12th Infantry Regiment
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On Friday of last week our village presented an unusual lively appearance in
consequence of the expected arrival of the remaining members of Co. G; of
the 12th Regiment. Several places of business were decorated with national
colors, and the streets were alive with people at an early hour.
The arrival of the 5:20 P. M. train (on which the boys were expected) was announced
by the booming of cannon and ringing of bells.
The Co. was met at the cars by the Committee of Arrangements, the Canastota
Band and the Bruce Guards.
After the usual salutations a procession was formed in the following order:
1st, Committee of Arrangements.
2d, Clergy and Speakers.
3d, Canastota Band.
4th, Bruce Guards under command of Capt. Chas. Crouse.
5th, Returned Volunteers, under Capt. O. T. May, of the 149th Reg. N. Y. V.,
formerly 1st Lieut. of Co. G. 12th Regt.
The procession marched to the Methodist Church, where, after an opening piece
by the Band, a very appropriate Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Stocking. Judge
Barlow then delivered the welcoming address in the following language:
Fellow Citizens and Soldiers:
In behalf of the Committee of Reception, I would say, that it is with feelings
too deep to be expressed that we welcome your safe return to your homes in
our midst. You return from the battle fields of our country with honors never
to fade. Two years have passed away since you laid aside the citizen to become
the soldier, to exchange the quietude of home for the clamor and carnage of
war. You took your lives in your hands and went forth, valiant defenders of
the people, against as powerful and relentless' an enemy as ever met Roman
or Greek, and you have manifested a courage, honoring not yourselves alone,
but your whole country. We claim to share it ourselves, though earned by you
at the peril of your blood and lives.
It is due to say that whilst many others stood back with trembling knees when
their country called for them, you stepped forth, champions for the strife
in which hundreds of thousands have been slain, and made to yourselves a history
we all well may envy.
It is not merely in a personal point of view that this subject is to be considered.
Whilst you have gained laurels for your own fame, you have aided in proving
to the world that we have within ourselves, inherent power to defend against
the nations of the earth. You have shown to the world the valor and power of
our citizen soldiery, and that our people from their plows and work shops can
cope with the standing armies of empires. It is thus that we see in you the
grand material of our country's hopes, and feel a pride in conceding to you
honors so nobly won.
You have passed through scenes of which we at our quiet homes can have but
faint conception. Though many thousands have fallen, carrying mourning through
our land, in the providence of God, to whom you bestow your abiding gratitude,
you are permitted to return to our midst to assume again the citizen. We welcome,
thrice welcome you to our homes."
After Judge Barlow's address, B. F. Chapman, Esq., made a very fitting speech.
A few remarks in behalf of the soldiers were then made by Geo. Ballou, formerly
orderly Sergeant in the company, having been discharged in consequence of a
wound received in his foot, which disqualified him for further service Though
George was not allowed to be present in person with the company during its
severest trials, yet his heart was with them, and his claim to being one of
their number is not wholely groundless.
Rev. Mr. Wirts next interested the gathering with some very interesting remarks.
Gen. Bruce being present, was called upon and addressed the soldiers and audience,
congratulating the warriors on their safe return and exhorting all persons
to be energetic in supporting the Government in the prosecution of the war
and the maintenance of the Constitution and the Union.
Capt. May being called upon, responded that he could not make a speech, but
expressed himself as being highly gratified with the reception given the soldiers
by the citizens of Canastota.
Serg't Ballou read the muster roll of the company as it stood when they left
here for Syracuse about two years ago. They then numbered eighty-six men, all
told, but death, discharges, resignations and desertions having reduced their
numbers so that a remnant only of the original company remained to return,
ten of them being present on this occasion.
The exercises at the church were concluded with music by the band and three
hearty cheers for the returned soldiers.
The procession then re-formed in the order before described, and returned to
the Tobey House where it was dismissed.
At 8 o'clock the returned soldiers, together with the Committee of Arrangements,
the Speakers and the Clergy, partook of an oyster supper, provided in honor
of the occasion, after which the crowd dispersed and the village resumed its
THE 12TH TO BE PAID OFF.--The telegraph report yesterday afternoon states
that the Paymasters have been sent to Elmira and elsewhere for the purpose
of paying off the two years' troops. The old Twelfth will doubtless soon be
on their way home.
RECEPTION OF THE NEW YORK TWELFTH.
SYRACUSE, May 21.
The Onondaga 12th Regiment returned today from the war, and was welcomed by
the citizens of this county with appropriate ceremonies, festivities and rejoicings.
The 51st Regiment and the firemen of Syracuse turned out in large numbers to
greet the war worn veterans. An address of welcome was made by Mayor Bookstaver,
and was responded to by Col. H. H. Weeks at the Armory, and Hon. T. G. Alvord,
responded to Col. H. A. Farnum, at Washington Park.
The public buildings of the city and many private dwellings were beautifully
decorated, and evergreen arches with appropriate inscriptions spanned the streets
and several points. A grand supper was given by the citizens in the evening
at the Voorhees House, in honor of the returned soldiers.
REORGANIZATION OF THE OLD TWELFTH
— We have authority from the Governor to reorganize the Old Twelfth Regiment
into a cavalry regiment, to be designated the Fifteenth New York Cavalry. The
veterans of two years' service will form the nucleus of the organization.
We call upon the patriotic returned volunteers of the Twelfth, Thirteenth,
Fourteenth and Twenty-first regiments to join us in this pleasant and dashing
branch of the service.—The country appreciates your valor, and generously
offers the following bounties: for reenlistment, $252; first enlistment, $177.
ROBT. M. RICHARDSON, Colonel,
AUGUSTUS I. ROOT, Lieut. Colonel.
Syracuse, June 1st, 1863.
FORT DELAWARE, DEL.
July 27th, ’63.
MR. Editor:—We the undersigned thinking ourselves unjustly confined,
would wish to give a true statement of our case, through the columns of
your paper to the public.
We enlisted in the 12th N. Y. S. M. in October 1861, for three years or sooner
discharged. After remaining in New York some three months, an order was issued
from the War Department, stating that regiments having
their full number would be accepted, and they who did not have the number specified
by law, were to be disbanded, we being one of the latter, according to the
General Order, were disbanded, which information was kept from the men until
after being mustered into the 12th N. Y. Volunteers, at Upton's Hill, Va.
We then found that we had been smuggled out of New York by our officers, as
12th N. Y. Militia, when we were not in the service. Our Col. told us we were
now the 12th N. Y. Vols., instead of Militia, and our term of service would
expire on the 14th of May 1863, the regiments term of service expiring on that
date, it being a two years' organization.
We submitted to this, confident that we would be justly dealt with. We went
through the Peninsula and Maryland campaign with McClellan, also under Gens.
Burnside and Hooker, in Va., and shared the trials and dangers of a soldier's
life, as the 12th N. Y. V. up to the 14th of May, 1863.
