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11th Infantry Regiment
New York
Civil War Newspaper Clippings

THE FIRE REGIMENT—Colonel Ellsworth and his officers have been active in preparing this regiment for service. More work has been done in six days than seemed possible. The men have been mustered into service; the officers elected; the uniforms made, and on Sunday afternoon eleven hundred as efficient and hardy soldiers as ever handled a gun, will start for the scene of rebellion.
Col. Ellsworth arrived in this city on Thursday of last week. On Friday he called together a number of the principal men of the department. On Saturday he selected his officers. On Sunday he mustered one thousand men. On Monday he drilled them. On Tuesday inspected them. On Wednesday commenced giving them clothes. On Thursday had them in quarters, and yesterday, (Friday), he was ready in waiting for supplies. To day he will receive them, and to-morrow march through the city escorted by the whole Fire Department on board the steamer Baltic direct for the seat of war.
Who can now say that the New York firemen lack patriotism? Who can say that the desire of gain influences their motives? For years they have worked for the city, and now, when duty calls, they are found extending their benefits to the whole country. The firemen have entered into this movement, with a full understanding as to the work before them. They know the hardship they are expected to endure. They offer their lives, and look to the citizens of New York for the means to get them into active service. The trustees of the department and other firemen have formed a committee to help them. Will not the citizens join to aid this regiment to leave the city prepared for any emergency? The men want such things as under-clothing, and contributions will be gratefully acknowledged. The regiment will leave the city without their overcoats or blankets. They leave because they believe they are wanted. Were it necessary for them to go unarmed, they would go, but as the people can help them, they ask assistance.
The companies are located in the buildings in Canal street, between Broadway and Centre, and will remain there until the time of their departure. The Finance Committee, who are composed of the best men in the city, will gratefully receive and acknowledge any help.
This morning an election of Captains and Lieutenants will take place. The Captains of companies are to be as follows:
Co. A, John Coyle, of Hose 42.
Co. B, M. Murphy, of Hose 41.
Co. C, Ed. Burns, of Engine 16.
Co. D, John Downey, of Engine 34.
Co. E, John B. Leverich, of Hose 7.
Co. F, W. Burns, of Engine 6.
Co. G, M. Teagan, of Engine 13.
Co. H, W. Hackett, Engineer.
Co. I, John Wildey, of Engine 11.
Co. J, Andrew Curtill, of Engine 14.
John A. Cregier is appointed Major; Noah L. Farnham, Lieutenant Colonel. During the week many presentations have taken place. Almost every officer has been the recipient of some token from the company to which he was attached, and it must be pleasant to the men to know that their fellows who are left behind appreciate their efforts and sacrifices in behalf of the flag of their country.
There have been one thousand and one hundred men who have sworn to sustain the Regiment. Nearly all of them have been uniformed, or will be by noon to-day, and it is the hope of every fireman that each one will respond to the last call, and be prepared to leave on Sunday. The whole country are watching the Regiment of New York Firemen. They expect great things of them, and it is our ardent prayer that they will return crowned with honor. It was the intention of the Colonel to march the Regiment to Fort Hamilton, and spend a few days in instruction, but important orders from Washington demand the immediate departure of the Regiment. That all who have been selected will go we are sure, as it would be an everlasting disgrace to be left behind on such an occasion. To the members enlisted we say attend to your duties, and act like men to the citizens. Lend the aid you can in furthering the object by your contributions.
The Common Council have voted a stand of colors for the Regiment. Mr. John J. Astor has also; and this evening Company E receive a stand from the citizens of the Fifteenth Ward. The American flag will be well displayed in the ranks, and we earnestly hope that the Regiment will hang them in Firemens' Hall on their return, untarnished by any description of stain.


New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 19, 2006

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