7th New York Infantry Regiment's Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Return of New York Regiments.
NEW YORK, April 28
The 7th and 8th New York Volunteer Regiments, both German corps, arrived this P. M. , their term of service having expired. They had an enthusiastic reception.
The City Council have instructed the Committee on National Affairs to receive all City Regiments returning from the field.
It is designed to make a public demonstration on the arrival of each regiment, and those willing to re-enlist will doubtless be freely assisted.

NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.—Surgeon Alonzo M.F. Eisenlord, of the 7th regiment, has been dismissed from the service. He was convicted by court martial of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, in that he took on June 6 two one dollar bills from the drawer of a bureau at Mr. West's farm, near Fortress Monroe, which was in use as a hospital.

Seventh New York.
Second Lieutenant Hugo Letze, Co. I; Corporal Henry Murich, Co. A; Gerhardvan Heusden, Co. A; Ifann, Co. A; —Baumann, Co. C; Ferdinand Brandt, Co. D; John Graff, Co. D; Conrad Binn, Co. D; — Metz, Co. E; George Kern, Co. E; Henry Graber, Co. E; Frederic Roller, Co. G; Charles Hammer, Co. H; John Lautenschlager, Co. I; H. Durre, Co. K.
COMPANY G.—Captain Charles Heusler.
COMPANY A.—Corporal Bitter, Privates Bassuth, Bausch, Dauth, Diefenbach, Goehrig, Seger, Tittmann and Vater.
COMPANY B —Corporals Jacob Geissel and Peter Loeben, Deetz, Dudeck, Frank. Guthmann and Hartmann.
COMPANY C.—Corporal Zobel, Reinhardt.
COMPANY D.—Krahehl, Lebkuchner, Miller, Nicolai, Oberfeld, Rosenstern and Spielmann.
COMPANY E.—Corporal Hansen, Adam, Eisinger, Itschner, Humpf and Raus.
COMPANY F.—Morten and Stuhringen.
COMPANY G.—Buhler.
COMPANY H---Lichtenauer, Kirch, Schumacher and Wehrle.
COMPANY I.—Sergeant Seiter, Maas, Seibel and Waldauer.
COMPANY K.—Corporal Abt and Bugler Kaempf, Hunstein, Kehrer and Walz.
Killed—Officer.... .. 1
MEN 14
Wounded—Officer 1
Men... ...48
Total 64

WASHINGTON, May 19,1861.
The rumors afloat respecting the Seventh regiment are not only unfounded, but most undeserved. They have no idea of breaking up their camp on the day when their period of service here expires. Their intention is to await the orders of the department. It is thought the Secretary will send them to Staten Island, where their admirable ... will be useful in preparing the more raw material ... will be collected there soon. The prompt manner in which the gallant Seventh rushed forward to the defence of Washington is appreciated by the government, and it is to be a shield against the malicious reports of their coming to New York, with or without orders. They never sully their colors by any act unworthy their ... reputation. They will probably, be ordered off soon to more important service, as just stated, near New York.
There is a good deal of strong comment here on the conduct of the Military Board at Albany. Whether the motives of these gentlemen spring from political manoeuvering or scheming for contracts they are pronounced as both odious and disgraceful. The indignation of the ...tey will crush any official body who at this crisis ...s influence to obtain power or pelf. The Albany ... was denounced here in sharp terms by some members of the Union Committee of New York, and the government has conveyed its opinion of their proceedings by ... the organization of fourteen regiments solely to ...ion Committee. It was the intrigues of these Albany hucksters that brought General Sickles to Washington this week, where his energetic remonstrances called ... attention of the President to what was going on at ..., and his decided action in accepting the Sickles ... was the best rebuke he could pronounce on those ...ade in their country's perils.
The Was Department telegraphed yesterday to Governor ... and the Union Committee that the Sickles brigade, ...ing five regiments, were to be included in the late ...ion of fourteen regiments accorded to the ... Committee of New York. The conduct ... government towards General Sickles is ... praised here for its impartiality towards a former political opponent, and it is thought that the patriotic course of this gentleman in the last Congress in breaking off his long cherished political relations with the South deserved a marked compliment. General Sickles has his orders to remove his brigade at once into an encampment near New York, and to hold himself in readiness at a very early day for an important service to be confided to him. If it should turn out that he is incompetent for a delicate or dangerous task, his military career will close at the very outset. But his judgment and pluck are well thought of here by all parties. The General is eager for work, and desires the hardest job in the gift of the War Department. He is likely to get it, we hear, and very soon.
It is settled no more troops will be accepted by the government under the last requisition, either from New York or elsewhere. Already some two hundred and twenty thousand men are enlisted, and it will take time to muster them in and organize them for service.
A Cabinet officer was yesterday refused by the Secretary of War the acceptance of a single regiment, which he was most solicitous to have mustered in.

