1st Regiment Engineers
New York Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
PROM GEN. HUNTER'S DEPARTMENT. "
A Sound of the New York Vol. Engineers,
with their Lientenant, "Nabbed" by the
Rebels—Shameful Neglect of Military Duty,
Correspondence of the New York Express.
Hilton Head, S.C., March13, Night.-The long
roll has just been sounded at Spanish Wells, and all
hands called under aims. As far as I can ascertain, a
party of Rebels, consisting of twenty men, under
command of a Sergeant, crossed the river during the
early part of the evening and "nabbed" Lieutenant
RUSHLEY and nine men, six of whom belonged to the
.New York Volunteer Engineers, and the rest to the
It appears that all the pickets on the beach were
asleep, and not a single one of them had his piece
loaded. They were surprised by the Rebels, who
crossed the river without being seen. The noise
created by the surprise awakened Lieutenant RUSHLEY,
who rushed out of his bed to see what was
going on, and hardly had he arrived on the picketground
when he, too, was taken by the Rebel Sergeant.
The whole party then embarked in boats,
and went "Dixie-ward."
On Thursday last, a beautiful stand of colors were
presented to the above regiment, at the Seventh Regiment
drill-room. A very large assemblage was
present and the occasion was one of much note. The
presentation was made by William M. Evarts, Esq., .
in a very appropriate and fitting speech. Messrs.
Warrall, Hoxie and others followed Mr. Evarts in a
few remarks. The Seventh Regiment band were in
attendance, and discoursed very appropriate music.
The colors were manufactured by Messrs. Tiffany& . Co., of Broadway, and
are a splendid specimen of artistic skill. They consist of two regimental and
two guide colors. The regimental banner is of blue
silk, having "Sumter" painted in the centre, with .
in the upper corner, the whole surmounted with an
eagle. The regimental color is the National ensign,•
of Silk, with the name of the regiment and the donors
in the stripes,—the Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen,
an old and beneficial institution of our city. In
honor of the existence of an Engineer Regiment, composed
of mechanics, they gave Messrs. Tiffany & Co.,
a cane blanche to manufacture a stand of colors.
The colors were received by Company F, Captain S.
C. Eaton; Eight companies of the regiment are now
at Fort Royal, where the present detachment will
depart for, escorting this gift. The occasion was one
bringing up to memory many of the early incidents
of life. Amid the assemblage were many, both male
and female, who had graduated from the kind munficence
of this institution. They felt the occasion
deeply, and heartily indorsed the action of tke Society.
The colors will be borne by the regiment amid
the contest of battle, whether in the cotton fields of
South Carolina or the hills of Manassas. Colonel
Serrell has reason to be proud of his position and command.
"THE FIRST NEW-YORK VOLUNTEER ENGINEERS. ,
The following letter explains itself:
No. 543 Broadway, Ju1y 18, 1865,
. Col. Vincent Colyer; Superintendent flew-I'orfc State Soldiers depot
COLONEL: Permit me to thank you for your Kindness
and attention to my regiment, the First New-York Volunteer Engineers. At tho
time we arrived in New
York you were greatly pressed with Numbers of returned :
troops, yet you seemed to bring order out of chaos, and
your uniform kindness won the admiration and gratitude
of all. Your institution is a noble one, and you have produced
results from it which ought to satisfy the most exuoting:
and in, behalf of my regiment,. and for myself, I
thank you, and through you the founders and supporters
of the Soldier's Depot. I am, very truly, and respectfully,
your obedient servant, JAMBS F. HALL
Brevet fcrijy.-Gen. U. S. V., Commanding First New York Engineers.
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