38th Regiment New York Volunteers
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HISTORY OF THE 38TH REGT. N. Y. V.
(2d SCOTT LIFE GUARD.)
Compiled by E. H. KELLOGG, of Co. B, 38th Regt N. Y. V.,
Queens, Queens Co., L. I., N. Y.
The Regiment was organized in New York City and the first recruiting office
opened at 497 Broadway, on the 19th day of April, 1861, and was accepted and
mustered into the State service May 7th, 1861. On the 14th May the Regiment
moved into barracks at East New York, L. I , and were Numbered as the 38th
Regt. N. Y. V. On the 29th the following Field Officers being chosen: Col.
J. H. Hobart Ward, Lieut. Col. Addison Farnesworth, Major James Decatur Potter;
three companies were added to the Regiment at East New York, Co's H. from Geneva,
I. from Horsehead, and K. from Elizabethtown.
On 3d June the Regiment was inspected by Dr. Mott, and mustered into U.S. service
by Capt. Hayman with the exception of Co. I. which was not mustered in until
the 8th inst. On the 18th the Regiment was paid one month's pay from the State,
and was uniformed on the 15th. On the 19th it
was armed and equipped, and in accordance with an order from the War department
proceeded to Washington, D. C., via Harrisburgh and Baltimore,
reaching Washington early on the morning of the 21st, encamping at Meridian
Hill on the 23d. July 4th the Regiment paraded for review before
the President and Gen. Winfield Scott. On 7th changed arms at Washington arsenal,
and proceeded to Alexandria, encamping about a mile west of
city, and was brigaded with the 1st Michigan and 11th N. Y. V. (Fire Zouavres)
under Command of Col. O. B. Wilcox, Acting Brigadier Gen.
On 17th the Regiment moved forward with the army towards Bull Run, and occupied
Fairfax Station. On the 18th the enemy had evidently left this place hurriedly.
On afternoon of the 19th encamped at Centreville. Early on the morning of the
21st July the Regiment was en-rout for Manassas Junction, and were engaged
with the enemy at the Battle of Bull Run of that date. After a hotly contested
engagement, repulsing the rebels three times and driving them before us, the
regiment was forced to fall back with the army; in this engagement, the loss
of the 38th was 138 killed, wounded, and missing, and 4 Officers. The Regiment
returned to Alexandria. At Bull Run, the Major was captured, also Dr. Griswold
and Capt. McQuade, the two latter died in prison. During the month of August
the regiment moved to the Leesburgh road, near the Seminary and was Brigaded
with the 40th N. Y. V. (Mozarts) and the 3d and 4th Me. Under command of Gen.
O. Howard succeeded by Sedgwick. On 18th August a portion of the Regimental
Pickets stationed at Munsons Hill, were attacked by a superior force of the
enemy, and after a spirited resistance captured. During the month of August,
the regiment assisted in constructing Fort Ward. In September ninety-seven
men who had refused to do duty in the 4th Me. were transferred to the 38th,
and the encampment was moved to the old Fairfax road, where they assisted in
constructing Fort Lyons, and other works. During the winter a large and commodious
Theatre was constructed in Camp, and performances given by Professional Stars,
and an Amateur Club organized in the Brigade. On 15th Jan'y, 1862, twenty-four
prisoners of War captured at Bull Run, returned to
the Regiment, and were gallantly received. On the organization of the Army
of the Potomac in March, Gen. Sedgwick being promoted to command of a
Division, Gen. D. B. Birney was appointed in his place, and the 38th formed
a portion of the 1st Division 3d Corps de Armie. On 17th March, the regiment
was reviewed by Gen. Geo. B. McClellan, and embarked on transports for Fortress
Monroe, being the 1st Regt. in the Army of the Potomac to leave for the peninsular.
On the 19th March, the Regiment arrived at Fortress Monroe, and camped at Camp
Hamilton. On 21st moved a few miles beyond Hampton, and three drummers, who
had strayed from Camp were captured by rebel Cavelry; Lt. Walker with a detachment
of men followed to a mile beyond Big Bethel but was unable to retake them.
On 25th moved forward towards Yorktown and encamped one mile and a half west
of Clark's mill. Gen. Hamilton being removed from Command of division, Gen.
Philip Kearney was appointed in his place. During the siege of Yorktown, the
Regiment was employed on picket and fatigue duty, in the trenches nearly every
day. On 4th May Yorktown was evacuated, and the regiment being on picket was
the first regiment in the Division to place the American flag on the evacuated
works of Fort Magruder, pursuit of the enemy followered and the Regiment camped
for the night some three miles beyond Yorktown. On 5th it rained all day, and
the Division moved forwards through mud knee deep to support Hooker, who had
been engaged since early morn; they relieved him at 3 P.M., deployed, and went
into action, charged the enemy three times, being repulsed twice; at the third
charge the rebels retreated, and the 38th and 40th held their ground. The Regiment
was engaged in the Battle of Williamsburgh about three hours, and lost 89 killed,
wounded and missing, 2 officers killed and 7 officers wounded. On 6th the Regiment
did Provost duty in Williamsburgh, and moved forwards with the army about the
12th. After returning from Picket on the 31st the Regiment participated in
the 1st day's Battle of Fair Oaks, which was renewed again on the lst of June.
