New York Volunteer Infantry
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
From the Fifty-Ninth Regiment.
HEADQUARTERS 59TH REG'T N. Y. S. V.,
CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, Va., March 3, 1863.
To the Editor of the Journal & Republican:
Charles E. Hunt of Lowville, has been promoted to 2d Lieutenant in Co. B, 59th
regiment New York State volunteers, with rank from 11th October, 1862, vice
A. F. Cole, promoted. Lieut. Hunt is a young man of character and ability,
and is well deserving the position. He enlisted early in June, 1861, in Capt.
P. W. Smith's company, in Lowville, as a
private, and was elected a sergeant by a unanimous vote of his company at its
organization in New York city. He was promoted to 1st sergeant immediately
after the battle of Antietam, vice Utley, killed. He has taken an active part
in all the battles in which the regiment has been engaged. He is respected
by both officers and men in the regiment. Success to Lieut. Hunt.
A. F. COLE,
Lieutenant Commanding Company B.
From a letter written by Charles E. Hunt, Co. B, 59th regiment, we learn that
2d Lieut. Ambrose F. Cole has been promoted to be 1st Lieutenant. Lieut.
Cole has been with the regiment since its organization, and is known as a
trusty and worthy officer.
THE GALLANT FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT.
The Tribune correspondent says the 59th New York Volunteers, COL. WILLIAM NORTHEDGE,
were engaged in the charge upon Fredericksburg hights, on Sunday morning. This
regiment contains one
Lewis county company, in which are Capt. AMBROSE COLE of Greig, Lieut. MOSES
WATERS of Lowville, and many other brave boys. GEORGE GARNSEY of Co. B, was
wounded, and is in the Finly Hospital, Washington, D. C. We have not learned
the other wounded in the company:
This regiment, though reduced to about 175 men by the slaughter of Antietam
and the Fredericksburg battles of Dec. 11 and 13, conducted itself most gallantly
in the charge on Sunday, and sustained considerable loss, though it is impossible
at this time to give a complete list." Among the officers wounded is 2d
Lieut. Richard Dallamore, who sustained a severe shell wound in the left leg,
just where he was wounded in the battle of Antietam.
Col Northedge, on Sunday morning, captured twenty-three rebels. He
took them as prisoners from a house in Fredericksburg, entering the house alone
with a pistol."
LIEUT. WILLIAM HENRY POHLMAN.—
Another noble spirit has fallen a victim to this cruel rebellion; another martyr
is added to the long list so glorious, and yet so sorrowful, of those who
have died that the, Republic may live. Lieut. WILLIAM HENRY POHLMAN, Acting
Adjutant of the 59th Regiment N. Y. V., was the only son of the Rev. WILLIAM
J. POHLMAN, Missionary of the American Board to China. He was quietly pursuing
his studies preparatory to the Ministry, at Rutger's College, N. J., when
the first gun from Sumter aroused an indignant people to arms.
" He heard
his country call, and life's young dreams
Grew dim and faded in his duty's light--
Danger was in the pathway of its beams,
And death perchance; but Freedom's cause and Right."
Having obtained the
consent of his guardian, he enlisted as a private in the 1st Regiment New Jersey
Volunteers, and hastened to the seat of war. His peculiar
qualifications, however, soon pointed him out as fitted for something better
than the mere ordinary duties of the camp; and upon the formation of the Signal
Corps, he was accordingly transferred to that efficient arm of the service,
and with distinction and ability performed the duties incumbent upon him in
all the campaigns that followed until December last, when he was promoted to
a Lieutenancy in the 59th New York Volunteers. Though a stranger to the regiment,
his goodness of heart and firmness of spirit soon made him friends and admirers,
and it was not long before they learned to love him, and to anticipate great
things from the brave and noble boy. Nor were they disappointed. In the fight
at Chancellorvllle they found that they had not misplaced their confidence,
and at the battle of Gettysburg, occupying a post of greatest peril.
clear and dauntless eye, the lips comprest
Revealed his knightly spirit calm and high."
