3rd Artillery Regiment (Light), NY Volunteers
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
CAPT. MERCER'S BATTERY.—This battery is encamped near Newbern, in rear
of Fort Totten. Letters should be directed to Battery G, 3d N. Y. V. Artillery,
Newbern, N. C.
Our readers will find a very interesting letter from D. J. EVANS, of the 3d
Artillery, now station at Newbern, in to-day's issue.
We have also a lengthy epistle from W. W. BALLARD, of the 81st reg't N. Y.
S. V., stationed at Beaufort, which, for want of room we hold over until next
NEW BATTERY FOR THE THIRD ARTILLERY.
Capt. D. L. Aberdein and Lieut. Patterson will to-morrow open an office for
the purpose of recruiting a battery for the third N. Y. Artillery, to be
stationed at Newbern, N. C., for the defences of that place. The highest
bounties will be paid for recruits. This is a first-rate chance to enlist
in one of the easiest branches of the service. The battery will be stationed
in one of the most delightful portions of the country. Due notice will be
given of the locality of the recruiting office.
LIEUT. JOHN O'NEIL, of this village, a member of the 3d N. Y. Artillery, stationed
at Newbern, is recovering from the very serious illness with which he was
afflicted, and which it was feared would prove fatal. His friends hereabouts
will be glad to hear it.
ACCIDENT.--IEA H. WILLIAMS, OF MOHAWK, and a member of Capt. Mercer's Company
3d New York Artillery, met with an accident at the Depot in Utica, on Saturday
evening. While getting off the platform he fell so that a car-wheel ran over
and crushed two of his fingers. One of them had to be taken off--the other
will probably be saved.
Second Lieut. James S. Fuller, of the 3d N. Y. Artillery, has been promoted
to be a First Lieutenant, and is detailed upon the Colonel's Staff as Adjutant.
He started on Tuesday evening to rejoin his Regiment at Newbern, N. C.
LIGHT ARTILLERY.--Lieut. W. E. Mercer, of the Third New York Artillery, has
received authority to recruit a battery for that regiment, of which he is to
be Captain. His office is in Utica. Lieut. Mercer has been in Capt. Riggs'
Rome company, of the same regiment, in which the other Lieutenant is J. D.
Clark, also of Rome.
RAILROAD CASUALTIES.--The name of the man killed at Weedsport on Thursday
night was Samuel Davis, a returned soldier of the Third New York Artillery.
He was struck by the locomotive and killed instantly.
The boy reported killed at Warner's was very severely and probably fatally
injured.—He was this morning lying in an insensible condition. He is
only seven years old.
AIDE-DE-CAMP TO GEN. PECK.—The following official announcement of the
promotion of Lieut. James S. McVey to the position of Aide-de-Camp on Maj.
Gen. Peck's staff, will be gratifying to the many warm friends of that gallant
young officer in this city.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY AND DIST. OF NORTH CAROLINA,
NEWBERN, N. C., January 6th, 1864.
General Orders No. 5.
First Lieutenant James S. McVey, Third New York Artillery, having been detailed
upon the staff of the commanding General as Acting Aide-de-Camp, is announced
as such, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By command of Major-General PECK.
BENJ. B. FOSTER, Assistant-Adjutant General.
THIRD BATALLION NEW YORK ARTILLERY.
Absent Without Leave.
2d Lt. Breide,
Corporal Fred. Meyer,
(Aug. 6, 1862)
DEATHS IN THE ARMY.—Thomas Campbell, a well-known Albany boy and a member
of the Third Regiment, was recently killed by being struck with a piece of
shell, which tore away one half of his face. Wm. Hevens, a member of the Seventh
Artillery died at one of the hospitals at Washington.
GEN. LEDLIR TO RAISE TWO REGT'S OF ARTILLERY.--
Brig. Gen. Ledlie, yesterday, received authority from the War Department to
raise two Regiments of Artillery in the place of the 3d N. Y. Artillery,
recently mustered out of the service, from Gen. Foster's Department. Gen.
Ledlie will return to New York and commence recruiting immediately. He expects
to have his Brigade in the field in four weeks. So says a telegraphic despatch
PERSONAL MENTION.—Maj. E. S. Jenny, late of the Third N. Y. Artillery,
who was captured with the Steamer Fawn in the Dismal Swamp, N. C., by the rebels,
was paroled by his captors, and has reached home. He was taken and paroled
by a rebel captain, and it is claimed that the parole is worthless, because
not executed by a general officer. Maj. Jenny desires to accept the Colonelcy
of the 185th N. Y. V., and if the War Department decides that his parole is
invalid, he will do so.
Capt. Theo. H. Schenck, Battery E, 3d N. Y. Artillery, left for Albany to day
to offer his services to Gov. Seymour in any capacity for the defence of New
REGIMENTS OF ARTILLERY.—A dispatch from Washington states that Brig.
General LEDLIE has received authority from the War Department to raise a brigade
of two Regiments of Artillery, in place of the 3d New York Artillery, recently
mustered out of service. He will commence recruiting immediately, and hopes
to have his brigade in the field in a few weeks. General L. is an accomplished
soldier, and has made a brilliant record.
PERSONAL.--A notice highly interesting to the friends of Major E. S. Jenney,
of the Third Artillery, and to the friends of the lad mentioned in connection
with him, appears in our matrimonial column this morning. Mr. and Mrs. Jenney
left for a tour in the West last night.
THIRD N.Y. ARTILLERY.—Lieutenant John O'Neil, of Captain Riggs' company,
3d New York Artillery, is said to very ill. A letter from his wife, dated at
Newbern, to her relatives in this village, received yesterday, says that he
is not expected to recover—the physicians having given up all hopes of
LIGHT ARTILLERY.—Lieut. W. E. Mercer, of the Third New York Artillery,
has received authority to recruit a battery for that Regiment, of which he
will be Captain. Capt. ENOCH JONES, and Lieut. C. D. Staring, of the Twenty-Sixth
Regiment, have joined with him in the enterprise, and will be his Lieutenants.
They are all good officers, and all have seen service. They will open an office
to-day or to-morrow, and be ready for business.
COME ONE! COME ALL!
HO! FOR LIGHT ARTILLERY.
One Hundred Men Wanted,
FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING
$8,000 IN BOUNTIES !
NOW READY TO BE PAID by the Government to all good and true men enrolling to
serve their country. Call on Lieuts. VAN HUSEN and HILLIS. Now recruiting for
the 3d Reg't of Light Artillery.
Lieut. HILLIS SICK.—We regret to learn that Chas. E. Fitch, Esq., brings
intelligence of the severe illness of Lieut. D. D. Hillis, of the Third
N. Y. Artillery, at Newbern, N. C. His disease is fever of a malignant type.
DEDICATED TO BATTERY I, 3D N. Y. ARTILLERY.