On this day the Regiment made a splendid charge, and drove the rebels through
the swamp with great loss. The loss of the Regiment on both occasions being
35 killed, wounded and missing, one officer wounded. Up to the 25th the Regiment
was engaged in ordinary duties, picket, and fatigue. On the 26th with a portion
of the Division, the Regiment supported Hooker at the engagement of that date.
On 27th advanced on reconnoisance to within three miles of Richmond being one
of the nearest points reached by Infantry during the Penisular Campaign. On
29th the army fell back towards Harrison's landing, the 38th forming a portion
of the rear Guard. On 30th engaged at battle of Glendale or Charles City Crossroads.
July 1st supported Thomson's Battery at Malvern hill. Loss during Seven days
fight, 35 killed, wounded and missing, 3 officers wounded. On 3d camped at
Harrison's Landing, and had a short resting spell, doing occasional picket
and fatigue duty. On 15th August left Harrison's Landing, 18th passed through
Williamsburgh, 20th took transport Merrimac at Yorktown, reaching Alexandria
on 22d, and took cars for Warrenton Junction, which we reached on 23d thence
marched to Bealetons station, and remained in vicinity until the 20th, thence
took up line of march for Mannassas Junction. On the afternoon of the 28th
had a slight brush with the enemy at Blackburns ford, and camped at Centreville,
on 29th and 30th engaged the enemy at Bulls Run heights, lost 16 wounded and
missing, three officers wounded.
On the 1st September fought the Battle of Chantilly; about one hour under fire;
lost 35 killed, wounded and missing; one officer killed. Gen. Kearney was killed
at this engagement. On the 2nd took up line of march arriving in Alexandria
on the 4th. On 9th Maj. Jas. Decatur Potter having been paroled, after being
a prisoner of war over thirteen months, made us a visit. The regiment remained
near Alexandria until the 15th, during which time Gen. Stoneman was appointed
to command of the Division vice Kearney. On 15th broke camp and moved for Maryland,
reaching Poolsville on the 18th, and did picket duty on the Potomac from Conrad's
Ferry to the mouth of the Monocacy river. Early in October, Col. Ward being
promoted to Brigadier and taking command of the Brigade, Lieut.-Col. Wm. Birney
took temporary command of the Regiment. Oct. 17th, attempted to prevent Stuart's
crossing into Virginia at White's Ford; did not reach the river in time. Oct.
28th, crossed the Potomac by fording, at White's Ford, marched through Leesburgh,
thence to Waterloo, crossed the Rappahannock, recrossed, passed through Warrenton,
and encamped near Falmouth about the 20th November. About the 1st December
Gen. Stoneman being appointed to command of 3rd Corps, Gen. Birney took command
Division. On 13th the Regiment was engaged at battle of Fredericksburg, having
355 men in action our loss being 88 wounded, 33 missing and 14
killed, seven officers wounded; the Regiment was under a heavy fire of grape
and canister; they recrossed and reached camp on 16th. On 22d, by
General Order, from War Department, the 55th N. Y. V. was consolidated with
the 38th, Col. R. De-Trobiand taking command, Lieut.-Col. Birney being appointed
Colonel of the 4th N. J. V. On 26th Jan., 1863, the Regiment participated in
the attempted movement of Gen. Burnside. On the 1st May the Regiment crossed
the Rappahannock, and were engaged at the Battle of Chancellorsville. On the
2nd and 3rd the Regiment made a charge and cut their way through the enemy's
lines to a secure position, which they held until the army recrossed the river;
loss, 48 killed, wounded and missing;
3 officers wounded, 1 missing. On 4th June left Aquia Creek, reaching New York
on the 6th, were received by the Mayor and Common Council of the
city, accompanied by the Military, and mustered out of service at East New
York, L. I., on the 22nd June, 1863. The Regiment returned to New York
with some 300 members; number when it left, 800; loss in engagements, privates
and officers, about 570 killed, wounded and missing. The 38th Regiment is re-organizing
under the command of Col. Augustus Funk. The bounty given to old recruits is
$565. The Head quarters are at Lafayette Hall, 597 Broadway, N. Y.
REORGANIZATION OF THE THIRTY-EIGHTH REGIMENT.
The officers of the former Thirty-eighth Regiment met yesterday morning at
No. 597 Broadway, and consulted about the reorganization of the Regiment.
It was resolved upon, and will be commenced at once.
