15th Regiment Engineers
New York Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
The Fifteenth Regiment.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS—A GIFT FROM MRS. BRADFORD.
The camp of the Fifteenth regiment, Colonel J. McLeod Murphy, at Willett's
Point, was the scene of interesting ceremonies yesterday afternoon.
Bishop Hughes was invited and expected to be present to celebrate mass in a
tent beautifully decorated for the purpose by the Colonel's wife. Among the
invited guests were Rev. Dr. Thompson, Rev. Dr. Post, Judge Daly and Orestes
Rev. Dr. Post invoked a blessing on the banners about to be presented to the
regiment, and was followed by Dr. Thompson, who, in an elegant speech charged
the soldiers to see to it that the banners should receive no "tarnish
of dishonor." To this Colonel Murphy emphatically responded—"So
help me God, I will." Mr. Brownson next spoke, declaring that if his own
son were a traitor he would be the first to plunge a dagger in his heart.
Judge Daly then followed in an eloquent speech, which elicited loud applause,
when the preliminary exercises were closed with a benediction.
The regiment was then drawn up for dress parade, when Colonel S. D. Bradford,
Jun., of the staff of Governor Morgan, in the name of his wife, presented a
beautiful banner in the following terms:
Fellow Officers and Soldiers: I come to you in behalf of one of your young
countrywomen, who, though long confined to her bed by exhausting illness, cannot
satisfy her heart without sending to her patriot countrymen some token of her
admiration of their self-devoted heroism, and her interest in the noble struggle
in which they are called upon to take up arms. In her name, let me present
you with this banner, inscribed with symbols which have a thrilling significance
for every true American heart. Bear it with you wherever duty may call; and
I feel sure that no act of yours will ever dishonor it. A cruel and unjustifiable
rebellion, aiming a deadly blow at that beneficent government under whose protection
we have attained a result of national prosperity and social advancement, unparalleled
elsewhere in the world, has called upon us to exchange the pursuits of peace
and peaceful times for the life of the tented field, and at this time, our
enemy, who tramples in the dust all rules of honorable warfare, is menacing
our national capital and threatening to blot us out as a nation from the face
of the earth. This, then, is not the time for many words, but for stern and
manly deeds; the heroic age of the country is just dawning upon us, and already
we have added to the roll of patriot fame full many a name that was not born
to die. Involved with you in the tremendous issues of this conflict, your countrywomen
feel, not the less deeply than yourselves, that your losses and your triumphs
are theirs also. They are everywhere rushing to your aid in such a manner as
their powers leave open to them. Not a soldier will fall without their prayers
and their blessing; and, as far as it may be possible, not one will languish
under sickness or wounds without being soothed and tended by their gentle care.
Take, then, this banner; it shall cheer you in the toils of the camp or in
the hot fury of the battle; and whenever your eyes are turned to behold it
gleaming against the southern sky, imagine that on its folds is written this
inscription: "The hearts of your countrywomen are with you, and their
prayers are continually ascending in your behalf.: [Cheers.]
Colonel Murphy returned, in behalf of the Fifteenth Regiment, his sincere thanks.
The blue field (it was a state flag) would remind the dying soldier that he
has a heaven to hope for. Though there were no stars upon it, they would go
to search for the lost Pleiades in our national constellation, and they would
come back showing that they had some little knowledge of military astronomy.
The banner might come back torn and faded, but he pledged his honor, his life,
that it should never return dishonored. For the sick lady whose hands had wrought
the banner, the prayers of the regiment would follow her, and when the eyes
of the soldier fell for the last time on the sunlight this kind act would be
among the last remembered.
After the parade a clam-bake came off, and 30,000 clams were shortly taken
from beneath the embers, which closed the principal exercises of the day at
The Late Great Battle.
Letters have been received from several of the Flushing boys since the last
great battle at Chancellorsville. We cannot hear that any of them were hurt.
