29th New York Volunteers
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THE RETURNING VOLUNTEERS
THE DEPARTURE OF THE TWENTY-NINTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS FOR HOME.
GENERAL VON STEINWHER'S ADDRESS.
Officers and Soldiers of the Twenty-Ninth New York Volunteers:—
The term of service for which you enlisted has expired, and tomorrow you will
leave this command to return to homes. My best wishes for your future welfare
accompany you. May you find the relatives and friends, whom you left two years
ago, in health and prosperity. May you meet in your undertakings that success
which you have so well earned by your devotion to your adopted country. You
were among the first who came forward to sustain this government, and by your
untiring zeal, your bravery on the field of battle and your soldierly conduct
in your duties, you have won just claims upon the esteem and gratitude of your
fellow citizens. You took part in the first battle of Bull run, where your
regiment was the last to leave the field in the campaign under General Fremont,
which terminated with the reverse at Cross Keys. Afterwards in the campaign
under General Sigel on the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers, and the second
battle of Bull run; and, lastly, in the sanguinary battle of Chancellorsvllle,
where again you sustained your old fame by stubborn resistance to the overwhelming
force of the enemy. It was on this field that you, together with the other
regiments of the First brigade of my division, bravely defended your position,
when all around you fled in confusion. History is just, and will exempt you
from all blame that may attach to others for the disaster of that day. I part
from you with deep regret; but let me hope that you will remember me with the
same esteem that I ever shall entertain for you. A. VON STEINWEHR.
THE TWENTY-NINTH NEW YORK REGIMENT.—
The Twenty-ninth New York regiment, composed entirely of Germans, had a fine
reception in Philadelphia last evening, six companies of the regiment having
been recruited in that city. All the German societies of the city participated
in the reception.
THE TWENTY-NINTH REGIMENT.
Colonel Von Steinwehr's (29th) regiment will depart for the seat of war this
afternoon. They will leave their encampment (Elm Park) at four o'clock,
and march down Broadway. It is understood that they go by rail to Washington.
DEPARTURE OF COL. VON STEINWHER'S REGIMENT.
The Twenty-ninth Regiment of the New York Volunteers, commanded by Col. Von
Steinwehr, took its departure yesterday from Washington. The men have been
quartered for some time at Elm Park - a spacious place, where they have had
good accommodations. Its seclusion and remoteness from the ordinary routes
of travel have contributed largely to the fine, healthy appearance and soldierly
bearing of the men, who have been able to devote themselves exclusively to
the preparatory business of war. Although this regiment has attracted but
little attention from the public and none at all from the Union Defence Committee,
it is one of the finest that has yet left our City. It numbers upwards of
800 men, fully two-thirds of whom have seen service on other fields. In one
company alone there were no fewer than fifty who had served in the German
and Crimean wars. The officers, without exception, are experienced and well
educated soldiers. Col. Von Steinwher has himself occupied a high rank in
the Prussian army, and is thoroughly
familiar with field operations, having been in several battles in Europe and
South America. He is a most affable and courteous gentleman, and is greatly
beloved by his men. From private sources and the State, this regiment has been
handsomely equipped and armed. The uniform is that of the United States regulations;
the weapon, percussion muskets of the earliest pattern.
At one o'clock precisely, the regiment left the camping ground, and proceeding
down the Bloomingdale road reached the City Hall by about 4 1/2 o'clock.
There was a brisk shower of rain during the march, which served to lay the
dust and make Broadway greasy and awkward of travel. The men were somewhat
molested by the pluvial offering, but they expressed themselves delighted with
the subsequent coolness. At 5 o'clock the regiment was marched on board the
ferry boat Colden and shortly after took its departure in the Jersey railroad
cars. The following is a correct list of the officers:
Field—Col. A. von Steinwehr; Lieut.-Col. C. Loest; Major Wm. P. Wainwright.
Staff: Adjutant, von Zschuscher; Quartermaster, H. J. Rogers; Surgeon, Dr.
Chas. Neuhaus; Assistant-Surgeon, Dr. Osborne; Chaplain, Rev. R. W...reck;
Sergeant-Major, James Joseph; Quartermaster’s Sergeant, H. Tannhauser.
