40th Infantry Regiment, New York Volunteers
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F1RST REGIMENT UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION GUARD.
(June 28, 1861)
This regiment is filling up briskly. Men of good character only are received
into its ranks, and sobriety in the applicant one of its indispensable requisites.
The officers saw service and are men of the right material. Their headquarters
is No 249 William street, where able bodied men presenting themselves for enlistment
will be received; as also at the office of Mr. McTighe, No. 195 Broadway, corner
Dey street, who is authorized to provide recruits with rations, &c., on
signing the roll.
[Special Correspondence of the Sunday Mercury]
FORTIETH N.Y.S.V. (MOZART REGIMENT).
NEAR LEESBURG, VA., Sept. 1.
On the Move Again--Reaching White Ford—Crossing the Potomac—On
Picket—On the March Again—Reaching Leesboro—In Camp Again—Rebel
By casting your eye at the heading above, you will observe that we have once
more trod "the sacred soil" some with unwilling feet, it is true,
but the majority of us with a firm resolve never to leave it, unless in pursuit
of the enemy, or until this unholy Rebellion is "squelched". Last
Tuesday morning, before daylight, the bugle sounded the reveille, and we were
turned out, with the order to pack up and get ready to march, which order was
not obeyed with the usual alacrity displayed on such occasions, the boys having
heard that they were going to cross the Potomac. Now, crossing the Potomac
under ordinary circumstances is nothing thought of, but recent heavy rains
had swollen it considerably, and caused it to rise a foot and a half in one
but it had to be did", and we were the boys to do it. At 9 o'clock, A.
M., we started for White Ford, accompanied by two sections of the Sixth Rhode
Island Battery, commanded by Captain Randolph, the other section being left
on the bluff commanding the Ford, to protect us while crossing. When we got
on this side our right was deployed as skirmishers, with a squadron
of cavalry ahead as scouts. In this manner we proceeded about three miles,
when the skirmishers were called in and the regiment was ordered on picket
leaving the rest of the brigade to form camp and await further orders. We remained
on picket until yesterday (Friday), when we were ordered to join the brigade,
which was marching to Leesburg. We arrived there at sundown and stopped on
a hill nearly a mile from the city, where we are encamped for the present.
We have a fine view of the surrounding country from our present position, especially
the flats stretching off towards the Potomac, which offers an unobstructed
range of observation for ten or twelve miles
around. On a large hill near camp is an old Rebel fort, called Fort Johnson.
It is a dilapidated concern throughout, and would stand a poor chance if exposed
to the fire of a section of Parrott guns brought to bear on it. I am glad to
see that our old friend, R. McW., is woke up again, as it is a long time since
we saw his signature in the SUNDAY MERCURY. Was he under the influence of olive
oil at the time?
Yours, etc., PGT.
THE MOZART REGIMENT REPUDIATE FERNANDO WOOD.
HEADQUARTERS FORTIETH REGIMENT, N. Y. V.
WARD’S BRIGADE, BIRNEY’S DIVISION,
CAMP NEAR POTOMAC CREEK, Va., April 6, 1863.
At a meeting of the officers of this Regiment, held in camp on the 6th day
of April, 1863, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, Fernando Wood of New-York City has on many occasions boasted of his
paternity to this Regiment, and, whereas, we, as loyal citizens and soldiers
of the United States, desire to escape the ignominy of a suspicion of even
the faintest sympathy with the man who declares that loyalty to a republic
is a meaningless and indefinite term, we, the officers of the 40th Regiment,
New- York Volunteers, originally known as the "Mozart Regiment," do
hereby proclaim these resolutions:
Resolved, That we entered the service of the United States, and not of any
party, with the full understanding of the obligations we assumed, and the sincere
determination to defend our national flag and its authorized Government against
all traitors, whether domestic or foreign; that to the last
pulsation of our hearts we will maintain the honor of that flag and the territorial
limits bequeathed by our fathers against all assailants, and for our fidelity
to this trust and this sacred duty we appeal to the blood-stained fields of
Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Charles City Crossroads, Glendal and Orchards, Malvern
Hills, Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, and many other minor engagements,
and that the loss of over eight hundred of our brothers in arms in these hard-fought
fields shall ever inspire us to still warmer devotion and yet nobler sacrifices.
