New York Volunteer Infantry
Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Second Regiment of Fire Zouaves.
The organization of this Regiment is progressing rapidly, and the muster-roll
is nearly completed. A committee consisting of John Baulch, John McCosker,
and Charles L. Curtis, recently visited Washington to offer the services
of the Regiment for the war, and there is no doubt of their being accepted.
There are now seven hundred men enrolled, and so soon as arms are furnished
they will go into barracks. The recruiting officers of the Regiment, in pursuance
of an order from John Baulch, are ordered to meet today (Saturday,) at their
Headquarters, Fifth Ward Hotel, at 4 o'clock. The Colonelcy of the Regiment
has been offered to a distinguished officer in the United States Army. Rumor
says to Colonel Charley May. We hope so. (May 31, 1861)
Second Regiment of Fire Zouaves.
Owing to this Regiment not having been properly encouraged by the Union Defence
Committee at the first starting of the organization (although they have since
come forward and stated that every requisite shall be forthcoming), and to
the want of some suitable man for Colonel, a check was given to the affair.
Since the death of Ellsworth, however, there has been a fresh impetus started,
and the Regiment is in a fair way to be filled up.
The Captains are as follows: Company A, Burns; Company B, Glass; Company C,
Andrews; Company D, Crowley; Company E, Fisk; Company F, Silva; Company G,
Feeney; Company H, Underhill; Company J, Elliott; Company K, Hathaway.
The recruiting offices are as follows: 128 West Broadway, house of Engine Company
No. 10; house of Hook and Ladder Company No. 15, 100 Cedar street; house of
Hose Company No. 22; house of Engine Company No. 81; house of Hose Company
No. 51; Fireman's Hall, Brooklyn, W. D.; Chief Engineer's Office, Brooklyn,
E. D.; house of Hook and Ladder Company No. 6. (June 1, 1861)
The general Head Quarters are at Laird's Hotel.
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
This regiment is now likely to be raised. It is to form a part of the so-called
Sickles Brigade, and the men are to commence going into quarters at Camp
Scott, on Staten Island.
The new Colonel, James Fairman, formerly belonged to Company A, 8th regiment.
He was nominated for Congress at the time Hon. Horace A. Clark ran; but a compromise
being effected, he withdrew. It remains to be seen what sort of a commanding
officer he will make.
The Lieutenant-Colonelcy is vacant. The Major is Lieutenant John D. Moriarty,
late of the 7th Regiment.
All the staff and line officers are to be firemen. Assistant Engineer, John
A. McCosker, it is said, is to be made Quartermaster.
The dress will be, in all probability, Zouave red fez cap, blue Zouave jacket,
red shirt, blue pants, and white gaiters.
Parade of the Second Regiment of Fire Zouaves.
The Second Regiment of Fire Zouaves is to parade this evening, under command
of Acting Colonel Decker. The members of the different companies are ordered
to assemble on Broome street, right resting on Centre street, at half-past
6 o'clock precisely, in black glazed caps, red shirts, and black pants.
The route is from Broome street up Broadway to Union square, round the equestrian
statue of Washington, thence down Fourth avenue, Bowery, and
Broadway to Broome street, and dismiss.
Recruits will be received at any of the company quarters during the day, or
at General Headquarters, at the armory of the Seventy-first Regiment, Centre
It is expected that the officers will be prompt, and have their men upon the
ground at the time indicated. (June 8, 1861)
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
During the week, the several Companies of this organization have been sworn
in at Centre Market. No Field officers are chosen as yet, Assistant Engineer
Alker and Capt. Samuel Jackson are talked of for Major. It is rumored that
Jack Bailey, the Fire and Militia editor of the Sunday Mercury, will be attached
to this Regiment. His military criticisms are read and acknowledged everywhere,
as standing authority. We understand that quarters are to be provided for
the men during the coming week, when
drilling commences in earnest. There are upwards of five hundred men enrolled
in some eight Companies. (June 8, 1861)
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves. (June 5, 1861)
The officers for this new regiment are nearly all chosen. Major Shaler, of
the Seventh Regiment, is to be Colonel, Capt. Wm. H. Riblet, Lieut. Colonel,
and Lieut. John D. Moriarty Major. The staff is to be made up mainly from
the ranks of the National Guard, and many of the 1st Lieutenants of the different
companies will be chosen from the same command.
There are about 650 men enrolled. Chief-Engineer Decker and several friends
of the organization went on to Washington during the week to see what the Government
would do in reference to arms and equipments.
The regiment has been accepted, and is to be uniformed as speedily as possible.
The men are meanwhile, to be mustered into the service and probably quartered
at one of the islands in the East River.
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
We regret to announce that this regiment, which numbered some of the best men
still in the Fire Department, has been broken up through delay and disappointment
It was one of the fourteen extra regiments accepted by the Union Defence
Committee several weeks ago, and promised immediate aid. Instead of furnishing
quarters and means for the men, this Union Defence Committee refused to have
any thing to do with them, notwithstanding an excellent choice of officers
had been made.
Chief Engineer Decker went on to Washington, and returned here last Monday
with the information that the regiment would be accepted by the War Department,
provided it was uniformed and equipped. Either the privates who were to fight
and run the risk of getting killed, must buy their own uniforms, knapsacks,
belts, blankets, &c., or else they could not go.
Now this is wrong. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars still unexpended
in the State and City Treasury for the especial purpose of equipping New York
regiments. Why accept of new organizations, and fit them out before those already
chosen are in a fair way to get ready for the field?
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
This regiment does not seem to recruit very rapidly. There are only about 200
men now forming the nucleus of the Fourth Regiment Excelsior (or Sickles)
Brigade, at Camp Scott. It is a question if the regiment will be much of
a success; several of the men thus far enlisted would have to be rejected
by an inspecting officer.
Cannot they get hold of some spirited wide-awake well-known military officers
to take a hand in the organization?
The regiment is now encamped about a half mile this side Camp Scott, and expects
to gat along much better than when mixed in with the other companies and organizations.
The companies and their recruiting stations are as follows:
Company A, Capt. M C. Burns, promises to be the "banner" company.
They only need a few more recruits. Their headquarters is at the Exempt Hose
house in West Broadway, near Beach street.
Company B, Captain J. Smith, is also a good company as far as heard from. They
are located at the house of Hose Company No. 56, in the Park.
Company C, Captain John Andrews, headquarters 2A home of Hook and Ladder Company
No. 15, Franklin street. Company D, Captain D. Crowley; headquarters, house
of Engine Company No. 28, No. 100 Cedar street.
Company E, Captain Fisk; headquarters, house of Hose Company No. 23.
Company F, Captain J. Libry; headquarters, house of Engine Company No. 31.
Company G, Captain Phoenix; headquarters, house of Hose Company No. 50. Company
H, Captain Lawrence; headquarters, house of Engine Company No. 20. Company
J, Captain Elliott, Brooklyn, Eastern District, at Chief Engineer's office.
Company K, Captain Purtell; headquarters, house of Engine Company No. 14.
The uniform of the regiment is to be a chasseur jacket of dark blue, trimmed
with light blue; sky-blue pants, with white canvas leggings; red shirt and
a light blue fatigue cap.
It is expected the regiment will leave for the seat of war in about two weeks.
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
This regiment is getting along swimmingly. The men are determined to conduct
themselves with propriety, and seem quite attached to their officers. One of
the officers informs us that every member cheerfully performs his duty, and
all are anxious to get away as soon as possible. The uniform of this regiment
can not be bettered. It is strong, easy-fitting, and dashing in its appearance.
The regiment expects to be off in about a week. (Aug. 3, 1861)
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves. (Aug. 24, 1861)
There appears to be no inconsiderable difficulty in regard to affairs in this
regiment. A number of interested parties, actuated by political feelings,
have determined upon removing Colonel Fairmen. Out of the ten companies,
seven are decidedly in his favor, and will leave the regiment if he is removed.