'Twas a young and fair haired soldier
Yet seemed with many a scar,
Came hastening home to his father's hearth
From the heaving surge of wars;
And he rested in the moonlight,
Neath the porch at his father's door;
Gazing on scenes of his boyhood days,
Those merry, merry days of yore:
And his little sister chatted
As she clambered on his knee,--
Come brother! tell of brave deeds done,
'Neath the banner of the free!
The soldier spoke as he kissed the child,
That nestled on his knee;
You love to hear of struggles wild
'Neath the banner of the free:
Well, sister! since you've asked of me,
A tale I'll tell to you,
Of a battle fought on the twenty-fifth
Of April, eighteen hundred sixty-two.
Which happened many miles away
On North Carolina's fertile shore;
Where the proud Atlantic forms a bay,
And loud her billows roar.
Near the mouth of Beaufort Harbor,
Fort Macon doth grimly stand,
Her deep mouthed cannon looking forth
Upon the sea and land;
Within her walls five hundred men
Whose proudest boast had ever been,
That Yankee mudsills from the north
Could never step one foot within.
Above them floated the Traitor Flag,
The far-famed Stars and Bars,
Defying the lads who bravely fight,
'Neath the glorious Stripes and Stars.
'Twas April--and the moon shone bright
Upon a gallant little band
Of brave true hearts as ever beat
In the breast of mortal man.
On, on they went, that little band
Of scarce one hundred men,
And soon their work they had begun
'Neath the guns of the rebel den.
But see! they have discovered 'them,
And Fort Macon doth swarm with men;
While thick and fast the shot and shell,
The traitor hoard now sends.
You should have seen that gallant band,
On that well remembered day;
When the cannon sweeps the beach along,
How they sternly stood at bay
When grape and shot and ten-inch shell
Came sweeping o'er the sand!
It seemed more like the gate of hell
Than the work of mortal man.
But see! from out our works there comes
The clear report of a gun,
And the well known shriek of a Parrott shell
Tells that the work's begun.
Our mortars too, begin their work,
Which soon begins to tell!
And thick and fast within their walls
We send our shot and shell,
And high above the Traitor's den
Arose a gloomy pall;
Which seemed to tell of death within
Fort Macon's battered walls.
But hark! I hear a glorious shout,
That seems to meet the sky;
For o'er Fort Macon's gloomy walls
We see the White Flag fly.
It seemed as though the Lord above
Protected us that day,
For through ten hours of steady fire,
But one fell in the fray.
'Twas DART—long may his name remain
Upon the books of fame;
He fought as does a soldier true,
His country to maintain.
And now his comrades eyes grow dim,
Whene'er they speak the name,
Of him who there gave up his life
The glorious Union to sustain.
Since then our banner proudly waved,
O'er Kinston's bloody fight!
And at White Hall our cannon spoke
Out boldly for the right.
And on the bloody field of Golds-Boro,
We made the Traitor's fly;
And now they curse the 3d New York,
And gallant Battery I:
And they have cause, for well they know
Our Battery knows no fear,
And we'll fight to maintain the right,
In the cause of freedom dear.
Newbern, May 1853. Curtis C. Morgan.
Nearly thirty years ago, there was a very funny picture printed in a German
almanac.--After everybody had been amused by it, a motherly woman rent the
figure from the pages, adopted it as her boy, gave him the name of Levi and
succeeded in bringing him up "by hand." When Levi was sixteen he
came to this country. He finally reached Utica and has ever since been engaged
in peddling apples and peanuts. Almost everybody in town has patronized him
more or less,—consequently almost everybody knows him. His many acquaintances
will be startled by the announcement we are about to make, but it is an undeniable
fact that--Levi has enlisted. Levi wears the uniform of the Third Artillery;
and if he was two feet high while he sold apples at extravagant prices, he
looks full an inch taller now. We wouldn't for the world give "aid and
comfort" to the enemy, but we can tell the rebels that they must shoot
low if hit Levi.
ARTILLERY RECRUITING.—Men are wanted for Howell's Battery (M) of the
third New York Artillery. Men going into this excellent battery receive all
the bounties paid to recruits for any of the old regiments, and will have the
same opportunities for promotion (if they deserve it) as men now in the battery.
Several recruits have recently been forwarded for this organization; there
are about forty men from this section in the battery. Application may be made
to J. P. Van Vleck, Government Recruiting Agent, in Rome; to Asa S. Sherman,
Durhamville, Madison county;—or to any of the recruiting agents in this
THE THIRD ARTILLERY.—Lieut. MERCER and his aids have commenced doing
a fine business this week at recruiting for their company, to be attached to
the 3d Light Artillery. On Monday they enrolled eight new names and yesterday
nine more. Their company now numbers sixty-five. The most of the men are quartered
comfortably for the present in the city. They receive their clothes and advance
bounty immediately on enlisting. It is now a good time to enlist, and the 3d
Artillery is a desirable regiment to be connected with. The draft is close
at hand, and the offered bounties and benefits of voluntary enlistment may
soon be among the things that were.
List of casualties in Battery E, 3d N. Y. Light Artillery, during the action
at Drury's Bluff, Va., May 14th, 15th and 16th, 1864.
Capt. Geo. E. Ashby, wounded in head severely.
1st Lt. J. S. Fuller, wounded in arm and leg severely.
Sergt. Wm. How, shoulder, severely.
" E. A. Havens, struck by piece of shell, slightly.
Sergt. L. Ercanbrack, grazed by rifle ball, slightly.
Stephen Briggs, in head severely.
Wm. Lewis, struck by piece of shell, slightly.
Richard Tiernay, in hand severely.
James Simpson, struck by piece of shell, slightly.
Jeff Portugall, wounded and missing.
Francis Cook, missing.
Edward E. Gibbs, missing.
S. K. Nichols, missing and wounded.
Franklin Reed, killed.
B. W. Burnett, leg, severely.
Patrick Hickey, " "
Barney Loftus, " "
A. J. Fox, slightly.
Frank Wooleh, slightly.
A DESERVED TRIBUTE TO A GALLANT CORPS.--This morning we observed on exhibition
in the window of Mr. Geo. Leach's bondoir Jewelry establishment, a beautiful
battle flag, which has been purchased by subscription through the agency of
J. P. VanVleck, Esq., to be presented to our fellow townsmen, Capt. Riggs's
Company of the 3d N. Y. Artillery. The flag was purchased in New York. It is
pennon shaped, in two sections, the upper one red, and the lower white, the
whole bordered with a small border of beautiful cerulean blue. The staff is
of richly polished rosewood, tipped with a burnished silver spear. Upon the
red field of the flag is embroidered in white silk letter, script style—
RIGGS'S BATTERY, 3D NEW YORK ARTILLERY.
On the white, embroidered with red, are the names of the actions in which the
battery has been engaged.
Washington, North Carolina, Sept. 6th, 1862.
Kingston, N. C., Dec. 14, 1862.
Whitehall, " 16, "
Goldsborough, " 17, "
This will be a most acceptable gift to the brave artillerists and their gallant
From the 3d Artillery.