Resolved, That we indignantly repudiate any claim of Fernando Wood's to our
sympathy, our obligations or our respect. We declare that he never furnished
a man or a dollar for our benefit whatever; that the stand of colors presented
to us at Yorktown, before our departure for the seat of war, in July, 1861,
and which Farnando Wood assumed the credit of presenting from his own means,
were paid for by the citizens of New-York, and never cost Fernando Wood one
cent; that we have no sympathy with his principles, no respect for his character,
and hopes the day is not far distant when such
traitors will be shunned as lepers and outcasts.
Resolved, That our sentiments in respect to this Rebellion are expressed in
the speech of Major-General Butler at the Academy of Music, New-York, on the
2d of April, 1863; that we will never hesitate or falter in our support of
the Government of our country; that so long as God gives us strength we
will wage unrelenting war on every traitor until, if it must be, the last vestige
of their race is extinguished.
Colonel T.W. Egan; Lieut. Col. Allen Lindsay; Major Aug. J. Warner; Capt. George
Woodward, Company D; Capt. F.A. Johnson, Company A; Capt. G. B. Carse, Company
C; Capt. Henry J. Strait, Company F; Capt. Emmon F. Fletcher, Company G; Capt.
James R. Stevens, Company D; Capt. George C. Dow, Company K; Capt. Madison
M. Cannon, Company E; 1st Lieut. Bernard H. Pond, Company I; 1st Lieut. William
H. Warner, Company C; 1st Lieut. Thomas McNamee, Company A; 1st Lieut. William
H. Johnson, G; 2d Lieut. Joseph W. Clymer, E; 2d Lieut. Richard H. Ryder, Company
B; 1st Lieut. Royal B. Waller, Quartermaster; Adjutant W.H. Gilder.
HICKMAN BRIDGE, KY.,
JULY 21, 1863.
EDITORS REFORMER :
Hickman Bridge" is the locality selected by Gen. Burnside for a fortification
in Central Kentucky. It is situated on the Kentucky River, about one hundred
and thirty miles from the Ohio River, and about seventy miles from Cumberland
River, on the most direct road leading from Cincinnati to
Cumberland Gap. The situation here is an excellent one. The river here makes
a turn or bend very nearly the shape of a horse shoe, and its shores are very
high and rocky, rendering its natural fortification nearly complete. It is
also intended for a depot of stores, and large store houses have been erected
for the storeage of ordnance, commissary and quartermaster stores. The government
has in operation three steam saw mills, one grist mill, four blacksmith shops,
with four forges to each shop. Also, they have wagon making shops, carpenter
shops, cabinet shops, making coffins, and fine work for the quartermaster's
office, &c., &c.
Hickman is surrounded by a rich and fertile country, abundantly watered by
Hickman Creek from which the name of this post arises. A hotel has been built
here by Gen. Burnside's nephew, and is doing an extensive business in the line
of selling eatables to officers and clerks. The hotel is named "Pratt
House," in honor of the worthy post quartermaster, Capt. J. A. Pratt,
of Michigan. Board is 7,00 per week, without lodging, but government employees
get it for $2,50 per week, allowing the landlord to draw their rations, which
all government men are entitled to. Take it all in all, it is a great place
for amusement, as well as work, for we have a "Ten Pin Alley" and
a "Base Ball Club," that congregate every evening to while away the
tedious hours of war.
The fall of Vicksburg, the repulse of Lee's army in Pennsylvania, and the invasion
of Indiana by Major General John Morgan, of the Confederate army, came simultaneously
upon us, and created much excitement among the soldiers. They say Grant can't
be beat. All agree in voting him the "war
boss" of the present age.
But John Morgan has run into a mighty hornet's nest, and if ever he gets out
of Indiana without surrendering, I, for one, will be very much disappointed,
and I hope ere this appears you will hear of the capture of his entire force.
They should pay dearly for invading the sacred soil of the free and noble State
A large corps of contrabands are employed on the fortifications, in quarrying
stone, chopping cord-wood, &c., &c. Pay day for them happened a few
days ago, and the way they showed the "chalk in the eye" by looking
at greenbacks, would have made much amusement for the unsophisticated.