Ebenezer A. Lewis, jr., is missing, but supposed to be a prisoner. Our gallant
young friend, Lieut. Daniel A. Higgins, of the 16th Engineers, under date
of May 7th, writes:
Our boys have passed through the ordeal of another seven-day fight with various
success at different points. On the right our boys entrenched themselves in
a splendid position before the rebs found them, and could have held it until
Jeff had buried his last man, had it not been for the failure on our left.
On the left our boys charged all the great heights, and took them splendidly;
but here was a big blunder. Let time tell who was responsible. Had our men
been left to hold the heights after taking them, it would have saved many of
our brave men, and Jeff would not have had a corporal's guard left of his grand
army of butternuts. But when the Sixth corps were led forward in the woods
and got lost in darkness, Longstreet came up with 40,000 men, marched around
our left, and retook without a shot what cost us so many lives, at the same
time surrounding the entire corps. But in this our boys gave the most convincing
proof of their bravery, fighting their way through more than three times their
numbers, and recrossing the river in spite of all the efforts of the cunning
enemy. And after all I guess Jeff would not like to try to capture the Sixth
corps again, for he lost two to one at that. The loss of the heights at Fredericksburg,
and the late heavy rains, compelled fighting Joe to bring his boys back to
get a cup of coffee, repack their haversacks, and pitch in again. He is not
whipped; and don't you believe any one or anything that says so. And if the
rebs claim it for a victory, they have cause to mourn all such victories, for
they lost three men to our one. Before you get this letter, I hope you will
hear news from this quarter that will both surprise and please you. We ran
some risk in our work, but came out with the loss of one man, (Sgt. Carroll
of Co. H,) and not another man being hurt by any means, although we were kept
going night and day at the bridges. The laying of the first bridges was the
grandest affair that was ever performed, and is as yet a secret to the rebs—and
long may it be so. All the Flushing boys are safe.
The Second Regiment of Engineers , (late 15th regiment) as will be seen by
advertisement elsewhere, is again in the field and looking for recruits.
Capt. H. V. Slosson has opened an office at 473 Grand st., and is receiving
recruits rapidly. The bounty is $552. Mechanics and sailors will be preferred,
although no one is refused. Sergeants get $34 per month; corporals $20; 1st
class privates $17, and 2d class $13. Capt. Slosson was in command of the
pontoon train for nearly a year, and will be out again as soon as his company
is filled to its full strength, viz., 10 Sergeants, 10 Corporals, (14 first
class and 64 second class privates.
Mechanics will be placed in the first class. Major Carmichael, of the 15th
New York Regiment, has received the appointment on Gen. Schurz's staff as Commissory
of Muster for the Third Division, Eleventh Corps.
[For the N. Y. Sunday Mercury.]
Bridging the Rappahannock,
By The Fifteenth New York Engineers, of the Volunteer Engineer Brigade.
Dedicated to Major Thomas Bogan.
By Sergt. Arthur McManus. (April 1863)
There's a mighty host assembled on the hills beyond
And their camp-fires glow the brighter as the sun sinks
And like spectres in a sombre mist, see stealing o'er the
The picket of the wary foe is keeping watch and
And here upon the river's bank the patriot sentinel,
With sleepless eye he guards his post right faithfully
But hark! a low hum strikes his ear, like forests slowly
By the coming blast—'tis the coming of the Engineer
The moon is up, but half unvailed, her light is murk
The breeze moans through the leafless pines with a low,
No sudden rash of battle, no shrieking fife or drum,
Tell who they are, or what they are, that to the bank
But noiseless as the figures of an o'er-excited dream,
Each boat is launched with steady hands into the silent
Ay, quick and stern, without a pause, silent, but undismayed,
The gallant Fifteenth does its work—the pride of the
The night is past—the fiery sun, blood-red, is in the
Say, will he smile to-day upon the vulture's human
Yon cloudless sky expanding to embrace the rosy dawn,
Say will it darken with the storm that speak of heroes
Say will this tortuous river rolling onward to the sea,
Bear mingling with its waves to-day the life-blood of the
Little they know—and less they care—so that the bridge
The gallant New York Fifteenth, of the Engineer Brigade!