Line Officers: Company A, Capt. Wm. Warricke, Lieutenant Otto Schulz, Ensign
Henry Klein. Company B, Capt. Charles Wembold, Lieut. Zugmann, Ensign Von Sluembach.
Company C, Capt. Gustavus Seidel, Lieut. Gittermann, Ensign Chelius. Company
D, Captain Gustavus Meizer, no First Lieutenant, Ensign Robert Stolpe. Company
E, Capt. Von Nostitz, Lieut. Von Francois, Ensign Paul Schulze. Company F,
Capt. Berne, Lieut. Metzger, Ensign Propping. Company G, Capt. Gullmann, Lieut.
A. Von Schmbach, Ensign Kalt. Company H, Capt. Bockwood, Lieut. Schirmer, Ensign
Dickman. Company I, Capt. Eckel, Lieut. Von Meusel, Ensign Dirks. Company K,
Capt. Prahl, Lieut. Eisner, Ensign Harzog.
The undersigned acknowledges the receipt of the following contributions for
the relief of the Twenty-ninth Regiment, Col. Von Steinwehr. Additional subscriptions
may be sent to the Treasurer, or to Mr. J.M. McLean, No. 67 Wall street.
Gen. John W. Depeyster, $300; W.P. Wainwright, $200; Mrs. Henry Livingston,
$50; Mrs. H. Thorn, $20; Simeon Draper, $20; Chas. A. Rapallo, $20; E.H. Miller,
$20; Bernheimer Brothers, $50; John C. Henderson, $20; Cambridge Livingston,
$100; John S. Livingston, $50; H. Livingston Rogers, $20; George Conrad, $400;
And by J.M. Mclean, Esq., Charles Easton, $50; L.H. Brigham, $50, Citizens'
Fire Insurance Company, $25; Home Insurance Company, $25; Manhatten Life Insurance
Company, $25; Continental Insurance Company, $25; Resolute Insurance Company,
$25; John Hone, $10. Total, $1505.
Albert Speyers, Treasurer, No. 43 Pine street.
New York, Friday, June 21, 1861.
THE GERMAN REGIMENT.
The Regiment of Infantry which Col. VON STEINWEHR is organizing for service
in behalf of the United States Government, numbers at present three hundred
and seventy enlisted men. Many of these are from the country, and depend
for their support upon immediate assistance. Mr. G. M. McLean, of the Citizens'
Insurance Company, No. 67 Wall street, has kindly consented to receive subscriptions.
The officers of the regiment have all received a military education in schools
corresponding to our West Point Academy. They are: Von Steinwehr, formerly
of the Brunswick service; Seidel, formerly of the Holstein service; Von Sternburg,
formerly of the Austrian service; Urnan, formerly of the Austrian service;
Schulz, formerly of the Austrian service; Von Fronvois, formerly of the Prussian
Nostitz, formerly of the Prussian service; Herzog, formerly of the Prussian
service; Von Zachuchen, formerly of the Prussian service; Weinhold, formerly
of the Holstein service; Sas, formerly of the Brunswick service.
DEPARTMENT OF THE POTOMAC.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 29.
On Saturday night, the buildings known as Beecher's Mills, four miles out on
the Loudon Railroad, were burnt. Ten members of the New York 29th are under
arrest, charged with being the incendiaries. A scouting party of the New York
32d on Saturday night encountered five secession cavalry,
eight miles out on the Fairfax road. A man supposed to be the captain was killed,
as also his horse. They made good their escape with his body. A member of the
29th was killed yesterday by one of his own regiment, while robbing a potato
patch, in violation of orders. The tampering with the soldiers by the secession
residents here has become so bold within the last few days, that Gen. Runyon
issued an order to day for the arrest of all parties suspected.
THE TWENTY-NINTH REGIMENT ENCAMPMENT
AT BELLEVUE GARDENS.
This regiment, composed of sturdy and active G e r m a n s, has for some time
past been preparing to move to the seat of war on the order of the State authorities
or of the general government. They have in the meantime been adding to their
ranks a number of fine athletic young men, most of whom have taken to drill
and a military life as ducks to the water. The regiment now musters nearly
eight hundred men, all of whom are of the right material
of which true soldiers are made. They are at present encamped on the extensive
and healthy grounds known as Bellevue Gardens, beautifully situated near the
banks of the East river. Athletic exercises and active employment fully engage
the time of the men, who are thus being developed into formidable soldiers.