Justice to Col. Bendix.
To the Editor of the New York Times:
Your-correspondent, "J. S. C.," in this day's TIMES, in exculpation of Col. TOWNSEND'S omission to throw out an advance guard in the night advance on Little Bethel, (in consequence of which he came in collision with Col. BENDIX'S command,) remarks: :
It certainly was Col. BENDIX's duty, in a military point of view, while in a strange neighborhood, where he knew there were friends, to have thrown out a guard for some distance around him, so that he could have been informed of the approach of enemies or friends before they came within firing distance of him. At any rate, the officers of his regiment admit their culpability in the matter, and all the officers at the Fortress, who know the facts concerning it, (including Gen. BUTLER and his aids,) exculpate Col. TOWNSEND from any wrong or unmilitary conduct in the premises.
Now, whether "J. S, C." has had any private means of knowing that the officers of Col. BENDIX'S regiment admit their culpability, or whether he makes the statement entirely at random, we have no means of judging; but certain it is, that ever since the occurrence, Col. BENDIX has rested so entirely satisfied with the correctness of his action in the matter in every particular, as not to feel called on to make any explanation or defence. But the only opinion I have heard of any of Col. Bendix's officers expressing, is contained in the following statement by the Adjutant of the regiment, who was present with his command during the advance and retreat from Bethel, and, consequently, might be expected to be well aware of the sentiments of his brother officers; but his statements, as you will observe, especially that marked No. 6, gives a distinct and unqualified contradiction to this part of "J, S. C.'s " communication.
The Adjutant of the Seventh New York Volunteer Regiment, (Steuben) Mr. Louis Schaffner, who escorted the remains of Lieut. GREBLE to Philadelphia, and who remains in this City a few days on furlough, called on Thursday night at the office of the New-York Demokrat, and gave a detailed account of the affairs at Big Bethel and Little Bethel. In regard to the latter unfortunate affair the following facts are given in the account of Mr. SCHAFFNER, which do not appear in the official report of Gen. Butler:-
1. When the main body of the Newport's News troops pushed on towards Little Bethel, Col. BENDIX, with a rear guard of 170 men and one field piece, was left behind at a junction of two roads in the woods, with the order to hold his position at all hazards, since hostile troops might be expected there, to cut off the retreat of the main body. The roads cut each other nearly at right angles.
2. Col. BENDIX had not received any order or intimation that our troops should wear white badges around the arm for the purpose of mutual recognition, and if he had he would not have been able to distinguish such badge at the distance and in the dusk of the morning. Col. BENDIX'S command did not wear such badges.
3. When Col. TOWNSEND'S troops approached the said junction over a slight ridge, they appeared to be a troop of cavalry, because Gen. PIERCE and staff, and Col. TOWNSEND and staff, in a body, rode in advance of their troops, and without any advance guard thrown out, as customary, to reconnoitre and protect the head of the column. If the latter precaution had been taken the unfortunate mistake would not have happened. It was known that our side had no cavalry.
4. The uniform of the Albany regiment was very similar to the uniform of the secession troops.
5. It is doubtful which side opened fire. Many of the Albany boys admit that they fired first, mistaking the Steuben regiment for enemies, probably for the reason that the latter wore no white badges.
6. All the officers present at the affair freely and candidly acknowledge that Col. BENDIX had done his duty, and could not act otherwise under his orders.
By the above it is certainly evident that some great blunders (criminal or not) were committed by somebody; but at whose door the fault lies will be found out when Gen. Butler shall receive the official reports of his subordinate officers, which reports, it appears by his own saying, he had not received when he wrote his official report inculpating Col. BENDIX; and the truth will certainly come out by court-martial. Letters received from officers of the Steuben Regiment last night at the office of the New-York Demokrat, and published in yesterday's edition, fully corroborate the above statement
In fact it is about universally conceded that Col. Bendix not only acted perfectly right in the position in which he was placed, but that he would have been exceedingly reprehensible had he done otherwise. Undoubtedly if he considered it necessary, or were allowed to make every explanation regarding the affair, he could in a short time silence all insinuations. But his friends in New-York are rather impatient to think that a man who has devoted the greater part of his life to the study and practice of military ethics to such a degree as to have perhaps no superior as a tactician and disciplinarian in the State, should be made the scapegoat or the cloak for the omissions or the neglects of those who have only more influence or superior position.
It is only in justice to an absent meritorious soldier that I ask an insertion of the above in the same paper that conveyed the imputations.