On the 27th of April the five Militia companies, so called by the companies
raised in Syracuse, were ordered to strike tents and form in the color line,
in heavy marching order which we did. We then took up our line of march with
the brigade to the battle of Chancellorville, leaving the other five companies
in camp; we then saw we were to be sold a second time, knowing that the regiments
term of service did not expire until the 14th of May. We participated in the
battle of Chancellorville, carrying the colors of the 12th
N. Y. Volunteers.
We returned to the old camp on the 6th of May, and found our comrades gone
with our Col., and all of our field officers, we being commanded by the senior
Captain, or would-be Col. Huston. On the 12th he had us taken from the 3rd
brigade and put in the 1st, so, he could carry out his plans to the best advantage,
the officers of which did not know anything with regard to our case, only as
he told them. We were represented by him to the General and officers, as bounty
men; which caused them to assist him in his plans, so far as giving him all
the bounty men out of the several two year regiments in the division to fill
On the 28th of April '63, there was a general order issued from the War Department,
No. 108, the paragraphs which relates to our case of the order I enclose, knowing
that we were unjustly held by our officers contrary to the above general order
from the War Department, we see no way to get redress, only to refuse duty
on the 15th of May, our time being justly up on the 14th of said month.
We were ordered under arrest by Capt. Huston where we willingly placed ourselves,
awaiting the action of the authorities.
On the 6th of June, Col. Wicks came back from New York; we being under
guard he came to see us; we asked him how we became the 12th N. Y. Volunteers,
he answered as on previous occasions, that we were disbanded as Militia in
New York, and became the 12th Volunteers at Upton's Hill, Va. We did not belong
to the service after being disbanded, but were willing to serve in that regiment,
which we did up to the date of the said regiment's chart, that being the 14th
day of May '63.
The general order mentioned above, showed us that the Government meant we should
go home with the regiment but Capt. Huston thinking he could keep us in ignorance
of such an order being issued, until he could fasten us in the batallion for
three years longer!
We were court-martialed, the sentence not having been read to us, we cannot
state here what it is. On the day we left the army at Aldie, Va., to come here,
Capt's. Huston and Fowler, Lieut's. Clark, Edie, Corney and Woods were mustered
out of service, and the so-called batallion broken up. We give the case as
it occurred, to the public. Hoping it will clear us from censure, we remain
LEANDER P. MILLER, CHAS. JENNINGS,
WASHINGTON.—There is no truth in the report that an attempt had been
made to poison the New York 12th regiment at Washington. The Colonels of the
regiments, however, deem it advisable to exercise the greatest care in purchasing
food for their soldiers. There is too much reason to believe that the chivalrous
Southron will not scruple to use poison to destroy the defenders of the Union.
RECEPTION OF THE 12TH REGIMENT. The committee of arrangements on the reception
of the 12th Regiment N. Y. V., are requested to meet at the Regimental Armory,
this (Tuesday) evening, at 7 1/4 o'clock. General Butterfield, of this State,
wounded at Gettysburg, is now at his home at West
Park, Dutchess county. Major-General Peck is in Syracuse. Admiral Goldsborough
has passed through this city Westward.
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.—The Colonelcy of the New York Twelfth ought not,
as it does, to go begging. It is now offered to Captain Ross, U. S. A. who
is at Syracuse on recruiting service.
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.—A gentleman direct from Washington, says that the
Onondaga Regiment has been notified that they are ranked among the three months
volunteers, and will be allowed to return home at the expiration of that term
of service, which will be completed on the 16th of next month.
Lieutenant Morgan, U. S. A., a son of Judge Le Roy Morgan, of Syracuse, has
been stationed in Utah for several years, but is now daily expected home. It
is proposed to tender him the Colonelcy of the Twelfth (Onondaga) Regiment,
which now only needs a competent commanding officer.
TWELFTH REGIMENT, N. Y. V.
[Special Correspondence of the N. Y. Sunday Mercury.]
Strength of the Regiment—-How Deserters are to be Served—Ten Thousand
Union Cavalry Gone to Culpepper—Uniform for Regulars—Paying Off—A
Falmouth, Va., April 13, 1863.
This morning, our cavalry, under Gen. Stoneman, to the number of 10,000, struck
tents, and commenced their march to Culpepper. The men carried three day's
rations, and were followed with pack-mules, carrying five days' more. The cavalry
is supported by a strong infantry force. The precise nature of the movement
is well known. Should this force be successful in its object, I am given to
understand that the entire Army will act in concert. Ere this appears in print,
it is probable there will be something worth communicating, and the motives
for secrecy at an end. The ball now may be said to be opened.
The Regulars are to get a uniform to distinguish them from the Volunteers.
The Second Division of this Corps is mostly composed of them. They were paid
off to-day and yesterday; so that we soon expect a similar favor. The past
week has been warm, indeed, so much so as to render it a little uncomfortable,
some finding it necessary to adopt means to woo a cooling current of air through
their tents. The weather seems to have regularly taken up, and in a short time
mud will be a thing of the past.
Rather a curious story is going the rounds of the camps lately. In the One
Hundred and Eighteenth Pennsylvania Regiment—known as the "Corn-Exchange
Regiment"—is a supposed young man, who was promoted a Corporal for
meritorious conduct at Sheppardstown—being no less than saving the colors
of the regiment. This individual was taken sick about a week since, and not
being able to leave the tent, the doctor attended the patient there. When the
Son of Esculapius retired, it was found he left behind in that tent two, where
he found but one on his entrance. The second was a young soldier of some minutes
old. The young fellow gave notice of his arrival in camp with huzzas that would
not be hushed.
The regiment is in commission by seven or eight months.
Conformably to General Orders, No. 25, a muster of this army was held on the
10th inst. So far as this Regiment is concerned the following facts were elicited,
viz:—Strength of Regiment when it left Upton Hill, March, 1862, 1,040;
present strength, including recruits since received, 585; of latter number,
absent, sick and wounded, 208; present for duty, 317. These figures include
officers of line, staff, and field, and are almost equal in two and three years'
men. Capt. Cromie, one of our best officers, has received an honorable discharge
in consequence of wounds, and Lieuts. Scanlan and Stanton discharges of another
Every day lately brings more or less men from the convalescent camps. Some
deserters, too, are coming in, many under the idea of being discharged with
the honor of those who have been true to their flag and engagements. But those
who have not come forward before the 1st of April will find the scales turned.
Two who reported to this regiment behind the days of grace were sentenced by
court-martial to serve a future period equal to that absent, and without pay.
We wanted examples and stricter discipline, and we are going to have both.
Some others, who refused duty, were fined each $50. This is the way to render
the army effective and to put down insubordination, desertion, straggling,
and running. A—, Color Guard.
RECEPTION AT MARATHON.—Some of the members of the Twelfth reached Marathon
last Saturday evening, and were heartily received by the citizens. A supper
was given at the Carley House, and a reception speech made by Rev. Mr. Lyon.
The World correspondent, in his letter descriptive of the first affair at Bull's
The New York Twelfth (Onondaga county Regiment, Col. Walrath) were rebuked
by Col. Richardson for falling back after firing only a single volley. But
they were not to blame. Sent in to cover our two howitzers, they advanced within
a rod of the enemy's ambuscade, and were then saluted with a continuous stream
of the most galling fire experienced during the action. To load, fire, or shelter
under such deathful volleys, was impossible. If their Colonel had not ordered
them back when he did, few of them would have come out alive.
Twelfth (Onondaga) Regiment.—Ensign Charles B. Randall to be Captain,
September 3, 1861, vice J. C. Irish, (of Canastota, Madison county) resigned.
