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11th Independent Battery
March 4, 1863
Later Troops are embarking at Bell Plains to day!!
New York March 4- The town meetings in this state held yesterday show steady democratic gains-
3 PM Latest
Here after the latest news received at this office will be put upon the Bulletin board for the benefit of the Public every afternoon at 4 PM.
March 5th, 1863
The organization of African regiments is the neighborhood of Washington is rapidly going on, Horace Greeley being appointed Brigadier General
STARTING FROM S. CAROLINA.
March 7, 1863
A Grand Artillery Review came off Yesterday in which the 11th New York Battery figured most conspicuously!! Both officers and horses acquitted themselves nobly! Never was the like before seen!
The Pirate ALABAMA has foundered at sea, having been struck abaft by a large Sperm Whale.
March 8, 1863
Review of the 11th NY.
We have received intelligence from Washington to day to the effect- that furloughs will hereafter be issued to the members of this battery at the rate of three furloughs to two men.
The War Department has determined that the Soldiers shall be well peppered, before they are mustered out of the service!
LOST! A half barrel of government-Whiskey- The last seen of it was in the Captain’s Tent-Whoever will return it to this office will be liberally rewarded!!!
Do you know your business? Then meet at the “Alee Tree” to night at 10!!
“I-hic-wonder-if-hic-cap’l be ‘round t’night”
It was a regular “Havelock” Review! Thousands of people beheld it- and were amazed-! (well they might-be, Ed) Proficiency in drill and facility of Evolution-rendered the 11th.-the renowned 11th N.Y.-the immortal 11th NY (Havelocks) again TRIUMPHANT!!!
Washington is safe!!!
March 9 1863
Rebel Victory in Tennessee!
Bulletin Office March 9, 1863
Late Telegraphic intelligence from Nashville Tenn represents that the rebel Genl van Dorn with 18 thousand men attacked Gen. Coburn’s forces, crushing eight regiments
March 10 1863
Peace Propositions Again
Jeff Davis is positively en route for Washington on board a Confederate steamer from Richmond: the late grand reviews have scared him. He will present himself in person to Abraham Lincoln and sue for peace
(Cartoon of a seated Lincoln, a dead Uncle Sam with a knife in his chest, and a kneeling Jefferson Davis with the Devil behind him)
By the Inspection Report of the Chief of Artilley, we perceive that the Havelock Battery, instead of having its numbers decreased by its numerous battles, keeps up its full numerical status. Thus:
Present for Duty……………………………………….100
Another grand review, in which the 11th N.Y. is expected to figure conspicuously, comes off to-day, D.V. (that is Devil Willing.) Attend, O Havelocks! Let the laurels be yours!! Come forth with rampant steeds:-come forth with blackened boots and combed hair! Yea, verily, let not a single button of your uniforms be missing!!!
March 11th 1863
The Editor, following the example set before him, was drunk as usual last night, consequently no paper will be issued from this office this morning,
12th March 186
The Review of the 11th N.Y. Battery which was announced to take place at 11 o’clock on Tuesday morning, was postponed on account of the weather, our noble captain positively refusing to allow the men to come out of their tents and expose themselves to the violent snow-storm which was prevailing at the time.
(Cartoon captioned “Ye original Havelock at Drill. The Ace of Spaces and the Knave of Diamonds are both good cards. See latest edition of Hoyle.” An officer hands a shovel to a stumbling soldier with a bottle in one hand an a pipe in his mouth)
In the afternoon the Battery had its usual drill, during which an immense quantity of sh-ovelling was done-in a very scientific manner-, notwithstanding the rain. Yesterday afternoon the men were again drilled at their pieces-(shovels-) and presented a creditable appearance. At sunset the company had their grand full-dress PARADE, during which the most intricate military manoeuvres and evolutions were EXECUTED in a manner which reflected the very highest credit upon both officers and men. Some portions of the ceremonial in its connection with guard-mounting were not without novelty!
March 16, 1863
Genl. Hooker designed moving the army of the Rappahannock to day.- Two grand divisions were to cross the river at some favorable point above-and attack the revels in their strongholds. But Providence has, fortunately, again interfered on our behalf and we are likely to obtain a short respite from active field operations.
News from Abroad, is unimportant:
Our Devil has taken slightly to Poetry now-a-days. The following Parody he perpetrated yesterday and then went immediately to bed: He was totally exhausted-we are glad to notice that he is better this morning.