It is urged against the colonel that he is not competent for the post. So
far he has proved himself to be a good officer, as respects taking care of
and equipping his men, in spite of the interfering opposition of Dan Sickles
Some of the line officers are not very popular with their men. Thus is especially
true of the captain of Company E, who chaffered away the office of first lieutenant
to a different person than whom he represented, and also deceived the second
lieutenant in regard to his position. The rumpus in
Company K, on Thursday, while en route for the Park barracks, was caused by
a difference between the men as to which lieutenant should command, the captain
being temporarily absent.
The following is a list of the officers: Colonel, James Fairman; Lieutenant-Colonel,
L. C. Benedict, Jr.; Major, John D. Moriarty. Company A, Captain
M. Burns, Lieutenants Shaw and Phelan. Company B, Captain T. Smith, Lieutenants
Glass and Whitfield. Company C, Captain A. Gibson, Lieutenants Dennin and Price.
Company D, Captain D. Crowley, Lieutenants Gleeson and Skinner. Company E,
Captain W. M. Flake, Lieutenants Tremaine and Mullin. Company F, Captain Donalds,
Lieutenants Shine and Feeny. Company G, Captain J. Feeny, Lieutenant Stuart
(no second lieutenant). Company H, Captain W. McCardey, and Lieutenants Reynolds
and Lawrence. Company I, Captain C. Elliott, Lieutenants Short and Ruck. Company
K, Captain M. D. Purtell, and Lieutenants Evans and Hamilton.
We hope that there may be no fooling with any deserters or disorderlies in
this fire regiment. Punish the offenders at once, and to the extent of the
Discipline and good men will soon follow.
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
This regiment has, since its arrival at head-quarters, won golden opinions
from the War Department and the officers generally, of the army. It has succeeded
in purging itself of the incubus who sought to force himself upon it as commandant.
The regiment has been placed in the Excelsior Brigade, commanded by General
Sickles. The attempt to influence the officers against this assignment has
failed. General Sickles has obtained permission of the War Department to recruit
the regiment to the full army standard. Lieut. Wm. H. Lewis, whose office for
the present is at No. 12 Chambers street, has been detailed to raise an additional
company. He has also established a branch at No. 12 Greenwich avenue, where
those who live in the upper part of the city can enroll their names.
We commend this new draft to the patriotism of the firemen, not doubting that
it will meet with a prompt response on their part. The same difficulties
which environed the First Regiment will not be encountered by this, and we
therefore do not hesitate to predict for it a brilliant career of usefulness
and glory. A number of our prominent firemen have ordered a superb stand of
colors, which will be presented to the regiment in a few days. (Sept. 7, 1861)
The Second Fire Zouaves.
By reports received from Washington, this regiment appears to be getting along
much better than its friends here anticipated. They are posted at Ox-Run, and
commence throwing up entrenchments next week. During their temporary encampment
at Meridan Hill, they were reviewed by General McClellan.
We hope the pick-axe and shovel may not be entirely used in place of the musket.
Keep the men well drilled, even if it is necessary to leave the entrenchment
work to other hands. Learn every man how to rally, load and retreat.
A flag is to be presented to Company G (Captain Feeney) by the citizens of
the Sixth Ward.
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
We have received the following letter from our special correspondent, and it
will be found not without interest:
Camp McClellan, September 8, 1861.
Editor Leader: The announcement in your paper of last Saturday, that the "Boys" were
not forgotten, and that there were friends that they left behind who were about
to present the regiment with a stand of colors, sent a thrill of joy among
them that was full and complete.
They are fully determined to prove worthy of the gift, and to show by their
acts that they are firemen—not runners—and will sustain the honor
of the flag, and the good name and fame of the New York Fire Department.
The most perfect order has existed in the camp since our arrival with one exception.
One of the boys who sought to escape, was caught, gagged with a bayonet in
his mouth, and then sent to the Provost Marshal of Washington to be tried for
The Quartermaster's Department, under Lieutenant John A. McCosker, is in most
admirable working order. He has possession of a large barn, which he has subdivided
in three departments—one for quartermaster's stores, one for company's
stores, and the other for ordnance stores; and thus by the system introduced
by him, everything goes on swimmingly.
We are now encamped on a splendid place about five and a half miles from Washington,
and the men are happy and content, with very few on the sick list, and those
We have been under marching orders since Thursday night, and our pickets are
out day and night for five miles north and south. They were fired on last night,
but nobody hurt. Considering the little military experience we have had, I
do not think that if the brigade moves onward but that we will be left here
to guard its camps.
Great credit is due General Sickles for the splendid manner with which he has
behaved towards the regiment. Whatever we have failed here to get from the
Government has been most promptly supplied by himself, and in fact, he has
throughout sought to anticipate our every want.
His devotion to the comfort of our regiment cannot but be gratifying to the
Fire Department. Our source of joy in the regiment has been to be relieved
of the erratic domination of Mr. Fairman, who now is quietly left out in the
cold, to meditate with his brethren of the Young Men's Christian Association,
of which he has been a burning and shining light, upon the mutability of human
affairs. Truly, he may exclaim in the language of Brother Bates, there is nothing
certain but uncertainty.
The election of Field Officers took place on the 6th instant.
The following is a perfect list of the present Regimental Field Officers and
Staff, and also Captains:
Colonel Wm. R. Brewster.
Lieut.-Colonel L. I. Benedict, Jr.
Major John D. Moriarty.
Quartermaster John A. McCosker.
Adjutant George Le Fort.
Surgeon William Bostwick.
Assistant Surgeon James T. Brady.
Commissary Sergeant Chas. Carson (son of Alfred).
CAPTAINS OF COMPANIES.
A. Michael W. Burns (21 Hose).
B. Thomas Smith (56 Hose).
C. Archibald Gibson (15 Hook and Ladder).
D. Daniel Crowley (20 Engine).
E. William Fisk (22 Hose).
F. A. A. Donalds (17 Engine).
G. John Feeny (50 Hose).
H. William McCauley (40 Engine).
I. ____ Elliot (Ass't Engineer Williamsburgh).
K. Michael C. Partell (14 Engine).
If our first scrawl finds favor, we will furnish you more of the weakly sort.
Yours, Grand Rounds.
From Our Second Fire Zouave Correspondent.
Camp McClellan, Oct. 14th, 1861.
Editor leader—Since my last our regiment has been busy in the performance
of our ordinary camp duty. On last Tuesday the fort on Hope Hill was completed,
excepting the magazine, which will be left for laboring men. I have not seen
the works since completed, but in some future time may have an opportunity
of visiting them, when I will give you a full description. I regret to record
the death of Fleming Roff, private in Company C, who was accidentally shot.
His remains have been conveyed to his former home in Westfield, N. J.
The disputed Colonelcy still excites considerable attention. The heart and
soul of the regiment was once for Fairman. But when the deception practiced
by him was fully exposed, the sentiment underwent an entire change. The unjust
interference of New York politicians' is depriving us of our pay, which many
that have families are sadly in need of. Should Fairman be forced on us, we
will never fulfill the dearest hopes of our friends. When Colonel Brewster
took command there was scarcely any to bid him welcome, as we then believed
that Colonel Fairman had been unjustly deprived of the command. But his cool,
deliberate action daily tends to increase our confidence in him as commanding
officer. The same can also be said of Gen. Sickles. When the regiment left
New York, the cry was, "We will never serve under Gen. Sickles!" On
last Saturday, at brigade review, I can assure the readers of your paper that
Gen. Sickles was never more heartily cheered in his life than he was by the
Second Regiment of Fire
Where can you find men more sensitive than the firemen of New York? We fully
appreciate the kind favors of General Sickles, and feel proud to have the honor
to serve under him. We are expecting to be presented with a set of colors,
and also a visit from General McClellan this week—so we must keep our
uniform clean and brass plates bright for their reception. Last Saturday night
two days' rations were ordered to be prepared, and the regiment put under marching
orders; but as yet we have not moved. I think for the present we will be left
in our encampment Lieutenants Tremaine and Skane, of Companies C and A, have
resigned. Next week I will give you a full list of the officers connected with
Hoping you are well, yours truly C___H.
Second Fire Zouaves.
Camp McClellan, Ox Run,
October 19, 1861.
MR. EDITOR—According to the promise given you when I last saw you, I
now proceed to give you a sketch of the proceedings in and around our camp.
