11th Regiment Artillery (Heavy), New York Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper
Formerly of the 100th N. Y. V., has received orders to recruit for the
11th Regiment Heavy Artillery, and has opened his office at the West end of
the IRON BR1DGE, where he has already enlisted a few men. Any one desirous
of entering service can now have a chance to enlist, in an important branch.
Lieut. Dexter has been in service a long time, is a good officer and a gentleman.
He pays the highest bounties offered. Give him a call and see what he can do
His regiment is for garrison duty especially.
RECRUITS FOR THE ARMY WANTED.
11th Heavy Artillery.
Capt. A. MOORE,
Formerly of the 105th Regiment N. Y. Vol., having received authority to recruit
a Company to be attached to this Regiment, is prepared to offer to good men,
inducements to enlist in his Company.
OPPOSITE POST-OFFICE, BROCKPORT.
Bounties, Clothing, and Subsistence, furnished the same as by other recruiting
This Regiment is organized expressly for the defence of N. Y. Harbor.
Capt. A. MOORE,
ap15dtf Recruiting Officer.
11th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
COL. W. B. BARNES, COMMANDING.
Read this and think of it.
CAPT. I. E. PREVOST,
Is now organizing a Company in this favorite branch of the service, and with
none of the detririments which detract so much from the infantry service to
The Captain having been connected with the army for the last year is fully
qualified to command a company in the field.
The First Lieutenant has been eighteen months in the infantry service as Lieutenant
in the 100th Regiment, and has been wounded and honorably discharged.
Volunteers in this Company will receive ALL GOVERNMENT AND STATE BOUNTIES paid
by any regiment now organizing in the State. Pay, Rations and Clothing furnished
Several good men wanted as non-commissioned officers.
Head-quarters, Company C, First Battallion, No. 4 EXCHANGE PLACE, and Tent
No. 1, in front of the Court House.
1st Lieut.—RODNEY DEXTER.
2d Lieuts.—Henry S. Mackie, Francis Forbes,
Recruiting Sergeant G. W. Clark. ap24deodim
The 11th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
LIEUT. F. L. AMBROSE,
HAVING RECEIVED AUTHORITY to recruit for the ELEVENTH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY,
has now opened his office at
18 Exchange st., near the Clinton Hotel, Where he will be pleased to see those
who wish to enlist in this branch of the service. Those who enlist in this
Regiment will be exempt from the fatiguing labor and exposure which attend
a compaign in the field, and we have the assurance from proper authority, that
this Regiment will not go out of the state; but will garrison the Forts around
New York Harbor.
This Regiment is commanded by
COL. W. B. BARNES.
Who has served as an Artillery commander from the commencement of the war.
The Company is commanded by Capt. WM. CHURCH, a gentleman of experience and
Clothing, Rations, and Lodging furnished immediately, and all Government Bounties
that are offered. March 18, 1863. -- dtf
11th New York
COL. W. B. BARNES.
THE UNDERSIGNED-A graduate of the Royal Military College, lately Adjutant of
the Rankin Lancers, having received authority from the Adutant General of the
State of New York, to raise a Company for this favorite branch of the service,
hereby gives notice that he will be found at his Head-quarters,
NO. 133 STATE STREET,
Where he will receive all good, true, and able-bodied men:
Two Lieutenantcies and several non-commissioned offices still vacant.
Now is your time before the draft. God save the Union.
mh30 GEORGE WARDE,
Recruiting Officer, 11th Heavy Artillery.
A Rare Chance!
Now is the time for those wishing to enlist and avoid the draft, which will
surely come this time.
Col. W. B. BARNES,
Having received a n t h o r i t y to raise a Regiment of Heavy Artillery, has
now established his Headquarters, No. 14 Reynolds' Arcade,
Where he will be pleased to see those wishing authority to recruit for this
It is for Garrison duty especially, and will garrison the
Forts in New York Harbor.
Notice was received this morning from Adjt. General Sprague that the Regiment
would not go out of the State, but would be kept for the defence of New York
Harbor, where the men will have good, comfortable barracks to stay in. No picket
duty to perform, no long marches to make, and very light guard duty. Who would
not rather volunteer in such a Regiment than to be drafted and put under strange
officers, and immediately sent to the front to endure all the hardships of
a Soldier's life.
W. B. BARNES,
mh14dtf Col. 11th Reg't N.Y. Heavy Artillery.
ELEVENTH HEAVY ARTILLERY,—Lieut. James C. Root has recently opened a
recruiting office in the Morning Express office building, for this crack regiment.
As Col. W. B. Barnes, commander of the Regiment, has received positive assurance
from the Adjutant General, that the regiment will not leave the State, but
will be retained for the purpose of garrisoning the forts in New York Harbor,
those who join it can be assured of excellent quarters, good pay, and light
work, besides $175 bounty.
BARNES' HEAVY ARTILLERY.—This regiment is now filling up rapidly, about
six hundred men having already been enrolled. Col. B. is making preparations
to go into camp at the Fair grounds—probably next week.
Capt. Dickinson has a letter from Albany stating from the Adjutant General,
that each man who enters the army will receive a State bounty, under the recent
act of the Legislature—$10 at the time of enlistment and $65 on joining
his regiment. This will be an inducement to men to go into the ranks beyond
what they have had heretofore. Capt. Dickinson has 102 men on his rolls, and
is taking in more every day.
