9th New York Infantry Regiment's Civil War Newspaper Clippings
NINTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS (HAWKINS' ZOUAVES)
Field and Staff.
Colonel...............................Rush C. Hawkins.
Lieutenant Colonel.............George F. Betts.
Adjutant.............................James W. Evans.
Quartermaster....................Henry H. Elliott, Jr.
Surgeon..............................Geo. H. Humphrey.
Assistant Surgeon..............John P. P. White.
Chaplain.............................Rev. T. W. Conway.
Lieutenant..........................R. H. Morris.
Co. Captains First Lieutenants Second Lieutenants
A A. S. Graham. C. Childs. R. Burdett.
B W. S. Barnett G. A. C. Barnett T. L. Bartholemew.
C O. W. Parisen. W. H. Ennis. Geo. H. Horbert.
D C. Prescott. J. S. Harrison. J. K. Perley.
E A. De Baire. V. Klingsoehr. E. C. Cooper.
F W. H. Hammell. H. C. Perley. J. A. Greene.
G E. Jardine. A. P. Webster. W. S. Andrews.
H J. C. Rodriguez. L. Leahy. R. McKechnie.
I J. R. Whiting. W. Resell. J. H. Fleming.
K Leon Barnard. F. A. Silva. G. W. Debevoise.
This regiment is particularly spoken of for the gallant manner in which they charged upon the rebel batteries and along a causeway under a heavy fire. The causeway was half a mile long, yet the gallant soldiers never faltered, and their wild and reckless charge struck such terror to the hearts of the rebels that they fled panic stricken, leaving everything behind them.
SPLENDID CONDITION OF HAWKINS' ZOUAVES.
The parade in full-dress uniforms, of the Ninth New-York (Hawkins' Zouaves), which took place here last evening, was one of the most gratifying exhibitions of the kind which I have witnesses since my connection with the army. The regiment is now nearly full, there being eight companies, besides a battery company having five Dahlgren howitzers and rifled guns. In their bright, new uniforms, the men presented a splendid appearance, and the perfection to which their drill has been brought, would elicit admiration from the most zealous critic in military movements. Col. Kimball never appeared in better health and spirits, and a noble esprit de corps seems to animate both officers and men. Col. Hawkins was present at the parade, which was also attended by several officers of Gen. Burnside's Staff. The parade of all the other regiments was also very creditable.
As additional evidence of the enterprise and spirit prevailing in this corps, I noticed the presence of a full and excellent regimental band, which is wholly paid for by the regiment. The weather is delightfully cool and bracing.
A MEMBER OF THE NINTH N. Y. REGIMENT KILLED.
On Monday night a private in Company D, Ninth Regiment, named Pollock, was accidentally killed between Trenton and Bordentown, while the regiment were on their way to Washington. While standing upon the platform of the train, he dropped his revolver, and as he stooped to pick it up it was discharged, the ball taking effect on the chin and passing through his head. Pollock fell from the platform to the ground, causing a dislocation of his neck, and from thence he rolled down the embankment into the canal. The body was recovered, and arrangements were made to have it sent back to New-York. By this sad accident a gloom was cast throughout the regiment. Orders were immediately issued by the colonel that all pistols should be taken care of by the commandants.
NEW-YORK ZOUAVES.—The First Regiment of New-York Zouaves were organized six months ago by Colonel Hawkins, formerly a lawyer in this city and an officer in the Mexican war, engaged in the attack upon Mexico. Sixty men have, under his command, been drilling daily for the past six months, sleeping upon the bare floor, and inuring themselves to every kind of severe discipline. Since the rebellion has broken out, more than six hundred men have gathered around this hardy nucleus. Mr. George P. Betts, son of Hon. Samuel R. Betts, judge of the United States District Court in this city, has been chosen lieutenant colonel. Mr. Betts is well known to military men in this city, as the former lieutenant colonel in the Eight Regiment, and as thoroughly versed in military affairs. Major Kimball, who also takes command in this regiment, was a captain in the Ninth Infantry under General Scott in the Mexican war, and received his time as a brevet for gallant conduct in hauling down the Mexican flag at Chapultepec. Eight rolls of companies have already been sent to Albany, a few more men will fill the regiment, and a hardier, better officered corps will not leave New-York. The drill room is corner of Thompson and Fourth streets, where volunteers can immediately apply.
...DAY. APRIL 23, 1861.
NINTH REGIMENT LEAVES TO-DAY.
HEADQUARTERS 9TH REGIMENT, N. Y. S. M., May 24, 1861.
General Order No. 9.--The members of this command are hereby directed to assemble for muster (without arms), in full fatigue uniform, with knapsacks and overcoats rolled the ... on Washington square, south side, right on Wooster street, on Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
Every man is required to be prepared for instant departure, to which end he will have his entire kit in complete order, as the regiment will march immediately after it can be got in readiness. Blankets, shoes, &c., will be supplied, on the requisition of Commandants of companies, by Quartermaster Henriques at headquarters, No. 71 University place.
All officers and non-commissioned officers of the regiment are directed to report themselves to the Colonel, at headquarters, on Saturday morning, at 9 o'clock, for specific orders in regard to their companies. The Drum Sergeant and corps are directed to report to Adjutant Coppinger on the ground, at 1:50 p.m. By order of
J. W. Stiles, Colonel commanding.
J. B. Coppinger, Adjutant.
Kimball, made a desperate charge, and captured under a severe fire, one of the rebel batteries. We infer, from the disposition of the Zouave regiment, that Captain Parisen, Company C, constituted part of the attacking force. We, here in Hoboken, feel an intense interest in this particular matter, for the reason that the brave Major Kimball and Captain Parisen were residents of our city, both of whom were beloved and respected by our citizens. Company C was mostly recruited and composed of citizens from our city. We cannot conceal the thrill of pleasure and deep feeling of gratitude that, so far as we can collect from the details, our brave Hoboken volunteers seem to have escaped from severe loss. The way our boys went into the enemy, and drove them out of the battery is but a confirmation of what we confidently expected from them, when an opportunity for a feat of skill and courage should be offered to them.
SERGEANT O. P. FORD.
Sergeant Oliver P. Ford, of Company A, Ninth regiment of New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves), died on Sunday last, May 31, at Keedysville, Maryland, from the effects of wounds in the thigh received at Antietam, September17, 1862. He enlisted as a private at the commencement of the war, and rose in the service by his gallant conduct, having fought in every battle in which his regiment was engaged, until he was wounded. He was a native of this city, and formerly belonged to Engine Company No. 4. His funeral will take place to-day at two o'clock.
THE FIGHT AT CAMDEN, N. C.
EXPEDITION OF GEN. RENO.
THE TRIBUNE'S correspondent sends the following, details of the recent expedition of General Reno to the rear of Norfolk, in which the 21st Massachusetts, 51st Pennsylvania, 9th and 89th New-York, and 6th New-Hampshire regiments were engaged:
Early on the morning of the 18th, Com. Rowan and staff, together with Gen. Reno and staff, went on shore and paid a visit to Col. Hawkins, Acting Brigadier-General, in command of the forces on Roanoke Island, who was to join the expedition with three regiments of his brigade, the 9th and 89th New-York and 6th New-Hampshire. After a brief consultation, it was decided to embark Col. Hawkins's three regiments as soon as possible, and get under way, so as to reach the mouth of the Pasqoutank River, on which Elizabeth City is situated, before dark. The fleet was then to move up the river and land the troops some three miles this side of Elizabeth City, at midnight, when part of the force was to push on rapidly, by a circuitous route, and take possession of the canal bridge, some twenty miles this side of Norfolk, for the purpose of cutting off the retreat of the Rebel force left at Elizabeth City —some 1,800 strong.
Col. Hawkins with his three regiments was detailed to perform this work, leaving Gen. Reno with two regiments to bring up the rear, in order that we might get the enemy between our forces, when Gen. Reno anticipated no difficulty in making prisoners of them all.
Col. Howard of the Marine Artillery, and commander of the war steamer Virginia, was also included in the expedition, with a battery of light field pieces.
When we arrived at our destination it was about 10 o'clock in the evening, and quite as dark as necessary for all practical purposes. Preparations were at once made to land the force as expeditiously as possible. The blockading squadron at Elizabeth City were in readiness to render all assistance in their power to Gen. Reno. They rendered all their launches and small boats, and the services of their officers and crews to assist in the landing of the troops, which consumed much more time than was at first anticipated.