By the fall of the brave Col. THOMAS, who was wounded on the morning of the
2d, Adjutant POHLMAN was the only remaining officer of the staff, and the command
of the Regiment devolved upon himself and the senior captain. And how well
and nobly he sustained himself during the battle of the third may be best described
by an eyewitness of the fight: "Young POHLMAN was everywhere cheering
and inciting his men by his own example to deeds of noble daring. About 4 o'clock,
his left arm was shattered by a Minnie ball, and they entreated him to withdraw
to the camp, but he answered, 'Not while I have my sword arm left.' In about
an hour afterwards his sword arm was disabled by a shot through the wrist,
which severed one of the arteries, and faint and bleeding he was reluctantly
compelled to retire from the field." The first intimation his friends
had of his condition was contained in the following lines written very imperfectly
in pencil, and directed to his only surviving sister, dated Camp near Gettysburg,
July 4th, 1863:--
The great battle of the war has been fought. We are successful. The Rebels
have been repulsed at every point The list of the killed and wounded give evidence
of the severity of the contest. The usual good fortune which has attended me
in thirteen battles of the war, has forsaken me in the fourteenth engagement.
I bear honorable wounds in my country's cause. The wounds are slight, but still
forbid my using a pen at present. I shall soon write again concerning my whereabouts.
Until then, farewell!" But, alas, the wounds which he in his unselfishness
deemed so slight, proved fatal; and he was obliged to rely upon other hands
to convey the intelligence of his whereabouts. But kind friends cared for him;
while he gradually sunk into the arms of death; nor were words of Christian
comfort and consolation denied as he calmly and quietly yielded up his spirit
into the hands of God who gave it on the morning of the 21st in the 21st year
of his age.
" Speak his name proudly! 'tis a hero's name,
A patriot hero, strong and true and brave—
Who seeking not reward nor warrior's fame,
Gave heart and hopes and life his land to save."
" Speak his name gently!
It is his no more.
But the 'new name' God giveth to the blest;
The struggle and the tumult all are o'er,
He hath sweet peace, and joy and sainted rest."
The remains have arrived,
and will be burled on Monday, at 4 o'clock, from the house of Mrs. Jas. McClure,
PRESIDENT'S LIFE GUARD.
The officers of this regiment, in charge of Colonel Goodwin, their commanding
officer, paid a visit yesterday to the Union Defence Committee. They were
admitted to the private office of the committee, and paid the compliment
of an inspection by the members then present.
Mr. Simeon Draper, the chairman of that body expressed himself to the Colonel
as highly pleased at the appearance of his officers, and tendered such assistance
within his official power as would further the early completion of the organization.
The gentlemen composing the official corps should consider themselves highly
complimented in the fact of their receiving an audience, as the multiplicity
of business entailed upon the committee precludes its general occurrence. The
headquarters of the regiment is at the corner of Nassau and Beekman street.
THE SARSFIELD RIFLES.
The organization formerly known as the Cameron Legion is now designated the
Sarsfield Rifles; a name bestowed upon it by Archbishop Hughes, under whose
special patronage it now is. It has recently been accepted by the general
government, and is now rapidly filling. From the indefatigable exortions
of Colonel Dunham ... have no doubt this regiment will be equal to any which
has left the Empire City.
The President's Life Guard.
Colonel Goodwin has returned from Washington, with an order of the acceptance
of his regiment, and proposes to make his complement twenty-five hundred
men. Headquarters at 596 Broadway.
Personal.--Lieut. A. F. Cora, of Co. B. 59th Reg., N. Y. V., is now visiting
his home in Greig, on leave of absence. Lieut. Cole has worn an honorable record
in his regiment.
The Fifty-ninth Regiment New York Volunteers.
A friend sends us the following notice of the services of the 59th Regiment:—
This war-worn and decimated regiment numbering 140 men, went into the late
battle of Fredericksburg under command of its Lieut. Col. MAX A. THOMAN, as
fine a specimen of the old Knickerbocker race as one could readily find. The
regiment is in Col. HALL'S brigade of Gen. GIBBON'S division, which assists
Gen. SEDGWICK in capturing the city of Fredericksburg and the old battle-field
of December 13th, 1862. Under a galling fire, the 59th charged up the slope,
and with other gallant regiments, won imperishable glory, by reducing this
acknowledged Gibraltar of Secession. After the fight, Col. HALL'S brigade,
consisting of the 7th Michigan, 43d and 59th New York, 19th and 20th Massachusetts,
and 127th Pennsylvania volunteer regiments, were left to guard the city and
its approaches. Here new laurels were acquired. For twenty-four hours (until
all the stores and all the sick and wounded were taken across the river) these
brave men, only about 1400 strong, held the city against fearful odds. The
greatest praise should be given to Col. HALL, commanding the brigade and all
the officers under him. They did nobly. Especial credit is due Lieut. Col.