CASUALTIES OF THE THIRTH-EIGHTH NEW YORK REGIMENT AT STONE BRIDGE.
The following is a complete list of the casualties in the Thirty-eighth regiment
of this city, (Colonel J.H.H. Ward,) at the battle of Stone Bridge:
Field and Staff.—wounded--Major James D. Potter, slightly, and, afterward
taken prisoner by the enemy. Missing--Assistant-Surgeon Stephen Griswold and
Quartermaster Charles J. Murphy, both taken prisoners.
COMPANY A.—Wounded--Charles H. L. Roediger, slightly in the hand. Missing--Jacob
Schindler and John McNamara.
Company B.--Killed--Sergeant Samuel Ashworth; privates William Weir, Louis
Leonard, Charles Paulson, Louis Williams, James H. Hart, George Robinson.
Wounded--Captain Eugene McGrath, slightly; privates Michael McGrane, in the
head (missing); Walter S. Kniffin, in the knee; Marvin Lord, in the thigh;
H.B. Hendrickson, in the arm.
Company C.--Wounded--Captain Robert F. Allason, slightly; privates A. Klaila
and J. Maier, severely; A. Scharf and J. Schimelpfening, mortally. Missing--R.
Gabitch, J. Hoefer, J. Hirt, A. Keller, S. Shaublein, A. Ahr, supposed to be
Company D.--Killed--Privates Philo E. Lewis, William Chambers, Martin Donahoe.
Wounded--Lieutenant John Brady, jr., badly in wrist; Frank Paine, bayonet in
leg; William Macky, wounded in foot. Missing--Corporal
Charles Studoff; privates James B. Clorety, George Cisco, Matthew Dollard,
Louis Washrode, Calvin T.C. Gould, George A. Kenaston, Edward Donnelly, George
Company E.--Wounded--Sergeant Watson A. Mallory, in foot; privates John O'Brien,
in leg; Anthony Welder, thigh; James Willis, in knee; all prisoners. Missing
--Privates Samuel Hart, John Kelsey, Edward L. Marsh; supposed to be prisoners.
Company F.--Killed--Privates James Flynn, James Nelson, Michael Dowling, Henry
Hilliard, William Mackay. Wounded--Captain Hugh McQuade, severely, taken prisoner;
privates John McIntire, Patrick McGann, Martin O'Neil, Thomas Murphy, William
Fielding. Missing--Sergeant Donahoe, Corporal Moloney, privates Timothy Sullivan,
Michael Kennedy, Joseph Sheppard, Patrick Coyle, Lawrence Mooney, John Holland.
Company G.—Wounded—First Lieutenant Thomas S. Hamblin, in the leg;
privates Edward Sweeney, Benjamin Taylor, (all taken prisoners,) Henry Lansing.
Missing--Henry Hege, Thomas H. Kerr, Patrick McGinn,
William H. Millett, Charles J. Rydecker, George Wright (all supposed to have
been taken prisoners).
Company H—Killed--Private John Orman. Wounded--privates Norton Schermerhorn,
slightly; Luther L. Mills, both arms shot off (a prisoner); Hugh F. Dunnigan,
in leg (prisoner); William Barker, in leg; John Robson,
in neck; John Hallano, slightly in head; Robert T. Robertson, badly bruised;
Isaac Richee, slightly in leg; George B. Stevens, slightly in the back; Menzo
W. Hoard, leg bruised; John Welsh, slightly in hand. Missing--Privates William
Ross, John Lamphier, (supposed prisoners).
Company L.—Killed--William E. Straight, First Sergeant; Fourth Corporal
John McBride, and Charles H. Cooper. Wounded--Sylvanus Greer, Theodore Hamilton,
Edwin Close, Anthon V. Pitkett, Olando B. Hirley (all missing), supposed to
be prisoners. Missing—Privates William Breese, Charles Shear, Erving
C. Smith, John Jackson, Isaac Kinnan, William Phelan, Byron Swazee, Edward
Chevalier, John Gumbleton, Henry J. Griffin, John Ryan, (all supposed to be
Company K.--Wounded--Privates Orlando B. Whitney, Henry Van Ornam, Patrick
Waters, all taken prisoners; Pitt E. Wadhams, in right leg, near the thigh;
Loyal E. Wolcott, slightly, and Sergeant John H. Glidden, slightly
in the head.--Missing--Corporal George Boutwell; Privates James A. Coburn,
James McCormick, and Wesley Summer (supposed to have been taken prisoners).
Total loss …….128
SPORTS AND PASTIMES.
MATCHES AMONG THE SOLDIERS - On the 12th. a match was played between nine players
of the Thirty-eighth Regiment, N. Y. S. V., and the Fortieth Regiment, (Mozart)
N. Y. S. V., at Potomac Creek, Va. The game resulted in favor of the Thirty-eighth,
by a score of 28 to 19.