I was surprised, a few days ago, to see a government wagon pass along the highway,
marked "40th N. Y. S. V." It looked almost like home, and many pleasing
remembrances arose to my mind that had transpired on that part of the foot
The blue grass regions of Kentucky, and in fact all of the Western States,
have produced abundant harvests of wheat, which have already been gathered.
The corn crop promises well, and I see nothing in the road to prosperity but
war; but in this case it is a necessary evil.
Gen. Burnside has his headquarters at Cincinnati yet, but will soon be at this
post. Gen. Fry, a Kentucky son, is in command at present here.
DETACHMENTS.— Twenty-five recruits for the Mozart Regiment, left yesterday
afternoon, to join the command. Company E, 57 men, for the Ninth Regiment,
N. Y. S. M., recruited by Capt. Classon and Lieut. Smith, will leave for the
A few more men are wanted for this regiment. Apply to Quartermaster Eagan,
at the headquarters, No. 564 Broadway. (June 22, 1861)
THE MOZART REGIMENT.
This excellent organization of real fighting men now numbers 1,048 men, the
maximum allowed by government regulations. Since the regiment was first started
the members have been actuated by the liveliest enthusiasm for the Union
cause, which they are now ready to uphold and defend. Orders were yesterday
received for the regiment to proceed to encamp on Riker's Island where they
will be submitted to sharp and continuous drill. The desire of the officers
is to make the corps as effective as possible; and in order to do this it
has been considered advisable to remove the men to a convenient locality,
where they may reap the full advantage of the Drill Sergeant's experience.
The Union Defence Committee has officially announced to the command that
the regiment will be despatched to the seat of war in the early part of the
ensuing week. Colonel J. S. Cocks, late of the Twelfth regiment, commands
the corps, and is ably assisted by James Lynch, late a candidate for the
office of Register, as Lieutenant Colonel. Every man in the regiment is of
full size, well developed and full of courage. There was some delay occasioned
in the removal of the regiment to Riker's Island, as we learned, in
consequence of the removal of another regiment that had been quartered there.
The Mozart regiment encampment will be in full blast in a day or two.
FIRST REGIMENT CONSTITUTION GUARD.
Two recruiting offices have been opened up town; one at the corner of Thirty-first
street and Second avenue and the other at the corner of Thirty-sixth street
and same avenue. There shall be no delay to this regiment, as
immediately in signing the roll the men will be under pay and receive their
rations. Officers of superior skill will be in command.
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN THE CITY.
THE MOZART REGIMENT.
THE ENCAMPMENT AT YONKERS.
The Mozart regiment, under the command of Col. J. S. Cocks, has since the 1st
instant been encamped at Yonkers, and now numbers ten hundred and forty-one
men, including three companies of Massachusetts volunteers, which have just
joined them. The regiment was accepted by the Union Defence Committee on the
26th of May, and expect to be mustered into the service of the United States
on Tuesday next. The troops were enlisted under
the personal supervision of Quartermaster J. W. Eagan, and are a fine body
of men, the average height of three of the company being six feet two inches.
It is designed that the equipment of the regiment shall be equal if not
superior to that of any regiment which has left the city. In addition to a
full equipment of Enfield rifles, an artillery company of twenty men and two
twelve-pound rifled cannon have been provided. Twenty-four baggage
wagons have been made for the regiment, and an ample supply of powder, shot
and shell will be taken with it to the seat of war. The uniforms are handsome
and substantial, being of dark blue cloth, with red facings and
trimmings, and large gilt buttons; the coat, pants and caps are of the same
material, and all trimmed with the same color. They were made by Devlin & Co.
and Arnoux & Co., and give entire satisfaction. The woollen blankets are
heavy and of a dark gray color. Each soldier is provided with one of these,
as well as one of India rubber cloth lined with wool. The officers' dress strictly
accords with the army regulations for infantry, and, without belt or side arms,
costs from eighty dollars upwards. The tents were furnished by Fox & Polhemus,
and are constructed of substantial materials and well made. The regiment was
equipped under the authority of the Union Defence Committee, who gave the Quartermaster
instructions to see that it was well done. He thinks he has fully carried out
those instructions, and at as small cost as that of any well equipped regiment
in the service. The regiment is quartered in a large new machine shop, which
is of four stories, and affords ample room. The regular garrison and camp duty
is daily performed; the reveille, troop, retreat and tattoo are each sounded
at the proper time, and mounting and relieving guard and other formalities
are all faithfully executed with as much strictness as if on the tented field.