Detachment 3d N. Y. Artillery,
St. Helena Island, S. C.,
April 15th, 1863,
Mr. Editor;—The star expedition has returned from off Charleston, and
your readers are long since acquainted with the pretended failure of it. Now
that it is over with, I will give you an account of the part our regiment took
in it, although we are almost ashamed to let it be known that we had anything
to do with it since it has failed so disgracefully, and that through personal
ambition on the part of the General commanding, and the Admiral.
The 27th of last month Capt. Morrison's battery was ordered to embark, which
it did, on the same day, and sail for North Edisto Inlet, and there await further
orders. Orders soon came after it arrived there, for it to go on to Edisto
Island; and the last I heard from it, was upon that island accompanied by an
infantry force, to hold possession of the island. Capt. Morrison has gone on
a visit to the north, and the battery is at present under the command of 1st
Lt. Clark Day, an able and experienced officer.
On the evening of the 2d, Major Kennedy received orders for the remaining light
batteries, F, I, and K, to embark at once, and sail for Stono Inlet, and there
await further orders. We embarked at once, and ere the hour of midnight the
members of the three companies were quietly snoozing in their old bunks upon
their respective schooners. Companies A, C, D and E were ordered to embark
same night we did, consequently we left them in their camp.
They were not long their however, for on the morning of the 5th they embarked
on their respective schooners and sailed for Stono Inlet, which place they
reached on the morning of the 8th. The light batteries reached Stono Inlet
on the morning of the 5th.
We found a number of transports in this inlet laden with perhaps 10,000 men
all ready and caged for an advance upon the mother city of treason. With what
breathless anxiety we waited the result of the bombardment of the city by our
iron-clads, and when the news came to us that our fleet had drawn off, never
was there a more disappointed number of men than those lying on board of transports
in Stono Inlet. We suspected that something had occurred to mar the harmony
heretofore existing between Gen. Hunter and Admiral Dupont or operations would
not have ceased as they did. All the Monitors except the Keokuk which was sunk
in Charleston Harbor are now quietly lying in this harbor ready and fit for
The different companies of our regiment, except Co. H remained on board the
schooners in the Inlet until the 11th, when the last of the troops on board
of the transports started for this place, and they arrived here on the 12th.
One brigade and Jenny's Battery remained on
James Island where they are strongly entrenched and fortified.
I need not say that all the troops now in this department from North Carolina,
are disgusted with affairs here, and desire to return to their old department.
It is claimed by some that we should not speak derogatory of our superiors
or their doings. We may not understand why the siege of Charleston was abandoned,
or why the forces were withdrawn; perhaps there was policy in it, but if an
attack was really intended and Gen. Hunter withdrew because he thought the
Iron-clads would fail, or did fail, we think it is right to speak upon the
subject. Will it go out to the world and be said that our Iron-clads failed
in an attack upon the rebel Forts in Charleston Harbor, and that the fortifications
there are impregnable—that the Union Army cannot take that city either
by land or sea or both? If so, we soldiers of this department will ever deny
the statement and proclaim to the world that Charleston can be taken either
by land or water, and that the reason it has not been taken, ere this is that
no real attempt has been made.
THE UNION AND THE CONSTITUTION.
From the 3d Artillery.
Newbern, N. C., May 18, '63.
FRIEND FAIN:—It is with the greatest of pleasure that I seat myself this
pleasant day to write a few lines to the Times—the last probably that
I shall write from the seat of war for the time is near at hand when the term
of enlistment of the old 19th N. Y. Volunteer's expires, and consequently the
members of that organization will soon leave the seat of war where they have
been so long, for their homes, to see their many friends, and try civil life
for awhile. Being a member of that organization, I shall return and consequently
be in the army no longer, at least for a time. Our regiment will undoubtedly
be the last of the two years regiments that will leave the seat of war for
home. The small force in this Department, and the great danger of an attack
upon this place has been the cause of our being kept so long, and not allowed
even the ten days, usually allowed soldiers to go home in.
Since our return from the Department of the South, but little duty has been
required of us, and consequently we have very easy times. In fact it is so
warm here that the troops drill but little. The habit some officers have of
drilling their men three or four times a day is not tolerated in this department,
and well it should be so, for the troops could not endure so much during the
warm days of summer.
All the members of the old 19th are here. Co. G having arrived here from Little
Washington with the past week. This company has seen much hard service and
suffered considerably during the siege of Little Washington, by the rebel Hill,
for seventeen days, every man of the company was at his post constantly doing
his duty. Although they have suffered so much, yet their confidence in the
preservation of the Union is unshaken. Many of the members of this regiment
will re-enter the service after a short visit to friends at home. Those who
return will come to this department as Artillerymen, and join the organization
of the 3d Artillery, which organization will be kept up so long as the war
continues. The army of North Carolina know of no such word as defeat, and patriotic
young men prefer to join such an army, especially when its General is a fighting
North Carolina has its charms. Its beautiful scenery, its fertile soil and
beautiful roads, all tend to make it one of the most pleasant States south
of Mason and Dixon's line. The sympathies of the mass of the people of the
State are to-day in favor of the Old Union, and a great majority would leap
for joy could the war cease to-day, and the Union be restored as it was before
the war commenced. The North Carolinaians, as a people, are better educated
and more intelligent than those of any other southern State. As a natural sequel
to this the negroes of the State are far in advance of those in other States.
If I should assert that the male this State are fully as intelligent as the
poor whites, hundreds would not believe me; but it is nevertheless true, and
thousands will bear witness to the fact. Beaufort Harbor, the Tar, Neuse, Trent
and Roanoke rivers are constantly white with sail boats manned and owned by
negroes, and many have made a nice little fortune with them since the commencement
of the war. All these negroes are perfectly familiar
with the sounds and coast, and make the most reliable pilots.
A man has only to observe the great industry of the negroes here, their eagerness
to get an education, and their tact and skill in looking for the future to
solve at once the problem. What shall we do, or what will become of the negro
if this war ends with the salves all free?
A good share of the able bodied negroes in this place have been sent to Little
Washington by Gen. Foster to work upon intrenchments. On the 9th inst., Gen.
Ledlie's Brigade of Artillery was reviewed by Gen. Foster and Staff. Seven
Light Batteries were upon the ground all well manned by experienced Artillerists.
Gen. Ledlie commanded the review which passed off pleasantly and in good order.
It might have been called an inspection, as the General paid particular attention
to see that everything was in excellent order. The 3d Artillery will consist
of the following full Batteries after the two years men have been mustered
Battery B., Capt. Day, 6 guns, Napoleon's.
Battery E., Capt. Schenck, 4 guns, Parrotts.
Battery F., Capt. Jenny, 6 guns, Wiarels.
Battery K., Capt. Angel, 6 guns, Rodmans.
Battery I., Capt. Amnion, 6 guns, Napoleons.
Battery H., Capt. Riggs, 6 guns, Napoleons.