Col. Hawkins's three regiments were all landed, however, and on the march, by 2 o'clock, leaving Gen. Reno to land his two regiments, the army wagons, four in number, together with the horses belonging to the same, and the field pieces, a tedious job, which was not completed until daylight. By 5 o'clock on the morning of the 19th Reno's column was in motion. So quietly had the landing of the troops been effected that no alarm whatever was given by the enemy's pickets, four of whom were found asleep not more than fifty rods from our place of debarkation. It is also evident that the Rebel troops at Elizabeth City, three miles from the landing, knew nothing of our approach or operations during the night, for they were in their camp, near the city, when our gunboats went and shelled them out at daylight.
When our gunboats moved up to the city, and let fly their shells into the camp of the sleeping Rebels, they were greatly surprised at such an unceremonious call so early in the morning, and in great confusion they started for Norfolk, with General Reno at their heels in close pursuit.
The Union sentiment was openly manifested by the inhabitants all along the route. At one house the inmates were so overjoyed at our coming as to make demonstrations of delight, by waving the Stars and Stripes, which brought forth deafening cheers from our troops, many of whom shed tears of joy on seeing the strong attachment to the old flag by these oppressed people. Other Union citizens informed us that the Stars and Stripes had been taken from them by the Rebels, otherwise they would have given us a like reception.
Everything was progressing finely, and the prospect of securing our game was as good as could be desired, up to 11 o'clock when one of General Reno's Aids came up and informed him of the mortifying fact that Col. Hawkins's force had taken the wrong road, and had gone some ten miles out of their way, which would enable the enemy to reach the bridge in advance of our troops, make their escape from us complete, and form a junction with the remainder of the Rebel force which left Elizabeth City the day before. These were not far from the bridge, in the vicinity of which were Rebel intrenchments and batteries to protect the canal at this point, from whence supplies had been carried to Norfolk in considerable quantities.
All hopes of overhauling the enemy and having an engagement vanished on learning that Col. Hawkins's force was in the rear of Gen. Reno. However, Gen. Reno decided to push on and make the reconnoissance, which was the chief object of the expedition. He could thus return to Elizabeth City on the following morning in order to connect with the boats for Roanoke Island and Newbern, which points he was to reach by a given time, Gen. Burnside having given positive orders in regard to the length of time he was to be absent.
At 11 o'clock a. m., to our surprise we were upon the heels of the flying foe; of this fact we were made aware by a movement of the Rebel cavalry, which fell back a short distance in the rear of their force and fired a few shots at our advanced pickets. On went Gen. Reno's forces, however, with increased speed, pursuing the enemy until about 1 o'clock p. m., when it was evident that he had reached their batteries, and formed a junction with the Rebel force that left Elizabeth City the day before. Along the roadside were woods and groves, and frequent clearings. The country was low, and under a very poor state of cultivation, and not very well cleared up, abounding more in swamps and woods than anything else.
About 1 o'clock we came to a clearing on each side of the road, which was the shape of a half-circle, some two miles through, the square side of which was in front, we having entered the curved side. All around this circle were dense woods, the road leading direct through the center of the circle, in a northerly direction, which at this point was an air-line, for some three or four miles. As Gen. Reno's forces reached the center of this half-circle, and before we had any idea that the enemy intended to make a stand, boom went their batteries and down this straight road came their shells, at a furious rate
— a sudden invitation for us to halt and prepare for action.
In an instant, all was commotion and activity. The first movement was to get the wagons—which were loaded with ammunition, &c.--out of the road, and bring up the howitzers, two of which were hitched behind the wagons; the other two were with Col. Hawkins, who was at this time some four miles in our rear, with his force.
Gen. Reno at once ordered his two regiments, the 21st Massachusetts and 51st Pennsylvania, to take shelter in the woods to the right, and gradually to work their way up on to the right wing of the enemy, and get ready to charge upon him when Col. Hawkins should arrive with his force, he having been sent for by Gen. Reno to come forward with all possible dispatch.
Col. Howard immediately advanced with his two howitzers, which were with Gen. Reno's command. Lieut. Herbert of the 9th N. Y. was captain of one, and Lieut. Morris of the same regiment captain of the other. These pieces were run forward in the face of a raking fire from the enemy's batteries until they arrived within a few hundred feet of their guns, when Col. Howard and his brave men opened a brisk fire with telling effect, refusing to give an inch.
The enemy had selected a very desirable position, which enabled them to command the approaches from the road, as well as from the field. They were in a grove on the square side of this half circle, sheltered by the trees, and in front of their position was a road running east and west, by the edge of the grove. We were approaching them on the road which led directly north. A rail fence was right in front of the enemy running east and west, behind which was a deep ditch, which answered the very excellent purpose of an intrenchment, all made to hand. The fence, which was only separated by this road from the grove, answered the purpose of shelter, and also enabled the enemy to rest their muskets and thus secure a steady aim, giving them the advantage of us in every particular.
One of the enemy's batteries, of four field-pieces, was located at the head of the road in our front, enabling it to rake the whole road for a great distance.
This battery was playing upon our howitzers. The other battery, of four guns, belonging to the enemy, commanded the open field which our regiments were obliged to cross in order to reach the open field on, the right. An incessant fire from this battery was kept up on the 21st Massachusetts and 51st Pennsylvania as they were crossing the field for the woods, almost within musket range of the Rebels, to get their position. In these woods there was a thick underbrush, which made it almost impossible for our troops to advance. And furthermore, they could not penetrate the woods far enough to shelter them from the enemy's guns; they nevertheless pushed bravely forward in the face of a severe fire, eager to get as near the enemy's right wing as possible before the time came for the charge.
About one hour and a half was thus consumed before Hawkins arrived, with but a slight loss on either side, no musketry having been fired up to this time.
Only the batteries were engaged.
At three o'clock Col. Hawkins came up with the 9th New-York (the Hawkins Zouaves), the 89th New-York, and 6th New-Hampshire, with Col.
Howard's other two howitzers. Lieuts. Gerard and Avery, of the Union Coast Guards, were the captains of these guns.
Gen. Reno ordered Col. Hawkins with the 9th New-York and 89th New-York to the right in the woods to the support of the 21st Massachusetts and 51st Pennsylvania, and to work around the right wing of the enemy and get into his rear, so as to cut off his retreat if it was possible. The 6th New- Hampshire was ordered by Gen. Reno to the woods on the left to keep possession of the road that led to the east, and thus prevent the enemy's escape in that direction. To secure this position, the 6th New-Hampshire would be obliged to come within musket range of the enemy's left wing and also face his batteries, but a few hundred yards in front of them. It was asking almost too much of little New-Hampshire, and I must confess I had some misgivings in regard to their ability to carry out an undertaking so perilous.
Gen. Reno detailed Lieut. Reno of his staff to accompany the 6th New-Hampshire on to the field, with orders to execute this movement with all possible dispatch, as it would doubtless decide the fate of the day.
The brave sons of New-Hampshire reported themselves in readiness for the work, and said they would go wherever they were led. Off they started with fixed bayonets on a double-quick, up the road commanded by the enemy's batteries, which opened a rapid fire on them as they wheeled to the left to execute the order.
By this time, the 21st Massachusetts, closely followed by the 51st Pennsylvania, had worked their way well up to the extreme right of the enemy, who had sent pickets out to annoy this advance, but they were soon driven in by two companies of the Massachusetts 21st, who were some distance ahead.
At this particular juncture, Col. Hawkins came out in the open field in front of the enemy, with the 9th and 89th New-York Volunteers, with the intention of charging bayonets on their center, a movement which Gen. Reno says was entirely unexpected and unauthorized by him. Colonel H. formed his Zouaves in line of battle, supported by the 89th New-York Volunteers, and started with fixed bayonets at a double quick on the charge. The enemy, on seeing them approach, turned at once all of their field pieces and musketry upon the Zouaves, giving them a sweeping broadside from their masked batteries and covered intrenchments, which cut the regiment up at a fearful rate, and when they saw their Colonel and a large number of their officers fall, together with some sixty odd of their companions, throwing them into confusion for the time being.
Adjutant Gadsden, a very worthy young man, who had only been with the regiment a few days, was killed. Col. Hawkins received a severe wound in the arm, and many of his officers were also severely wounded. The regiment, however, was soon rallied again by Lieut.-Col. Kimball and Major Jardine. The former has distinguished himself in many engagements, and in this charge had a horse shot under him. Major Jardine behaved equally as brave. Both are fine officers, and there can be no question of their gallantry. The regiment was quickly formed, ready for another charge, when Col. H. revived and came up to lead them on again. The 89th New-York Volunteers now dashed forward in fine style with fixed bayonets on a double quick to meet the enemy, with Col. Fairchilds at their head, and the other officers in their places.
