84th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry
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FROM T H E ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
More Reviews--The Brooklyn Fourteenth.
N. Y. S. M.
HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Friday, April 10, 1863.
The President still remains with us, and seems determined to see all that there
is to be seen, and manifests a disposition to remedy evils and correct errors,
if, upon a thorough examination of this whole army, there are any to be found.
Yesterday he reviewed a portion of the troops at Belle Plain, and to-day he
will do the same near Stafford Court house.
The spot selected for the review yesterday was one of the most romantic to
be found in a State abounding in picturesque and attractive scenery. The location
is about ten miles from these headquarters, in a southeasterly direction, on
the banks of the Potomac, a short distance below the mouth of Potomac Creek,
where there is a plateau some two miles in length, and extending back one mile
from the river bank, completely shut in by a chain of small, steep hills—which
look as if dropped into their present place from some other sphere as if by
accident, a peculiarity that characterizes much of this portion of Virginia.
No better place could have been selected to give effect to a large force of
troops. Each regiment formed in columns by division, and ready to be reviewed.
The President yesterday, wearied somewhat, doubtless, by his previous rides
in the saddle, rode to the parade-ground in a carriage, accompanied by Mrs.
LINCOLN. Gen. HOOKER, with the usual cavalcade and escort of lancers, accompanied
the President. The only demonstration made on the route was while passing through
a camp of one of the bodies of troops reviewed on Wednesday, where the soldiers
lined the carriageway, and in a familiar, but not insolent manner, asked to
have the Paymaster sent along. The troops reviewed made an excellent appearance,
and the complimentary remarks in relation to those reviewed on Wednesday, in
my letter of yesterday, can be appropriately applied to them. One regiment,
however, attracted particularly the attention of not only the President and
Gen. HOOKER, but, in fact, all others present. This was the Brooklyn Fourteenth
N. Y. S. M., or better known by the soubriquet applied to it by the rebels
in the first battle of Bull Run, as "The Red-legged Devils," because
they fought so desperately. As this regiment passed in review," Splendid," "That
is splendid," was uttered on all sides and it was a splendid sight. The
Seventh New-York, in its palmiest days, never marched better on the Russ pavement
in Broadway, with thousands of the fair sex looking on, inspiring them by their
presence to do their best. The Fourteenth has now for duty about 500 men, but
there are less than 160 of these who originally came out with it; the balance
have re-enlisted since. All in all, no regiment in the service is composed
of better material or is under better discipline. The regiment has been engaged
in some twenty battles and never has been found wanting. Capt. JORDAN, of Co.
A—a worthy officer—has recently been promoted to the Majority of
The rebels across the river are much annoyed by the movement of troops on this
side of the river. On Wednesday, as an offset to our review on that day, they
marched a whole brigade to near the river bank and had a review of their own.
COL. FOWLER AND THE BROOKLYN
MR. EDITOR:--Dear Sir,—I have often noticed in your paper something about
the Brooklyn 14th Regiment, and as the relatives and friends of such are always
glad to hear, through your much esteemed paper, something good about the regiment,
please permit me through your paper to say a word about its Colonel.
I think the regiment has not received credit for half the good it has done
towards putting down this dreadful rebellion; the Colonel, whose name is well
known throughout the Union, having been mentioned so often in reports from
battle-fields has not had the correct title attached to it. I say it should
be Gen. Fowler, instead of Col. Fowler, for I know how deserving the soldier
is of such rank; as to his abilities, he has not his equal below the position
of Major-General. He has been with the regiment since it left Brooklyn, and
has led the regiment in every battle it has been in, and the papers North and
South have already acknowledged that the 14th Regiment of Brooklyn has done
more hard fighting and punished the enemy more than any other regiment in the
army; it will be useless for me to go any farther to make known his abilities
as a Colonel.
Colonel Fowler has much of the time acted as Brigadier-General—at the
battle of Gettysburg he commanded the first brigade, first division, first
army corps. Permit me to say that I have conversed with many prominent army
officers about his conduct, and I firmly believe that he displayed the abilities
of a Napoleon, as he was attacked by a superior force of the enemy, which he
repulsed and captured many prisoners. The second brigade should never cease
to honor him or the success they met with while under his command; such a soldier
should have a higher position than that of Colonel, and as the government is
aware of his fitness for the position of Brigadier
General, it only remains for the citizens of Brooklyn to step forward and make
known that they desire to have him promoted and it will be done. Such a brave
and able officer must be put forward, and I now ask the people of Brooklyn
to show that they appreciate the conduct of the brave men of the 14th Regiment
N. Y. S. Militia, by demanding the promotion of Col. Fowler to the position
of Brigadier General.
By giving the above a space in your valuable paper you will much oblige one
who studies the interest of the Brooklyn 14th Regiment, and is acquainted with
Col. Fowler. G. W. H.
The Wounded of the Fourteenth Regiment.
The following is a list of the wounded members of the Fourteenth Regiment now
in the Satterlee U. S. A. General Hospital, West Philadelphia:—
Private Charles Plant, Co. C.
Private Henry Walters, Co, C.
Private John H. Bradford, Co. B.
Corporal William M. Campbell, Co. H.
Private Jno. Jochum, Co. B.
Corporal Philip F. Brennan, Co. C.
Private John S. Edwards, Co. E.
Sergeant Pat. Flynn, Co. B.
Corporal Jas. Riley, Co. F.
Private W. H. Spear, Co. D.
Private Thos. Tassie, Co. F.
Private James E. Reynolds, Co, E.
Private Michael McCarthy, Co. F.
Private Joseph Eichholz, Co. B.
Company A—Corporal Frederick II. Griffiths.
" Private James Ires.
B—Private David Tenyc.
" Private Curtis H. Woods.
" Private Washington Larkin.
C—Corporal George H. Forrester.
D—Private George H. Atkin.
H—Private Joseph Walton.
I—Private William S. Willard.
K—Sergt. Charles Concklin.
" Private Ludwig Isler.
WOUNDED JULY 1ST, 1863
Sergeant Peter Carberry, both hands.
Private Samuel Byers, left thigh.
Private James Connelly, body.
Private James Gibbs, right shoulder.
Private George Marshall, hand.
Private Edward Moakley, head.
Private Edward O'Connor, left leg.
Private John Ryan, side.
Private Frederick Lang.
Private William B. Whaley, both legs.
Private Charles F. Webber, right hand.
Sergeant Joseph Erkenbrack, arm, slight.
Corporal Francis Gorman, leg, slight.
Private John H. Bradford, arm, slight.
Private Thomas Early, back, slight.
Private Thomas Farrell.
Private John Jochum, neck.
Private James Jauncey, leg amputated.
Private Lewis M. Kellog, neck, slight.
Private John Manley.
Private George F. McIntyre.
Private John G. Potts, leg amputated.
Private James B. Rich, hip serious.
Private Erastus B. Roberts, thigh, since dead,
Private Frederick E. Wright, breast,
Private Joseph B. Martindale, (July 3d.)
Captain Thomas A. Burnett, foot slight.
First Lieut. Harry W. Michell, slight.
Second Lieut. George M. Martin, Head, slight.
Serg't John M. Perry, wrist slight.
Corp. John Lewis, both legs.
Corp. George M. Forrester, breast—since died.
Corp. Philip H. Brennan, left shoulder.
Private Edward McLeer, shoulder.
Private James Woodhead, right foot amputated,
Private Chas. Plant, left hand.
Private Daniel J. Harte, arm and side.
Private Wm. J. Smith, abdomen.
Private John J. Deasey, shoulder.
Private Henry Walters, left arm.
Private George G. St. John, face, slight.
Private James Ward, leg.
Private Thomas C. George, leg.
Private Cornelius Canning, right breast.
Private John R. Robbins, face, slight.
Private Albert M. Chapin, ____
Private Chas. T. Pearce, leg, slight.
Private Wm. B. Magonigle, head, slight.
Serg't James T. Scofield, right arm—(July 3d).
Corp. John C. Brown, foot, slight.
Corp. John F. Young, left knee.
Corp. Enos A. Aretell.
Corp. Theodore P. Brakaw, right thumb amputated.
Corp. James Nesbitt, left arm.
Private John C. Parker, right arm, slight.
Private Thomas J. Georghagan, shoulder, slight.
Private Robert McMillen, leg, slight.
Private Henry Becket.
Private Thos. Healey, right arm amputated.
Private John A. McLarkin, leg.
Private Wm. H. Doney, shoulder.
Private George K. Hackett, leg, slight.
Private George M. Stout, shoulder—(July 2d).
Captain George S; Elcock, side, slight.
1st Lieut. Stephen Manderville, leg, slight.
Sergt. N. E. Carlton, left arm.
Sergt. John Van Beel, left hip.
Sergt. John F. York, right wrist.
Corpl. John Egolf, arm.
Corpl. William Egolf, left foot amputated.
Corpl. Jas. B. Tomsey, right foot, slight.
Cordl. Michael Stubbs, back.
Private William E. Cashaw, foot amputated.
Private J. S. Edward, left hand.
Private William Main, right thigh.
Private Thos. Richardson, left hand, slight.
Private Walter Seaman, leg, slight.
Private Jacob F. Rocker, wrist, slight, (July 2d.)
Private Robert P. Thurston, right leg and arm.
Private Chas. A. Barton, side.
Private John McLarty, supposed killed.
Captain Wm. A. Ballyfoot, slight.
Sergt. John H. Skarren, finger.
Corpl. John H. Horan, arm.
Private, Geo. A. Douglas, body.
Private Robert W. Guy, leg amputated.
Private Chas. Kaiser, body.
Private Jacob Riell, body.
Private Robert W. Welsh, arm.
Private J. H. Connelly, arm, (July 2d)
Corpl. Thos. Healey, head, slight, (July 3d.)
Private Bernard McCormick, spine, supposed dead.
Private Warren B Ruser, breast and arm, serious.
Private Barney Kernan, hand, July 2d.
Sergeant John R. Davenport, head.
Sergeant John Shannon, hip.
Corporal John Jelly, arm slight.
Corporal William M Campbell, head and wrist, July 2d
Private George Klassman, shoulder, slight.
Private William Farrell, hip, slight.
Private Alburtus A. Horton, side.
Sergeant Daniel Lane, leg.
Corporal R. W. Bowers, hand, slight.
Corporal John I. Taylor, leg.
Corporal Rutger Hagerman, leg, slight.
Private Joseph H. Hicks, arm, slight.
Private George McConnell.arm and side, serious.
Private John Cox, arm, July 2d.
Private Charles Brower, left leg.
Private Samuel Hawthorn, left leg.
Private William J Wreford, right leg.
FIELD OFFICERS WOUNDED.
Col. E. B. Fowler, horse slightly wounded.
Lieut. Col. R. B. Jordan, slightly, by spent ball.
Ag't H. T. Head slightly, by spent ball.
MISSING July 1, 1863.--Co. B, Peter Murphy, John McGillan. Co. C, Henry C.
Cook, Julius Soudder. Co. D, Patrick Lee, David L. Wilson, Alfred Lloyd, James
Reily. Co. G, Jacob A. Hallenbcck, Jacob Raab, John Mungerford. Co. H, George
L. Bixby, John F. Myers, George W. Harte. Co. I, Robert Webster.
Wounded.. ... 6, 107
Missing ....... 0, 15
Total 6, 133
(Signed) E. B. FOWLER,
Col. Commanding 14th Regt. N. Y. S. M.
THE BROOKLYN PHALANX (May 1, 1861)
has its headquarters at Musical hall, corner of Fulton and Orange streets.
The men will be armed with Minie rifles, and commanded by experienced officers.
Rations and quarters are furnished, if desired from the time of enlistment.
It is designed to make the corps in all respects efficient, and the liberality
of the Brooklyn public is appealed to in its behalf. The ranks are rapidly
EIGHTY- FOURTH REGIMENT.
The organization of the 84th Regiment, N. Y. S. N. G., under command of Col.
Frederick A. Conkling, was completed on Thursday night by the election of
Capt. Augus Cameron, late of the 83d N. Y. V., as Lieutenant-Colonel; Capt.