Battery L., Capt. Cowan, 6 guns, Rodmans.
Battery N., Capt. Howell, 6 guns, Parrotts.
So the readers of the Times will see that the 3d Artillery will continue to
be a formidable organization, and present a strong front to the enemy.
As I shall be with the regiment no longer this will be my last from the seat
of war. I recollect that during our first three months in the service, and
at near the conclusion of it I wrote you the same, but I think that this time
we shall not be disappointed. We have now served two years and one month in
the "War for the Union," and I am glad to be able to state that during
this time none of the members of the Regiment have ever done aught to bring
disgrace upon the Union cause. All have done their duty as soldiers of their
country. Although there was on the 22d of August 1861, a revolt, (so called)
on the part of some of the men, yet all soon returned to their duty as soldiers,
satisfied that our Government was a strong one, and that no duty was so honorable
as that performed in the service of our country. The confidence of all the
men in the Government is unshaken, and all are confident that the right will
triumph in the end, and peace, quietude and happiness be the future inheritance
of the American people.
In the many letters which I have written, and which have appeared in the Times
from time to time, there have been some trival mistakes as I afterwards observed,
but in the main I have endeavored to give as correct an account of things as
possible. It would occupy too much space to correct them in detail, consequently
I will omit corrections.
Although I shall be with the regiment no longer, yet I have a friend in it
(Curtis C. Morgan) who will occasionally write to the Times and do greater
justice to the subject than I have thus far. In introducing Mr. Morgan to the
readers of the Times I should do injustice unless I spoke of his high social
qualities and the great respect which all his comrades have for him. Diligent
and unassuming in the discharge of his duties, he has already won the admiration
and respect of both officers and men in the regiment. Appending Mr. Morgan's
note I will close.
Yours, &c., MAC.
To the Editor of the Clyde Times:
Dear Sir:--As your correspondent and my old comrade is about to take his leave
of the 3d Artillery for a more peaceful life, amid the scenes of his northern
home, he has pursuaded me to try and fill his place, as a correspondent to
your valuable paper. Vain will be the attempt to fill the place of as finished
a scholar as your old friend "Mac," but I will try and keep your
readers posted in regard to the movements of the Old Third, and if I fail
to interest them the fault will be in my head and not in my heart. Respectfully
Curtis C. Morgan.
For the Auburn Advertiser.
From the Sixth Corps.
Camp near Fairfax C. H.,
June 24, 1863.
MESSRS. EDITORS.—Soon after writing my last we evacuated our position
the other side of the Rappahannock, crossing the river the night of the 13th
inst. in a drenching rain.
The Artillery posted on the banks, covered the engineers till daybreak, when
the pontoons removed, we took up our march in rear of the Corps, and reached
Stafford C. H., about five o'clock in the evening: here three batteries were
left with a Division as rear guard, but the road was so full of wagons, we
did not move half a mile for five hours. Having
charge of the ambulances of the Artillery they were drawn out of the line,
into park in a field, and the horses fed, groomed and watered, and a cup of
hot coffee, made for the men. One of the men fell insensible from sunstroke
at this place, and though he has been very sick since, is now able to walk
At ten o'clock P. M., we fell into line again, and moved forward slowly all
night, and all the next day, till about three o'clock P. M., when Dumfries
was reached. We had thus been without food or rest—except what we obtained
by ten minutes halt on the road--for nearly forty-eight hours, of the warmest
weather experienced here this season.
The dust was so thick before we reached Dumfries, that at times I could scarce
see the head of my horse—the rain only wet the valley of the Rappahannock—and
men fell every moment from the effects of the heat. A great error is frequently
committed by those who command troops, in marching rapidly a few hours in the
middle of the day, when they might just as well march them those miles morning
and evening and take more time. Three men died in one Division from the effects
of the heat. We did not march more than twenty-five miles to reach D. and were
from daybreak Sunday morning to three o'clock Monday Afternoon doing it. It
seemed to me some of those lives might have been saved, though it might have
been a "military necessity" which caused their death.
Getting a bath and resting ten hours, we marched from Dumphries at daybreak
the next morning, and marching thirteen miles halted at 11 o'clock, watered,
fed and rested men and horses, and at three P. M. moved three miles further
where we encamped near Fairfax Station. We
looked really like "greybacks," when we went into camp.
Resting there all the next day, on the 18th inst., we marched through the Station
on to Fairfax and out on the Winchester turnpike about five miles, and have
been encamped here ever since.
Howe's Division, with the 1st Massachusetts and 1st New York Batteries, were
sent to Bristow's Station the 20th inst.—Only two men of the eleven hundred
in this brigade of artillery, fell out on this march, the reason being, that
all are old troops, and artillerymen half of them ride horses, and the cannoniers
carry only haversacks and canteens, and frequently exchange places with the
drivers. The sick reports show rather less than before the march, only from
seven to ten being the daily reports for the past three days, while nine to
thirteen were daily reported unfit for duty last month. Of the seven reported
to day, four are surgical cases, two being dislocations of the elbow, the others
concussions. A sergeant who was thrown from his horse the 10th, breaking his
leg, was sent to Washington and returned to duty with his battery (D, 2d U.
S). He had been twelve years in the service.
This is the first time this Corps has not been in the front, since the last
The 1st New Jersey, and 1st Pa. batteries have been ordered to the Artillery
Reserves, and batteries C and G, 1st Rhode Island, take their places in this
Brigade, which is now paid to be the finest in this army.
Col. Tompkins of the 1st R. I., commands the brigade, an excellent officer,
universally liked by those acquainted with him.
The following batteries comprise his command: 1st Independent N. Y., 3d Independent
N. Y., Batteries C and G 1st
R. I., Battery F, 5th U. S. rifled ten-pounder iron guns, and Batteries D and
G, 2d U. S.; and the 1st Mass. Battery; Brass twelve pounders—(Napoleons)--most
effective at short ranges, throwing cannister and precussion shells.
We hear the firing from our cavalry fighting, and prisoners pass here daily.
We get the daily papers now at the reduced price of five cents. Privates getting
thirteen dollars a month are no longer spending twenty cents a day for a New
York and Washington papers as hitherto.
Yours as ever,
J. W. C.
North Carolina Correspondence.
Newbern, N. C., July 1st, 1863.
Mr. EDITOR:—Notwithstanding the activity, battling and bloodshed that
is daily being realized upon the Potomac and Mississippi, quietness regns supreme
throughout the department of North Carolina; and with the exception of the
usual amount of picket skirmishing, there exists an entire lull in military
operations here. In the meantime all classes are watching with the most intense
interest, the further development of affairs in Virginia, and at Vicksburg
and Port Hudson.
The arrival of a boat from the north is hailed with unfeigned delight, and
Tribunes, Times and Heralds are greedily purchased and read by all.
The work upon the fortifications is being prosecuted with increasing vigor,
and the several forts, blockhouses, and formidable lines of breastworks, which
hem the city upon every side, are rapidly approaching completion. It has been
ascertained that the rebels have no important force in this part of the State.