Their colonel is a man who knows the reality of a soldier's life, having seen
something of it in the camps of Europe; and, although he has not been heard
of to any great extent as yet, he will doubtless be heard of hereafter. At
the inspection of the Seventeenth regiment recently, Colonel Lansing quoted
the words of Colonel Von Steinwher—the commander of the Twenty ninth— "We
have not made much fuss in the papers, but we will make our fuss after a little
while." Judging from present appearances, this promise will be fully carried
the opportunity ever offers.
There was a formal inspection of the regiment yesterday, and the appearance
of the men, incomplete as is their equipment, was as perfect as could be expected.
The Zouave company attracted particular attention, all the men being very nearly
of the same size, and robust fine looking fellows; they are commanded by a
young officer who prides himself on their efficiency in drill and in a knowledge
of the French Zouave tactics, and therefore he spares no pains in perfecting
his command. The good citizens of New York may expect a fine military treat
when this regiment is fully armed and equipped, and marches down Broadway to
go "off to the wars." One notice will be given of the first full
This regiment.... and will.... Colonel Von Steinwehr.... of military experience
on the field of battle, and is in every way qualified for his position. His
officers, also, are persons possessing both a theoretical and practical
knowledge of the art or war. The men have been carefully selected, and from
present appearances, the regiment will not be behind any that this city has
formed. It is one of the regiments composing the brigade under command of Colonel
Asboth, and will be uniformed so as to correspond with the Garabaldi Guard.
There remains but little doubt, from the material of which this brigade is
composed, that it will very soon be out on the field of action.
TWENTY-NINTH VOLUNTEER REGIMENT, COL. VON STEINWEHR.
The above admirable corps yesterday passed a medical inspection, and is now
in readiness for action. Col. Von Steinwehr, in command, is a gentleman who
adds to great military experience attainments of a high literary character,
and his officers are men of culture, many of whom have been engaged in European
struggles. Their capability in drilling the men has been most thoroughly
attested by the action and appearance of the troops, who have been chosen
of medium stature, and who, with their intelligence
and physique, must attain a high point of soldierly excellence. Under such
influences, this regiment, which already is embodied in the brigade of General
Asboth, cannot fail to prove a most effective and serviceable body. The Garibaldi
Guard, which is now engaged among the foremost in the field, belongs to the
On the completion of the brigade, containing, as it will, equally good material,
we shall have secured a most desirable force, whose services cannot be too
soon enlisted on behalf of the Union.
THE TWENTY-NINTH REGIMENT.
One of the German regiments of the six recruited in the city of New York is
at present encamped at Conrads' Elm Park, occupying the private race course
and adjoining grounds attached thereto, the Twenty-ninth regiment N. Y. S.
V., Colonel A. Von Steinwehr. This corps was organized under the name of
the Astor regiment, and make their camp at Jones' Wood. On the 21st of May
they were mustered into the State service, at the same time they dispensed
with their original name, and are at present known as the Twenty- ninth regiment.
On the 4th inst. Captain Hayman of the United States Army,
mustered them into the regular service for the term of two years.
This regiment is composed almost exclusively of Germans, the exception thereto
being one or two officers of the staff, who are natives of this country. The
officers, as far as selected, are all tried men, having passed through the
excitement of camp life and its appendages, also a smell of gunpowder in actual
warfare. The officers are educated, military gentlemen, and fully understand
every detail of the manual of arms.
The troops are well disciplined and acquire the tactics of the American soldier
with an alacrity really astonishing. Although very stringently kept at drill
and exercise, their demeanor is gentle and affable, and elicts the encomium
of the officers and visitors. During their l e i s u r e time, they devote
themselves to study or gymnastics exercises, for which they possess ample facilities
at their rendezvous. Being well attended to in their rations by Mr. George
Conrad, the men present a healthy and vigorous appearance, which demonstrates
clearly that upon the mess the best portion of the soldier's physique is depending.
The regimental roll is full, the authorized number, seven hundred and eighty
men, having been mustered in the service. Like the German regiments already
noticed in the HERAL.D, this command has been compelled to refuse numerous
applications for membership.