Thos. Barclay, late of the 79th Regiment N. Y. V., as Major; James P. Raymod
as Adjutant; Edmund W. True as Quartermaster;
James Norval as Surgeon; James Quee as Assistant Surgeon; and the Rev. Dr.
J. N. McLean as Chaplain. Regimental headquarters have been established at
Lafayette Hall. Gen. Sandford yesterday issued an order designating the officers
of the 94th, who have been commissioned, and directing the regiment to hold
itself in readiness to take the field at an early day.
FUNERAL OF A SOLDIER.—The remains of the late Lieut. Bloomfield, of
Company E. Fourteenth Brooklyn regiment, were yesterday consigned to their
last resting place in Cypress Mills Cemetery. The funeral ceremonies were conducted
at No. 9 Liberty street, by the Rev. Mr. De Hass, who preached a fitting and
eloquent discourse on the occasion. The deceased was wounded in the last assault
upon Fredericksburg, and died from the injuries then sustained. He was a corporal
when the regiment first left home, and participated in every battle in which
it was engaged. He was promoted for good conduct and bravery. The remains were
escorted to the cemetery by the members of the Fourteenth now in the city,
the exempts of the same organization, and the Twenty-third regiment, National
Guard, accompanied by a very large concourse of citizens. A band of music preceded
the military. The police, under charge of Sergt. Boyd, escorted the cortege
to the Four Mile House, on Fulton avenue, where stages were in readiness to
convey the remains and members of the regiment to the cemetery.
THE DRAFT—BROOKLYN 14TH.—It may be interesting to those liable
to be drafted to know in what regiments they will probably be placed, after
being drafted. To such we would sat that, a Captain, Lieutenant and a squad
of men from the Brooklyn 14th are now in the City for the purpose of taking
on the drafted men from our County. It must be gratifying to those who may
be drafted, to know that they will probably be placed in the most gallant regiment
of the army of the Potomac, composed, as it is, of their neighbors and friends.
But, what a contrast is now presented by the action of the Common Council of
our City! Two years ago, they uniformed, equipped and sent out the 14th, to
fight the battles of their Country. Now, when the remaining few of that that
gallant regiment are here for reinforcements to prevent the army from being
overwhelmed by numbers, the Common Council are illegally appropriating a million
to prevent reinforcements being sent.
The Gallant Brooklyn 14th Regiment.
To the Editors of the Brooklyn City News:
GENTLEMEN--Among the list of the 14th wounded at the battle of Gettysburg,
the name of young Corporal Towsey has been published. He has, I believe, been
in every battle that has been fought by the Army of the Potomac, and as an
evidence of the noble and self-sacrificing spirit which has animated him from
the beginning of his career as a soldier, and which doubtless predominates
in the ranks of that indomitable Regiment. I will briefly relate of him a fact
that, is eminently worthy of record.
Learning that efforts were being made by his father (Major Alexander Towsey,
one of the oldest and most respectable residents of Brooklyn) and other influential
friends to obtain for him a commission, he peremptorily declared that he had
no desire for promotion except such as he might win by his services in the
field, and that his ambition was to rise by merit alone.
Such instances, gentlemen, of manliness and unselfishness are rare in any condition
of life and as your journal is the recognized friend of true valor and genuine
nobility of soul among all classes and all ranks—civilians as well as
soldiers—I respectfully crave for this communication a place in your
always instructive and interesting columns.
Yours, &c., L.
Brooklyn July 20th, 1863.
Camp of the 14th N. Y. S. M.
Near Herndon, VA., June 18th, 1863.
EDITOR DAILY TELEGRAPH:—I suppose you know by this time, by my letter
in the Daily, that our army has moved.
We left camp on the morning of the 12th at 2 A. M. Marched in the direction
of Warrenton. We marched twenty-five miles this day and encamped on the right
at Deep Run, twelve miles from Falmouth. The weather was very warm and sultry,
and the men suffered severely from sore feet. The dust was perfectly awful.
On the 13th we struck tents at 7 A. M., on the same road, and encamped for
the night about two miles from Bealeton's Station, on the Orange and Alexandria
Rail-road. The General put us through this day, marching us two and three miles
at a time through the hot sun, without a rest. Our doctor was putting us under
arrest for giving so many passes to the men who were "played out."
On Wednesday, the 17th, we left at 4 A. M., marched along the Chantilly road
and within two miles of Dranesville, eight miles from Leesburg, where we learned
that Lee was at the latter place with a strong force, Bragg having joined him
here. Our force was too small to attack him, so we countermarched and came
to this place, near Herndon, on the Loudon and Hampshire Rail-road, eight miles
from Edward's Ferry—the place where the murder of Ball's Bluff took place.
We reached here about 3 P. M., and encamped for the night, and was to march
this morning, but the order was countermanded and we put up our tents and may
stay here all day. We have marched over 95 miles since we have started, through
dust six inches deep and the sun coming down red hot. You could fill a canteen
with cold water and in ten minutes time it would be like hot water. A great
many officers and men were sun struck on the route. One of Gen. Wadsworth's
staff fell off his horse sun struck.
I saw Travis and George Chandler near Bealeton's Station, with their wagons.
The 124th lost 3 killed and 17 wounded in the fight at Kelly's Ford, on the
Rappahannock, recently. Who they are I have not learned. Where the 36th is
I do not know, as they were at the banks of the river when we left.
We have had only one mail since we started, and the carrier of that was shot
by guerrillas, but they were captured and the mail taken from them, and then
they were shot.
In my last letter I left off at Herndon Station, on the morning of the 18th.—
We remained there all day, but no orders to move came. We had quite a thunder
shower this night. On the 19th we moved at 11 o'clock, but only marched about
4 miles, when we encamped near Gilford Station, alongside of Broad Run, Loudon
County. The railroad bridge over this creek was burned by the rebels last summer,
as also was another some miles below;—the track is also torn up. The
rebel cavalry was here only two days ago. We remained here all day on the 20th—we
had a hard thunder shower last evening.
On the morning of the 21st we received orders to pack up, but have not yet
moved. Cannonading can be heard in the distance—supposed to be near Leesburg.
We got our first mail in seven days this morning. When in camp we get the New
York papers two days after they are printed, for 10 cents. The part of Virginia
we are now in is splendid, but the parts we came through to get here were awful;
nothing but a vast road. Our camp, while here, is in a low lot, alongside of
The Christian Commission of Brooklyn at Work--They take care of the Sick and
Wounded, and particularly those of the 14th Regiment--The rebel Wounded and
their opinion about the War--The rebel officers on the Result of the Battle.
Mr. S. M. Giddings, a delegate of the Christian association of Brooklyn, just
returned from the battlefield of Gettysburg, furnishes us with the following
interesting particulars in relation to the great battle:
The commission has been at work among the wounded since the battle, and the
14th regiment was particularly attended to by them, although the 14th doing
well, except John Weston, whose arm had been amputated and was in a dying state.
Some dozen or so had suffered amputation, but every one was in good spirits,
and are with those less badly injured in a fair way of recovery. All speak
in the highest terms of the 14th as to their bearing and gallantry. There are
still thousands of wounded in the woods in hospital tents, but there is no
suffering that can possibly be prevented.
The Christian Commission have one hundred and twenty delegates on the field
who are constantly employed attending upon the wounded and providing them with
necessaries. They had the first car load of stores on the field.
Most of the rebels Mr. Giddings conversed with, acknowledged that their cause
is more hopeless now than it ever was, and many stated that they were tired
of the war, and would willingly take the oath of allegiance and remain here,
and even join our armies, were it not for their families in the South.
There are from 6,000 to 8,000 rebel wounded still in the hospitals. All who
were able to walk have been sent away.
The stories so persistently circulated that the people of Gettysburg were disloyal,
Mr. Giddings pronounces to be false. He states that, with scarcely an exception,
every house in the city is thrown open to the wounded as well as to the delegates
who came there to assist.
The rebel officers and surgeons with whom he conversed, state that they thought
themselves invincible. Even after the second day's fight they had no doubt
that on the third day they would completely defeat and scatter our army. They
said that if it had been possible for men to succeed, they would have succeeded
in the charge of Friday, but that no human beings could withstand our troops
on that occasion, and that they for the first time, broke and fled. The rebel
officers knew that General Hooker was not in command from the manner in which
the troops were handled. They were under the impression that General McClellan
had charge of the Union army.
As an evidence of the fearful fighting, Mr. Giddings states that he saw a tree,
not larger than an ordinary sized man's body, which was perforated with more
than two hundred bullet holes.
THE BROOKLYN FOURTEENTH.
In a volume entitled, "The Bivouac and the Field, or Sketches in Virginia
and Maryland, by George F. Noyes, Captain U. S. Volunteers," just out
from the Harpers, the "Brooklyn Fourteenth" have frequent mention.
They appear to have been famous in the Army, not only for their fighting qualities,
but for their ingenuity in making themselves comfortable in camp. Here is a
About this time we were joined by King's division. With it came the red-breeched
Fourteenth Brooklyn, a regiment reminding one of the gamins de Paris in the
freedom of their manners and genius they displayed in appropriating to themselves
whatever they needed for their personal comfort. They brought with them some
bundles of counterfeit confederate notes, and soon became excellent customers
at the Fredericksburg shops. On entering they usually accosted the proprietor
Do you take this Confederate stuff here? We don't think it good for anything,
but if you choose to receive it, we'll make some purchases."
Shopkeeper (indignantly)--"Those notes will buy anything in my store,
And so more than three thousand dollars changed hands, another illustration
of the elevating influence of the war."
No doubt this is unconstitutional, but the rebels will get small pity.
Of course the enemy's p... are scared, but sometimes an accident turns ...
into pork, and then--
'Hallo, my man! where did you get that pork?' called out our major .... soldier
staggering along with something wrapped up in his shelter tent, and crimsoning
.... as he passed.
'It Isn't pork, sir, it is tomatoes; you don't know, sir, how hard it is to
tell pork from tomatoes in this country.' The major, a pleasant hand at a joke
himself, was conquered at once, and did not press his inquiries."
A a poor, frightened rebel soldier, taken prisoner on the Rappahannock in a
skirmish "seemed quite overcome by his late experiences, and stammered
out, 'Why, gentlemen, I never was so frightened in all my life! How much better
you all are dressed than our officers! Have you got any whiskey?' "
From the "Brooklyn Fourteenth"—A Private Soldier's Opinion.
We have been favored with the following letter from a private of the "Brooklyn
Fourteenth," which although not furnishing any later news than has been
already received will be found interesting, as an indication of the feeling
of the privates in the Army of the Potomac.
CAMP WADSWORTH, VA., May 25
There does not appear to be any sign of a forward movement at present. The
14th has been doing picket duty on the banks of the Rappahannock, at the exact
spot where we crossed on the memorable 29th of April last. We have had quite
frequent talks with the "rebs." and we find that the rebel soldiers
are more anxious that the war should be brought to a close than one would suppose.
They say if it was left to the privates, it would be ended without much more
fighting. It may seem strange, but it is true that the northern men in the
rebel army are the the most bitter against the Federal Government. I was talking
to a couple of rebel soldiers, who formerly were Brooklynites, and to hear
them say that they would like to see New York and Brooklyn laid in ashes, you
could not blame a fellow if he shot them down out of hand. People may talk
and make as much fuss as the please about the courage of the '"rebs." but
if the men coming from the North, were out of their army, it would not take
a great while to settle this difficulty, if the Government really desired it.
I think if Hooker had followed up his advantage when he was at Chancellorsville,
he could have wiped out the Secesh. That is the opinion of most of corps commanders
and of the army as a general thing. "Joe Hooker" is a fighter, but
can't handle a large army. He is splendid with a division, or a corps, but
he cannot handle the Army of the Potomac. It is too large for him. Nor has
the army that confidence in him which they ought to have in a General-in-Chief.
There is considerable excitement at present in our regiment. The privates claim
to be two years men, but the officers say that they have enlisted for three
years. The old members of the regiment held a meeting the other day and appointed
a Committee to wait on the Secretary of War about it, and ho told them they
were two years troops, but he did not tell them they were entitled to their
discharge. The recruits feel much dissatisfied at this state of things, as
we were led to believe that we were enlisted only for the unexpired term of
the regiment. What we fear is that if the old members get their discharge,
we who remain will be transferred to some other regiment. This we do not like.
