6th Regiment of Infantry
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BILLY WILSON’S “ROUGH " ZOUAVES.— At 7 o'clock on Wednesday
evening, the "Union Battalion of Zouaves," Col. William Wilson, held
a formal muster and roll call at their head-quarters in Tammany Hall There
were 861 men of the battalion present. The occasion was made strikingly impressive
by the extraordinary proceedings which were had. The men were ranged around
the hall three deep, with Col. Wilson and the other officers in the center
of the room. The men had all clad themselves in the grey shirts and pants which
had been provided for their uniform, which is completed by a common brown felt
hat, brogans and leather belt. They carry a short knife, about seven inches
in length, between a sort of bowie knife and butcher knife in shape. Many also
have revolvers, of which it is intended that each shall be armed with one or
two, as well as a slung shot and Minnie rifle.—
All the men being ranged against the walls, Col. Wilson, with a drawn sabre
in one band and the American flag in the other, stood forth uncovered and addressed
his men amidst deafening cheers.
After a short adjuration to the flag, for which he declared his devotion, he
called upon all to kneel and swear with him. Waving the banner and flourishing
his sabre, he knelt on one knee. All present knelt with him and repeated the
oath which he put to them to support the flag, and never flinch from its path
through blood or death. He said he would lead them to Baltimore, and they would
march through it or die; at which they all arose with a tremendous yell, flung
up their hats and brandished their glittering knives amidst prolonged and frantic
cheers. He then denounced death to the Baltimore traitors and secessionists
and Plug Uglies, and said they would leave a monument of their bones in the
streets of Baltimore. Amid yells of "Death to the Plug Uglies," he
illustrated with his sword how they should hew their way, and said though he
should be the first man slain, he had but one thing to ask, which was that
each one of his followers should secure his man and avenge his blood. That
they would do this, he again called upon them to swear, and marching around
the hall, holding up the flag and sword, and accompanied by two officers, the
one on the right bearing a banner inscribed:
THE UNION BATALLION OF ZOUAVES.
DEATH TO SECESSIONIATS.
The other officer on his left holding up, in both hands, a bowie knife and
revolver. Wilson shouted to them to swear, and they responded with shouts of "blood," "blood," "blood," "We
The band then struck in with the "Star Spangled Banner," which they
all sang in chorus, as well as also "Dixie's Land," altered to read
with a few variations:
" I wish I was in Baltimore,
Away, Away," &c.
The main head-quarters of Colonel Wilson's regiment is at Tammany, but there
are others at 618 Broadway, and one or two other places, including a force
which yesterday approached three thousand enrolled. The men are the most determined
set of men we ever saw. The officers, however, have been nearly all professional
soldiers either in Mexico, Nicaraugua or elsewhere.
The drill appears to be the most promiscuous imaginable, and dangerous too.
COL. WILSON'S ZOUAVES.
The report that this Regiment, now quartered at Staten Island, are in a state
of insubordination, and that they have had trouble with Col. Allen's command,
is totally unfounded. They are in a complete state of subordination, and
obey their officers in all things.
NEW YORK CITY.
WAR MOVEMENTS IN THE METROPOLIS.
COL. WILSON’S ZOUAVES. (June 8, 1861)
The announcement that this regiment would leave yesterday for the seat of war,
was premature. No equipments have yet been furnished them, but the
requisite arms, it is believed, will be supplied by Monday, and the understanding
now is that the regiment will leave on the succeeding day. Col. Wilson says
that his command has been selected for a special service, but what that service
is he is not at liberty to divulge. He promises that the men will give a good
account of themselves, and those that have marked their improvement since their
encampment on Staten Island fully believe that the result will verify his assertion
in this regard. As at present constituted the regiment makes a fine show. Constant
sea air, regular and wholesome rations, drill exercise and strict camp discipline,
to which they have been subjected, have worked a wonderful change in their
soldierly capabilities and bearing. Lieutenant Coggswell, of the regular army,
who has had the inspecting of our city volunteer regiments, says that, take
them all in all, they are equal, if not superior, to any volunteer regiment
that has left New York.
In selecting officers Colonel Wilson has exercised most commendable discretion.
Lieutenant Colonel Creighton is a military man of enlarged experience and possesses
the popular traits of a successful officer.
Three members of the Seventh Regiment have been selected as officers: Captain
Henberer, Company H, Lieutenant Denslow, Company N, and Lieutenant Bailey,
Company C. These three officers were with the Seventh Regiment in Washington,
and in accepting their present positions show a commendable desire to continue
their services in maintaining their supremacy of the stars and stripes. The
regiment has been full for some time. Colonel Wilson has just ordered a full
set of uniforms for the men on his own account. Having got tired of waiting
the slow action of red tape, he has taken this step trusting to the general
government for indemnity. All the men are in excellent spirits, and eager to
be called to active duty. Belonging to the regiment is a company from Paterson,
New Jersey; each one of them carries a Bible in his pocket. As to the morale
of the remaining companies, it is a fact worth noting, that the first bad impressions
of the Staten Islanders regarding then are entirely done away, and that they
are now held in universal regard for their sobriety and upright conduct.
ARRIVAL OF THE WILSON ZOUAVES AT FORTRESS MONROE.—Mr. Kennedy, Superintendent
of the Metropolitan Police, received the following telegram from Col. Wm. Wilson
Fortress Monroe, June 8, 1863.
John A. Kennedy, esq., Superintendent of Police: My regiment arrived here to
day, and will be in New-York about ... o'clock on Wednesday. Please notify
Press and family.
WM. Wilson, Colonel 6th Regiment N. Y. Vols.,
Doubtless the proper arrangements will be made for a spirited reception of
this regiment. Col. Wilson was the first man in this city who took the initiative
in raising a regiment of volunteers to defend the Stars and Stripes.
WILSON’S ZOUAVES. -- It is said that near Fort Pickens the other day,
when four of Wilson's Zouaves were in bathing, an immense twelve-foot shark
came paddling along. The lambs made a rush at him, and actually drove him off
into deep water.
"BILLY" WILSON AND HIS ZOUAVES IN TROUBLE.—
A correspondent of the Evening Post says that Col. Wm. Wilson and several line
officers of the 6th New York Regiment, are under arrest at Baton Rouge, and
twenty-four privates are in prison at Donaldsonville, two of whom have been
sentenced to be shot. The origin of the difficulty seems to have been the
well-filled whiskey canteens of the men. The bar on board the steamer was
broken open by the soldiers, who attempted, in a fit of drunkenness, to throw
General Dwight overboard. Colonel Wilson made every attempt in his power
to quell the outbreak, but was unsuccessful. The arrests of officers were
made under the charge of inefficiency and insubordination.
The 6th New York is the regiment of New York firemen, with a pretty good mixture
of the "roughs" of that city, of whom Col. "Billy" Wilson
was himself one. They are a hard set to keep in subordination, but have generally
proved better soldiers than would be expected. They were a long time stationed
at Fort Pickens, and did some pretty good fighting there.
THE BILLY WILSON MEN.—The New York Herald has the following remarks
in regard to the camp of Wilson's Zouaves upon Santa Rosa Island, and the telegraphic
report of the recent attack upon this somewhat famous corps:
The position of the camp of the regiment was peculiarly exposed to the enemy.
It lay on a level plateau, and every tent was in plain sight of the rebel forces
across the river. The commander of Fort Pickens, Col. Brown, ordered the regiment
to pitch their tents there, but did not supply them with artillery or throw
up batteries or retrenchments to cover them. Col. Wilson, therefore, with the
civil engineers attached to his regiment, proceeded to construct a system of
intrenchments and places of shelter for his force.—
The difficulties in the way of this undertaking were many, and of the most
serious kind. The road to the fort was almost impassable with swamps and heavy
chapparal, alternated with sand hills. This was remedied first, for the position
was to the fort precisely that of an outlying picket, and in case of the landing
of an attacking party all the course left open for them to pursue, was to skirmish
a way to the fort. The road where it crossed swamps was filled in with brushwood
covered with sand, the sand hills were dug through, the intervals were filled
in, and wherever embankments were thrown up they were disguised and masked
by the bushes which they had to cut and dig out. They thus secured a covered
way to within twenty rods of the fort, and the innumerable twistings and winding
of the road afforded secure positions from which their skirmishers could annoy
and retard the advance of the enemy in case they should make an attack.
Attention was next turned to the securing of places of shelter for the men
in case a bombardment of the camp should occur. This work was done in the night,
by the light of the stars alone, so that the rebels could have no idea of the
location of these places of refuge. In building these advantage was taken of
the "lay of the land," which is ribbed and corrugated with sand hills
that sometimes rise abruptly to the height of twenty or thirty feet from the
level. Behind and into these they dug and threw up shelter sufficient to cover
a thousand men. The approach to these shelters was protected by an embankment
seven feet high and four feet wide on the top, while advantage was taken of
every angle or elevated spot, to repel a force attempting to march upon them.
This was the place for the sharpshooters to work. It was stated that a force
marching upon them would find that while roads leading nowhere would lead them
astray, the very sand hills behind which they expected to advance in safety
were but the hiding places from which a murderous fire would decimate their
IMPORTANT FROM FORT PICKENS.
REPORTED BATTLE AT SANTA ROSA ISLAND.
ATTACK ON COLONEL WILSON'S ZOUAVES.
GALLANT FIGHT AGAINST SUPERIOR NUMBERS.
BALTIMORE, Oct. 12.
The Norfolk Day Book, received this morning, contains dispatches from
New Orleans giving an account of a surprise and attack made on Col. Billy
Wilson's Zouaves at Santa Rosa Island on the 8th inst. Detatchments from several
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama regiments made a landing in the night,
and drove in Wilson's pickets, and shortly afterward a fierce fight began.
The Zouaves of Col. Wilson are credited with having fought with great bravery,
and the rebels admit a loss of forty killed and about double that number wounded.