The attire on the men is furnished by the State authorities, and consists of
a dark blue jacket, gray pantaloons with a blue cord, and a gray overcoat.
The uniform is similar to that of the Turner Rifles, with the exception that
the last named is trimmed with red cord, while the other is faced with blue.
In the course of two or three days, the regiment will be fully armed and equipped,
when they will probably be assigned a camping ground on Staten Island. Yesterday
afternoon some of the men, who are somewhat inclined to the wearing of the
sock and buskin, gave a dramatic entertainment to the numerous visitors. Nearly
all the officers attended the play, which was throughout heartily applauded.
We are informed that these dramatic entertainments are to be kept up, even
after the regiment goes into active service, on the plan of the Zouaves, attached
to the Frency army in the Crimea. The idea is a brilliant one and tends not
a little to break the monotony of a soldier's life. Colonel Von Steinwher is
an officer of merit, having passed through the Mexican war with great credit
as an officer under the veteran chieftain Lieutenant General Scott. The following
is a list of the officers as far as elected:—
Field and Staff-Colonel Adolph Von Steinwher; Lieutenant Colonel, Clemens Soest;
Major, vacant; Adjutant, Gustav Von Zechueschen; Surgeon, Dr. O. Neuhaus; Asstant
Surgeon, C. H. Osborne; Quartermaster, Livingston Rogers.
Company A—Captain, H. Warnacke; First Lieutenant, C. V. Schultz; Second
Lieutenant. H. Klein.
Company B—Captain, Charles Weinhold; First Lieutenant, A. Ingmann; Second
Lieutenant, F. Von Schluembach.
Company C-Captain, G. A. Seidel; First Lieutenant, John Witterman; Second Lieutenant,
Company D—Captain, Gustav Meiser; First Lieutenant, vacant; Second Lieutenant,
Company E--Captain, H. Von Nestitz; First Lieutenant, Von Francois; Second
Lieutenant, L. Hasck.
Company F— Captain, Charles Berne; First Lieutenant, D. Metzzer; Second
Company G—Captain, N. Gullmann; First Lieutenant, A. Von Schluembach;
Second Lieutenant, A. Kaldt.
Company H—Captain, Charles Bockwood; First Lieutenant, L. Schirmer; Second
Lieutenant, J Dieckman.
Company I—Captain, Ad. Eckel; First Lieutenant, Oscar Von Mensel; Second
Lieutenant, H Dirks.
Company K—Captain, A. Pratl; First Lieutenant, Chas. Eisner; Second Lieutenant,
The regiment, in their present location, are almost secluded from their friends,
as the Park is in such an out of the way place that facilities for getting
there are not so numerous as those of other regiments stationed nearer the
line of railroads. The men are all bestowing great praise on Mr. Conrad for
his kind treatment which is duly appreciated by mine host. The regiment will,
in all probability, organize a band of music out of the ranks,
which will also be a valuable acquisition to the regiment.
NEWS AT GENERAL YATES' OFFICE.
The T w e n t y - n i n t h (Astor) regiment, Colonel Steinwehr, now encamped
at Elm Park, on the upper part of the island, was mustered into the service
of the United States yesterday. (June 1, 1861).
SECOND REGIMENT GERMAN RIFLES.
Strong exertions are being made to make this corps as efficient a body of men
as any German regiment that has yet left the city, proving that our Teutonic
friends are not at all behind hand in volunteering to fight in the present
THE TWENTY-NINTH REGIMENT.
This regiment, Col. Von Steinwehr, at present encamped at Conrad's Elm Park,
corner of Ninetieth street and the Bloomingdale road, expect to leave
their quarters this afternoon at 4 o'clock, and march down Broadway, to take
the cars for Washington. They have been expecting to go for two or three
days, but in consequence of a want of sufficient and well made underclothes
and shoes, have been delayed. They are to proceed from Washington to
Chambersburg, there to drill for four weeks. They have been given muskets for
drilling purposes, and are promised Enfield rifles at the end of four weeks.
They will take with them 150 tents. Their present quarters are very pleasant
and comfortable. They expect to receive their pay to-day before leaving. The
regiment was organized under the name of the Astor Regiment, but on being mustered
into state service was known as the Twenty-ninth.
(World, June 20, 1861.)
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