The conduct of the troops is highly commended by the best citizens of Yonkers,
who show them marked attention, and with their families frequently visit the
barracks. The Colonel is a strict disciplinarian and an experienced soldier,
he having been in the service for twenty-eight years, and for a long time Colonel
of the Twelfth regiment. The following is a list of his officers, as far as
Field and Staff Officers—John S. Cocks, Colonel; James Lynch, Lieutenant
Colonel; Edward J, Riley, Adjutant; S. R. Pinckey, Major; Thomas W. Eagan,
Quartermaster; Frederick Bliss, Paymaster; J.H. Thompson, Surgeon;
James E. Dexter, Assistant Surgeon.
Company A—Captain, Morris Stemlear; First Lieutenant, Henry Bitter; Second
Lieutenant, William H. Hiles.
Company B—Captain, Henry Ungerer; First Lieutenant, Charles H. Stone;
Second Lieutenant, A. M. Raphall.
Company C--Captain, Henry E. Gotleb; First Lieutenant, John Q. Adams; Second
Lieutenant, Rupert G Hill.
Company D—Captain, Thomas C. Wray; First Lieutenant, George W. Groves;
Second Lieutenant, Frederick Piper.
Company E—Captain, H. Lindsley; First Lieutenant, ______; Second Lieutenant,
Company F—Captain, Ingalls; First Lieutenant, ____; Second Lieutenant,____.
Company G—Captain, Nelson A, Gesner; First Lieutenant, J. H. Gesner;
Second Lieutenant, John Horn.
Company H—Captain, A. H. Howe; First Lieutenant, C. Fitzpatrick; Second
Company I--Captain, Mariott N. Crofts; First Lieutenant, ____ Warner; Second
Lieutenant, ____ Strait.
Company K—Captain, Frank T. Foster; First Lieutenant, James W. George;
Second Lieutenant, George B. Carse.
Among the above are several who have seen active service. Captain Crofts was
with General Scott throughout his Mexican campaigns, and his name is registered
with honor in the War Department. Captain Ungerer is a German
by birth; and served in the army during the last German revolution. Captain
Stemlear was also a soldier in that revolution. Upwards of one hundred and
fifty of the men have also seen active service, and Captain Crofts has forty-two
of these in his company. The steamboat Champion leaves the foot of Amos street,
at half-past three o'clock P. M., daily, for Yonkers, and everything requisite
for the use of the regiment is taken by her. The
recruiting office and headquarters of the Colonel, when he is in the city,
is at No. 564 Broadway.
A regular meeting of this corps will be held this evening at half-past seven
o'clock, at Military Hall, 183 Bowery. Business of much importance will be
transacted. A dispatch has been received from Quartermaster Braulick, of
the De Kalb regiment, accepting the position of Colonel, that has been tendered
him by this regiment.
FIRST REGIMENT, CONSTITUTION GUARD.
The officers of the above regiment are requested to report at head quarters,
No. 249 William street, at ten o'clock A.M., this day, as matters of importance
will be transacted. There are several other organizations which are yet in
their infancy, and which are rapidly filling up. "To arms, to arms," is
the cry throughout the length and of the city, and every one who has means
at his disposal is endeavoring to start a military company or a full regiment,
The names of these organizations are as follows:—Second Jager regiment,
Polish regiment, Berdan Sharpshooters, Fremont regiment, Black Chasseurs,
First Washington Greys, United States Vanguard.
UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION GUARD.
Although recruiting in the city of New York at present is an up hill job, still
regiments having good officers are rapidly Constitution Guard, Colonel
Braulick, which the above assertion the short Colonel Braulick has been at
the head of this command numerous additions been made ranks, will not days
before the Constitution Guard the numerous regiments under command of Major
General McClellan. Colonel Braulick is an officer of great merit and distinction,
having held a high and responsible military the Hungarian army, and received
several wounds during the revolution of 1847 and 1848. Major Levy is also a
good officer, and the regiment having the number our most influential as also
being somewhat by Department, surprising Colonel Braulick will regiment scene.