By this time the 21st Massachusetts had secured a good position within musket range of the enemy, upon whom they had just opened a deadly fire and were driving him to the left when they discovered the other regiments getting ready for a charge. So Col. Clark of this regiment, a brave and accomplished officer, resolved to charge with the rest. The 51st Pennsylvania, like the Massachusetts 21st, had steadily advanced under cover of the woods and worked their way well up to the right wing of the enemy in the face of a raking fire, without flinching, eagerly waiting for the signal to spring upon the foe. The Rebels saw that our force was in earnest and that they were to give them the cold steel if they remained long enough to afford the "Yankees," the opportunity.
Everything was in readiness, the signal given, and on sprang all of our regiments simultaneously to the charge, with deafening yells. The Rebels now sprang up from their hiding places with the intention of giving the 89th New-York, who were right in front, the same reception they gave the Zouaves. The 6th New-Hampshire, now close on to the enemies left, discovering this movement, suddenly halted, taking a deadly aim, right oblique, and at the command "Fire," sent a thousand well-directed bullets into the Rebel ranks, cutting them up in the most shocking manner, sending terror and consternation among the foe, who broke and fled in the wildest confusion from their intrenchments, as our five regiments sprang in upon them. The day was ours. The victory was complete. The struggle was the most fearful and best contested of the Burnside Expedition.
Our loss, in killed and wounded, amounts to 113, distributed as follows:
Regiments. Killed. Wounded.
Ninth New-York 9 60
Eighty-ninth New-York 1 3
Twenty-first Massachusetts 1 14
Fifty-first Pennsylvania 3 19
Sixth New-Hampshire 1 2
Total 15 98
A Touching Incident — Lieutenant-Colonel Kimball, of Hawkins's Zouaves, who led that regiment in its last famous bayonet charge at Antietam, attended the Fourth of July celebration at Camp Reno, on Roanoke Island. The Colonel was in his glory. After a speech from Mr. Conway, the Chaplain, and one or two patriotic songs from the regiment, the proceedings were about to end, when Colonel Kimball moved towards the old flag, which had been not only weather-beaten at Hatteras, but pierced with bullets at Roanoke and South Mills, and as he stood looking upon it, with a tear in his eye, he exclaimed, "Zouaves, three cheers for the old flag," and three good cheers were given. "Now," said the Colonel, "three more for the dear ones at home and old New York —God bless her."
Correspondence of The N. Y. Tribune.
ROANOKE ISLAND, N. C., June 2, 1862.
The health of the; troops here is good. Col. Hawkins, commanding the island, has recovered from the wound which he received at the battle of South Mills. There are five hundred "contrabands" here. Already they have done us good service. The finest fort on the island is a new one constructed by Lieut. Lyons, a skillful son of Rhode Island, and erected by the "contrabands." These have come from various portions of the State, always bringing with them valuable information regarding the movements of the Rebels. To-day a party arrived from up the country. They came here in a small boat. The party numbered twelve. As they came into camp I noticed some leaning on others shoulders. I went up to see what the matter was. Poor fellows! They were bleeding profusely. On their voyage, night having come on, they put ashore on Powell's Point, where three white men discovered them resting on the beach, doing no harm. No sooner were they discovered than these monsters grasped their guns and fell, like so many savages, upon the defenseless pilgrims firing upon them, and wounding six. Three of the poor creatures were left behind, being so badly wounded that they could not move to the boat. The others rushed to the boat, wading into the water waist-deep, so as to push the boat along at good speed, and thus escape capture. Ere they entered the boat, however, three of them were badly wounded, and, before reaching this "city of refuge," lost considerable blood, and suffered seriously in consequence. One of these was wounded in a part of his body which, in order to work upon the wound, Surgeon Humphreys had to reach by exposing a considerable portion of the whole body. Here a fearful sight presented itself. The cruelty of the slave-master was visible. The body was one shocking mass of scars. It looked as if it were laid upon a red-hot gridiron at some period. I have often trembled at merely reading of the tortures to which poor humanity has often been compelled to submit in former ages; but here is torture as barbarous, yea, as diabolical as the torture of hell itself. We boast of our civilization, and of our religion, too; we find both in our public documents and printed sermons; but honestly, I am not able to comprehend either civilization or religion enough in this generation to applaud the escape of a poor fellow-being from a torture and a bondage bordering on hell itself, or enough to consign to unutterable shame and punishment the being who would stop him in his flight to a better country. Since I have come South to do my share in this fearful contest, I have seen Slavery in the awful blackness of its character. I have seen its cruel mark upon the poor, down-trodden whites, and upon everything; and, so help me God, I would rather die than draw a sword, utter a prayer, breathe a sentiment, cast a vote, or do any other single act which could in any way tend to foster the institution. I begin to tremble over the condition of affairs; and for the reason that all the monitions of a good Providence teach the American people to crush Slavery—to shake off the disgrace which its existence, causes, not only to this country, but to this generation. Do not events lead to the belief that, if Slavery be not overthrown by Americans, the natural guardians of freedom, that God Almighty determined to do it? and who knows but He will overthrow us because of our wickedness? Let us not fear. Freedom is the natural end to which mankind of every description is tending. It may be through rivers of blood, mountains of dead bodies, and all the other fruits of war, but the end is as certain as eternity. I have struggled for Freedom's banner now for over one year, and followed it with our "Hawkins Zouaves" into some sharp contests: I am now resolved more than ever to be true to the freedom of which that banner is the proper ensign. C.
HAWKINS’ ZOUAVE CORRESPONDENCE.
The Particulars of the Shooting of Lieut. Col. Kimball--Questionable Conduct of Corcoran. (Correspondence of the Times.)
On board the steamer Morris,
Off Norfolk, April 12, '63.
On the night of the 10th inst., we received orders to pack knapsacks and get ready to move from Fortress Monroe, and at daylight on the morning of the 11th came to an anchor off Nor- folk, and there remained until 9 P. M. On landing was certained that both railroads were broken up, so that the regiment was obliged to march at night the entire distance to its picket station, some 23 miles. Having no tents, nor anything in fact but the heavy knapsacks, you can imagine what a pleasant thing it was to repose on the bare ground with only the sky overhead. Notwithstanding the fact that we were going to a fight, the people say that they never saw a gayer set of boys, singing and laughing as they passed along. Now, however, mark the change. All who were so jubilant then are now bowed in sorrow and grief, mourning for the noblest of us all. The bravest of the brave has fallen, been murdered in the discharge of his duty. The noble and brave Kimball has been murdered. Colonel Hawkins went to Washington five days ago, and returned this morning. We were in the stream near the landing, and he was heartily welcomed. He came forward, and in a voice choking with emotion, told us the melancholy story. He said that Lieut.-Colonel Kimball had been shot by a guerrilla. But the truth is this:
Last night our regiment were on picket. A squad of mounted men rode up while Colonel Kimball was going the rounds, and were halted in the proper manner. "Halt. Who comes there?" "Friends." "Dismount, and one friend advance and give the countersign!" The reply was, "I am General Corcoran and staff." They then moved forward, when Kimball drew his sword, and seized Corcoran's horse by the bridle, saying "You cannot pass here without giving the countersign, no matter who you are." Corcoran pulled out a pistol and shot him through the neck. "Shoot again, damn you," were the only words the veteran warrior spoke, and then fell and expired. Corcoran did shoot again, both balls passing through the neck.
Thus died as brave and good-hearted a man as ever lived, while strictly doing his duty. He had been in sixteen battles in the Mexican and the present war, and in any number of skirmishes. He was at the head of his regiment in every battle, and where there was the most danger, there he would be found. We have lost many during these two years, but none will be regretted more than the hero who has just fallen. Many a tear has been shed for him by the rough veteran he has so often led. You, of course, are aware that after the countersign is out, the officer in command knows no one. Kimball's body arrived here this afternoon, wrapped in the flag he so fondly loved. Barnett who is now in command of the regiment sent for Maj. Jardine to come on, as he had lost all control of the men. Col. Hawkins is the only man who can pacify the boys. J. B. D.
CASE OF GEN. CORCORAN.
We know Gen Corcoran to be a man always guarded and self-controlled -- a strict disciplinarian, temperate in all things and conscientious in duty. We did not believe the story that ascribed to him a breach of discipline, and an excess of passion which carried him to the extent of the killing of a subordinate. The more authentic relation of the circumstances of the affair in question acquits him. Still we hope the affair may be investigated, but only because we wish to place his exculpation upon the highest ground, and give to it an enduring record.