THOMAN, who, without waiting for orders, promptly deployed his regiment the
moment he heard that the enemy were upon the city. Early on the morning of
Tuesday, May 5th, the brigade withdrew from the city quietly and in good order.
….DAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1862
Fifty-ninth New York.
Company A—Killed—Captain Charles K. Whitney, First Sergeant Michael
Judge, Sergeant J. R. Leach, Corporal Dennis Breslin, John Bell, Alfred Ketchill,
Thomas Crosbie. Wounded—Corporal Garrett Downing, left side and arm,
severely; Corporal James C. Kerrigan, head, dangerously; Thomas Hughes, left
groin; Edward Kearney, head, slightly; William Kennedy, right hip; William
Doykes, back and head, badly; John McGinnis, left hand; William Smith, left
hand; Owen Selender. right hip, badly; Francis Nicholas, head; Corporal Barney
Kennedy, wounded and prisoner; Thomas Coffee, wounded and prisoner; Joseph
Simpson, prisoner; Robert Clark, prisoner.
Company B.—Killed—Corporal Alvah Gates, Thos. Burns, Samuel Davidson,
Theodore Erskine, Chas. Wands. Patrick McMahan. Wounded—First Sergeant
Walter Utley, right thigh, since amputated; Sergeant James McCormack, right
hand; Sergeant Charles Lovejoy, left arm, slightly--on duty; Sergeant William
Grant, right arm; Corporal James Farmer, hand; Corporal Harvey F. Beals, right
leg; William Burton, hand; Thomas McHenry, calf of left leg; William Bickford,
leg; Abijah Marsellis, left thigh; Barney Kearney, thigh; John Gallagher, side
and leg, severely; John Hartney, arm, slightly; Patrick Lally, head, badly;
William McKenna, head; John Morrow, ankle and thigh; Henry Fenfree, right shoulder,
slightly; Jos. Rodgers, arm, slightly; John Scanlan, right arm; Seth Squires,
left arm; Nicholas Woodcock, side, severely; Richard Hess, breast; David Welch.,
mortally, since dead; Peter Bradbury, wounded and prisoner; Samuel
How, wounded and prisoner; John Kochler, wounded and prisoner; Joseph Onderdonk,
prisoner; Uriah O'Neil, prisoner.
Company C.—Killed—Jol'y Wagoner, Theodore Lowe, Jacob Miller, Frederick
Winterburgh, Joseph Shenck, John Baumgartner. Wounded—Captain Max A.
Thoman, neck, severely, by shell; First Sergeant Frederick Schneider, right
knee; Sergeant Frederick Cluber, Corporal John Voss, both legs and right arm,
since amputated; John
Maude, shot through the body; Frederick Noble, chin; John Lutz, left shoulder;
Henry Breier, back; John Alexander, John Diebler, Henry Mone, right hand; Henry
Beddger, right arm; Anton Lentz, both sides; Gustavus Heisborg, prisoner; Oddo
Company D—Killed.—G. Flinn, Patrick Hannon. Wounded--First Lieutenant
B. H. Heitman, both hips, slightly; Second Lieutenant Wm. V. King, left leg
and head, slightly; Sergeant Henry Couchman, face; Sergeant Henry Samuels,
hand and shoulder; Corp. J. B. Warner, forehead; Daniel Gallagher, right side;
Peter Dearp, right leg; Patrick Murphy, left arm; Alexander McLeod, left side;
Jerry Davis, left side; Barzilla H. Scoville, knee; John Warring, light leg;
Thomas Kelly, prisoner.