The Seventh Regiment, New York Steuben Volunteers, Col. John E. Bendix, left their quarters at Landmann's, Third avenue, at ten o'clock yesterday morning in accordance with Gen. Dix's order to embark for Fortress Monroe. This regiment is composed of Germans, among whom are a number of the veterans of 1848 and '49. Among the officers are several German noblemen who are exiles in this country, having been driven from their native land on account of their sympathy with and activity in the struggle for German independence in 1848. Many of them have also served in the revolutionary struggles of Hungary and Italy.
The departure of the Steuben Regiment was made the occasion for presenting them with several colors. The first, which is the gift of Mrs. Kapff and Mrs. Francesca Klein, was presented by Mrs. Kapff, at the Steuben House, in the Bowery. One of the ladies assembled the material, while the other embroidered the tasteful devices upon it. It is a crimson silk flag, bordered with heavy yellow silk fringe. In the corers are flowers tastefully embroidered. On one side is a portrait of Baron Steuben in a medallion wreath, with the German and American flags beneath, and surrounded by the words, in German, "Where Liberty dwells, there is our country.'' On the reverse is a shield with stars and stripes and a wreath across, surrounded by the words, "Seventh Steuben Regiment." After the presentation, the line of march was assumed, until the regiment arrived at No. 189 Bowery, where a set of Guide Colors were presented by Mr. Caspar Schneider, formerly Sergeant Major of the Eleventh, of which Col. Bendix was Lieutenant-Colonel.
The [g.i.e] colors are of white silk, with the figure 7 f...ed and blue in the center. Thence the regiment proceeded through Grand street, down Broadway to the City Hall, where another stand of colors was presented by Judge Daly in the name of American ladies, descendants of Germans who came to New York previous to the Revolution. The colors consist of an American flag, with the following inscription, "7th Regiment," in silver script, and a guide color, the gift of the grand-daughter of Gen. Steuben. The guide color is rich, green silk, with a heavy, yellow silk fringe, and contains on one side the Cross of the German Order of Fidelity. Judge Daly, in presenting the flag, said:
COL Bendix—The flags which I have the honor to offer for the acceptance of your regiment, are the gift of women members of some of our oldest families, whose ancestors came from Germany and settled in this country before the Revolution. Though separated by several generations from these of German birth the German blood still running in their veins, recognizes the [onip.uncti] with which the countrymen of their ancestors have taken up arms, when the unity of these States is threatened. The principal of national unity is a deeply implanted German sentiment. Giaton tells us that when the ancestors of the present Germans first appeared upon the banks of the Mein, they were made up of district tribes, who gradually coalesced into a great nation, calling themselves by the name of Aliemanni or all kinds of men. to denote their various lineage and common bravery. From that united condition they became broken into small nationalities; and to bring them back again to unite all speaking the German tongue in the confederate Germany, is an object for which German patriots have struggled for three hundred years and struggled in vain.
The American people have presented a similar spectacle on this side of the Atlantic, a new Allemanni, or a people composed of many races confederated together in one nationality, and having hitherto a common destiny. by the establishment of the Constitution and Government of the United States, we have become a nation, and those raising the flag of Secession would make us what Germany now is - a body of contiguous but severed States, with no other ties than a common language. The pie-- lit condition of Germany is the work of her aristocracy, and those who would accomplish a similar result here proclaim to the world that they constants ii the aristocracy of this country. You are not the first of the German race who have taken up arms in defense of this county. On that balcony before you, arrayed in the old continental uniform of a Major-General is the portrait of that noble German soldier, whose honored name you bear.
The aide-de-camp of Frederick the Great, and profoundly skilled in the art of war, acquired under the leadership of his great commander Baron Steuben quitted a life of luxurious ease and came to this country at a critical period in our history to offer his services as a volunteer. He was the tactician of our Revolution. As Inspector-General of the American armies, he drilled our imperfectly disciplined troops and taught them the art of war. His name is, and ever will be associated with Monmouth, with Valley Forge and with the fights of Yorktown, and when the Revolution was over, he selected our country as his home and his body lies buried in its soil. At this time, when officers of the United States Army hold so highly to the obligation of their honor and their oath, it may be well to remember how Steuben regarded this class of traitors. When, acting as Inspector General in Virginia he heard among the role of recruits the name of Arnold, he ordered the young man to step to the front, and said:
" I cannot, Sir, enlist you by the name of a traitor."
" It is not my fault " said the recruit. "What other name can I take?"
" Take mine" was the reply, and the soldier enlisted by the name of Steuben.
This detestation of traitors is an old, instinctive, German feeling. Tacitus tells us that the German tribes regarded as among the highest of crimes, and as a disgrace which could never be wiped out, the voluntary abandonment by a soldier of his shield. What was true then is true now; for no soldiers have ever surpassed the Germans in fidelity. Steuben was pre-eminently distinguishable for this German virtue, and as a mark of this especial merit he had conferred upon him the cross of the Order of Fidelity. It was. the only one of his decorations that he ever valued, it was the one he always wore, and by his request it was buried with him. The ladies whom I represent thought that you could carry with you no worthier symbol than Steuben's Crest of Fidelity. They have accordingly had it copied from the portrait in the City Hall, and emblazoned on the small flag which I now present to you. I commit also to your charge this flag of the United States with its clustered stars and its many memories. It now depends upon you and all arrayed like you for the defense of the Union whether a star shall be effaced or not from its b l u e field. You are American citizens; you are soldiers; you are Germans. You require no exhortation from me to stand faithfully by your colors; the history of your country for seventeen hundred years answers for you.
Col. Bendix returned thanks for the flag, and promised for himself and his regiment that the flag should never be disgraced, nor a star allowed to disappear. They would respect it, and be , and be faithful to the Constitution and the Union.
A marching review then took place, while the Regimental Band performed patriotic airs. During the entire ceremony the portrait of Steuben, from the Governor's room, was displayed on the balcony, and was frequently cheered by the soldiers. The balcony was filled with ladies. After the review, the regiment marched through Broadway and Warren street to the steamer Empire City. A large assemblage of friends of the soldiers accompanied the regiment during the march. We subjoin a list of the officers:
Colonel, JOHN E. Bendix; Lieut. Colonel E. Kaff;. Major, Caspar Keller; Adjutant, L Schathner; Quartermaster Wm. M Weruierskierch; Surgeon, Dr Isenlord; Assistant Surgeon, Dr. Jack; Chaplin, Rev. D. Foersch.
Company A--Capt. Grebe, Lieut. Becker, Ensign Theban.
Company B—Capt. Beach, Lieut. Karbanin, Ensign Rohe.
Company C—Capt. Brestel, Lieut Braxmarer, Ensign Hausler.
Company D--Capt. Pfeiffer, Lieut. Hermann, Ensign Krager.
Company E—Capt. Ausche, Lieut. Herringen, Ensign Mosebach
Company F—Capt. Louisbochein, Lieut. Braush, Ensign Hohenbausen.
Company G—Capt. Kaff, Lieut. Dietz, Ensign Edler.
Company H—Capt. Schoenleber, Lieut Feim, Ensign Glaubelislee
Company I—Capt Bethon, Lieut. Schaedle, Ensign Allen.
Company K—Capt. Wratislaw, Lieut. Weidecholt, Ensign DeBoesche.
The embarkation took place at 4 o'clock, but, owing to the delay in shipping the baggage, the vessel had not left the dock at 7 o'clock, and probably remained inside the bar until this morning. During the delay the best felling existed among the soldiers, who amused themselves by singing songs, prominent among which was the "Jubuellerah." The regiment is fully armed and equipped, with knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, blankets, and overcoats. Tents and camp equipage were also shipped by the Empire City, together with 15,000 ball cartridges. The destination is Fortress Monroe.