THE DEATH OF LIEUT.-COL. KIMBALL.—We publish in another column a letter from Gen. Corcoran, explaining the circumstances under which Lieut.-Col. KIMBALL, of the Ninth New-York Regiment, met his death. It seems from this statement that Col. K. was not in the discharge of any official duty when he demanded the countersign of Gen. C., and that he refused, with great excitement and insolence of manner, to make any explanation or give any information as to the reason of his demand. We take it for granted the whole matter will receive inquiry at the hands of a military court. This is demanded alike by the importance of the case and by the state of public feeling in regard to it.
THE CORCORAN AND KIMBALL AFFAIR.
A Suffolk correspondent of the Hartford Press says in reference to this unfortunate affair:
“ In my relation of the Corcoran and Kimball affair I committed the error of saying that Lieut.-Col. Kimball was on picket duty at the time of his death. I have learned since that he was at Gen. Getty's headquarters at the time of the unfortunate occurrence; that he halted (of course with no authority) Gen. Corcoran, who was riding past, and that he not only used abusive language, but drew and brandished his sword, threatening the General if he attempted to pass. The General, whose business was urgent, and seeing no alternative, drew his revolver and shot Kimball dead. Such I believe to be a true version of the affair.”
A private letter from a prominent officer in Corcoran's Brigade to his father, in New York, states that the affair occurred opposite his quarters. Gen. Corcoran, he says, not only gave Lieut. Col. Kimball the countersign, but told him his name, and stated that he was on urgent business for Gen. Peck. Col. Kimball, however, instead of permitting him to pass, seized the General's horse by the bridle, drew his sword, and, with an oath, refused to allow him to proceed. Thereupon Gen. Corcoran drew his pistol and shot Kimball down.
GEN. CORCORAN REPORTED KILLED. -- A letter from one of our Surgeons at Hampton Roads, dated April 14th, to a gentleman in this city, has been kindly placed before us. After referring to the shooting of Col. Kimball by Gen. Corcoran, the writer says: "As was expected by many, Gen. Corcoran was himself killed in action yesterday, at Suffolk. Whether he fell by the hands of the enemy, or a shot from behind, I have not learned." The writer of the letter is represented to us as a gentleman of entire reliability, and as one who is preverbially cautious in regard to his statements. The presumption is that the re- port concerning Gen. Corcoran is true. It is strange, if the rumor is really correct, that something of the kind has not reached telegraph. There may, however, be some reason for suppressing intelligence--though we are unable to discover either its wisdom propriety. If Corcoran is indeed killed, he has probably fallen a victim revengeful feeling excited in the ranks Hawkin's Zouaves by the tragic affair which resulted in the death of Col. Kimball.--Buffalo Commercial Advertiser.
In the shape in which this falsehood comes and put, it is little less a suggestion of retaliation. We, of course, acquit Commercial of any such intent; but its correspondent is a mischief maker, and should be exposed.
DEATH OF LIEUT. COL. KIMBALL 9TH N. Y.
The circumstances attending the shooting of Lieut. Col. Kimball of the Hawkins Zouaves, are of a very melancholy character. I learn that Col. Kimball had command of the outer picket guard, and during the evening Gen. Corcoran approached the post and was probably challenged by the guard. Instead of giving the countersign Gen. C. simply said, "I am Gen. Corcoran." Under the circumstances, with a Rebel force in close proximity, an enemy might have said the same thing, and Col. Kimball refused to let Gen. Corcoran pass without the proper word. Gen. C. attempted to ride on, when his bridle was seized by Col. K. In the excitement of the moment Gen. Corcoran drew a pistol and fired the fatal shot. There is a deep feeling on the subject, and Gen. Corcoran is generally censured for his hasty act. Lieut. Col. Kimball was a very popular officer and universally respected in this Department.
THE KILLING OF LIEUT. COLONEL KIMBALL.
He Is Shot by Gen. Corcoran.
The Tribune says our correspondent at Norfolk gives the following account of the shooting of Lieut. Col. Kimball of the Hawkins Zouaves:—
I learn that Col. Kimball had command of the outer picket guard, and during the evening General Corcoran approached the post and was properly challenged by the guard. Instead of giving the countersign, General Corcoran simply said, "I am Gen. Corcoran." Under the circumstances, with a Rebel force in close proximity, an enemy might have said the same thing, and Col. Kimball refused to let Gen. Corcoran pass without the proper word.
General C. attempted to ride on when his bridle was seized by Col. Kimball. In the excitement of the moment, Gen. Corcoran drew a pistol and fired the fatal shot.
The same correspondent states that the Rebel force on the Black Water is 40,000.
The Death of Lieut.-Col. Kimball---Explanatory Letter from Gen. Corcoran.
No. 6 Centre Street, N. Y., April 19, 1863.
To the Editor of the New-York Times:
SIR: The following is a copy of a letter from Gen. Corcoran, to Col. Hawkins, relative to the death of Lieut.-Col. Kimball. It was given into my charge when leaving Suffolk, Va., on the morning of Friday the 17th inst., with discretionary power to make it public or not after my arrival in this City.
Had the New-York newspapers and some very injudicious friends of Lieut.-Col. Kimball waited for a military investigation of the melancholy catastrophe in question, I should deem it premature to lay Gen. Corcoran's statement of the real facts of the case thus early before the public. But as reports have been already promulgated through the Press respecting it, which are either false in every material particular, with the exception of the unavoidable result, or else erroneous and inaccurate in several important details. I think it due to my friend, the general, to give immediate publicity to his own statement of the affair—a statement similar to one that has been already made, verbally, to Maj-Gens. Dix and Peck, and which met their unqualified approbation. When the fatal rencontre took place, I rode by the General's side myself and can testify, whenever called upon, to the exactness of every fact set forth in his letter. Considering position at the time the important duties intrusted to him, with fifteen miles of front to defend, with enemy right be- fore him and with a town whose inhabitants were, for the most part, rebel sympathizers in the midst of camp, I consider his manner and words have been patient, mild and conciliatory in the extreme, while his opponent appeared to act the part of an insensate brawler, anxious for a row at any cost, or else of an enemy in disguise. When all means persuasion and been tried and had failed, Gen. Corcoran's personal safety as well as the safety of his command imperatively called upon him to act as he did, for no other course was left open to him under circumstances, and, I will add, in no other service in the world would such patience and forbearance have been displayed by a superior officer, obstructed in the performance of his duty by a subaltern acting without authority. This must be admitted by every man at all conversant with military matters.
In my personal judgment I would hold my friend to have been justified in his act were there no public duty involved, and were both parties private citizens. His life seemed to me to be in such imminent peril as to call for the most extreme resources of self-defence. The Lieutenant-Colonel's manner had all the appearance of waylaying—so much so that I regretted having no weapon on my own person to avenge my friend, should he fall in the contest; for, from the conciliatory tone and language of the latter, and the overbearing insolence of the former, I felt in doubt as to which party would begin the attack.
These remarks of mine may appear harsh with respect to the dead, whose fault should be allowed to rest with him in his grave, while his virtues were alone recorded. I make them with regret and pain. But let his reckless friends take the blame of them to themselves. With indecent and unprincipled haste they have rushed falsehoods into print respecting a deplorable but yet necessary calamity, for the purpose of wreaking unjust vengeance upon a worthy soldier of the Republic, who has done nothing more than what his duty imperatively demanded at his hands.
I am, Sir, your very obedient servant,
LETTER FROM GEN. CORCORAN TO COL. HAWKINS.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION SEVENTH ARMY
CORPS, SUFfOLK, Va., April 17, 1863.