Gen. Foster's command has undergone quite a dimminution of late, in consequence
of the expiration of the term of enlistment of nine months' men Massachusetts
Volunteers. The Third, Fifth, Eighth, Twenty-fifth, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth
and Fifty-first regiments have already returned to their homes. Others leave
in a few days. Also several regiments, including Gen. Spinola's brigade, have
received orders to report immediately at Fortress Monroe.
Notwithstanding this vast exodus of troops from this department, no fears are
entertained in regard to the safety of the town; for so admirably has Gen.
Foster planned and constructed its defences, that 5,000 men can safely hold
in check a force of five times their number.
The following order has been issued by Gen. Foster, and caused no little trepidation
among the citizens in the department:
General Orders No. 84.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NORTH CAROLINA,
EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, NEWBERN,
June 20th, 1863.--The Commanding General orders that all white male citizens
between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five within the lines of this department,
shall be at once enrolled, and the rolls forwarded to these headquarters. Commanders
of districts will appoint enrolling officers, and take such steps as may be
necssary to fully and promptly carry out this order.
SOUTHARD HOFFMAN, A. A. G.
By command of Major General Foster.
Those in the North, therefore, who think to escape the draft by coming south
on frivolous pretexts, will find that the strong arm of the Government can
reach them here as well as at home. This is as it should be. Those who enjoy
the protection of the Government should be willing to take up arms in its defence.
If they do not appreciate the value of this protection, let them feel the effects
of their want of patriotism.
Brigadier General Wilds has been authorized by the President to recruit and
organize a brigade of colored soldiers, from the "contrabands" in
this department. The work of enlisting is progressing finely. Over two thousand
of our sable allies have already been mustered and properly equipped in Uncle
Sam's livery. These troops are to be officered by white men; they are to
receive seven dollars per month for their services during the war, and are
to be provisioned and equipped in accordance with the army regulations of
the United States. They will be required to perform both active and garrison
duty, as circumstances may require.
The heat has been very oppressive here during the past month, and but little
rain has fallen. Its effect upon the health of the troops has hot been as
serious as might be expected; a few cases of sun-stroke are recorded, and
not a few have been prostrated by fever. But, thanks to the good management
of our sanitary department, in providing the sick with good nurses and proper
food under the skillful treatment of competent physicians, none but a few
of the worst cases have proved fatal. The thanks of the whole department
are due to the Commanding General for the wholesome manner in which he has
fitted up the hospitals of this department, and for his prompt arrangement
in providing for the every need of the sick.
A SOLDIER'S BURIAL.
It is really a sad sight, and one that can not fail to leave a deep and melancholy
impression upon the heart, to witness the performance of the last solemn
rites to the remains of a departed comrade. A burial: a sad duty among all
conditions of life, and under every circumstance; but to lay a loved one
gently 'neath the turfs and flowers of home, is not attended with such utter
loneliness as characterizes the interment of a
soldier in a distant state, far from home and weeping friends. The preliminary
preparations are brief. As soon as death has ensued, the body of the deceased
is placed in a rude pine coffin and conveyed to the place of burial; his comrades,
with a slow and steady tramp, and "arms reversed, " sadly follow
their old companion's remains to the grave side; while the band, with muffled
drums "beats the soldier's last tattoo."—
The body is soon lowered to its final resting place, the earth is restored
to its place, and a small new mound marks the spot where lies in obscurity
another soldier of the army of the Union. A parting volley is fired over the
grave, and he is left, "to sleep the sleep that knows no waking."
Are now being granted to the soldiers in this department for the space of thirty
days. Five p e r cent. of the troops leave monthly, in accordance with this
order. Lieut. Fields of this battery, formerly of Lee, is now at home. Mr.
Fields has proved himself to be a good officer and a brave man, as his conduct
in the several engagements through which he has passed sufficiently proves.
D. J. EVANS, Battery H.
PECULIAR.—The way our village cotemporary announced the terrible riot
in New York: 'The Draft resisted." "New York Aroused!"
Is comment necessary?
Advertiser and Union
Local, Literary, Miscellaneous.
Auburn, S e p t . 20, 1864.
DEPARTURE OF CAPT. RUSSELL'S BATTERY.—The Central depot was crowded this
morning by the large numbers of friends assembled to bid farewell for a year,
to the brave boys of Battery A, Third N. Y. Artillery, recruited principally
in Auburn by Capt. S. P. Russell, and comprising the most excellent material--equal
to any organization ever sent forth from the loyal States, and one that will
prove an honor to their home and friends.
The boys occupied three passenger coaches, and were full of spirit and enthusiasm.
The faces of mothers, sisters and wives were plainly distinguishable from those
of disinterested ones, as the hour for parting drew near, and many a hand grasp,
accompanied by the parting kiss, in which all of a year's yearning and anxiety
were impressed, were exchanged by the loving ones so soon to be separated.
But the brave fellows bore the parting with manly determination for the sacrifice,
and were given up perhaps tearfully but always hopefully and with patriotic
courage and devotion by the loyal women—wives, sweethearts, mothers and
sisters, who will watch and pray for, and love them steadily, till the glad
chimes of peace shall be sounded at the war's termination, when they may again
be united and happy in recalling the sadness of the Past, made so happy by
its contrast to a brighter Future.
At about a quarter past seven the train moved off bearing with it the benedictions
of the crowd of soldier-boys, who to the number of 157 were thus en route for
Elmira, on their way to join the Third at Newbern.
Ledlie's Division.--The following from the war correspondent of the Philadelphia
Inquirer describes the operations of the division commanded by General James
Ledlie, formerly of this city in the battle of the 18th.
In my last I mentioned the assault by the Third division of the Ninth corps,
at 3 P. M., yesterday, which was unsuccessful. The charge was made on the line
of the breastworks opposite our left, and running across a cornfield front
of and parallel with a track of pine woods. At 5 P. M. General Ledlie's division
of the First corps was ordered to renew the attempt.
Gen. Ledlie formed his attacking column under cover of the ravine above mentioned,
in three lines--the First brigade, Col. Gloud; Second brigade, Col. Pierce,
and the Third brigade, Col. Marshall, succeeding each other in the order named.
Reaching the open field at the top of the slope, and emerging, they started
on a run for the entrenchments, with fixed bayonets, and without stopping to
fire a gun. Two batteries to the left and one to the right poured a heavy enfilading
fire of grape and canister into them as they advanced, while another was firing
at extremely short range directly in front, combined with musketry. It was
a terrible tempest of deadly missiles to pass through, and many a good man
fell on the way, but the work was nevertheless accomplished in gallant style.