I have read the copperhead speeches held at the late meeting, in New York.
The majority of the army think that a copperhead or any other head, would look
much better out here with a musket in their hands than they do creating a disturbance
in the City of New York. Them's our sentiments.
We are all in good health out here, thank Heaven. Yours,
THE BROOKLYN PHIALANX.
The Brooklyn Phalanx, now at South Brothers Island, will leave by boat for
Fort Schuyler this morning at 11 o'clock. There are likely to be some complaints
in this regiment, occasioned by delay in furnishing them with clothing and
equipments,, as their own are beginning to give out. Something must be done
immediately, or discontent may ensue. Although this regiment has been mustered
into the United States service direct, they have had no assistance whatever,
except their rations, from the Government as yet. Contractors stand ready to
do their part. They only need the word of command from the proper authorities
to change the condition of things.
July 10, 1861
The Fourteenth Regiment.
Immediately upon the receipt of the President's Proclamation calling for more
troops, Mr. S. B. Chittenden placed at the disposal of Hon. M. F. Odell the
sum of $10,000, to be disbursed in bounties of $50 each to two hundred recruits
for the Fourteenth Regiment. The act was well considered, and, as the result
shows, well directed. The Fourteenth Regiment is one of which the people
of Brooklyn are deservedly proud. It was among the first to enter the army
for what seemed at that time the defence of the national Capital, and it
has since been unfaltering in its service in defence of the national life.
Visitors to the old battle-field where occurred the first great struggle
of the war report that they found the graves of the Fourteenth's boys in
the farthest verge of our advance. They had been buried where they fell.
And the flag which waved in the extremest van on the disastrous day of the
first Bull Run has been borne always steadily and bravely in nearly every
important battle which has since been fought in the East.
The present commander of the regiment, Col. Fowler, assured us, when recently
in the city, that there is no regiment in the army more thoroughly toughened
and disciplined than his own. It was desirable, therefore, that its numbers
should be recruited by men of a character which would keep up the standard,
and who, after having been thoroughly assimilated, would make the regiment
equal in effectiveness as well as in numbers to its old strength.
This object was effected by the extra bounty so promptly offered. Owing to
unavoidable delay, the arrangements for opening a recruiting office were not
completed until about the first of December. Since that time two hundred men
have been enlisted, have received the bounty and been sent to the rendezvous.
Military officers of experience and judgment pronounce these recruits to be
worthy of the regiment they join, and their former Colonel regards with pride
such an addition to his old command. In the period of about four weeks by the
aid of the extra bounty, this single regiment has received nearly one-fourth
of the men recruited in the city, all of them being above the average in point
of physical fitness, intelligence, and good character.
The practical result of this prompt and timely effort is of great significance.
Had the example we have quoted been followed by such of our fellow-citizens
as are abundantly able, Kings County would to-day be exempt from the draft,
and would have secured an honorable distinction before the country, besides
making a contribution of immense value to the Great Cause.
A PURITAN VIEW OF H. WARD BEECHER'S
[From the Bestin Courier of June 4]
Captain Albert S. Ingalls, of the Union Guard, of West Cambridge; Lieutenant
Foster, of the Union Guard, or Newburyport, and Captain Lindsay, of the Milford
company, all of whom left here with their companies on Friday afternoon to
join the Brooklyn (N. Y.) Phalanx, returned here yesterday, having found this "Beecher" corps,
in the language of one of the returned captains, "an unmitigated humbug" the
facts connected with this affair are substantiated as follows:—On Friday
last the Governor received a dispatch from New York, signed by Rev. Henry Ward
Beecher, stating that if three Massachusetts companies could be allowed to
go to Brooklyn, they could have an opportunity to join the Phalanx regiment,
and go into active service. Relying on the terms of this despatch, these companies
were permitted to proceed there, and with remarkable promptitude they all left
during the evening. The Weborn Phalanx had an opportunity to go in place of
one of the other companies, but Capt. Winn distrusted the promises contained
in the despatch, and the company very wisely decided to ask for further time.
Lieut. Grammar was detailed to go on and see how the Brooklyn regiment looked.
On Saturday he sent a despatch to Capt. Winn, saying—"You were right
in not coming."
The Milford company was the first to arrive in New York, having gone on via
the Worcester and Norwich route. They were received by Lieutenant Beecher,
son of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, and by Captain Foster, of the so called Brooklyn
Phalanx. Proceeding to the Astor House, they partook of a breakfast provided
by Mr. Aaron Claflin, of New York, formerly a resident of Milford. The West
Cambridge company also breakfasted at the Astor House, and when the officers
called for the bill they were informed that it had been settled, but by whom
they did not know. After breakfast the companies marched to Brooklyn and took
up quarters in the armory of the Fourteenth regiment, where they now remain.
They left home with the expectation of going immediately into active service,
and were greatly disappointed at the discovery that no such regiment as the
Brooklyn Phalanx were ready to go to the war, and that if such an organization
had an existence even, the chance of its being mustered into the United States
service depended upon the influence which Rev. Henry Ward Beecher was expected
to exert at Washington.
The officers state that they did not see as many men of the so-called Phalanx
as composed a single one of the Massachusetts companies, and they are strongly
of the opinion that the whole thing is a myth. It is quite certain that the
organization was started by the Union Defence Committee of New York, whose
proceedings have greatly embarrassed the State and general government, and
that the reports in the New York papers respecting the organization have greatly
misrepresented the facts.
A statement of the actual condition of affairs was made to Governor Andrew
by the officers, and arrangements were at once concluded by which the several
companies will be recalled home, and sent into quarters at Port
Warren, with the assurance of the Commander-in-Chief that they will be ordered
into active service at the earliest possible moment. The officers returned
to Brooklyn last night, and the arrival of the troops may be looked for on
Wednesday morning. The companies have become attached to each other, and desire
to be formed into a battalion.
THE THREE COMPANIES SENT TO BROOKLYN.
[From the Newburyport (Mass.) Herald, June 4]
The Newburyport National Guard, together with the companies from West Cambridge
and Milford, appear to have been completely sold on their excursion to Brooklyn.
Henry Ward Beecher—by what authority does not appear—telegraphed
to Governor Andrew for three companies to complete a regiment at Brooklyn.
They at once proceeded there by permission of the Governor, anxious to get
into service. In Brooklyn, on Monday, they found no regiment to join. Having
no hopes of obtaining service, or having the men paid there, Lieutenant Foster,
with the captains of the other companies, returned to Boston to consult Governor
Andrew, and the companies will return to Boston and go into camp at Fort Warren
July 27, 1861
THE KILLED, WOUNDED, AND MISSING, OF THE FOURTEENTH REGIMENT.
The following is an official list of the killed, wounded, and missing, of the
14th (Brooklyn) Regiment, as furnished by the Hon. M. F. Odell, of the old
COMPANY A.—Killed—Martin Frank, James Keating, Robert Simmons.
Missing—Michael Kelly, John Mark, James Murray, Robert Pomerick, William
Burns, George Caffrey, James Donnelly, Michael Donnelly. William M. Farrell,
William McCauley, Andrew Mackey. George McLaughlin, George O'Hara, Fulgence
Perry, 1st Sergeant James Cully.
Wounded—Capt. Robert B. Jordan, Privates Thomas Morrow
and Harris Bogert.
COMPANY B.—Missing—Thomas J. Fagan, Robert Bold, John Bradley,
George W. Blake, William Blydenburg, William Dakin, Stephen Hastings, Henry
Jakes, Thomas McMahon, William Murray, Michael Stackpole.
Wounded—Sergt. John J. Bradshaw, slight; George E. Baldwin,
slight; Abm. Dixon, musician, slight.
COMPANY C—Killed—Augustus J. Brown.
Wounded—Henry Amos Isaac Snyder, James McLear, and Philip Deghall.
Missing--Joseph Darrow, Anthony Cook, Frank Howland, James Mchenry, Conrad
Ten Eyck, Joseph Campbell, Alex. Gerand, Charles Renouf, Alfred Woolstencroft,
Henry Ames, Isaac Snyder.
COMPANY D.—Wounded—Capt. C. F. Baldwin, Lieut. J. A. Jones, Sergeant
Charles Hulse, Private E, M. Hicks.
Missing—Sergeant Henry Holmes, Corporal John Harriday, Corporal M. E.
Ostrander, Private George W. Bennett, Wm. L. Mansfield, T. J. Bearne, William
Revere, J. F. Warner, John Down, John Miner, A. B. Tickner, George W. Dwenger,
J. H. DeGraff, W. T. Williamson, Wm. H. Van Horn.
COMPANY E.—Killed—Co. C. Schell, R. Scott, W. P. Wade, P. McManus,
Supposed Killed—G. E. Davenport, A. Copley, C. H. Rogers.
Missing—M. Ten Eyck, F. Hardiman, L. T. Wiggins, J. Marting,
M. Stone, Stiles Middleton, J. Ryan. Corporal B. F. Middleton,
R. Howen (slight), A. Harvey (slight), J. H. Perry, jr.
COMPANY F—Killed--Charles Kelly, John Fay, Henry Mastanus, Ernest Seidel,
Simeon H. Richardson. Wounded—James McGaney, Charles Leise, Alfred Lechak,
Richard Morrow (all slight).
Missing--Corporal August Thiers, Corporal, Chas. R. Prescott, Privates Jacob
Dietz, Herman Bristol, Henry Schmidt, Timothy O'Sullivan, Charles S. Thompson,
Felix Cuscaden, Robert Adams, Medore Passineault; lst Lieutenant R. Salter.
COMPANY G—Wounded—John Shanley, Stephen De Wort, Wm. Keenan, Alfred
Parrier, David Maurey, Capt. Garwood Plass.
Missing—2d Lieutenant Rollin A. Goodenough; 1st Corporal William Stewart;
Privates John Gillen, Wm. Stapelton, Edward Degan, Francis Lowrey, Warren B.
Raser, Thomas McCluskey, Charles Simons, Ed. Ennis, Thomas Graham, James Larkin,
Ed. Gunigle, John Shanley.
COMPANY H—Wounded—John Smith, Thomas McCarthy, John F. Rhaude.
Missing—John Jelly, George W. Bliss, Peter T. Kennane, Frank W. Richmond.
COMPANY I—Killed—S. H. Richardson, Louis Francis; Corporal John
Wounded—James McGraham, H. H. Winstonters, Lieutenant B. D. Philips.
Missing—Asa B. Smith, John Quade, 1st Lieutenant Clayton Scholes.
A number of those reported as missing are already in Brooklyn.
VOLUNTEERING IN KING'S COUNTY.
The Supervisors' Office open for Recruiting—The Fourteenth Regiment
Special Bounty Nearly Full, etc.
The Supervisors have now opened their bounty office for recruiting purposes,
with all the appurtenances of mustering officer, surgeon, and guard, and recruits
may now be enlisted here and receive their entire bounty in fifteen minutes,
instead of being guarded hither and thither about the city, from one office
to another for hours, and may be certain of receiving all their money without
t h e intervention of any sharks or sharpers who infest other recruiting places.
At noon to-day the mustering officer had not yet been sent over by Gen. Hays,
but it was understood that Capt. Boylan would be appointed. The surgeon is
Dr. McDermott, of the Sixty-sixth Regiment. The guard consists of a detachment
from the Sixty-sixth Regiment, Colonel
On Saturday, nineteen men were paid the County bounty, making the entire number
recruited here 858, to which may be added nine recruited this morning. The
total number recruited for the Fourteenth Regiment is now 197, of whom five
were enlisted on Saturday. Three more fill the two hundred to whom Mr. S. B.
Chittenden's special bounty of $50 each was offered. Will not some wealthy
men come forward and aid the filling of the quota by a like liberality?
It is probable that the branch office of the Supervisors' Bounty Committee
in the Eastern District will be abolished, as it has not thus far by any means
fulfilled what was expected of it. On Saturday, six men were there enlisted.