The Rebels claim to have spiked the guns of the Zouaves and destroyed all their
camp equipage. They also claim to have committed great slaughter among the
Zouaves, but give no number of the killed. The Rebels also say they carried
off a number of prisoners.
We visited Colonel Wilson's regiment of Zouaves at Staten Island yesterday.
The men are in excellent spirits, 800 strong, and are anxious to get their
arms and marching orders. Colonel Wilson expresses much satisfaction at the
State authorities having given him excellent quarters. He says many of his
men complain of the harsh criticisms of the press regarding their morals, &c.,
which he avers are on a par with those of any regiment of volunteers. The
men are rigorously drilled, and during the intervals play foot-ball, base-ball
and other games. They have named their barracks after our first class hotels.
They have the St. Nicholas, Metropolitan, Fifth Avenue and Astor, each of
which is filled with mattresses, tables, stools, &c.
[Special Correspondence of the Sunday Mercury.]
SIXTH REGIMENT, N. Y. S. V. (WILSON'S ZOUAVES.)
MALLORY HOUSE, PENSACOLA, FLA. Oct. 16.
Arrival of Maine troops—Promotion from the Ranks-- Condition of the Sixth
Regiment-Drum and Fife Corps—Scouting Expeditions—Captures and
Losses —All in Good Health, Etc.
Nothing of any very great importance has taken place. General Arnold has left
this place for good. Col. Wilson is still in command of the post. We have the
Fifteenth Maine Regiment of Vols. here now. They are very green as soldiers;
nevertheless will make fine troops, as they are as good a lot of men as any
person could wish for; but are very badly officered. It is my opinion, if the
Governors of States would be a little more careful in giving men commissions,
the service would be the gainer by it. Take non-commissioned officers and privates
from the old regiments, and make officers of them, then you will have men that
have not only seen service, but can instruct men in their drill, duties, etc.,
For instance, our noble Sixth, I will warrant that there is not a noncommissioned
officer in the regiment that could not fill a captain's place. Governors ought
to be more careful how they officer these new regiments, as everything depends
on having officers that understand their duty, etc. I suppose that our regiment
is one of the best drilled and disciplined regiments now in the service. Three
of our companies are garrisoning forts. Company B; Captain Denslow, First Lieutenant
Van Grisoon, and Second Lieutenant
Wallace, all five officers, are in charge of Fort McClellan, and Companys I
and G at Fort Barrancas. We have, without any exception, one of the finest
drum and fife corps that ever belonged to a regiment. They have been instructed
by Drum Major Daniel Kaine, of same regiment, who is an old soldier. He was
a drummer in the regular army all through the Mexican War, and is a fine musician.
We sent four men and a Corporal of our regiment out scouting, with a citizen
scout with them, on the afternoon of the 2d, and they returned on the 5th,
bringing five willing rebel prisoners with them.
Some five or six days ago, eleven men of the Ninety-first N. Y. S. V., and
members of the advance guard, were sent out scouting, with orders not to proceed
more than a mile beyond the lines. They went six miles, and were taken prisoners
by a party of rebel cavalry, while they were engaged in digging sweet potatoes.
One afterward made his escape.
The next day, Lieutenant Colonel Cassidy, of our regiment, went out with Company
I of our regiment, and two companies of the Maine Volunteers. They came across
six rebel cavalry. They could not get very close, on account of our men being
on foot. Nevertheless, Colonel Cassidy and First Lieut. Entwistle, of the Sixth
Regiment—the only officers mounted—gave them chase. Lieutenant
Entwistle shot the belly band that holds the saddle, dismounting one of the
cavalry men. They took him prisoner.
Lieutenant Entwistle's horse got a ball in his neck which passed through.
We have news up to the 25th, as the mail steamer Columbia arrived here last
I will now conclude after saying that the boys are all in good health and fine
spirits. Our respects to all of our friends. Yours, respectfully,
FIFTH WARD RANGER.
Special Dispatches to the Morning Herald, received this Morning.
News from Fortress Monroe.
MORE OF THE BILLY WILSON FIGHT.
BALTIMORE, Oct. 12.
The steamer Louisiana arrived here this morning, and brought nearly one hundred
passengers, including sixty from Norfolk, who were permitted by the Confederate
authorities to leave, a large proportion of whom were ladies and children.
Before they were permitted to leave they were closely searched, to prevent
the concealment of any newspapers. One gentleman, however, who had placed the
Norfolk Day Book in his trunk, escaped detection. It contains a dispatch from
New Orleans, giving an account of
a desperately fought battle between Billy Wilson's Zouaves and one thousand
rebels at Santa Rosa Island, on the 8th inst. The dispatch says that about
two o'clock on the morning of the 8th inst., the rebels commanded by Gen. Anderson,
crossed the bay and landed on Santa Rosa Island near Wilson's Zouaves' encampment,
drove in their pickets and stormed the place. In less than an hour, they destroyed
all of Wilson's tents and captured a large amount of rations, equipments, stores
and ammunitions, and spiked all the guns placed in position.
Among the rebel loss is a Captain Bradford of Florida, and Lieutenants Bugler
and Sayre badly wounded. The Confederate force consisted of three companies
of a Georgia regiment and a portion of the Mobile Continentals, three companies
of regulars, a detachment of Mississippians and Georgians, two hundred Alabamians,
and a number of naval officers and seamen commanded by Captain Brent, formerly
of the Federal Navy.
Lieutenant James E. Slaughter, while carrying a flag of truce for a cessation
of hostilities, was badly wounded. Major Groel Vodges of the Federal light
artillery, recently of Fortress Monroe, was taken prisoner.
Fortress Monroe, Oct. 12,
via Baltimore, Oct. 13.
A party of the New York Zouaves who were sent out from Newport News, this morning
to cut fuel, were attacked, probably by a scouting party of rebels, and driven
in with the loss of one team. Two rebel steam-tugs appeared at the same time
on James river.
The steamer Express went up a short distance on a reconnoissance, but was unable
to reach the enemy.
The steamer S. R. Spaulding sails tonight with a large shipment of quartermasters'
stores. Brig. Gen. Williams goes with her and will assume the chief command
at Hatteras Inlet.
Special Dispatches to the Morning Herald, received this Morning.
OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ATTACK ON WILSON'S ZOUAVES.
Washington, Oct. 27.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA,
October 11th, 1861.
COLONEL,—I briefly reported to you on the 9th inst., that the rebels
had landed on this island, partially destroying the camp of the 6th Regiment
of N. Y. Volunteers, and had been driven off by our troops. I now report in
more detail the results of the attack. For the better understanding of the
several movements, it may be well to state that the enemy landed about four
miles from this fort; (the place may be recognized on the map by three ponds
and a mound;) that the island there is about three fourths of a mile wide;
that a short distance below it narrows to some 200 yards, then widens again,
and at camp the distance across is about five eighths of a mile; that a succession
of three or four sand ridges run on the sea side parallel to the coast along
the island, and low swampy ground interspersed with sand hillocks, some bushes
and a few trees, extends along the harbor side, both shores being a sandy beach.
Wilson's camp is near the sea coast and a short mile from the fort. The two
batteries spoken of in his report and to which he retreated, batteries Lincoln
and Totten, are, the first on the harbor and the other one on the Gulf side,
about 400 yards from Fort Pickens. About 2 o'clock on the morning of the 9th,
I was awakened by the officer of the day, who reported that a picket driven
in had reported the landing of 60 men on the Point. Having little confidence
in the correctness of this report, I directed that no alarm should be made,
and shortly after he reported that the alarm was false.
About half past three he again reported that volleys of musketry were heard
at the camp of the 6th Regiment N. Y. Volunteers. I immediately ordered the
roll to be beaten, Major Vodges to take two companies and proceed to the spot,
and Major Arnold to man the guns on the ramparts. In the space of about half
an hour after this time the firing was heavy, and the light of the burning
camp seen, and I sent a staff officer to communicate with Major Vodges, who
returned very soon and said he had fallen in with a large body of the enemy
on the inside shore and could not find the Major. I immediately ordered Major
Arnold to proceed to support Major Vodges, with two companies, and at the same
time sent an order to Col. Wilson to advance and attack the enemy. I also dispatched
a staff officer on board the steamer McClellan, with orders for him to take
position opposite the landing place and open on the enemy, unfortunately at
the same time directing him to go to the Potomac, lying near, and ask for some
men to assist him in case landing was necessary. Capt. Powell directed him
to tow his ship to the scene of action, which so delayed him that he did not
arrive until after the enemy had vacated. Capt. Powell acted from the best
motives, and under ordinary circumstances, from correct principles, but the
result was unfortunate, as the McClellan could have driven the rebel steamers
away, and we must have made prisoners of most of the invaders.—At the
request of Major Arnold, late in the morning I sent forward a light field gun,
which, however, did not reach him until after the affair was over. As I propose
only briefly to allude to the volunteers, I respectfully refer you to the report
of the Colonel of the Regiment. The pickets of this Regiment, and the regulars
sustained its principal, if not entire loss, and behaved well. Capt. Daly's
company on duty with the regulars, did good service, and the Captain is spoken
of by Major Arnold in terms of high approbation. He had four men killed.
Capt. Bailey's company was at a battery, and not called out. He was performing
his appropriate duty during the fight. Major Vodges, with Cos. A, 1st Artillery,
and E, 3d Infantry, proceeded behind the Spanish fort, about a mile from this
fort, when, from the obscurity of the night, he found himself and command completely
intermingled with the enemy. He was immediately recognized and made prisoner,
the command devolved on Capt. Hildt, of the 3d Infantry, who disengaged his
command from their perilous position, and opened a heavy fire on the enemy,
and finally, with great gallantry, forced them to retreat, he being ably supported
by Lieut. Seeley, my Assistant Adjutant General, who volunteered for the occasion;
with a loss of ten killed. Major Arnold at this moment came up, and, the enemy
retreating, followed on. During this time, Major Tower and Lieut. Jackson,
whom I had successively sent on to push forward the Zouaves, succeeded in getting
some collected, and Col. Wilson also advanced, the enemy precipitately retreating.
