102nd Infantry Regiment
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The following members of the 102d regiment, (Von Beck Rifles,) are reported
wounded:—Serg't Levi S. Deits, of Hurley, in back; Serg't John Rosa,
of Marbletown, in breast; Pat. Fearing, of Rondout, in back; Jerry Sullivan,
of Hurley Woods, in hand.
The One Hundred and Second Regiment Veteran Volunteers—A Card From Col.
To the Editor of the New-York Times:
The One Hundred and Second Regiment Veteran Volunteers reached here on Sunday
afternoon from Chattanooga, where they led the advance in the storming of Lookout
Mountain and Ringgold.
Everywhere on the route the reputation of the regiment secured the men warm
greetings and kind attentions. On reaching New-York, however, they marched
in silence to the Park Barracks, and neither the Corporation, nor citizens,
nor the militia, can be induced to give them a reception of any description.
Personal applications have been made to portions of the militia, but not even
a company can be persuaded to turn out, although it was offered to defray all
the expenses of the music.
An effort has been made to raise a small fund to provide a collation for the
regiment, but aside from the writer and an eminent merchant, distinguished
for his liberality and patriotism, not one of the fifty bankers and merchants
applied to would subscribe a cent. This treatment disheartens and exasperates
the men and is doing more to prevent enlisting in New-York than any other one
cause. Soldiers can encourage or discourage recruiting more than any other
class of men. If motives of patriotism will not induce the citizens of New-York
to treat their returning veterans differently, self-interest should.
It is determined by the officers to parade the regiment, independent of all
assistance, hoping to meet some citizens in the street whose patriotism is
not bounded by the horizon of their pockets.
T. E. VAN BUREN.
Colonel 102d N. Y. V.
THE NEW-YORK TIMES
NEW-YORK, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 1864.
The One Hundred and Second New-York Volunteers.
LIST OF CASUALTIES—THE BATTLES IN WHICH THE
REGIMENT HAS BEEN ENGAGED.
The friends of this regiment will be glad to learn that they have, as usual,
nobly done their p a r t in the grand movement of SHERMAN'S army upon
Atlanta. They participated in the battles of Rocky-faced Ridge, May 7; Resaca,
May 16; and of Dallas, May 25. On the morning of May 15, the One
Hundred and Second New-York and One Hundred and Eleventh Pennsylvania Regiments,
forming a forlorn hope, were ordered to charge up a hill occupied by the enemy,
and capture a battery that was interfering with the movements of our forces.
The One Hundred and Second New-York, led by their gallant Colonel, JAMES C.
LANE, marched up the hill in line of battle as steadily and in as straight
a line as if on a dress parade, although all the way under a severe fire from
the enemy. Immediately in front of the battery were rifle pits, occupied by
a strong force; but after a severe fight, the enemy were driven out, and the
battery, consisting of four guns, captured and sent into our lines. This brilliant
operation was considered so hazardous, that officers high in rank who saw it
commenced, expected both regiments would be annihilated. After its successful
completion, Gen. HOOKER, the Corps Commander, personally complimented Col.
LANE and his brave command for the splendid manner in which they had executed
at the battle of Dallas this regiment was in the ex-….
....tors are Admiral DAVIS, U. S. N.; Gen. J. G. BARNARD and Gen. WILLIAM
F. BARRY, U. S.A.; Capt. E. C. BOYNTON, Adjutant of West Point Military Academy, &c.
The plan of the work includes the discussion of the entire range of war topics,
both practical and theoretical, and also the preservation of official intelligence
connected with both services. Among the articles that compose the present number,
there is scarcely one unworthy of special regard, coming, as they do, from
sources that are entitled....
Honors to the One Hundred and Second Regiment.
WHAT OUR LADIES DID WHEN THE CITY FAILED TO DO.
Yesterday afternoon the grand public reception to this regiment took place
at the rooms of the Republican Committee, corner of Broadway and Twenty-third-street.