Haste, haste! my boys, it is the cry, before the sun goes
Our gallant Army here must cross, and, holding yonder
Will plant upon those tow'ring hills, where trench'd the
The unconquered flag of "Antietam", albeit, ten thousand
Ah! little we thought how true in part those idle words
Or that ten thousand men would fall, nor claim a victory!
And "who's to blame"—'tis wailing forth from many an
On that dark day—it was not theirs—the Engineer
Our work is all but finished—the bridge is nearly o'er—
Another boat will carry it unto the other shore;
And save some gallant fellows who toll with quicken'd
To put the last "chess" firmly down, the last "balk' in
The regiment, drawn up in line of battle, sternly wait
The coming of the stealthy foe, with hearts and hopes
No coward fears unnerve each hand upon the trigger
Of the gallant Fifteenth Regiment, the flower of the
But hark! a crash of scattering fire—the foe are on
Now, Fifteenth, nobly do your work, protect your men
And through the shower of leaden hail our boys take
Hurrah! hurrah! yon crest is cleared by that last
sheet of flame.
Hurrah! our job is done at last. 'Tis ready for each
Of Franklin's grand division to march in triumph o'er.
And whether our army triumph or recoil in glory's
No blame dare touch the Fifteenth, of the Engineer
But half our work is only done. The bridge before the
The Fiftieth have fled from it, and we are ordered
And down we go, determined all, that, come what will
New York" must prove victorious, though "Elmira" ran away.
And so it was. The Rebel crew, behind stone fence and
We dashed upon them from our boats, and captured
one and all.
The Eighty-ninth New York must share the honors of
With the dashing Fifteenth by the Engineer Brigade?
Our Army cross'd! and bravely fought; but what could
From right and left, from hill and trench, swept down
the murderous hail,
Nor shrub nor shelter had they there, on that extended slope--
Five hundred thousand men might storm those heights
without a hope;
And strewn like leaves along the grass upon an autumn day,
Upon its side, in countless groups, our dead and dying lay,
Enough! enough! Our heroic troops fell back, but undismay'd—
Take up each bridge!" and the work is done of the
J. McLeod Murphy's 15th New. York regiment has been accepted as an engineer
regiment and Col. Murphy is made Colonel of Engineers. They will construct
a pontoon bridge across the east branch, near the navy yard on Thursday, in
the presence of the President and other distinguished officials.
The fifteenth Regiment, Col. J. McLeod Murphy, now encamped at Willet's Point,
was yesterday supplied with medical stores, and a portion of their camp equipments.
The troops enjoy the best of health. They will receive their guns next week,
and will probably leave before long.
A MAGISTRATE PRESENTED WITH A SWORD.
Justice James H. Welsh having been appointed paymaster in Col. McLeod Murphy's
Regiment, his associates, Justices Kelly and Osborn, together with the clerks
of the Police Courts and Court of Special Sessions, presented him with a
beautiful sword, sash, and belt, at the Tombs yesterday morning. On handing
him the sword, Justice Osborn said:
Justice Welsh: I am deputed, on behalf of your associates (justices and clerks),
to present you, on the eve of your departure for the seat of war, with this
token of their respect for you, both in the position which you hold as a civilian
and in which you have been honored by the government of your native state and
city. To myself, individually, the duty of presenting you with this sword affords
more than ordinary gratification. Having known you from your infancy, I have
watched your progress in life with more than ordinary interest. Happy as I
was in hailing you as an able and efficient assistant, in a subordinate station,
I felt satisfied when, by the voice of your fellow-citizens, you were called
upon to assume the high position which for several years past you have so honorably
You go to another field of service, and, your companions, friends, and countrymen
have no fear but that, in laying aside for a brief time, as we hope, the mantle
of civil authority, you will wield the sword of justice in defense of the flag
of your country, with the same alacrity and vigor, which have actuated you
in your pacific calling.
Go, then, where duty calls you, and be assured you carry with you the best
wishes of untold numbers of sympathizing friends for your health and prosperity,
and an earnest desire that the cause which has called you from our midst may
be speedily brought to a successful issue.