A match was played on the 17th inst. between the officers of the Twelfth and
Forty-fourth, N. Y. S. V., at Falmouth, Va., resulting in favor of the latter.
On Monday, 20th instant, a match was played in General Deven's Brigade, between
nine of the best players from the New York Thirty-sixth Regiment and nine from
the Massachusetts Tenth Regiment. The match was a remarkably well-played one,
and reflected credit upon all parties concerned. There was a very large attendance
of military personages present. Scarcely had the third inning been put in motion,
when the rain began to descend in rapid and successive torrents; yet the brave
boys, not disheartened and
scarcely noticing the dripping rain, played the remainder of the game satisfactorily
to all. After a laughable and merry three hours, the match came to a terminus,
the nine innings being played, each side scoring twenty
runs, thus making it a draw match.
The veterans of the Peninsula campaign being desirous of enjoying themselves,
inaugurated the opening of the season on the 19th. by having a friendly game
of base ball. The nines were representatives respectively
of the Anderson Zouaves (Sixty-second N. Y. S. V.) and the First Long Island
Volunteers. The day was lovely, the ground in good condition, and the men in
fine spirits; consequently, fine sport was anticipated, and was fully realized.
After the game was concluded, which resulted favorably for the Andersons, they
invited the Long Islanders to their quarters, where friendly sentiments were
interchanged, and other things passed around. Arrangements were partially made
for another match, which the Long Islanders very much desire, for they await
with anxiety the opportunity when they can satisfy their friends (the Andersons)
that the generous and sumptuous treatment they were the recipients of was appreciated,
and will be ever remembered. The officers of the Andersons were well represented
on the field, manifesting their interest in the game. They are the right style
of men, and if our army had more like them, we think the Rebellion would soon
COL. JAMES C. STRONG.—In the notice in today's Courier of the highly
complimentary order of Maj. Gen. Sickles, addressed to the 38th New York Regiment,
on leaving the service at the expiration of their term, no mention whatever
is made of the connection of our fellow citizen, Col. James C. Strong, with
that regiment,—Col. Strong led the right wing of the regiment as its
Lieut.-Colonel in the well contested battle of Williamsburgh, and in two or
three bayonet charges drove the rebels before him from the abbattis in which
they had entrenched themselves, receiving, just at the close of the
battle, a wound in the hip which will make him, in all probability, a cripple
for life. Maj.-Gen. Birney, in his report of the battle, said "Lieut.-Col.
Strong deserves special mention for his gallant conduct on the field," and
General Ward, at that time Colonel of the regiment, than whom no braver man
or better officer led a regiment on the field of battle, writing to a friend
in this city, of the Colonel, said: "A more gallant gentleman does not
exist. His coolness under a most galling fire, and his example to the men,
tended much towards attaining our glorious victory."
Col. Strong was, after the battle, on the promotion of Gen. Ward, commissioned
Colonel of the 38th for his bravery in this battle.
We deem it no more than an act of justice that in a public mention of the brave
deeds of the gallant 38th and its officers, the connection of our fellow citizen
as one of its officers, with it should be mentioned, and presume it
did not occur to our cotemporary at the time of its comments upon Gen. Sickles'
commendatory order, that that was the regiment with which Col. Strong was connectee.
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS—The returns of killed, wounded and missing of the
38th Regiment, N.Y.V., (Second Scott Life Guard) show their aggregate loss
to be 201—greater than that of any other regiment, the Fire Zouaves not
excepted. Through some oversight, the papers have failed to trumpet the praise
of the 38th. We gladly give place to the following honorable record :
The 38th was under fire nearly one half hour earlier than the Fire Zouaves,
and at least an hour before the 69th, in praise of whom so much has justly
been said and written. Repeatedly repulsed, the 38th always rallied—three
times under severe fire. They rescued and took from the enemy Griffin's battery,
which was afterward again lost, and repulsed, with great slaughter,
the rebels in their renewed attempts to recapture the battery. Their Colonel,
J. H. Hobart Ward, who served during the war with Mexico, and was breveted
for his good conduct on the field, throughout the late battle was collected,
courageous and energetic. Wherever his men faltered, there he was to rally
and encourage them, and where danger appeared he confronted
it. Lieut-Col. Farnsworth, of the same regiment, who had been upon the sick
list for a week previous to the battle, and unable to mount his horse, was
brought to the field in an ambulance. Notwithstanding his debility, he took
his place with his regiment, conducting himself throughout the battle, and
during the disastrous retreat, with distinguished gallantry. The hero of the
notable instance of magnanimous self-sacrifice on the part of a Surgeon of
one of the city regiments, heretofore mentioned, who nobly surrendered
himself to the enemy rather than desert his wounded comrades, was Dr. Stephen
Griswold, Assistant-Surgeon of the Thirty-Eighth.
THE RETURNING REGIMENTS.
Splendid Reception of the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Regiments.