The room was beautifully decorated with flowers, flags and evergreens. At the
south end was a raised platform, behind which the wall was ornamented with
flags, and in the centre the portrait of President Lincoln.
A few moments past 3, Lieut.-Col. AVERY, of the One Hundred and Second, who
lost his leg at Cedar Mountain, came in on crutches, and was greeted with great
applause and enthusiasm; he was conducted to his, seat on the platform by Col.
T. B. Van Buren, the first Colonel of the regiment.
About 3 1/2 o'clock, the regiment, 200 strong, marched into the room and were
seated around the tables, on which a most bounteous repast had been placed,
and to which they done full justice.
Col. Van Buren introduced Maj.-Gen. BURNSIDE, who was enthusiastically received,
and who, in turn, introduced Mr. GEO. BANCROFT, the Chairman of the meeting,
who met a hearty welcome. Mr. BANCROFT made a speech of some length, speaking
of the glorious deeds the regiment had performed at Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville,
Antietam, Lookout Mountain, &c., &c.
Col. VAN BUREN, in response, made some very happy remarks speaking in the highest
terms of the regiment he had organized, commanded, and which bore his name,
and thanking the ladies for the splendid reception given, and kindness shown
Maj. Gen. Burnside made a short, but most excellent and impressive speech,
stating the high appreciation in which the soldiers held the many favors and
kindnesses bestowed upon them; that they did not feel at all discontented or
dissatisfied, but, on the contrary, satisfied and happy. His speech was received
with deafening applause.
Mrs. Nevine, who on many a field and in many a hospital, has enlivened the
soldiers with her songs and words of cheerfulness, sang two songs, which were
most cordially received.
Mr. David Dudley Field, Mr. CHOATE and others made appropriate speeches.
The toasts of "The President," "The President of the United
States," "The Ladies of New-York," "John C. Fremont," "White
Star Division" and others were received with great warmth.
Mrs. Frederick Rackemann, who in one day secured the assistance of other ladies,
such as Mrs. E. Bridgham, Mrs. Henry D. Sedwick, Mrs. John Hopper, Mrs. H.
W. BELLOWS, Mrs. D. D. FIELD, ELIZABETH L. SMITH, and HENRIETTA B. HAINES,
and provided so really sumptuous and elegant an entertainment, deserve
the thanks of all citizens and patriots, and proves beyond question that when
the City Government and our male citizens forget their duty toward our brave
defenders, the loyal ladies are ready, willing and c a b l e of sustaining
the honor of the City. All honor to them.
The Messrs. Chickering kindly furnished the piano for the occasion, which was
sent while the dinner was being engaged and on a few moments' notice that it
The ladies, some two hundred in number, waited on their guests and thus rendered
more appetizing the substantials and delicacies provided for them.
The hardy soldiers seemed fully to appreciate all the kindness and attention,
and sought in their demeanor to gallantly reciprocate them. When the toast" The Ladies of New-York,'' was given, they sprang to their feet and accepted
it with cheers stentorian and prolonged. The assemblage broke up at 5 1/2 P.
M., and can be chronicled as the most gratifying, encouraging, and the pleasantest
that our veterans have formed part and parcel of.
Regiments to Arrive.
Among the many volunteer regiments soon expected to arrive are the One Hundred
and Second New-York, Ninety-fourth New-York, Sixty-fifth New-York, One Hundred
and Sixty-ninth New-York and the Fifty-first New-York. All of these commands,
except the One Hundred and Sixty-ninth, are city regiments. We append histories
of three of them.
THE ONE HUNDRED AND SECOND NEW-YORK was organized in this city in the latter
part of 1861, and left the city over 1,000 strong, under command of Col. T.
B. Van BUREN.
On arriving at the seat of war the regiment was attached to the command of
Gen. MCDOWELL, and after the ordeal of severe but necessary discipline, under
Lieut.-Col. HAYWARD, was transferred to the corps of Gen. BANKS, in 1862, then
operating in the Shenandoah Valley against "Stonewall" JACKSON. Here
the regiment served with marked distinction, participating in the engagements
at Harper's Ferry, Bolivar Heights and Winchester, and afterwards under Gen.