The enemy displayed the utmost pertinacity, and in the rifle pits the fight
was waged hand to hand, and large numbers of dead rebels were left in them,
mingled with our own men. After being driven from the main line, the enemy
rallied at the second and smaller line, not more than one hundred yards in
the rear, from which also they were driven, but rallying again retook them,
but again were compelled to retreat. Still they returned to the charge four
several times, rushing from the woods in our front with a determination that
seemed inexhaustible; and after dark, when the firing had somewhat subsided,
their skirmishers crawled forward and scooped out in the light sand soil their
little rifle pits, as close as possible to our lines. During the night, however,
they withdrew to a position further back.
The severity of the fighting in this assault is attested by the losses sustained,
which are estimated at nearly one thousand. Major Hedges, of the Fourteenth
New York heavy artillery, was killed while leading his men in a charge. Col.
Marshall, of the same regiment, received a contusion of the thigh, Lieut. McKibben,
Fourth U. S. infantry, Aid D. C. to Gen. Ledlie, was wounded in the neck.
Besides their losses in killed and wounded, the enemy left in our hands, at
this point, a considerable number of prisoners and one stand of colors, captured
by Ledlie's division.
Gen. James H. Ledlie.
To the Editor of the Utica Morning Herald:
SIR:—In an extract from the correspondence of the Springfield, Mass.,
Republican, copied into your paper a few days ago, the failure of a recent
assault on the enemy's works at Petersburg is attributed principally to jealousy
among rival commanding officers. It is also charged by the same correspondent
that Gen. Ledlie who led the first assaulting column on the occasion referred
to, is addicted to the intemperate use of ardent spirits, and it is insinuated
that this had something to do with the failure. Whatever of truth there may
be in the allegations of jealousy, I know not. In times past the prevalence
of this feeling was undoubtedly the cause of heavy disaster; but it is generally
supposed that the thorough weeding which Gen. Grant gave the Potomac Army when
he assumed the immediate command had removed this element of mischief and rendered
that army what an arm of patriotic soldiers should be, a unit in purpose and
action. But whether this be so or not, I will undertake to say that there is
no whatever in the charge made against Gen. Ledlie. Camp followers, of various
kinds are, I suppose, a kind of incurable evil in every army, but no army was
ever worse cursed by a certain class of them than the Army of the Potomac.
I refer to the anonymous scribblers to be found in almost every headquarters
of regiment, brigade, division or army corps, who for a night's lodging, a
bottle of whisky, the loan of a saddle horse or some other equally undeserved
attention, will slavor with praise the most obscure and least deserving officer;
while the refusal to bestow any such attention will as readily call down on
the head of the independent commander, a volly of detraction in some far off
newspaper. I by no means intend to stigmatize the whole corps of army correspondents
as mercenary penny-a-liners, for I know many who, in all requisites honorable
gentlemen, can not be excelled anywhere; but the class I mention is far too
numerous, and in influence too baleful to allowed to be passed by in silence.
It is more than probable that the slanderer of Gen. Ledlie is one of this class;
perhaps one who for some just cause has felt the vigor of his discipline, and
having no fair mode of redress, has ta- ken this method to blacken fame of
one whose military record is not only an honor to himself but to his family
and the county of his birth.
I have known Gen. Ledlie from early boyhood, and have been in his company many
times, both before and since he entered the military service, under circumstances
when if he had been at all inclined the free use of stimulants, he must certainly
have shown the effect; but I can say truly, I have never seen him when I could
detect the appearance of improper indulgence. Here, where the General is well
known, the charge, I am sure will not be credited for a moment. The most serious
effect of such calumnies is to create a distrust among the people, of the character
and capacity of our officers, and thus lessen public confidence in the successful
issue great struggle in which we are engaged for the salvation of the government.
From the period when Grant made his first flank movement at the wilderness
up and including terrible assault, which followed explosion of mine at Petersburg,
Gen. Ledlie has been foremost in the hardest fighting and has received repeated
encomious from his superior officers for his genius and bravery. He has been
for several weeks confined in bed, sickness, contracted in the service, is
unable at present to speak for himself.— Doubtless, when he shall become
sufficiently convalescent, he will pay due attention to the responsible authors
this "fire in the rear" calumny. As a friend who feels a just pride
is his well earned fame, I can do no less than to say what I have done in his
The Late Lieut. D. D. Hillis—Resolutions of the Officers of the Third
N. Y. V. Artillery. HEADQUARTERS THIRD N. Y. V. ARTILLERY, NEWBERN, N. C.,
Sept. 28, 1864.
At meeting of the officers this regiment, held these headquarters on Monday
evening, the 27th inst., express their regard for the late First Lieutenant
D. D. Hillis, Third N. Y. V. Artillery, and their sympathy with bereaved relatives,
the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, It is proved consistent with the plans of an all-wise God to call
away spirit of our much-loved highly esteemed brother; therefore, be it
Resolved, That as fellow officers in the service of our country, we feel it
our duty and desire to express our sympathy with the afflicted relatives of
the late First Lieutenant David D. Hillis, who has fallen while engaged in
his country's cause.
Resolved, That though he did not fall in battle, but by disease engendered
while in the performance of his duties, yet he fell none the less honorably.
He died at his post, as the true soldier dies, and it must ever be a source
of pride and consolation to his family relatives, that he spent the last days
of his earthly career thus honorably.
Resolved, That we offer to his bereaved mother and mourning sisters our heartfelt
expressions of sorrow, and join our grief with theirs in this hour of trouble
Resolved, That these resolutions be signed by the President and Secretary of
this meeting, and that copies of them be furnished to the editors of the Syracuse
JOURNAL, Standard and Courier, and the Auburn Advertiser, for publication.
CHARLES H. STEWART,
Colonel Third N. Y. V. Artillery, President.
G. W. Leonard, 2nd,
First Lieut. Third N. Y. V. Artillery, Sec'y.
THE LATE D. DUNCAN HILLIS.
Resolutions of the Sigma Phi.
Pursuant to notice, the members of the Sigma Phi, resident in this city, met
at the office of Pratt & Mitchell, on Saturday evening, October 1st, 1864.
On motion, the Hon. Daniel Pratt, of the Alpha of N. Y., was called to preside,
and Charles E. Fitch, of the Alpha of Mass., appointed Secretary. The President
stated that the object of the meeting was to take action in relation to the
death of our late brother, Lieut. D. Duncan Hillis, of the Delta of N. Y.,
whereupon, the following committee was appointed to draft resolutions suitable
to the sad event, viz., Hon. Thomas T. Davis and Sherman D. Canfield, of the
Beta of N. Y., Z. Charles Foot, of the Delta of N. Y., and Charles E. Fitch,
of the Alpha of Mass. The committee retired, and subsequently introduced the
following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted;
Whereas, Intelligence has been received that our brother and friend, D. Duncan
Hillis, late First Lieutenant in the Third N. Y. Artillery, died at Newbern,
N. C., on the 24th of September last, of disease incident to the climate, and
while in the service of his country; therefore,
Resolved, That in the death of Lieut. Hillis our fraternity has been bereaved
of a true and valued member, his family of a devoted son and brother, and his
country of a brave and faithful defender.
