New York Volunteer Infantry
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FUNERAL OF CAPT. MUNN.
The funeral of Capt. E. F. Munn, of the Sixty-sixth regiment New-York Volunteers,
who was killed at Gettysburgh, took place on Wednesday at
Westchester. The ceremonies were very impressive: the people turned out en
masse, and in the procession were the scholars of Harrington's School, and
the Empire Engine Company. The remains were escorted to the grave by an Invalid
corps from Fort Schuyler, composed entirely of wounded soldier.
CAPT. POMROY.—S. S. Pomroy of the Lockport Union, was last Saturday
night elected captain of the 3d company of militia raised for
the 66th regiment. 'Capt. Pomroy,' let us see—well the pen is said to
be mightier than the sword, and put them both together, they'll make a team.
We wish Capt. Pomroy a world of military glory.
SIXTY-SIXTH REGIMENT NEW YORK. Killed--Co. A, Corporal Fred'k Stube; Co. B,
Corporal Wm. Embree, Bernhard McGuire; Co. C, Corporal Chris. Ashaner. Wounded--Henry
Amelong, August Meltz, John Speller, David Davis, First Sergeant Jno. McAuley,
Corporal Jno. Broderick, Wm. Wood, John Raney, Dennis Falvey, Michael Ryan,
John Simons, Timothy Burke, Jas. Sheridan, Lieut. R. Thompson, Geo. McFall,
Wm. Burns, Jno. Tarson, Chas. Williams.
The funeral of Captain E. F. Munn, Sixty- sixth Regiment New York Volunteers,
killed at Gettysburg, took place in Westchester, on Wednesday last, and was
attended by nearly the whole village. The escort consisted of the Mounted
Corps at Fort Schuyler, under command of Captain Pierson. The Engine Company,
Empire No. 1, and the boys of Mr. Harrington's school, also turned out. Captain
Munn was 26 years of age, and entered the service as Second Lieutenant under
Col. Pinckney two years since. He served during the Peninsula campaign, participated
in every fight with the Army of the Potomac with the exception of Fair Oaks,
and was promoted for gallant conduct in the field.
LETTER FROM THE 66TH REGIMENT--THE ARMY AND MCCLELLAN.
The following is an extract from a letter received to-day by Mr. George Roome,
Keeper of the City Hall, from an officer of the 66th Regiment,
N. Y. V.:
Marysville, Va., Aug. 16.
Dear Sir: * * * The campaign in Maryland and Pennsylvania was the most severe
we have had in the Army of the Potomac, and it was by mere courage, and the
ghost of McClellan, that we won the battle of Gettysburg. The troops were made
to believe that Little Mac was in command of the whole army, and at one time,
when the fiercest fight was going on, a report was sent along the line that
Mac was on our right with 50,000 militia, and had flanked the rebels. It would
have done you good to hear the boys send forth their deafening cheers. I do
believe that these false reports were circulated to inspire courage in the
men. I think it is a mean act to use the name of our worshipped general, to
gain praise for others. It is worse than highway robbery.
The writer farther calls for drafted men, and prophecies that the fall of Charleston
will end the rebellion.
Two companies of this regiment, under command of Col. Egan, have just been
mustered into service and are now at Camp Washington, on Staten Island. Tomorrow
two other companies will join the regiment, one from Westchester county,
and the other from Connecticut. The men who have been mustered in are uniformed,
but without equipments.
(July 24, 1861)
THE MECHANICS RIFLES
now number over 500, and they expect to be put into quarters by the latter
part of the present week. A meeting of the officers was held on Monday evening
last and arrangements made in order to facilitate the proper and more rapid
organization of the corps.
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN NEW YORK.
DEPARTURE OF THE SIXTY-SIXTH REGIMENT N. Y. V. THIS DAY.
This first rate regiment, under command of the gallant Col. Pinkney, will leave
their encampment, at Elm Park, this morning for the seat of war. The corps
is one thousand strong, and is fully equipped. They are a fine, soldierly looking
body of men and highly disciplined. Their departure, with a list of the officers,
shall appear in our publication to-morrow.