POPE in the battles of Cedar Mountain, and Sulphur Springs and Chantilly.
After the retreat of Gen. POPE, the regiment was attached to the Second Division
of the Twelfth Corps, commanded by Gen. JOHN W. GEARY—Known as the White
Star Division—and participated in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.
For some few weeks subsequently the regiment was encamped on Loudon Heights
and at Bolivar, taking part in several reconnoissances. On the 9th of December,
1862, the whole command was ordered forward to the support of BURNSIDE, in
the campaign against Fredericksburgh. They reached Dumfries on the 14th, and
back to Fairfax on the 19th; thence to Stafford Court-house, Feb. 20, and finally
to Aquia Creek. Remained at this last place until the 26th of April. Marched
thence to take active part in the battles of 1st, 2d and 3d of May at Chancellorsvine,
where the One Hundred and Second and Sixtieth New-York were particularly distinguished.
On the 12th June, commenced the laborious and wearisome march, which culminated
so gloriously at Gettysburgh, July 1-5, 1863. At Gettysburgh Captain JOHN
MEADE and Adjutant J. V. Upham, two of the ablest officers of the One Hundred
and Second, were killed.
Adjt. UPHAM was originally First Lieutenant Company C, Seventy-eighth New-York,
but was rendered supernumerary by consolidation, and went to the seat of war
as First Sergeant Company K, One Hundred and Second.
The regiment passed through Frederick City on the 7th, crossed the Potomac
on the 18th, reaching Ellis Ford about the 30th, when it went into camp. On
the 5th September the regiment moved to Racoon Ford, on the Rapidan, remaining
until the 25th, when orders were issued and immediate preparations made for
going West, and on the 27th the transfer to a new field
It will be remembered that the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps went west under command
of Maj.-Gen. JOSEPH HOOKER, now commanding the Department of the East.
On the 28th of October occurred t h e battle of Wauhatchie, in which the division
was particularly distinguished. Gen. THOMAS used the following words in speaking
of this affair:
" The repulse by Gen. Geary's command, of greatly superior numbers, who attempted
to surprise him, will rank among the most distinguished feats of this war."
In this action Gen. GREENE was wounded, and Col. DAVID IRELAND, of the One
Hundred and Thirty-seventh New-York, commanded the brigade up to the fall of
Atlanta. On the 24th of November took place the memorable battle of Lookout
Mountain, or "HOOKER's battle among the clouds." The One Hundred
and Second Regiment occupied the advance line. Lieut.-Col. E. AVERY lost a
leg, and Major G. M. ELLIOTT was mortally wounded.
On the 25th occurred the action of Mission Ridge, and on the 27th the battle
of Ringgold. This last, begun on our side without artillery, was, while it
lasted, sharp and terrific. In this action Capt. CHAS. T. GREENE, A. A. G.,
son of Gen. GREENE, had his leg shot off by a cannon shot, which instantly
killed his horse. On the 3d of December the order, of which the following is
an extract, was received by the regiment from Gen. GEARY:
With heartfelt pride he reverts to their prowess in the assaults which made
them the heroes of Lookout Mountain, on the 24th; and to their gallant conduct
upon Missionary Ridge, on the 25th; Ravine Creek on the 26th; and Ringgold
on the 27th. The conquest of Lookout Mountain will, associated with the emblematic ‘white
star’ of the conquerors, stand out as prominently in history as do the
bristling cliffs of that Titanic eminence upon the horizon."