Ulysses D. Eddy to be Ensign, September 20, 1861, vice Charles B. Randall,
[Special Correspondence of the Sunday Mercury.]
TWELFTH REGIMENT, N. Y. S. V.
EBENEZER CHURCH HOSPITAL,
WASHINGTON, D. C. Nov. 5.
Hospital Female Nurses Turning to be Thieves--Reflections—How the Discovery
was Made-Other Robberies—A Warning—Temperence Meeting—Its
Effect—Officers to Assist in the Draft, etc.
During the past five or six weeks this hospital has been the scene of several
thefts. The Ward Master (Sergeant Gaskill) and several of the patients have
had sums of money taken from them during the hours of sleep, or whilst insensible
from sounds and sickness. More recently, one of the latter had his watch taken,
and another a purse and fifteen dollars. Inquiry was instituted in these cases,
but without any definite results, though suspicion was attached to parties
which recent developments have proved innocent, and which have brought the
crime home to those who should, and were thought the least capable of it—the
female nurses, Mrs. Margaret Clements and Mrs. Catherine Dougherty. From their
mock kindness, sympathy, attentions, and qualifications, they stood high, not
only in the opinions of those who were the objects of their seeming solicitude,
but also those of the medical gentlemen of the institution. In fact, everything,
apparently, was in their favor, and they were the last persons who, from acts
and demeanor, could be deemed "wolves in sheep's clothing". Many
a depraved nature and guilty conscience are cloaked from the world's view by
studied appearances and the assumption of characters as foreign to their true
nature as the antipodes. If we could only tear off the false mask from the
world, what startling revelations would be made. Think you, if "Honest
Abe" were omniscient only for a moment, how many faithful servants to
the country and the exchequer could he count? I imagine a number less than
the righteous persons of Sodom and Gomorrah. Four, I believe, were found in
them; but I think the number here would be limited to the "Disbanded Volunteer".
What other inference can we come to, when the homes of the sick and infirm
are made the theatre of robbers, and when the articles necessary for their
use and comfort become their prey. I don't intend to moralize, but I want to
show those persons in their true light, and how they should, in future, be
regarded by all who know them—this conduct suggesting so broad an inference,
that I found it impossible to pass it by without comment. I hope their shame
and disgrace will prove a salutary lesson to others; and now, sir, I will explain
how suspicion was excited, and culpability established.
One of the patients imagined he saw Mrs. Clements …
THE 12TH TO BE MUSTERED OUT AND PAID OFF.—An officer under orders to
pay off the 13th and 12th Regiments, passed through this city yesterday on
his way to Rochester, where he will pay the 13th. He will then proceed to Elmira,
and do likewise by the 12th, after which they will be mustered out, and return
home, probably on Friday.
Lieut.-Colonel Root has issued the following—
ORDER TO THE TWELFTH REGIMENT.
Syracuse, May 12th, 1862.
All Officers and enlisted men are ordered to report to Colonel Weeks, at Elmira,
at once.--the Paymaster having passed through this city on his way to Elmira,
yesterday. A. I. Root,
Lieutenant-Colonel 12th N. Y. V.
GEN. BUTTERFIELD.—A despatch dated Baltimore 7th, has the following:
Maj. Gen. Butterfield passed through town to-day for his home in New York.
His injuries are more severe than at first supposed. He suffers internally
and moves about with difficulty. Gen. Warren is now performing the duties
of Chief of Staff.
FROM SYRACUSE. Syracuse, N. Y., Thursday, May 2, 1861.
To-day is a gala one for Syracuse. The streets have scarcely ever been so full
of people. The Onondaga regiment, ten full companies, 809 men, under command
of Col. Walradth, left at 1 p. m. for their rendezvous at Elmira. The Fire
Department turned out as an escort with full ranks, with banners, music,
cannon, etc. The public enthusiasm is wrought up to the highest pitch. The
regiment fills sixteen passenger cars, and go by special train to Canandaigua.
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.--Capt. William F. Tully, of the 13th New York Volunteers,
(the Rochester Regiment,) has been court-martialed and dismissed from the service.
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.—Hon. George Geddes only delays his acceptance of
the Colonelcy of the Twelfth Regiment until his physician shall assure him
that his health will admit of active service. The commissioned officers of
the Twelfth were unanimous in selecting Mr. Geddes for commander. The Syracuse
Journal says he is the only man now left in the county, whose education and
ability fit him for the position. The
Twelfth has now about 400 men left, all of whom have served six months, and
are said to be under good discipline. Col. Walrath having resigned, and Major
Louis having been killed, the regiment is sadly in need of a head, and it is
hoped that Mr. Geddes will soon determine upon his course in the matter.
—Col. Walrath, of the Onondaga regiment, (12th) has been entirely cleared
of charges cowardice and incompetency, by the verdict of a Court of Inquiry,
which awards to the Colonel high praise for his conduct at Bull's Run. Capt.
Locke, of the same regiment, was charged with giving the order to retreat,
unauthorized. This charge was not sustained before a Court of
—The commissioned officers of the Onondaga Regiment (12th) have unanimously
chosen Hon. George Geddes for Colonel, in place of Walrath in whose hands the
regiment has fallen into a deplorable state of demoralization. Desertion has
reduced the number from 780 to two or three hundred available men. Recruiting
for it has actively commenced, and Col, Geddes will restore the regiment to
efficiency if any man can.
MEMBERS OF THE TWELFTH AT HOME.
Forty members of the Twelfth reached here from Elmira last night, by way of
the Binghamton Railroad, and the same number came this morning, by way of
Canandaigua and the Central Railroad. They were all heartily welcomed by
their friends, and are warmly greeted everywhere. They will return to Elmira
to be paid off and mustered out.
RETURN OF MEMBERS OF THE TWELFTH.
— About fifty members of the old Twelfth, reached here last evening via the Binhampton
road, and about forty more are on the way, via Canandaigua. They will all return
to Elmira to be mustered out. A crowd of several hundred persons gathered about
a few of the boys in front of the Globe Hotel and for a few moments there was
a scene of pleasurable excitement. They did not, however, appear to be anxious
for lionizing and dispersed to their homes as quickly as possible. Without
exception those who have returned look well.
—We regret to learn that Hon. George Geddes declines to take command
of the Onondaga regiment. He might have done a great deal of good to the country
in that capacity—but he is a candidate for State Senator. The Syracuse
Journal inquires: "Is this the measure of his patriotism?"
THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 22, 1863.
TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES of the latest dates, will be found in our
columns every morning.
RETURN OF TWELFTH.
ARRIVAL AT ONE O’CLOCK.
RECEPTION AND ADDRESS AT THE ARMORY.
RECEPTION AND COLLATION IN THE FIRST WARD.
GRAND BANQUET IN THE EVENING.
The Twelfth Regiment will leave Elmira this morning at five o'clock and will
reach Geneva, via Seneca Lake, at ten o'clock, where they will take the Express
train for this city, arriving here at one o'clock. In case the boat should
not connect with the train at Geneva, the regiment will take a special train,
and reach here an hour later.
PROGRAMME FOR THE RECEPTION.
As the train bearing the returning regiment enters the city, a salute of thirty-four
guns will be fired. The soldiers will be disembarked at Clinton street, where
the 51st regiment under Col. Hawley, and the Fire Department under Chief
Engineer Welch will be drawn up to receive them. They will then be escorted
to the Armory Park where they will be formally welcomed by Mayor Bookstaver.