The Civic and Military Ovation—Banquet to the Soldiers at the City
Assembly Rooms—Toasts, Speeches and a Good Time Generally.
Those who believe that "republics are ungrateful," must hereafter
tell it to the marines; certainly they cannot tell it to our soldiers with
being believed. The reception which the metropolis yesterday gave to her returned
braves, the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth New-York Volunteers
together with previous receptions on similar occasions, demonstrated that the
Empire City of the Empire State, at least, both appreciates and honors
the noble efforts of her soldiers in the field. Nor was the reception less
enthusiastic than might have been naturally anticipated from the multiplicity
of military displays which have enlivened the Metropolis during the last two
years. Indeed, the very fact that curiosity could not draw forth such crowds,
lent a heartiness to the welcome, that could not attend a mere military parade.
It was the consciousness that the brawny heroes who carried the National colors
had defended them with their lives on many a hard-fought
field, that made the occasion of such thrilling interest. The metropolitan
pride which has so often swelled at the display of our citizen militia, was
doubly heightened by the appearances of real veterans, fresh from the smoke
of battle, many of them marked with honorable scars, and proudly bearing
their untarnished flag. Though deprived of its spontaneity by the balk in the
arrangements of Saturday, the welcome was in fact more complete in its
details. There was perhaps less confusion from the multiplicity of those glad
greetings of relatives and friends which have characterized other receptions;
but the widely-extended notices of the arrangements, and the convenience of
the hour named, enabled more of the bone and sinew of the City—the immediate
kindred of the honored guests—to be present with the throng, and mingle
their lusty cheers with the shouts of rejoicing that everywhere rent the air,
and gladden the hearts of the soldiers by their presence. The streets along
the line of march were alive with humanity and gaily decorated with the red,
white and blue, forming almost a continuous triumphal arch of
the national colors. The clerk of the weather must have been insulted by the
bare supposition in the officially published programme, that aught but cloudless
skies could greet such a memorable scene. Though warm, not hot; refreshing,
yet not cold. The weather was all that could be desired, and was alike agreeable
to citizens and soldiers.
THE SCENE AT THE CITY HALL
was unusually brilliant. Long previous to the hour for the procession to pass
the Park was crowded with the anxious multitude, eager to secure good places.
The trees, the fences, the Washington statue and the lamp-posts, as usual,
groaned with humanity—especially juvenile humanity—and the Police
had more than ordinary difficulty to secure the wonted space for the line
of procession. At precisely 5 o'clock, the Mayor, Members of the Common Council
and other civic dignitaries, together with a number of invited guest, took
their places in the customary space reserved for them in front of the Hall,
among those present were the members of the Committee,
Aldermen Farley, Boole, Mitchell, Henry and Ottiwell; Councilmen Joyce, Brandon,
McDonnell, Haviland, and Webster, Alderman Chipp, Gen. Ward. B. Burnett, Ex-Chief-of-Police
Matsell and others of note. Gen. Sandford occupied the post of honor on the
right of Mayor Opdyke, and Alderman Boole the left.
The military, however, were not as prompt as was expected, and it was not until
nearly 6 o'clock that the head of the line entered the Park, and then the
order of the programme was not observed. First came Gen. Hall and staff, and
a troop of cavalry. Next the Seventh regiment New-York National
Guards, over 600 strong, under command of Col. Marshall Lefferts; Seventy-first
regiment, 400 strong; Sixty-ninth regiment, 200 strong, and the
Fifty-fifth, 125 strong. Sandwiched between the two last came detachments of
the First regiment New-York Volunteers, and of the Fourth New York Volunteers,
(Scott Life Guard,) out of uniform, and without arms, carrying their flags.
The heroes of the day came next, and the ectat of their appearance was somewhat
marred by the necessity of the manoeuvreing to get them side by side. The Thirty-seventh
was commanded by Col. Hayman. Judge McCunn, who was among the originators of
the regiment and its first Colonel, rode in citizen's dress among the officers.
The Thirty-eighth regiment was under command of Lieut.-Col. Alason, Col. Strong,
who was wounded, occupying a carriage.
The appearance of these two regiments contrasting so strangely with the sleek
and holiday appearance of our citizen soldiers, was the signal for a
stentorian welcome, so soon as they were recognized, or at least the moment
after. At first the vast mass of spectators seemed impressed with the reality
of the scene, so vividly did the warlike appearance of the veterans bring
mind the memorable scenes of the bloody fields through which they have passed.
But when the cheering did commence it ran along the line like wildfire, rising
above the resonance of Capt. Goodwin's cannon salute fired simultaneously from
the adjacent grounds. But, it was not so much in the
noise and confusion that the braves were welcomed, as the looks of awe, and
even of reverence with which the tattered colors were regarded, and the running
fire of exclamations as they came in view. The sight of those flags everywhere
made the welkin ring, and the hearts of the spectators throb with patriotic
emotion. He would have been a bold man. who could have followed those noble
emblems with a banner bearing the inscription, "Peace and conciliation
with rebels in arms."