Capt. Maddox, the Provost-Marshal of that district, on whose representation
that office was started, has now opened at his office a recruiting station
for Queens County, and the other day took in twenty men. While he is working
for another county, the policy or usefulness of a branch bounty office for
Kings County, relying for its usefulness on the recruits from his office, may
At General Spinola's office, on Saturday last, eight men were enlisted, and
this morning four. Business at all the recruiting offices this morning is very
The Supervisors will probably bring up to-day, in their annual meeting, a resolution
granting $10 premium for each recruit to agents.
Only one case has been acted upon since our last report, that of James M. Turton,
who was exempted on the ground of physical disability.
... in the Reception of Colonel ... Wood.
...CIL OF BROOKLYN TO MEET HIM ...IA IN A BODY AND ESCORT HIM
The news of the release of Colonel Wood and his arrival in Baltimore created
the most lively excitement in Brooklyn last evening, and nothing was talked
of in places of public resort except the manner in which his return should
be received by the citizens at large. The members of the various fire companies
in the city met at their engine houses and commenced preparations for a grand
ovation to the returning soldier. The committee appointed at the citizens'
meeting, held last week, have invited all the civic and military associations
in the city to turn out on the occasion, and a number of them have signified
their intention of so doing, and affirmative answers are expected from all
the others. At the meeting of the Common Council, held last evening, a telegram
was received from the Hon. Moses F. Odell, stating that Colonel Wood was
expected to be in Washington on that evening, and in connection therewith
Alderman Strong offered a series of resolutions, which were immediately adopted
complimentary to Colonel Wood, and agreeing to proceed in a body to meet
the latter at Washington, or wherever else it may be deemed proper. One thousand
dollars have already been appropriated by the Common Council.
RECRUITING FOR THE BROOKLYN FOURTEENTH.
About two hundred recruits have been recently added to the ranks of the Fourteenth
Regiment, but as this number does not fill them to the original standard, efforts
are now being made to accomplished this result. With this laudable object in
view, Capt. George S. Elcock and Lieut. A. F. Ackley, of Company B, 18th regiment,
National Guard; have secured the use of room No. 168 Fulton street, next to
the corner of Orange street, where they are all able-bodied men who desire
to attach themselves to this glorious organization, as well known in Dixie
as in this city, and which has made its mark on many a hard-fouget battle field.
It is the duty, and should be the pride of every citizen to aid pecuniarily
and otherwise in filling up the regiment to the maximum number. Recruits should
make early application as above, or at the City Armory, corner of Cranberry
and Henry streets.
Special Correspondence of the Sunday Mercury.]
FOURTEENTH REGIMENT, N. Y. S. M.
HEADQUARTERS. CO. I, CAMP MARION,
UPTON'S HILL, October 15, 1861.
To the Editors of the Sunday Mercury :
Two weeks or more having passed since last I wrote you I thought I would just
try and let you hear from the regiment again. Since my last to you, we have
had plenty of picket duty, which, though rough, the majority, I think prefer
rather than being stalled in the camp, or at work in the trenches. We of the
right wing of the regiment, had four days and nights picket duty—three
in succession. On our return we found our tents had arrived, with our knapsacks,
THE BROOKLYN DAILY TIMES.
WEDNESDAY EVEN'G, APRIL 13.1864.
[ Written for the Brooklyn Times.
T h e "Fourteenth" at "Second Bull Run."
BY SERGEANT JOHN F. YOUNG.
Listen, friends, to my tale of War.
Where bullets whistle and cannon roar;
Where shrieking shells hum thro' the air,
Striking the foe with mortal fear.
With cannon notes the bugles sound,
From hill to hill the notes rebound;
And long before the echoes die,
The horsemen mounted onward fly.
Dashing on batteries through the smoke,
With carbine shot and sabre stroke;
The gallant troopers cut their way,
Proud victors of the bloody fray.
Formed all in line abreast a wood,
The brave Potomac Army stood;
Upon the left in fierce array,
Was "Brooklyn's own," hot for the fray.
A lull ensued—all sounds had ceased,
Save orders from orderlies released;
Ordered out upon the front,"—
The "Fourteenth" moves to bear the brunt.
Position scarcely had been gained,
When the "Louisiana Tigers," famed,
As gamblers, thieves and desperadoes,
From their covert upon us move.
Then quickly as a lightning's flash,
Upon our lines they fiercely dash;
But with a well directed volley,
They lie in scores, 'side pine and holly.
A quick return, and comrades fell,
Who never will the story tell;
Embittered; maddened at the sight,
We grasped our trusty rifles tight,
And with one loud defiant yell,
Charged full on them 'mid shot and shell,
The charge was fierce; they could not stand
Before proud Brooklyn's noble band;
Which never yet was known to yield,
To Southern traitors on the field.
Impulsively we charged ahead,
Fearlessly through shell and lead;
With our brave Colonel us to cheer,
We could not hesitate or fear.
Approaching close a wooded hill,
At whose base ran a silvery rill,
Another storm of shot and shell,
Combined with an unearthly yell;
Rolled forth that sultry afternoon,
To the "twelve-pounder's" fearful tune.
We fought like tigers held at bay,
While fierce and fiercer grew the fray:
Trebly outnumbered, held our ground,
The dead and dying strewn ground,
The noble band was growing small;
Comrades here and there did fall,
With no friends by to shed a tear,
Over the forms of them so dear.
Suddenly the left gives way,
And turning quickly leaves the fray,
Stubbornly "Brooklyn" deigns to yield,
Face to the foe, they leave the field.
They leave a field with patriots filled,
Whose blood has been for Freedom spilled;
The noblest blood the land e'er bore,
Or ever crossed from foreign shore.
To right, to left, and all around,
Humanity's sad sufferings sound;
Here lies the widow's fair-haired son,
The veteran there with laurels won.
Bodies lying as they fell,
Pierced through by shot and shell;
Some are gasping for life's breath,
More are sleeping sweet in death;
The moans that rise ascend to heaven—
To some relief— in death—is given.
Now draw a veil o'er this sad scene
As the moon rising shed her sheen
Down on the bloody field of strife,
O'er silent dead, and suffering life.
THE RECEPTION OF THE FOURTEENTH REGIMENT.—The Brooklyn Fourteenth regiment,
having received permission of the Government to come home for the purpose of
recruiting, are expected to arrive in this city to-day.
The regiment numbers 262 men. When they left Brooklyn they numbered nearly
1,100, although several hundred have been recruited since.
They have participated in about twenty battles and skirmishes, and their ranks
have been greatly reduced, not only on account of casualties but by desertions,
as large numbers are in the city now who should be in the ranks.
A meeting of the military men of this city was held at the Armory, corner of
Cranberry and Henry streets, yesterday afternoon. Several thousand persons
were present, and the greatest anxiety was manifested. The main drill-room
was thrown open, and it was soon filled, while hundreds remained on the sidewalks.
There were present Maj.-Gen. Duryea, Brig.-Gen. Crooke, Col. A. M. Wood, (who
commanded the regiment at the battle of Bull Run,) and other officers and members
of different regiments, all anxious to do honor to the gallant Fourteenth.
Gen. CROOKS mounted a box and spoke to the assemblage. He stated that it was
a settled fact that the Fourteenth would come home, but did not think they
would be here to-night. He favored a reception such as they deserved, but did
not feel ready to take the responsibility of ordering the brigade out, as there
was a penalty for ordering a parade on the day of a general election, or five
days preceding. He suggested; however, that the militia should come together
by companies, and their officers would be present to organize them into regiments.
Those who had no uniforms could come without, and those who did not come deserved
to be kicked out of the organizations they belonged to. On the arrival of the
regiment he stated fourteen strokes would be struck on the City Hall bell in
quick succession, so that all could know.
It appears that Col. WOOD received a telegram from Col. Fowler, on Monday last,
stating that the regiment would be ordered home to recruit, and that he would
be authorized to raise a brigade, with the rank of Brigadier-General. No time
was set for their arrival, and no information has since been received, giving
any indication of the time they would come. On Friday last they were still
in the front.
Some 60 convalescents have arrived within the past few days. Most of these
will be transferred to the Invalid corps, while the main portion of the regiment
will be divided into recruiting parties, with the view of organizing a brigade.
The regiment will have a grand reception when they arrive, having now been
in service since the commencement of the war.
Arrival and Reception of the Fourteenth Regiment.
The Fourteenth was expected to arrive in Brooklyn yesterday morning about 10
o'clock, but in consequence of delay at Baltimore in procuring transportation,
they did not leave that city before half-past 6 o'clock the same morning, having
expected to start the night previous. Every preparation had been made to receive
them, and from an early hour thousands of persons thronged Fulton street, from
the City Hall to the Ferry. After waiting until nearly noon, a dispatch was
made public to the effect that they would not reach Jersey City before 8 o'clock
The crowd then gradually dispersed. Toward evening the streets along the line
of march, as designated by the Common Council Committee, again became thronged.
The City Hall Park, Fulton Ferry and Washington Park were the points of greatest
interest, it having been announced that the regiment would be dismissed at
the latter place.
The public buildings, and places of business generally along Fulton street,
were handsomely decorated with flags and streamers, and in several instances
were suspended across the street. Among the mottoes were the following: "All
hail gallant Fourteenth: Our Union for ever." "Our flag was there." "Welcome
the Brooklyn Fourteenth." "From First Bull Run to Spottsylvania."
The regiment left Brooklyn on Saturday evening, the 19th of May, 1861, with
eleven hundred men, under the command of Col. Alfred M. Wood, and have fought
in every principal battle, from that of the first Bull Run, under General McDowell,
to that of Spottsylvania, under General Grant, including the campaign on the
Peninsula, under General McClellan, the second Bull Run, under General Pope,
the battles of South Mountain and Antietam,
again under McClellan, and that of Gettysburg, under General Meade.
The number of effective among the original members has dwindled down from 1,100
to 140 men.
The Union Ferry Company generously tendered the use of one of their boats to
bring the veterans from Jersey City to Brooklyn. The "Hamilton" was
selected, and left Montague Ferry at 8 o'clock, P. M., with the Committee of
Reception, consisting of Aldermen Kalbfleisch, Belknap, Newman, Van Buren,
Ennis, Fisher and Comptroller Faron, together the Thirteenth Regiment as escort.
General P. S. Crooke ordered out his entire brigade, consisting of the Thirteenth
Regiment, Colonel Woodward; Twenty-eighth Regiment, Colonel Bennett; and Seventieth
Regiment, Colonel Cropsy. The veterans of the Fourteenth, commanded by Colonel
De Bevoise, and the new battalion of heavy artillery under Major Horace A.
Sprague, likewise turned out; as did also the entire Fire Department of the
Western District, in charge of Chief Engineer Cunningham.
The arrival of the boat Hamilton opposite Fulton ferry was announced by the
firing of cannon from the City Wharf, which was responded to on board with
music, and the explosion of sky rockets and Roman candles, making quite a pyrotechnic
display, and which presented a beautiful appearance from shore.
As the boat touched the slip, the cheers of the vast throng outside the gates
was almost deafening, and the pushing and crowding was so great that the police
had not a little difficulty in clearing the way for the procession, which proceeded
up Fulton street in the following order, under command of Maj. Gen. Duryea:
Detachment of Police.
Thirteenth Regiment as escort.
Veterans of the Fourteenth Regiment.
The Fourteenth Regiment.
Mayor and Heads of Departments, (in carriages).
Committee of the Board of Aldermen, (in carriages).
Fire Department of the Western District.
Fulton street presented an animated and exciting scene. There was one continued
mass of human beings from the Ferry to the City Hall, and the enthusiasm was
most intense. Roman candles and rockets were displayed in every direction,
and cheer after cheer went up as the veterans made their appearance. It was,
in fact, a grand ovation, such as was never witnessed before in this city,
and as creditable to the citizens as it was deserved by the recipients of these
The route taken was through Fulton to Court, through Court to Atlantic, through
Atlantic to Smith, through Smith to Fulton avenue, along Fulton avenue to Clinton
avenue, thence into Myrtle avenue and to Washington Park, from which place
three years ago the regiment took their departure. Here the procession came
to a halt about one o'clock A. M., and the regiment being heartily welcomed
back to their homes by Mayor Wood, (who was Colonel commanded them in the first
battle of Bull Run) the procession was dismissed.