It is expected Lieut.-Col. Root or Lieut.-Col. Richardson, or both, will
respond very briefly, after which the procession will re-form and march to
Washington Park in the First Ward, where the following exercises will be
gone through with:
1. National salute.
2. Prayer—Rev. J. M. Reid.
4. Welcoming Address—Hon. T. G. Alvord.
5. Reply on behalf of the Regiment—Col. H. A. Barnum.
7. Benediction—Rev. Mr. Ball.
Returning the procession will march as follows:
From the Park to Court street, through Court, street to North Salina street,
down Salina street to Lodi street, down Lodi street to James street, down
James street to Lock street, down Lock street to Genesee street and around
Fayette Park, thence to Jefferson street and down Jefferson street to the
Armory. The procession will then be dismissed, when a Dress Parade of the
12th and 51st regiments will take place.
A large number of arches are being erected under the direction of the Common
Council Committee of Arrangements, the Firemen and others, on the route the
regiment will take on its march through the city. They will be as follows:
double arches over the Salina street bridge, one in Hanover Square, one on
the corner of Genessee and Warren streets, one at the Fayette Park, one on
Salina street before the Presbyterian Church and one over the Armory balcony.
Flags will be exhibited from the public buildings, residences, places of business, &c.
In the evening a grand dinner to be attended by all the officers and soldiers
of the Twelfth and by citizens generally, will be given at the Voorhees Home.
Mayor Bookstaver will preside. The public are invited.
It is earnestly requested that citizens do all in their power to honor the
heroes of the old Twelfth on their return, by decorating their houses appearing
on the streets, &c.
Headquarters 51st Reg't., N. G. S. N. Y.,
Syracuse, May 20th, 1863.
Commandants of Companies A, B, D, E, H and I, are ordered to report themselves
with their respective commands, armed and equipped as the law directs, at the
Regimental Armory, Thursday, May 21st, at 12 o'clock, M., for the purpose of
receiving the 12th regiment, N. Y. V., upon their arrival, also to serve as
an escort in parade.
By order of Col. Hawley.
Geo. A. Ostrander, Ad'jt.
FLING OUT THE FLAGS.--Let every householder who owns a flag, throw it to the
breeze this morning, in honor of the returning soldiers of our gallant Twelfth.
If you have not a flag throw out the tri-color, or if nothing better can be
done borrow your wife's balmoral, and put that where the soldiers can see it.
'Twill do them good!
GEN. BUTTERFIELD.—This gallant officer, formerly Chief of Gen. Hooker's
staff, and who was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, passed up on the Hudson
River Railroad last evening in the 6:12 train en route for his residence at
West Park. The General looks pale, but otherwise feels very well under the
circumstances. He is not as was stated seriously injured.
— There is a probability that Lieut. Snyder, of the regular army, who was with
Anderson at Sumter, will be made Colonel of the Onondaga regiment, which will
then be filled up by the addition of unattached companies from this State,
and by recruiting.
We learn that Capt. Ryder of the 12th New-York Volunteers, whose death was
reported in our issue of yesterday is only slightly wounded, and bore Gen.
Porter's dispatches from the battle-field to the War Department.
— The 12th (Onondaga) regiment have, much to their satisfaction, been transferred
from the brigade of Gen. Richardson, of Michigan, to that of Gen. Wadsworth,
of New York.
— In one of the skirmishes on McClellan's lines in Virginia on Tuesday, one of
the New York 12th (Syracuse) regiment was killed, and two wounded.
The twelfth regiment, New York volunteers, Col. Walrath, left their camp, near
Benni... Bridge, later in the afternoon, and went over by way of the Chain
Bridge. The boys were "... and happy", at the prospect before them
of going into more active duties, and as they marched along) singing "I
wish I was in Dixie," they excited a great deal of attention.
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.—Surgeon Pease, of the Onondaga regiment, (who by
the way, is a physician and gentleman of very high standing,) writes from Washington:
This war must be conducted on more intelligent principles, or still greater
disasters await it. When will men clothed in a little brief authority cease
to play fantastic tricks? An idiot ought to know that we can not march twenty
miles in six hours, eating but two or three crackers and an ounce or two of
raw pork, and then put forth constant, unremitting effort for eight more weary
hours—such hours and such work as were assigned to the Twelfth Volunteers
on the terrible 18th."
THE MOHAWK COURIER.
LITTLE FALLS, MAY 21, 1863.
Honor to the Brave,
Yesterday the city of Utica, and County of Oneida, did honor to two regiments
of discharged soldiers, the 14th and 26th regiments, recruited for two years
service. Stores and places of business generally were closed,— triumphal
arches were erected, flags floated from public and private buildings,— bells
were rung, cannon fired, and a procession of military, fire companies, and
civic societies escorted the returned heroes about the city. That was as it
should be. Let the brave be honored. Let those who have imperiled life, suffered
the hardships of the march and the camp,—faced the fire of murderous
battle, all for love of our glorious institutions, receive the heartfelt welcome
of every patriotic individual.
On the 16th of June next, the remnant of our own gallant 34th regiment will
be honorably dismissed. During its service, its ranks have been thinned by
many bloody battles,—but whether upon the march, in camp or on picket,— standing under a galling fire, or charging upon the enemy, it has borne itself
nobly, and confered honor upon our county. Let them be received in
a becoming manner, and as they so richly deserve. It is time that a public
meeting be called, that delegates from every town in the county may be present.
Who will move in the matter?
RECEPTION AT CANASTOTA.—CO. G of the Twelfth is from Canastota, and
the returning members are to have a proper reception by the people of that
DEATH OF A GALLANT OFFICER.—The Kinderhook Rough Notes chronicles the
death of Lieut. Charles L. Van Slyck, who resided in this city for a short
time, where he was very well known. He was killed on the 27th of May in a charge
of the 12th N. Y. Regiment, upon the fortifications of Port Hudson. Having
both legs shot away at the knee, he still continued to fire at the enemy until
he received a fatal wound in the breast.
Deceased enlisted as a private under his younger brother, Capt. George Van
Slyck, and was promoted by regular graduation to the position of 1st Lieut.
His mother has two sons remaining in the service of the Government, one in
the army, the other in the ...
THE FLAG OF THE TWELFTH.-The battle-worn flag of the Old Twelfth was taken
to Albany by Lieut. Col. Root this morning, and will there be deposited in
the State's custody for preservation. A building is to be set apart by the
State for the preservation of mementoes of the New York Volunteer regiments,
and already many articles, estimated beyond price for their historical value,
including a number of the battle-flags, have been deposited. The flag of the
Twelfth has an honorable place in the rich collection.
TWELFTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
This favorite regiment, commanded by Colonel H. A. Weeks, which has gained
so high a reputation for its bravery and discipline on many a hard fought battle
field, is now in want of recruits to fill up its thinned ranks.
Captain Fowler has been detailed for recruiting duty, and has opened offices
at 569 Broadway and 546 Pearl street, where he will pay the highest bounty
to all recruits who will enlist in the old Twelfth.
THE NORTHERN UPRISING.
MOVEMENTS IN NEW-YORK.
SYRACUSE, N. Y., Thursday, May 2.