Judge Welsh made an appropriate response, thanking his associates for the kindly
manner in which they had remembered him, and assuring them the gift they had
made him should never be disgraced as long as he had a right arm to wield it.
NEW YORK, June 18.
The 15th N. Y. Volunteers returned to this city to-day. It was formerly commanded
by Col. McLeod Murphy, and is historical as the engineer regiment which twice
has placed pontoons across the Rappahannock in the face of the enemy. Its
last service was performed this week in perfecting the withdrawal of stores
from Aquia Creek on the 15th, for which Brig. Gen. Warren highly compliments
them for voluntarily performing after the expiration of their term.
Official Reception of the Fifteenth Regiment.
The official reception of the returned Fifteenth Regiment New York Volunteers
will take place on Monday next. It will be reviewed by the Mayor and Common
Council in front of the City hall, at 5 o'clock P. M., and will proceed thence
up Broad- way to the City Assembly Rooms, where an entertainment will be
provided by the city authorities. Col. Colgate has issued the following order:
The regiment parade in light marching order on Monday, the 22d inst. Line will
be formed at 3 P. M. in Lafayette Place, right resting on Eighth street, field
and staff mounted. C. G. Colgate, Colonel
Army Changes, Etc.
Appointments, Resignations, Etc.
The 15th N.Y. Regiment About to Return
Washington, June 5.—Among the official changes which have recently been
made in the Department of Washington, is the transfer of Capt. Frank H. Barroll
from the subsistence Department, Alexandria, to the charge of a branch of the
Provost Marshal General's office in Washington.
The resignation of Colonel Stewart, of the 50th New York Engineers, has been
accepted; cause continued ill health. Lieutenant-Colonel
Pettes, of the Regiment, will succeed to the command.
Major Spaulding, of the same regiment, has received the appointment of Lieut.
The term of service of a large portion of the 15th New York Engineers, will
expire in a few days.
Those remaining will preserve the present regimental organization. It is commanded
by Colonel Colgate.
These two regiments, together with a battalion of United States Engineers,
form the Engineer's Brigade, under the command of Brigadier Gen. Benham.
This Brigade has rendered most efficient service during the late nine days
campaign having laid, taken up, transported and relaid, five separate bridges
over the Rappahannook, at an extreme distance of twenty miles, one from another.
THE ENGINEER REGIMENTS.
The resignation of Colonel Stewart, of the Fiftieth New York engineers, has
been accepted; cause, continued ill health. Lieut. Colonel Pettes, of the
same regiment, will succeed to the command. Major Spaulding, of the same
regiment, has received the appointment of lieutenant-colonel.
This brigade has rendered most efficient service during the late nine days'
campaign, having laid, taken up, transported and relaid five separate bridges
over the Rappahannock, at an extreme distance of twenty miles one from another.
The term of service of a large portion of the Fifteenth New York engineers
will expire in a few days, their two years term having expired. Those remaining
will preserve the present regimental organization. It is commanded by Colonel
Colgate. These two regiments, together with a battalion of United States engineers,
form the Engineers' brigade, under the command of Brigadier General Benham.
Promotion in the New York Engineer Corps.
The following promotions have been made in the Corps of Engineers, New York
State Volunteers, by his Excellency the Governor, upon the recommendation
of Colonel Carroll:
First Lieutenant Biram Farrand, to be captain, to date from February 6, 1863.
Second Lieutenant E. U. K. Talcott, to be first lieutenant, to date from February
Quartermaster Sergeant Alex. F. Newman to be second lieutenant and regimental
quartermaster, to date from February 6, 1863.
THE FIFTEENTH REGIMENT.
Judge James H. Welsh, Paymaster of the Fifteenth regiment, was married in Harlem
on Wednesday evening, to Miss Anna E. Roberts. The ceremony was performed by
the Rev. William Gilbert, of the Second avenue (Harlem) Methodist church. The
regiment, it is expected, will leave to-day or to-morrow. (June 28, 1861)
Official Reception of the 15th Regiment N. Y. Volunteers.