The headquarters of the regiment are at 453 Broadway, where recruiting officers
are always in attendance.
SERGEANT WILLS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT WHILE ON PICKET GUARD.
Sergeant Wills, of Company A, Mozart regiment, who was on picket guard with
his company near the rebel encampment on Friday last, was accidentally shot
by one of his own men. The Sergeant was universally respected by all who knew
him, and the regiment sent his remains to Massachusetts and took up a collection
for his widow. Every company in the regiment subscribed, and the amount received
was $475, which has been forwarded to her. A committee appointed by the members
of the regiment in reference to his death drew up a series of resolutions,
highly complimentary to the deceased, both as a soldier and a man, and sent
a copy of them to the widow. The resolutions were signed by Col. Riley, Capt.
Gotleb and many others of the officers.
ROME.—The friends of Dr. O. J. EVANS, of Rome, will be pleased to hear
his health has so much improved that he will start for his regiment (40th N.
Y.) Tuesday (to-morrow) morning. When the Doctor came home he was suffering
from Gastritis, which had rendered him almost a skeleton.
— A correspondent states that Miss EVANS gave general satisfaction to the friends
of temperance in Rome.
A soldier, aged 21, fair complexion, fat, ragged and saucy, desires to open
a correspondence with one of the Bloomville Mirror's fair readers, with a view
to fun and improvement.
Address, S. S. D., Co. K,
40th Regt., N. Y. Vol.,
Washington, D. C.
THE FUNERAL OF HENRY S. CORNELL.
The funeral of Henry S. Cornell, the young Fire Zouave, who was shot by the
rebels near Alexandria, will take place to-day, at one o'clock P. M., from
the residence of his brother in-law, No. 116 Chrystie street.
THE MOZART REGIMENT IN WASHINGON.
SUSPICION OF FOUL PLAY.
[From the Washington Star, July 8 ] (1861)
Yesterday a soldier of the Mozart regiment, named Roby, was taken ill in Second
street, near Indiana avenue, with violent cramps. He was taken into the tavern
at the corner of Indiana avenue and second street, and physicians sent for,
who tried all in their power to relieve him; but it was feared for a time that
his illness would prove fatal. From his statement it appeared that he went,
at the invitation of two persons dressed as citizens, into a restaurant on
the avenue, near Second street, and drank with them, and after coming out,
he passed around the corner and was suddenly taken with the cramps. He was
sent to the government hospital. In the opinion of the physicians he had been
THE FORTIETH (MOZART) REGIMENT arrived in this city on Saturday on a thirty
days' furlough, having re-enlisted for the war. It was received by the 75th
Regiment, and escorted to the Park Barracks. Yesterday the 71st Regiment paraded
for the formal reception of the re-enlisted heroes. The Sixty-ninth was expected
last night, having also re-enlisted. When it takes the field again it is expected
that Col. Nugent will assume the command. Allentown, Pa., Jan. 3.—The
69th Regiment, of New York volunteers, now on its way home, will arrive at
Jersey City to-morrow (Monday) morning at
daylight. Richard Morey, Capt. Commanding.
ARCHBISHOP HUGHES.—Our citizens were startled on Saturday morning with
the rumor that this venerable prelate had breathed his last. Happily
the rumor proved incorrect, although his grace was so ill that his demise may
be expected at any hour. Up to a late hour last evening he still survived.
In attendance upon the Archbishop are Doctors A. Clarke and James E. Wood,
and the Very Rev. Father Starrs, Rev. Dr. McNierney, and one or two other
clergymen. No one but his immediate attendants are permitted to see him. On
Friday some of the clergymen of this city had an interview with him, after
which he fell very low. On Saturday he received the last sacrament and realized
that his end was near at hand. He manifested more composure than those around
him. When the news of the Archbishop's danger was circulated through the city
a general feeling of regret prevailed among all classes. Among persons of his
own communion, to whom he was the spiritual counsellor and head, the regret
was very deep and general. Yesterday prayers were offered up in all the Catholic
churches in the city, for his speedy recovery or happy death.