The most important of these was the presentation of the stand of colors to
the regiment, which, I can assure you, was quite an imposing display, and passed
off with great eclat.
The sight of so many familiar faces among the visitors was almost sufficient
to make us imagine ourselves somewhere in the vicinity of New York, instead
of our being so far away from home and friends. The speeches made on the occasion
of the presentation were very good, especially that of Gen. Sickles, and one
by Henry Wilson, but I suppose you will have an opportunity to form an opinion
of your own respecting them, as I believe there was a reporter on the ground
during their delivery. There was also an artist on the ground during the time
the regiment was going through its various evolutions, who took sketches of
us in different portions of the review drill. These are, I believe, intended
for Frank Leslie's papers, and will enable the friends of the regiment to form
an opinion of its present appearance when on parade. I was very much disappointed
in not seeing the well known face and figure of the Chief of Orange among the
I felt sure that he, of all others, would be certain to be present, on the
occasion, "knowing the great interest he had all along felt in the regiment;
but I suppose affairs of greater importance detained him in New York.
After the colors had been placed in charge of the color sergeant (who, by the
way, is the same six-foot-two-inch boy about whom I spoke to you in New York,
and in whose keepings I am fully satisfied they will be perfectly safe), the
regiment was dismissed, and the committee, in company with the different officers
present, proceeded to the colonel's quarters, at the back of which there was
a table laid out in the open air loaded with the good things of this life,
both fluid and solid, to which all paid their respects with the greatest relish.
After supper, the air resounded with the sound of the champagne bottles, the
corks from which were flying in all directions so thick as almost to make one
imagine there was an engagement going on somewhere in the immediate neighborhood.
Speech making and toasting were then the order of the evening for an hour or
two, after which the committee prepared to take their leave, which, after a
delay of about an hour, they finally effected. They then, in company with the
General, and some of our officers, proceeded to make the rounds of the different
regiments in the brigade, one of which (the First), on the long roll being
beaten, turned out, armed, equipped, and ready to march in two and a-half minutes
by the watch, which I think will equal if not surpass anything that the celebrated
Seventh, of New York, would be able to perform, even in their best days. After
this they proceeded to Washington, where they arrived about 4 o'clock in the
morning. In consequence of my being officer of the day, I was unable to take
a very active part in any of the proceedings, being obliged, most of the time,
to act as a spectator, but after the supper and speech making were over I managed
to capture Chief Decker, and had him conveyed to my quarters, where we had
quite a happy time for a little while. I was the only line officer who succeeded
in getting the Chief to visit my quarters. On the return of the committee to
Washington they were unable to obtain sleeping accommodations at any of the
hotels, with the exception of Henry Wilson and J. J. Gorman, who managed to
obtain a bed for themselves. The others were obliged to find whatever accommodations
they could until morning. So you perceive that jack was like Botts, having
slept with the President. They have not as yet left for New York, but, I believe,
purpose visiting some of the regiments over in Virginia before returning home.
Although I had not the pleasure of seeing you here among the visitors, I am
still in the hope that your proposed visit to us is only deferred for a time,
and not abandoned altogether. There is one thing I had almost forgotten to
mention that is the general satisfaction felt by the regiment at the magnificent
appearance which the colors presented, all being of the opinion that they are
the most splendid suit of colors ever presented to a regiment. So you see that
general Sickles was not the only General who graced the scene by his presence
on this occasion.
We were all gratified to find Judge W. H. Dusenbury, founder of the distinguished
society which bears his name, present as one of the committee. He is a gentleman
who wins golden opinions from all who have the pleasure to meet him. May his
shadow never be less. You would have been amused to see the gallant Chief Decker
mount a horse belonging to one of the officers; the horse never having been
honored with such a load before quietly landed the Chief upon the turf, who
exclaimed "vast!" amid the shouts of all the spectators. It is due
to the Chief to say that he afterwards preferred to make the review on foot.
We are constantly receiving communications from the Chief of Orange, whose
epistles always find a ready welcome, and are passed around as part of the
public property of the regiment.
You would be amused to see with what avidity THE LEADER is sought for by the
boys. A few extra copies scattered loosely among the different companies would
be a perfect godsend. I will write as soon as anything new turns up.
Yours, Quentin Durward.
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves. (Nov. 15, 1862)
The adjourned meeting of the Officers, Representatives and Foremen of the Department
in behalf of the Second Regiment Fire Zouaves, was held on Wednesday evening,
at the Hall The attendance was remarkably small, which was probably owing to
the inclemency of the weather. After the adoption of the minutes of the previous
meeting, the following subscriptions were paid in:
B. C. Scuyler ...........................$50 00
Brown, Brothers & Co ………. 50 00
John Claney………………….. 25 00
Chief Engineer Decker reported recruiting slow, but stated that they were doing
about as well as any other regiment.
The Secretary, Mr. Chambers, of Hose 22, reported the receipts as follows:
Engine Companies............ $1,010
H. & L " .................................700
Hose " ................................. 1,915
Personal donations ............. 1,945
Total amount subscribed ….7,170
Total amount paid................5,480
He stated that owing to the Common Council having taken no action as yet, granting
an extra bounty of $200, he had delayed in getting out bill posters and advertising
the Department bounty in the dally papers. He presumed, however, that action
would be taken in the matter on Thursday, and that he would issue the posters
on the following day.
Commissioner Wilson desired to have it understood that the recruiting of the
Second Regiment Fire Zouaves was not with a view of avoiding the draft. He
believed that every man lent his aid from a sense of duty, and with a view
of saving the regiment from consolidation. He spoke in high praise of the regiment,
and hoped it would be sustained by the whole Department.
A motion was made that when the meeting adjourned, they would not convene again
until the call of the chair.
Chief Decker hoped not. He thought it was important that they should meet at
least once a week, believing that it would add to the benefit of the cause.
The motion was finally withdrawn, and the meeting adjourned to Wednesday evening
Meeting on Behalf of the Second Regiment Fire Zouaves. (Nov. 8, 1862)
Another meeting was held on Wednesday evening last, at "Firemen's Hall," on
behalf of this regiment, the attendance, we regret to say, not being as large
as we expected after the appeal of the chairman, Mr. Zophar Mills, that the
Foremen and each and every Representative should attend. After the adoption
of the minutes of the previous meeting, the following additional subscriptions
Engine Company No __ $50
" " 46 50
Hose " " 19 150
Hook and Ladder " 4 25
From the Board of Fire Commissioners 100
N. Y. Leader……………. 25
Mr. Thomas, of Hose Company No. 19, desired to know, if any member of the Department
was drafted, whether he had the right to join any regiment he desired, or was
he compelled to go into a regiment selected by the drafting officer.
The Chair said that he could not answer the gentleman's question, as he was
not familiar enough with military matters. The Chief he thought could however,
enlighten him upon the subject.
Mr. Decker remarked that the gentleman from Hose Company No. 19 need give himself
no uneasiness about the draft, as he knew there would be no draft from the
Fire Department, provided they furnished their quota to the Second Regiment
Mr. Philips inquired if those who were sent from a company as their representatives
had to be members of the Department.
The Chief said he thought they had.
Mr. Chambers, of Hose Company No. 22, stated to the contrary. He assured them
that in a conversation with General Anthon, the General stated that he did
not care where the men came from so long as they were furnished; he should
make no inquiries whether they were members of the Department or not. All the
General wanted was the men.
Mr. Burns, of Hose Company No. 60, moved that the bounty be raised to fifty
Mr. O'Brien, of Hook and Ladder Company No. 9, objected, believing that for
the present it would be better to keep the bounty down to $35, so no other
regiment were offering as high a bounty as the Fire Department.
Mr. Charles L. Curtis, of Hook and Ladder Company No. 4, hoped the bounty would
be raised to $50. He claimed that the gentleman from Hook and Ladder Company
No. 9 was mistaken about the bounty being the highest given. He knew that the
Ironside Regiment were offering $50. Burns claimed that there was enough money
to warrant their offering $50. The money was raised for this purpose, and should
be used for recruits.
Mr. Thomas moved as an amendment that it be increased to $55, which was accepted
by Mr. Burns and adopted.
