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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 there assembled.
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, Edward Grieve.
Company A--Redmond McManus, Captain; Ed Byrne, First Lieutenant, James Smith, Second Lieutenant.
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, Second Lieutenant.
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, Second Lieutenant.
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 to.

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.

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.
(Sept. 1862)

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. 4
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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