The official reception of the Fifteenth Regiment, N. Y. Volunteers, took place
yesterday afternoon. At three o'clock the regiment formed on Lafayette Place
and marched down to the City Hall where they passed in review before the
Mayor and Common Council, receiving frequent cheers from the thousands who
lined their route and witnessed the review. After leaving the City Hall they
proceeded up to the City Assembly Rooms, where a bountiful banquet was provided
for the regiment by the Corporation. The banquet was good, the punch was
plentiful and the speeches few and short. The entrance of Lieut. Col. O'Keefe,
formerly of the Fifteenth, filled the soldiers with enthusiasm.
All passed off in the most pleasant manner and at an early hour the affair
FIFTEENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS, COL. J. McLEOD MURPHY.
This fine regiment, which has been encamped at Willet's Point for several weeks,
did not take its departure yesterday for the seat of war as expected. They
will probably leave to-day. (June 28, 1861)
FIFTEENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK ENGINEERS, COLONEL
JOHN M'LEOD MORPHY COMMANDING.
In calling attention to this regiment, we would mention that they have been
in the field for the past sixteen months, doing active duty as engineer troops
with the Army of the Potomac. Their commander, Colonel Murphy, formerly of
the navy, and a graduate of the Naval
Academy of Annapolis, is an experienced engineer, whose merit has been often
acknowledged. This regiment is now organizing a second battalion, and, having
some one thousand two hundred men in the field, recruits must fall in lively,
or they will be shut out. Their bounties are as large as any other regiment,
and wages higher, viz:—Thirteen, seventeen, twenty and thirty-four dollars
per month. This is the chance for mechanics. Their recruiting office is at
No. 83 Spring street.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS.
A stand of colors will be presented to the New-York Volunteer Engineer Regiment,
by the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, on Thursday afternoon,
at the National Guard Armory. The presentation address will be made by
Evarts, esq., and a speech may be expected from Joseph Hoxie, esq. Eight
companies of this regiment, under the command of Col. E. W. Serrell, are
now in service
at Port Royal. Major Butt, by whom the colors will be received, will embark
in a few days with the remaining two companies of the regiment.
GENERAL INSPECTION OF VOLUNTEERS.
With a view to the consolidation of the various organizations attached to the
New-York depot of volunteers, there will be a general inspection of the troops,
this week, by Capt. Anthon. The aggregate number of men in the imperfect
organizations in and about the city is about. 5,000, and the consolidations
will be ordered by Col. Bliss, Assistant Adjutant-General, so soon as he
shall have received the official report from Capt. Anthon. Yesterday, the
Seward Infantry, 3d German Rifles, Van Buren
Light Infantry and Jackson Artillery, at East New-York, were inspected.
Fifteenth N. Y. Volunteers.
This command, which was originally organized by Colonel J. McLeod Murphy, and
which has been serving as an engineer force, returned to our city on Thursday
morning, their term of service having expired. The command looked exceedingly
well, considering their long labors.
They are quartered at the Park barracks.
McCAFFERY.—On the 16th of April, at Camp Falmouth, Va., of fever, after
a short but severe illness, Thomas McCaffery, member of Company A, Fifteenth
Regiment, N. Y. S. V.
His body was embalmed and sent to his friends in this city. He was respected
by all who knew him. His funeral took place on the 29th inst., from his residence
in Greenwich street, and was attended by a large concourse of friends.
From the 15th Engineers.
Falmouth, May 9th, 1863.
DEAR _____: We have been on the jump for the last ten days, we were the first
to move and the last to fall back, we had to wait until the last man crossed
the river be- fore we could take up our bridge, I witness- ed this whole seven
days fight. We had to keep on watch for Gen. Sedgwick and his corps to throw
a bridge for his men cross over on this side, we were all time on the jump,
first on the left, then to right and then to the centre. The rebels threw solid
shot and shell at us every chance they could get, one man in our company named
Carroll, was cut in two with a ten pound solid shot, the ball hit him in the
stomach, and scattering pieces of him in every direction. Last night we started
out with the flying bridge train and threw a bridge for Stoneman's cavalry
to cross on this side. They had made a raid clear inside of the Richmond defences.