Among the places illuminated on Fulton street were Jones's Hotel, the stores
of Whitehouse and Pearce, Hasten & Carll, Sherman & Co. John White's
Hotel, Westcott's Express office, Hooley's Minstrels on Court street, and the
Brooklyn Gas Company on Remsen street.
The reception was a most magnificent one in every respect.
The Fourteenth was brought home by Col. E. B. Fowler. The officers and men
all presented a fine healthy appearance, and appeared pleased to be in Brooklyn
N. Y. News, May 26, 1864
Thursday Evening, May 26.
HOME AGAIN. The Veteran Fourteenth Returned from the War.
The Reception at Elizabeth, Newark, and Jersey City.
The Ovation in Brooklyn.
The Military and Fire Department Out in Full Force.
A Torchlight procession and General Illumination.
The Returned Heroes—Their Number—How They Look and What They Say.
The few days preceding the 19th of May, 1861, must still be fresh in the memory
of the people of Brooklyn. The Fourteenth Brooklyn Regiment N. Y. S. M. were
encamped on Fort Greene, preparatory to their departure for the war. Who will
ever forget the patriotic manifestations and enthusiasm of our people, or the
extraordinary efforts that were made by the municipal authorities and the citizens
for the departure of the Fourteenth, which was the first militia regiment in
the State to tender their services for the war? In those days red tape was
dominant in the counsels of the State, and innumerable obstacles were placed
in the way of the acceptance of the regiment. But, disregarding state formulae,
the regiment made a tender of their services directly to the President, were
promptly accepted, and on the 19th day of May, 1861 amidst the booming of cannon,
ringing of bells, and such popular manifestations of approval as are but seldom
witnessed, the Brooklyn Fourteenth were off for the war.
Arriving in Washington the regiment numbered 1,100 men under the command of
the following officers:
FIELD—Colonel, A. M. Wood; Lieut.-Col., F. B. Fowler; Major, James Jourdan.
STAFF—Adjutant, A. W. H. Gill; Engineer, Capt. E. Butt; Chaplain, Capt.
J. S. Inskip; Surgeon, Capt. J. M. Homeston; First Assistant Surgeon, Lieut.
J. L. Farley; Second Assistant Surgeon, F. Swain; Paymaster, Lieut. A. G. Gaston;
Quartermaster, Lieut. A. S. Cassiday; Commissary, Lieut. H. L. Cranford.
NON-COMMISSIONED STAFF —Sergeant Major, T. Head; Sergeant of Ordnance,
W. C. Booth; Sergeant Standard Bearer, F. Head; Quartermaster Sergeant, J.
Howard ; Right General Guide, J. Miller; Left General Guide, W. A. Burnett.
LINE.—Company A—Captain, E. B. Jordan; First Lieutenant, J. D.
McClaskey; Second Lieutenant, Jno. B. Styles.
Company B—Captain, Geo. Mallory; First Lieutenant, J. Uflendell; Second
Lieutenant, E. E. Pearce.
Company C—Captain, Wm. M. Burnett; First Lieutenant, David Myers; Second
Lieutenant, Wm M. Burnett.
Company D—Captain, C. F. Baldwin; First Lieutenant, J. Thornton; Second
Lieutenant, J. Jones.
Company E—Captain, Wm. L. B. Steers; First Lieutenant, Wm. H. Middleton;
Second Lieutenant, George S. Elcock.
Company F—Captain, A. G. A. Harnickell; First Lieutenant, T. Salters;
Second Lieutenant, James Jordan.
Company G—Captain, G. Plass; First Lieutenant, L. L. Laidlaw; Second
Lieutenant, R. A. Goodenough, Jr.
Company H—Captain, Wm. H. DeBevoise; First Lieutenant, George Davey;
Second Lieutenant, Chas. H. Morris.
Sappers and Miners (organized as a howitzer company)—First Lieutenant,
John McLeer; Second Lieutenant H. Kalt; First Sergeant, Philip H. Grogan.
Leader of the Band—J. H. Fielding.
Sergeant of the Drum Corps—J. Flint.
In Washington, being asked by what authority the regiment was there, Col. Wood
replied, ''By the authority of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States." This
being deemed unquestionable authority, no further obstacles were thrown in
the way of the regiment, which was at once mustered into the service, and soon
entered upon that brilliant career of usefulness which has since distinguished
With what interest and affection the regiment has been regarded is well known
to our readers. Brooklyn has never failed to do it honor, to watch over and
care for it. With what feelings of just pride will our citizens observe the
THE BATTLES IN WHICH THE REGIMENT HAS
Bull Run, South Mountain,
Spottsylvania Court House, Fredericksburg,
Rappahannock Station, Chancellorsville,
Sulphur Springs, Gettysburg,
Groveton, The Wilderness,
Gainesville, Spottsylvania Court House,
Manhasset Plains, (second time.)
Besides the above pitched battles, in every one of which the regiment was distinguished,
and received the highest praise for daring courage and tenacity, which were
attested by the severest losses, the regiment has been engaged in numerous
skirmishes, daring reconnoissances, and other work of eminent usefulness.
This in brief sums up the record of the achievements of the Brooklyn Fourteenth.
Is it not a brilliant one? But, alas! at what a cost has it been made. Of the
eleven hundred who left Brooklyn in May, 1861, but one hundred and forty return
in May, 1864, with the following officers:
Colonel—E. B. Fowler.
Lieutenant-Colonel—R. B. Jourdan.
Major—H. T. Head.
Company A—Lieutenant Henderson.
Company B—Captain Uffendill, Lieutenant Pearce.
Company C—Captain Burnett, Lieutenant George Martin.
Company E—Captain George Elcock, Lieutenants Addison Martin, John E.
Company F—Captain Ball, Lieutenants Barns and Brown.
Company G—Captain Mandeville, Lieutenant Bennett.
Company H—Captain McNeil, Lieutenant A. F. Ackley.
Company I—Lieutenants Cordonia and Cranston.
Company K—Lieutenant Tinker.
THE RECEPTION IN NEW JERSEY.
Though the regiment was detained nearly ten hours beyond the time at which
they were expected, their reception lost nothing in heartiness or enthusiasm.
Along the entire route of their homeward journey they were cheered and feted,
and received such a welcome as must have assured them that their reputation
had preceded them. The Common Council Committee, and a number of our prominent
citizens, among whom we noticed Postmaster Lincoln, proceeded as far as Elizabeth,
New Jersey, from which point they escorted them to the end of the route,
where they embarked on board the Union ferry-boat Hamilton, on which they
were conveyed to Brooklyn, where they landed at ten o'clock precisely.
All along their route they had been heartily cheered. In Jersey City the men
were refreshed by a capital supper at Taylor's Hotel, which prepared them for
the ovation which awaited their arrival at home.
THE WELCOME HOME.
Considering its impromptu character, the reception last night was the grandest
thing of the kind ever accomplished in Brooklyn. It was a spontaneous outburst
of enthusiastic, heartfelt admiration.
The city authorities, the military and the entire Fire Department turned out,
while perhaps one hundred thousand citizens lined the sidewalks along the line
The procession formed on Fulton street, under direction of Major-General Duryea,
in the following order:
Police under charge of Inspector Folk.
Thirteenth Regiment, Col. Woodward.
Veteran Society of the Fourteenth, Col. De Bevoise,
Fourteenth Regiment Veterans, Col. E. B. Fowler.
Twenty-eighth Regiment, Col. Bennett.
Twenty-third Regiment, Major Ward.
Heavy Artillery battalion, Major Sprague.
Mayor and Common Council, in carriages.
Fire Department of the Western District.
Fulton street was one dense mass of human beings from the ferry to the City
Hall. Scarcely any more could have been possibly crowded into it. The jam was
so great that, notwithstanding the excellence of the arrangements, there was
great delay before they reached the Hall. The enthusiasm was intense; men and
boys cheered in the street, and ladies waved their handkerchiefs from the windows.
The Fire Department was drawn up in line on one side of the street and did
excellent duty by keeping the crowd back. Had it not been for this precaution,
it would have been exceedingly difficult to move.
Nearly every house in the street was decorated with flags, and, in many instances,
appropriate mottoes of welcome were displayed, such as: "Out of the Wilderness,
brave Fourteenth;" and "From First Bull Run to Spottsylvania;" with
Several buildings were brilliantly illuminated, while in others the windows
were thrown open and the gas lighted, which, together with the blazing of rockets
and Roman candles, made it sufficiently brilliant to enable the spectators
to see what was going on and catch a glimpse of the returned veterans, who
were cheered most lustily every yard they advanced.
The route of the procession was through Fulton, Court, Atlantic, and Smith
streets, Fulton avenue, Clinton avenue, and Myrtle avenue to Washington Park.
It was from this park that the Fourteenth departed for the seat of war, under
command of Colonel A. M. Wood; and the then Lieutenant-Colonel, E. B. Fowler,
now Colonel, brought what remains of them back to the same place after three
The following is Mayor Wood's address of welcome to the veterans:
OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF THE FOURTEENTH REGIMENT—
VETERANS OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC: It is with feelings of profound emotion
that I greet you, not only in behalf of the citizens of Brooklyn, whom I represent
on this occasion, but personally, as your former comrade and commander. Your
deeds of valor and heroism on many a hard fought battle-field entitle you to
honor everywhere, but nowhere so much as here, in your native city, whose battle
flag you have borne from the plains of Manassas, in a willing three years,
march, to the gory field of Spottsylvania without one blot or stain of dishonor.
Welcome!—thrice welcome home! Your names are emblazoned, imperishably
high on the scroll of fame; your deeds have passed into history; and your children's
children shall read of them and be proud that they are descended from such
noble men. As Mayor of the City of Brooklyn, in the name of its authorities,
and in behalf of every man, woman, and child within its limits, I again bid
you a cordial welcome home. God bless and preserve you for future deeds of
It was just midnight before the regiment was dismissed, and the crowds which
thronged the streets dispersed to their respective homes. The work for which
the regiment enlisted has been nobly done, and its members have received assurances
of the appreciation of a grateful country, and from their fellow-citizens the
verdict of "Well done good and faithful
The following communications will serve to show the estimation in which the
returned veterans are held:
Brooklyn, May 26,1864—1 o'clock A.M.
To the Editor of The Union:
A few words for the veterans of the Fourteenth Regiment of this city. We, Unionists,
know that they were one of the first regiments which left home for the defence
of our nation's safety and honor. The regiment was full and strong. We have
ever watched with pride and admiration its bravery in battle. We, especially
we ladies of Brooklyn, have felt, both in our sympathy and in our fingers,
armed with that useful little article of warfare, i. e. the needle, for their
comfort and welfare. Now they have returned to us but a handful compared to
the number which left at first, and our hearts have gone up to the One who
has preserved even this remnant and returned them to us in safety, with emotions
of gratitude. Shall not something be done for these brave men, who have reflected
so much honor upon our city, besides the magnificent display of welcome prepared
for them? Few, perhaps none of them are wealthy, some of them are maimed for
life, all need rest. The necessaries of life are much more expensive than when
the regiment left for the seat of war. The few men of the original Fourteenth
of Brooklyn are those whom the people of this fair city should not only "delight
to honor" but also to aid. These men received very small bounties compared
with that received by more recently-formed regiments. Are there not a sufficient
number of big, strong, patriotic hearts among the wealthy men of Brooklyn to
subscribe a sum of money sufficient to present to each member of the old Fourteenth
the sum of two hundred dollars as a token that their bravery will not be forgotten
when the flags and other tokens of welcome are necessarily removed? Yes; there
are plenty of such big, strong, beating hearts, Mr. Editor; and it only needs
a suggestion to set the machinery in motion, which shall bring about that praiseworthy
result. Will you give this suggestion in your columns? Now a word complimentary
to our fire companies. Your correspondent did not see them until about 8 o'clock
of last night, and felt a little nervous lest, as "Hope deferred maketh
the heart sick," they might have used artificial means to keep up their
spirits. She hastens, however, to affirm that, among the thousands of members
of this honorable and useful department—and they were closely and keenly
scrutinized for three full hours—not one gave the slightest evidence
of aught but the strictest sobriety. In person and manners they presented a
manly, aye, gentlemanly bearing. The engines were magnificent and elegantly
decorated. Altogether, Brooklyn has cause to be, and is, proud of her soldiers
and her firemen.