UNION OFFICE 1 1-2 P, M,
MONEY WANTED—VETERAN RECRUITS FROM THE SIXTY-SIXTH REGT. (Jan. 15, 1864)
The Bounty Committee were busy yesterday until dark paying off veterans and
new recruits. Seventy-nine men from the Sixty-sixth Regiment, twenty-one from
the Sixty-seventh Regiment, one veteran from the Fourteenth Regiment, and ten
new recruits were paid off in this District, and thirty-six in the Eastern
District, making as the total day's work 147 recruits.
To-day the committee are busy paying off the remainder of the one hundred and
thirty men from the Sixty-sixth Regiment, and at noon, in addition to these,
about a dozen new recruits had been paid, and a number more were waiting for
the conclusion of the payments of the Sixty-sixth Regiment. Supervisors Booth,
Osborne, Shearon, and Cropsey were all present, hard at work in the service.
The $500,000 appropriated and raised for the payment of County bounties is
almost expended, and if the people of Kings County want their quota filled,
they will have to come up quickly and take the certificates for the other $250,000
appropriated at the last meeting of the Board.
The money remaining on hand will all be expended in a day or two, probably
to-day, and the progress of recruiting must be arrested just in its most favorable
time, if money is not forthcoming and that immediate.
RECRUTING IN BROOKLYN—The Supervisors' Bounty Committee yesterday paid
bounties to sixty veterans of the 66th and 67th Regiments. The day previous,
bounties were paid to one hundred and
eleven men. One company of the 67th Regiment having been originally enlisted
in the western part of this State, were sent home. Supervisors Bloom and Kirby
will proceed to Baltimore and the Rappahannock
to-day, in order to pay bounties to all who are willing to re-enlist and be
accredited to the quota of Kings County. The money heretofore raised for paying
bounties is now nearly exhausted, and very little of the new loan has as yet
been taken. If it is not taken soon, recruiting will come to a dead lock.
COL. ORLANDO H. MORRIS, 66TH REGIMENT N. Y. S. V.
June 2, 1864.
At a meeting of the Young Men's Association of Bergen Point, N. J. , held June
16, 1864, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, It has pleased the Almighty Ruler and Disposer of all events to remove
from the brotherhood of this Association, by death on the battle-field of Cold
Harbor, Virginia, our fellow-member, col. Orlando H Morris, and
Whereas, The death of one of our number in such a manner, and for such a cause,
seems to speak to us not only the ordinary lessons of instruction and admonition,
but is eloquent in its teaching and illustration of patriotic duty and firm
devotion to the right; therefore,
Resolved, 1. That in this early and sudden death, we recognize the hand of
our God, and humbly and submissively bow before His will.
2. That in the person of our deceased brother we recognize one who rose to
the true conception of disinterested patriotism; one who traced this conception
in his own blood, and freely gave his life, full of hope and promise as it
was, in defence of the land he loved.
3. That in him we further recognize the brave and humane soldier, loved and
honored by all whom he led, the dutiful and respectful son, the devoted husband,
the affectionate brother, the cordial and unselfish friend, and last, but by
no means least, the humble Christian.
4. That we sincerely sympathize with the family circle so sorely bereaved,
and commend them to the grace of that Saviour who has promised to be more than
son or husband or brother.
5. That in view of the peculiar circumstances attendant on this loss of our
association, we cannot permit this opportunity to pass by without giving expression
to our entire and unconditional loyalty to the cause of country, truth, and
justice, hoping that whenever it becomes our duty to rally in person around
the flag, the example of our fallen brother may incite us to go forward in
the path of duty.
6. That a copy of these resolutions, duly attested and engrossed, be forwarded
to the parents, and also one to the wife of our deceased brother, and that
they be published in the Christian Intelligencer and New-York Times newspapers.
Signed by COMMITTEE.
Bergen Point, N. J., June 17, 1864.
THE SOLDIERS AND DOMESTIC POLICIES—PRIVATE LETTER FROM A COLONEL.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTY-SIXTH N. Y. VOLS.,
Sept. 23, 1864.
Dear Father: Your welcome letter is before me. You must not get discouraged,
because Westchester always was, and will be for some time to come, "Copperhead." This
is no time for idleness and talk; you must work—work late and early;
not because there is any fear of defeat, but to make the victory all the more
glorious and decisive. You wish to know the sentiments of the army, I will
give you what I candidly believe to be the opinion of the soldiers upon the
questions of the day, as I have heard them for days past, from all classes,
all ranks, all degrees of intelligence, and all complexion of politics.