On a motion of Mr. Burns it was agreed to have it published in all the daily
papers, and posters put up around the city. The Common Council, it was understood,
had agreed to give a bounty of $200 to each man, which will make a total bounty
of $255 to each recruit.
Mr. Wilson, President of the Board of Fire Commissioners, then presented a
check for $100 from the members of the Board, as their donation.
The Treasurer, Mr. Giles, reported the funds received and disbursed as follows:
Expended ............................ 375
Balance on hand............. $4,555
Collected this evening..........675
The chairman urged the necessity of hurrying up with recruits. He had been
very busy himself, and could not say how the recruiting had been going on since
the last meeting; but he presumed, owing to the election, that it had not been
as favorable as he would like to see.
Mr. Decker stated that they had recruited between twenty-two and twenty-five
since the last meeting -- the total number recruited being over forty.
There being no other business, the meeting adjourned to Wednesday evening next,
when it is to be hoped every company will be represented. The Consolidation
of the First and Second Fire Zouave Regiments--The Action of the Finance Committee
Indorsed, etc., etc.
The adjourned meeting of the Representatives, Engineers, Foremen, Trustees,
Commissioners, &c., of the Fire Department, for the final consideration
of the consolidation of the two fire regiments, was held on Wednesday night,
at Firemen's Hall, and was attended by over two hundred and fifty persons.
Zophar Mills, Esq., occupied the Chair, and W. R. W.
Chambers acted as Secretary.
Chief Engineer Decker handed to the chairman the sum of $94 87, the donations
of Messrs. Henry McDermott, Esq., of Brazil, S. A., Supervisor Blunt, and Peter
Lynch, Esq., of Vesey street, which was ordered to be duly acknowledged with
thanks. Speeches were made by Commissioner Wilson, John Decker, Esq., John
S. Giles, Esq., Henry A. Thomas, Esq., and Major James J. Byrnes, which were
in every feature, the same as those given to the first meeting on the matter
mentioned by these gentlemen.
Zophar Mills, Esq., then explained the reasons why the Exempt Association had
not paid their subscription of $500 to the Fund, and said that measures had
been taken to obviate an informality through which the payment of the subscription
had been made impossible.
The monotony of the meeting was quite destroyed by a warm passage at arms between
Commissioner Wilson and the gallant Major Byrnes, the former having expressed
his surprise that the Major should claim that the One Hundred and Sixty-Third
Regiment conferred any honor upon the Second Fire Zouaves by becoming consolidated
with it, and charging the officers of the former, with having for their principal
object the dollars and cents. This brought the Major to his feet in a moment,
and he proceeded to deliver a well-timed speech, exhonerating the men of his
regiment from the bad acts of others, the effects of which they had endured
in silence, and vindicating the character of his brother officers from the
aspersion of the erudite Commissioner. On the first point, he said that, every
man in the One Hundred and Sixty-Third Regiment, was entitled to the respect
and support of the whole body of loyal American people as a part of the grand
army sent out to save the Government under which we live.
It had done its duty nobly and deserved its meed of praise. On these grounds
the loftiest that could be submitted, it was an honor to any regiment to be
united with them. They had never disgraced the Fire Department, but had suffered
in silence for the bad acts of men who were never identified with the Department.
If the speaker alluded to thought there was no regiment that could reflect
any credit on the Second Fire Zouaves, he would have to enjoy that opinion
After some further debate, which did not bring any more facts to light, the
question was raised as to whether the Finance Committee have not the fund under
their control. The chairman, Mr. Mills, decided in the affirmative, whereupon
another question was mooted as to whether they could not pay the same to the
officers of the One Hundred and Sixty-third Regiment, which was decided in
the same manner.
Zophar Mills, Esq., spoke feelingly, in eulogistic terms of Major Byrnes and
his regiment and paid a well-merited compliment to all our firemen-soldiers.
W. R. W. Chambers, Esq., then moved that the action of the Finance Committee,
so far as the Committee itself, is concerned, be declared indorsed, which was
The meeting then adjourned, to meet at the call of the Chairman, Zophar Mills,
Esq., when the Finance Committee are ready to report.
The Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
The following are the several ordered issued respecting the consolidation of
the one Hundred and Sixty-third Regiment, Colonel Leverich with the Second
Regiment Fire Zouaves:
COL. BREWSTER'S COMMUNICATION.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH REGIMENT.
EXCELSIOR BRIGADE, SICKELS DIVISION,
CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, Va., Dec. 22, 1863.
Lieutenant: Annexed is application from Lieut. Colonel Leverich, commanding
battalion of six companies of the 163d Regiment N. Y. S. Vols., addressed to
the Adjutant General of the State of New York, requesting that the remnant
of it be consolidated with mine (Fourth Excelsior Brigade, Seventy-third Regiment
N. Y. S. Vols.) The application is referred by the Adjutant General of the
State of New York to the Adjutant General of the Army, with a strong recommendation
in its favor.
It would be for the benefit of the service to consolidate these two organizations,
as my regiment is so much reduced as to be very much below even the minimum
standard, as to men for active service.
I therefore respectfully request that this consolidation be made. Very respectfully
William R. Brewster,
Col. Comd'g 4th Regt. Excelsior Brigade (73d N. Y. S. V.)
Lieut. H. C. Hinman, A. A. A. G. Excelsior Brig.
Geo. Le Fort, Cap. and Act. Adjt. 4th Excelsior (73d N. Y. S. V.)
GEN TOWNSENDS ORDER.
[Copy] WAR DEPARTMENT,
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12th, 1863.
[SPECIAL ORDER No. 17.]
8. The 163d Regiment New York Volunteers will be consolidated with the Seventy-third
Regiment, from the same State. All supernumerary officers present and absent
will be mustered out at date of consolidation. The new organization will be
known as the Seventy-third New York Volunteers. The consolidation will take
place under the orders of the Army Corps Commander. Complete muster rolls will
be forwarded to this office as soon as the consolidation is made.
By order of the Secretary of War.
(Signed) E. D. Townsend, Asst. Adjt. General
[Official] John Spinning, A. A. A. Gen.
[C. O. Seventy-third N. Y. Vols., through C. G. D., Army Potomac.]
ORDER FOR THE CONSOLIDATION.
HEADQUARTERS, SECOND DIVISION, THIRD ARMY
COPRPS, CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, Va.,
Jan. 18th, 1863.
Special orders No. 10.—The 163d N. Y. Vols. having reported at these
head-quarters, in pursuance of orders from head-quarters Third Army Corps,
for consolidation with the Seventy-third N. Y. Vols. (Fourth Excelsior), according
to Par. 8, Special Orders No. 17, War Department, A. G. O.,
January 12th, 1863, the consolidation is made as follows:
1st. Under the direction of the commanding officer, of the, Seventy-third N.
Y. Vols., forty-five enlisted men of Company G of that regiment will be transformed
to Company E of same regiment.
2d. The enlisted men of the 163d N. Y. Vols., will be apportioned among the
several companies of the Seventy-third N. Y. Vols. (Fourth Excelsior), as follows:
Twenty-three enlisted men of Company C, 163d, incorporated with Company A,
Seventy-third N. Y. Vols.
Forty-one enlisted men of Company, C, 163d, incorporated with Company B, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Fifteen enlisted men of Company D, 163d, incorporated with Company A, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Twenty enlisted men of Company D, incorporated with Company F, Seventy-third
New York Vols.
Thirty-five enlisted men of Company D, 163d, incorporated with Company I, Seventy-third
Forty-four enlisted men of Company F, 163d incorporated with Company C., Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Four enlisted men of Company F, 163d, incorporated with Company D, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Twenty-two enlisted men. of Company F, 163d incorporated with Company K, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Thirty enlisted men of Company A, 163d, incorporated with Company D, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Twenty-five enlisted men of Company A, 163d, incorporated with Company G, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Seventy-one enlisted men of Company B, 163d, incorporated with Company G, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Forty-three enlisted men of Company E, 163d, incorporated with Company F, Seventy-third
N. Y. Vols.
Two enlisted men of Company E, incorporated with Company I, Seventy-third N.