M. A. O'C.
To the Editor of The Union:
It is a great pleasure to welcome our brave Fourteenth Regiment home again.
Well do we remember our meeting three years ago, to set them ready, with
lint and bandages, pincushions, and all the comforts we could procure, for
their march to the seat of war. How nobly they have stood in their place
during all the time, in the front of the fight, nothing daunted; one after
another of them killed or wounded; sometimes their ranks so thinned that
there seemed only a handful of them left! As soon as they gathered new men
the same spirit beamed forth, to be valiant in the field. Some of their number
are sick, wounded, and scarred, but these are marks to show their heroism
in the cause of liberty. May God's choicest blessing rest on them, and may
Brooklyn never forget her brave sons.
The recently recruited men of the Fourteenth Regiment have been mustered into
the Twelfth New York Volunteers. The returned veterans will a day or two be
mustered out of the service of the United States, and the Fourteenth will be
restored to its original status of a State militia regiment.
HONOR TO THE GALLANT FOURTEENTH
A Welcome by the Central Union Club.
Speeches by Mr. Griswold, S. B. Chittenden, Esq., Col. Fowler, Mr. Van Gott,
and REV. Dr. Farley.
The Dinner at the Mansion House.
Speeches, Songs, &c.—"The Pennsylvania Lowlands"—The
In accordance with announcements made to the public within the last few days,
the Central Union Club somewhat varied, last evening, their usual routine of
politics and music, and gave instead a grand reception to Brooklyn's pride
and pet--the gallant Fourteenth Regiment. The reception came from the Club
rather as from a social association than from a political organization; the
meeting had nothing of a party character whatever, and this being understood
thoroughly by the brave and loyal men who composed the regiment, they turned
out en masse, notwithstanding the malicious croakings of a few Copperheads
about "lending themselves for party purposes."
The hour of meeting of the Club was, as usual, 8 o'clock P. M., but long before
this time every seat, except those reserved for the soldiers, in their capacious
hall, on the corner of Fulton and Orange streets, was crowded, and even the
aisles and entrance were filled with interested spectators, among whom were
quite a number of ladies.
The walls of the hall were tastefully decorated with bunting and flags, and
on each side of the stage were hung a number of shield-shaped blue silk banners,
each bearing in letters of gold the name of one of the many fierce battles
in which the Fourteenth has won for itself imperishable glory.
At a little after 8 o'clock the drums of the regiment were heard, and in a
few seconds afterward the officers appeared in the doorway, followed by the
survivors of this noble band of heroes. The scene which ensued baffled description.
Men mounted the benches, waved their hats, and cheered until they became hoarse;
women waved their handkerchiefs and added their voices to the grand chorus
of welcome; an uncontrollable excitement seemed to pervade the densely crowded
audience. Still louder swelled the applause as the torn old battle-flags, each
rag a fluttering page of glorious history of heroism and daring, made their
appearance and were lifted upon the stage—not until the regiment was
all seated, did the tumult in the least abate, and then it burst forth again
upon the entrance of a wounded officer, who came in alone and took his place
among his comrades.
The field, staff, and line officers occupied the front row of seats, and behind
them were placed the rank and file.
Comparative order having been restored, Vice-President Griswold opened the
meeting by calling on the Central Union Glee Club for a song. They gave "The
Sword of Bunker Hill" with great effectiveness, and were loudly applauded.
MR. GRISWOLD'S SPEECH.
Mr. Griswold then spoke as follows:
Members of the Fourteenth Regiment: The Central Union Club have invited you
to meet with us to-night that we express in some measure our feelings of obligation
and gratitude to you for the noble work in which you have been engaged. [Applause.]
Day after day, week after week, month after month, for three long years, you
have stood in the front ranks of our army, battling for our glorious Union.
[Great applause.] It is for this that we wish to express our gratitude to you,
and we extend the cordial hand of fellowship to you all. Standing on one platform,
all working for one glorious cause, we lay
aside all political differences, and it is in this spirit that we wish you
to understand that we greet you to-night. [Applause.] We have invited our worthy
citizen, Mr. S. B. Chittenden [applause], who is, by the way, not a member
of this club, to address a few words of welcome to you. There is no man who
has a better right to speak to the Fourteenth Regiment than he has. No man
has done more to aid the regiment; no man has had a greater interest in its
welfare; and it is with pleasure that I introduce him to you. [Great Applause.]
MR. CHITTENDEN'S WELCOME.
Mr. S. B. Chittenden then addressed the regiment as follows:
Col. Fowler And Men of the Fourteenth Regiment:
I thank the gentlemen who contrived this pleasant meeting, for inviting me
to address a word of welcome to you to-night, and I mean to show my gratitude
to them for their kindness, and my respect for you, for your brave deeds and
heroic sacrifices, by saying as little as possible, in order that you may hear
so much the more from the learned and eloquent gentleman who will follow me.
I very well remember, sir, that on a bright Sabbath morning, about three years
ago, I was called out of church and requested to obtain the Academy of Music,
that a meeting of this regiment might there be held that afternoon. It was
just before you marched on that grand errand from which you have just returned.
The directors of the Academy cordially and unanimously directed that its doors
should be thrown open for you, and the meeting was accordingly there held.
And what a meeting was that, contrasted with this and with the stirring events
which you have witnessed, and in which you have participated, and which touch
to the quick the hearts of this community. The "redlegged" regiment
was then nearly a thousand strong; hope beamed from every eye, and courage
fired every heart; they were defiant and daring of danger; ready for any hazard,
and confidently expectant of success. Surrounding them came a great crowd of
friends, hastily gathered together for their last farewells, and bringing to
them a parting benediction, and though those friends imperfectly knew and faintly
realized the reality of a soldier's life, their hearts were manifestly full
for that brave band of young men. You were then going forth to fight the battles
of your country, and there ascended on that day many a sincere prayer that
God would keep and prosper the Brooklyn Fourteenth Regiment. And what now has
been their history? I need not have asked that question. We all think we understand
it; we certainly do understand by hearsay, and somewhat by actual observation,
your sufferings and your glorious achievements—your hard-earned, dearly
bought, undying fame. [Much applause.] Full eighteen hundred men have, from
first to last, been enrolled in your ranks; about two hundred have recently
been assigned to another organization, and about one hundred and thirty have
just now returned, with all the scars and honors of a full three year's service
in the cause of your country. [Immense applause.] And where, oh, where are
the rest? Some of them have perished miserably in rebel prisons, starved, perhaps,
substantially murdered. Many of them have died bravely upon the battle-field
in the thickest of the fight, with their faces to the foe. [Applause.] Many
more have been wounded or maimed, and brought to our own homes and hospitals,
and there have died, praising God that they had given their lives to their
country. Many others have returned, with their constitutions shattered and
bodies maimed, never more to be restored but to linger helpless in our midst;
and some, I fear—I do not know it to be true, but I infer that among
1,600 you had enough of the darker part of human nature to warrant the assumption—some
few, I fear, have sneaked away, deserting their flag. I rejoice that I do not
know and never heard that there was a deserter from the Brooklyn Fourteenth
Regiment. [Applause.] Such are the outlines of your history, and well, Col.
Fowler and soldiers, may you be proud of it; well may your fellow-citizens
delight to do you honor, and well may any honest man crave these honors which
your brave deeds have worthily fastened upon you. There is not one loyal citizen
in Brooklyn who can read or hear; there is not one among the many children
of such loyal citizens that can read or hear, whose heart does not warm to
the Brooklyn Fourteenth Regiment. [Applause.] It is with this feeling that
we welcome you home, and earnestly pray that the best of Heaven's blessings
may evermore rest upon you and yours. Your valorous deeds shall be our household
words for centuries to come. The stories of your conflicts and your victories,
of your hairbreadth escapes, of your imprisonments and honors, shall fire the
hearts and nerve the arms of future generations of men, that they too may add
deeds of daring in the cause of justice and liberty. The memory of your George
Mallorys and your Joseph Grummans shall be treasured fresh and fragrant while
the nation lives. The honors which this community now so freely and gladly
award you shall be as fresh and as green an hundred years from now as the new
grass is to-day upon many a battle field, enriched with your blood. Your torn
and battle-riddled flags shall be kept as perpetual and precious memorials
of your hard-fought fields, and at some far distant day, when it shall be said
that the last one of these survivors of the Brooklyn Fourteenth Regiment has
gone home on high to his last account, then shall the commerce and the population
of this great city—twice as great then as now--pause to pay a new tribute
of respect and admiration to the last of your braves. [Great and long-continued
COL. FOWLER'S RESPONSE.
Col. Fowler's rising to his feet induced a perfect storm of applause, which
continued until he began speaking the following sententious soldierly words:
Gentlemen of the Central Union Club: Allow me on behalf of my comrades and
myself to thank you for this kind reception of us this evening—for the
hearty manifestation of your feeling toward us. In fact, gentlemen, since our
return we have had nothing but an expression of the warmest feeling from the
people of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn has been our home, and with what eagerness, during the three long
years alludes to have we read letters or papers that told us of that home,
even at times upon the battle-field. We have read how liberally, with both
men and means, our beloved city has furnished the sinews to carry on this great
struggle; and when we have read this and that at the last great Fair held here,
our people generously contributed four or five hundred thousand dollars to
the Sanitary Commission, for the benefit of the sick and wounded soldiers,
we have felt proud that we came from Brooklyn. [Great Applause.] We have been
very closely and distinctively identified with this city during our three years
campaign; the name by which we have been known in the great army of the Union
has always been "The Brooklyn Fourteenth," and, except for one great
motive, the consciousness of our serving in a and holy cause, in the cause
of human liberty, our great wish and ambition has been to deserve well of the
people of our city. [Applause.] In a few days we will have taken off our uniforms
and been mustered out of the service of the United States, but do not think,
gentlemen, that we will then become idle spectators this conflict. Both our
patriotism and interest demand otherwise. It is sometimes the policy of a General
in the field, when troops are worn out in battle and their numbers greatly
reduced, to put them in a second line, putting in the front new, fresh troops.
It then becomes the duty of this second line to keep the first line up to fight;
and it is their interest to do so, for if first line falls back, then second
must take its place. We stand now, and will probably during the rest of war
so stand, in this second line, if we are not again called to the front. [Applause.]
I have not language to express our thanks on this occasion; indeed, I scarcely
feel like doing so, for it is the emptiest things which sound most, and our
hearts are too full of your welcome to admit of my doing more than thanking
you again, for myself and comrades, for this kind greeting this evening. [Hearty
applause.] The audience hereupon gave three cheers for the Fourteenth, and
the glee club sang a very doleful ditty, lugubrious in tone and sad in language,
purporting to be a request to "wrap the flag around me, boys."
MR. VAN COTT'S SPEECH.
Mr. J. M. Van Cott was introduced as the next speaker. Said he:
Fellow Citizens of Brooklyn: Col. Fowler, in the few soldierly words he spoke
to us to-night, used one word which, with one other word, probably touches
and stirs more men's hearts than any other spoken in our mother tongue. The
word he used was "home;" the other word is the "flag"—the
home standing for the great interests of the people of any nation; the flag
symbolizing the country, the power, and the greatness that embosoms, shelters,
and protects the home. [Applause.] Col. Fowler told us that the thoughts of
home stirred the hearts of these gallant men in the camp, on the picket, in
the press of battle—the thoughts of mother, father, sister, brother,
child, all embraced in and consecrating the dear name of home. Col. Fowler
has come back with his men—I say men, not gentlemen, because manhood
is the highest type of our nature. [applause]—they have come back, and
to-night home greets them.