This regiment, which is composed altogether of Germans, was first organized on the 8th of last January by experienced officers who saw some hard service in Poland, Hungary, Schleswig-Holstein and Greece. The regiment is now full, and mustered in the United States service. From the organization of the regiment up to the time it was admitted into the United States service, the men have been liberally supported by their officers. The uniforms of the men will be after the model of the United States Rifles, and they will be armed with Enfield's Minie muskets. During the past eight or ten days the regiment has been quartered at Landman's, Hamilton Park, Sixty-sixth street and Third avenue—a place admirably adapted for soldiers to go through their drill. One of our reporters visited the Park yesterday and found the men leading a regular camp life. All of them are young able bodied fellows, and they drill admirably according to Hardee's tactics. They are provisioned in the best manner so far as plenty of good beef, mutton, veal, and the other etceteras go. They have been drilling constantly for eleven hours each day, so that they may be said by this time to be pretty well conversant with the necessary tactics. Both officers and men are extremely anxious to got en route, and are now only detained in consequence of having to wait for their equipments from the State. Several of the privates have left their families in very indigent circumstances, and the officers are doing their best to try and alleviate their distress.
The following is a correct list of the officers of this regiments:—
Colonel, J. R Bendix; Lieutenant Colonel, Ed. Hapff; Major, Casp. Keller; Adjutant, Louis Schaffner; Quartermaster, Wermers Kirch.
Company A—Captain, F. A. Herman Gaebel; Lieutenant, Edward H. Becker; Ensign, Fred. Wm. Thibaut.
Company B—Captain, Herman Baecht; Lieutenant, Charles Karbaum; Ensign, Hugo Rothe.
Company C—Captain, Charles Brestel; Lieutenant, Victor Braxmarer; Ensign, Charles Heusler.
Company D—Captain, Emil Pfeiffer; Lieutenant, Anton Herman; Ensign, William Krayer.
Company E--Captain, Rudolph Anselm; Lieutenant. Oscar Heringen; Ensign, Frederick Mosebach.
Company F—Captain, Louis H. Hookheim; Lieutenant, Gustav Adolph Bransen; Ensign, Hermann Hohenhausen.
Company G—Captain, Sixt. Louis Kapff; Lieutenant, William Deets; Ensign, Fred. Wm. Schmidt.
Company H—Captain, Jacob Schoenleber; Lieutenant, August Feilen; Ensign, T. G. Glaubensklee.
Company I—Captain, Charles Bethon; Lieutenant, Theodore Schaedle; Ensign, Joseph Allan.
Company K—Captain, Edward Wratislaw; Lieutenant, Louis Wiederholt; Ensign, Julius De Boesehe.