The 11th NY at Fredericksburg
One day, when winter sun was low,
Then A, von’ saw another sight-
With spade and pick each man arrayed,
There shook the Earth with shovels riven;
But higher yet-that dirt shall go;
‘Tis mor’n, but-ere the lurid sun,
The day is breaking, on ye brave,
Ah! Here we part,-but-let us meet,
March 17, 1863
Latest per Telegraph
Since the last issue of our paper numerous reports and rumors have reached us, announcing the Evacuation of the Cities of Vicksburg and Fredericksburg by the Rebels. Although we do not place much confidence in the reports, we have no doubt but that many of the rebels within the past twenty four hours, have had evacuations (of the bowels). If our opinion should prove correct, then the country will feel much relieved, as well as the rebels, and we wish them a pleasant passage, and that they may be speedily wiped out!!
St. Patrick’s Day
No illustrations this morning- reason, our special artist has a slight head-ache occasioned by overtaxing the brain yesterday!
March 18, 1863
The heavy cannonading, heard yesterday afternoon to the north west, was occasioned by a rebel force of 10,000 men under Genl. Stuart attempting to cross the river near Rappahannock Station. They were successfully repelled by the Union Forces stationed at that point- but subsequently succeeded in establishing themselves on this side under cover of night-A battle will undoubtedly ensue to day.
St. Patricks Day was appropriately celebrated by the Irish Brigade- encamped a few miles to the west. A large number of visitors (officers) were in attendance upon the feats participating and enjoying among whom, we are glad to notice, was out Capt. Albert-Alexander. Albert was in his element. Mrs. Sickles was there. Albert saw Mrs. Sickles. Mrs. Sickles smiled upon Albert. Albert felt good-he felt gay. His horse felt good. Yet Albert himself was calm, sublime triumphant: No man on the ground looked so well. No road as well, none jumped so high, nor so far. Albert took the bell. Then Mrs. Sickles smiled again and said to Albert “long may you wave”. Here, verily Albert had a good time.
Genl. Hooker and Staff were present at the celebrations of the Irish Brigade yesterday. The Irish told to use confidentially, that while upon the ground, the General introduced and recommended to the officers, the use of a new and powerful field glass, designed for long as well as short range, we believed it holds about 3 pints!
(Cartoon with caption “ Puss in Boots, the Demon and the Dwarf resolve to knock the Old Man’s head off with a whiskey Bottle.”)
[New Fairy Tale.
March 23 186
Our Editorial corps was somewhat astonished a day or two since by the receipt of startling information from the 11 NY Battery. This body of men have heretofore been noted for their high moral character gentlemanly deportment and rare military proficiency. But it now appears that this religious organization has been, of late, somewhat compromised by the conduct of some three or four of its original members. On Saturday last, the members above mentioned (officers, we believe), attempted a little sharp practice on an elderly gentleman commanding a battery in these parts, designing, evidently, to remove his shoulder straps. It now appears that they were not very successful, but are in a fair way of losing own (Be not over ambitions: moral Ed)
Notice: In pursuance to the order of Gov’ Seymour- read by the Captain last evening at “roll Call”; calling for the military and biographical history of this battery, we shall commence at once collecting facts and incidents, for a correct history. Particular attention will be paid to the Biographies of Officers, sergeants included in any of the persons interested in having a good (unkw) of themselves appear in this forthcoming military history of N. Y. which shall hand them gloriously down to posterity. They must come down with their spondulicks! We are not going to make characters and here for nothing, we must be paid and well paid too. Our special article will illustrate the manuscript as we proceed-. This history will not appear on the Bulletin board, but will be open to private inspection. We have already received orders for two first class characters.
Editorial: The non-appearance of the Bulletin for the last few days- is not owing to our being suppressed, but to local causes, over which we have had no ontrol: Paper is getting scarce and high and funds; in our editorial pocket are beautifully low. For some time, here after, we shall be occupied in writing the history of the battery, during which time, the Bulletin will appear only semi occasionally, as the importance of events shall demand.
Pro Bono Publico
By special request we publish this morning some interesting accounts of the expenditure of those remarkable and fabulous company funds accumulated during the early history of the 11 N.Y. Batt’y. This account is compiled from various receipts, diaries and recollections obtained
-no matter where or how.
April 1st, 1863
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military