Major Arnold's, Capt. Robertson's and Lieut. Shipley's companies promptly followed,
and attacked them, and as they were embarking the other companies arrived upon
the ground successively.
Captain Robertson opened a heavy fire at short musket range on the crowded
masses, and Lieutenant Shipley, some fifteen minutes later, joined him, and
their fire must have been effective. This was continued so long as they were
within range. When they got beyond it the Major ordered the men to cease firing
and to give them three cheers, to which there was no response. During the time
of this occurrence, Major Towner came up with two small companies of Zouaves,
and subsequently Colonel Wilson, with a portion of his regiment. When it is
considered that less than 200 of the regulars, with some 50 volunteers, pursued
five times their number four miles, and expelled them, under a heavy fire,
from the Island they had desecrated, it will, I trust, be considered an evidence
of their having gallantly performed their duty.
The plan of attack was judicious, and if executed with ordinary ability might
have been attended with serious loss; but he failed in all save the burning
of one half of the tents of the 6th regiment, which, being covered with bushes,
were very combustible, and in rifling the trunks of the officers. He did not
reach within 500 yards of either of the batteries, the guns of which he was
to spike, nor within a mile of the Fort. He was to enter pell mell, the fugitives
retreating before his victorious arms.
I have now in my possession nine spikes taken from the bodies of the dead,
designed for our guns. Our loss is of regulars 4 killed and 20 wounded, mostly
very slightly, and 8 missing, among whom is Major Vodges; of the 6th Regiment
N. Y. Volunteers 10 killed, 9 wounded and 14 missing. The enemy lost, as known
to us, 14 killed, including one captain, 7 wounded, including one lieutenant,
two have since died, and five officers and 22 enlisted men prisoners, and as
he was known to have carried off some of hid dead and probably most of his
wounded, those in our hands being severely wounded and unable to be removed,
and as the heaviest loss is supposed to have been in the boats at the re-embarkation,
it was probably three times as great in killed and wounded as I have named.
I close with the agreeable duty of naming to you the officers engaged who so
faithfully performed their duty. I mention Major Vodges first, who, unfortunately
was taken prisoner before a gun on our part was fired, to say that as second
in command, and my executive officer, he has efficiently and industriously
performed his duty during the whole time of my command, and his services have
been very valuable. Major Arnold who succeeded to the command after the capture
of his superior, conducted the affair with great gallantry, prudence and ability.
He speaks in the highest terms of Captains Robertson and Hildt, and Lieutenants
Shipley and Seely, and indeed of all the others whose names I give: Major Tower
and Lieut. Reese, of the Engineers; Lieu's Duryea, Langdon, Jackson and Taylor
of the U. S. A., and Capt. Dale, of the N. Y. V.; and it gives me great pleasure
to append the names of the non-commissioned officers and privates named by
their company commanders for distinguished good conduct, and to recommend them
to the favorable notice of the Government. The following are the companies
of Majors Vodges and Arnold, who participated in the battle, and, with a very
few exceptions of individuals, to whom the greatest praise is due; Co. A, 1st
artillery, H, 2d artillery, and companies C and E 3d infantry. I estimated
the force of the enemy at 1200 or 1300, having closely observed them through
a fine telescope, as they retreated. The two kedge steamers and a large barge
of equal size, and five or six launches were all crowded with troops; and the
almost unanimous estimate of the officers, is 1,500 from personal observation.
I am, Colonel, very Respectfully yours,
(Signed) Harvey Brown,
To Col. E. D. Townsend, Assis't Adj't General,
The sixth New York regiment, (Billy Wilson's Zouaves,) were to leave New Orleans
May 25th, on its return to New York, after two years service. The regiment
returns with six hundred men. Since leaving Baton Rouge, on the 26th of March,
the regiment has marched five hundred miles, and fought three engagements.
The regiment will leave its arms and equipments at New Orleans. Gen. Dwight
has issued a congratulatory order to the regiment on its dismissal from service.
The 6th Regiment New York Volunteers (Wilson's Zouaves) are now on their way
home. They were to leave New Orleans, on the steamship Fulton, on the 25th
ult. Since leaving Baton Rouge, on the 26th of March, this regiment has marched
500 miles and fought three engagements. Gen. Dwight, in his order issued at
the time of the regiment taking leave of their companions in arms, passes the
highest encomium upon the officers and men for their bravery and endurance.
RETURN OF WILSON’S ZOUAVES.
The 6th Regiment New York Volunteers (Wilson's Zouaves) are now on their way
home. They were to leave New-Orleans on board the steamship Fulton on the 25th
of May. Since leaving Baton Rouge on the 26th of March, this regiment has marched
500 miles and fought three engagements, one on the 13th of April, the day they
landed at Indian Bend, or Grand Lake; one on the 14th April, at Irish Bend,
or Bayou Teche, and another on the 17th of April, at Vermillion Creek. Gen.
Dwight, in his order, issued at the time of the regiment taking leave of their
companions in arms, passes the highest encomium upon the officers and men of
the 6th for their bravery and endurance in the battles referred to, and their
marching to meet the enemy under an almost tropical sun.
It may he remembered that Col. Wilson was the first man in the City of New-York
who took steps towards the formation of a volunteer regiment to fight the Rebels.
They rendered a long and good service at Fort Pickens, where, from the very
nature of the climate and the soil, they were called upon to endure much trial
and suffering, beside having been considerably exposed to the enemy. The 6th
N. Y. Volunteers will be received with pride, and our citizens will delight
to honor the men who have proven their devotion to the cause of their country
at such imminent peril.
The following correspondence explains itself:
HEADQUARTERS 6th NEW-YORK VOLUNTEERS,
New Orleans, May 23, 1863
To the Editors of the New-York Press.
The 6th New-York Volunteers are on their way home at last. The regiment will
leave New-Orleans, on the 25th of May, on board the steamship Fulton, which
will arrive in New-York in about ten days.
The 6th Regiment has marched, since leaving Baton Rouge, on the 26th of March,
500 miles, and fought three engagements--one on the 13th of April (the day
we landed at Indian Bend, or Grand Lake), one on the 14th of April, at Irish
Bend, or Bayou Tech, and another on the 17th of April, at Vermillion
At the last-named place, the gallantry of the 6th Regiment was particularly
conspicuous. We fought the enemy for three hours all alone, when the 91st New-York
Volunteers, Col. Van Zandt, came to our support.
We have traversed this State from one end of it to the other. We have moved
in all directions, from New-Orleans to Alexandria.
We have been up and down the Red River, passed through almost impassable forests,
crossed various rivers and bayous, waded through numberless swamps, and marched
in the heat of the Southern sun across the plains of Louisiana.
We are now about to return to our homes and families after an absence of two
years, and we shall take back with us 600 men.
Inclosed is the copy of an order issued by Gen. Dwight when the 6th was detached
from his brigade to commence their homeward march, and I beg leave to ask of
you, in the most respectful terms, and in the name of the regiment, to publish
this note, as well as the order of Gen. Dwight, herewith appended, that our
friends, our wives, and our children may know when to expect us again in our
dear old home, New York.
I am, very respectfully, gentlemen,
Your obedient servant,
1st Lieutenant and Acting Adjutant 6th New-York Vols.
P. S.—We shall have to leave our arms and equipments at New-Orleans.
Will not some of the New-York regiments extend to us the kindness and courtesy
of loaning us their arms so as to enable us to parade in New-York on our arrival?
We shall feel grateful to them if they will.
HEADQUARTERS 1ST BRIGADE, GROVER'S DIVISION,
Alexandria, La. May 14, 1863.
To Lieut.-Col. Cassidy, the officers, non-commissioned officers and privates
of the 6th Regiment N. Y. Volunteers. Special Orders No. 43.--The Commanding-General
of the First Brigade cannot allow the 6th Regiment of New-York Volunteers to
leave the Department of the Gulf and the service of the United States without
conveying to them his high appreciation of their conduct as men, and their
valor as soldiers, during the present movement.
Since the landing of this command at Irish Bend. La., on the 13th of April,
until the arrival at Alexandria, on the 8th of May 1863, an interval in which
the regiment endured the hardships of severe marching, under an almost tropical
sun, and during which they encountered the enemy three times, sustaining well
their reputation for endurance and bravery, The members of the 6th Regiment,
officers and men, carry with them the earnest desire of the Commanding-General
of the 1st Brigade for their future happiness and welfare mingled with regret
that the Government should have lost the services of this regiment, though
the time has arrived for its members to enjoy their well-earned repose. By
Wm. Dwight, Brig.-Gen. Comdg. 1st Brigade.
Wm. B. Hunt, First Lieut. and A. A. A. General.
Billy Wilson’s Zouaves arrived at New York on the Cahawba. Lieut. Col.
Michael Cassidy, of this Regiment, is one of its most efficient officers, and
will be welcomed to Albany by his many friends.
OVATION TO THE SIXTH REGIMENT N. Y. V.
The military and corporate authorities of the City united yesterday in giving
a public reception to the 6th Regiment New-York Volunteers (Wilson's Zouaves),
who arrived in town the day previous from New-Orleans, their term of service,
two years, having expired. At 5 o'clock, p. m. the procession entered the
east gate of the Park and passed in review before the Mayor and members of
the Common Council in the following order: 11th Regiment N. Y. N. G., Col.
Maidhof; 22d Regiment N. Y. N. G., Col. Aspinwall; 6th
Regiment N. Y. V. (Wilson's Zouaves), under command of Col. Wilson; Members
of the Common Council in carriages. Passing out of the west gate the column
marched up Broadway and around Union square to the Fourth avenue, down Fourth
avenue and the Bowery to Broome street, thence to
Broadway and the City Assembly Rooms, in front of which a halt was ordered
and the escort dismissed. Several hundred people assembled in the Park to witness
the reception, and the streets along the route were thronged with men, women,
and children, who greeted the brave Sixth with repeated
cheers as rank after rank filed past. In the evening, the returned soldiers
were entertained with a banquet at the City Assembly Rooms, at which speeches
were made by Ald. Farley, Col. Wilson, and others. The affair passed off to
the satisfaction of all concerned.