ANOTHER COMPANY FOR THE ELEVENTH ARTILLERY.—A company is being organized
for the 11th Artillery, as will be seen by an advertisement, with headquarters
in Exchange Place and at Tent in front of City Hall. This company is officered
as follows: Captain, I. E. Provost; 1st Lieutenant, Rodney Dexter; Senior 2d
Lieutenant, Henry S. Mackie; Junior do, Francis Forbes. (April 24, 1863)
GARRISON FOR NEW YORK HARBOR FORTS.—Lieut. Oliver B. Reeves, recruiting
officer for Capt. H. P. Morrell's company, of the 11th Heavy Artillery, has
opened an office near the Salina street bridge, and offers unequalled advantages
to good men wishing to enlist. He offers $40 bounty in advance, and all other
government and state bounties.—
This regiment is being organized, expressly to garrison the Forts around New
York Harbor, and we are authorized to say that it will be permanently stationed
at that point.
THE ELEVENTH HEAVY ARTILLERY.—Capt. I. E. Prevost is filling up his
company for the 11th Heavy Artillery Regiment rapidly. He has now men enough
enlisted to muster in a 1st Lieutenant, and has presented to Col. Barnes his
muster roll to be sent to Albany. At the present rate of recruiting, he will
soon have men enough to complete the organization of his company. His 1st Lieutenant,
Rodney Dexter, has been in the service about eighteen months, and passed through
the seven days' battles before Richmond. He has ability and experience, and
will make an efficient officer. Capt. Prevost invites those who wish to enlist
and avoid the draft, to call on him at his office, No. 4 Exchange Place.
NOTICE —11TH REGIMENT NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY.--Whereas, several persons
have heretofore enlisted in Capt. Church's company, 11th Regiment New York
Heavy Artillery, some of whom have entirely failed to report at the regimental
camp, and some who have so reported have absconded therefrom; notice is hereby
given, that if absentees report themselves within two weeks from this date,
at the headquarters of the regiment, they will be again received into their
company without any punishment being inflicted, besides receiving such bounty
as is now being paid, together with their pay from the date of their enlistment.
Shall they fail to so report themselves within the above time designated, they
will be reported and published as deserters, and upon arrest will be punished
with the utmost rigor of the law.
By command of Col. W. B. BARNES.
WM. CHURCH, Captain.
Camp Sprague, Rochester, May 8, 1863.
GETTING READY TO MARCH.—Yesterday almost every train of cars brought
in furloughed soldiers of the 11th Heavy Artillery Regiment, who had seen Col.
Barnes' order in the papers calling his men together, to go to the defence
of Pennsylvania whose soil is invaded by traitors. A large majority of the
men respond with alacrity to the call. There are, however, a few deserters,
and men who enlisted for bounty, who are clamoring at this sudden order to
march; but these are few. Last night the camp was properly guarded by the 54th
Regiment, as, it was on the previous evening. Knapsacks, canteens, haversacks
and equipments were to arrive yesterday, and it is expected that the regiment
will leave this afternoon on the Genesee Valley Railroad for Harrisburg.
REGIMENTAL COLORS.—On Saturday last Col. Barnes of the 11th Heavy Artillery,
received from Albany three spendid flags for his regiment. One of them, the
colors of the regiment, is really a very beautiful flag. It is composed of
red, white and blue silk, and was constructed at great expense. The regimental
flag is of yellow silk, and has, on blue ground, the words, Eleventh Heavy
Artillery, N. Y. S. Vols.
These flags were on exhibition Saturday in Karnes' banking office. The other
flag was of bunting, and is in use at the camp as a garrison flag.
AFFAIRS AT CAMP SPRAGUE—ATTEMPTS TO RUN THE GUARD—DESERTIONS'—TIME
OF THE REGIMENT'S DEPARTURE.—The 54th Regiment performed guard duty at
the camp of the 11th Heavy Artillery, on Saturday night, and the importance
of that service was fully manifest before morning. Four desertions occurred
during the night, and two other men were detected and placed under arrest while
making the attempt. In a third instance, a sentry fired his musket at an "artful
dodger," but without effect.
The muster-in took place yesterday P. M. One company, to the number of sixty-five,
declined to take the oath until they should receive the promised bounty. They
however yielded, after considerable persuasion—with the exception of
seven, who were hand cuffed and placed in the guard house. There were many
visitors to the camp during the day, composed mostly of the friends of the
enlisted men. At the time the mutiny above referred to occurred, the civilians
were ordered off the grounds, and not subsequently admitted.
About one hundred men of the 54th remained on duty last night. It was thought
the regiment would depart this forenoon, but the time had not been definitely
Affairs at Camp Sprague—Col. Barnes' Regiment Nearly Full.
It is worth one's while to take a stroll into any military camp where the organization
of a regiment is in progress. We availed ourselves of such an opportunity
last week, and were truly surprised at the changed appearance of affairs
from the time the regiment first went into camp at that place. The grounds
are kept in excellent condition, and the quarters for the soldiers extend
the whole length of the southern side of the grounds. Each apartment contains
two cots—two for each cot. They are frequently inspected, and the occupants
take especial pride in the neat appearance of the quarters.
There are two large mess halls, with sitting room combined, for 1,500 men.
The rationing of the men is in charge of what better man than O. S. Hulburt?
An inspection of his kitchen is well worth the trouble of a walk to camp. The
cooking is entirely done by steam. The bill of fare for the men excels in variety
that of any camp provider in the United States.
Hulburt has an oven in which he can bake, in a few minutes, beans for 1000
men. The meats and soups are excellent. In the morning beefsteak is served,
together with coffee equal to Norris' best. The refreshment department is under
the charge of J. R. Gaskill and ex-policeman Lyman Johnson, and is well managed.