We will vote for no man who will not strengthen our columns. We will vote for
no man who will not pledge himself to an earnest, unflinching prosecution of
the war, and declare that he is not identified with Wood, Seymour, Vallandigham,
Pendleton, and others of the same stamp. We will vote for no man who proposes
to make terms with arch-traitors, to defeat whom our ranks have been thinned
and our best blood spilled upon rebel soil, and for whom we believe the hangman's
rope would be but a poor punishment. We will vote for no man who pledges himself
to support propositions for peace just at a moment when the strong citadels
of rebellion are being encircled by our bayonets.
We will vote for a man who pledges himself to profit by the experience of the
past three years and a half, and who will strengthen our columns against the
enemy in our front, while he administers the full penalty for high treason
in our rear. We will vote for a man who pledges himself that the distress,
hardships, fatigues, and pangs of separation from our
homes, which we have passively and willingly submitted to for the past three
years, have not been thrown away, but who will push our victorious armies onward
until our enemies sue for peace on any terms, at the point of our bayonets,
and we can return to our long-neglected wives, sisters, parents and little
ones, our banners flung triumphantly to the breeze, and our arms hung up to
moulder and decay, while our children enjoy the peaceful fruits of the triumph
of the young Republic. Such, dear father, I believe to be what the soldiers
think, in the Army of the Potomac. The Copperheads may hiss and crawl, but
just as sure as the sun w ill rise November 9, 1864, will we see them crawling
back to their holes, never again to be resurrected, but to become the scorn
of all lovers of their country, now and for centuries to come. Cowardly, sneaking
reptiles! may they never have peace of mind until they throw
off their shackles, and become what their Creator designed they should be—Union-loving
and Union-saving men. The rebels are getting uneasy, and have been trying our
left, but to no purpose. The conflict cannot be long delayed; Grant will soon
move with telling power; the end is not far off.
Your loving son, Daniel S. Munn.
THE KILLED AND WOUNDED IN THE SIXTY-SIXTH NEW-YORK VOLUNTEERS.
IN THE FIELD, TYLER HOUSE, Va.,
Tuesday, June 7, 1864.
Correspondence of the New-York Times.
Herewith I inclose a list of the killed, wounded and missing of the Sixty-sixth
New-York Regiment. The Regiment now numbers about seventy men. Col. Morriss
died, shot through the heart, in front of his regiment white on the charge.
KILLED, WOUNDED AND MISSING OF SIXTY-SiXTH N. Y. VET. VOLS., 4TH BRIGADE, 1ST
DIVISION, 2D CORPS.
Sergt Jas Carmichael, B.— M McCains B—missing.
killed. H Wichard, G—missing.
L Bauman, B—killed. John Swats, D—killed.
Chas Meyer, A—killed. Sergt Wm Armstrong, D.
Pat Hare, A-arm. Cormick Cain, - D.
Chris Klink, A—buttock. Wm Harris, D—wrist.
Thos Malloy, B—arm. John Cain, H—side.
Jas Riley, B—neck. Jos Allen, H—shoulder.
Jas Percival, G—shoulder. Jas Keenan, H—shoulder.
Sergt D Wilson, G. Sergt Richard Heacock, H.
John Thompson, B—arm. Sergt John Monihar, D--
Pat Keer, G. missing.
Sergt Wm Woods, B. Sergt J Anglin, D—missing.
Jas Cox, B. Corp O Hogan, D—missing.
Thos Dunn, B. John Cadwell, D—mising.
Sergt Chas Stevens, B. Geo Heath, H—missing.
Corp J Grettenburger, G— Corp Wm Otus, F—killed.
missing. Sergt J Quager, F—mouth.
Herman Nuderbroeker, A Corp Conrad Wiesman, E—
— missing. hand.
N Alex, A—missing. Julius Bauman, E—hand.
P Alenstetter, A—missing. Geo Roch, E.
Jas Leddy, B—missing. Stephen White, C.
F Schwartz, E—foot. Corp H Johnson, C--miss'g.
A Williamson, F. F Zerlout, C—missing.
Henry Kinger, F. H Goettinger, C—missing.
J Fulton, F—shoulder. C Grace, C—missing.
Corp Peter Whitmeyer, E— C Brown, C—missing.
missing. Lafayette Fuller, A.