THE MOZART REGIMENT. (1861)
This regiment, at present quartered at Yonkers, has received orders to march.
To-morrow at 2 1/2 p.m., a banner will be presented to the regiment at Yonkers
by Mayor Wood. On Thursday, the 4th inst., the regiment will leave their
quarters, take the cars for New-York, and after parading through the streets,
they will at once leave for Washington.
THE MOZART REGIMENT.
This Regiment, which has been in quarters at Yonkers during the past few weeks,
will to-day leave their quarters, and take up the line of march for Washington
by the New-Jersey Central Railroad. The regiment will arrive at the Thirtieth-street
depot, Hudson River Railroad, and march down to the City Hall where they
will be reviewed. After this, they will march to pier No. 1, and embark for
Elizabethtown. (July 9, 1861)
A NEW-YORK SOLDIER POISONED.
A member of Company C, Mozart Regiment, named Robey, was poisoned yesterday
about noon, in a house near the Capitol. From what could be gathered from
his incoherent remarks, it appears that he was invited into a house by two
citizens, where they took some liquor, after which his companions left him.
Soon afterward, while walking along, he was prostrated. He was carried into
a house near by, and medical attendance at once summoned. The doctors are
of the opinion that a powerful dose of poison was administered to him in
the liquor, and express little hopes for him. He was removed to the Government
Hospital, Georgetown, last evening.
THE RETURNING HEROES.
Among the regiments in the field which have re-enlisted are several from this
city; and these are now on their way home. The Fortieth (Mozart) regiment
will probably arrive to-day; the Sixth New York Cavalry is expected tomorrow,
and others hereafter. They come home on a furlough of thirty days to enjoy
themselves, visit their families, and enlist recruits
enough to fill up their ranks.
Our citizens need only proper notice, to turn out and give these gallant fellows
such a welcome home as will make their hearts glad. They deserve the best that
New York can give, and we have no doubt they will receive
it. Their coming home is an epoch in the war and in our history; their faithful
services in the field, for nearly three years, have not tired out their patriotic
devotion; they engage to serve their country for another term—while the
war lasts; and they doubly deserve the city's thanks—for the service
rendered and the service promised.
There are hundreds of ways in which these returning veterans can be made to
feel the esteem in which they are held; no citizen but can find the means to
do some little kindness to one of them; no child scarcely but what can
make one of these gallant soldiers feel that he is honored at home, and thus
give him the best reward which a brave man can receive for his toils and deprivations.
But, aside from such manifestations of the popular regard, cannot the city
do something to show how it honors those who defend the Union under arms? Our
city authorities have often spent the public money to do honor to some titled
or eminent personage; they can —with far more appropriateness, and with
the good-will and consent of every taxpayer—prepare a formal and proper
welcome for these battle-stained soldiers; these gallant heroes of the war
who have defended the Union on so many terrible fields.
RECEPTION OF THE FORTIETH (MOZART) REGIMENT, N. Y. V.
The Mozart Regiment have already left the front for their return for this city
after an absence of three years; during that time they have participated
in all the engagements of the Army of the Potomac, from its first organization
by Gen. McClellan to the late battle at Coal Harbor under Gen. Grant. The
following order has been issued by Gen. Sandford:
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION N. Y. S. N. G.
NEW YORK, June 18, 1864
SPECIAL ORDER No. 29.—Brig. Gen. Hall will detail the Fifty-fifth Regiment,
Col. Le Gal, as the escort for the reception of the Fortieth Regiment New York
Volunteers, upon their return from the field, where
they have ever been distinguished for their gallantry and endurance.
Colonel Le Gal will make arrangements with the Mayor and Common Council as
to the time and place of reception. By order of
Major General CHARLES W. SANDFORD.
ALEX. HAMILTON, A. D. C.
(N.Y. News - June 20, 1864)
[Special Correspondence to Sunday Mercury.]
SHOOTER'S HILL, VA,, Aug. 14, 1861.