I speak to you and greet you soldiers, not as fancy, sham, street parade soldiers,
but men who have just marched out of the smoke of battle, with the smell of
the fire still upon your garments, and I feel that the occasion is not dignified
by the words spoken here, but by the men who are here to represent the fight
and the trial of the great cause of our country. On a May afternoon in 1861
you marched forth over 800 strong, to do all that loyal, patriotic, brave men
ever can do for their country. On a May day three years after, at midnight,
the streets of Brooklyn were again thronged with anxious crowds of men, women,
and children, waiting to greet the shattered, wasted remnants of the Fourteenth
returning home. You went out eight hundred strong, a number presently recruited
to a thousand; you have at different times had eighteen hundred men upon your
rolls, and with what you left behind and are yet to come, you have left a little
over three hundred men. No other cause than that of our country was worth the
sacrifice which you have made. I will not trace the career of this regiment—a
career of which Brooklyn is so proud, it is the very apple of our eye; we wear
it as one of the brightest mementoes nearest our hearts, and there will be
no chapter in the history of Brooklyn or of the nation, hereafter to be written
of these times, that will not name with undying honors the gallant Fourteenth,
of the City of
Brooklyn. [Applause.] Here is a list of the principal battles only in which
they have been engaged, exclusive of all skirmishes, small engagements or reconnoissances,
etc., etc. Hear the glorious roll: First Bull Run, Falmouth, Rappahannock Station,
Sulphur Springs, Groveton, Gainesville, Second Bull
Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Reynolds' Crossing, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg [immense applause], Mine Run, the Wilderness up to and including
Spottsylvania. [Long continued cheering.] [Here the speaker indulged in a long
and eloquent description of the gallantry of the Fourteenth Regiment at Gettysburg,
drawing from his audience repeated bursts of applause, and his references to
Generals Reynolds and Wadsworth elicited enthusiastic cheering both from the
regiment and the audience. He also related a touching incident, which he had
heard from Lieut.-Col. Jordan, of a dying girl in Philadelphia, leaving as
one of her last requests a bunch of ribbons to be attached to the battle-flags
of the Fourteenth. In conclusion, he expressed himself in favor of fighting
this thing out to the end, for the preservation of the Union and the maintenance
of the national flag, if it took not only five men out of every six, but reduced
us to the last man and the last dollar, a sentiment which was hailed with enthusiasm
by the audience.]
DR. FARLEY'S SPEECH.
Rev. Dr. Farley was next introduced and spoke as follows:
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, fellow citizens, and our brave boys of
I came here tonight with not the slightest idea of saying a word, and yet I
rejoice in the memories which I have of the past and the thrilling feelings
which have been awakened in this very hour, and I am glad that I am permitted
to say in this presence, if it be but a single word of congratulation and an
echo to the welcome, extended by so many warm friends to you, the Colonel and
officers, and the rank and file who survive, of the noble Fourteenth. [Applause.]
It was my good fortune, and I shall always look back upon it as one of the
pleasantest themes of remembrance, to be summoned, in the quiet of the Sabbath
morning to which our friend Mr. Chittenden has already alluded, to be present
at what might be called the farewell service to the Brooklyn Fourteenth, when
about to take up its march to those bloody but glorious fields in which it
has so eminently distinguished itself. We met in that beautiful Academy in
the afternoon of that day, and I can truly say that as I looked into the eyes
of the close ranks of that thousand men before me, just about to depart—it
might be at a moment's notice—to those battle-fields, I felt that to
every one of these men whatever of gratitude and affection I could have for
any one, outside of my own dear home, or beloved parish circle, or the social
walk in which God had placed me, was due to them who were about to shoulder
their muskets and go in the very brunt and peril of this deadly strife, in
behalf of all that God had made precious to me as an American citizen, as a
father, as a husband, as one of this great country. Yes, soldiers, to you who
survive it is but a poor but a most sincere tribute of gratitude and thanks
which I pay at this hour to you, the survivors of those noble men, some of
whom, as has been stated, have fallen in the deadly strife and encounter, others
who have languished in those terrible hospitals and prisons of the enemy, and
others who, amid the kind care and gentle ministerings of our Florence Nightingales
and our noble Sanitary and Christian Commissions, have breathed their last,
or have been spared to be the living monuments we trust for years, on which
shall be hung garlands of grateful memories and thoughts of pure patriotism.
Need I say more? I came here not to say a word, but the words I have heard
have moved and thrilled me, and as I look at you and remember those first hours
in which I met you, your ranks now thin and depleted, and your monuments on
every battle-field in which the Army of the Potomac has left the bloody imprint
of its avenging course, those torn and tattered flags, all these things conspire
with the thoughts of this moment to make me rejoice that I am permitted to
join in this cordial welcome, and to pray for you, the survivors of the regiment,
as on that Sabbath I was permitted to pray for the grand regiment itself, in
its first blush of hope, to the God of Hosts, that the same blessings which
have spared you to us and to the honorable memories which will always follow
you may be showered down in richness upon you in the grateful hearts of our
people, and in your honorable service in the second line, to which your Colonel
has alluded so strongly, if the needs of the country shall require it. And
when the rebellion, now drawing nigh to its last struggle with our victorious
and gallant Grant [great cheering]—that name which I know cannot be heard
by you without calling forth a thousand grateful responses—when the Rebellion
is ended, it shall appear to have been a grand and solemn discipline by which
God himself has been training the hearts of this people, teaching them the
profoundest and most solemn lesson that ever a nation was called upon to learn,
that justice, equal justice to all upon whom the seal of manhood is set—a
noble and actual, not a theoretical, freedom to all of every race and every
color, can be won, and that that blessing, taught and written in the blood
of the bravest and noblest of our nation, shall have been learned in a manner
to be perpetuated from century to century, and render our country forever and
ever the lasting and protecting asylum of the oppressed of every clime. [Great
On the conclusion of Dr. Farley's address the Glee Club sang another song, "The
Good Time Coming," after which the Club adjourned.
The ringing voice of Col. Fowler was then heard ordering the regiment to "fall
in," and in a few moments the Club, the regiment, and the invited guests
were on their way to the Mansion House, where a dinner had been prepared by
the Club for the occasion.
The large dining hall of the Mansion House was tastefully decorated with flags
around its walls, and at each end was displayed the sentence, “Welcome
to the Fourteenth Regiment." The tables were set for the accommodation
of about two hundred and fifty persons, and about two hundred were present,
of whom one hundred and thirty-eight were the officers and men of the Fourteenth,
the others being members of the Club and invited guests.
The dinner was a good substantial one, and Colonel Fowler's order of '"Take
seats" was scarcely uttered when the work of demolition was begun. Vice-President
Griswold presided, with the field officers of the Fourteenth on his right and
left, and at the same table, on opposite sides, were ranged the staff and line.
The men of the regiment occupied the tables to the left and the guests those
on the right.
Due time having been allowed for the disposition of solids of the repast, the
Colonel's order of "Attention!" restored instant silence, and the
presiding officer announced, the first regular toast of the evening.
OUR GUESTS--The Gallant Fourteenth Regiment N. Y. S. M.—of whom Brooklyn
is justly proud; always foremost to peril their lives in defence of the Union.
The applause consequent upon this toast having in a measure subsided, Col.
I cannot make a speech in response; I simply, in behalf of the regiment, thank
you for the kindness of your welcome, and will, as an excellent substitute
for any speech I might make, call upon one of the rank and file to sing a regimental
Obedient to orders, Corporal J. DeGraffe sang with excellent effect following
song, written by Lieut. Egolf, of the Fourteenth, the whole regiment joining
in the chorus, and rounds of heartiest applause from
the audience followed each verse:
Way down in Pennsylvania, not many months ago,
We marched from Old Virginia to fight the rebel foe;
Our hearts felt light and bouyant, as forward we did speed.
For a tip-top man commanded us—"How are you,
In the Pennsylvania lowlands, low, &c.
'Twas on the first of July, as history will tell,
The First Corps opened up the right, and noble Reynolds
Although the odds were heavy we would have won the
But the "half-moons" couldn't see the point, turned
tail, and runaway.
In the Pennsylvania lowlands, low, &c.
We fell back in good order, without a show of fight,
Until we come unto the hills called Cemetery
Here we formed our line of battle, bound to make a
And give to Johnny Rebel a whipping: on Yankee
In the Pennsylvania lowlands, low, &c.
The next day opened fairly, the fight soon did begin,
But every time they charged our lines we drove them
On right and left the battle still fiercely held its sway,
Nor the bloody struggle did not cease at the closing of
In the Pennsylvania lowlands, low, &c.
The third day closed successfully, Gen. Lee did find
He'd have to leave his wounded as prisoners behind;
So he quickly gave the order to take the backward
Kilpatrick kept harrassing him till he crossed the Po-
In the Pennsylvania lowlands, low, &c.
Now, peace to all our comrades who at Gettysburg did
No more their faces we will see, their names hear at
But if our lives are spared us to see our homes again,
On each returning year a glass we'll to their memory
In the Pennsylvania lowlands, low, &c.
The second regular toast:
The Army and Navy of the United States," was responded to by Mr. J. M.
Van Cott. He said that the army spoke for itself in the persons of the gallant
men surrounding this board, and their deeds of heroism were upon every tongue,
so that reference to them would be, at this time, almost superfluous; but we
are too apt to forget the noble hearts of our navy, the men who bring back
to us in parallel deeds the glorious names and actions of Paul Jones,
Decatur, Perry, and Lawrence. We have now our. Dupont, Foote, Ellet, Porter,
Farragut, and Wordon, and their exploits are worthy to stand side by side in
history with those of our glorious army.
The third regular toast was:
The-Commander-in-Chief—the President of the United States,"
to which Mr. S. B. Chittenden responded, paying a high tribute to the honesty
and. capacity of the President, and eliciting thereby half a dozen hearty cheers
from the gallant boys of the Fourteenth, three for Mr. Chittenden and three
for the President.
The fourth regular toast was greeted with a perfect storm of applause and
cheers. It was:
LIEUT.-GEN. GRANT—Now within seven miles of Richmond—Who proposes
to fight it out, if it takes all Summer.
Col. Fowler proposed, instead of a speech in reply to this toast, that one
of the regiment should sing a favorite song, which had been often sung in the
field by the jolly minstrel who would give it on this occasion.
The song was given by Sergeant Coleman, and proved to be "The Boy with
the Auburn Hair." Never was this comical song given with more expression;
never was the Irish howl introduced in it with more effect; and the chorus
by the regiment was almost drowned in the shoughts of laughter which it brought
forth. The applause which followed it was positively huge, all being now in
just the humor for the intensely comic.
The fifth regular toast was:
T H E SANITARY AND CHRISTIAN COMMISSIONS —
the happy fruit of a Christian civilization. Their large supplies have their
fountains in the hearts of the people, and they are fountains of mercy to the
sick and wounded soldiers."
Rev. Mr. Farley responded:
MR. PRESIDENT: The Sanitary and Christian Commission need no words of mine
or of anyone; their works and good deeds speak for them, and these soldiers
by my side and in front of me I will warrant will give their testimony to the
noble and Christian work which they have done for them, in the field and in
the hospital. Sir, it would ill become me, who have never been an eye-witness
of the great and blessed services which these organizations have done for our
army, to attempt to picture here any of those simple scenes in which the wise
and provident foresight, the active and persistent provision, the generous
self-denying and self-sacrificing temper, and the wondrous outlay, the bounty
and generosity flowing into their
coffers and inspiring their members from every part of the United Suites—I
mean of course the loyal States, —have given to these organizations their
vast and wonderful efficiency. Before the world and upon every page of history
yet to be written they will appear the grandest proofs of the highest development
of Christianity and its marvellous effects upon civilization. The germ of the
Sanitary Commission is to be found in the Crimean war, originating with Florence
Nightingale, but it was not given to them to establish on so vast a scale,
and with such grand results, such a work as the Sanitary Commission. Through
the length and breadth of our land other
Florence Nightingales have in her spirit, served in the battle fields, in the
hospitals, and at home carrying out her work.
[The speaker then went on to pay a tribute of respect to the Christian Commission
for the noble Christian spirit which animated their work, and alluded in eloquent
terms to their harmonious action with the Sanitary Commission.]
The sixth and last regular toast was:
The City of Brooklyn,"
in response to which the following letters were read by the President:
MAYOR'S OFFICE, CITY HALL,
BROOKLYN, June 3, 1864.
To Messrs. Wm. B. Smith, A. B. Hume, Geo. J. Bennett, Committee;
GENTLEMEN: Please accept my thanks for your kind invitation to unite with you
in a welcome to be extended to the gallant Fourteenth Regiment by the Central
Union Club of Brooklyn at the Mansion House this (Thursday) evening.