A view of the Quartermaster's department convinces one immediately that that
important branch of the recruiting service is in good hands. Quartermaster
Eagan has been fortunate in the receipt of clothing of the very best quality
and material, and the comfort and appearance of the men is greatly enhanced
thereby.—They have in addition to their other clothing an extra quality
In the hospital there are but five sick, and but one of them confined to his
bed. This speaks well for the regulation of the men, and the scrupulous neatness
of the camp.
Evening parade takes place every afternoon at 5 P. M. Religious services are
observed at the camp on Sunday.
Col. Barnes is entitled one of the most successful recruiting officers in the
State, and has recruited more men for this war than any other man in said state.
He commenced at the outbreak of the rebellion, and recruited at first a company
for the Sixth Cavalry. He afterwards raised two companies for the 4th Heavy
Artillery, and was stationed, at Fort Ethan Allen, where he remained until
the beginning of the present year, when he was called upon to raise the 11th
Heavy Artillery Regiment. Although without the assistance of any field or staff
officers, excepting the Adjutant (Hatch,) he has carried alone the burden of
raising the men; sustaining discipline at the camp, and in fact acted as Colonel,
field and staff. How well he has managed needs no comment at our hands. It
is sufficient to say that he has the men; they are well clothed, and fed and
in camp. Not a few have deserted, but they are gradually restored and all the
while recruiting goes on. Yesterday fifty men where mustered into the regiment,
recruited since Sunday. Before the present week, for a month or more the average
was 100 men per week.
GOODWIN'S BATTERY.—Capt. GOODWIN is recruiting in this city for a Battery
to be attached to the 11th Artillery. His company is nearly half full, and
he hopes, in the course of a few weeks, to be in position to take the field.
His guns—his own invention—have been warmly approved by leading
artillery officers and accepted by the Government. They are breech-loaders,
and are claimed to have the widest range of any in the world. They have projected
a ball the enormous distance of six miles and can be fired at the rate of fifteen
times a minute. Capt. G. assures us that they can be fired fifteen hundred
rounds without cleaning or swabbing.
Capt. Goodwin is an officer of high character and large experience in the science
of gunnery, and his Battery is destined to make its mark.
RECRUITS FROM BUFFALO.--First Lieut. H. E. Richmond arrived on Thursday night
with a squad of men enlisted at No. 158 Main street, Buffalo, for Capt. Church's
company, Eleventh Heavy Artillery.
They are fine looking body of men, better than Buffalo usually sends out.—Roch.
That's so as far as Rochester is concerned. The people from here who visit
that city are for the most part robbers and gamblers who find there a congenial
home. Few of our respectable citizens dare to pay more than a railroad visit
to Murderville. Our gallant volunteers dread a sojourn there more than they
do the rebel hordes of Jeff. Davis.
ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE WAR.—William Van Gaasbeek a member of the Eleventh
Artillery (Havelock Battery) died on Morris Island, near New York, yesterday
morning. On the 12th inst. he was wounded in the arm by a Rebel sharpshooter,
and afterwards suffered amputation of the limb at the shoulder blade. Although
he received every attention, his physician could not rally him, and he sank
steadily and calmly into the slumbers of death. He was a young man possessed
of many social and agreeable qualities, and beloved by his comrades. He was
a brave and accomplished soldier, and, enlisted in the defence of his country
with mingled feelings of patriotism and justice. His death will cast a gloom
over a large circle of relatives and friends in this city, by whom he was loved
11th Heavy Artillery.
We are pleased to learn that Lieut. H. C. Furniss is doing well in recruiting
men. He has already recruited some sixteen men, and has been to work about
three weeks. He is an industrious goahead young man, and has a good military
education. He has passed an examination as to his capability for an officer,
and gave good satisfaction. Young men could not do better than to call upon
the Lieut. and see him before going abroad to enlist. This will be a fine
regiment, and will not go out of the State. The Lieut. has an official notice
that the regiment will be raised to garrison the forts in New York Harbor.—
The Examination of Conscripts.
The following is a schedule of the work of the Board of Enrollment from the
commencement up to noon to-day:
Substitutes rejected,....................................... 7
The substitutes who have been accepted and mustered in, it is expected, will
go to Elmira to-night, accompanied by a guard of the 11th Heavy Artillery,
under command of Lieut. Foote.
ELEVENTH ARTILLERY.—It is announced on reliable authority, that the
line officers of the Eleventh Artillery will be allowed to retain their commissions
and go with their companies into another regiment. The Field Officers of this
regiment have been dismissed, as stated the other day.
This will be gratifying to the friends of the young men in the regiment who
have labored so industriously to get up companies to go into the service. The
order given to dismiss them was regarded as harsh, and a reconsideration of
the matter has induced the War Department to revoke so much as relates to them.
*** Lieut. BELLOWS is still in town obtaining Recruits for the 11th Heavy
Artillery. Office under Concert Block.
RECRUITS ROM BUFFALO.--First Lieut. H. E. Richmond arrived on Thursday night
with a squad of men enlists 1 at No. 158 Main street, Buffalo, for Capt. Church's
company, Eleventh Heavy Artillery. They are a fine looking body of men, better
than Buffalo usually sends out.
CARD FROM COL. BARNES.—The following card has been sent us for publication
by Col. Barnes, of the 11th Artillery:
ROCHESTER, N. Y., June 25.