To-day is a gala one for Syracuse. The streets have scarcely ever been so full
of people. The Onondaga Regiment, ten full companies, 809 men, under command
of Col. Walrath, left at 1 P. M. for their rendezvous at Elmira. The Fire Department
turned out as an escort, with full ranks, with banners, music, cannon, etc.
The public enthusiasm is wrought up to the highest pitch. The regiment fills
16 passenger cars, and go by special train to Canandaigua.
Oswego, Thursday, May 2.
Two companies of Oswego Volunteers, Capts. E. M. Paine and Frank Miller, will
start from here at 8 o'clock to-morrow, for Elmira. The companies are chiefly
composed of well-drilled and efficient men from our city military. Three
additional companies are forming. An Oswego regiment will shortly be in the
FUNERAL OF THOMAS BENBOW.
Yesterday afternoon the remains of Thomas Benbow, the member of Company F,
of the Twelfth regiment, who died in Washington of congestion of the brain,
were conveyed to their last resting place in Greenwood. A large number of
the friends of deceased assembled at his late residence, 118 West Twenty-fourth
street, all the neighbors congregated round the premises, and Company K of
the regiment in which he was a volunteer took their position in the street
to escort his body to the cemetery. Thomas Benbow was a smart young man,
and very much endeared to his family and friends, as the tears which flowed
at his funeral yesterday abundantly attest. He was seventeen years and five
months of age at the time of his death, and was the only son of his parents.
Thomas, it is said, was determined upon going to the wars; nothing could
restrain him; and his determination was the inspiration of patriotism rather
than a spirit of reckless adventure; yet he went against the remonstrances
of his parents, and those premonitions of danger which some of us receive,
and which told them that their son would never return alive, were sadly realized
by them. At two o'clock, the house being crowded with mourning and sympathizing
relatives and friends, Rev. William Roberts, pastor of the Welsh church,
in Thirteenth street, conducted the funeral services. He read the 16th verse
of the 22d chapter, of Job:—"When a few years are come then I
shall go away, whence I shall not return," which he took as the foundation
of a few remarks. Deceased, he said, was born in Llandloes, Montgomeryshire,
in Wales, and came to this country when a child. His firm resolution was
to sacrifice his life on the altar of the Union, and to ratify the articles
of the constitution with deeds of valor to the latest moment of his existence.
Mr. Roberts made some spiritual reflections upon death in several of its
aspects, and at the close improved the occasion by making an appeal to those
present to prepare for it. The friends then passed round and took their last
look at the remains. When the family were invited to take the farewell glance,
it seemed as if every heart but theirs stood still. Out of the solemn silence
which reigned for a moment rose the mourning cries of the bereaved; the little
sisters kissed the lips now closely sealed in death, and the mother clung
to them, reluctant to part with the lifeless form of her only son. The coffin
was covered with the American flag, whose honor the deceased young man had
gone forward to defend. Surrounded by every mark of respect, it was placed
in the hearse. It was then escorted by company K of the regiment, the friends
following in carriages, to Greenwood Cemetery.
A GALLANT SOLDIER.—Among the members of the Twelfth, who have reached
here is Sergeant Abram Farnie, the gallant Color-bearer of that regiment. He
is most gladly welcomed by his old friends, and many new ones who admired his
sturdy bravery while bearing the flag of his regiment over a dozen battle-fields.
THE BATTLE FLAG OF THE TWELFTH.
From the Elmira Advertiser.
The following lines were written on seeing the old flag brought home by the
Twelfth New York Volunteers:
Back from the wars the brave Twelfth came,
With Banner all scarred and torn,
Which once waved gay to many a breeze,
Ere to war it was upborne;
When the war cloud in darkness had settled down,
Like a pall o'er the Union cause,
And scarce its silver lining shown,
Thy folds were flung to the breeze.
Through the battle's smoke and cannon's roar,
Where flashed the shot and shell,
Thou wast borne aloft by patriot hands,
And did thy part bravely and well.
Three cheers then give for the brave old flag,
And they who fought under its folds,
For honors were never more gracefully won,
By this treasure more precious than gold.
Elmira, May 4, 1863. M. J. C.
THE TWELFTH REGIMENT.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 1861.
To the Editor of the Utica Morning Herald:
I was glad to see in your columns a friendly notice of the New York Twelfth
Volunteers. To your next list of gallant Colonels furnished by Oneida county,
for the defense of the Government, please to add that of its Lieutenant-Colonel
commanding. There is not in the volunteer service a more intelligent and efficient
officer than Robert M. Richardson, who was reared at Vernon and is a graduate
of Hamilton College. For his indomitable perseverance and self-command, none
of his acquaintance will hesitate to vouch. The Regiment has been sifted of
its worthless elements and measures taken for its immediate filling up to the
maximum standard, and I predict for its future, a career honorable to its officers,
and creditable to any locality from which recruits for its ranks may be sent.
H. H. T.
THE 12TH—RETURNING MEMBER.—Lieut.-Col. Root, of the Twelfth, issues
the following order:
Syracuse, May 12, 1863.
All officers and enlisted men are ordered to report to Col. Weeks at Elmira,
at once the Paymaster having passed through this city on his way to Elmira
A. J. ROOT.
Lieut. Col. 12th N. Y. V.
We publish to-day a full list of the returning members of the Twelfth. It
is a Roll of Honor that will interest every loyal citizen of Onondaga county.
The list contains two hundred and seventy-five names.
It is now deemed probable that the Twelfth will reach here on Thursday or Friday
of this week,—the Paymaster being prepared to settle with them to morrow.
The Committee of Arrangements on their reception are requested to meet at the
Regimental Armory this (Tuesday) evening at 7 ½ o'clock.
TO RAISE A COMPANY.--Lieut. Michael Auer, of the Old Twelfth, will open a
recruiting office in this city in a few days, for the purpose of recruiting
a company for cavalry or artillery service. Lieut. Auer joined the Twelfth
as a private, gallantly earned his Lieutenant's commission, and proved himself
one of the best officers in the regiment. A large number of the soldiers, from
different regiments, recently returned to this city, have expressed a determination
to re-enlist, and many of them will doubtless embrace this opportunity to go
under a tried officer, whom they know and in whom they have confidence.
THE COMING TWELFTH.
Complete List of the Returning Officers and Privates.
FIELD AND STAFF.
Colonel—Henry A. Weeks.
Lieutenant-Colonel—Augustus J. Root.
Adjutant—George F. Watson.
Quartermaster—Porter R. Alger.
Assistant Surgeon—George V. Skiff.
Quartermaster Sergeant—Edwin R. Trull.
Commissary Sergeant—William Michael.
Hospital Steward—James W. Webb.
Captain—Thomas J. Behan.
First Lieutenant—Cortland Clark.
Second Lieutenant—Abram Fairnie
Wm. B. Patterson
Geo. B. Pratt
James A. Phillips
Charles E. Furman
Geo. H. Wright
Chas. R. Vroman
Charles W. Foot
Musician—W. S. Barker.