On the 31st of December, 1863, the regiment reenlisted, and received the usual
veteran furlough of thirty days, arriving in New-York on the 24th of January,
1864. On the 3d of March the regiment left again for the front, arriving at
Stevenson, Alabama, on the 12th. Here it remained until the 30th of April,
when the grand forward movement, of SHERMAN'S army commenced. The history of
that movement is the history of the One Hundred and Second. Fighting, marching,
skirmishing; marching, skirmishing and fighting. Thus were fought the battles
of Mill Creek Gap, Rocky Ridge, Ressaca, New Hope Church, Pine Mountain, Muddy
Creek, Noce's Creek, Kolb's Farm, Kenesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta
Gen, GEARY, in alluding to these and former engagements, says:
These, and the labors, exposures and dangers of the Carolina and Georgia campaigns
are lettered on your banners, while the part you have bravely borne in scores
of actions—small of note in this war, but equal to battles in other days—is
attested by hundreds of scars on your own persons and the remembrance of our
heroic dead. * * * Your country has been saved, and yours is no small share
in the glorious right to be proud of the result. * * * It may safely be asserted
that no organization in any army has a prouder record, or has passed through
more arduous, varied and bloody campaigns.
On the 12th July, 1864, the Seventy-eighth New-York was consolidated with the
One Hundred and Second, and officers absent from wounds and supernumerary,
ordered to be mustered out. Since the cessation of hostilities other regiments
have been consolidated with it, so that they now number about 600 men. These
are commanded by Cot H. J. CHATFIELD, a son of
Hon. LEVI S. CHATFIELD, of this city.
As the One Hundred and Second is the only regiment from this city now in service
that has been with Gen. SHERMAN throughout his historical march, it is expected
that a warm reception will be given the veteran heroes on their arrival home.
The only original officers now with the regiment are Lieut.
WILBUR, now Major, who has been absent on staff duty most of the time, and
Lieut. HOLLAND, now Quartermaster. Nearly all the present officers have been
promoted from the ranks.
ROSTER OF THE FIELD AND STAFF AND LINE OFFICERS
NOW BELONGING TO THE ONE HUNDRED AND SECOND REGIMENT NEW-YORK VETERAN VOLUNTEERS.
Field and Staff.—Harvey S. Chatfield, Colonel; Oscar J. Spaulding, Lieutenant-Colonel;
Robert H. Wilbur, Major; Charles H. Burbeck, Surgeon; Edwin P. Failing, Assistant
Surgeon; Charles C. Wheeler, Quartermaster;
John W. Francisco, Adjutant.
Company Officers—Irvin Carman, First Lieutenant Company A; P. P. Peck,
First Lieutenant Company B; H. M. Maguire, Captain Company C; T. D. Cornell,
Captain Company D; George A. Wallace, Second Lieutenant Company D; Wm. W, Griffin,
Captain Company E; Thomas Parker, First Lieutenant Company E; Lewis O. Conklin,
Second Lieutenant Company E; Robert B. Hathaway, Captain Company F; James Tracy,
First Lieutenant Company F; Isaac Van Steenburgh; Captain Company G; Alexander
Second Lieutenant Company G; Eugene Schilling, Captain Company H; John R. Elliott,
Captain Company I; Joseph Richardson, First Lieutenant Company I; Joseph L.
Bencher, Second Lieutenant Company I; Thatcher W. Root, Captain Company K;
Frederick Webber, 1st Lieutenant Company J; Wm. H. Ashwin, Second Lieutenant
The exhibition of Colonel Grant's light was continued last night at Weehawken,
New Jersey, and proved a decided success. In connection with the light there
was a trial of off-hand sharpshooting, the result of which somewhat astonished
the spectators. A target was placed at a distance of four hundred feet, and
the rays of the light thrown full upon it, leaving the marksmen in total
darkness, and, therefore, in comparative safety. At the above distance Lieutenant
Southwell of Company B, Berdan's Sharpshooters, drove a ball directly through
the bull's eye without using anything in the shape of a rest. Captain Bertrand,
of Company A of the Calcium regiment did nearly as well, and several others
proved themselves unerring shots. The grand combined exhibition will take
place to-night at Weehawken Heights, New Jersey.
THE CALCIUM SHARPSHOOTERS.
Colonel Grant is about to proceed to Washington to obtain the necessary apparatus
for an exhibition on a grand scale of the principles of his organization
of Calcium Light Sharpshooters. The exhibition will be given on the outskirts
of Williamsburg, and will embrace all the details of the apparatus, when
in a .... service with a masked battery or fort, and rifle pits.