Field Officers.
Colonel, John E. Bendix; Lieutenant Colonel, Edward Kapff; Major, Caspar Keller.
Staff Officers.
Adjutant, Louis Schaffner; Quartermaster, William M. Wermers Kirch; Paymaster, John Mahlich; Surgeon, Dr. A. M. F. Isenlord; Chaplain, Rev. C. Foertch; Assistant Surgeon, Gottlieb Jacekly; Sergeant Major, Emil Bodeker; Quartermaster's Sergeant, Chas. A. Schaefer.
Line Officers.
Company A—Captain, F. A. Herrman Gaebel; First Lieutenant, Edward Becker; Ensign, Frederick Wm, Thiebaut.
Company B--Captain, Herrman Baecht; First Lieutenant, Chas. Karbaum; Ensign, Hugo Bothe.
Company C--Captain, Chas. Brestle; First Lieutenant, Victor Braxmarer; Ensign, Chas. Hensler.
Company D—Captain, Emil Pfeiffer; First Lieutenant, Anton Herrman; Ensign, Wm. Krayer.
Company E—Captain, Rudolph Anselm; First Lieutenant, Oscar Von Herringen; Ensign, Fred. Mosebach.
Company F—Captain, Louis H. Hochhelm; First Lieutenant, Gustav A. Bransen; Ensign, Herrman Hohenhauen.
Company G—Captain, Sixt. L. Kapff; First Lieutenant, Wm. Deetz; Ensign, Fred. W. Schmidt.
Company H— Captain, Jacob Schonleber; First Lieutenant, August Feilen; Ensign, Theo. G. Glaubensklee.
Company I—Captain, Chas. Bethon; First Lieutenant, Theodore Schaedle: Ensign, Joseph Allen.
Compan.y K—Captain, Edward Wratislaw; First Lieutenant, Louis Weidenholt; Ensign, Julus De Boesche.