Col. Hawkins, Commanding Ninth Regiment N. Y. V.,
COLONEL: To prevent any misapprehension, I send you a brief statement in relation to the sad affair of Sunday morning, which resulted, I regret to say, in the death of Lieut.-Col. Kimball:
At about 2 3/4 o'clock, A. M., I left my quarters, and proceeded along the main road toward the front lines, for the purpose of having the troops underarms at 3 o'clock, in obedience to an order from the Major-General Commanding. When I arrived opposite the hospital of my brigade, an officer, whose rank I could not recognize (the night being very dark) and whom I judged to be such only from the fact of his having a sword, rushed out in front of me, and ordered a halt. Halting, I asked if it was Doctor Heath, (one of the Surgeons of the Irish Legion,) and was answered by another order to halt, with the additional remark, "It is none of your _______ business; I want the countersign." Perceiving it was not the Doctor, I requested to know the object of his halting me, and his name, rank and authority, but could not obtain any other reply than that it was none of my _____ business. I repeated the question several times, and received similar answers, with the exception that the countersign was not demanded more than once, and he added, "You cannot pass here." I expostulated with him upon such conduct, and told him to remember that he was not on duty, and had no right to be there and stop me from proceeding, and that he must let me pass. I asked, him if he knew who he was talking to, and then gave him my name and rank, telling him also that I was going to the front under orders, and even my business there; but it was of no avail, he answered, "I do not care a ____ ____ who you are." I again told him that I should pass, and warned him several times to get out of my way, and attempted to proceed. He thereupon put himself in a determined attitude to prevent my progress, and brandishing his sword in one hand, and having his other on a pistol, (as I then supposed,) made a movement toward me with the evident design of using them, and at the same time stated, "I will be ____ ____ if you shall." It was at this point that I used my weapon. It seemed that the more I endeavored to persuade, the more obstinate be became. Nothing but the consideration that my life was in danger, which I had every reason to fear, and the duty that was incumbent upon me at that particular time, when an attack upon our lines was apprehended, would have justified me in my own mind in taking the measure I then did. As a soldier of long service, I am convinced that you will recognize the necessity and lawfulness of the act, however much you may regret that it was caused by one of your number, and none does more than myself, for although I had never before seen Col. Kimball, that I am aware of, I had learned to respect him for his gallantry in several engagements of the present war. It was not until after the occurrence that I learned who it was; but had he been my best friend, I cannot see how it could have resulted otherwise, from the part he acted on that occasion. With no authority to demand the countersign, I would have been derelict in my duty had I yielded to his demand. His refusal to give me his name, or rank, or any information, about him, or upon what authority (if any) he assumed to act, (the fact being, as you are well aware, that he had none,) especially as his request was couched in the terms I have stated, and the enemy was immediately in our front, called upon me to act with more than ordinary precaution in revealing the countersign, and not unless to one entitled to it. But, besides this, the personal violence I had just cause to fear gave me an undoubted right to protect myself against it.
I intended to have sent this statement before, but my duties for the past few days have prevented it, and I have now been obliged to make it hurriedly, hoping thereby to correct any erroneous impressions that may have been made, and to prevent them in the future.
I will only be too glad to have an official investigation of the matter at any time.
I am, Colonel, your obedient servant,
MICHAEL CORCORAN, Brig.-Gen.
TRIAL OF GEN. CORCORAN FOR KILLING
From the New York Tribune, May 16.
We give below a sketch of the proceedings in the Court of Inquiry called at the request of General Corcoran, to investigate the death of Lieutenant Kimball, of the 9th regiment, N. Y. V.
The Court was composed of Brig. Gen. E. Harland, Col. D. W. Wardrop, commanding Brigade; Colonel K. S. Foster, 13th Indiana, commanding Brigade; Lieutenant J. D. Mahan, Judge-Advocate of Post.
Lieutenant Hughes, 155th New York, deposed—On the morning of the 12th of April last I left the headquarters of Gen. Corcoran, about 2 o'clock, in company with the General, Lieutenant Tracy, an orderly, and a citizen of New York; I saw an order from General Peck to have the troops under arms at 3 A. M.; we started out, but when we had reached the brigade hospital of the Irish Legion, a man stepped out from the gate, and ordered us to halt; the General said, "Is that you, Dr. Heath?" The man made no answer that I could understand; the General said, "Who are you?" He answered, "I want the countersign—it is none of your business who I am," the General started his horse to within two or three paces of him, and asked him again who he was and what he commanded; he answered, "command the 9th; it's none of your d—d business what I command;" the General said, "I'll be more polite with you; I'm General Corcoran; I am going to the front under orders from Major General Peck, and must pass;" the man turned around, walked a step or two away, and, at the same time drawing his sword, faced about and put it in position to thrust; the General drew a pistol from his holster, at the same time asking the man if he knew who he was talking to; he answered "No," and that "he did not care a d—n;" the General asked him again to step aside; he replied, "I'll see you d—d first;" the General then shot him; he brought his sword to the ground and said, "Now God d—n you, shoot again;" the General then said, "Will you get out of my, way, sir;" he made no answer, but staggered and fell; at the point where this took place there never has been a picket to my knowledge: Colonel Kimball, I thought, was either drunk or insane, from the manner in which he acted; Corcoran's manner after shooting was the same as before; his tone of voice was not altered; on the night in question there was sufficient light to distinguish the shoulder straps
of an officer; the place of this occurrence was on a public road leading to the Fort Dix front, or the Edenton front; General Corcoran usually took the road, and he knew where the guard were stationed; he told Kimball that he had no right to stop him, and that he was sure that Kimball was not on duty.
Q.—By the Court—Had this man who stopped the General any guard or soldiers with him, or was he by himself?
A.—He was alone.
Question by the Judge Advocate—From the manner of the man after the shot was fired, what was your impression?
A—I thought he was not injured.
Q—Was a second shot fired?
Q—How much time elapsed before he fell?
A—From ten to fifteen minutes.
Several other witnesses testified to substantially the same effect.
THE CORCORAN-KIMBALL AFFAIR.
Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry into the Case of the Shooting of Lieutenant Colonel Kimball by General Corcoran, &c., &c.
The peculiar circumstances connected with the death of Colonel Kimball have naturally required some investigation, and the following order was therefore issued by the general commanding at the place of the occurrence:
SPECIAL ORDERS—NO. 118.
HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES FORCES,
SUFFOLK, May 6, 1863.
At request of General Corcoran, a court of inquiry will convene at the quarters of Lieutenant Mahan, Judge Advocate, on Thursday, 7th day of May inst., at ten A. M., to examine into the circumstances attending the death of Lieutenant Colonel Edgar A. Kimball of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers, reporting facts, with opinions thereon.
Detailed for court—Brigadier General E. Harland, Colonel D. W. Wardrop, commanding brigade; Colonel R. S. Foster, Thirteenth Indiana, commanding brigade; Lieutenant J. D. Mahan, Judge Advocate of Post.
By order of Major General Peck.
Pursuant to the above order, the court met at the time and place specified therein, and the following evidence was taken:—
PROCEEDINGS OF THE COURT OF INQUIRY.
FIRST SESSION, MAY 7.
Lieut. Hughes, One Hundred and Fifty-fifth New York, sworn—On the morning of the 12th of April last I left the headquarters of General Corcoran about two o'clock, in company with the General, Lieut. Tracy, an orderly and a citizen from New York; I saw an order from General Peck to have the troops under arms at three A. M.; we started out; but when we had reached the brigade hospital of the Irish Legion a man stepped out from the gate, and ordered us to halt; the General said, "Is that you, Dr. Heath?" the man made no answer that I could understand; the General said, "Who are you?" he answered, "I want the countersign—It is none of your business who I am;" the General started his horse to within two or three paces of him, and asked him again who he was and what he commanded; he answered, "I command the Ninth; it's none of your damned business what I command;" the General said, "I'll be more polite with you; I'm General Corcoran; I am going to the front under orders from Major General Peck, and must pass;" the man turned around, walked a step or two away, and, at the same time drawing his sword, faced about and put it in position to thrust; the General drew a pistol from his holster, at the same time asking the man if he knew who he was talking to; he answered, "no," and that "he did not care a damn;" the General asked him again to step aside; he replied, "I'll see you damned first!" the General then shot him; he brought his sword to the ground and said, "Now, God damn you, shoot again!" the General then said, "Will you get out of my way, sir?" he made no answer, but staggered and fell; at the point where this took place there never has been a picket to my knowledge; Col. Kimball, I thought, was either drunk or insane, from the manner in which he acted; Corcoran's manner after shooting was the same as before; his tone of voice had not altered; on the night in question there was sufficient light to distinguish the shoulder straps of an officer; the place of this occurrence was on a public road leading to the Fort Dix front, or the Edenton front; General Corcoran, usually took this road, and he knew where the guards were stationed; he told Kimball that he had no right to stop him, and that he was sure Kimball was not on duty.
Question by the Court—Had this man who stopped the General any guard or soldiers with him, or was he by himself?
Answer—He was alone.
Question by Judge Advocate—From the manner of the man, after the shot was fired, what was your impression?
A. I thought he was not injured.
Q. Was a second shot fired?
Q. How much time elapsed before he fell?
A. From ten to fifteen seconds.
Several other witnesses were examined; but their evidence was substantially the same. The court then adjourned.
SECOND SESSION, MAY 11.
Court met pursuant to adjournment. Present Brigadier General Harland, Colonel Foster, Thirteenth Indiana; Colonel D. W. Wardrop, Ninety-fifth New York; First Lieutenant J. D. Mahan, Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry; Judge Advocate.