Col. Grant, from present indications, promises to have soon in the field a
regiment equaling in character and the soldierly stamina of the men any of
the regiments now on the line of the Potomac. Companies are forwarded as
fast as uniformed, and at once are made familiar with the use of the calcium
light by target practice. He has been specially deputed by the War Department
to raise his regiment, and is taking a just pride in its thorough and efficient
organization. The regiment is intended for immediate and special service
The head-quarters of the regiment is at No. 400 Broome street, and present
encampment at Williamsburg.
VAN BUREN LIGHT INFANTRY.
This is a first class regiment, organized strictly as light infantry. The officers
are gentlemen of experience and military ability, who have returned from
the field for the express purpose of organizing this regiment, and making
it second to none that has left or will leave for the seat of war It is recognized
and accepted by the Governor, and is under the auspices of a well-tried soldier
and gentleman, the Hon. Thomas B. Van Buren, Paymaster General of the State
of New York, to whom the colonelcy has been tendered. It is being rapidly
filled up with good, able-bodied, intelligent men. There are a few vacancies
in the line for experienced officers, with full or parts of companies. The
head-quarters are at 482 Broadway, where any information may be obtained
of Lieut.-Col. McLean, or Major James A. Stevenson.
We learn from Captain W. T. Forbes, who is an Inspector General on the Staff
of General Geary, that the 102nd Regt. N. Y. S. Vols. has re-enlisted as Veterans,
and are soon to return on a short furlough. This Regiment is one of the noblest
in the service. In less than two years it has fought ten battles, among which
are the historic names of Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburgh,
Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Ringgold. At Lookout Mountain they were
posted upon the extreme right of Hooker's first line-of-battle, and nobly did
they sustain the high reputation in which they are held by their commanding
General. In this action their Major, Gilbert M. Elliot, was killed, and their
Lieut.-Col., Avery, had his leg shattered, so that amputation at the thigh
joint was necessary. Little Yates has had representatives in this Regiment,
and we trust they will be received with that cordiality due to our brave and
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
THE 102D N. Y. V.—BY SERGT. WM. MACAULEY.
AIR.—"Old Jeff tries to run the blockade."
All you that do want for to hear a good song,
I pray give attention, I wont keep you long;
While I sing of a Regiment so gallant and brave,
As ever went to battle, the Union to save.
CORUS—Too ral ri, too ral ri, too ra la de.
The Regiment I speak of is the One Hundred and Two,
Who planted in Virginia, the Red, White and Blue;
And at Slaughter Mountain caused thousands to fall,
Oh! these are the boys that have conquered Stonewall.
And at Antietam I'm sure your aware,
When General Lee saw them, Oh! how he did stare;
He says: "My friend Jurkram, now what can we do?
Don't you see they're advancing? the One Hundred and Two."
But when our Regiment got orders to fire at will,
It's then you'd see Gray Backs skedaddle up hill;
We drove them through woods, and corn-fields a few,
The gallant and fearless One Hundred and Two.
Though balls flew around us as thick as the rain,
Yet we were led on by our brave Col. Lane.
He acted most nobly—was plain to be seen,
Admitted by all, even Gen. Green.
Another I'll mention who proved himself there,
Was our daring young Adjutant, Wm. Lestare;
He won laurels there like a great many more,
Who I hope yet to see in command of a corps.
As for Sergt. Cooper of Company I,
That day done his best—there is none to deny;
Saying: "Come ahead boys, now steady advance,
We shall capture old Jackson, if there's any chance."
Now this was the day that our leaders done well,
But regretted by all was the death of Cornell;
A Captain so noble, so gallant and true,
That died while defending the Red, White and Blue.
Now the rebels are coming but what if they are,
We'll give them a lesson for commencing this war;
For we'll fight for the Union while we have a man—
Didn't we thresh them out of "My Maryland?"
