20th Regiment Cavalry, NY Volunteers
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Letter from Capt. Stewart's
NORFOLK, April 11, 1864.
EDITORS DEMOCRAT: GENTS:—We, the subscribers, U. S. soldiers of the McClellan
Cavalry (20th N. Y. Cavalry,) are from Yates County; we enlisted in the months
of July, August and September last. We have been informed that our names have
been used since to help fill the County quota under the last call, and understanding
that the Board of Supervisors had passed a Resolution to pay every man used
for said purpose a County Bounty, and raised a fund for the same, we applied
for the bounty, but have been refused it by the Board.—We have seen in
one of our village papers a letter written by one of them, that they did not
think we were entitled to it because we enlisted before the passage of the
Resolution, and that we had got all we contracted for. We did at the time we
enlisted; but we did not contract to serve in this war and thereby release
these Supervisors or any other citizens from the burdens of the last draft,
and as long as we have been used in that capacity, we think it no more than
right that they should pay us the same as others they have obtained to fill
the quota and save themselves from a conscription. We make this statement so
that the citizens of our County may judge whether we have been treated fairly
in this matter.
Sergt. Charles E. Hyatt, Belle Isle. Richmond, Va.
Sergt. Peter Cane, " "
Sergt. Geo. D. Ingles, Norfolk, Va.,
Sergt. Patrick Brennan,
Corp'l George Leonard,
Private George Smalley,
Private Augustus McKinney,
Private John W. Austin,
Private Samuel Whitehead,
Private Arthur R. Weare,
Private Myron H. Watrous,
Private Melvin Brown,
Private William Kinney,
Private Fred M. Klice.
NY EXPRESS MO...
ARRIVAL OF THE TWENTIETH NEW YOURK CAVALRY.--
The Twentieth New York Cavalry arrived here, unannounced, Saturday morning,
at five o'clock. The Citizens' Committee, by accident, heard of the arrival
and at once made arrangements to feed the boys. After partaking of a substantial
meal they left for Sacketts Harbor, where the regiment was organized in September,
1860, under Colonel N. B. Lord, formerly Colonel of the Thirty-fifth Infantry,
and who resigned his commission April 1, 1865. The Twentieth Cavalry, originally
consisted of twelve companies, numbering twelve hundred men, and now returns
nine hundred and seventy-five, having, during its term of service, received
some two hundred and fifty recruits into its ranks.
The regiment was, at its commencement, assigned to outpost duty near Norfolk
and Portsmouth up to December 5, 1864, during which time it often came into
collision with bands of Rebel gurrillas, doing some good service. It also succeeded
in capturing about five hundred horses from the Rebels at different times.
It was afterwards assigned to the Army of the James, near Aikin's Landing.
Co. G went along with the cavalry brigade, under General Custer, against General
Lee, and participated in all the battles under that General until the surrender
of the Rebel army. The remaining portion of the regiment was the first cavalry
regiment to enter Richmond after its evacuation, and following on the Lynchburg
canal, succeeded in capturing about four hundred prisoners of Lee's retreating
army, a great many of whom were officers. Colonel Evans assisted the Provost
Marshal of Richmond in the patroling of prisoners and presenting the oath of
Capt. Carter and his Company—No officer is entitled to more praise,
in raising troops for the McClellan Cavalry, than is Capt. Carter of Carthage.
He has raised a full Company of as good a class of men as can be found anywhere,
in about two weeks time. We do not wish to detract from the merits of any of
the recruiting officers.--Capts. Smith, Carpenter, Gates, Cudworth, O'Harrio
and others have done remarkably well, but because of a better territory to
work in or some other cause, Capt. Carter was the first to secure a full company.
He is entitled to and receives much praise for his speedy success. He is still
continuing his efforts to get more men, and will not cease until the regiment
It was expected that five companies would be mustered in last Saturday, and
the men were on hand at the Harbor, but the mustering officer was sick and
unable to be there. Col. Lord paraded the men and made a short speech to
them, explaining the cause of the disappointment. All who desired a furlough
then received one to the first of September. Most of them took a furlough,
and "scattered" for the purpose of enlisting each at least one
comrade before the draft. All enlisted in this "crack" Regiment
are to repair to Sackets Harbor on the 1st of September, when they will certainly
be mustered in and receive a portion of their bounty.
A word as to the material of this Regiment. We saw them paraded on Saturday
last, five hundred strong. It would be difficult to select five hundred men
better qualified, physically, to make good cavalrymen, than those we saw on
Saturday.--Should the remainder of the Regiment be composed of as equally good
material, and we have no doubt it will, we shall look for a brilliant carreer
for the McClellan Cavalry. This Regiment numbers now about 700 enlisted men,
and we have no doubt, by the 1st of September, it can muster 1,000 strong.
The companies organized are:
Co. A. Capt. Charles F. Smith, 96 men.
" B. Capt. John O'Harra, 95 "
" C. Capt. John Cudworth, 91 "
" D. Capt. Jacob S. Gates, 93 "
" E. Capt. Norris M. Carter, 87 "
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