Wm Beguberg, E—missing. Corp J Hines, K—arm.
H Hebreustatter, E—miss'g. James Rollman, K.
Jacob Minger, E--missing. John Friemer, K.
Paul Weimur, E--missing. Joseph Winterhallen, K.
Alfred Moosier, F—missing. John Wenk, K.
H Bentenbaugh, F--missing. J Hess, K—arm amputated.
J Callahoun, F--missing. Corp M Cady, I—missing.
I Asthemer, F--missing. Richard Bull, I—missing.
Corp A Pincus, C--scalp. __ Nelman, I—missing.
Corp Peter Wagner, C. __ Reck, I--missing.
Patrick Ryan, C-hand. __ Wilking, I--missing.
H Gibson, C--hand. Thos Early, I-missing.
John Nuweek, C--side. __ Trenchamout, I-miss'g.
Sergt T Shaw. I—killed. __ Murphy, I--missing.
Corp Wm Witzenstein, I— Corp Brown, K—missing.
killed. Andrew Miller, K—missing.
Adam Haur, I--killed. __ Rullege, K-missing.
Sergt F Smith, K—killed. __ Weber, K--missing.
Sergt L Schroen, C-miss'g. __ Haller, K--missing.
Peter Hartling, G--killed. N G Hewlett, F--killed.
Sergt Jno Gilgon, H—neck. Jas McMichaels, F—slight.
Francis Reading, F-thigh. Jas Philpot, G--missing.
Wm Peter Eyring, A-leg. Jacob Schapter, E-side.
Lieut Simon Pincus, G—re- Henry Yeager, E—slight.
turned to regiment. John Cartney, I-killed.
John L King, F--contusion. Chris'r Harrington, K-leg.
Col. O H Morris--killed. Hy Schultz, I-leg and side.
Sergt J Williams, B-killed. Patrick Monaghan. K—foot.
Job S Van Buren, G—leg. Henry Mechwith, K—killed.
Francis Mullen, G-leg. Sergt C Reynolds, H-arm.
Thos Kearigan, F--leg. Corp W Stratford, H-hand.
Chas O'Neill, B—thigh. Robt Jno Gillmore, F—thign.
BRyan Bassett, G. John Secore, C--arm.
T Matthews, H—contusion. James Brady, F--killed.
John Byorner, I--shoulder. Andrew Hutter, A-foot.
Timothy Flanagan, D--leg. John Dougherty, G--knee
George Adams, G--leg. joint.
[Editor's note: The men mentioned in this article are almost
all from the 60th New York Volunteer Infantry. Thanks to S.D. Glazer,
Lieutenant-Colonel of U.S.A.R. (Ret.), for pointing this out.]
Headquarters 66th N. Y. V. V.
Near Marietta, Ga., July 4th, 1864.
In days of yore, we were wont to lay our labors aside on this day, adorn
ourselves in our best attire, and sally forth, to celebrate our National
and the grand fucilade that was raised by the innumerable kinds of fireworks,
and the booming of cannon, was considered the rarest kind of sport. No doubt
there are many now at home following this time-honored custom, and may the
memory that such scenes will enliven, strengthen the resolve that this day
never be forgotten—that the old "Stars and Stripes" shall never
be disgraced. But for those who are now fighting for the maintenance
of those "Stars and Stripes" in the field, I can say for one, and
I think I speak the minds of thousands that are near me, that our patriotism
would not be weakened could we pass this day without hearing the
crack of a musket, or the boom of a cannon, but be allowed the quiet bivouac,
and our thoughts let loose to riot on imaginary scenes, that are so easily
called up of home. For more than a month we have not been out of the hearing
of fire-arms, and though we have had but two or three heavy engagements during
that time, yet there is hardly a day passes without its list of casualties,
and still the work goes on. We have been opposed to heavy earthworks most of
the time, and so strong that our Generals have not considered it expedient
to assault them, but have taken the slower method of turning the flanks, and
obliging them evacuate. Yesterday they abandoned a very strong position, giving
us possession of the very important town, Marietta. Information was received
the night before last that the rebels was evacuating, and we were prepared
to follow at daybreak. We passed through their works, and soon our skirmishers
began to bring in prisoners. Most of them were men that had got sick of the
war, and though they had been taught that the "Yankees" shoot, or
press, every man they get into the service, they had concluded that they would
rather stand their chance with us than to longer bear the despotic rule of
the Confederacy, and when they found themselves well treated—better than
they could have hoped for—they were the happiest looking men I have seen
for many a day. On meeting the regiments with their banners unfurled, many
of them would raise their hats in respect for the "old flag," and
I believe it was the
grandest sight they had seen for more than three long years. They report that
nearly all the rank and file would leave their army if they could, and many