And at Gettysburg City a short time ago,
Where Ewell, he thought for to cut a great show;
But we drove him pell-mell, though our numbers were few,
The brave and courageous One Hundred and Two.
So now to conclude and to finish my song,
I hope you'll excuse me if I keep you too long;
My name is Bill Macauley of Company I,
And to restore the old Union will conquer or die.
....treme front during the whole fight, and acquitted itself nobly. New-York
may justly be proud of the record made in blood by this regiment. The following
is a list of the casualties in the One Hundred and Second New-York up to June
KILLED AND WOUNDED OF THE 102D REGIMENT
N. Y. V. AT BATTLES OF ROCKY FACED RIDGE AND RESACA.
Corp Thos Highland, B. John Brophy, B.
Jos. Bowden, B
Abram Lincoln, I—hand.
Sergt Thos S Mahan, C--arm amputated.
John W Albin, H--hand.
Christopher Cruger, H--arm.
Jas H Van Tassel, E—hand.
1st Sergt Nells Christensen B—hand and side.
Ord Sergt Hermann Wesenmuller, D—arm.
This Scantleberry, K—arm;
Robt Benjamin, B—hand.
Corp Chs Steylesale, B—chin and breast.
REPORT OF KILLED, WOUNDED AND MISSING OF THE 102D REGIMENT NEW-YORK VOLUNTEERS
SINCE MAY 25, 1864.
Archibald Henderson, Co. E Adam Y. Stokes, Co B.
David L. Crosby, Co B.
D Cunningham, A—stomach. Sgt D Shannon, I—head.
E M Heaton, A—hand & arm. Corp R Downs, I—hand.
George Golden, A—hand.
Sgt S D James, C--head.
Charles Reilly, C--arm.
Densil M Gould, B - leg.
Wm Moran, E—arm.
Sgt M Whitbeck, C--head.
Enos Chapin, I—arm.
John Hopkins, I--side.
Corp Edwd Lyons, I--hand.
1st Sgt J Richardson, K--arm.
Corp Geo Harrison, K--leg.
J Brown, K--leg amputated.
1st Sgt W H Nevins, G-- John Colwell, A--since May
since May 25, '64. 25, '64.
L Smith, B--since May 28, '64.
Killed, 3; wounded, 36; missing, 3. Total, 22.
THE CALCIUM SHARPSHOOTERS.
The trial of Professor Grant's calcium light, that was to have taken place
on Monday night at Weehawken Heights, New Jersey, was postponed until to-morrow
night, in consequence of an accident that happened to one of the cylinders.
A short trial was made with the rockets, which proved their utility. To-morrow
night a combined trial of the light and rockets will take place, and no doubt
a large number will be there to witness it.
....trous campaign on the Peninsula of Virginia, he believed the time had
come when duty called him to a practical, steadfast and resolute application
of his views. He therefore offered his services to Gov. Morgan, received a
colonel's commission, and soon a regiment in the Congressional in which he
resided. He devoted himself at once, with conscientious fidelity, to its care,
to its interests and its morale. If the intricacies of red tape delayed or
prevented any of the supplies necessary to the comfort and efficiency of his
men, he obviated them at once by a generous use of his private means. He determined
to be the leader not the follower of his men. Therefore, it became necessary
to secure the confidence of his men. This, by the kindness of his heart, the
dignity of his manner, the strictness of his discipline, united to an active
sympathy with all their reasonable wants and wishes, was effectually secured.
It was manifested in camps and barrack. It was demonstrated on the fatal field
which terminated his earthly career. When his lifeless body, pierced through
the heart by a bullet, fell forward toward the foe, more than a score of his
brave men fell wounded near him, and two others were subsequently shot dead
and three wounded in the attempt to rescue it from the bloody .... of battle
which lay between the contending hosts.
A circumstance illustrating the turpitude of his rebel enemies may here be
mentioned. At the battle of Spottsylvania, while his regiment, during a lull
in the attack, was holding a certain position, several bullets passed near
Col. Porter, which seem to have been aimed at him by some concealed foe. Soon
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