Hiram S. Allen
Robert C. Ball
James N. Baker
John F. Case
George W. Colwell
George W. Dakin
Lockhart G. Duff
Samuel A. Edgar
Lewis S. Edgar
Samuel J. Edwards
Pearl K. Hall
Wm. W. Harrington
Henry H. Hitchcock
Chas. S. Hyatt
Richard T. Husteed
Wm. H. H. Lawton
Edwin H. Rector
Newton B. Randall
Charles B. Rosegrant
George H. Shearer
Geo. H. Williamson
Captain—Stephen A. Estes.
Second Lieutenant—F. O. Waters.
Elias E. Van Slyke
Albert P. Stage.
A. H. Wilkins
D. W. Vickery
H W. Brooks
Elihu C. Burt
John C. Beach
John H. Colyer
Henry C. Fiske
Joseph Jenks, .
Geo. H. Reynolds
Second Lieutenant—George Boiter.
Silas A. Carpenter
James Lord, .
First Lieutenant—Michael Auer.
Second Lieutenant—Dexter Smith.
Joseph W. Mercer
John H. Leonard
John H. Phillips
D. W. Jones
Charles W. Green
H. P. Hiscock
Willet H. Britton
A C. Barker
R. C. Bishop
R. T. Bush
J. M. Couch
A. J. Donaldson
George C. Dixon
H. W. Hitchcock
Edwin M. Hodgkins
V. R. Houghtaling
Seth H. Kingsley
E. T. Leahy
H. S. Nearing
Edwin A. Noble
F. H. Orr
C. R. Phillips
C. W. Reed
A. R. Radway
E. O. Thompson
E. F. Whitcombe
G. B. Wheele
J. E. Sullivan
E. S. Radway
J. V. Lounsburg
George M. Roe
L. B. Wood
Captain—Charles B. Randall.
First Lieutenant—S. Dexter Ludden.
Second Lieutenant—John B. Foote.
James F. Taylor
Joshua P. Taylor
Chas. A. Whipple
Jefferson R. Davis
F. M. Lincoln.
Geo. A. Barnrer
A. G. Bentley
Chas. F. Davenport
Martin W. Dean
John J. Firth
Charles A. Hickox
Albert A. Mead
Wm. H. Nichols
Hiram W. Smith
G. W. Tuttle
James Mahar .
COL. BARNUM’S REPLY ON BEHALF OF THE l2TH REGIMENT.
We publish below the eloquent reply of Col. Barnum to the address of welcome
to the 12th regiment, delivered in the First Ward by Hon. T. G. Alvord at
the reception on Thursday last. Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen:
We to-day are enacting no common event--Since the day that smiled on Webster,
as he took to his bosom for his bride the dark-browed maiden of the forest,
and pitched his wigwam on the fertile plains of Onondaga, our country has witnessed
no occurrence analagous to that of the present. Cast with me a backward glance
adown the long vista of years that have followed each other in solemn procession
into the vast eternity of the past, to when the sturdy pioneer halted in his
westward march amid these picturesque hills, and we find that his avocation
was that of peace. He leveled his trusty rifle only to destroy the rapacious
wild beast, or rammed home the lead only to muster out the more dangerous Indian
foe. The pioneer's sons followed his pursuits and together the wolf and the
savage fled over the western hills to escape the sound of the woodman's axe
or the cheerful whistle of the plowboy; and the added industry of our fathers
made Onondaga the cultivated, rich and powerful county that she is. Even with
us until two short years ago "all our ways were ways of pleasantness,
and all our paths were peace." Four score years of patient industry and
ardent devotion at the shrine of freedom had reared for us the proud temple
of American Liberty. But two short years ago this temple stood in all its perfectness
and grandeur. The minstrel's songs of peace, plenty, national harmony and unity,
echoed their pleasing tones through all its corridors, and its massive dome
was a protecting aegis over the whole of our happy country. Then it was that
the insurgent guns aimed at Sumter's devoted walls resounded in our ears "like
the falling of an oak in the stillness of the forest." You well remember
with what astonishment we beheld a class of desperate men in the frenzy of
rage at being deprived of political power by the verdict of a free people,
inaugurate aggressive war, and seek to destroy the fair temple of liberty with
the avowed purpose of building upon a portion of its ruins a political structure
whose corner-stone should be human bondage, whose turrets and dome should wave
the black flag of despotism. But the red hand of treason had no sooner been
clearly seen above the Southern horizon than the free North resounded with
the tread of armed men marching to the defence and for the maintenance of that
liberty, which was as dear to the astounded patriots of the South as to the
aroused freemen of the North, then it was that the sons of Onondaga, with compressed
lips and contracted brows rushed to arms, pausing only to return the farewell
pressure of the hand, to snatch yet another kiss from the lips of loved and
weeping ones. Eight hundred and thirty-two ardent men left our city and betook
themselves to the tented fields. To-day you meet to do honor to the remnant
of that gallant band who have escaped the pestilences' wasting breath and the
battles' death-dealing missiles. And what have these men done to entitle them
to this joyous ovation and this spontaneous welcome at your hands? In that
line of bronzed and hardy men you see the representatives of the 12th New York
Volunteers, the regiment which you have but just declared you are proud to
call your own. They it is who struck the first blow dealt by the Army of the
Potomac, and it is they who have participated in the brilliant series of engagements
which will give to that army one of the most glowing pages of history. Plunged
into a vortex of death at Blackburn's Ford, they emerged from that endowed
by the disaster with a determination, amounting almost to desperation, to yet
win for themselves a fame in the brilliancy of which their misfortune should
be lost, and the county of their home made glorious. How well they have accomplished
this purpose, I need not here detail; a glance at that tattered and war worn
flag, all glorious in its rags, will tell the tale. Their name will be inseparably,
connected with the deeds of the grand army, and history cannot be written without
doing them honor. These men, standing elbow to elbow, have been for two years
a living breastwork, shielding your liberties and giving peace to your homes.
Foremost in the gallant contest at Hanover Court House—firm as adamant
at Gaines' Mills, where with their brave comrades of the 3d brigade, they successfully
withstood the maddened assaults of thrice ten thousand foes—even cheerful
at glorious old Malvern Hill, where the long day through they lay while plunging
shot and screeching shell made the field a rich harvest for death, and when
night was settling on the scene "At once there rose so wild a yell.
As all the fiends of Heaven that fell, Had raised the banner cry of Hell," which
was but the prelude to the fearful onslaught of myriads of desperate rebels,
they it was who hastened to meet the coming blow and hurled back in wild confusion
the discomfited enemy. Conspicuous at Manassas, Antietam
and Frederickburg, and prominent in a score of minor actions, this is the service
from which they come. Though now they seek the peaceful walks of life they
will hold themselves ever ready to strike the war path in defence of our freedom,
and glad would they be I know to shoulder again the musket and buckle on the
sword lo punish our foreign foes, and humble the insolent pride of "perfidious
Let me now commend to your kind care these veteran soldiers. Honor them for
their glorious deeds and sustain them in their undertakings. Alas that there
are so few to claim your care! How many have gone down in death that shortened
line of men will tell, and while I ask for these survivors your kind offices,
with earnest fervor I entreat you to care for the friends of those who have
fallen. The gushing tear and painful sob that may now be seen and heard all
through this vast assembly shows how deep the grief of these who mourn and
how numerous are they who seek in vain among these thinned ranks for the loved
forms and beaming smiles of those who have gone down in the battles' fray or
wasted by disease, have closed their eyes in death dis- tant far from home.