EDITORS DEMOCRAT:—Will you allow me through the medium of your valuable
paper, to acknowledge my great indebtedness to the officers and members of
the 54th New York Militia, for their late services at Camp Sprague. Owing to
unavoidable delays, the departure of the 11th Heavy Artillery was deferred
several days, to the great inconvenience of the regiment detailed for guard
duty at the Camp. A just sense of the valuable services rendered will not allow
me to leave Rochester without returning my sincere thanks for the same.
W. B. BARNES, Colonel Com'g
11th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
DESERTER ARRESTED.—Saturday morning, a man named James G. Davy, a deserter
from the 11th N. Y. heavy artillery, was arrested on the steamer in our harbor,
just before her departure down the lake. Lieut. M. J. Ellerbeck recognized
the man, and upon enquiring his destination was told he was going to visit
his friends in the North Woods, somewhere in the vicinity of Watertown. He
had no furlough. An inspection of his steamboat ticket was demanded, when Davy
made an attempt to swallow it. He was prevented from accomplishing this, and
the ticket was secured. It was for Kingston, C. W., and was purchased at Charlotte.
He was immediately placed in the hands of Provost Marshal Scott, who sent him
to jail to await disposition.
*** Capt. H. Z. WELLS has opened a Recruiting office under Concert Block,
for the 11th N.Y. Heavy Artillery. Call and see him, all who wish to Volunteer
and avoid the draft.
The Frauds in the Eleventh Artillery.
The frauds in an artillery regiment, alluded to in yesterday's News, were committed
in the Eleventh Regiment, New York Volunteer Artillery, and positive orders
have been received by the officials here, from the War Department, to dishonorably
discharge from the service all the officers of the regiment, and transfer
the men to the Tenth New York Volunteer Artillery. The regiment was mustered
into the United States service in June last, and the men having mutinied
in Pennsylvania, were returned to Fort Hamilton, where they now are.—[New
York News, Saturday.
The above does injustice to the men of the Eleventh Artillery. They were not
returned to Fort Hamilton for having mutinied, for they had not been to that
Fort or any other. The men were enlisted in this city and vicinity to go into
Fort Hamilton and other forts of New York Harbor. They were sent to Harrisburg
during the late rebel raid in that vicinity, and so far as we can learn, did
their duty. The danger there being over they were sent to their original destination.
As to the dishonorable discharge of the officers of the regiment, it is true—as
stated in this paper on Saturday—that such an order went from the War
Office. On Saturday evening we were informed that Gov. Seymour had requested
the War Department to suspend the order till there could be an investigation,
and the request has been complied with.
DON'T SEE IT, OR WILL NOT.--The Democrat goes over a great deal of useless
ground in reference to the ward of Jeff Davis, Capt. Merrill, and the officers
of the 11th Artillery, and does not answer the question put. It is simply:
If Stanton can dismiss the officers from an entire regiment from New York
State, can he not dismiss a single one of another regiment, even though that
one be a ward of Jeff Davis? If he does not dismiss him when he has the power
then he is responsible for his remaining in the service.
Our cotemporary is ready to make Governor Seymour responsible for the action
of the War Department at Washington, when by so doing, it can make him appear
in a bad light before his readers. In alluding to the draft in this district,
the Democrat says: "If Governor Seymour will give due credit for the number
of enlistments claimed, Rochester will not have to furnish a man."
Now, in the name of all the gods at once, we ask what has Governor Seymour
to do with giving this credit? If he has anything to do with it, we'll engage
that Rochester will have credit for every man that she can show that she has
furnished to the Federal army.
Goodwin's Battery.--Capt. Goodwin is recruiting in this city for a Battery
to be attached to the 11th Artillery. His company is nearly half full, and
he hopes, in the course of a few weeks, to be in position to take the field.
His guns—his own invention—have been warmly approved by leading
artillery officers and accepted by the Government. They are breech-loaders,
and are claimed to have the widest range of any in the world. They have projected
a ball the enormous distance of six miles, and can be fired at the rate of
fifteen times a minute. Capt. G. assures us that they can be fired fifteen
hundred rounds without cleaning or swabbing. Capt. Goodwin is an officer of
high character and large experience in the science of gunnery, and his Battery
is destined to make its mark.
THE ELEVENTH ARTILLERY.—An order has been received here to cease recruiting
for the 11th Heavy Artillery, and we suppose the quarters of the several companies
will at once be closed, and men here will be sent forward to Harrisburg.
TROUBLE AMONG THE VOLUNTEERS AT ROCHESTER—ONE OF THEM KILLED.—The
Volunteer shot at the camp at Rochester when attempting to run the guard, died
during the night. The shooting produced intense excitement, and an additional
militia force—artillery and cavalry—was sent to the camp. The Volunteers
attempted to burn the barracks, but were overpowered, without much difficulty.
The Volunteer shot was one of sixteen boys from the House of Refuge. The guard
who inflicted the wound, fled as soon as he fired and could not afterwards
PRESENTATION TO LIEUT. KELLY.—Lieut. Howard J. Kelly, of the 11th Artillery,
who has lately left this office to join the army, was this day the recipient
of an elegant sword, sash and belt presented him by his friends in this office.
At twelve o'clock the proprietors and employees gathered at the counting room
and the presentation took place--Lieut. K. having been summoned to be present.
