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20th Regiment
New York Volunteer Infantry
Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Military Affairs
DINNER TO THE TWENTIETH REGIMENT NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS.
The city authorities last evening entertained the Twentieth regiment New York State Volunteers (Turner Rifles), by an excellent banquet at Turner Hall, in Orchard street. The Twentieth regiment returned from the seat of war some three weeks since, and were, on that occasion, received with the utmost enthusiasm at the hands of the New York public. At the time the Committee on National Affairs of the Common Council had not properly made their arrangement in order to give those regiments that formal reception which their gallant deeds in the field entitled them to, and hence the postponement of the banquet in their honor, which would otherwise have occurred had everything been in proper working order.
At eight o'clock the large room of Turner Hall was filled 4 with members of the regiment, together with a large number of invited guests. Among those present were Col. Von Vegesack, of the Twentieth; Major Christensen; Aldermen Mitchell, Jeremiah, Reid and Ryers; Councilmen Webster, Keenan and McConnell and several others. The hall was appropriately decorated with national flags and emblems. Prominent among them were the German colors, while the Stars and Stripes, together with other national ensigns, waved in social accord. An excellent band enlivened the festivities of the occasion, and several musical volunteers offered their quota of songs for the entertainment of the guests. After the interests of the inner man had been properly attended to, Colonel Von Vegesack, of the Twentieth made some few remarks to the soldiers, and concluded by toasting the health of the city authorities of New York.
Alderman Jeremiah responded to the toast in a short but eloquent speech, which was received with great enthusiasm by those present.
After spending the time in the most agreeable manner, the proceedings terminated at a late hour.

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 21, 2006
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