Immediately after the guests came the Common Council, in carriages, Mayor Opdyke,
Gen. Sandford, Alderman Boole and Farley leading, and the others following
to the number of fifty. The cavalcade wound up with wounded officers and soldiers,
in carriages, and the First regiment New-York cavalry. The route taken was
up Broadway to Fourteenth-street,
around Union square, up by Fourth-avenue, through Seventeenth-street to Broadway,
up Broadway to Twenty-third street, down Twenty-third street
to Madison-avenue, up Madison-avenue to Twenty-sixth street, thence to Fifth-avenue,
and down Fifth avenue to Fourteenth-street, thence to Broadway, down Broadway
to City Assembly Rooms, where they were dismissed.
One of the most interesting features of the programme was the review by Gen.
Sickles at the Metropolitan Hotel, and by Gen. McClellan at the Fifth
avenue, and all along the route the enthusiasm was immense. It was a long march,
however, and it may well be imagined that at the end of it the soldiers were
ready for the banquet.
The banquet given to the regiments, in the evening at the City Assembly Rooms,
under the auspices of the City authorities, was a noticeable feature
of the grand reception. The entire floor was occupied with tables, and there
was a sufficient number of seats to accommodate 1,150 persons. Mr. Wood, of
the Astor House, who has prepared dinners thus far for all the New-York City
returning regiments, surpassed himself on this occasion by the elegant appearance
of the festive board. A miniature flag fixed in a square of bread placed beside
each plate, added much to the cheerfullness and patriotism of the scene. The
banquet was presided over by Mayor Opdyke, who was supported on either side
by Gen. Hall, Gen. Burnett, Col. Strong, Col. Hayman, Judge McCunn, Alderman
Chipp, Alderman Farley, Alderman Boole, and other members of the Common Council.
When the proper time had arrived, the Mayor called the assemblage to order
and made the following speech.
THE MAYOR'S SPEECH.
Officers and men of the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Regiments New York
volunteers: It is my privilege, on behalf of the Municipal authorities,
To greet you with a warm-hearted welcome to your homes. The City of New-York
is proud of such heroic sons. She feels that your gallant exploits have elevated
the military reputation of her citizen soldiery, and that you have thus entitled
yourselves to her everlasting gratitude. In her name I thank you for the patriotic
services you have rendered to her and to the nation. You have left in the army
a most enviable reputation. In every battle in which you participated, your
conduct received the commendation of your brigade, division and corps commanders.
Among the distinguished Generals under whose guidance you fought, and whose
praises you received was the lamented Kearny, one of the bravest and most accomplished
officers that our country has produced. To receive the encomiums of such a
commander, is at once a high honor and a convincing proof of your merit. The
same may be said of the praises accorded you by your latest Corps Commander,
Major-Gen. Sickles, who gives emphasis to his commendations by joining in this
public demonstration in your honor. The excellent record you have made in the
army must be attributed, in a large degree, to the skill, courage and coolness
of your regimental and company officers, among whom I may mention without being
invidious, since he has distinguished himself in two wars, the brave veteran
Colonel, who just commanded the Thirty-eighth, now Brig.-Gen. Ward. But this
of itself is not sufficient to account for the uniform heroism you have evinced
throughout your term of service. It required, in addition to good officers
and brave men, the strong incentive of a fixed patriotic purpose. It required
that your entire commands, officers and men, should realize the true character
of the contest in which you were engaged, and the momentous issues it involved;
and that you should know and feel that you had drawn your swords to defend
liberty and Democratic institutions against the assaults of an unprovoked and
wicked rebellion. It was sentiments like these, combined with strict military
disciplines, that enabled you on many bloody fields to face the missiles of
death without faltering, although they decimated your ranks and rent your banners.
Heedless of the leaden storm, and jealousy guarding the honor of your colors,
on which the stars and shamrock are blended, you stood as a wall of iron against
the fiercest assaults of the enemy. But, alas, the perilous duty you have performed
has sadly thinned your valorous ranks. Many of your brave comrades have offered
up their lives in voluntary defence of their country and the institutions they
loved. Instead of being with you today to share the willing homage we offer,
they fill the honored graves of patriot soldiers. A grateful country will not
fail to cherish their memory and keep it
fresh to the latest time. While the country will now miss you also from the
army in the field, its sacred cause cannot fail to be strengthened by your
presence among us. Your devotion to the Union and to the Civil Liberty it symbolizes,
impelled you to respond with alacrity to the first call for volunteers to battle
in their defence. That devotion has been purified and
strengthened by the fiery ordeal through which you have since passed. You now
return to mingle with your fellow citizens, with your patriotism exalted and
your hatred of treason intensified. Thus imbued, you cannot fail to exert a
salutary influence on public sentiment. And if, in any contingency, the sympathy
with the rebellion, which, to some extent, exists in our midst, should creep
out into overt treason, you will stand in instant readiness and with willing
hands to aid in crushing it. Your presence, therefore , adds to our sense of
security that law and order will here maintain their supremacy over treason
Permit me to renew my words of cordial welcome, and express the hope that health,
happiness and fields of future glory await you.