The address was made by G. G. Cooper, who said:
LT. KELLY: You see before you the proprietors and employes of the Daily Union
and Advertiser office who have assembled to give you a token of their respect
and confidence, as well as of their approval of your purpose to enter the service
of your country at this time when she needs the support of every loyal heart
and strong arm. They regret that pleasant associations should be severed, but
love of country and the cause of the Union outweighs all personal considerations,
and they bid you go where duty and love of the cause of American liberty invites
every brave and gallant young man. But you must not go, my young friend, without
bearing with you the prayers for your success of friends at home, and this
sword—the gift of ?your associates of the Union & Advertiser, Take
it then as a memento of friendship, and use it as an emblem of authority wherever
duty calls you, never faltering in the sacred cause in which you have engaged,
and never doubting that you carry with you the fullest confidence of those
friends on whose behalf I present it.
Lieut. Kelly accepted the offering, and said in response:
MY FRIENDS OF THE UNION AND ADVERTISER:
I feel that I am scarcely able to do more now than thank you, as I do most
gratefully for this testimonial of your confidence and good will. It shall
be my aim and purpose to do nothing while in the service which may cause you
to regret that you have given me this elegant sword. I say again I thank you.
The sword was purchased at Stillwell's, and is inscribed as follows:
To Lieut. Howard L. Kelly, from his friends in the Union and Advertiser Office.
Rochester, June 20th, 1863.
Lieut. Kelly is a young man, yet in his minority, but he has entered the army
with an ambition and purpose to succeed, as we have no doubt he will. He is
in Capt. Gould's company of the 11th.
CAPT. MERRILL DISMISSED.—The telegraph last night brought a list of
officers dismissed from the service. Among them we notice the name of Capt.
H. P. Merrill of the 11th Artillery, who is charged with uttering treasonable
We know Capt. Merrill very well, and know that a more loyal man to the cause
of the Union does not remain in the army. He is a Democrat in politics and
does not go the abolition programme. He rendered himself obnoxious to some
members of the secret Union League of this city, by speaking as Democrats everywhere
speak. They sought to crush him, and have succeeded in depriving him of his
commission. They can manufacture testimony to order by the means of agents,
whom they have constantly employed, and can get any man removed who may become
obnoxious to them personally or as a partisan. Capt. Merrill has been an active
and efficient recruiting officer, and his removal will be no disgrace to him
here where he is known and where the agencies brought to bear to produce this
result are understood.
No man of Democratic politics or Democratic antecedents now serving in the
regiments from this locality can depend upon holding his commission one hour
unless he has made friends with the grand cabal in our midst known as the Union
League—those midnight plotters who boast what they can accomplish as
a body and not be known as individuals. Every officer from this locality holds
his commission at their pleasure, and some of them are silly enough to boast
of the power of the League.
While a true Union man like Captain Merrill is deprived of his commission a
Ward of Jeff. Davis, who owes that man more than any other living in gratitude,
is held in a responsible military position through the influence of relatives
who are prominent Republicans. This is a fact well known to our citizens. It
is no disgrace to be dismissed from the army now. Mind that, fellow citizens,
when you read of the dismissal of men from the service. It is partizan, and
what is worse, personal malice, that controls such action in many cases, perhaps
ELEVENTH HEAVY ARTILLERY.—Col. Barnes arrived here from New York this
morning. He reports his command, the 11th Artillery, in good condition in the
several forts of New York harbor, where they are expected to remain. After
going to Harrisburg the men readily engaged in the work of defending the place
and worked in the trenches. Just before leaving Harrisburg the bounty was paid
to the men.
After going to New York, when the riots occurred, Col. Barnes tendered his
services to General Wool, who directed him to pick a company of old soldiers
from the regiment, arm them as infantry and go to the city. Col. B. took sixty
men of the right sort and led them into the infected districts. He had three
engagements with the mob, and did not lose a man. The company was highly complimented
for its behavior in the city.
Col. Barnes says the men of his command are now feeling very well and contented.
He hopes to have orders to fill up his regiment soon.
THE 11TH ARTILLERY.—This regiment having had some 6 or 700 men mustered
into service, were to have left Rochester, to-day, for Harrisburg. Yesterday,
there was quite a disturbance in camp. The men were dissatisfied by an order
to go to Pennsylvania to serve as Infantry, when they had been enlisted to
go into forts as heavy artillery. Desertions were frequent, and it became necessary
to procure a guard outside of the regiment. A soldier, at noon, undertook to
run the guard, and was fired upon by one of the 54th. The man was wounded in
his limbs, and died soon after.—This act of firing upon the man was resented
by a considerable number of the men of the 11th, and a riot ensued. The men
of the 54th rallied to protect the guard who fired, and the soldiers of the
11th threatened to seize and hang him. So matters stood when messengers were
sent to the city for help. A detachment of one hundred men of the 54th went
up to the grounds, and the riot was squelched without further loss of life.
When the men reach the borders of Pennsylvania, they will then have an excellent
opportunity to ventilate their bloody proclivities.
THE ELEVENTH HEAVY ARTILLERY.—The correspondents of the New York papers
notice the arrival at Harrisburg of the 11th Artillery, Col. Barnes. We learn
indirectly that the regiment expect to be engaged in the coming battle near
that city. The Elmira papers notice the passage through that village of the
regiment with cannon and caissons. All right, with the exception of cannon
and caissons. They were to be supplied with them on their arrival at Harrisburg.
UNFORTUNATE RECRUITS.— Yesterday Col. Marshall mustered out about 170
recruits that had been enlisted in the 11th Heavy Artillery
Regiment, and were rejected for various reasons. Transportation was refused
them to their homes, and many of them are here in destitute circumstances.
About thirty of them, who had money, took the train last evening for the East.
The balance are wandering about town. Several of these men were recruited in
New York city, some at Syracuse, a few at Lewiston, Niagara Falls and other
The nine men who refused to leave with the Regiment on account of the non-payment
of their bounties, will be sent forward to rejoin their companies, by Col.