To the Editors of the Sunday Mercury:
Through the interposition of Divine Providence I have been spared the inglorious
death of "melting;" and now am of the opinion that if I am spared
to die at all before entering the field, it will be by freezing. This morning
we all awoke shivering and shaking from head to foot. Overcoats came at once
in ready demand; and as we crawled out of the open space in our tents, like
so many Esquimaux, we severally inquired of the sergeant if skates would not
be furnished us soon. I would suggest that the "Union Defence Committee" take
this matter in hand, and reflect seriously upon it; for I would assure them
that, if such weather continues long, we will have a chance of drilling in
double-quick on the ice. A novel idea, I think. We are hard at work now, preparing
ourselves for exhibition drill, before several distinguished generals. There
is a prize offered for the best company drill.
Our boys (that is we, of Company I) are exerting themselves tremendously; and
I expect, or at least hope, that in my next epistle I shall be able to
inform you that we were the recipients of the "big thing." Rain seems
to be the order of the day; and it stands not on ceremony, but comes down all
while. Pretty pictures we present here, when we descry a storm coming up in
the "ominous west." Frantic individuals, half clad, rush out—spade,
or some other utensil in their hands—and begin throwing up miniature
entrenchments around their tents. Others scramble up the sides of the canvas,
and pull and haul at the heterogeneous mass of blankets, overcoats, sh— (I
should say underclothing) thereon piled. Some imagine themselves to be proprietors
of bathing-saloons, and call out loudly for "those who wish a shower-bath
to step out immediately." No sooner called than out they come, like so
many Feejee Islanders—drumming on tin-pans, and creating generally a
noise that a lunatic asylum might justly be jealous of. So it goes. What camp
life would be if it was not for these little exciting and eccentric scenes,
I am unable to say; methinks, however, a bore. I heard a fellow offer to bet,
yesterday, that he could turn around on his hip bone for an hour, without ceasing,
or in the leastwise injuring or bruising said bone. I did not stay to see whether
or no he executed the movement; but no doubt exists in my mind about his being
able. I think I can perform the same myself. Stones and hard ground do not
tend to "soften" the flesh much. We often wonder whether we will
ever be able to sit at a table, with a clean, tidy cloth upon
it, and eat as we were wont to do in the days of old. It is so long since I
have seen a knife, or fork, that I begin to forget how they are made. But so
goes the world; and so we will go—thankful, in the meantime, if we have
no worse fare, and see no harder times. What a dry letter, to be sure, But,
my dear sirs, how can I help it? There is nothing new, and we pursue the daily
routine as usual. We live in high anticipations of the future, for we imagine
we see a very large thing; whether it will be on "ice" or "lead" I
really cannot surmise. All are well, as usual, except your correspondent, who
is at present becoming very proficient in the science of pedestrianism and
civil engineering; for he is obliged to travel, at least twenty times a day,
at a double quick, over a certain distance, which he estimates to be not less
than 100 yards. Going under sealed orders, he dares not, therefore, mention
for what purpose these hourly trips are taken. Is Gayetty around?
Yours, TORRENS, Company I, Mozart Regiment.
FORTIETH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS, OR MOZART REGIMENT.
Company A--Killed--Private Walter Wilkinson.
Wounded--Privates N. Wingate, Thomas Connelly, John McFarren.
Company B--Killed--Private A.J. Kenny. Wounded--Privates John McFarren, J.
Company D--Killed--Private Wm. Marley. Wounded--Corporal Wm. Larkey, private
Company E--Wounded--Sergeant G.E. Carpenter.
Company F—Wounded--Lieutenant E. F. Fletcher, Sergeant J. D. Woodward,
Corporal E. Bender, privates S. Bender, Wm. Hooker, M. Gowalay.
Company G--Killed—Private F. S. Anderson. Wounded—Sergeant Lewis
Blood, privates J. Wyatt, L. Stoddard, George Fisk, R. White.
Company H—Killed—Private A. H. Greenlow.
Company K--Wounded—Privates Felix Duchenay and
Killed. Wounded. Missing. Total.
Company A l 3 — 4
Company B 1 2 — 3
Company C — — -- —
Company D 1 2 — —
Company E — 1 -- 1
Company F -- 6 — 6
Company G 1 5 — 6
Company H 1 — — 1
Company I — — — —
Company K — 2 — —
Total...... 5 21 — 26
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