morning, at eleven o'clock, religious services were observed by the National
Col. W.W. McChesney, at the City Arsenal. Owing to the general orders issued
for the regiment to march to-day, the major
portion of the command was absent on furlough, attending
to domestic affairs. However, a good many of the
troops were present, paying particular and marked attention
to the service.
The Rev. Mr. Matchett, chaplain of the regiment, officiated.
The exercises were opened with prayer, after
which the reverend gentleman gave out the following
text:—Proverbs, ix., l: "Wisdom hath builded her house,
she hath hewn out her pillars; she hath killed her beasts;
she hath mingled her wine, she hath also furnished her
From this subject Mr. Matchett proceeded to preach
an eloquent sermon, showing that religious and moral
culture is necessary in all walks of life.
The duties of a soldier are hard, arduous
and vexatious, but by the infusion of morality and a fear in God, the labors
are considerably lightened. He spoke
of the present national troubles, stating that, before many
hours, the clash of arms would be heard among men who
are defending our glorious flag from insult and a rebellious
party, who aim at dissolving this once happy confederacy.
If the Zouaves are called into action, continued
the speaker, let every man remember that his cause is
just, and let him be animated by the spirit of such men
as Washington, Adams, Hancock and others, who
in the dark days of '76, pledged their honors, their
fortunes and even their lives in the cause of their country.
The reverend gentleman also alluded to the Christian
spirit that animated the valiant hero of Fort Sumter
in the midst of the roaring of artillery, nor
forget the obligations he owed to his Creator.
The history of war shows that many heroes that have
distinguished themselves with their swords have
religiously attended Divine service—for instance, General
Havelock, Captain Vickers and hosts of others.
A soldier's life is fraught with many dangers; their Sundays
are turned into week days, and their nights into
day. When on active duty the regular Sabbath services
must sometimes be omitted; but every man may in his
own mind observe the thought of serving his Lord, who
will certainly not forsake him in the hour of trial. In this
strain the reverend gentleman continued for some time,
.... patriotically to the feelings of his
... to stand by that hallowed flag that has for so
many years floated proudly, defiantly and undisgraced in
every portion of the habitable globe. After a benediction
and the singing of a hymn and congregation was dismissed.
Among the attendants were a number of ladies,
friends of the chaplain and the soldiers.
The Tenth Regiment New York Volunteers.
Among the regiments which have distinguished themselves during the present
rebellion, stand prominent the N.Y. 10th Volunteers,
now in Fortress Monroe, Va. One year ago
when the peon of war first sounded, they sprang
to arms, and gave themselves up to service
of their common country. Under the able and
efficient service of Col. W. W. McCHESNEY, supported
by his able and gentlemanly officers, the
regiment soon became one of the first in drill
and military discipline. They were immediately
ordered to Fortress Monroe, where for
months they suffered hardships that were truly
severe, yet without the least complaint. Soon
the health of the Colonel became such as to
render a furlough and a few months' stay at the
North necessary. The command devolved on
the late Lieutenant Colonel ALEXANDER B.
ELDER, to whom, from the mutual privations
suffered, both officers and men became much
attached, when he fell a victim to the fevers of
the climate, and was borne to his home, in New
York, from whence he was buried with distinguished
military honors, amid the grief and
sympathies of a great portion of that city.
The command of the regiment thus fell to
Major John W. Marshall, long known in New
York city, and one of the most gentlemanly,
able and efficient officers in the volunteer service.
No officer in the regiment has ever stood
higher in the estimate of its men. He has a
deep and abiding hold upon the hearts of all,
and we apprehend not a single man in the regiment
but would follow wherever he should
lead. He was soon commissioned by Governor
Morgan as Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment,
which position he has filled with distinction,
and conferred honor upon his State. He is
also known and beloved for his urbanity and
gentlemanly deportment outside of his own immediate
regiment, and at the same time that
we should rejoice in his promotion to some
more worthy position in the service of the Government,
yet we should regret exceedingly to
take him from the 10th regiment. Col. Marshall
has done more to keep the regiment
together, during the vicissitudes through which
it has passed since its organization, than any
other officer. They have looked up to him.
and reposed in him the most entire confidence,
both as a brave man and an upright Christian
gentleman. Among the officers of the line who
have done honor to the regiment, are Captains
B. Winchester, Geo. F. Hopper, John Missing,
Geo. Briggs, and G.G. Richardson, and Dr. J.
W. Hunt, 1st Surgeon, whose untiring attention
to his duties during the past season has
saved the lives of very many of its members.
This regiment was held in reserve last summer
in the Big Bethel fight, and were not permitted
to share in the engagement, to any extent.
We understand that Col. McChesney is
again able to be in the field, and is now about
returning to his command. When the 10th is
put into the active field they will report well.
THE NATIONAL GUARD ZOUAVES
This regiment was organized rendering its services
to the federal government three years or during the war. number of the line
and non-commissioned officers have been members of the Seventh regiment.
A pleasing little episode occurred last evening at the
fort. At roll call at retreat, Company I, of the Tenth regiment
New York Volunteers, presented their First Lieutenant,
Geo. M. Dewey, with a superb sword belt, sash
and epaulets, as a mark of respect. The present was as unexpected as it was
handsome, and took Lieutenant Dewey completely by surprise. The sword is one
celebrated Solingen blades, richly mounted, and bears the
Presented to First Lieutenant George M. Dewey,
Company I, Tenth regiment N. Y. V.,
By the members of said company, as a token of
esteem. Fortress Monroe, April 28,1862.