O! take these mourners to your heart of hearts, and lighten their griefs by
ministering to their needs in place of their natural supporters. And now in
the name of the 12th Regiment, I thank you for not only this happy welcome,
but also for all your kind remembrances during their absence. As you glory
in their brave deeds, so do they glory in loved old Onondaga and the, valued
friends of home.
UTICA MORNING HERALD.
AND DAILY GAZETTE.
A CANASTOTA VOLUNTEER'S EXPERIENCE IN BATTLE.—The Following letter from
Frank Gates, a Volunteer in Col. Walrath's regiment,
is communicated by his father for publication:
Washington, July 23, 1861.
DEAR PARENTS:—To relieve your anxiety, I hasten to inform you that Frank
is still in the land of the living. We arrived in this city yesterday, and
I should have written to you then if I had not been completely exhausted. Until
yesterday afternoon I had not received half an hour's sleep for eighty hours;
so you may well imagine that I was pretty well worn out when we came here.
After reaching this city I made my way straight to the Capitol, where, by the
kindness of one of the Congressmen, I was enabled to get a little rest. He
took me into a room where nil was quiet, and provided me a good sofa to lie
I suppose you are anxious to hear an account of the battle in which I have
been engaged; therefore I will begin now to give you a description of it: We
left chain bridge last Tuesday afternoon and proceeded on our way to Fairfax,
where the rebels had stationed a force (as near as I can ascertain) of about
5,000. At this place they had thrown up breastworks, blockaded the roads, &c.
But as soon as they found our troops were advancing, they left as fast as their
heels could carry them, and we took possession of the place. We then proceeded
some six miles from Fairfax, and stopped for the night.—In the morning
we resumed our march, and after going some two miles we came upon a strong
rebel battery. Here we expected to have a ....brush, but on examination we
found that the rebels had fled and deserted their posts here. So on we went.
Thursday, at half-past twelve, we arrived
at the place called Bull's Run, which is but a short distance this side of
Manassas. As soon as we came here our brigade, consisting of four regiments,
which was in the advance of the main column, was drawn up in battle array.
At ten minutes past one our regiment received orders to march down to the left
to ascertain, if possible, the position of the enemy. We were marched in double
quick time through ravines and over hills, until we came to a dense thicket
which we immediately entered. Suddenly a heavy volley of musketry was poured
in upon us but very fortunately it was aimed so high that the most of passed
above our heads. We could not see a person in the direction from which we received
the fire, although our left flank had approached within three rods of the spot
from which the charge was made. The enemy, some five or six thousand strong,
had concealed themselves behind a masked battery, and as soon as they fired,
dropped down out of sight, and the only way that we could direct our fire was
by aiming at the spot where we saw the flash of their guns. We at once charged
upon them and then fell flat upon the ground and loaded again. Before we arose,
their second volley was fired, which came a little lower and did us more injury
than the first. If we had not fallen upon the ground I am sure we could not
have escaped utter destruction. We arose to our feet and again charged upon
them, and as before, fell and loaded. At this moment the rebels opened upon
us from another battery a terrific fire of grape shot and shell. We charged
again and then fell back to the first ravine in our rear. Here we were ordered
by the Colonel to form in line again and make another charge upon them, but
one of our batteries of flying artillery returned the charge we had received
from theirs, and this brought us in range of the fire of both batteries, theirs
and ours; therefore it was impossible to carry out our plan, and we were ordered
to fall back. A heavy cannonade was kept up from both batteries until near
Then our whole force formed in a body and marched back to Centerville, a distance
of two miles and stopped for the night. Nothing of much importance took place
from that time until Sunday, when a hard battle was fought in the morning.
Our batteries began to shell the woods for the purpose of routing them out
of their strongholds and finding out where they were. During the whole of the
fight we tried every possible scheme to draw them out of the woods into an
open field, but this could not be done. They have adopted the Indian mode of
warfare, and whenever they can be drawn out of their entrenchments and ambuscades
they prove themselves the veriest cowards in the world. During the fore part
of the day our batteries kept up a constant fire while our infantry scoured
the woods off at the right. As soon as we begun the fire, they commenced pouring
in reinforcements from Manassas, so that by the middle of the afternoon they
had a force which more than doubled ours. But notwithstanding this, we kept
driving them back, until our batteries had exhausted their ammunition and were
compelled to cease firing. Then they began to follow us, and we saw that they
were working to outflank us. To avoid this, we fell back to Centerville and
drew up our forces in an open field, planting our batteries on a hill in the
center of our troops. Here we expected an attack, but to our surprise they
did not stir from the woods. We remained here from sundown until midnight,
and then commenced our retreat back to this city. If we could have had more
artillery, and plenty of ammunition, this movement would not have been made,
but as it was, we could not do otherwise. The loss of life was great on both
sides. As near as I can ascertain the loss on our side was between 1,500 and
2,000. Theirs was much greater. Ellsworth's Zouaves suffered more than any
other regiment, and about half their number was killed.
[Our loss has since been shown to be much less than here stated.—ED.]
No body of men ever fought more nobly and bravely than they did. They did not
leave the field until they had laid one thousand of the rebels dead before
them. Their brave Colonel fell from his horse at the first fire. I believe
he was not mortally wounded. Beauregard commanded the rebel forces in person.
His horse was seen to fall from under him. F. A. Darling stood by my side,
and had the crown of his hat torn off by a grape shot. Another struck the bayonet
of his gun and broke it off about two inches from the muzzle of his gun. A.
Stone, of Peterboro, had a ball pass through his hat. G.
Hammond had his gun knocked out of his hand by a grape shot. Several others
in our company escaped in the same way, and there was but one killed, this
was a young man by the name of John Markham. When we marched into the thicket,
he was exactly in front of me, but when we formed a line and made the charge,
he was a little to my left. I will now tell you of the narrow escape I had,
and then close for the present. I had just entered a little hollow when I heard
the whizzing of a cannon ball from one of the rebel's guns; I dropped flat
upon my face, when the ball passed directly over me and struck in a bank a
few feet back of where I lay. If I had not fallen the instant I heard the sound,
it would have torn me in pieces. Preparations are being made to attack them
again. Whether it will be done before our time is out, I do not know, but I
hope it will, for I want to meet them again.—We will have a much stronger
force, both of infantry and artillery, which is the most needed. Give my respects
to all my friends.
From your affectionate son,
—We were among those who looked with pride as well as regret upon our
departing volunteers, and confidently expected to see them prove the flower
of the loyal army—Bayards every one—soldiers without fear and without
reproach." We had no anticipations of reading such messages from New York
soldiers as this paragraph, written by a private in the Onondaga regiment:
Our regiment, the Rochester regiment, the Buffalo regiment, and four other
regiments, have made up their minds to walk up to the Colonels' tents, stack
arms, and refuse to do any further duty. Let them put a ball and chain on us;
that's all they can do. They dare not shoot us! There will be seven regiments
to take this position. It will take at least fourteen more to guard them,—so
they will not make much. If we are not allowed to go home before the 13th inst.,
you will hear of trouble.