Company E.—Killed—Jos. B. Kenny, Horace Thomas, Goodenovgh. Wounded—First
Lieut. Stehpen C. Roosa, right thigh, since died; Second Lieutenant B. Vausteinburg,
head, canister shot, badly; Sergeant Chas. Plue, ...., Yamiram J. Bassett,
John Boone, right ...., ___ Smith, right leg; John Chase, face: Oliver ....,
And ___ ___, right hand; John E. ____, ....; .inden Eckert.
THE PRESIDENT'S LIFE GUARD.
The official corps of this regiment paraded on Tuesday as escort to the Garibaldi
Guard on their departure for Washington. They made an exceedingly fine turnout
and their intelligent appearance and soldier-like bearing created general
remark. The Life Guard has become attached to the brigade now forming under
General Asboth, one of the most competent and experienced officers in the
country. The Garibaldians will also form a part of the same brigade. (May
PRESIDENT'S LIFE GUARD.
From assurances just received from the war Department, there is every reason
to believe that this regiment will be speedily called into service. Only
one company is said to be wanting to make this regiment complete. Col. Goodwin
still keeps his headquarters at 596 Broadway.
PRESIDENT'S LIFE GUARD.
This regiment have made arrangements to go into barracks to-day. The building
is situated on Fulton avenue, Brooklyn, and is in every respect well adapted
for the purpose. The Quartermaster has arranged to have the cooking of the
food for the men done on the premises, so that they may receive regularly
their rations of good, wholesome food. Fort Green Park is adjacent to the
quarters, which will afford an admirable convenience to the regiment for
drills and parades. Colonel Goodwin is indefatigable in his efforts to perfect
his command for active service. Those desirous of connecting themselves with
the organization can apply at any of the recruiting stations, or at headquarters,
corner of Nassau and Beekman streets. (June 1, 1861)
THE CAMERON LEGION.
This regiment is still encamped at Saltersville, New Jersey, where everything
is being done to make cheerful and comfortable the troops. Constituting part
of the regiment are three companies of returned militia regiments, whose
experience in the service make them an important and valuable acquisition.
Colonel Dunham is still in command. Two companies have joined from Connecticut,
the native State of the colonel, and where he received a splendid military
education. They have recruiting head-quarters at No. 44 Greenwich street.
THE UNITED STATES VANGUARD—COL. WM. LINN TIDBALL.
This regiment has been accepted by the Government, and as soon as the companies
have reached the war footing they will be quartered and subsisted by the
United States. It is the desire of the officers to make the Vanguard in every
respect a crack regiment. The uniform will be that of the United States Army.
The arms will be Enfield or Minie rifles, in the use of which every man is
to be thoroughly drilled. Col. Tidball has had extensive military experience,
both in the State and United States service. He served with distinction in
the Mexican war, and was frequently detailed for special and hazardous duty.
The officers are selected with regard solely to fitness for the positions
assigned them. The headquarters of the regiment are at No. 41 Walker street.
THE PRESIDENT'S LIFE GUARD.
This regiment, now being organized under the direction of Col. Richard D. Goodwin,
is intended by its officers to be composed of picked men—soldiers who
fought from principle, and therefore, a body of which our citizens may feel
proud. It ... independent organization, intended to be presently ...., and
has received no aid from either the State authorities or the Union Defence
Committee. The expenses so far have mainly been borne by the officers themselves.
In consequence of the character of the corps, the organization was not perfected
in time for mastering into the last quota. Col. Goodwin has visited Washington,
making acceptance in the forthcoming quota, and after tendering the services
of his regiment direct to the President, has received from Mr. Lincoln a letter
of acceptance, which insures the calling out of his regiment as the first under
the new call. The letter will be found below. Col. Goodwin has secured the
services for field and line officers of several gentlemen who have been officers
in the United States service. The regiment will be increased from 1,000 men
to that of the new army regulation, which will give a favorable opportunity
for those of the right stamp to enroll in the corps, and thus be early in the
field to fight the battles of liberty and Union. Men of the right kind must
apply immediately, at headquarters, 596 Broadway. The regiment must be ready
to muster into service by the 18th instant, when they will immediately take
their position in line. The President's Life Guard is the only regiment yet
accepted of the four hundred thousand called for by the President. Colonel
Goodwin intends his corps shall be worthy of its name, and desires the services
only of men of moral character and temperate habits. Our citizens will materially
aid his efforts by such contributions of clothing, &c , as their benevolence
Executive Mansion, July 8, 1861.