From the 11th Heavy Artillery.
The following is the first intelligence we have received from the 11th artillery
since its departure on Wednesday night last. It is a brief note from Lieut.
Kelley to his father:
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 26, 1863.
DEAR FATHER: We are here all safe, arrived at 11 o'clock last night. It has
rained all the time since I arrived. Business is almost suspended, the stores
are all closing and martial law is to be proclaimed to-day. We expect marching
orders to cross the river to-day.
The 11th Heavy Artillery in Pennsylvania.
The Harrisburg correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer speaks as follows
of the "difficulty that occurred between the 11m heavy Artillery and
It seems that numerous complaints against the men of this regiment and other
regiments from New York were entered by the farmers at Bridgeport and vicinity
for robbing and pillaging. In one instance the door of a farmer's house was
broken into, and everything of value either taken or destroyed. Chickens and
pigs were confiscated in every direction. At this conduct the residents of
the valley have become very indignant, and high words on both sides has been
the consequence. Yesterday, the Eleventh Regiment was drawn up in line and
informed by the Colonel, Wm. B. Barnes, that the Governor had requested them
to advance to the front, acting temporarily as an infantry regiment, the muskets
having been provided for them. At this intelligence the men became highly indignant,
passing no very complimentary remarks and phrases in regard to the disposition
to be made of them. They broke ranks and positively refused to advance. The
regiment was then ordered to New York city, to report to Gen. Wool, and left
last night over the Reading and Allentown route. No reason can be assigned
for their unaccountable action except, perhaps, in the excuse their apologists
offer, that they arrived here to defend the State of Pennsylvania from invasion;
that they were treated with ingratitude by the citizens of Harrisburg and vicinity;
that they were charged exorbitant prices for every necessary of life, and in
addition, were abused.
The experience with the 11th artillery should serve as a warning against future
deception in recruiting men. The insubordination of that regiment did not arise
directly from the fact that it was sent to "defend the State of Pennsylvania
from invasion," but from the promises made its members that they were
to be employed exclusively in garrisoning forts and upon no other duty.
The 11th Heavy Artillery.
It will be seen by the following paragraph from a Harrisburg letter to the
Philadelphia Inquirer, dated July 10th, that the 11th Heavy Artillery, is
not obtaining much credit by its conduct in Pennsylvania. The same lack of
discipline which was noticed while the command was in camp here, has characterized
the conduct of the men since, if we may credit this correspondent's statement.
We had hoped that the officers would learn a lesson from the occurrences
which took place at home just before the regiment left, but fear that they
Some difficulty has occurred between the members of the 11th regiment New York
Heavy Artillery and the authorities here. It seems that numerous complaints
against the men of this regiment and other regiments from New York, were entered
by the farmers at Bridgeport and vicinity, for robbing and pillaging. In one
instance the door of a farmer's house was broken into, and everything of value
either taken or destroyed. Chickens and pigs were confiscated in every direction.
At this conduct the residents of the Valley have become very indignant and
high words on both sides has been the consequence. Yesterday the 11th regiment
was drawn up in line and informed by Col. Barnes that the Governor had requested
them to advance to the front, acting temporarily as an infantry regiment, the
muskets having been provided for them. At this intelligence the men became
highly indignant, passing no very complimentary remarks and phrases in regard
to the disposition to be made of them. They broke ranks and positively refused
to advance. The regiment was then ordered to New York city, to report to General
Wool, and left last night over the Reading and Allentown route.
No reason can be assigned for their unaccountable action, except perhaps, in
the excuse their apologists offer, that they arrived here to defend the State
of Pennsylvania from invasion; that they were treated with ingratitude by the
citizens of Harrisburg and vicinity; that they were charged exorbitant prices
for every necessary of life, and in addition, were abused by numerous "Copperheads."
Further of crimination and recrimination I have no desire to write.
One serious mistake was made in recruiting these men. They should have been
informed that though enlisted as artillerists they were liable, if the exigencies
of the service demanded it, to be employed in the field as infantry. Many of
them imagined that they could be required to do nothing but go into garrison
to defend fortifications.
DAILY UNION & ADVERTISER
MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 22, 1863.
Trouble in the Camp of the 11th Artillery—Man Shot by the Guard--
Assistance Called For!
About noon to-day messages came to the city from the Camp of the 11th Artillery,
three miles out, stating that a serious disturbance had taken place at the
Camp, and that assistance was required to restore order. Not having time to
send a reporter to get the facts in season for this issue, we give the current
report in town as to the situation of affairs at the Camp, hoping that it is
not so bad as stated.
For some days and nights past a detachment of the 54th Regiment N. Y. N. G.
has been doling guard duty at this camp to prevent desertions. The men were
dissatisfied by an order to go to Pennsylvania to serve as infantry, when they
had been enlisted to go into forts as heavy artillery. Desertions were frequent,
and it became necessary to procure a guard outside of the regiment. About one
hundred of the 54th were on duty as guard this morning, pursuant to an order
from the Adjutant General at
A soldier undertook to run the guard at the lower gate this forenoon and was
fired upon by one of the 54th—a member of a German Company. The man was
wounded in his limbs, but not dangerously. This act of firing upon the man
was resented by a considerable number of the men of the 11th, and a riot ensued.
The men of the 54th rallied to protect the guard who fired, and the soldiers
of the 11th threatened to seize and hang him. So matters stood when messengers
were sent to the city for help. A detachment of one hundred men of the 54th
has gone up to the grounds, and it is hoped that they will restore order without
On Saturday night a number of soldiers escaped from camp notwithstanding the
vigilance of the guard. Some were fired upon without effect. Others were caught
and locked up.