Resolved, That Lieut. Hillis fell as a sacrifice to an exalted patriotism;
that as an only son of a loving and widowed mother who looked to him as the
counsellor and protector of her children, as a brother, leaving his young sisters
to a mother's care while he went forth to battle and to die for his country,
he could give no higher evidence of loyalty or set an example more worthy of
Resolved, That while we admire in him such noble qualities and the spirit which
made him a soldier, we feel the deepest pity for the afflicted family which
thus mourns the loss of a son and a brother, and that we cordially offer to
them that sympathy which may alleviate but not remove their sorrow.
Resolved, That as expressive of our grief we will drape our badges in mourning
for the period of fifteen days.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the city papers,
and a copy sent to the mother of Lieut. Hillis and to each of the chapters
of the "Sigma Phi."
After various remarks by different brothers, expressive of the feelings entertained
for the lamented deceased, and the void which his death has created in family
and fraternity, the meeting adjourned.
DANIEL PRATT, Chairman.
CHAS. E. FITCH, Secretary.
RETURN OF THE THIRD ARTILLERY, ORGANIZED AS THE NINETEENTH INFANTRY.—Word
was received Monday night that 550 of the Third Artillery, Col. Stewart, would
reach the city yesterday morning at 5 o'clock, on the steamer Vanderbilt, and
promptly at the hour, the boat reached the dock, and the men were marched to
the Delevan House, where a sumptuous breakfast was prepared for them, of which
they partook with a relish.
The regiment was recruited in Cayuga, county, by Col. Clark, now of General
Banks' Staff. It was mustered into service at Elmira, 734 strong, and reached
Washington on the 1st of June. Soon afterwards, it was attached to Gen. Patterson's
corps, and was with him through all his marches and skirmishes in Virginia.
When Patterson was superseded by Banks, the regiment continued with him. Col.
Clark was placed upon Banks' staff, and Lieut. Col. Ledlie was promoted to
the command. They continued with Banks through the entire of his Virginia campaign,
did their duty in every emergency, and was subsequently organized into an artillery
regiment, and, for a time; occupied Fort Corcoran and several other neighboring
When Burnside's Expedition was organized, the regiment, recruited up to 1800
men, went with him to Newbern, and have participated in the following battles—which
are inscribed upon their tattered banner, now with 550 of the original two
years men who are returning home, viz:
Fort Macon, Washington, South East Creek, Kinston,
White Hall, Goldsboro, Newbern, Washington (siege).
In these several battles, the regiment acted as light artillery; and lost 187
For his gallantry at Goldsboro, Col. Ledlie was promoted to Brigadier, and
Lieut. Col. C. H. Stewart was made Colonel.
The regiment (1100 strong) is still in the field. Both Gen. Ledlie and Col.
Stewart are with the men now on their way home, but will return in a few days
to new fields of glory,
At 8 o'clock, took a special train for Auburn, where they met with a cordial
reception from their friends and fellow-citizens.
THE THIRD NEW YORK LIGHT ARTILLERY, three batteries, arrived here this morning
about 8 o'clock, on board the steamer Edward Everett, direct from Morehead
City, N. C. They were received by the Citizens' Committee, and properly cared
for. At the conclusion of the breakfast at the Stanwix, the Lieutenant Colonel,
in command, made a brief and appropriate speech, referring in proper terms
to the services and privations of the regiment, and returning thanks to the
citizens of Albany for the kind and unexpected welcome extended them. At the
conclusion of his remarks, he proposed three cheers for the ladies in attendance,
three for the loyal and generous citizens of Albany, three for wives, sisters
and sweethearts, and three for a restored country in peace, which were given
by the boys with a hearty good will.
The Regiment was originally the Nineteenth New York Volunteers, and was mustered
in at Elmira, April 16, 1861, with 778 men. It was early converted into light
artillery, and had added to it a large number of men, making in all 2,400 men.
It was then divided into twelve batteries,
which were detached on service in the Armies of Potomac and James, and in North
Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Combined, these batteries have been engaged
in over one hundred battles. Most of the men who returned to-day have been
in service four years and two months, during which time they have covered themselves
with glory. And Battery A (composed of one years' men) has not been behind,
it having been given the credit by General Cox, at Kinston, of having saved
day by the turning of the flank of the enemy.
The batteries returning to-day have been in service in the Department of the
South, before Charleston in the Florida campagn, and in all the battles in
North Carolina. They return under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Terrence J.
Kennedy, who went out as Captain. He was the first man to enlist in Cayuga
county. He commenced recruiting on the 9th of April, 1864, six days before
Sumter was fired on, and was looked upon as mad by his neighbors, who laughed
at the idea of war. He raised his men, and applied to Gov. Morgan for arms
and equipments as Light Artillery; but his Excellency was compelled to deny
the application, the rascalities of Floyd having deprived the Country of the
necessary material. The men were then converted into infantry, and the work
was completed on the 16th of April.
The following are the officers of the Batteries returned, in accordance with
Battery D—Captain Stephen Van Husen; went out as Sergeant. Lieutenants
John Stevenson, Jr., Vandenbergh and Brinkerhoff.
Battery G—Captain Mowers; went out as Sergeant. Lieutenants Edward Cunningham
and P. J. Newcomb.
Battery A--Captain Russell; Lieutenants Richardson and Morlecy.
The boys were principally recruited in Cayuga county, and the remainder are
from Oneida and Onondaga. They are to remain here until paid off.
GENERAL SCHOFIELD'S ESCORT, consisting of Company G, Seventh Ohio Cavalry,
fifty-four in number, under command of Captain Ashbury, also came up with the
above regiment. Their material wants were properly cared for by Adam Blake.
The following special order was issued by General Schofield in parting with
HD'QRS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
RALEIGH, N. C., June 19, 1865.
Special Order, No. 96:
Company G, Seventh Ohio Cavalry, is hereby relieved from duty as escort at
these headquarters, and will be mustered out of service and sent to Camp Dennison,
Ohio, for final payment and discharge, under the provisions of General Order
No. 94, C. S. , War Department, Adjutant-General's Office. In taking leave
of this Company, I desire to tender my thanks to the officers and men for their
uniform soldierly bearing, obedience to orders, and the prompt manner in which
they have, at all times, discharged the duties intrusted to them. The same
qualities carried into civil life will bring them success wherever they may
be. J. M. Schofield, Maj.-Gen. Com'dg.
J. G. Campbell, Lieut.-Col. and A. A. G.
(Eve. Journal, June 28, 1865)
ARRIVAL AND RECEPTION OF BATTERY M, THIRD NEW YORK ARTILLERY.--Battery M,
Third New York Artillery, Capt. John H. Howell, arrived about 6 o'clock yesterday
morning, on the steamer Vanderbilt. The Citizens' Committee cared for the boys
handsomely, as usual. The Battery was re-organized as a veteran organization
on the 1st of January, 1864. When it first went out it had 180 men, and about
one hundred have been added since. It now numbers one hundred and seventy-five.