Richard D. Goodwin: My Dear Sir—If when Congress shall have acted in
the premises and shall so have acted as to authorize me to receive regiments
of troops into the United States service, and you shall then have a bona fide
regiment on foot, ready and prepared, according to the
law that may be, to be mustered into the United States service, present this
letter to me without delay, and I will accept our regiment, upon the conditions
Yours, &c. A. LINCOLN.
THE CAMERON LEGION.
The officers of this fine regiment have been temporarily checked in their proceedings,
owing to the lack of means whereby to transport large number of men from the
country, but having now received assistance from the War Department, the regiment
will doubtless be filled in a short time. The commanding officer at headquarters
yesterday received the most encouraging news from the recruiting officers in
the country, and having provided them with the necessary means for the transportation
of the men, a large number of bale bodied hardy country lads are looked at
headquarters for to-day.
The commanding officers are now prepared to treat liberally with commanders
of companies or parts of companies, and parties thus situated should call at
once at regimental headquarters, 44 Greenwich street. Recruits wishing to join
a first class regiment should apply immediately at headquarters, where they
will be sent to the beautiful encampment at Saltersville, New Jersey, after
signing the roll.
THE PRESIDENT'S LIFE GUARD
Will be mustered into the service of the United States today, at No. 586 Broadway,
having been accepted into the government. (July 24, 1861)
THE KOSSUTH GUARD.
This regiment was accepted yesterday, and members are requested to assemble
at two P.M. to-day, at headquarters, 41 Bowery. M. Tully is Major commanding.
A CARD FROM COLONEL GOODWIN.
To The Editor of the Herald.
New York, August 26, 1861.
It will be remembered that when I commenced the formation of my regiment I
advertised for gentlemen officers, determining to make my regiment a moral
one. I was careful in my selections; but did not judge rightly in all cases;
I got men whom I found I could not retain in my organization, and when the
time came to prune and weed I did so. Your notice in this morning's HERALD
is not of my officers, but the voice of some men discharged from the regiment,
others under arrest. The character of one may be found in the Police Gazette
of July 6. I regret to trouble you, but injustice to myself and command I am
compelled to reply. There is not an imaginable crime which I am not charged
with. But I can afford to be generous to all my enemies. Knowing myself to
be a man of truth, I court inquiry of all my deeds from boyhood, and defy the
world to prove a charge unbecoming a man of honor, truth and justice.
There is no man who has tried harder to get up a good and true regiment than
I, and I now have trampled down all opposition, without the aid of six hundred
dollars from all the earth. Notwithstanding the false reports, my regiment
is not yet broken up, nor shall it be, as long as I have one true man to stand
by me. I am ready to shoulder my musket and go where duty calls. Would to God
the people knew me and those who fight against me; but time will tell the true
friends of the Union. I am for the Stars and Stripes, not gold nor empty titles.
Yours for truth. Colonel R. D. GOODWIN,
Commanding the President's Life Guard.
TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 5, 1861.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS TO 59TH REGIMENT.
Yesterday afternoon there was a grand parade and review of this fine Regiment
at their camp in East New York. The Regiment turned out in nearly full strength.
Hon. A. C. Kingsland, Ex-Mayor, Col. W. W. Tompkins, and a number of distinguished
citizens and ladies attended. After the conclusion of the ceremonies, the Hon.
Mr. Kingsland presented to Lt. Col. Joachimson, in command, a beautiful national
color, accompanying the gift with the following remarks:
Colonel, officers and men of the Fifty-ninth—It is a pleasant thing to
me to present to you this Star Spangled Banner, the flag of your country and
mine, the flag of these United States. It is a glorious flag, the emblem of
the best government the world ever saw. It has never been dishonored in foreign
lands, and it never shall be. What of dishonor it has known has been on the
soil over which it has long waved, and from men whose obligations to respect
it are beyond the power of language to describe. But that dishonor, thank God,
is to be wiped away by brave and willing soldiers like yourselves. Bear this
flag proudly, defend it bravely, help to restore it to its original glory,
and may kind heaven spare you to come home victorious, to report to your friends
here that our bleeding country is healed of her wounds, and to proclaim, "Liberty
and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever."