RECEPTION Of WILSON’S ZOUAVES.—the Committee on National Affairs
of the Common Council met this morning to make preparations for
the reception of the gallant Sixth Regiment of New York Volunteers, Colonel
Wm. Wilson. The arrangements include a turn out by the military, a review by
the city authorities, and a supper at the City Assembly Rooms. The demonstration
takes place to-morrow.
Col. Wilson paid a visit this morning to his old friends and acquaintances
about the City Hall. He called upon Mr. Valentine and Mr. Roome, and received
a warm greeting from the Aldermen and Councilmen. Accompanying the regiment
is a favorite goat, which the boys took away on their departure Smith. The
old fellow is dressed up in national colors, and has a very happy, contented
The Wilson Zouaves at the Park Barracks.
The Cahawba, which arrived this morning, with this regiment on board, landed
the Zouaves at pier 1, North river, at half-past eleven o'clock, and they marched
at once to the Park barracks, where they will be quartered until they are mustered
out, which will be probably on Saturday of this week.
The regiment returns with over five hundred men, all of whom are in excellent
health and cleanly dressed. Owing to some misunderstanding in regard to the
particular time of their arrival, by the municipal authorities, the formal
reception of them by the city will not take place until to-morrow.
Col. Wilson returns at the head of his regiment, and looks as robust as when
he left the city for the South. About forty of his men remained at New Orleans,
most of them on the sick list. They are expected to arrive here by the next
steamer from that city.
ARRIVAL OF WILSON'S ZOUAVES—THEIR RECEPTION
TO TAKE PLACE TO-DAY.—The Sixth Regiment, N. Y. V., Col. William Wilson's
Zouaves, arrived at this city yesterday on board the steamship Cahawba, from
New Orleans. They landed at about noon, and at once marched to the Park Barracks
to await the formal reception which will be given them to-day. Transferred
to a barge from the Cahawba, the regiment was soon landed at the Government
wharf. Just before landing, one or two policemen were espied by the volunteers,
and, there were derisive, half-humorous cries from the lines, "Watch!" "Watch!" "Police!" The
men were received with cheers, and the "companies formed in regimental
line on the Battery grounds.
The march up Broadway to the Park Barracks was made without music. There was
not a drum in the possession of the regiment, and comparatively few persons
gathered along the line. At the Park Barracks the men were dismissed, with
directions to report to-day to participate in the reception.
The pet of the regiment is a goat, which, when a kid, was taken in charge by
the volunteers. This goat accompanied the regiment in all its marches and battles,
and is neatly caparisoned. The goat is expected to remain at the
Park Barracks, the headquarters of the regiment, till the volunteers are mustered
out of the United States service. Who will then take possession of it is not
Colonel Wilson looks quite well. He is somewhat less fleshy than when he took
his departure from this city; and it should be observed that he has been with
his regiment uninterruptedly—without even the shortest furlough—during
its term of service. He is particularly desirous that the enrollment act shall
be put in force, so that the "saints," as he terms the good people
who stay at home, shall bear their share of the burden. They will bring back
over 500 men, 40 remaining at New Orleans on the sick list. To-day they will
parade, escorted by the Twenty-second Regiment, N. Y. S. M., Col. Aspinwall,
which will assemble for that purpose at 3 P. M., at their regimental parade
ground, and in the evening will partake of a banquet given them by the Corporation
at the City Assembly Rooms.
RECEPTION OF WILSON'S ZOUAVES.—The 6th N. Y. Volunteers (Wilsons Zouaves),
were publicly received by portions of the military and civic authorities of
this City, in conformity with orders. The Zouaves assembled at the Park Barracks,
at 9 A. M., where they remained till nearly the hour appointed for the review.
Throughout the day the space in the vicinity of the barracks was crowded with
the friends and relatives of the regiment, and late in the afternoon the iron
paling inclosing the buildings was mounted by scores of urchins who had taken
that position to get an advantageous view of the regiment as it formed in line.
At noon a slight rain commenced falling, and the sky betokened copious quantities
of that element for the remainder of the day. But, fortunately, the afternoon
passed with only a sprinkling of rain at intervals. At 5 P. M. the Eleventh
and Twenty-second regiments N. Y. N. G., marched down Broadway, and halted
in front of the Astor House.
Shortly afterward the Zouaves formed in line and marched out of the Park by
the western gate, and upon reaching Broadway took their position in the column.
The procession then moved up Park Row and entered the Park at the eastern gate,
and as it passed by the City Hall, was reviewed by members of the Common Council.
A large crowd of people had collected on the esplanade and steps in front of
the Hall, and greeted with deafening shouts the Zouaves as they filed by. The
following was the order of the procession:
11th Regt., N. Y. N. G., Col. Maidhoff.
22d Regiment, N. Y. N. G., Col. Aspinwall.
Sixth Regiment N. Y. Volunteers.
Common Council in carriages.
The line of march was as follows: Up Broadway to Union Square, around the Square
to 4th avenue, down 4th avenue to Bowery, down
Bowery to Broome street, through Broome street to Broadway to City Assembly
Rooms, where the escort was dismissed.
All along the route the Sixth was welcomed by the multitudes gathered on each
side of the way. Col. Wilson rode at the head of his regiment. The numerous
flags on the public and private buildings added much to the brilliancy of the
occasion. In the evening the Zouaves were entertained at a
given at the City Assembly Rooms, by the Municipal authorities. The entertainment
was presided over by Alderman Farley. After the viands had been properly discussed,
Alderman Mitchell rose and paid a fitting compliment to Col. Wilson and the
regiment which he commanded. Col Wilson, in responding, extended the thanks
of the regiment to the authorities for their hospitality, and briefly alluded
to the daring displayed by his men on different occasions.
While the Colonel was speaking, the men clustered around him in such numbers,
and indulged in such vehement demonstrations of approbation, that it was impossible
to catch only a word here and there of his speech.
After remaining an hour in the rooms the soldiers gradually dispersed, giving
Mr. Vesey, the gentlemanly manager of the building, an opportunity to put things
to rights. At 9 P. M., the lights in the main hall were extinguished, which
was the crowning evidence that the festivities, as far as the public was concerned,
(Date-June 14, 1861)
MOVEMENT OF TROOPS IN NEW YORK.
DEPARTURE OF WILSON'S ZOUAVES FOR FORTRESS MONROE.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS AT 63 CLINTON PLACE— PRESENTATION SPEECH OF THE
CHAPLAIN OF THE
SEVENTH--ENTHUSIASTIC REPLY OF COLONEL WILSON—
WILD ENTHUSIASM OF THE SOLDIERS—THEY
WILL DIE OR PRESERVE THE FLAG UNBLEMISHED—
THE GREETINGS OF THE POPULACE—SCENES AT PIER
NO. 2 NORTH RIVER, ETC., ETC.
Although the Empire City has sent forth many brave and fearless citizen soldiers
to fight the battles of the United States, it seemed yesterday that still she
had some equally as brave and fearless to draft off to the camp of Mars, in
the persons of Colonel William Wilson's Zouaves--all staunch fellows, of pluck,
muscle and a large degree of determination, and an unmistakable eagerness for
either a charge with the bayonet or a rough and tumble with the rebellious
enemy. In fact the stuff of which the Wilson Zouaves are composed may be said
to bear a strong resemblance to that mighty element which will not allow tow
or pitch to keep its company long without raising flames. The regiment numbers
eight hundred and fifty men, nearly every one of whom is a brawny, thick set,
hard fisted fellow, ready to pitch into anything and everything which may dare
to obtrude too far on the glory of the old flag or attempt to offer it an insult.
They are all armed with terrible looking bowie knives, and woe to the enemy
who meets them in close quarters, with those formidable weapons to contend
against. The officers of the regiment all seem to be hardy, capable men to
lead such a dashing crowd through a breach or over an intrenchment, although
it might be "Pierced" with a thousand masked batteries. The regiment
arrived from Staten Island, per the Maryland, at the foot of Fourteenth street,
about two o'clock, and proceeded without delay, via Fourteenth street and,
Fifth avenue, to No. 63 Clinton place, where a magnificent silk banner was
to be presented to them by the ladies of the Relief Committee. On arriving
at the house the men were disposed in lines, the officers in front, and a large
concourse of people surrounding the place. Rev. S. H. Weston, chaplain of the
Seventh regiment, accompanied by Mrs. George Strong, who held the banner, proceeded
to present it in the following speech:—
Fellow Soldiers—I say fellow soldiers, for we are all comrades in this
holy war—I have been requested by the fair donors to address to you a
few words on the presentation of this flag. I trust you appreciate this beautiful
flag as thoroughly as I do being allowed the honor of participating in this
interesting ceremony. Fellow soldiers, this standard of our beloved country
is confided to your care. It is a precious charge, for it is an emblem of your
country's integrity and renown. See to it, then, that these stars ever float
over your heads as bright and pure as those above. Preserve its stripes stainless
as the virtuous hearts that tender you this magnificent gift. As it aways to
the breeze of Heaven, let it marshal you to an honorable career. Under its
folds you may win imperishable glory, and write your names in the pages of
history, to be proudly read by your children and a grateful posterity. Tread
with alacrity, then, the path it points out to you. If it lead perchance to
a bloody grave, it is "sweet to die for your country," and all coming
time will hallow your resting place as the bed of glory. You have seen what
a burial has been already accorded to the first martyrs in this war. If you
come back victorious—which God grant—a grateful people will know
how to honor the brave, and hail your return with thunders of applause. Douglass
and the heart of Bruce; Henry of Navarre, on the eve of a tremendous conflict,
bade his soldiers look for the crisis of battle where streamed the white plume
on his helmet. So let this flag wave wherever ebbs and flows the fiercest tide
of war. I need not bid you bring it back with you, for I am sure if you return
you will bear this standard in your midst. The Greeks slain in battle were
borne home on their shields--it was a dishonor to return without them. Remember,
then, the counsel of the Spartan mother to her son, when she presented him
with his buckler:—"With this, or on this." Bring back then,
this starry flag, with out a stain, or let it be your winding sheet. You have
the highest incentive that can rouse the energies of man. You are engaged in
a righteous quarrel, never was there a juster, a holier cause. "Thrice
armed is he who hath his quarrel just." You will contend under this banner
for constitutional liberty; you will help to solve the mighty problem of self-government.