In one part of the fight, I saw a brigade break while on a charge. In an instant
Joe Hooker rushed out on his horse bare-headed and rallied them, and lead them
himself--driving the rebels out of the batteries. He was in the hottest part
of the fight several times. The rebels kept reinforcing all the time so Joe
thought rather than lose what credit we had gained we had better recross and
rest, then, at them again. The whole army is full of fight yet. The rebels
lost three to one. G. F.
THE FIFTEENTH REGIMENT NEW-YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The 15th Regiment New-York Volunteers, Col. John McLeod Murphy, now encamped
at Willett's Point, has received orders to leave for the seat of war, and
will accordingly take their departure on Saturday. The steamboat will take
the regiment and its equipage from their present camping ground to Elizabethport,
N. J., direct, where it will take the New Jersey Central Railroad en route
for Washington. Following is an authentic list of the officers of this regiment.
Colonel, John McLeod Murphy; Lieut.-Colonel, Francis B. O'Keefe; Major, C.
G. Colgate; Adjutant, Walter L. Cassin; Quartermaster, Edward J. Strang; Engineer
and Ordnance Officer, Capt. Stephen Chester; Surgeon, James McNair; Sergeant
Major, Jas. W. Drummond; Drum Major, George Schlosser; Fife Major, Mearn; Chaplain,
George E. Post, M. D.; Paymaster, James H. Welsh.
Company A--Captain, J. C. Hicks; Lieutenant, D. R. Smith; Ensign, Wm. W. Horton.
Company B—Captain, Thos. Bogan; Lieutenant, F. Larkin; Ensign, J. W.
Company C—Captain, J. J. Reilly (detailed with Lieut. Chas. Bacon to
forward supplies); Lieutenant, G. W. DaCunha; Ensign, M. J. Hogan.
Company D—Captain, James McQueen; Lieutenant, Joseph Wood, jr.; Ensign,
Company E—Captain, E. C. Perry; Lieutenant, H. V. Slosson; Ensign, M.
Company F--Captain, J. Garrett; Lieutenant, M. P. O'Brien; Ensign, J. B. Thomas.
Company G--Captain, J. Lalor; Lieutenant, W. A. Brown; Ensign, T. Sandford.
Company H--Captain,W. A. Ketchum; Lieutenant, H. F. Bronson; Ensign, Theodore
Company I—Captain, G. W. Warner; Lieutenant, C. H. Amerman (detailed
as Secretary); Ensign, John Farrell.
Company K--Captain, James Dodd; Lieutenant, A. P. Greene; Ensign, George Murphy.
SWORD PRESENTATION. (May 29, 1861)
PRESENTATION OF A SWORD TO JUSTICE WELSH.
Police Justice James H. Welsh having been appointed Paymaster in Colonel McLeod
Murphy's regiment, his associates--Justices Kelly and Osborne--as well as the
clerks of the Police Courts and Special Sessions, resolved to present him with
a sword, sash and belt previous to his departure with the regiment. The presentation
was made yesterday morning at the Lower Police Court, by Justice Osborne, on
behalf of himself and his associates. The regiment to which Mr. Welsh is attached,
is now quartered at Fort Schuyler.
PRESENTATION OF A SWORD TO MAJOR KIMBALL.
Last night the interesting ceremony of presenting a sword to Major Kimball,
of Hawkins' Zouaves, was gone through with at the Gotham Saloon, in the Bowery.
The sword was the gift of the news agents of this city, with whom Major Kimball
was associated some years ago. The Major was also an attache of this office
about seven years ago. Major Kimball returned thanks for the handsome present
in an appropriate and soldier-like manner. The sword is a gem of art, and
reflects credit on the taste of the donors. It was made in Sheffield, England,
and is as good a blade as ever was drawn. The scabbard is bronzed, and beautifully
gilt. Among those who assisted in the present were ....
