170th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry
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Departure of the One Hundred and Seventieth Regiment.
The First of Corcoran's Legion off for the War.
The camp of the Irish Legion, on Staten Island, was the scene of the most lively
excitement last Thursday morning, owing to the preparations for the departure
of the One Hundred and Seventieth regiment, New York Volunteers, for the seat
of war. This regiment is known as the Second of the Legion, and has very justly
earned the distinction of being named the banner regiment of the Legion, being
the first ready for the service, as well as the best drilled and most efficient
in every respect. Though it was not generally known that the regiment was under
marching order, still a few having been let into the secret, a great number
of people from the city went down to Camp Scott by the first boat on Thursday
morning to bid their friends the last adieu. The parting scenes between husbands
and wives, parents and sons, sisters and brothers, were of an unusually affecting
character, on account of the sudden and unexpected time of the departure. It
was not believed that the regiment would leave for another week, and hence
the sorrow of parting was increased by the deep sting of disappointment.
As an instance of the discipline and efficiency of the One Hundred and Seventieth
regiment, it may be mentioned that, though marching orders were only promulgated
to the men on Wednesday, everything was in readiness at seven o'clock on Thursday
morning, the hour announced for departure. A delay was occasioned, however,
by the transport not being on hand to receive the regiment. About eleven o'clock
the men were ordered on dress parade, with knapsacks, muskets, &c., and
were inspected closely by General Corcoran and staff. At the end of the inspection
the General addressed the regiment in an appropriate speech complimenting the
men for their splendid appearance, and also eulogizing the officers for their
energy and skill in bringing the corps to its present state of efficiency.
He said the One Hundred and Seventieth and fairly won the proud distinction
of being the first in readiness for service, and he sent them forward with
the belief that they would comport themselves in such a manner as to reflect
honor upon themselves, their countrymen and the Irish legion. He also alluded
to the inconvenience suffered by some of the men in not receiving their bounty
money; but he pledged himself that every cent justly due to them should be
paid in Washington. These remarks were enthusiastically applauded, and cheers
were also given for Col. McDermott, commanding the regiment, as well as for
all the other officers.--The regiment was then marched in fine order under
a drenching rain to the steamer Atlas, in waiting at the dock near Fort Diamond.
The men proceeded on board without waiting, and were assigned positions by
companies on the transport. The process of getting the ammunition, rations,
officers' baggage and their numerous other articles on board, occupied from
noon until four o'clock, when the hawsers were taken in and the Atlas started
on her journey for South Amboy, which place was reached about seven o'clock
in the evening. All along the Staten island and jersey shores the boys of the
One Hundred and Seventieth were treated to cheers and vivas from the people
The officers of this regiment are as follows:--
Staff Officers.--Colonel, Peter McDermott; Lieutenant Colonel, James T. McIvor;
Major, George W. Warner; Adjutant, Patrick McCarthy; Quartermaster, Walter
T. Burke; Surgeon, S. Heath; First Assistant Surgeon, H. Olmstead; Second Assistant
Surgeon, Seth S. Lounsbery;
Non-Commissioned Staff.--Sergeant major, Timothy Craney; Quartermaster's Sergeant,
B. Robbins; Commissary Sergeant, Francis B. Seely; Hospital Steward, Richard
H. Palmer; Drum Major, Mayers Oliver; Color Sergeant, John Dougherty; Right
General Guide, James Connell;
Left General Guide, Hiram Myers; Bugler, Edward Ingalls; Colonel's Secretary,
Company A--Redmond McManus, Captain; Ed Byrne, First Lieutenant, James Smith,
Company B—August B. Sage, Captain; Walter H. Holmes, First Lieutenant;
Aug. Duhaine, Second Lieutenant.
Company C—Michael C. Murphy, Captain; George L. Turner, First Lieutenant;
John G. Mugher, Second Lieutenant.
Company D--James De Harry, Captain; Pat R. Dunn, First Lieutenant; Joseph F.
Donnelly, Second Lieutenant.