I regret to be obliged to state that I shall be debarred the pleasure of availing
myself of it, owing to an affection of the throat from which I have been suffering
for some time past, and which has induced my physician to enjoin upon me a
careful avoidance of exposure to the night air. Be assured, however, that although
thus obliged to be absent, my heartiest, sympathies will be with you and them
on this occasion.
The honors which you shall pay to the brave men of the Fourteenth have been
nobly earned by a career of heroic conduct almost without a parallel. You but
honor yourselves in honoring them.
In conclusion, permit me to give you as a sentiment the following:
The Fourteenth Regiment, N. Y. S. M. Soldiers in war, citizens in peace. Their
career has demonstrated that upon its citizen soldiery the republic may ever
proudly rely for its military power.
I am, hastily, yours very truly,
A. M. WOOD.
BROOKLYN, June 2, 1864.
My Dear Sir: I greatly regret that I shall not be able to be present at the
welcome which the Central Union Club propose to give to-night to the gallant
I should have been glad to render my humble tribute of gratitude to the men
who have made our city illustrious, though no words of praise can add to
the glory of those names—both of the dead and the living—which, inscribed
upon the muster-roll of that regiment, shall be held in perpetual remembrance.
Very respectfully and truly yours,
S. M. GRISWOLD, ESQ., President, &c, &c.
Mr. Smith then proposed the toast of
THE MEMORY OF THE GALLANT DEAD of the Fourteenth Regiment. It shall be kept
sacred and green in our hearts forever," which was drank in silence.
Corporal De Graffe was called on for another song, and gave the amusing and
patriotic one of "That's What's the Matter," the regiment again joining
in the chorus, and the audience applauding to the echo, and on its conclusion
the "health of the singer" was proposed and drank.
At this point in the proceedings, Col. Fowler proposed as an honorary member
of the regiment, Mr. S. B. Chittenden, and his election was prompt and unanimous
by the officers and men of the regiment, the election being followed by a
succession of hearty cheers for the new member.
The health of Mr. Yale, proprietor of the Mansion House, was proposed and
drank, and in response he modestly returned his thanks and gave expression
ardent feelings of affection for the gallant regiment.
The entertainment concluded at a little before 12 o'clock, by the entire
assemblage joining in the stirring patriotic chorus of the "Star Spangled Banner;" the
regiment obeyed the order to "fall in" with a celerity astonishing
to civilians, and moved off to their armory, the loud notes of their drums
awakening the echoes of the night, and drowning the parting expressions of
satisfaction and mutual good-will passing between them and the loyal club who
took this mode of expression of their feelings toward them.
The Central Union Club and the Fourteenth Regiment.
To the editor of The Union:
The miserable little Copperhead organ of this city published an editorial yesterday
entitled "The Veterans in the Hands of the Shoddyites." Now this
article is a tissue of falsehoods, from beginning to end, and t h e editor
must have known them to be such while he was preparing t h e articles, for
he has repeatedly written sketches of the history of the "Central Union
C l u b " for its editorial columns which were exactly contrary to t h
e statement made in the one above referred to. The object of your correspondent
is not to answer this contemptible sheet, but to inform our citizens of the
In the first place, it says "the Club" started in political life
as the Rocky Mountain Club, and vowed eternal fidelity to the pathfinder, "declaring
that they never, never would desert Fremont." The Central Union Club never
was t h e Rocky Mountain Club, and never had any connection with it, except
to advocate the same principles; and this Club was not started until t h e
campaign of 1860.
Second Falsehood. That the Club became " Wide Awakes." The Club never
turned out as "Wide Awakes."
Third. Neither t h e Club nor its officers ever used its influence to obtain
the appointment of a single man to the Custom House or other Government department.
Fourth. No officer of this Club is a political officeseeker, and care h a s
always been taken to elect none but citizens who have their own legitimate
business, and would not accept of an office. Hence, their appearing
first in the campaign does not indicate such a motive as political power.
Fifth. With one exception, every officer of the Club has been individually,
first and last, a strong supporter of Mr. Lincoln, but, as members of the Club,
determined to support the nominee of the Baltimore-Convention.
Sixth. That paper says t h a t certain gentlemen and "a little Shoddyite,
who wants to go to Congress, took possession of the Club and whipped it in
bodily for Lincoln." It is well known who the gentleman referred to is.
In the first place, he is not even a member of the Club, and therefore could
not have had a voice in the matter. Exception is taken to him as the welcomer
of the Fourteenth Regiment. I ask, sir, is it not appropriate that the man
who contributed $10,000 at one time to this glorious regiment should welcome
them when they return?
Now as to the ovation which the Central Union Club tendered the Fourteenth
Regiment. There can certainly be no impropriety in the Club inviting the gallant
pride of Brooklyn. The welcome was not offered them as from a political organization
but as from citizens. It is unnecessary to refer to the contemptible remarks
of that paper on this subject. They are so mean and contemptible that it can
be seen at a glance that their motive was nothing but jealousy. The fullness
of loyal and grateful hearts prompted the act, and t h e members felt it an
honor to welcome the gallant regiment which Brooklyn as long as she lives will
be proud of. Now if the followers of that paper desire to get up an ovation
to the brave, the noble Fourteenth Regiment, and will do it, the object of
the Central Union Club will be doubly attained; and they will aid them by contributions,
or in any other way in their power, for we feel we can never show sufficiently
our gratitude to the regiment.
The Fourteenth Regiment at the Park Theatre.
To the many tokens of the poupular regard for our gallant Fourteenth, we now
add t h e invitation extended to the veterans by the liberal and enterprising
lady manager of the Park Theatre, Mrs. Conway, to attend the Theatre this evening.
The following is the correspondence, by which it will be seen that the regiment
has accepted the invitation:
TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER 14TH REGIMENT:
Sir—As Directress of the Park Theatre, permit me the pleasure of tendering
to you and the brave and patriotic soldiers of your command, an invitation
to visit my Theatre on Friday evening, May 27th, when I trust the entertainments
selected for the occasion may be found worthy of your acceptance. Yours respectfully
SARAH S. CONWAY.
HEAD-QUARTERS 14TH REGIMENT N. Y. S. M.
BROOKLYN, May 26th, 1864.
To SARAH S. CONWAY:
MADAM—Your note, inviting the members of the Fourteenth Regiment to witness
a performance at your Theatre on Friday evening, has been received. I take
pleasure in accepting the same on behalf of the regiment. Permit me to express
my thanks for the invitation, also for your flattering remarks in relation
to the regiment. I have the honor to subscribe myself
Your obedient servant,
E. B. FOWLER,
Colonel 14th N. Y. S. M.
P. S. There will be about one hundred men.
ARRIVAL AND RECEPTION OF THE FOURTEENTH REGIMENT.—The Fourteenth was
expected to arrive in Brooklyn yesterday morning, about 10 o'clock, having
expected to start the night previous. Every preparation had been made to receive
them, and from an early hour thousands of persons thronged Fulton street, from
the City Hall to the Ferry. After waiting until nearly noon, a dispatch was
made public, to the effect that they would not reach Jersey City before 8 o'clock,
P. M. The crowd then gradually dispersed. Towards evening, the streets along
the line of march, as designated by the Common Council Committee, again became
thronged. The City Hall Park, Fulton Ferry, and Washington Park, were the points
of greatest interest, it having been announced that the regiment would be dismissed
at the latter place. The public buildings and places of business generally,
along Fulton street, were handsomely decorated with flags and streamers, and
in several instances were suspended across the street.
Among the mottoes were the following:
All Hail, gallant Fourteenth. Our Union forever."
Our flag was there."
Welcome the Brooklyn Fourteenth."
From first Bull Run to Spottsylvania," &c.
The regiment left Brooklyn on Saturday evening, the 19th of May, 1861, with
1,100 men, under the command of Col. Alfred M. Wood, and have fought in every
principal battle from that of the first Bull Run, under Gen. McDowell, to that
of Spottsylvania under Gen. Grant, including the campaign on the Peninsula
under Gen. McClellan, the second Bull Run under Gen. Pope, the battles of South
Mountain and Antietam, again under McClellan, and that of Gettysburg under
Gen. Meade. The number of effectives among the original members has dwindled
down from 1,100 to 140 men. The Union Ferry Company generously tendered the
use of one of their boats to bring the veterans from Jersey City to Brooklyn.
The "Hamilton" was selected, and left Montague Ferry at 6 o'clock
P. M., with the committee of reception, together with the 13th Regiment as
General P. S. Crooke ordered out his entire brigade, consisting of the 18th
regiment, Col. Woodward; 28th regiment, Col. Bennett; and 70th regiment, Colonel
Cropsy. The veterans of the 14th regiment, commanded by Col. De Bevoice, and
the new battalion of Heavy Artillery, under Major Horace A. Sprague, likewise
turned out, as did also the entire Fire Department of the Western District,
in charge of Chief Engineer Cunningham. The arrival of the boat Hamilton, opposite
Fulton ferry, was announced by the firing cannon from the city wharf, which
was responded to on board with music and t he explosion of sky-rockets and
roman candles, making quite a pyrotechnic display, and which presented a beautiful
appearance from the shore. As the boat touched the slip, the cheers of the
vast throng outside the gates was almost deafening, and the pushing and crowding
so great that the police had not a little difficulty in clearing the way for
the procession, which proceeded up Fulton street in the following order, under
command of Major General Duryea:
Detachment of Police.
Thirteenth Regiment as escort.
Veterans of the 14th Regiment.
The Fourteenth Regiment.
Mayor Heads of Departments, (in carriages.)
Committee of the Board of Aldermen,
Fire Department of Western District.
Fulton street presented an animated and exciting scene. There was one continued
mass of human beings from the ferry to the City Hall, and the enthusiasm was
most intense. Roman candles and rockets were displayed in every direction,
and cheer after cheer went up veterans made their appearance. The route taken
was through Fulton to Court, through Court to Atlantic, through Atlantic to
Smith, through Smith to Fulton avenue, along Fulton avenue to Clinton avenue,
thence into Myrtle avenue and to Washinton Park, from which place, three years
ago, regiment took departure. Here the procession came to a halt about 1 o'clock,
the regiment being heartily welcomed back to their homes by Mayor Wood, (who
as Colonel commanded them in first battle of Bull Run.) the procession dismissed.
The 14th was brought home by Colonel E. B. Fowler. The officers and men all
presented a fine healthy appearance, appeared pleased to be in Brooklyn once
FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE ....
The Circulation of The Union is increasing rapidly, and it affords one of the
very best mediums through which advertisers can reach the public. A double
sheet is issued every Saturday A History of the Fourteenth.
Mr. J. M. Van Cott, well known in our city as an accomplished scholar, and
a warm-hearted and public-spirited citizen, has offered to write a history
of the Brooklyn Fourteenth. No record could be more noble. Wherever prompt
courage, unwavering fidelity, patient endurance, invincible pluck, and steady
discipline win respect and compel admiration, the names of the Fourteenth will
be remembered. In dreary camp, in weary march, in fierce battle, in the varied
duties which tax the vigilance, the spirit, and the patriotism of the soldier,
they have never faltered, never failed.
No one can have looked on the bronzed faces of these veterans, with here and
there a scar seaming the forehead or the cheek, and have seen the clear, proud
expression, of their eyes and their firm and settled lips, or have noticed
their elastic step upon the street, without feeling that this manly beauty,
this high bearing, unrivalled in its matchless grace by any won in the drawing-room,
was the result of an experience such as never before has come to the young
men of our and. It has been given to them, hardly yet arrived at the prime
of manhood, to have endured sufferings and performed service, in a war whose
issues were never known before in the history of wars. They have been privileged
to fight for a principle before which the petty aims of ambition, or even the
noblest purpose of any other free republic in the past, seems tame and insignificant.
They have struck for freedom to their countrymen, to the oppressed of their
own land, and to the oppressed of all lands. They have struck sharp, swift,
and repeated blows. Hardly a battle of importance has occurred in the East
in which they have not taken an active and noble part. The history of such
a part cannot fail to be stirring and valuable, and we are heartily glad to
record the fact that it has been undertaken by so able a hand.
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