Recruiting offices have been opened at the Steuben House, Nos. 291 and 293 Bowery; No. 189 Bowery; at Held's Hotel, corner Bayard and Bowery; No.113 Christie street and No. 87 Walker street. Major Keller of the Steuben Regiment is in the city to superintend the recruiting.

NEW YORK, May 3, 1861
Your article of this date does great injustice to the Third avenue railroad, in charging them with collecting fare from poor volunteers. The Seventh Steuben volunteers are quartered at Landman's park, above the depot of the railroad, and the President, Mr. Darling, very generously, and without application on our part, proffered to carry our men free to and from the city, on their showing a certificate from their captain, that they are volunteers. Such certificate is furnished to every man who obtains leave of absence, and I have not heard of a single man that has been asked for fare on showing it.
L. SCHAFFNER, Adjutant.

Quartermaster William M. Wermerskirch, of the Steuben Guards who are quartered at Newport News, Va., will return to his regiment on or about Monday, June 3. All letters and small parcels for volunteers of that regiment, left at Helds' hotel, 31 Bowery, corner of Bayard street, before nine o'clock A. M. on that day, will be taken care of and safely delivered to the Quartermaster in person.

Monday morning the Seventh New-York Volunteer Regiment arrived at the Battery Barracks, and during the afternoon was transferred to Hart's Island. This regiment formed part of the Third Brigade, First Division of the Second Army Corps. It was reorganized about a year ago, after having served for three years. The following are the officers: Col. Von Schack, Lieut.-Col. Pokoeny, Maj. Scheu, Adjt. Oppenheim, Surgeon Reuss. Company A, Capt. Kuner, First Lieut. Grossman, Second Lieut. Wilhehm; Company B, Capt. Hurnberg, Second Lieut. Friedrich; Company C, First Lieut. Frieke, Second Lieut. Mott; Company D, Capt. Wiese, First Lieut. Fassbinder; Company F, Capt. Leuttroitz, First Lieut. Leutz, Second Lieut, Count Blucher; Company G, Capt. Nelh; Company H, Capt. Liebold, First Lieut. Wiosch; Company I, Capt. Stunberg, Second Lieut. Kozuszck; Company K, First Lieut. Von Roeder, Second Lieut. Stern.

...Baltimore. ...ig Post.] ...June 7,1862. ...comfortably quar- ...miles below Baltimore, ...on Friday afternoon to move ...Federal Hill, where there are br- ...ands already prepared. The regi- ...tpation had been ordered to Fortress ...and started on the morning of that day. some eight regiments left the city on Friday, leaving here the Seventh, Eighth and Twelfth (which arrived yesterday) of New York, the Thirteenth and Nineteenth of Brooklyn, and the Twenty-second, Thirty-seventh and Forty-seventh of the state of New York.
Upon receipt of orders the Seventh marched to Federal Hill on Friday afternoon, and the baggage, camp equipage, &c., followed on Saturday. The barracks were not in the best condition, but the boys immediately commenced cleaning, whitewashing and putting the quarters in comfortable order. The location is beautiful and near the citv. On Saturday morning the ninth company of the Seventh relieved the eighth company in guard duty at the Baltimore and Ohio railroad depot. We are engaged in this duty at present and are awaiting orders. The "boys" are ready for any call or any duty, and are cheerful and contented in their quarters, having suffered no disappointments beyond thoee resulting from the very disagreeable weather during the past week.