These dispositions will be made under the direction of the commanding officer
of the 163d N. Y. Vols., and the names of the men thus selected will be placed
at once by the commanding officer of the Seventy-third N. Y. Vols. (Fourth
Excelsior) on the muster rolls of the companies to which they are assigned.
3d. After the above dispositions shall have been made as ordered, if there
be found on the rolls of any company of the Seventy-third N. Y. Vols. (Fourth
Excelsior), a number of non-commissioned officers in excess of the number allowed
by law to each company (viz., five sergeants and eight corporals), the commanding
officer of the Seventy-third N. Y. V. (Fourth Excelsior) will so transpose
them to the rolls of other companies, until each company has its proper allowance.
If there still be an excess of non-commissioned officers they will be temporarily
placed in the ranks, and hereafter promoted to their former grades respectively,
according to their merit, as vacancies shall occur. The musicians will be so
arranged that there shall be two to each company. If there be a surplus number,
the commanding officer of the Seventy-third N. Y. Vols. (Fourth Excelsior)
will select to be mustered out, such as may he spared with least, detriment
to the service.
All of the uncommissioned staff of the 163d N. Y. Volunteers, except the Sergeant-Major
and the Quartermaster-Sergeant will be mustered out.
4th. First Lieutenant James McKanna.
Second Lieutenant William Butcher.
Second Lieutenant Richard F. Tighe,
of the 103d Regiment N. Y. Volunteers, will report in person or by letter to
the commanding officer of the Seventy-third New York Volunteers (Fourth
Excelsior), who will assign them to such companies in that regiment as the
best interest of the service may require.
Sergeant-Major Chapple, Quartermaster-Sergeant Cheever, and Sergeants Murry
and Chambers will also report to the commanding officer of the Seventy-third
New York State Volunteers (Fourth Excelsior), who will assign them to duty
as company officers, and apply to the proper authority for their commissions.
5th. All books and records of the 163d Regiment New York Volunteers will be
turned over to the commanding officer of the Seventy-third New York
Volunteers (Fourth Excelsior). All wagon-trains and Quartermaster's stores
will be turned over to the Division Quartermaster.
6th. After the previous paragraphs in the order shall have been carried into
effect the following named officers of the (163d N. Y. S. Vol.), whether present
or absent, rendered supernumerary by the consolidation, will be mustered out
by the mustering officer of this division.
Lieutenant-Colonel—John B. Leverich.
Major—James J. Byrne.
Surgeon—Paul de Mormon.
Assistant Surgeon—Armand Dufioo.
Quartermaster—Chas. W. Rodgers.
Co. H—Captain Michael Murphy.
" First Lieutenant Thomas Murphy.
Co. B—Captain Philip Sneidicar.
" First Lieutenant Patrick B. Byrne.
Co. C—Captain William Davis.
" First Lieutenant William Green.
" Second Lieutenant Ernest Funk.
Co. D.—Captain Frank Farnsworth.
" First Lieutenant Wm. B. Persse.
" Second Lieutenant Francis Lugue.
Co. E-- Captain Chas. J. Dunleavy.
Lieutenant Alexis L. B. Smith.
Second Lieutenant David S. Dixon.
Co. F-- Captain Thomas Murphy.
Major James J. Byrne (absent sick) will be mustered out as Major, and mustered
in as Adjutant.
7th. Complete muster rolls of the (Seventy-third New. York Sate Volunteers)
Fourth "Excelsior," will be forwarded through Division Head-quarters
to Commander of the Third Corps for transmittal to the A. G. O. , as soon as
the consolidation is made.
By command of Brigadier General
D. E. Sickles.
(Signed) H. Edwin Tremain,
A. A. A. General.
[Official.] Jno. Spinning, A. A. A. General.
Excelsior (Second) Brigade.
Note.—The rolls of the 163d New York Volunteers called for 365 enlisted
men; but 180 have reported, and 20 of them were brought in ambulance, having
been four months in hospital. W. R. B.
The Second Regiment Fire Zouaves.
A special meeting of the Board of Officers Representatives of the Department,
was held last evening at Firemen's Hall, to hear the defence of Mr. John
B. Leverich, respecting the charges reported against him in selling out the
One Hundred and Sixty-third Regiment. Considerable argument was had, participated
in by Mr. Leverich, Chief Engineer John Decker, John R. Platt, John S. Giles
and Commissioner Wilson, but from all the facts elicited it was evident the
Finance Committee had done none other than their duty.
The meeting finally adjourned to the call of the Chair.
The Second Fire Zouaves.
This long-expected regiment, or what is left of a regiment, has at last arrived,
and been received with a true firemen's welcome. Every day for the last month
we have heard from them, indirectly, they were to come but didn't—they
were on their way, but were stopped, in the expectation of a forward movement.
They were to come by telegraph, by railroad, by steamboat, by army wagons,
and they were to march; but by neither of these modes of conveyance did they
come at the time they were expected. But last Tuesday they came, and we were
glad to see them. First, because they relieved us of the anxiety of constant
expectation; and secondly, because they have behaved so nobly in their service
to their country that it is a pleasure to look upon them, few though they
be. As the order of last week read, the firemen were called together by the
fire-bells, and they turned out with a will; nearly a thousand delegates
from the different companies were on the spot, to do honor to the regiment
they have thought of so much. The arrangements were well made and well carried
out. It was a creditable display, both to the Fire Department and the regiment;
and we have no doubt that Lieut.-Colonel Burns felt as proud when leading
his little band through the Park, past the City Hall, and in review of his
Honor the Mayor, as when in the best fought battlefield of the many in which
the regiment has served.
After a good long march they were taken to the large room, near Jefferson Market,
and rested here; they found a substantial collation. Here also speeches were
made and toasts drank, and here the friends of the regiment gathered to greet
their long absent comrades. That they kept up the evening as one of joy is
not to be wondered at, for these men have during the last three years had but
little pleasure, and they have before them the next three to serve as soldiers
in the same cause, unless this "cruel war be over" sooner.
Among the friends of the regiment who turned out to do them honor were the
officers of the Ninety-third Regiment National Guard, under their Colonel G.
B. Hall. These officers aided in every way to make the welcome a warm one.
Their Lieutenant-Colonel--Major Lawrence—is one of the officers of the
returning regiment, and they could not but feel proud of the regiment to which
Lieut.-Colonel Burns has set himself to work with a will to fill up the regiment,
and that he will succeed should be the wish of all who feel an interest in
the Second Fire Zouaves.
We regretted that the Colonel of the regiment was not present to see the reception.
We expected to see him in command, but he was called upon to command a division
in the field, and could not leave.
We hoped to have been able to have given a little history of the ups and downs
of the regiment, but must lay it over for a few weeks.
To ex-Fire Commissioner Henry Wilson and the Chief Engineer much credit is
due for the reception. They had hard work to warm up the feelings of the firemen
and people. We and the regiment have seen how well they succeeded, and will,
no doubt, remember them kindly. (Feb. 13, 1864)
Coroner Wildey, too, was not backward nor was anybody, in fact, when the matter
was made known to them. All that is now wanted is to lend what we can to recruit
the regiment. They deserve all that can be done for them.
Officers Dismissed from the Army.
SPECIAL ORDERS—NO.. 254.
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, Sept. 22, 1862.
The following officers, by direction of the President are dishonorably dismissed
the service of the United States:—-
First Lieutenant Mathew Stewart, Fourth regiment Excelsior Brigade.
Second Lieutenant Washington Mullen, Fourth regiment Excelsior Brigade.
Second Lieutenant William Glennon, Fourth regiment Excelsior Brigade.
By order of THE SECRETARY OF WAR.
E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This regiment, as we have before stated, has been accepted by the government.
They have nearly their complement of men enrolled, but the Enrolling Committee
will continue to be at their headquarters, Fifth Ward Hotel, every day, between
the hours of eight A. M. and six P. M.
Colonel May, of Mexican fame, has been tendered the command of the regiment,
but has declined to accept the position offered him. It is expected that the
men will immediately go into quarters.
At a meeting held last evening at the Fifth Ward Hotel, General Nathan B. Graham
was unanimously chosen Colonel of the regiment.