Lieutenant John Tracy, Jr., was called, and, being sworn, said:—On the morning of the 12th April, about half-past two o'clock, I left the headquarters of Brigadier General Corcoran, in company with him; I went a short distance with him, when he sent me round to see Colonel Foster, near the Somerton road; he (Colonel Foster) commanded a portion of the line near Fort Union, under the orders of General Corcoran; my instructions to him from General Corcoran were to have the troops placed under arms by three o'clock, or immediately, I don't remember which; I went to Colonel Foster's headquarters, in the camp of the One Hundred and Sixty-fifth Pennsylvania, which was on the line of defences; I joined General Corcoran at the camp of Sixty-ninth New York, at which time he told me of the affair with Colonel Kimball; that he supposed he was wounded; that he regretted the matter very much, but it was unavoidable; subsequently Quartermaster Cooke, of the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth New York, came into Colonel Murphy's tent and said the person who had been shot was Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, of the Ninth New York, and that he had died; from the manner of his receiving the news I judged that this was the first he knew of whom he had shot, or the extent of his injury; I knew at the time we left headquarters that the General went out to place the troops under arms, as an attack was expected.
Colonel H. S. Fairchild, commanding brigade (Eighty-ninth New York), sworn, stated—I am commanding First brigade of Third division, Ninth corps; was in command of brigade prior to 11th of April; the Ninth regiment belonged to that brigade; they were detached at Newport's News, about the middle of March; they were ordered here by General Dix, and arrived on the evening of the 11th of April, between nine and ten o'clock; Lieut. Colonel Edgar A. Kimball was in command when they arrived; he reported to General Peck direct, as he supposed the regiment was still detached from the brigade; he came to my quarters after having reported, stating that he had reported to General Peck, supposing &c., &c.; he remained at my quarters nearly one hour; Colonel Ringgold, since deceased, and Colonel Donohue came in with him; they then left my quarters, and he said he was going to Colonel Donohue's quarters; shortly after he left I received orders from General Getty to have the Ninth New York cook three days' rations, and to supply each man with one hundred rounds of ammunition; I went to Colonel Donohue's quarters to see Colonel Kimball; found him there, and gave directions; Colonel Kimball called for his Sergeant Major and gave the orders; I then told him as his regiment had marched some twenty-five miles they need not cook that night; I remained ten or fifteen minutes, having offered to him Captain Burt's tent for the night; he accepted; I do not know of Colonel Kimball being ordered on any duty that night; if he had been I think the order would have come through me; my opinion is that on the 11th of April none of the Ninth regiment were on duty; when I last saw Colonel Kimball I think he was sober, but he had been drinking some; think Colonel
Kimball did not occupy the tent of Captain Burt at all that night.
Col. Michael Donohue, Tenth New Hampshire, sworn—Was acquainted with the late Lieut. Colonel Kimball; we were attached to the same brigade; saw him on the night before his death; he was in my tent; I left him in my mess tent in company with the late Colonel Ringgold, between half-past one and two o'clock on the morning of the 12th of April; he had been drinking freely, and must have been more or less under the influence of liquor; the regiment Lieut. Col. Kimball commanded arrived at Suffolk the evening before, between nine and ten o'clock; from the orders I heard Colonel Kimball give his officers, who came to my tent, I should judge that the regiment was not on any duty for that night; his orders were relative to the care of the men and disposition of the baggage; I should judge that he was not on any duty, more than the rest of the regimental commanders of the brigade.
Brigadier General G. W. Getty, sworn—I am commanding Third division, Ninth army corps, stationed at Camp Suffolk, Virginia; the Ninth New York belonged to my division since I joined it in the fall of 1862. Colonel Kimball
arrived here in advance of his regiment, and reported to me; I gave him a letter to General Peck, who referred him back to me; don't think on that night that I ordered the regiment, or any portion of it, on duty of any kind; think Colonel Kimball was not placed on any duty; the last time I saw him he was sober; on the night in question the enemy was reported just outside the lines, and it was thought were besieging the place, which report since proved true; the Ninth New York had marched from Portsmouth, a distance of twenty-five miles, and the Colonel reported them very much fatigued, which was why I did not put them on duty; I thought they should have a comfortable night's rest, so they might be in condition to work the next morning.
S. H. Olmstead, Assistant Surgeon One Hundred and Seventieth New York, sworn—On the morning of the 12th of April last I was in the hospital of the Corcoran Legion; I was wakened by a noise in the lower hall by some one calling for Dr. Heath; heard some one exclaim that an officer had been shot in front of the house; I got up, went down stairs and to the front gate; saw an officer lying within ten or fifteen feet of the gate; he was lying on his back, with his right hand partially extended, with a sword in its grasp; I went up to him and found he was pulseless; on looking further I found a wound in the neck over the carotid artery, from which blood had been flowing, but it had ceased then; his clothing was saturated with blood; finding that he was dead, we inquired who he was, and found it was Lieutenant Colonel Kimball; the
wound in his neck was sufficient to produce death; I am convinced that he died in consequence of it; the wound appeared to have been produced by a small sized ball; there were no other marks of violence on his person that
Philip Fitzsimmons, Hospital Steward One Hundred and Fifty-fifth New York, sworn—On he morning of the 12th of April I was in the brigade hospital of the Corcoran Legion; saw Colonel Kimball, I think, between three and four o'clock; at that time I thought he was under the influence of liquor; I thought that he required assistance to stand up; his head went from one side to the other, as if he were intoxicated; about an hour afterwards I saw his body on the porch of the hospital; I looked at him closely; I am certain that the dead man I saw was the same one I had seen an hour before at the time I saw Colonel Kimball first some of his friends wanted him to go towards Suffolk; I think the friends I saw with him were not officers of this regiment, as they did not wear the uniform; they wore, I think, citizens' clothes; I have never seen them since; they were not with Colonel Kimball's body when I saw it; when I first saw Colonel Kimball he was in front of the hospital, the next morning I saw a pool of blood about fifteen feet from where I first saw Colonel Kimball stand.
Lieutenant Jas. D. Outwater, Aid-de-Camp to General Peck sworn--Was in camp Suffolk, Virginia, on the 11th of April last; I was at that time Acting Assistant Adjutant General to major General peck. (A paper was here shown witness.) I wrote that order--all except the acting assistant adjutant general, which I do not think I wrote: it was written at the time it purports to have been; I forwarded the order to general Corcoran; the Ninth New York reported that night, Lieutenant Kimball in command; as a general thing I wrote all the orders to the different brigades and regiments; do not know that Ninth New York, or any portion of it, was assigned to any duty that night. It now being two o'clock P. M., the Court, motion, adjourned to meet at ten o'clock A. M. on Wednesday, the 13th inst., when the affair was to be finally decided upon.
THE CORCORAN-KIMBALL AFFAIR.
Washington, May 27.—The following is understood to be the verdict of the Court of Inquiry in the Corcoran-Kimball affair:
That Lieut. Col. Kimball died on the morning of the 12th of April, 1863, from the effects of a wound in the neck produced by a pistol ball, said pistol having been fired by Brig. Gen. Michael Corcoran.
The Court further finds that Lieut.-Col. Kimball halted Brig. Gen. Corcoran and demanded the countersign, refusing to allow him to pass until he should give it; that Brig.-Gen. Corcoran refused to give the countersign as ordered; that an altercation ensued, resulting in the death of Lieut.-Col. Kimball.
The Court further finds that Lieut.-Col. E. A. Kimball was at the time of halting Gen. Corcoran intoxicated, and that he was not authorized in so halting him.
A Richmond paper of the 25th says the steamships Margaret and Jessie, Capt. Wilson, and Annie, Capt. Carling, and Kate, Capt. Stubbs, arrived in Charleston last Wednesday with valuable cargoes.
THE CORCORAN-KIMBALL AFFAIR.—A Suffolk correspondent of the Hartford Press says in reference to this unfortunate affair:
In my relation of the Corcoran and Kimball affair, I committed an error of saying that Lieutenant Colonel Kimball was on picket duty at the time of his death. I have learned since that he was at General Getty's headquarters at the time of the unfortunate occurrence; that halted (of course with no authority) General Corcoran, who as riding past, and that he not only used abusive lan- guage, but drew out and brandished his sword, threatening the General if he attempted to pass. The general, whose business was urgent, and seeing no alternative, drew his revolver and shot Kimball dead. Such, I believe to be a true version of the affair.
The body of Lieut.-Col. Kimball reached this City last night. A company of the Seventy-first regiment conveyed the remains to the City Hall, where they will be kept until Wednesday afternoon.
THE LATE LIEUTENANT COLONEL KIMBALL.
Colonel Kimball, who was shot by General Corcoran, is well known here, and his alleged conduct is altogether irreconcileable with his antecedents as a gentleman and a brave and modest soldier. He learned his trade as a printer at Concord, New Hampshire, and when connected with a democratic newspaper at Woodstalk, Vt., he raised a company to serve in Mexico. He surmounted the height of Chepultepec, and tore down the flag that waved over the fortress. In this war Colonel Kimball distinguished himself by leading the charge at Roanoke Island.