The presentation was made in a neat speech by private
Martin Lawless. A singular circumstance connected
with this presentation was that the day on which it occurred
was the birthday of Lieutenant Dewey, of which
however, the company was not aware. The usual convivial
time on such occasions was indulged in by the
officers of the regiment and the members of Company I.
Among the list of arrivals from Baltimore to-day is
that of J. Warren Fuller, agent of P. T. Barnum, of the
American Museum. He visits the Army of the Potomac
to procure rebel trophies for exhibition in New York.
TENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS,
Superior inducements are offered to young men to enlist
in this splendid regiment. It gained great popularity and distinction while
at Fortress Monroe, and since McClellan's army has performed such deeds of
valor and courage as to place it high upon the roll of fame.
Its commander, Colonel John E. Bendix, is highly respected
and beloved by all who have ever served under
him. Captain Geo. F. Hopper, the recruiting officer, is
still at the Mercer House. All young men inc1ined to enlist
should call at once. Liberal bounties are promptly
paid and a magnificent outfit furnished, including a new
and attractive Zouave dress, just finished.
NATIONAL GUARD ZOUAVES
Have their headquarters, where recruits will be received,
at the corner of Lafayette place and Fourth street. The regiment is still in
its infancy but is fast filling in.
A SPECIAL MEETING HELD AT
the house of Engine Co. No. 29 on Sunday evening,
Oct. 18th, 1861, these resolutions were unanimously
Whereas, It hath pleased the All-wise Ruler of the
Universe to remove from the sphere of his usefulness our
late lamented associate, JAMES EVERS, who died at
the hospital at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, Oct. 9th,
1861, he then being a member of Co. A, Ninth Regiment
of New York Volunteers, under command of Col. Hawkins;
Whereas, The many sterling and manly qualities of
heart, the stern integrity, the promptness, alacrity, and
cheerfulness with which he always entered upon the discharge
of his duties, however arduous they may have
been, demand a befitting expression of regret at his unfortunate
demise. Therefore, be it
Resolved, That the death of our late associate has deprived
us of an efficient member, a manly companion, and
a generous friend.
Resolved, That we recognize in the action of the deceased
that of a true patriot. When his country called,
he nobly entered the service, and while performing his
duty as a soldier of the Republic, incurred the malady
which resulted in his untimely death.
Resolved, That we can all bear testimony to the manly
bearing of the deceased, to his generous devotion, to the
cause of the unfortunate sense of personal obligation in
the discharge of his duty, and to his faithful service as a
member of this organization.
Resolved, That we bow submissively to the decree of
Providence which has brought upon us this bereavement,
and that, as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased,
we wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty
days and that a copy of these resolutions be engrossed
and forwarded to his family, to whom we tender our
heartfelt sympathy in their great affliction, and that such
resolutions be published in the NEW YORK MERCURY.
Committee :—Jno. H. Berdan, Jos. Chapman, Jno. W.
ELI BATES, Chairman.
Thos. P. OKIE. JR , Secretary.
TENTH REGIMENT, NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
Col. J. E. Bendix is now recruiting in this city to fill up
to 1,048 men. Lieut. Col. Elder and Lieut. Aaron Seeley,
the Quartermaster, are here on recruiting service. The
regiment is at Fortress Monroe. The Lieutenant Colonel
being very sick, the duties devolved on Quartermaster
Seeley, who is working night and day for the regiment,
sending off by most every tram a large squad of recruits.
Those wishing to join may apply at 480 Broadway and
corner of Third avenue and Fifty-eighth street.
THE VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT IN THE
FIRST REGIMENT NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
The First regiment National Zouaves, Col. Morgan,
mustered yesterday at their headquarters in the
Mercer house. Lieut. Col. McChesney immediately
started for Albany to receive orders from the governor.
The regiment is quite full, numbering nearly
1,000 men; a few more suitable recruits can, however,
be taken. The following is the list of officers
who have been temporarily appointed:
Captains—Frank J. White, Tieman, Allen Elder, John
W. Marshall, John Missing, S Winchester, Michael Snyder,
Fred. M. Patrick, E. Jackson.
Lieutenants—Alfred Chamberlain, E. A. Dimmick, Sherman
J. Southers, Thomas Clousky, Edgar Brown, Rufus
Lawson, H. Beaver, G.H. Rodgers, James H Briggs.
Ensigns—W, H. Wilcox, E. J. Newburgh, Wm. L.
Moneghan, Charles Miner, Daniel Finley, Thomas Morscrop,
Henry Schucke, Thomas Wilds.
The regiment consists of nine companies, and will
probably receive marching orders in a day or two.
A request for a share of the fund of $22,000 raised
in this city for recruits was made yesterday, and was
refused on the ground that the fund was only intended
for the militia. It was added, however, that if
the request was repeated and sustained by the recommendation
of a general of division, it would receive
some attention. As many of the men attached
to this regiment are unable to defray the cost of an
outfit, any contribution in the shape of undershirts,
drawers and stockings, would prove very acceptable.
Any such contributions can be sent to Captain E.
Jackson, at the Mercer house. Each member of the
regiment will be required to carry two revolvers and
a bowie knife, together with the arms furnished by
the state. A fund is being raised to purchase the
required arms, and any so disposed can send any donation
for this purpose to Captain White, of Company
A, at the Mercer house.
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