The eyes of the whole world will lie on you. The lovers of freedom in all lands
will watch the strife with tearful eyes and beating hearts. This flag is the
exponent of liberty, the hope of humanity. You will march under no bastard
ensign, with half the starts blotted out, and the remainder wavering in dark
eclipse. No palmetto abomination will flaunt treason over your heads, but above
you will stream the banner triumphant on a hundred battlefields, and under
which out dauntless sires rushed to victory and renown as fellow soldiers,
around these Stars and Stripes cluster our memories and hallowed associations.
Every thread in that dear flag has a tongue eloquent of human liberty; and
reminds you of the priceless legacy bequeathed to you by your fathers. Every
stitch is eloquent of canonized Lexington, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Yorktown.
They adjure you by the memory of your heroic sires—by their suffering,
toil and blood—not to suffer it to be dishonored. Thank God, we have
such a rallying point in this struggle. Its very presence in the fight hallows
the cause and is an earnest of success. Every star that blazes in these azure
folds is worth a hundred thousand men. The ring of your battle cry will be
louder and clearer—your hearts firmer—your arms stronger—where
it leads you on. Its very sight must palsy the hands of the traitors, and blaspheme
it as they may, they hesitate to strike it down. It is like an unnatural son
striking at the heart of the mother that bore him, for beneath its honored
folds were they born, and under its fostering care have they lived and won
all they possess of prosperity and renown. This proud ensign then represents
not only the hopes of the future, but the glories of the past. Every friend
of human progress alive bids it God speed, and if the spirits of the illustrious
departed are permitted to visit the scenes of their early triumphs, then are
the shadows of the mighty dead leaving the skies to witness this conflict—all
the martyrs of liberty, down the track of time, from Marathon and Thermopylae
to Lexington and Concord. You will fight under a cloud of witnesses—both
the living and the dead. But I adjure you, comrades, in the soldier do not
forget the Christian and the man. War too often appeals to the worst passions
of our nature, and tends to deaden the sensibilities, brutalize the heart,
and make even the compassionate cruel. In the heat, then, of victorious fight,
ever remember mercy. Be a magnanimous enemy in the hours of triumph. You may
disdain to ask quarter for yourselves, but never refuse it to a suppliant or
prostrate foe. Let no wanton cruelty stain the laurels you may win. War, at
best, is a tremendous calamity. Add not to its horrors the devilish spirit
of hatred and revenge. It was said of Washington—Liberty unsheathed his
sword, Necessity stained it, victory returned it. In this unnatural strife,
let the pleading voice of humanity be heard even over the roar of battle. Smite
with the sword of the Lord and Gideon when duty commands; but in the flush
of conquest, remember the Divine promise—"Blessed is the merciful
man, for he shall obtain mercy." Above all, remember Him who giveth the
victory. The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
Implore the protection of the God of Battles. You may feel indifferent now.
You will be serious, thoughtful, in the presence of the enemy. You will not
regret then your daily prayers. If your duties are exciting, you may make them
brief. That was a short prayer of the publican—"God, be merciful
to me a sinner."
It was accepted. Imitate the Great Captain when about to rush into a desperate
conflict. You can remember it—"Oh, my God, if 1 forget Thee this
day, do not Thou forget me." Pray, then, yourselves, and dear ones at
home will pray for you. And now God be with you, and bear your shield and buckler
against all your foes, temporal or spiritual, and return you to your homes—conquerors,
for humanity's sake, your country's sake--conquerors for Christ's sake. Amen.
REPLY OF COLONEL WILSON.
Colonel Wilson received the banner from the hands of Mrs. George Strong, and
carrying it into the ranks gave it into the hands of the Color Sergeant.
Colonel Wilson and the Color Sergeant then returned to the foot of the steps,
both grasping the banner of liberty. The Colonel seemed deeply affected,
and his utterance was choked for some time. His wife stood on the stoop,
regarding him with tearful emotion. At length he summoned courage and spoke
I can hardly speak; utterance has been taken from me. When If see my wife,
when I see the ladies of New York city, who have done so much, I have to say
of that flag that I love it better than my wife or child; better than I love
her, my wife, do I love the honor of that flag. For my God first, for my country
next, and for my family next. (Cheers.) I have sacrificed every thing except
my God for that flag—(cheers)—and I do believe as enthusiastically
as the men who went to Palestine to fight, that the man who fights for that
flag, although he dies, he dies holy, and fighting for the Almighty. (Enthusiastic
cheering.) I feel this in my heart; I can hardly speak, for I know not what
I had to say. What I do say I say from my heart, and it is as God directs me—that
this is a religious war. It is a war for the intelligence—for the freedom
of the world—not for this country. (Cheers.) It is a war to protect men,
women and children; that the liberties of the people may be protected in spite
of aristocrats or would-be traitors. (Cheers.) It is not for the glory of fighting
or being the colonel of any regiment that I go forth to fight. It is because
I devote my life to this cause. (Cheers.) I love my wife and child second to
my flag, which I am ready to defend and die for. (Cheers.) The ladies of New
York, God bless them, for they are Heaven-born angels—they have proved
Heaven-born angels to me—to bless and protect the poor traveller as he
passes through the world. They have looked on me as one who was disgraced in
the world—and some of my men bore hard names once. But they are honest
and true. They are nature's noblemen.
(Cheers.) They are such men as those who guarded the liberty of this country—such
as those who guarded the liberties of England, made the King sign Magna Charta—(cheers.);
they are such men as made Rome a republic, and fought for liberty in France.
(Cheers.) They are as the sons of Abraham, who went forth to, fight the Philistines.
I love that flag (pointing to the banner), and though ... upon the torrid,
sandy beach of Pensacola and die there, though I ... the plains of Texas, it
matters not if I go on the ... of Virginia and gain renown, it is well; but
wherever we are told to go, we go there, so long as it is for the honor and
perpetuity of the flag, the freedom of the world and the protection of this
beautiful city of New York. (Tremendous cheering.) That man (pointing to the
standard bearer) will carry that flag, and when he goes another will carry
it who will not be afraid of ten thousand traitors—(cheers)—and
when he dies every man will jump to grasp the flag. (Cheers.) It will take,
however, a good many to kill him, and I don't think the ball is moulded, or
will be moulded this year, to kill either him or me. (Cheers and laughter.)
Ladies, I thank you from the inmost recesses of my heart. I again express every
feeling, in full, on behalf of my gallant officers and my devoted and patriotic
men. (Loud applause.)
The following inscription was on the banner:--
PRESENTED TO THE SIXTH REGIMENT,
COLONEL WILSON'S ZOUAVES,
BY SEVERAL LADIES OF NEW YORK
Quite a novel feature in the day's programme was the presentation, by the Ladies'
Patriotic Association of Trinity parish of a handsome wood pipe and a package
of tobacco to each man in the regiment. The presentation took place from the
private door of the Brevoort House, on the steps of which were the ladies of
the committee. Col. Wilson returned the thanks of the regiment, and was answered
by Mrs. Dr. Higbee on behalf of the ladies, who said, "It affords the
ladies of trinity parish great pleasure to be able to give your soldiers what
they so much appreciate, and they only ask in return that the pipes shall be
smoked inside the captured batteries of the rebels."
The line of march was then formed, and the regiment wheeled into Broadway,
led by a platoon of the Ninth ward police, and proceeded to pier No. 2 North
river, where the steamboat Maryland lay to transport them to the Vanderbilt,
riding at anchor in the stream. The popular thoroughfare scarcely ever presented
a more enlivening aspect on any similar occasion. The carriageway and sidewalks
were perfectly jammed, and the balconies and windows all along the route were
perfectly crowed. As soon as the regiment reached pier No. 2 they found an
overwhelming crowd of persons pushing and crushing about in all directions,
and the scene of enthusiasm presented baffles description. They soon got aboard
the Maryland, and steamed off to the Vanderbilt amidst yells of applause. Several
of the men drew forth their bowie knives and brandished them in high air as
a response, and the wild shouts which rung from their throats told the listeners
on shore that the
Wilson Zouaves did not look much like cowards.
Previous to their departure, Mrs. Jewett, of South Bergen, presented them with
one hundred havelocks from the ladies of that section.
The Vanderbilt was to have got under way last night.
THE WILSON ZOUAVES TO GO IN THE VANDERBILT.
Colonel Wilson's Zouaves, Sixth regiment New York Volunteers, will not leave
for the seat of war today as was anticipated. The steamship Vanderbilt is
being fitted up for the use of the government and will carry off the Zouaves
as soon as the arrangements for her completion are concluded. The Zouaves
are ready and eager for the fray.
This regiment is under orders to proceed to the National capital, but it is
probable that, owing to the recent order from Washington, they will not be
able to get off before the end of the week. The armory was the scene of much
excitement throughout yesterday, hundreds soliciting admission into the regiment.
THE DEPARTURE OF COLONEL WILSON'S ZOUAVES POSTPONED.
Contrary to general expectation Colonel Wilson's Zouave regiment was unable
to leave for the seat of war yesterday. The arrangements for the complete
arming and equipping of the troops could not be made in time to enable the
regiment to start for Washington on the day announced, but it is confidently
expected that the Zouaves will get off to-day without fail. On their arrival
in this city from Staten Island the Zouaves will march to Union square, where
they will be reviewed by Captain Franklin, United States Army. This ceremony
having been gone through with, they will proceed down Broadway as far as
Cortlandt street, and then take the ferry to Jersey City, where a special
train will be in waiting to convey them to Philadelphia. The Zouaves may
be expected to make their appearance on Broadway about noon.