THE CORCORAN-KIMBALL AFFAIR.—The papers are publishing the proceedings of the military inquiry into the cause of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, of the Ninth New York Volunteers. The testimony so far appears to show that the first statements of this melancholy case were substantially correct as regards the action of General Corcoran, and the conduct of the deceased, who it is proved was not on duty at the time of the occurrence.
GENERAL CORCORAN AND COLONEL KIMBALL.—
The New York papers publish letters from General Corcoran and a friend who was by his side at the time of the death of Lieut. Colonel Kimball, explanatory of the causes which led to that unhappy occurrence. According to these statements, General Corcoran acted simply in self-defence, not knowing who his assailant was, having never before seen Colonel Kimball, who had no right to stop him, and who was deaf to all expostulation. General
Corcoran asks for a Court of Inquiry.
New York, N. Y., April 18th, 1863.
At a meeting of the Board of Officers of the First Regiment Seymour Light Infantry, Col. H. F. Liebenau, commanding, the following resolutions were offered and adopted: That in the death of Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, of the Ninth Regiment, N. Y. Vols. (Hawkins Zouaves), the State of New York has lost an officer and gentleman, and the United States have lost an officer, who cannot be replaced, we, the officers of the First Regiment Seymour Light Infantry, do sincerely condole with the family of deceased, who have lost in him a husband and father, loved and esteemed. HE DIED IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTIES, IN THE ZEALOUS PERFORMANCE OF WHICH HE COULD NOT BE EXCELLED.
That we, the officers of the First Regiment S. Lt. Infantry, do resolve to wear mourning for thirty days, and have the flags at Head-quarters and at all the Regimental Recruiting Offices, placed at half mast during the Funeral Ceremonies, in honor of a Soldier who greatly distinguished himself during this War, and a citizen who deserved and engaged the love and esteem of all who knew him. Col. H. F. Liebenau, Chairman
Adjt. D. A. Leonard, Secretary.
Arrival of the Remains of Lieut.-Col. Kimball.
The remains of this much-lamented officer arrived in this City last evening from Suffolk, Va., from whence they were conducted in charge of a
Committee consisting of Maj. Turner, Ex-Alderman Pell, of Brooklyn, Councilman McConnell, and two others, to the Governor's Room in the City Hall. The body arrived here on the Camden and Amboy boat, and was received there by a company of the Seventy-first regiment and taken to the City Hall.
AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS of the NINTH N. Y. VOLUNTEERS (Hawkins' Zouaves) now in this city, called for the purpose of taking action in relation to the death of LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. A. KIMBALL, Lieut. M. J. Graham in the chair, a Committee was appointed to draft resolutions, who submitted the following Resolutions:
Whereas, It has pleased God, in His all-wise Providence, to remove from us our dearly beloved Lieutenant–Colonel E. A. Kimball, WHO WAS KILLED IN DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTY, be it
Resolved, That in the death of Col. Kimball our country has lost the services of an officer whose bravery was unsurpassed, and patriotism undoubted; that the Regiment has lost a leader whose only pride was to lead them on to victory, and whose care for our sick and wounded was that of a father.
Resolved, That while bowing with submission to this heavy stroke, we tender to the widow and family our heartfelt sympathy.
Resolved, that we attend the funeral of Col. Kimball in a body, and that Resolutions be published in the SUNDAY MERCURY and Herald, and that a copy, suitably engrossed, be forwarded to the widow of the deceased.
DAVID L. STAGE,
ROB'T M. BUCKMASTER.
Which Resolutions were unanimously adopted.
On motion, adjourned, to meet at the house of Lieutenant M. J. Graham, on the 19th instant, at 7 1/2 o'clock, when, a full attendance is most earnestly requested.
M J. GRAHAM, Chairman.
ROB'T M. BUCKMASTER, Secretary.
" SOME ONE HAS BLUNDERED."—The recent death of Lieutenant-Colonel Kimball, originating in such a manner as to deprive the cause of the Union of one of its most gallant defenders, and to injure the fame of another officer equally zealous in that cause, has been the means of also provoking orders which are contradictory, if not rather strange.
We do not desire to detract from the merits of Lieutenant-Colonel Kimball, and are glad to know that becoming funereal honors were paid to his remains; but as there can be such a thing as "too much display", we would call attention to the proper regulations in such cases made and provided. According to paragraph 281 of the rules established for the government of United States troops, the funeral escort of a lieutenant-colonel is six companies. But a general officer of the First Division saw fit to order out three regiments—more than is required for a commander-in-chief, or a major-general. And what regiments did he so order out? The First Regiment (Cavalry), the Sixty-ninth Regiment (Infantry), and the Seventy-first Regiment (Light Infantry). After a great deal of humbugging, the issuing of divers orders from head-quarters, to the effect that there was no Sixty-ninth Regiment, N. Y. N. G. (that it had gone to the war), this New York General tacitly declares its existence, and before it has time to get thoroughly into shape under duly elected officers, orders it out for the disagreeable duty of watching over the remains of an officer whom its ex-Colonel had killed in an unjustifiable manner.
Nor is this all. This same General selects as another regiment to assist at the solemn ceremony an organization that had been previously notified for many days before to turn out for military instruction and improvement. At the eleventh hour, the parade fixed upon had to be countermanded; making the second revocation of the kind for the same regiment within two months. Countermanding orders is of no benefit to any military organization. When the arrangements for transportation, ammunition, etc., had been completed, in connection with the field-day on Tuesday last (which was an extremely fine and propitious day for the work on hand), nothing should have been allowed to interfere with it, unless of more pressing importance than the burial of an officer who did not belong to the regiment. When applied to, other regiments that had made no arrangements for any intervening turn-out were allowed to decline. Why did not the Seventy-first claim a similar privilege? The regiments parading in honor of the brave hero were chosen from every brigade save that of the one commanded by the General himself who ordered the turnout to be made.
Let all honors he paid to the dead who fall in the service of their country (though we confess we cannot see the necessity for turning out whole brigades of our citizen-soldiers to make show parades), and let their deaths be made a source of passing public sorrow; but, at the same time, it is necessary that our commanding officers here should post themselves in the way in which funereal honors should be rendered to those entitled to the same. For the benefit of all, we enumerate the several escorts provided for in the Regulations of the United States Army. That of the Commander-in-Chief comprises one regiment of infantry, one squadron or cavalry, and six pieces of artillery. That of a Major-General the same, substituting four instead of six pieces of artillery. That of a Brigadier-General one regiment of infantry, one company of cavalry, and two pieces of artillery. That of a Colonel, one regiment. That of a Lieutenant-Colonel, six companies. That of a Major, four companies. That of a Captain, one company. That of a Lieutenant, half a company. That of a Sergeant, fourteen rank and file. That of a Corporal, twelve rank and file. That of Private, eight rank and file.
Another stupid blunder, in connection with this funeral, was the appointment as pallbearers of such gentlemen as the Colonels, Lieut.-Colonels, and Majors of the First, Third, Sixth, Eighth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Twenty-second, and Thirty-seventh Regiments, while the fellow-officers and soldiers of the deceased, who had fought by his side, were left out of the arrangement entirely.
Arrival of the Remains of Lieutenant Colonel Kimball—The Funeral To-morrow., &c.
The remains of the late Lieutenant Colonel Edgar A. Kimball arrived in this city last evening, and were met at the foot of Cortlandt street by a detachment of the Seventy-first regiment New York State National Guard.
The body was next taken to the City Hall, where it was laid out in state. Ten men of Company C of the Seventy-first regiment acted as a guard of honor during the night, to be relieved this morning by a detachment of the Sixty-ninth New York State National Guard.
The body bears the impress of life, or rather of sleep, the disfigurement of the face being too slight to be worthy of note. The soldier-like lineaments which were so marked during life have not disappeared with death, and those who shall look upon them to-day cannot but be impressed with the fact that in that coffin—his last home, handsome though it be—repose the remains of a true and noble soldier.
The coffin in which the remains are laid is enclosed in a large box, on the lid of which is the following inscription:
EDGAR A. KIMBALL,
LIEUTENANT COLONEL NINTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
DIED APRIL 12, 1863.
The funeral will take place from the City Hall at half-past two o'clock to-morrow, when a large military and civic procession is expected to follow the remains of the deceased soldier to his last resting place.
General Hall yesterday promulgated the following order in relation to the funeral:
First Division New York State National Guard,
New York, April 20, 1863.
Brigadier General Spicer is hereby directed to order the Seventy-first regiment and First regiment of cavalry (mounted), to parade, fully uniformed and equipped, on Wednesday, 22d inst., at half-past two o'clock P. M., precisely, in front of the City Hall, to attend the funeral of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, of the Ninth New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves).