Lieut. Col. Joachimson responded in a suitable manner, and expressed the hope
that when the regiment was away—far away from home—the citizens
of New York would remember the rank and file who, as patriots, stood by their
country and its constitution, and not allow the wives and families of these
men to want and suffer.
The regiment are nearly full. Col. Wm. L. Tidball has been appointed the Colonel.
Orders have been issued for the march of the regiment to Washington on the
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN NEW YORK.
THE CAMERON LEGION.
The Vanderbilt Guard, Colonel Raymond, has recently attached itself to this
regiment, and will go into camp at Saltersville, New jersey, by Friday next
where every preparation is being made for their reception. Owing to the consolidation
of these two regiments, Colonel Raymond has accepted the position of Major,
which was formerly held by S. J. Dockstader, who on this account resigned by
request of Colonel Dunham. Their headquarters still remain at No. 44 Greenwich
CAMPS AT EAST NEW YORK.
Post Sacket, East New York, is the camp for the Union Guard and the United
States Van Guard. By order of General Yates, the post (named in honor of
now Inspector General D. B. Sacket, United States mustering officer), has
been placed in command of Colonel P. J. Joachimsen. A dress parade and review
took place yesterday, which was witnessed by a great many New Yorkers, as
well as by the inhabitants of the village.
THE FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT.
The Fifty-ninth regiment, now encamped at Post Sackett, East New York, will
positively leave for the seat of war on Tuesday next, the 19th inst. All
members absent with or without leave will report themselves immediately.
(Nov. 18, 1861)
The Fifty-ninth regiment New York State Volunteers, encamped at East New York,
now numbers nine hundred men; and before the day of its departure will have
its full complement of one thousand strong. Since the accession of Col. Tidball
to the chief command excellent order and discipline have been enforced among
the men. The officers are all men of efficiency and experience. The Colonel
distinguished himself highly in Mexico; Lieut. Col. P. J. Joachimsen was
formerly United States Assistant District Attorney: Major Northedge and Quartermaster
Nelson Plato were formerly members of the Seventh regiment, of this city;
Adjutant Jeffries is a Western man, thoroughly conversant with the exigencies
of frontier life. The line officers have nearly all seen active service.
The whole regiment is in good health and spirits, enjoying their camp life
in the finely situated and salubrious spot where they are, located, but not
the less anxious to strike their tents to-morrow and march to the war.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS TO THE FIFTYNINTH
REGIMENT. (Nov. 18, 1861)
Quite a large number of citizens and ladies assembled at the camp of this regiment,
in East New York, on Monday last, to witness a grand parade and review, accompanied
with the presentation of a stand of colors to this fine regiment. About four
o'clock in the afternoon, after the regiment went through quite a number of
evolutions, which were very creditably done, they were formed in line of battle,
when the Hon. A. C. Kingsland, ex-Mayor, presented to Lieutenant Colonel Joachimson
in command, a splendid national color, accompanying the gift with the following
COLONEL, OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FIFTY-NINTH—It is a pleasant thing to
me to present to you this Star Spangled Banner, the flag of your country and
mine--the flag of this ever great republic. It is a glorious flag, the emblem
of the best government the world ever saw. By far, it has never been dishonored
in foreign lands, and it never shall be. What of dishonor it has known, has
been on the soil over which it has long waved, and from men whose obligations
to respect it are beyond the power of human language to describe. But that
dishonor, thank God, is to be wiped away by brave and willing soldiers like
yourselves. Bear this flag proudly, defend it bravely; help to restore it to
its original glory, and may kind heaven spare you to come home victorious,
to report to your friends here that our bleeding country is healed of her wounds,
and to proclaim "Liberty and Union," one and inseparable, now and
Lieut. Colonel Joachimsen then took the colors and responded in an appropriate
manner, and expressed the hope that when the regiment was away—far away
from home—the citizens of New York would remember the rank and file,
whose patriots stood by their country and its constitution, and he hoped they
would not allow the wives and families of those brave soldiers to want and
suffer while shedding their blood for their country.