THE BODY OF THE LATE CAPT. A. A. DONALDS.
Councilman Miller, on behalf of the Committee on National Affairs, left for
Washington yesterday to being on the body of Captain A. A. Donalds, late
Acting Colonel of the Second Regiment Fire Zouaves, who was killed at the
battle of Manasses.
THE SECOND REGIMENT NEW YORK FIRE ZOUAVES.
The committee from this regiment--John Baulch, John A. McCosker and Charles
L. Curtis--have just returned with intelligence from Washington that there
is every reason to believe that they will be immediately accepted by the
government authorities. The regiment is composed of active exempt firemen
of New York and Brooklyn, and has now five hundred and fifty men mustered
THE NEW CALL FOR TROOPS.
MILITARY MATTERS IN THE CITY.
RECRUITING FOR THE SECOND FIRE ZOUAVES—
MEETING AT THE SEVENTH REGIMENT ARMORY.
To-night, a grand demonstration takes place under the auspices of the Fire
Department of this City, for the purpose of recruiting the Second Fire Zouaves
(Fourth Regiment Excelsior Brigade) to the maximum standard. The meeting takes
place at the Armory of the Seventh Regiment, Tomkins Market. Gen. D. E. Sickles,
with other distinguished speakers, will be present, and address the meeting.
The Fourth Regiment (Second Fire Zouaves) have participated in every battle
on the Peninsula since the landing of Gen. McClellan's forces. Their ranks
have been greatly decimated by the casualties of field, as well as the malaria
of the Chickahominy swamps. The regiments, originally 800 strong, are now reduced
to less than 300. The Colonel, W. R. Brewster, and the Lieutenant-Colonel,
L. Benedict, are both prisoners in Richmond, and the Major resigned. The regiment
is now commanded by the senior Captain. They look to their comrades to fill
up the ranks, as volunteers instead of the drafting process. Let the meeting
at the Seventh Regiment Armory Hall tonight be one of the greatest gatherings
of the present year. Every member of the Fire Department is expected to be
present, and lend his aid to the immediate recruiting Second Fire Zouave up
to its full complement.
Mr. Thomas Lawrence, one of the Fire Commissioners, has brought forward many
recruits. If all the Fire Officers do as well, this regiment will be soon filled
to even more than the standard in a few days.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
There are now nearly seven hundred men at Camp Decker, on Staten Island, attached
to this regiment, They have a recruiting office at 564 Broadway, and hope
be the first of September to fill up to the number essential to its acceptance
into the regular service. They are all uniformed, and in their blue pants
and leather leggings, blue chasseur coats and caps of similar hue, show not
a shadow of resemblance to the First Regiment Fire Zouaves. The men are being
carefully selected, and do credit to themselves and the Fire Department,
of which they are honorable members.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This Regiment was to have paraded yesterday for inspection by the Union Defence
Committee, but owing to their active preparations for the obsequies of Col.
Ellsworth, they are excused. They will at a future day, parade for the benefit
of the Committee.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This regiment is about being placed in working order. Quarters have after much
difficulty been procured at Centre market, in the rooms belonging to the
Seventy-first regiment. The companies are all to report at the above quarters
on Wednesday, when they will be inspected by Lieutenant Coggswell, of the
United States Army. Company K, Captain Hathaway, will continue to receive
recruits at the Company's Headquarters, Firemen's Hall,
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
Company K, of this regiment, has opened a recruiting office at their headquarters,
Centre Market, in the drill room of the Seventy-first regiment. An election
of officers will be held by the company this evening at 27 Greenwich street.
(June 9, 1861)
THE SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
The headquarters of the regiment was crowed yesterday with firemen and members
of the Seventh regiment. About one hundred new men—all firemen, were
sworn in and signed the roll. Everything is about to be put in working order,
and by the close of the week they will be doubt have quarters assigned them,
where the regiment will go into camp. Chief Engineer Decker, accompanied
by two or three others of the members of the department, left last evening
for Washington to have the necessary arrangements made to procure all that
is required to arm and equip the regiment. Colonel Shaler is determined that
his command shall not leave New York until everything that is to be had appertaining
to the comfort of the men is provided. AS there have been reports circulated
with a view to break up some of the companies, owing to the selection of
officers that are to
be made by Colonel Shaler, we would state that every member of the Fire Department
elected to positions in the regiment will have the preference over all others,
and if fully competent or capable of being made efficient officers they will
be accepted and commissioned. Colonel Shaler will be at the headquarters during
the afternoon and from six to seven in the evening, until further notice, to
swear in men. A meeting of Company G will be held on Wednesday evening at No.
16 Mott street for the election of officers.
SECOND REEGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This regiment has been accepted by the President, and orders sent on to place
them in quarters immediately. Colonel Shaler will no doubt promulgate orders
to the several commandants of companies as soon as he receives official orders
from Washington to the above effect. Chief Engineer John Decker is expected
home today, and undoubtedly has made all necessary arrangements. We are happy
to state that Colonel Shaler is fast improving, and will be ready to appear
at his post by Saturday. Quite a large number yesterday were sworn in and
signed the roll. There are now over one thousand names upon the rolls. (June
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This fine organization has at last been accepted by the government, and, as
will be seen by the annexed order, the regiment is to go into quarters on
Staten Island on Friday noon. Last evening a meeting of the rank and file
was held at the Seventy-first regiment armory, and James Fairman, Esq., was
elected Colonel. Captain John D. Moriarty, of the Seventh regiment, is the
Major, and the remainder of the officers will also be experienced tacticians,
which will make the Second Fire Zouaves an excellent and well constituted
The following is the order of Colonel Fairman:
SECOND REGIMENT FIREMEN ZOUAVES, ATTENTION!
Members of this regiment will assemble at Centre Market, corner Grand and Centre
streets—Seventy-first regiment Armory--on Friday, the 5th inst., at twelve
o'clock M., for the purpose of proceeding into quarters at Staten Island. By
JAMES FAIRMAN, Colonel Commanding.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This regiment, we understand, is in a fair way of being accepted, and in all
probability will receive orders from the Secretary of War to proceed, in
a very short time to quarters. A meeting of the officers was held yesterday,
and it was resolved to notify all the members to hold themselves in readiness
to go into quarters by Wednesday next. Company G will hold a meeting on Tuesday
night at No. 16 Mott street, where those wishing to join can call and sign
THE SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES JOIN THE SICKLES BRIGADE.
Matters in this regiment have for several weeks past stood in abeyance. There
were unknown difficulties in the way of their acceptance. The regiment has
now taken an important step. The preliminary matter of acceptance has been
settled, and they have resolved to join the Sickles Brigade. The authorities
of the regiment, Colonel Fairman commanding, have caused orders to be promulgated,
and advertisements to be published in the newspapers, to the effect that
the Firemen who have volunteered will depart for Camp Scott in a day or two.
Yesterday a number of privates, non-commissioned officers, and commissioned
officers reported at headquarters, at the 71st Regiment Armory, Centre Market,
and this ceremony will continue up to Saturday, when the first installment
of the regiment will take its departure for the tented field.
The action of the Fire Zouaves fills up the Sickles Brigade completely, and
it is probable that the officers in command at Camp Scott will move as soon
as practicable to put themselves beyond the danger of dissolution, by desertion
by speedily getting to Washington. Mr. Sickles, it is believed by the Firemen,
will waive his claim to a Brigadier-Generalship, and will settle contentedly
into the duties of Colonel of the 1st Regiment.
THE SECOND REGIMENT OF FIRE ZOUAVES. (JULY 9, 1861)
This regiment, which has been accepted as one of the Excelsior Brigade, will
maintain its distinct character as a regiment of firemen unchanged, should
a sufficient number of the firemen report to Col. Fairman, to raise it to
the war footing—1,046 men. The present officers will be retained in
rank. The uniform of the regiment will be dark-blue Zouave jacket and army
blue Zouave pants, with leggings. The arms will be the Minie rifle of 1860.
About 200 of those already enrolled reported themselves at the armory of
the 71st Regiment, in Center Market, and were at once sent to Camp Scott,
where they will be sworn into the U. S. service. All who have already enrolled
their names are requested to report themselves forthwith. The men will be
sent to Camp Scott twice every day, as they come forward and report.