of the officers are getting sick of the war. A Colonel and twelve men came
in a few days since. The Colonel was very happy to change his "base of
operations," and take transportation North. Our division captured about
two hundred and fifty prisoners yesterday, and a few have come into our lines
to-day. We are now in line of battle, facing another series of works, and that
which rests heaviest on our minds is, how shall we get them out? They resist
every inch of ground stubbornly, and keep a corps of inefficient soldiers and
fortifications for them to fall back into. But Sherman is tenacious, and is
bound to accomplish his object. The health of the regiment has been very good
during this campaign, considering its length, with the
extremely hot weather, and the amount of work performed. It is now sixty-four
days since we started, and there has been hardly a day but what we have been
on active duty, and, of course, our ranks get thined. On starting we numbered
315 men, and twenty-four officers, and we have had an addition of twenty-two
recruits. We now number 218
men and sixteen officers. Seventy-five of the losses have occurred in battle.
The rest have been sent back sick. Among the number sick is Col. Godard. His
health was not good when we started, but he was determined to go through the
campaign; humanity cannot stand everything, however, and at last he had to
give up, though he remained
as long as he could sit on his horse. The regiment feels the loss of his presence
greatly, and all hope the day is not far distant when he will be able rejoin
us again. The regiment is now commanded by Capt. Thomas
Elliott, the senior officer present, Lieut.-Col. Thomas not having recovered
from his wound yet. The day before yesterday we were compelled to bid one of
our oldest officers farewell, Quartermaster Merritt, who has served in that
capacity since the organization of the regiment, and I may here say, for I
speak only the words of men and officers in this division, that he was the
best Quartermaster in the division, and he leaves nothing but friends behind
him. He has received an appointment as Commissary of Subsistance with the rank
of Captain, and ordered to report at Washington, D. C. We all feel that the
position is more than due him, yet we hated to bid him good-by. Many are the
good wishes and "Godspeed you" that follow him. But the bugle of
an adjoining division has sounded the "attention," and it behooves
me to be ready to hear ours soon. If it be for a fight that we assemble,
we will try and do honor to the day.
FUNERAL OF COLONEL MORRIS, OF THE SIXTY-SIXTH
NEW-YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS.
Colonel Orlando H Morris, of the Sixty-sixth New-York state volunteers, Second
corps, of the Army of the Potomac, was killed on the battle-field on Friday,
June 3. He was twenty-nine years of age. Funeral
ceremonies for relatives and friends will take place at the Reformed Dutch
Church at Bergen Point, New Jersey, to-day at 2 P.M. The remains will subsequently
be conveyed to Cortlandt street ferry, New-York, where, at 8 o'clock p. M.,
they will be received by a guard of
honor of the United States troops, and taken to the Governor's Room, City Hall,
where friends will have an opportunity to view the remains until Sunday, 12th
instant, at 2 p. m., when the Twelfth New-York National Guard, under command
of Colonel Ward, will escort the remains to Greenwood Cemetery. Boats to convey
relatives and friends to Bergen Point will leave pier No. 2 North river at
12 3/4 P. M. to-day, and arrangements have been made for their return.
The following is the official order:
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION N. Y. S. N. G.,
New-York, June 9, 1864.
Special Order No. 17.
Brigadier-General Yates, of the Second brigade, will detail a regiment from
his command as a funeral escort to the remains of the gallant Colonel Orlando
H. Morris, of the Sixty-sixth New-York volunteers, who nobly fell while leading
his regiment at the battle of Coal Harbor.
The funeral services will take place on Sunday afternoon, at such hour as may
be designated by the committee of arrangements.
By order of Major-General Chas. W. Sanford.
Alex. Hamilton, A. D. C.
General Yates has designated the Twelfth regiment as a funeral escort, and
it will assemble on Washington parade ground at 1 o'clock.
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