THE WILSON ZOUAVES.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
SIXTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEER MILITIA,
STATEN ISLAND, May 3, 1861.
Many very injurious reports are published in the city papers concerning my
command. Men not belonging to my regiment commit acts for which we are blamed.
Persons representing themselves as in my interest are collecting money, articles
of clothing, &c., avowedly for me. No person is authorized to do business
for, or represent me in any matter connected with my regiment, save Quartermaster
Bradley and Paymaster Peter Duffy. Those two gentlemen have been duly commissioned
to transact all business for my command, and may generally be found at Tammany
Hall. Will you be so kind as not to publish these insulting and scurrilous
remarks that are now circulating in regard to us, which are calculated to injure
the cause for which we are ready to sacrifice our lives. My officers are gentlemen
of standing and military experience, many of them having served in the United
States, English and French armies. My privates are hard working, honest men,
a large portion of whom have seen active service, and I will compare favorably
with any body of men, enlisted here or elsewhere, for order and devotion to
the cause in which they have pledged their services. Their only desire and
anxiety is to be sent immediately to the scene of action.
Wm. Wilson, Colonel.
THE WILSON ZOUAVES.
The Wilson Zouaves have received marching orders, and will take their departure
for Fortress Monroe to-day. The officers and men were busily engaged yesterday
packing up and preparing everything for an immediate vacation of their quarters
on Staten island, which will on their departure be occupied by Colonel Lansing's
regiment, the Westchester Chasseurs. (June 1, 1861)
THE SIXTH REGIMENT.
Dr. W. J. McDermott is the surgeon of this regiment, and ... Dr. W. Wentworth,
as stated yesterday. Parcels for the regiment may be left with Wylie & Wade,
No. 91 Wall street.
THE WILSON ZOUAVES. (June 6, 1861)
Another disappointment awaited this regiment yesterday, caused by the non-arrival
of the rifles promised them by the State authorities. Their departure will
not take place until furnished with every thing necessary for a campaign,
and no member of the regiment would be willing to quit his present quarters
until fully armed and equipped. The officers and men are all anxious to move
forward to the seat of war, but the State authorities have broken faith with
them so often already that they are afraid of being overlooked altogether.
COL. WILSON'S ZOUAVES.
Colonel Wilson's men are waiting with the greatest anxiety for their arms,
which they expect every day. Their drill continues, and the strictest military
discipline is enforced, the consequence is that the men are fast approaching
perfection, and need only their arms to take the field.
The following certificates show that the regiment has been duly received by
the State, and that Captain Seymour, late of Fort Sumter, has inspected several
companies of Colonel Wilson's command, and reported favorably upon them:
NEW YORK, May 1, 1861.
I hereby certify that I have mustered of Colonel Wilson's regiment, five companies
of seventy-seven men each, into the United States service.
J. SEYMOUR, Captain, United States Army,
New York, May 1, 1861.
This is to certify that I have mustered into the State service, ten companies
of thirty-two and more men.
HENRY A. WEEKS,
Lieutenant Colonel, detailed.
STATE OF NEW YORK. DEPOT OF VOLUNTEERS,
NEW YORK CITY, May 1, 1861.
In pursuance of special order No. 91, companies A to F inclusive, have been
accepted, and the regiment has been recognized as the Sixth regiment, with
the following field officers:
Colonel, William Wilson.
Lieutenant Colonel, John Creighton.
Major, William Newby.
Chas. Yates, Brigadier General.
Brigadier General Yates and Assistant Quartermaster General Arthur, at the
request of Colonel Wilson and Quartermaster Brady, visited the island yesterday
for the purpose of making arrangements for suitable accommodations for both
Colonel Wilson's and Colonel Allen's command. They will no doubt be furnished
at an early day.
The Rev. James Roberts, of the Union Theological Seminary, has tendered his
services to act as chaplain to the regiment.
As soon as the men receive their arms they are ready to march.
(May 2, 1861)
THE WILSON ZOUAVES.
This regiment is now fully armed and equipped, and will take their departure
this afternoon about three o'clock, for Fortress Monroe. The men are all
in high spirits, and will gladly exchange their quiet camp life for the more
stirring scenes which are now being enacted in the neighborhood of their
future quarters. (June 3, 1861)
SIXTH REGIMENT NEW YORK STATE TROOPS.
Families of the members of Companies A, B, C, D and E, can have relief Thursday,
July 18, and Companies F, G, H, I and K, on Friday, July 19, from two to
five P. M., at the Board of Officers rooms, over ... market, by H. N. Camp,
George Dixon, Jr., C. H. Phillips, Sixth regiment Relief Committee.
MOVEMENT OF TROOPS.
The transport steamer State of Georgia will sail from the foot of North Moore
street this afternoon, for Fort Pickens. Captain Whiting, Adjutant Heary, Lieutenants
Latham and Denslow, and Ensign Balch, with sixty-four of the Wilson Zouaves
who were left by the Vanderbilt, are on board. United States transport City
of New York, lying at pier 29 North river, will sail with a cargo of coal and
shot for Fort Pickens on Saturday. An opportunity is afforded to send newspapers
to the troops, and packages can be sent to the vessel, or left at the Quartermaster's
office, No. 6 State street.
THE LANDING OF WILSON'S ZOUAVES AT FORT PICKENS.
[From a Fort Pickens letter, June 17]
Twenty-four hours ago our reinforcements were comfortably camped on Rosas.
You probably know more about them than I do. Billy Wilson's regiment got inside
the lights on the 24th, and is now on Rosas Island. As I write, there is a
battalion drill going on, and it looks queer enough to one who has been thirty
years a regular. What the new comers lack in elegance, however, they make up
in muscle. Their advent here was a grand affair, and was as noisy as you can
imagine. Cheers do not describe the extraordinary roars with which every one
of our vessels, and subsequently ourselves, were greeted. I sincerely doubt
whether so many "tigers" were ever before heard in Florida.
Is it any wonder, then, that the regiment should be the lion of the hour? The
debarkation was something whose like I never hope to look upon again. "Three
cheers for Harvey Brown--tiger." "Three cheers for Billy Wilson—tiger." "Three
cheers for General Scott--tiger." "Three cheers for Old Abe--tiger." "Three
cheers for Mr. Slemner--tiger." "Three groans for Old Bragg--tiger." "Three
groans for Jeff Davis—tiger." "Say, old bandy legs, fling down
that fowling piece." "Hold on there, squint eye, them's my groceries." "Pull
that d--d nigger overboard," and a thousand other indescribable phrases
greeted my ear from the crowd, as the Vanderbilt hauled near to let them land.
The two most trying months in the year are approaching us. Czar fashion, Bragg
places more reliance in "Generals July and August" then on his satellites.
He is wise. But we will survive, I know, and survive to capture Pensacola.
We have now a pretty moderate sick list, considering the locality and the circumstances,
and scurvy, which recently appeared to have a design on us, is going away.
Nevertheless the heat is intolerable. There are times when a damp cloth, pressed
tightly to the walls will actually emit smoke. Drilling in the sun has been
abolished, and I regret to see Mr. Wilson's men forced to endure it. Several
invalids belonging to the regiment and to our force have given way before the
scorching influences of a Florida sun, and many of them will be sent home in
FROM SANTA ROSA ISLAND.
We have before us a letter written by Capt. James H. Dobie, Co. G, 6th Reg.
N. Y. S. Vol., dated "Battery Lincoln, near Fort Pickens, Fla., Nov.
19, 1861." addressed to Mrs. Addie Wood, containing the sad news of
the death of Paul Gillings, her brother, and son of Michael Gillings, of
The writer says:
" Probably you have seen and read the account of the battle on Santa Rosa Island
which occurred on the 9th ult. During this fight your brother was killed. He
fell like a true soldier fighting for his country. My Company soon became engaged
with the enemy and a hot fight ensued. I did not see your brother fall, but
found him when returning from the scene of action; he was shot through the
upper part of the body and must have died immediately. I sympathize with you
more than I can find words to express, and I am exceedingly glad to tell you
that a greater favorite of mine is not in my
Company than was your brother. He enlisted by the name of John Gillings, and
ever since the formation of the Company he has borne an irreproachable character.
He gave me no trouble and always did his various duties cheerfully and manfully,
at the same time giving every satisfaction. When I put your brother into the
ambulance his face bore as sweet an expression as when he lived.
" I send you by this mail, under the care of Lieutenant Black, who resides at
No. 286 Bleeker street, New York, as he leaves for New York by this mail, a
small box which came for your brother on the 14th inst., and in which I put
six letters; and also hand to Mr. Black the sum of thirty-five dollars and
thirty-four cents, which our Doctor found upon his person and which he gave
to me as his Captain. Believe me when I again say I feel your loss, and am
very sorry I lost so good a man as your brother."
Col. Wilson, late of Wilson's Zouaves, was yesterday thrown from a carriage
in New York and killed.
THE SIXTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS.
To the Editor of The World:
I desire, through the medium of your journal, to tender to the undermentioned
citizens of New York and vicinity the thanks of the Sixth Regiment New-York
State Volunteer Militia, under my command, for the valuable presentations received
at their hands.
April 24, To Wm. Herrick, for arms, amounting to $344.75.
To Mr. Beekman, for fifty copies Viele's Manual.
May 16, To A. H. Mickle & Son, for tobacco.
May 20, To J. Radway & Co., for one box Radway's Relief.
To Jno. Anderson & Co., for tobacco.
To C. H. Lilienthal, for tobacco, valued at $250.
May 23, To Ladies' Association, for offer of services.
May 20, To Ladies of Albany, for forty havelocks.
To Union Defense Committee, for pants, shirts and caps, amounting to $3,254.
To Thurlow Weed, Esq., $300.
To A Lady, $250.