THE FIFTEENTH (COLONEL McLEOD MURPHY'S) REGIMENT RECRUITING.
Major Colgate arrived in the city yesterday for the purpose of establishing
headquarters for recruiting for the Fifteenth (Colonel McLeod Murphy's) regiment.
The regiment now, as, indeed, when it left here for the seat of war, only
numbers 746 men; but, in pursuance of orders from the Secretary of War, it
is immediately to be increased to the standard strength, 1,046 men. The headquarters
for recruiting selected by Major Colgate are situated at 473 Grand street
and 320 West street—the former in charge of Capt. Perry, the later
of Lieut. Larkin. The regiment forms the right of the brigade under Gen.
Franklin, a brave and experienced officer of the United States service, and
now occupies the advanced posts of the army of the Potomac. Colonel McLeod
Murphy and his command are in high repute at general headquarters, and were
specially complimented by General McClellan, who remarked at review a few
days ago that they well deserved to hold the right of the brigade. Together
with performing most important picket duty, the Fifteenth are solely entrusted
with reconnoissance duty and furnishing the War Department with plans and
maps of the country and the position of the enemy, as they succeed in penetrating
the one and discovering the other. Up to the present time not a man has been
lost to the regiment either by desertion or death, and not more than ten
or a dozen have at any time been absent from duty through sickness. The regiments
brigading with the Fifteenth are the Eighteenth, Thirty-first and Thirty-second
New York and a squadron of cavalry.
Major Colgate reports the change in the army of the Potomac effected by the
appointment of General McClellan to the chief command as surprising as it is
gratifying and encouraging. Every department of the service has its own efficient
head, but the eye of the General is over all, and thus the well being of the
men is scrupulously cared for in the camp and in the field.
Volunteers joining the Fifteenth at either rendezvous—473 Grand street
or 320 West street—will be immediately provided with quarters and subsistence,
and with the least possible delay mustered for pay and service.
Major Colgate will leave the city to rejoin the regiment on Saturday next,
and any letters to the soldiers of the Fifteenth from their friends, left at
the recruiting depots he will take in charge, and will see them safely delivered.
COLONEL McLEOD MURPHY'S REGIMENT.
The Fifteenth regiment, commanded by Colonel McLeod Murphy, which is now
encamped at Fort Schuyler, has recently been under inspection by Captain
Smith, of the
Topographical Corps, United States Army. The regiment is to act as a Sapper
and Miners Corps, and was organized by Colonel Murphy, who is himself a practical
engineer. Most of the men are mechanics, and consequently well adapted for
service in a corps of this kind. They are a fine healthy looking set of recruits,
and their average age is only twenty-seven years. The regiment went into
quarters at Fort Schuyler eight days ago. They are now being thoroughly
drilled in marching
and manoeuvering, and have already acquired considerable skill in these departments.
Their uniforms have not yet been furnished, nor have their muskets; and the
want of the latter greatly impedes their drill in the manual of arms. About
three hundred tents were sent to the regiment yesterday, by order of Commissary
General Arthur, and these, with the accommodations previously furnished at
the fort, will be amply sufficient to make the men comfortable. (May 31,
FIFTEENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS,
COL. J. McLEOD MURPHY.
This fine regiment, which has been encamped at Willet's Point for several weeks,
did not take its departure yesterday for the seat of war as expected. They
will probably leave to-day. (June 28, 1861)
THE FIFTEENTH REGIMENT.
Judge James H. Welsh, Paymaster of the Fifteenth regiment, was married in Harlem
on Wednesday evening, to Miss Anna E. Roberts. The ceremony was performed
by the Rev. William Gilbert, of the Second avenue (Harlem) Methodist church.