Col. Marshall mustered the men in the afternoon— in all between six and
seven hundred. One company of sixty or more refused to take the oath till their
bounty money had all been paid. This could not be done. After considerable
parleying the most of the men assented to take the oath and a few who stood
out were put in irons, to reflect upon it There were lots of visitors at the
camp to witness the muster and it was thought that their presence did not help
to allay the ill feeling which was apparent. So the Colonel ordered all visitors
to leave the grounds, and they did so.
It is now said that, this regiment will leave for Harrisburg by the Southern
Road at ten tomorrow forenoon. It is quite time it was on the road if it is
to go at all. We presume that the men will find things more pleasant after
they get away, and their objections to rendering Uncle Sam and Gov. Curtin
a little temporary service as infantrymen, will be overcome when they reach
the scene of operations. The regiment contains many excellent men for the service,
and it is a pity that any misunderstandings should arise to impair their usefulness
to the country.
Trouble at Camp Sprague.
Some disturbance, which looked quite serious at first, took place at Camp Sprague
this morning. A portion of the 54th regiment, National
Guard, has been on duty at the camp, as patrol. They have had orders to be
strict in preventing the recruits from evading the guard, and allowed no one
to get out of the lines without the pass.
This morning, one of the men started to run past the guard, and when ordered
to halt, paid no attention to it. The guard fired at him, the shot passing
through his wrist. This summary process of bringing the man to a halt aroused
the anger of the recruits, and they rushed upon the guard, disarmed, and threatened
to hang him. Col. Barnes was immediately summoned, and an order was issued
for the Grays and Dragoons to repair to the Camp. Up to this writing, we have
not learned further particulars.
The prompt measures adopted will prevent any further violence. There has been
some dissatisfaction among the men, arising from consolidation of companies
and consequent change of officer, which gives more consequence to an outbreak
of this kind; but good sense and proper discipline will in the end prevail,
Departure of the 11th Heavy Artillery.
We learn from Col. Barnes that the time of the departure of his Artillery Regiment
is now definitely fixed at Sunday noon. The Regiment will leave via the New
York & Erie Railway for the South. The cars for the troops are already
here. Col. Barnes returned from Albany last evening, whither he had been
to make his final arrangements before the departure of the Regiment. All
the necessary arms will be furnished at Harrisburg.
Col. Barnes will take with him five companies of one hundred and forty-two
men each, and will leave officers from each company to recruit for the purpose
of filling up the Regiment to the maximum number. The Union Blues will escort
the Regiment to the depot.
Last evening a portion of the 54th Regiment collected at the Armory to go to
camp to act as guard, when, we are informed, Major Thompson ordered the men
to disperse. We are not advised as to the reasons actuating Major T. in giving
this order. Upon learning the facts in the case, Col. Barnes immediately telegraphed
to Gov. Seymour, stating that the 54th had disobeyed his order, and asking
Up to 11 o'clock he had received no reply. The prospect is that a few of the
men will make their escape.
The 11th Artillery to go To-Morrow.
The "mustering-in" of the 11th Heavy Artillery having been completed,
Col. Barnes will depart with his men for Harrisburg tomorrow morning at 10
o'clock, via Genesee Valley Railroad. The mustering officer has thrown out
quite a number of the recruits, on account of their youth or physical imperfection,
and the regiment is thereby reduced to four companies. These are stout, capable
men, who will make good soldiers; and are more numerous than many veteran regiments
which have been decimated by the casualties of camp and battle-field. Among
them are some members of returned regiments, and others who have served and
been discharged on account of sickness or for other reasons.
Col. Barnes was fast filling up his regiment, and would soon have had a thousand
men enrolled, had not the order came to report with what he already had to
Gen. Couch. The exigency of the service requires a change of the original design
in raising this force, and gives a different destination to the regiment, for
the present. But being brave and loyal men, they will be ready to perform their
duty in whatever position they may be placed. Whatever disappointment may have
been occasioned by the new aspect of affairs in the field, it will not change
the nature of these soldiers, who have enlisted to fight the battles of their
The Government will fulfil all its promises, and give them all the advantages
of its most favored troops.
Col. Barnes will march his regiment to the city, and take the cars from the
depot on Exchange street, so that citizens may have an opportunity to see the
men and cheer them on their way to the scene of danger and the fields where
honor is to be won.
The Departure of the 11th Heavy Artillery--They will not Leave before
The news of the departure of the 11th Heavy Artillery Regiment created quite
a little stir at camp, but the majority of the regiment were rejoiced at the
prospect of being relieved of the tedium of camp life. Companies B and D of
the 54th N. G., performed guard duty at the camp last night, but their services
were not needed as far any attempts to escape were concerned.
Col. Marshal commences the mustering-in today, and it is thought that this
business will occupy a portion of the day to-morrow.
All the trains arriving in the city this morning contained members of the regiment
who had been home on furlough and were returning to camp. There are now over
750 men at camp, and before night this number will be swelled by at least one
ELEVENTH HEAVY ARTILLERY.—This regiment, recruited here under Col. Barnes,
has had considerable difficulty and there has been doubt as to what disposition
would be made of officers and men. We are now able to give something definite
as to the regiment. It has been united with the 4th Heavy Artillery and has
become the 3d battalion in the consolidated regiment. It is now in Fort Ethan
Allen, one of the defences of Washington, on the south side of the Potomac.