To Citizens, $80.
To John K. Ford, $500.
To Missionary Church in Mott street, $100.
To Thomas Burns and Mr. Stebbins, for a set of colors, on behalf of citizens
of Staten Island.
To J. W. Corlies & Co., for ten small line officers' swords, sashes, and
To Wm. H. Cromeline, fifteen revolvers, and a field-officer's glass.
To merchants in Cortlandt street, for two cases shoes and two cases hats.
To Enfield Shirt Manufactory, for 1,000 undershirts.
To Bible Society, for Testaments.
To sundry persons for miscellaneous articles.
It would afford me much pleasure to tender my thanks to each particular donor,
but the arduous nature of my duties compels me to thank them in general, as
the representatives of my fellow-citizens of New-York, for the universal sympathy
and good feeling expressed by them for the cause in which I am engaged. Wm.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1861.
WAR MOVEMENTS IN THE METROPOLIS.
THE WILSON ZOUAVES.
EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION—SPEECH OF
COL. WILSON—ACCIDENT TO THE COLONEL.
The Sixth Regiment, Col. William Wilson, visited the city yesterday for the
purpose of embarking on the Vanderbilt on a secret expedition for the government.
At 12 1/2 o'clock P.M. the regiment broke up camp and marched to the landing,
where they embarked on the steamboat Maryland, and, after a fine sail, arrived
at the foot of Fourteenth street. At this place they landed amid a large crowd,
who displayed mutual curiosity to see the well-known regiment. Dodworth's Band
joined them, and, after forming in line, they proceeded on their march, welcomed
by loud huzzas, firing of guns, and the martial music of the band. In perfect
order, and with great precision of march, they proceeded to Fifth avenue, thence
to Eighth street and Clinton place, a halt being made in front of No. 63, where
colors were to be presented. Thousands of spectators witnessed the scene, and
many felt disposed to compliment the hardy and soldierly appearance of the
men. They were uniformed in fatigue gray, and wore white flannel havelocks.
After about an hour's delay, during which the officers partook of a collation
with the ladies and gentlemen at the house, the men were refreshed with lemonade
and cigars by the ladies of the Brevoort House.
The flag presented is a silken regulation standard.
The presentation speech was made by the Rev. Sullivan Weston, chaplain of the
Seventh Regiment. After exhorting them to preserve it in all its purity, he
If you come back victorious--which God grant—a grateful people will know
how to honor the brave, and hail your return with thunders of applause. Henry
of Navarre, on the eve of a tremendous conflict, bade his soldiers look for
the pride of battle where streamed the white plume of his helmet. So let this
flag wave wherever ebbs and flows the fiercest tide of war. I need not bid
you bring it back with you, for I am sure if you return you will bear this
standard in your midst. [Cheers.] Every friend of human progress—alive—bids
it God speed, and if the spirits of the illustrious departed are permitted
to visit the scenes of their early triumphs, then are the shadows of the mighty
dead leaving the skies to witness this conflict—all the martyrs of liberty,
down the track of time, from Marathon and Thermopylae to Lexington and Concord.
You will fight under a cloud of witnesses—both the living and the dead.
But I adjure you, comrades, in the soldier do not forget the Christian and
the man. War too often appeals to the worst passions of our nature, and tends
to deaden the sensibilities, brutalize the heart, and make even the compassionate
cruel. In the heat, then, of victorious fight, ever remember mercy. Be a magnanimous
enemy in the hours of triumph. You may disdain to ask quarter for yourselves,
but never refuse it to a suppliant or prostrate foe. Let no wanton cruelty
stain the laurels you may win. War, at best, is a tremendous calamity. Add
not to its horrors the devilish spirit of hatred and revenge. It was said of
Washington—Liberty unsheathed his sword, Necessity stained it, Victory
returned it. In this unnatural strife, let the pleading voice of humanity be
heard even over the roar of battle. Smite with the sword of the Lord and Gideon
when duty commands; but in the flush of conquest, remember the Divine promise,
Blessed is the merciful man for he shall obtain mercy.
Col. Wlson then took the flag; and, presenting it to his standard bearer, stood
for some time without speaking. At last he said:
I can hardly speak, utterance was taken from me at the sight of my wife, child
and the ladies of New-York, that have done so much for me. I have seen that
flag that I love better than I love my life, better than I love my wife; for
I love my God first, my country next, and my family next. [Applause.] I have
sacrificed everything except my God to that flag. I do believe enthusiastically,
as the men who went to Palestine to fight, that the man that fights for that
flag, if he dies, dies fighting for God Almighty. I feel in my heart, and I
can hardly speak. I know not what I had to say, but what I do say I say from
my heart, and it is as God directs me. This is a war of freedom for the world,
not for this country alone. It is a war to protect men, and women, and little
children; that talent and intelligence, and the liberties of the people should
be respected, instead of an autocracy or would-be dictator. It is not for the
glory of fighting, or being a colonel of a regiment that I fight. It is enthusiastically
that I devote my life to this cause that I love—my wife and my child
only second to the flag—to defend it; to die for it. The ladies of New
York, God bless them--they are ladies. [Cheers.] They are Heaven's angels—they
are as angels that bless and protect the poor traveler as he travels in the
world. They have looked upon me at one time almost as an outcast upon the world.
They have treated me with kindness, and my men that bore a bad name at one
time, but falsely and wrongfully, for they are honest, and they are nature's
noblemen--from such men as gained the liberties of this country, that made
the king of England sign the Magna Charta; such as made Rome a republic, and
made France a republic; they are sons of God; they are sons of Abraham, and
they will show it in the fight. I love that flag, and whether I go upon the
torrid sandy beach of Pensacola to die there by yellow fever, or though I go
upon the plains of Texas to be swept away by the unhealthy blast or with fever
and ague, or if upon the plains of Virginia, it is well; I am satisfied wherever
I go; I go where I am told. We go where we are told, so long as it is to sustain
the honor and the perpetuity of that flag. [Cheers.] The freedom, of the world
and the protection of this most beautiful city of New-York. [Applause.] He
(pointing to his flagbearer) will take that flag, and when he goes another
man will carry it that will not be afraid to meet the foe, and when he dies
every man will jump to grasp that flag, and it will take a good man to kill
him. I do not think the ball is molded, or will be this year, to kill him or
me either. [Applause.] Ladies of New-York--ladies of the Relief Society, especially
Mrs. Smith and the ladies associated with her, I thank you from the inmost
recesses of my heart. I cannot express my feelings, but for me and my gallant
officers, patriotic men, I want you to know you have our heartfelt thanks.
No matter where it is, even in the excitement of battle or dying upon some
sandy beach for the want of water, they will breathe a prayer for you that
you may be happy, for you are kind to them; you have done what you could for
them and it will make us fight gallantly and boldly. We shall die for the cause
or else win. We do not want to come back unless it is victorious. [Enthusiastic
The officers then retook their places. The band commenced playing, and the
regiment took up the line of march. Broadway was crowded, and the spectators
often cheered and clapped hands as they passed by with firm, quick step, and
colors flying. Passing down to the Battery, they entered pier 3, and quickly,
with a commendable promptness which has hardly been equaled by any regiment
previously dispatched, they embarked on board a tug. Two or three seemed unwilling
to go, but Colonel Wilson prudently exercised a little authority in a quiet
way, and a company of soldiers marched them on at the point of the bayonet.
No serious trouble occurred, and the whole affair thus far had passed off in
a highly creditable manner, and with a promptitude and skill on the part of
both officers and men, which any regiment might be justly proud of. Both on
the march and during the exercises they showed themselves to be well drilled
and apt pupils in the soldier's school. The tug bore away for the Vanderbilt
amid great enthusiasm, and much weeping from mothers and sisters of those who
On arriving at the Vanderbilt preparations were immediately made for receiving
the regiment on board that steamer, she being in readiness to depart instantly.
The men ascended up the side of the steamer by the usual rope ladder and
pendant steps, and were partially on board when an accident occurred which
caused a delay. As Colonel Wilson ascended and had reached the deck of the
steamer, when, by some means, he accidentally fell over the side, back upon
the deck of the tug, striking his head upon the planks and causing a contused
wound, which at first was feared to be severe, as the blood flowed freely.
He was taken on board the Vanderbilt and suitably cared for, an examination
resulting in an assurance that he was not dangerously injured. For the present,
however, it was deemed best to delay, and the men were given twelve hours'
furlough. They accordingly returned to the shore, and some went to see their
friends and families, while others visited the liquor shops of West street
and vicinity. Some became rather boisterous, and made considerable disturbance,
two being arrested and taken to the station. Some expressed dissatisfaction
because they have not yet been paid, having only received a written assurance
that the money was due. If the regiment returns this morning to the steamer
at the expiration of their twelve hours' furlough, the Vanderbilt will probably
put to sea to-day.
(World, June 14, 1861)
OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF SANTA ROSA BATTLE.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA, Oct. 11. Colonel ... briefly reported to
you on the 9th inst., that the rebels had landed on this island, partially
destroying the camp of the 6th Regiment of New York, and had been driven
off by our troops. I now report in more detail, the result of the facts.
For the better understanding of the several movements, it may be well to state
that the enemy landed about four miles from this fort, the place may be recognized
on the map by three ponds and a mound, that the Island there is about 3/4 of
a mile wide--that a short distance below it narrows to 200 yards--then widens,
and at the camp the distance across is about 5/8 of a mile, that a succession
of three or four sand ridges run on the sea side parallel to the coast, along
the island and low swampy ground interspersed with sand hillocks, some bushes
and a few trees extend along the harbor side, both shores being a sandy beach.
Wilson's camp is near the sea-coast, and a short mile from the fort. The two
batteries spoken of in this report, and to which he retreated—batteries
Lincoln and Latton--are the ...on the harbor, and the other are on the gulf
side, about 400 yards from Fort Pickens.