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN NEW YORK.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
This regiment is now in camp on Staten Island, where they are receiving fresh
additions every day. They expect to be able to go away by the 1st of next month
as they are now receiving their uniforms. Company A will take a few more able
bodied men, who may apply at No. 128 West Broadway.
SECOND FIRE ZOUAVE REGIMENT.
The friends of this regiment held a large meeting at the Astor House yesterday
and made arrangements to complete the organization. Having taken hold of
the enterprise with the determination to see it through, we confidently predict
a speedy success. The regiment is composed of the hardiest and most energetic
men in the city, who will make efficient soldiers. They are located in healthy
quarters at Camp Decker, on Staten Island, and as fast as they are recruited
the men are provisioned, equipped and armed. There are several vacancies
in the lieutenantcies, sergeants and corporals, which are reserved for such
officers as may be selected for their merit. There is every prospect that
this regiment will speedily receive marching orders, and will soon be sharing
the reputation for gallantry and good conduct earned by the First Fire Zouaves.
A few good men will be received at the following recruiting offices:—Company
G, at the house of Hose Company No. 50, 10 1-2 Mott street: Company D, No.
100 Cedar street; Company F, house of Engine Company No. 31; Company I, Chief
Engineer's office, Brooklyn, E. D., and at the headquarters of the regiment,
Centre Market, armory of the Seventy-first regiment.
Ox Run D. C., Oct 10, 1861.
To the Editors of the Sunday Mercury:
By inserting the underneath in your next issue, you will very much oblige the
greater part of the Second Fire Zouaves, for the good of their friends and
relations who cannot believe it possible we are all this time doing duty without
receiving a cent of pay, or without the least hope of it:
Ox Run, D. C., Oct. 16, 1861.
We would wish to state unanimously, for the good of our families and friends,
that we have not as yet received one cent of the payment due to us by the United
States Government, and, as far as we can hear, we are far from it yet. Our
families now (a good many of them) are bordering on destitution; but what will
it come to if they are to be deprived of subsistence much longer? We have already
seen some cases where wives actually wrote to their husbands, and told them
they did not believe we had not received any money, for they saw letters coming
constantly from other regiments with money to their families. We hope and trust
that this matter will be seen to, and if possible, let us know what time we
may expect to get paid. There is a good deal of dissatisfaction manifesting
itself among the men on account of it.
MANY MEMBERS OF THE SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
Special Correspondence of the Sunday Mercury.
SECOND REGIMENT FIRE ZOUAVES.
Camp McClellan, D. C., Oct. 14, 1861.
To the Editors of the Sunday Mercury:
We have been so busy with the erection of the forts, in the vicinity of our
encampment, that I have not had time to write before this. Fort Stanton is
now completed, and needs only the guns, which are now being made, to make it
one of the strongest fortifications erected by the volunteer forces. Fort Carroll
is situated about half a mile South of our camp, and commands the city of Alexandria,
Va., and vicinity. This fort, too, is nearly finished, and another one has
been commenced on an eminence near by. It is not probable that we will be here
to defend them, in case of attack, as we are now under marching orders, and
know not what moment we will move. However, the chances of these forts being
attacked are growing beautifully
I regret to state that we have had two deaths in the regiment since I wrote
you last; one, a private of Co. C, named Firman Roff, was accidentally shot
on the morning of the 7th, and died on the 8th; his body was conveyed to his
late home in Paterson, N. J. He was universally beloved and deeply regretted
by his comrades. The other one, private Michael Muldrey, of Co. D, died this
evening of typhoid fever. Ii is intended to forward his body to his relatives
for interment. We have but few on the sick-list, and but one more case of typhoid
fever, and this patient is recovering rapidly.
On last Saturday, the regiment was reviewed by Gen. Sickles and staff, at the
close of which we formed a hollow-square, and were addressed and highly complimented
by the general for efficiency in line movements. The parade was dismissed amidst
enthusiastic cheers for Gen. Sickles, who acknowledged the compliment in a
becoming manner. In accordance with the wishes of a majority of the members
of the regiment, a chaplain of the Roman Catholic religion has been appointed,
and service in the parade-ground on Sunday mornings has thus far been well
attended. Tomorrow, the banners are to be presented to us. The Committee (among
whom were Fire Commissioners Wilson Lawrence, and Gorman), visited our camp
today, and were highly pleased with the look of things. All the boys want to
make them happy, is to get their pay. So far, they have received nothing but
broken promises, notwithstanding a report to the contrary. We have little to
write about just now. Should the weather be fine to-morrow, and the presentation
take place, I will endeavor to forward an account of it in time for publication
SECOND FIRE ZOUAVES.
The Second Fire Zouaves (Fourth regiment Excelsior Brigade), commanded by Colonel
W. R. Brewster, has been designated as United States Volunteers, and not
State volunteers, as they were at first supposed to be. An order from General
McClellan to that effect has been promulgated to the entire Army of the Potomac,
where they are doing active service. They are now stationed on the Lower
Potomac, directly opposite Aquia creek. Captain John Feeney and Lieutenant
Washington Mullin are in the city to recruit. A squad of recruits leave the
office. No. 12 Chambers street, on Monday afternoon, at three o'clock. Any
letters or packages to be sent to the
regiment can be left at the office before twelve M. Monday. (Jan. 27, 1862)
General Hooker's Division.
The following is a consolidated report of the losses in General Booker's division:—
Killed. Wounded Missing. Total.
ACT. GEN. TAYLOR'S BRIGADE.
70th New York Vols., or
1st Excelsior reg.... 79 139 113 331
72d New York Vols., or
3d Excelsior reg....... 58 93 44 195
73d New York Vols, or
4th Excelsior reg...... 18 65 21 104
74d New York Vols, or
5th Excelsior reg ...... 39 69 37 145
GENERLA GROVER'S BRIGADE.
1st Mass Vols............... 7 37 9 53
11th Mass. Vols................ 7 59 1 67
2d New Hampshire Vols. 12 68 19 99
26th Pennsylvania Vols. 3 22 5 30
GENERAL PATTERSON'S BRIGADE
8th New Jersey Vols........ 11 65 27 103
6th New Jersey Vols........... 39 72 28 139
7th New Jersey Vols. 28 86 9 123
8th New Jersey Vols.......... 55 122 4 181
Battery H, 1st U. S. art. 2 8 — 10
Battery D, 1st N. Y. art. 1 7 — 8
Battery L, N. Y. art.... 1 5 __ 6
Total................... 340 917 317 1,574
AGGREGATE LOSS IN DIVISION.
Killed. Wounded. Missing. Total.
Acting General Taylor 194 366 215 775
General Grover......... 29 186 34 249
General Patterson ..... 113 345 68 526
Artillery................ 4 20 __ 24
Total................ 340 917 317 1,574
Death of Lieutenant-Colonel Green.
The last arrival from New Orleans brings intelligence of the death, on the
13th inst., of Lieutenant-Colonel William N. Green, Jr., of the One Hundred
and Seventy-third New York volunteers, from wounds received at the battle
of Pleasant Hill, La., at the age of 21. Entering the army as a private at
the outbreak of the war, Colonel Green was promoted for his brave conduct
at the battle of Roanoke Island. He passed through various battles and skirmishes—among
others that of Cedar Mountain, at which he was captured and taken to the
Libby Prison at Richmond. After his exchange he continued in the service,
and received especial mention for his courageous conduct in capturing with
his own hand the sword of a Georgia captain, and the battle-flag of the regiment.—The
sword was presented to Colonel Green by the commanding general, and he was
promoted to a lieutenant-colonelcy. About a year since he left for the Department
of the Gulf, passed with his regiment through the whole Louisiana campaign
and that of the Red River, up to the time of the battle in which he received
his death wound. He was unusually well read in military law, and had been
entrusted with the presidency of courts martial for the trial of offences
punishable with death. He was brave, manly and honorable, and his assiduous
attention to the comfort of the men under his command gave him a high place
in their affections and insured a cheerful alacrity in obedience.