During the delivery of his speech the Mayor was constantly interrupted with
applause, and at times his voice was completely drowned by the vociferous
acclamations of the soldiers.
He was followed by Col. Hayman, of the Thirty-seventh regiment, who referred
to the red patch that adorned them as having a significance understood by every
soldier in the command. It was Kearny who first introduced that patch of distinction,
and the men who wore it had never been seen to go to the rear on the field
of battle. Col. Stone, of the Thirty-eight regiment, next made a few remarks,
in which he alluded to the hospitable
manner in which himself and regiment had been received by the City, and for
that treatment offered his thanks. He reviewed briefly the history of the regiment,
and closed by eulogizing the former commander of the regiment, Gen. J. H. Hobart
Other speakers followed Col. Stone, and the proceedings did not break up till
quite late in the evening.
SECOND REGIMENT SCOTT LIFE GUARD.
At the headquarters of this regiment, 497 Broadway, quite an interesting ceremony
took place last evening. Gen. Ward, the commander of the regiment, received
a despatch from Lieut. Col. Farnsworth, now at Albany, informing him that
the regiment had been accepted, and requesting him to prepare for muster.
At this time (eight o'clock) four hundred men had assembled for supper, and
when the news was circulated such enthusiasm
as at once arose has seldom been witnessed. The men ceased to be hungry, and
cheer upon cheer was given for the Colonel, for the field officers, the Governor
and Gen. Scott. During the evening Col. Ward and Major Potter made spirited
NEW YORK, TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 1861.
DEPARTURE OF THE THIRTY-EIGHTH REGIMENT.
The Thirty-eighth Regiment (the Second Scott Life Guard), Colonel Ward commanding,
left for the seat of war yesterday. The regiment has been quartered for a month
at East New York. On Tuesday the men were paid off, and at a late hour in the
afternoon of that day their muskets were delivered to
them. The usual delay attended the departure of the regiment yesterday. Many
persons, including ladies, were on the ground. Finally, at 2 1/4 o'clock, the
regiment marched to the cars of the Broadway Railroad Company, which were in
readiness. After the customary tearful leave-taking the regiment moved off,
cheering and being cheered. The drummer boys, on top of the first car, made
the air vocal with sheep-skin. All along the route the regiment was subjected
to ovations. Handkerchiefs were waved, hats exalted, and bouquets thrown in
the air. One elderly and enthusiastic lady made a desperate effort to launch
several bundles of cigars in the car.
She failed, and the cigars fell short and into the gutter. At the fountain
at the terminus of Bedford avenue the regiment halted, and after, for some
unexplainable reason, waiting an hour and a half, at 5 o'clock marched to the
foot of South Seventh street, and crossed the river to the foot of Grand street,
New-York. Thence the line of march was through Grand street to Broadway, through
Broadway to the Battery, and around to Pier No. 2, North River. Here the regiment
embarked on the Red Jacket, which conveyed it to Perth Amboy, where the rails
were taken for Washington. A large crowd greeted the soldiers with cheers and
applause on their way, and a much larger crowd was assembled on the pier. Amid
the hearty demonstrations of these, and to the music of the "Star Spangled
Banner," played by Cornell's band, the steamer left the dock and headed
down the bay. Until the boat disappeared in the distance, handkerchiefs were
freely used--some serving for a parting salute, others being applied to moistened
Following is a list of the officers of the Thirty- eighth regiment:
Col. J. H. Hobart Ward; Lieut. Col. Addison Farnsworth; Major, James D. Potter;
Adjutant, Wm. A. Herring; Quartermaster, Chas. J. Murphy;
Paymaster, Thomas Picton; Sergeant-Major, Wright Banks; Surgeon, A. J. Berry;
Surgeon's Mate, Stephen Griswold; Drum-Major, Michael McCarty;
Field-Major, Daniel E. Tylee.
Co. A-Captain, Daniel E. Gavitt; Lieutenant, J. H. Coburn.
Co. B.--Captain, Eugene McGrath; Lieut., Alex Roberts; Ensign, Robt. S. Watson.
Co. C.--Captain, Robert F. Allison; Lieut., A. Schaffer; Ensign, A. Fusk.
Company D--Captain, John F. Harrold; Lieut., Isaac Jellie.
Company E—Captain, Oliver A. Tilden; Lieut., John Mara.
Company F—Captain, Hugh McQuade; Lieut., John M. Cooney.