About 2 o'clock on the morning of the 9th, I was awakened by the officer of
the day, who reported that a picket driven in, had reported the landing of
60 men on the point. Having little confidence in the correctness of this report
I directed that no alarm should be made, and shortly after he reported that
the alarm was false. About half past 3 he again reported that volleys of musketry
were heard at the camp of the 6th Regiment N. Y. V. I immediately ordered the
roll to be beaten--Maj. Vadges to take two companies and proceed to the spot,
and Maj. Arnold to man the guns on the ramparts. About half an hour after this
time the firing was heavy, and the light of the burning camp seen, and I sent
a staff officer to communicate with Maj. Vadges, who returned very soon, and
said he had fallen in with a large body of the enemy on the inside shore, and
could not find the Major. I immediately ordered Major
Arnold to proceed to support Major Vadges, with two companies, and at the same
time sent an order to Col. Wilson to advance and attack the enemy. I also dispatched
a staff officer on board the steamer McClellan, with orders for him to take
a position opposite the landing place and open on the enemy, unfortunately
at the same time directing him to go to the Potomac, lying near, and ask for
some men to assist him, in case landing was necessary. Capt. Powell directed
him to tow his ship to the scene of action, which so delayed him that he did
not arrive until after the enemy had vacated. Capt. Powell acted from the best
of motives, and under ordinary circumstances from correct principles, but the
result was unfortunate, as the McClellan could have driven the rebel steamers
away, must have made prisoners of most of the invaders.
At the request of Major Arnold, late in the morning, I sent forward a light
field gun, which, however, did not reach him, until after the affair was over.
As I propose only briefly to allude to the volunteers, I respectfully refer
you to the official report of the Colonel of the regiment. The picket of this
regiment and the guards, sustained its principal, if not entire loss, and behaved
well. Captain Daly's company, on duty with the regulars, did good service,
and the Captain is spoken of by Major Arnold in terms of high approbation.
He had two men killed. Capt. Bailey's company was at a battery, and not called
out. He was performing his appropriate duty during the fight.
Maj. Vadges, with Cos. A, 1st Artillery, and E, 3d Infantry, proceeded behind
the Spanish fort, about a mile from this fort, when from the obscurity of the
night, he found himself and command completely intermingled with the enemy.
He was immediately recognized, and taken prisoner—the command devolving
upon Capt. Hildt, of the 3d Infantry, who disengaged his command from their
perilous position, and opened a heavy fire on the enemy, and finally with great
gallantry forced them to retreat, he being supported by Lieut. Seely, my Asst.
Adjt. General, who volunteered for the occasion, with a loss of 10 killed.
Maj. Arnold, at this moment came up, and the enemy retreating, followed on.
During this time Major Sawyer and Lieut. Jackson, whom I had successively sent
on to push forward the Zouaves, succeeded in getting some collected, and Col.
Wilson also advanced, the enemy precipitately retreating. Maj. Arnold, Capt.
Robertson and Lieut. Shipley's companies promptly followed and attacked them;
and as they were embarking, the other companies arriving upon the ground successively.
Capt. Robertson, opened a heavy fire, at short musket range, on the crowed
masses, and Lieut. Shipley, some fifteen minutes later, joined him, and their
fire must have been effective.
This was continued, so long as they were within range, when they got beyond
it, the Major ordered the men to cease firing and to give them three cheers
to which there was no response.
During the time of this occurrence Maj. Tower came up with two small companies
of Zouaves, and subsequently, Col. Wilson, with a portion of his Regiment,
when it was considered that less than 200 regulars, with 50 volunteers pursued
five times their number, four miles and expelled them under a heavy fire from
the Island, they had deserted it. It will, I trust, be considered an evidence
of their having gallantly performed their duty.
The plan of the attack of the enemy was judicious and if executed with ordinary
ability , it might have been attended with serious loss--but he failed in all,
save the burning of one half of the tents of the 6th Regiment, which being
covered with brush was very combustable, and in rifling the trunks of the officers.
He did not reach within 500 yards of either of their batteries, the guns of
which he was to spike, nor within a mile of the fort he was to enter "pell
mell," the fugitives retreating before his victorious arms.
I have now in my possession nine spikes taken from the bodies of the men, designed
for our guns.
Our loss is of regulars, 4 killed, 20 wounded--mostly very lightly—and
8 missing, among whom is Maj. Vadges, of the 6th regiment.
New York Volunteers, 10 killed, 9 wounded, and 16 missing. The enemy's loss,
as know, to us, 14 killed, including one captain; 7 wounded, including one
Lieut. Two have since died, and 5 officers and 22 enlisted men prisoners; and
as he was known to have carried off some of his dead, and probably most of
his wounded, those in our hands being severely so, and unable to be removed,
and as the heaviest loss is supposed to have been in the boats at the re-embarkation,
it was probably three times as great in killed and wounded as I have named.
I close with the agreeable duty of naming to you the officers engaged. I mention
Maj. Vadges first, who unfortunately, was taken prisoner,--to say that as second
in command, and my executive officer, he has efficiently and faithfully performed
Major Arnold, who succeeded to the command after the capture of his superior,
conducted the affair with great gallantry, prudence and ability. He speaks
in the highest terms of Captains Robertson and Hulett, and Lieuts. Shipley
and Seely, and indeed of all the others whose names I gave.
Major Tower and Lieut. Reese, of the Engineers, Lieuts. Duryea, Langdon, Jackson
and Taylor, of the U. S. A., and Capt. Dale of the N. Y. Volunteers, and it
gives me pleasure to recommend them and others to the favorable notice of the
I estimated the force at 1200 to 1500. The two Kedge steamers and a large barge
of equal size and five or six launches, were all crowed with troops, and the
almost unanimous estimate of the officers, is 1500, from personal observation.
I am, Colonel, very respectfully yours,
Harvey Brown, Col. Commanding.
To Col. E. D. Townsend, Asst. Adjt. General.
A week ago last Saturday four companies of Wilson's Zouaves, under command
of Lieut. Col. Mike Cassidy, formerly of Albany, went up the bay to a place
called Milton, fifteen miles from here, on board the steamer Gen.
Meigs. When they got within two hundred yards of the landing place, from some
cause or other the engineer sounded his steam whistle, which gave the Rebels
the alarm, and they left as soon as possible, so that when Wilson's men got
landed and marched into the village, there was only about fifteen of them to
be seen, and they were dressing themselves in citizens' clothes when discovered.
Then they saw Wilson's men advancing, they began to fire upon them from the
upper story of the building where they were quartered; they fired two or three
volleys without any effect, and by that time Wilson's men had got up to the
house, and fired a volley at them, which quieted them; and they succeeded in
taking six of them prisoners, with nine horses. Just then the Rebel Colonel
came up at a gallop. He rode right up to the right of the line, and leaning
over on his horse, pulled out a revolver, and fired six shots, one after another,
right down on our men, not six feet off. He shot one man in the arm, and the
mustache half off another one, just as clean as though it was shaved. One rank
of Wilson's men then fired a volley at him, and he was seen to drop his pistol
and bridle, grasp the horse around the neck with his right arm, clasp his left
hand to his side, and gallop off. It is supposed he was severely wounded. At
any rate he was no coward, if he was a Rebel. He dropped his hat and revolver
as he rode off, and one of Wilson's men brought them along as trophies.
There were fifteen hundred cavalry quartered there before Wilson's went up,
and they could easily have routed Wilson's men if had made a stand. (Extract
from a letter by John J. McBride of 91st N. Y. V., dated June 22, 1862)
RETURN OF WILSON'S ZOUAVES.
THE RECEPTION TO-DAY.
The Sixth Regiment New-York Volunteers, better known as the Wilson Zouaves,
arrived in this city yesterday from New Orleans, by the way of Fortress Monroe,
in the United States steam transport Cahawba.
They arrived at the Battery at about 8 o'clock, and immediately disembarked
and marched to the Park Barracks. Although their arrival was unexpected, owing
to the uncertainty of the time of arrival of the transport, they were still
recipients of some cheering along the route. The regiment remained at the barracks
less than an hour and were discharged, with orders to return for parade at
nine o'clock this morning. The regiment presented a remarkably clean, soldierly,
and hearty appearance, notwithstanding their voyage from New Orleans. They
left the latter city on Tuesday of last week. Col. Wilson looks in excellent
health and spirits. He called on his old friends and acquaintances about the
City Hall in the morning, including Mr. Valentine and Mr. Roome and the members
of the Common Council, and was warmly greeted. The regiment has brought home
with it a favorite goat, which went out with them on their departure South.
The boys have dressed him in the national colors, and he looks very comfortable,
patriotic and happy.
The regiment brings back about six hundred and fifty men. The following are
the officers returning with the regiment.
Colonel William Wilson, Lieutenant Colonel M. Cassidy, Major J. W. Burgess,
Surgeon P. C. Pease, Assistant Surgeons E. Lynch and J. J. Heary, Chaplain
Company A—First Lieutenant O. A. Ruckle, Second Lieutenant W. H. Taylor;
Company B—First Lieutenant V. Vanguson, Second Lieutenant A.
Wallace; Company C--Captain R. H. Hazleton, Second Lieutenant W. Miller; Company
D—First Lieutenant ____, Second Lieutenant T. C. Duffy;
Company E—Captain McWebb, First Lieutenant R. Roddy; Company F—Captain
W. R. Kauffman, First Lieutenant J. Dillowny, Second Lieutenant J. F. Barker;
Company G—Captain J. H. Dobie, First Lieutenant Russell; Company H—Captain
C. E. Henberer, First Lieutenant G. Putnam. Company I--Captain R. Bailey, Second
Lieutenant Charles Wildman;
Company K—Captain H. Heolzle, First Lieutenant J. Entwisle, Second Lieutenant,
The Committee on National Affairs of the Common Council met yesterday morning
for the purpose of making arrangements for the formal reception of the regiment,
which takes place to-day. The programme of arrangements is published in another
column and includes a turn-out by the militia, a review by the city authorities,
and a supper at the City Assembly Rooms.
(THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1863.)
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