The line officers of the 11th were cited before the examining board under an
order from the War Department directing that such as were not sufficiently
posted in the drill, &c., be honorably dismissed. The result of the examination
was that all the officers but three passed succesfully in the following order:
Capt. Church, Lieut. Hatch, Lieut. Kelly, Lieut. Dexter, Lieut. Lillie, Lieut.
Richmond, Lieut. Brown, 2nd Lieut. A. J. Smith.
The rejected were Capt. Gould, Lieut. Dewey, Lieut. Curtis.
Our Army Correspondence.
To the Editor of the Evening Telegraph:
FORT HAMILTON, Friday July 16, 1863.
Who has not heard of the 11th New York Heavy Artillery? No one, we presume.
About this locality their renown is wide-spread and imperishable; and wherever
their feet have touched, they have left "their mark." Their name
and exploits will not soon be forgotten by the denizens of any city, place
or town, through which they have passed or in which they have halted. We perceive
that some of the leading journals in Pennsylvania and New York are "down" upon
them rather strong, and more than one press has given them a wipe in no very
gentle or measured terms. Their notoriety undeniable—that point is clear.
It is equally clear that the reputation they have acquired is not an enviable
one—indeed it is something similar to that attached to Satan in Milton's
immortal epic. Being in a situation that qualifies us to speak advisedly concerning
the regiment, its organization, destination and discipline, and being also
interested in having justice shown them and truth vindicated, we shall devote
a very brief space in the columns of the TELEGRAPH to this subject, trusting
that the few words that we have to say will not prove wholly indifferent to
The 11th, as is pretty well known, had its inception at Rochester, and, as
its name indicates, was organized for the exclusive purpose of doing Artillery
duty. Under this express understanding enlistments were made. Although it had
its headquarters at Rochester, by far the greater portion of its members were
volunteers from other parts of the State—New York, Albany, Oswego, Syracuse,
Elmira, &c. It cannot be disputed that among its members are some most
hardened cases—ruffians and scoundrels, in the fullest sense and spirit
of those words. But, whether or not it has more than its fair average of such
worthless characters, may well be doubted. Be that as it may, it is certain
that these "black sheep" of the dock have committed such excesses
and evinced such shameless and disorderly conduct, that it has, as a natural
consequence, covered whole regiment with unmerited reproach dishonor. yet the
main part of the 11th, is composed of orderly, peaceable and intelligent men,
and we venture to say that in no regiment can there be found better soldiers.
But, like Tray, they have the misfortune to be caught in bad company; and like
the posterity of Adam and Eve, to whom sin is imputed for the transgression
of our first father and mother, they suffer for the crimes of their comrades,
and, innocent themselves, are confounded with guilty.
Having the assurance of Gen. Wool, they should be permanently stationed in
some of the forts or about New York Harbor, and as Pennsylvania was then in
imminent peril through the recent rebel raid therein, and was imploring assistance
from all quarters, the 11th volunteered to proceed to Harrisburg to aid our
sister State, and whilst there assisted citizens in digging entrenchments,
erecting barricades, felling trees, &c, &c.
Within a day or two, came orders for them to move to Carlisle, about 18 miles
westwardly from Harrisburg. As now, it was perfectly plain to dullest comprehension,
that it the design, at headquarters, to convert into Infantry, and that if
this order was obeyed, the next might send them to Virginia, or even North
Carolina, as infantry, the men unanimously refused to move, on sole ground
that they were artillery would not act as infantry. And in this determination
they were sustained by their own officers, after due consultation. And a just
tribute praise should be awarded to those officers, who are gentlemen every
sense; for from the beginning, used their utmost exertions to build up, improve
sustain regiment discipline and reputation. After remaining at Harrisburg some
days, we were ordered this place, Fort Hamilton, situated on the Sound, and
about 9 miles ... ful and commodiou... tion is uncertain. New York in consequence
the regiment has been sent to Sandy Hook, part to Fort Richmond and part to
the city—and at present there are but a very few of the 11th in this
As we said before the conduct of some portion of the 11th has been most disgraceful
and we are all experiencing its evil effects—but let us remember the
Fiat justitia ruat, coelum."
Let justice be done tho' the heavens fall."
We trust the community, will not look upon us as totally depraved, nor that
they will bestow upon us any ungrateful condemnation, because we are so unlucky
as to be associated with individuals who have thus far shown themselves unworthy
of the name of soldiers—and unfit to be entrusted with the protection
and defence of our country and our Union.
ACCIDENT IN THE 11TH ARTILLERY.—A serious accident occurred on Thursday
last in the 11th Heavy Artillery, which went from this city to Fort Hamilton,
New York harbor, the particulars of which are sent us by a correspondent there.
Capt. Goodwin went out upon the shore of the island to practice with his guns--twelve
pound breech loading pieces—preparatory to the arrival of Gen. Dix to
inspect the guns. He fired solid shot for some time and then began to fire
blank cartridges and was trying an experiment at rapid filing. He put in a
cartridge at the breech before another had fairly left the muzzle, and it ignited,
the whole charge blowing out at the breech. The face and right shoulder of
Capt. Goodwin were badly burned. The copper plug was driven through the hand
of Richard Fitzgerald, shattering it badly, and it passed between the legs
of Lt. Ferris, who was sitting upon a fence near by.
The two injured men were taken to the hospital. Fitzgerald suffered the amputation
of his arm at the shoulder. Capt. Goodwin's wounds were dressed, but it was
difficult to determine what the result would be, but it is probable that he
will lose the sight of his right eye.
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