Company G--Captain, George F. Britton; Lieut., G.C. Brown.
Company H--Captain, W. H. Baird; Lieut., Jas. Byrne.
Company I--Captain, Calvin S. Dewitt; Lieut., Charles Barbeur.
Company K--Captain, Samuel C. Dwyer; Lieut., W.H. Smith.
Dr. Berry is a well known resident of the Eastern District, and was mayor of
Williamsburg when it was an independent city. He took his position in the regiment
at very short notice, filling a vacancy occasioned by the death of the late
surgeon. The regiment is thoroughly equipped, being handsomely uniformed, furnished
with havelocks, having a new and improved kind of canteen, and in every respect
well appointed. All its chief officers are good soldiers, having seen service
in Mexico; and there can be no doubt it will give a good account of itself.
TESTIMONY TO LIEUT. COL. FARNSWORTH
It is the purpose of the friends of Lieut. Colonel Farnsworth, of the Scott
Life Guard, to raise funds for the purchase of a horse, saddle, sword, &c.,
as a suitable testimonial for his courage and valor. All who may feel desirous
of aiding subscription will please address Mr. A. C. Lawrence, No. 345 Broadway.
GENERAL BIRNEY'S REGIMENT THIRTY-EIGHTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS
Field Officers— _________.
Company A--Wounded--First Lieutenant H. Watson, Second Lieutenant .....,___
Cosine, ___Moran, privates ___Mallon, W.H. Marsten, Henry Quinn, Jacob Shonk.
B--Killed--Private J.W. Day. Wounded-- Lieutenant E. Miller; Sergeant ___Slater,
Corporal ___Bird, privates J.E. Bumdage, D. Mcintosh, Geo. White. Missing-Private
Company D.—Wounded--Captain George M. Dennett, Sergeant ___Smith, Corporal
____Mackey; privates Geo. Carman, George Simpson, Joshua Pine, A. Suydam, W.
Karr, G. Kenniston, H. Bailey, G. Holcombe, A. Rockfellow,___ Erskine, ___Ham,
___Barrow, James Driscole,
Company E.--Killed--Sergeants Mallory, Cox; Corporal Daly; privates G. C. Brown,
Walter Garside, J. G. Lawrence. Wounded—Privates Thomas Holdham, James
McDevitt, H. Wright.
Company F--Wounded--Privates John McNeal, Martin O'Neal, P. McGaren, John C.
Hearn. Missing--Private James McCabe.
Company G--Killed--Corporal Moran, privates John Carryott, John Goodwin, H.E.
Eaton, __Roberts. Wounded--Privates John Fullerton, W. Blake, P. Kane Henry
Heggs, N. Owen, P. Hart, W. Haskell, James Mullen, T. Mahoney.
Company H--Killed--Lieutenant Sharp. Wounded-- Captain Augustus Funk; privates
H.S. Ware, J. Duff, S.L. Haskett, M.W. Hoard, J. Coakley, W. Roberts, A. Schultz.
Missing--Privates J. Miller, J. Butler.
Company I--Killed--Captain Calvin S. Dewitt. Wounded--Privates H.P. West, Michael
Conley, Edward Keyser. Missing--Privates ____Bruse, Van Der Heusen.
Company K--Wounded--Captain S. C. Dwyer; privates Hugh Donnoly, P. Gordon.
Missing--privates ___Knox, ___Pierce.
Killed Wounded Missing Total
Field - 1 - 1
Company A - 9 - 9
Company B 1 6 1 8
Company C - - - -
Company D - 17 - 17
Company E 6 3 - 9
Company F - 4 1 5
Company G 5 10 - 15
Company H 1 8 2 11
Comapny I 1 3 2 6
Company K - 3 2 5
Total 14 64 8 86
SECOND SCOTT LIFE GUARD.
The Bull Run battle, in the way of killed, wounded and missing, made fearful
havoc upon the Second Scott Life Guard, Thirty-eighth Regiment New York Volunteers.
They fought gallantly, and the regiment now parades but about one half of
its original number. Lieutenant Colonel Farnsworth is now in the city, having
been sent here by the War Department for the purpose of establishing recruiting
depots in order to recruit the regiment to the standard number. His present
headquarters are at No. 345 Broadway. A look into the place yesterday gave
indication of speedy filling up of the regiment, and that, too, with first-class
men. As soon as the required number is obtained, the men will be ordered
to Washington to join the regiment now encamped there. As is well known,
Lieutenant Colonel Farnsworth was originally a Second Lieutenant in the New
York Mexican Volunteers. He was twice promoted for his gallantly on the field,
and received the command of his company at the battle of Chepultepec, after
the death of the brave Captain Van O'Linda. His conduct at the battle of
Bull Run was such as to cause him to receive the special notice of his immediate
commander. The regiment is officered principally by men of experience, who
have had opportunities to try their muscle and nerve on the battle field.
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