The regiment is now about 800 strong. Colonel Wm. L. Tidball expects to have
the required complement by the 7th inst., the day fixed for the march of the
regiment to Washington.
Lieut. Ambrose Cole, of the 59th regiment, was wounded in Wednesday's battle
near Sharpsburgh, Maryland. Lieut. Cole enlisted from Greig. Lieut. Thomas
of Lowville, was wounded in the same battle.
Also, Seth Squires of Watson, was wounded in the same battle.
PERSONAL.—The friends of Lieutenant Charles E. Hunt, 59th Reg. N. Y.
V., will be pained to learn that owing to wounds received in the late battles,
he has been obliged to suffer the amputation of an arm.
Moses H. Waters of this town, who went into the 59th Regiment, N. Y. Vols.,
a year ago, has recently beep promoted to a Lieutency in that Regt. Having
risen from a Sergeantry in one of its companies. We are glad to hear it,
as he is every way worthy to wear the shoulder straps.
On the 18th of June, says the Albany Journal, while his regiment, the Fifty-ninth,
was charging the rebel works at Petersburg, JOHN A. JOHNSTON, of this city,
was shot in the head, died instantly, and was buried on the field. He was about
seventeen years of age, and it is but a few weeks since he was reciting his
lessons at the Latin grammar school and in the Warren Cadets learning the manual
of arms. Mr. JOHNSTON was a son of the late JOHN A. JOHNSTON, once the Superintendent
of the New York, Albany, and Buffalo Telegraph Company, and well known in this
city. He was a scientific telegrapher, and a most competent business manager.
We knew him well and have retained the kindliest recollections of him. His
son, the deceased, was a much beloved young man.
DEATH OF LIEUT. COL. STENSON.
From a. letter of Hon. LEMUEL STENSON, of Clinton, to a friend in this city,
we learn that his son Col. JOHN L. STETSON, of the 59th N. Y. V., fell mortally
wounded while gallantly leading his regiment in the terrible battle of Antietam.
He was struck in the front by a Minnie ball. Col. STETSON'S regiment went
into action with less than 400 men. It lost in killed 47; wounded 143; 13
of 21 officers were killed or wounded. The venerable father, after narrating
the mournful incidents of his son's death, utters the following language,
worthy of a Roman citizen in the best days of the Republic:
But I am departing from my purpose—the curse of mankind—war, is
upon us; and yet it is only by war—vigorous, earnest, resolute war —war
to the knife—war in the minds and hearts of our people at home, as we
see and feel he horrors of the front and in the track of battle, that can save
our nationality and preserve to us, or recover for us the decent respect of
Headquarters, 59th N. Y. V., near STEVENBURG,
Va., 3d Brig. 2d Div. 2d Corps, Dec. 25th.
Mr. EDITOR—Dear Sir:—Permit me to say through the columns of the
Journal & Republican, for the information of those in Lewis County, who
have friends serving in the 59th, that the entire Regiment have re-enlisted
for the term of three years or during the war. The regiment will retire within
a few days from the front where it has served for over two years, and proceed
directly to N. Y. State and report to Brig. Gen. Haze, for furloughs for thirty-five
days for the men under General Orders, No. 179 —After which, the regiment
will be assigned to the recruiting service in different portions of the State
for the Veteran Corps. A detachment from the regiment will rendezvous at Lowville,
Lewis County, during the winter months, on special duty.
This regiment has seen much hard service, as well as the Brigade with which
it is connected. It has been in nearly all the battles of the army of the Potomac
during the last two years, it is composed in part of tough, hardy fellows from
Lewis County, who have represented the County nobly in many hot contested battles.
It was a favorite regiment with Gen'ls Sumner, Sedgwick and Howard, who commanded
the 2d corps at different times during the peculiar changes of the army of
The regiment has never had but few accessions to its noble ranks since its
organization, and consequently its numbers at this time are very small, but
the few left are valuable soldiers for Uncle Sam, as he pays them a bounty
of nearly eight hundred dollars for their re-enlistment during the war. This
is a rare chance for veteran soldiers to join this distinguished regiment of
Most respectfully you obd't serv't.
A. F. C.
Capt., &c., 59th N. Y. V.
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
January 10, 2007