PRESENTATION OF A WAR MEDAL TO A WILLIAMSBURGHER.—
We clip the following report of a presentation to Captain John P. Short, of
this (Eastern) District, of a war medal, from the daily paper published in
Alexandria, Va., at which place the affair occurred.
Captain John F. Short, commanding the detachment of second battalion Veteran
Reserve Corps, at present stationed in this city, was night before last, the
recipient of a splendid medal, presented by the War Fund Committee of the city
of Brooklyn, N. Y., as a testimonial of their appreciation of his services
as an officer while serving in the 73d regiment, New York volunteers, better
known as the 4th Excelsior regiment. The medal is of silver, about two inches
in diameter, weighing two and a half ounces, and is of splendid device. On
one side is an eagle and shield, the talons clutching the serpent Secession,
surmounted by the inscription, "Honor to the brave. Illustrious deeds
are a nation's pride." On the reverse, "Presented to Captain John
P. Short, 73d N. Y. S. V., for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles
of Williamsburgh, Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Bristoe Station, and
Wapping Heights, Va., 1862 3," surrounded by the words, "From the
War Fund Committee of Brooklyn, N. Y. 1863."
The presentation was made by Major Tremaine, of General Sickles staff, on behalf
of the committee, in the following words:
GENTLEMEN: We have assembled here to-day to do honor to a brave man; one who
has with us shared the dangers of the field; and who is personally known to
us as a brave and honorable officer, and a worthy recipient of the plaudits
of the people. I regret that our worthy colonel cannot be present to make this
presentation, but it affords me great pleasure to be the organ of expressing
the feelings of those at home, who, although they may never have served in
their country's ranks, yet feel for those who have shed their blood in their
Captain Short, it is with great pleasure I bear my personal testimony to the
bravery, efficiency and officer-like conduct exhibited by you on the field
of battle. Enlisting as a private, you rose, step by step, until you had attained
your captaincy, and in each capacity conducted yourself with honor to the position
you bore. Through all the bloody field of Williamsburgh—your maiden battle--at
Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, Robinson's Field, Savage Station, Glendale and Malvern
Hill, an in the marches through Virginia, and in the disastrous campaign with
General Pope, and battle of Bristoe Station and Wapping Heights, your gallantry
and devotion to duty commanded the respect and confidence of superiors and
Take this medal, and let it be to you a memorial that your sacrifices are remembered
at home. Let it be transmitted from father to son with the sword which has
won it, that your posterity may see and be reminded how you fought in the war
for the Union.
To which Captain Short responded as follows:
Major Tremaine: I find myself almost inadequate to the task of responding to
you and the gentlemen who, through you, have had the kindness to present me
with this beautiful gift. I fear that those at home value too highly my humble
services, for each and all of which I have been amply repaid by a generous
government. In all my actions I have been controlled by the fact that it was
a sacred debt I owed to my country, and that debt of duty I have endeavored
to discharge, and nothing more. It is with mingled feelings that I receive
this gift--gratitude, pride, and regret. Gratitude to those who have honored
me; pride that I have been thus honored, and regret that the cause of my honor
should ever have existed, and, as it does exist, regret that the casualties
of battle prevent me from once more taking the field and assisting to hasten
the downfall and destruction of this rebellion. Gentlemen, from the innermost
recesses of my heart I thank you.
73d Regiment N. Y. Vols. (2d N. Y. Vols.)
Col. Wm. R. Brewster.
A board of officers was recently appointed by Major-General Hancock, to ascertain
what regiment in his corps had particularly distinguished themselves, and were
entitled to have placed upon their colors the names of battles in which they
had been engaged, &c.
The following is taken from the report of the Seventy-third New York, the second
regiment raised under the auspices of our Fire Department:
Seventy-third regiment N. Y. Vols., originally known as the fourth regiment
Excelsior Brigade, reached Washington in August, 1861, 897 strong. Its present
strength is: present for duty, 203; absent wounded, 122—total, 425.
It has participated in the following engagements: Yorktown, Savage Station,
Bristow Station, Chancellorsville, Locust Grove, Coal Harbor, Williamsburgh,
Glendale, Bull Bun, 2d, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Petersburg,
Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Chantilly, Spottsylvania, Deep Bottom, Twin Chimneys,
Fredericksburg, Kelly's Ford, North Anna, Wapping Heights, Malvern Hill, 2d.
Has lost in action seven hundred and nine (709) officers and men, of whom all
but forty-six (46) have been killed and wounded; has captured from the enemy
five (5) colors, five, guns, and never lost any.
This is a record of which not only every member of the Fire Department but
every New Yorker can point to with pride. Colonel Wm. R. Brewster, to whom
the regiment owes its efficiency; has been colonel since its entry into active
service. He entered the service in April, 1861, as Major of the Twenty-eighth
Regiment N. Y. S. M., leaving for the purpose a most lucrative business. At
the expiration of his three months' term, he was assigned by Gen. Sickles to
the Second Fire Zouaves, then the Fourth Regiment of the Excelsior Brigade.
He has now been in active service three years and six months, and for a large
portion of the time in command of a brigade. We understand, however, that his
health is so much broken down by severe exposure, that his surgeons have advised
him it would be impossible for him to endure another winter campaign, and that
he is about to leave the service, and may soon be expected home.
This will leave the regiment in command of Lieutenant Colonel M. M. Burns,
a most brave and gallant officer, who has commanded it during the detail of
Colonel Brewster as brigade commander. In his hands the reputation of the regiment
will never suffer. The friends of the regiment should urge upon the Government
to assign from the drafted men a sufficient number to fill it to the maximum
standard. Surely its long and most efficient services entitle it to the fullest
Lieutenant Benedict A. Leonard.-- Among the many who have offered their lives
on the altar of their country, none have been moved by a purer patriotism than
Lieutenant Benedict A. Leonard. At the outbreak of the rebellion, with a full
consciousness of the probable cost to himself, he rushed to the rescue of the
imperiled Government. Love of country was, with him, an inborn sentiment which
alone would have impelled him to defend his country's integrity. But he was
as brave as devoted. More than once during the seven days battles on the Peninsula,
was he seen in front of the line of battle coolly loading and discharging his
death dealing musket; and when, a few days since, he fell, it was in front
of his command on the top of the enemy's entrenchments, his brain being pierced
by a ball, while engaged in a hand-to-hand conflict with a Rebel Captain.
Thus he gave up his life--a life full of promise from early boyhood--in defense
of Freedom and Right. Frank, generous and true, he will be mourned, not by
his relatives alone, but by many who have learned to love him for his genial
virtues and his manly worth. Always a favorite at home, and with his friends,
the following letter from his brigade commander shows that his virtues commended
him abroad and with strangers:--
FREDERICKSBURG, Va., May 20, 1864.
Dear Sir--It becomes my melancholy duty to inform you that Lieut. B. H. Leonard,
the Fourth Excelsior, (Seventy-third New York Volunteers,) was killed in the
action at Spottsylvania Court House, on the 12th inst. He fell while gallantly
leading his company in the charge against the enemy's earthworks.
Lieut. Leonard was appointed by me, upon the recommendation of Major Gen. Sickles
and Capt. T. W. Fry, and my acquaintance with him dates from February last.
I had proposed appointing him upon the Brigade Staff as Aid-de-Camp, but he
preferred the command of a company in his regiment.
All who knew him sincerely regret his loss. He came among us as a stranger
to all, but his many good qualities and strict attention to duty soon made
him friends, and I know of no young officer whose future was more promising.
His life blood has been given to sustain our much loved country in her hour
of peril. May Almighty God in his kind providence grant that it may not have
been shed in vain!
I beg leave to embrace this opportunity to tender to yourself, and through
you to the immediate family of the late Lieutenant, my sincere and heartfelt
sympathy in this their hour of deep affliction.
I am, sir, very resp'y, yours,
Wm. R. Brewster, Colonel Commanding Brigade.
To L. M. Arnold, Esq., No. 67 Exchange Place, New York.
Lieutenant Leonard enlisted at Amsterdam in April, 1861, for two years, as
Sergeant. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant by Gov. Morgan and First
Lieutenant by Gov. Seymour, and served on the staff of General Sickles.
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