These men know that they enlisted for two years; the term of service was explicitly
stated in the oath taken when mustered into State service. Though the President's
first requisition was for three month's men, our volunteers were none of them
ready to take the field until a new requisition was made, calling for men for
three years or the war, and a special favor was shown them in mustering them
into U. S. service, for two years only, while the troops from other States
were swearing in for three years or the war. This favoritism was shown New
York, expressly to forestall and provide against any charge being made or any
discontent being created by the belief that the Government was attempting to
hold men for a longer time than that for which they enlisted. We know that
our Fourteenth Regiment went off with the understanding that they were in the
service for two years, as they really are. Three or four regiments at Elmira
were, it is true, sworn into U. S. service for but three months, but their
oath holds them to State service for two years, and the State Volunteer law,
(which was duly published,) expressly confers upon the Governor power to turn
the State forces over to the National Government (upon requisition of the President)
for the full term of enlistment. This has been done. It is stated, also, that
the mustering for three months was a blunder of the officer detailed for that
duty, and the mistake extends to but three or four regiments, of which the
Fourteenth is not one. The Twenty-sixth Regiment is one of them, but has declined
to attempt to take advantage of technicalities, and is in for the war. (Hurrah
for the Twenty-sixth!) We cannot believe that cowardice lies at the bottom
of the insubordination and discontent manifested in so many of the New York
volunteer regiments. There are complaints of the officers in some of them,
but the Military Board recently authorized by Government will soon remove all
just cause of fault-finding on this score. Whatever the cause may be, the fact
stands that the troops from this State voluntarily enlisted for two years,
and if they come home, as some of them wish to do, before their term expires,
and without having been under fire, they will not only tarnish forever the
fair fame of the Empire State, but must look to be ever after branded as "fair-weather
soldiers"—even if people shall be so considerate as to refrain from
the use of a still more dishonorable title.
RE-ORGANIZATION OF THE OLD TWELFTH.
Col. R. M. RICHARDSON and Lieut. Col. A. I. ROOT, late of the gallant Twelfth,
give notice that they are about to re-organize as the Fifteenth Regiment of
Cavalry. They call upon the boys of the late 12th, 13th, 14th, 21st and 28th,
to join them in that dashing branch of the service. The Bounties are—for
re-enlistments, $252; first enlistment, $177.
TWELFTH REGIMENT, NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS.
GENERAL ORDER—NO. 4.
The following older is hereby promulgated for the information
of the command.
SPECIAL ORDERS—NO. 23.
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS OF NEW YORK,
ADJ. GENERAL'S OFFICE, ALBANY, Jan. 24, 1862.
The organization quartered at Palace Garden, in the city of New York, and commanded
by Colonel Henry A. Weeks, is hereby consolidated with the Twelfth regiment,
New York State Volunteers, and will proceed to Washington on Tuesday, January
28, 1862, and report for duty to
Companies C, D and F of Colonel Weeks' command will retain the same letters
they now bear.
Companies B and G are hereby consolidated and will become Company B. Companies
E and K are hereby consolidated and will become Company E.
The following persons are appointed officers of the several companies.
Company B—Captain, William Huson; Lieutenant, James A. Boyle; Ensign,
Chas. E. Goold.
Company C —Captain, Wm. Fowler; Lieutenant, Robert J. Clarke; Ensign,
Company D--Captain, Wm. H. Hoagland; Lieutenant, Henry C. Burton; Ensign, Wm.
Company E—Captain, H. W. Ryder; Lieutenant, Wm. F. Gardner; Ensign, P.
Company F--Captain, James Cromie; Lieutenant, James A. Bates; Ensign, Henry
Company A of the organization, commanded by Colonel Weeks, is hereby detached
therefrom, and will await orders.
Colonel H. A. Weeks is hereby appointed Colonel, and George F. Watson Adjutant
of the Twelfth regiment New York State Volunteers.
Surgeon Reese B. Berky is hereby transferred to the First regiment New York
Volunteer heavy artillery.
Officers not named above, and hitherto connected with the organization commanded
by Colonel Weeks, are rendered supernumerary, and are hereby honorably discharged
and mustered out of the service.
Brigadier General Yates is charged with the execution of this order. By order
of the Commander-in-Chief.
Thos. Hillhouse, Adjutant General.
Geo. Bliss, Jr., A. D. C.
Meeting of officers at ten A. M. on January 26. By order.
Henry A. Weeks, Colonel Commanding.
Geo. F. Watson, Adjutant.
The Twelfth reorganization have connected themselves with the Twelfth Volunteers,
and will immediately repair to the army. The Twelfth numbered about 800 men,
which, with the 400 in the old organization, presents a good front. Colonel
Weeks assumes command, with Lieut.-Colonel Richardson, of the old Twelfth,
as his assistant. Captains Boyle, Fowler, Ryder, Cromie and Hoagland, of
the old Twelfth, are in the reorganization; and we regret to say that with
the departure of the Twelfth to the war, the Twelfth Militia is entirely
disbanded. This is to be regretted by all; yet the heavy drain upon the command
for material, with the prestige of their officers and men in the three months'
campaign, has produced this result.
THE TWELFTH REGIMENT.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
The undersigned, having seen an anonymous communication in your edition of
Sunday, 26th inst., beg leave to state that the facts referred to could not
be more thoroughly perverted. The meeting to which it refers was called by
members of the Twelfth regiment, and more than two hundred responded to the
call. The object of the meeting having been stated, it was resolved that a
committee of ten be appointed, consisting of one from each company, to inquire
why the Twelfth received less for their services than other regiments. The
committee was appointed accordingly, Drum Major Smith being elected their chairman,
and they are now engaged in collating facts and figures to prove that there
are considerable moneys due to the members of the Twelfth regiment, which they
mean to collect.
C. T. CANNON, Company A.
CHAS. S. TAYLOR, Company D.
No. 40 canal Street, August 26, 1861.
APPOINTMENT AS PAYMASTER.-Captain George Truesdell, late of the 12th regiment
N. Y. V., has been appointed to a Paymastership by the Secretary of War. It
is a handsome compliment, and is most worthily bestowed. We congratulate Capt.
FLAG FOR THE SEVENTY-FIRST REGIMENT.
Lloyd L. Britton, Esq., of the Everett House, has presented to Colonel Butterfield's
(Twelfth) regiment, a magnificent United States flag. It is of satin, superbly
embroidered. It will go out under charge of Sergeant major E. M. Fisher,
who leaves to-day to rejoin his regiment Washington.
THE ONONDAGA VOLUNTEERS.
Postmaster Sedgwick, of Syracuse, is here on his way to Washington, to pay
the twelfth regiment of Onondaga volunteers the sum of $7,000 which he has
procured for them from the State Military Board.
UNHEALTHY RATIONS.—On Wednesday last, a Committee of the Twelfth Regiment,
N. Y. S. N. G., in uniform, came into our office, and submitted, for inspection,
two mess pans, containing a specimen of the "salt horse" which is
dealt out at the Park Barracks. These men were kept on guard in the City Hall,
and not allowed to go tome, and procure a decent meal; they offered to pay
the difference to have meals furnished them at an eating-house. But this was
refused. Who is to blame in this matter? It is the duty of Quartermaster Halstead,
Colonel Ward, and the Regimental Surgeon, to see that the men are properly
fed, and not forced to become sick with neglect and unwholesome rations. It
was a useless and unnecessary expense to keep the men on duty at all; but certainly,
when they had to do service, those in authority should see they were not forgotten.
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