Company E--Jeremiah Lynch, Captain; Richard Morris, First Lieutenant; Wm. Forrestall,
Company F--John Connery, Captain; John J. McManus, First Lieutenant; Hugh F.
Olone, Second Lieutenant.
Company G--Jas. W. Fitzmaurice, Captain; Thomas D. Norris; First Lieutenant;
Charles Hagan, Second Lieutenant.
Company H— John J. Duff, Captain; Francis A. Tooney, First Lieutenant;
James H. Keeley, Second Lieutenant.
Company I--John Halpin, Captain; Joseph C. Scully, First lieutenant; Wm. Mullins,
Company K--John B. Donnelly, Captain; John Coyle, First Lieutenant; John T.
McNeil, Second Lieutenant.
The regiment went out over nine hundred strong, and on their arrival at Washington
will be quartered at Fort Corcoran. General Corcoran went on to Washington
on Thursday evening to see the regiment properly attended
RESPECT FOR THE MEMORY OF GEN. CORCORAN.
On the receipt of the news of the death of Gen. Corcoran, a meeting of the
officers of the One Hundred and Seventieth regiment New York Volunteers took
place at Union Mills, Virginia, to take action respecting the melancholy occurrence.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Murphy presided, and Lieutenant P. J. Dunne officiated
as Secretary. Captain Scully presented a series of appropriate resolutions,
deploring the death of Gen. Corcoran, and condoling with his widow upon her
sad bereavement. A committee of three, consisting of Major J. B. Donnelly,
Capt. Hugh F. O'Lone and Lieut. Montgomery, was appointed for the purpose of
having the resolutions suitably engrossed and presented to Mrs. Gen. Corcoran,
after which the meeting adjourned.
THE IRISH LEGION.
There is no doubt but that in a few days General Corcoran will march from this
city at the head of as fine a body of men, and as fully imbued with the true
spirit of patriotism, as any that have yet left the Empire State to fight
the battles of their country. Colonel McDermott's regiment, whose headquarters
are now situated at the City Assembly Rooms, is now filling up fast, the
prestige surrounding the name of the gallant General to whose command Colonel
McDermott's regiment is to be attached having materially aided the progress
of recruiting. The Sixty-ninth regiment have their headquarters at the armory,
over Essex market, and have obtained liberty to raise the corps to the number
of 1,800 men. Four hundred dollars have been received from Mr. Hoyt, of White
street, and $50 from a resident of the Seventeenth ward, in order to further
the interests of the brigade.
CORCORAN'S IRISH LEGION.
The work of recruiting for this command is progressing with rapidity. The eight
regiments which are now organizing for the command will be soon full. Colonel
McDermott's regiment has now the requisite number of men. Colonel Bryan's
regiment, the fourth of the command, is expected to be full in a few days.
This regiment is being raised principally in. Albany, and there is no doubt,
from the reputation of the officers already appointed, that it will be one
of the best military organizations under command of General Corcoran. The
company which is being raised in this city promises to become in every way
worthy of the regiment. Captain Edward Gorman and Lieutenant Levi Grosvenor
are recruiting for this company. The latter gentleman has served in the Twelfth
regiment; National Guard, under Colonel Butterfield, now General Butterfield.
Colonel McEvily's regiment is also receiving a fair amount of patronage,
and he expects to be in the field at the head of his command as soon as any
of the others.
Article submitted by E. Campos:
Daily National Intelligencer (Washington D.C.) Wed. Nov. 19, 1862 pg. 3, col.
Difficulty — On Monday night last a portion of the 170th New York Regiment,
on board the steamer Connecticut, lying at the Arsenal wharf, imagined tbemselves
aggrieved at something the captain of the boat had done, and took possesion,
putting the captain and crew under arrest The Provost Marshal, hearing of the
affair, pro-ceeded to the scene yesterday morning early, with a detachment
of the 10th New Jersey Regiment, arrested and detained the ringleaders, released
the captain end crew, and the boat proceeded, with the 170th regiment on board,
down the river to join Gen. Burnside at Fredericksburg.
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November 15, 2010