The Battery was originally organized in this city. It has served in Virginia
and North Carolina, has been engaged in thirty-eight regular engagements, and
has been one hundred consecutive days under the enemy's fire. The following
are some of the principal battles: Wilson's Landing, Fort Powhatan, Siege of
Petersburg, Bermuda Front, Dutch Gap, Fort Harrison, Deep Bottom, Siege of
Richmond. The regiment entered Richmond on the 3d of April, among the first
troops. One of the battle-flags of the regiment was the first flag planted
in the Capital square. Capt. Howell had Charge of the artillery in the New
York riots. He went out as orderly sergeant in Capt. Bates' battery, Utica,
and was prompted to First Lieutenant. At Fair Oaks he was wounded, and returned
He then received an appointment as Captain Third Artillery and was placed on
Gen. Naglee's staff, and went with him to South Carolina. When that officer
was relieved, Capt. H. was ordered to his battery, at Newbern, N. C. The Battery
did duty there until the fall of 1863, when it went to Norfolk, after which
it went through the Carratuck campaign, being stationed at Great Bridge; was
organized with the army of the James, and was in the advance during all its
Senior First Lieutenant W. H. Sanford, of Clinton; went out as private in Twenty-sixth
New York; and was promoted to First Lieutenant, when he was discharged May
28, 1863. Then he re-enlisted and was made Second Lieutenant in Battery C,
Third New York Artillery, was promoted to First Lieutenant in Battery M, and
has been with it through all the engagements.
First Lieutenant Julius Cole; went out as Sergeant.
Second Lieutenant George H. Taylor; went out as Corporal.
Second Lieutenant Edwin C. Brennan; went out as private.
Orderly Sergeant Smith and Quartermaster Sergeant Yeatles both went out as
The Battery left at 9 o'clock for Syracuse.
ARRIVAL OF THE THIRD ARTILLERY.—Two batteries of the Third Artillery
arrived Saturday, and two more yesterday morning.
The regiment was organized May 22, 1861, as the Nineteenth N. Y. Infantry,
with 742 officers and men, Colonel John S. Clark. December 11, 1861, it was
changed to Third N. Y. Artillery, Col. U. Ledlie. Col. Stewart took command
May 27, 1863. The regiment has participated in almost every engagement in Virginia,
North and South Carolina.
December 20, 1861, new Company K joined. February 22, 1862, new Companies B,
F, H, and M joined. March 28, 1862, new Company L joined. May 22, 1863, 532
officers and men mustered out, expiration of two years service. October 1,
1863, new Company C joined. March 21, 1864, new Company D joined. March 26,
1864, new Company G joined. Sept. 20, 1864, new Company A joined.
The total number of troops received since organization was 4,408; killed in
action, 217; wounded, 233; died, 247; deserted, 355.
The following is a list of the engagements in which the regiment or some of
its batteries has participated:—Martinsburg and Lovettsviile, Va.;
Fort Macon, Washington, Rawl's Mill, Southwest Creek, Kinston, Whitehall, Goldsboro,
Springbank, Newbern, Deep Gully, Blount's
Creek, Gum Swamp, Cove Creek and Bachelor's Creek, North Carolina; Seabrook
island, bombardment of Fort Sumter, Fort Wagner, siege of Fort Wagner and Morris
Island, South Carolina; Camden Court House and Dismal Swamp, Virginia; Newbern,
Bachelor's Creek Beech Grove and Brice's Creek, N. C.; Folly Island, S. C.;
Fort Clifton, Harrison's Court, Drury's Bluff, Harrison's Plantation, Springhill,
Fort Powhattan, Wilson's Wharf, siege of Petersburg, Petersburg, Walthall Farm,
Friend's Field's, Chapin's Fort Harrison, Fort Burnham, Fort Harrison and Rebel
iron-clads, James River, Va.; Honer's Hill and Devereaux Neck, S. C.; Camp
Holley, Va.; Gardner's Bridge, Foster's Mills, Butler's Bridges and Wise's
Forks, N. C.; Richmond, Va.; Plymouth siege and Tarboro; Ruffin's Farms, Va.;
siege of Charleston, John's Island and James' Island, S. C.; South Mills, N.
C.; Pocataligo, S. C.
The following is complete roster of officers :—
Colonel—Charles H. Stewart.
Lieutenant Colonel—Terrance J. Kennedy.
Major--Theodore M. Schenck.
Major—William J. Riggs.
Surgeon—-Alfred D. Wilson.
Assistant Surgeon—Francis W. Benjamin.
First Lieutenant and Adjutant—Jay E. Starke.
First Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster—Ogilvia D. Ball.
Battery A—Captain, Samuel P. Russell; First Lieutenant, William Richardson;
Second Lieutenants, Edward Cunningham, John Morley.
Battery B—Captain, Thomas J. Mersereau; First Lieutenants, George C.
Buck, George H. Crocker; Second Lieutenants, Richard Jones,
Thomas H. B. Martin.
Battery C— Captain, William E. Mercer; First Lieutenants, James S. McVey,
George W. Leonard, 2d; Second Lieutenants, William W. Coffin, Martin Webster.
Battery B—Captain, Stephen Van Hensen; First Lieutenants, John Stevenson,
Jr., Jay E. Storke; Second Lieutenants, Thomas Van Derbergh, John J. Brinkerhoff,
Battery E—Captain, George E. Ashby; First Lieutenants, Milan B. Goodrich,
Roswell Willis; Second Lieutenant, Edward Delister.
Battery F—First Lieutenants, Edgar H. Titus, Edmund C. Glark; Second
Lieutenants, George W. Taylor, Abner B. Hoyt.
Battery G—Captain, William A. Kelsey, First Lieutenant, Ogilvia D. Ball;
Second Lieutenants, Charkes A. Moore, Rowland D. Wade.
Battery H--Captain, Enoch Jones; First Lieutenants, Horatio U. Thomson, William
Quinn; Second Lieutenant, Albert C. Devendorf.
Battery J—Captain, William M. Kirby; First Lieutenant, David W. Stewart;
Second Lieutenants, Edgar W. Seymour, William H. Goodrich.
Battery K—Captain, James R. Angell; First Lieutenants, C. De Witt Staring,
Benjamin G. Gibg; Second Lieutenants, George B. Andrews,
William H. Chase.
Battery L—Captain, Lewis H. Mowers; Second Lieutenant, Lucius S. Newcomb.
Battery M—Captain, John H. Howell; First Lieutenants, William H. Sanford,
Julius Cole; Second Lieutenants, Edgar W. Brennan, George
E. Van Dewater.
Non-Commissioned Staff—Sergeant Major, Chas. E. Waldron; Quartermaster
Sergeant, Amos H. Dean; Commissary Sergeant, George H. Wright; Acting Hospital
Steward, William T. Eldridge.
(Alb. Journal, July 3d, 1865)
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