The regiment, it is expected,
will leave to-day or to-morrow. (June 28, 1861)
Col. Josiah W. Bissell of the Engineer regiment, who accomplished the herculean
task of cutting a channel for Gen. Pope's transports through the bayous at
Island No. 10, had won a high reputation for energy and mechanical skill
before the war broke out being largely connected with the internal improvement
of the West, and had distinguished himself and his corps in Missouri by rapid
bridge building, before the great success in the twelve mile canal. The Boston
Advertiser relates the following anecdote of him:
" Now that Col. Bissell is a hero, we may take the liberty of telling a single
characteristic story of his personal life. He sent a photograph portrait of
himself to a friend a few days since. The figure was dressed in the working
costume of a respectable 'navvy.' Explaining this to his friend, this hard
working Colonel said that he had somewhere an elegant Colonel's uniform, but
he had never had it on.
MAJOR CARMICHAEL,of the 15th New York Regiment, has received the appointment
on Gen. Schurz's staff as Commissory of Muster for the Third Division, Eleventh
THE RAPPAHANNOCK SALOON.—We know that the many friends of J. M. Sheehan,
including all those who read his interesting and graphic letters from the 15th
Engineers, will be pleased to learn that he has returned from his two years'
experience as a soldier in the army of the Potomac, closing up on the Rappahannock,
and that he has anchored his pontoons at No. 217 Genesee street, under the
City Hotel, where he intends to keep a first class saloon. All kinds of liquors,
and the best brands of ale and cigars, will always be found at his bivouac,
also oysters and clams in the shell, and other delicacies in their season.
Read John's advertisement and call upon him.
Death of McLeod Murphy.
A telegram was received last evening announcing the death of Col. McLeod Murphy,
of the Engineer Regiment, and formerly Senator of this State. Col. Murphy
was officer of rare merit. He was all attention to his regiment and spared
no pains to increase its discipline and preserve its health. Col. McLeod
Murphy has lost fewer men from sickness than any Colonel in the field. His
zeal for his regiment broke down his health. In losing Col. Murphy, the State
and Nation sustain a last-…
Camp of 1st N. Y. Vol. Engineers, near Petersburg, Va., Sept. 21, 1864.
To the Editor of the Statesman.
For several days past it has been very quiet in front of Petersburg, especially
in front of the 10th A. C., with which corps the Engineer Regiment is on duty.
The work of fortifying is steadily progressing, and every other reparation
is being made for a desperate battle, which will occur soon.
The different regiments are being rapidly filled up by recruits and veterans,
and corps are beginning to assume their original strength by the addition of
Although we are on the eve of battle, warlike subjects appear to vanish, and
other subjects of importance and interest take its place. The Presidential
contest and its results is the great question, and one in which every soldier
takes an interest, and which is proving beyond a doubt the true sentiments
of the army since the proceedings of the Chicago Convention has been made public.
Among the more reasonable democrats here, many have been led to consider the
importance of studying the motives of that Convention, and, in view of the
results that would be likely to follow the success of that party with its platform,
openly avow their purpose to change their position. Having enlisted in the
war for the Union, they wisely manifest a determination to adhere to the principle
of maintaining the Union under all circumstances, and repudiate a party whose
sympathies are with the South. The soldiers enter into the spirit of politics
with as much zeal and sense as some of the veteran politicians, and I dare
say as effectively. In handling the Chicago platform they are somewhat severe,
believing that the war has been carried on too long, that too many lives have
been sacrificed, and too much treasure expended, for us now to suffer a party
to rule our nation who approves conciliation or compromise with traitors.
The determined opposition of the democratic leaders to the Administration has
aroused the loyalty and patriotism of the soldiers of all political denominations,
and the resolutions of the Convention, tendering their sympathies to the soldiers
in the field, is repudiated by us. We accept no sympathies from traitors. We
believe their proceedings to be unfavorable to the Union, and as we are fighting
to preserve it, we will exercise all our privileges to express the sentiment,
from the polls to the battle-field. Mr. Lincoln is on our banner, therefore
Mr. Lincoln can count well upon the support of the soldiers in the field.
The prospects of the re-election of Mr. Lincoln, together with the probable
success of our armies, inspires in us the belief that the rebellion will soon
be conquered, and that peace, an honorable peace, will be ours to enjoy. J.
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