The Colonel of the Seventy-first regiment will detail a guard of honor to escort the remains from pier No. 26 North river (Barclay street) to the City Hall, at seven o'clock P. M. this evening, April 20, and to remain as a guard of honor until seven o'clock A. M. of the 21st when they will be relieved by a guard of honor from the Sixty-ninth regiment.
The Seventy-first regiment will act as a guard of honor on the day of the funeral during the procession.
Brigadier General Ewen will direct the Sixty-ninth regiment to parade, fully uniformed and equipped, on Wednesday, the 22d inst., at half-past two o'clock P. M., precisely, in front of the City Hall, to attend the funeral of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, of the Ninth New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves.)
The Colonel of the Sixty-ninth regiment will detail a guard of honor to relieve the guard detailed from the Seventy-first regiment, to be on duty at the City Hall at seven o'clock A. M. on Tuesday, the 21st inst., to remain at the City. Hall until the hour of Interment.
The colors of the several regiments will be sent to the City hall on Tuesday, the 2ist inst., to be draped in mourning.
The officers of the division not on duty will attend the funeral in full uniform, crape on the left arm and sword. By order of
Brigadier General Hall.
Alexander Hamilton, Major and Adjutant.
The Committee on National Affairs of the Common Council and Board of Aldermen have also issued the following::—
OBSEQUIES OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL E. A. KIMBALL, NINTH
REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The remains of Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Kimball, late of Ninth regiment New York Volunteers (Hawkins Zouaves), will be brought to this city by the Sub-Committee of the Committee on National Affairs of the Common Council, and will arrive Monday evening.
The remains will lie in state in the Governor's Room on Tuesday from 10 A. M. to 4 P. M., and on Wednesday from 10 A. M. to 2 P. M., where they may be visited by the friends of the deceased and such citizens as may desire.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 22d inst., at three o clock P. M., from the City Hall.
The following will be the programme of procession:—
First regiment of cavalry, N. Y. S. Volunteers, in command of Col. W. W. Price.
Sixty-ninth regiment N. Y. S. Volunteers, in command of Major Bagley.
Officers of the First division N, Y. S. N. G. not on duty, and all officers of the Army of the United States now in the city or vicinity.
Seventy-first regiment N. Y. S. N. G., in hollow square, as the Guard of Honor, and in command of Colonel B. L. Stafford, enclosing the officiating clergyman, in a carriage, and the hearse, drawn by six horses, with guard from Washington on each side, and also pall bearers in carriages, as follows:—
Colonel Postley, Colonel Varian,
Colonel Tompkins, Colonel Roome,
Colonel Maidhoff, Colonel Ward,
Colonel Mason, Colonel Taylor,
Lieut. Col. Satterlee, Lieut. Lieutenant Col. Grant,
Col. 8th regt. N. Y. S. N. G. Lieutenant Col. Budke,
Lieutenant Colonel Monton, Major Schwab,
Major Cotten, Major Brick.
Immediate relatives and friends of the deceased, in carriages.
Officers and members and ex-members of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers, now in the city.
Sergeant-at-Arms of the Common Council, with staffs of office in carriages.
Barouches containing the Mayors of New York, Brooklyn and Jersey City.
Members of the Common Council, with staffs of office, in barouches.
Heads of Departments in carriages.
The Tammany Hall Society of which deceased was a member.
The procession will move from the City Hall at three o'clock precisely.
The route of procession will be out of the west gate of the Park, and through Broadway, Park row, Chatham street and the Bowery to Bond street, through Bond street to Broadway, and thence down Broadway to the South ferry.
By order of the Committee on National Affairs of the Common Council. Alderman Farley,
Committee on National Affairs of Board of Aldermen.
Committee on national Affairs of Board of Councilmen. Funeral of Col. Kimball. New York, April 22. The funeral obsequies of the late Col. Kimball this afternoon, were imposing. The 71st and 69th militia and 1st cavalry, formed the military escort.
OBSEQUIES OF COLONEL KIMBALL.
Imposing Military Procession—The Excitement
in the City on the Subject, &c.
The funeral of Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, yesterday, was quite an imposing affair, having been participated in by a large number of most respectable citizens as well as three regiments of our city militia.
The remains lay in state in the Governor's Room during the whole morning and up to the time of the moving of the procession, thousands of people again visited the place to view the dead, and the grief expressed was the most genuine and deep-seated that was ever felt, perhaps, at the loss of a public man of Colonel Kimball's rank and position in society. His friends in this city were legion, and their attachment to him was almost of a romantic character. Hid unbounded generosity and noble-heartedness as a private citizen, added to his brilliant courage as a soldier, were qualities that naturally won for him the esteem and good wishes of all with whom he came in contact. The great excitement occasioned by his unexpected death is not, therefore, to be wondered at; nor is it surprising that his many friends, in the heat of their grief and indignation, should indulge in intemperate remarks concerning the cause and circumstances of his killing.
The feeling on the subject has been very deep ever since the publication of the real facts connected with his rencontre with Gen. Corcoran. Yesterday the excitement was still greater, but far more excusable, considering the occasion. When the present high state of feeling shall have subsided full justice will undoubtedly be done to both parties, and it would be well for the public to suspend their final judgment until then.
A large number of military men, several ladies and many distinguished citizens were among those who visited the Governor's Room yesterday. One lady brought a basket filled with beautiful flowers and strewed them on the coffin. Private Westfall, one of Kimball's favorites in his regiment, was brought in on crutches to look for the last time upon his old commander and friend. The true grief depicted upon the face of this poor soldier made a deep impression upon all present. The dog of the gallant Colonel, which had followed its master through all his campaigns, and was still "faithful and true," was crouched beneath the coffin, desolate and inconsolable, not the least subdued among the mourners.
About half-past two o'clock the coffin containing the remains was closed, and a beautiful American flag was wrapped in tasteful folds around it. Shortly after the military, composed of the Seventy-first and Sixty-ninth infantry, and the First cavalry, formed outside in the Park, in front of the City Hall.
The coffin soon emerged from the corridor of the old civic building, and was conveyed out into the open air by six war-worn looking Zouaves, while the drums beat a solemn salute and the military went through the ceremony of presenting arms. Minute guns were also fired by some of Goodwin's breech-loading guns, stationed in the Park, and added to the solemnity of the occasion. The remains were carried in procession to the hearse, where they were deposited with suitable pomp and ceremony.
The procession then wound out of the west gate of the Park in the following order:—
Section of Broadway squad, under Captain Mills.
First Regiment N. Y. N. G. (cavalry), Lieutenant Colonel Minton commanding.
Sixty-ninth regiment, Major Bagley commanding, with arms reversed.
Seventy-first regiment, Colonel Trafford commanding, with arms reversed.
Hearse containing the body, drawn by six horses draped in mourning, flanked by the pall bearers and Colonels Roome, Varian, Maidhoff, Ward, Mason, Lieutenant Colonel Grant, Lieutenant Colonel Burke.
Officers of the First division N. Y. N. G.
Detachment of the original Hawkins' Zouaves.
Detachment of the Second battalion Hawkins' Zouaves.
The Mayor and Common Council in carriages.
Citizens in carriages.
The route of the procession was out of the west gate of the Park, and through Broadway, Park row, Chatham street and the Bowery to Bond street, through Bond street to Broadway, and thence down Broadway to the South ferry.
The remains were taken thence to Greenwood Cemetery, where they were interred in a receiving vault to await future disposition.
OBSEQUIES OF LIEUT. COLONEL KIMBALL.
The Programme of the Procession To-Day, &c., &c.
The remains of Lieutenant Colonel Edgar A. Kimball, which arrived here on Monday evening, were treated with all honor yesterday by the Common Council Committee on National Affairs and thousands of citizens representing nearly every class in the community. The City Hall was draped in mourning, its flags were hung at half mast and the body of the lamented soldier was laid out in state in the Governor's Room, guarded by a suitable detachment from the gallant old Sixty-ninth regiment. From ten o'clock in the morning to three o'clock in the afternoon a constant stream of people passed up and down the stairs leading to the Governor's Room, for the purpose of gazing upon the remains previous to their removal to-day to their last resting place. The sorrow expressed by all was mingled with a touch of regret that the gallant Kimball should have met his death by an unfortunate rencontre at the hands of a man who has occupied such an enviable position in the esteem and affection of the whole country.
The arrangements for the funeral to day were published in full in yesterday's issue. The First regiment of cavalry and the Seventy-first and Sixty-ninth infantry will parade. The Seventy-first are to act as a guard of honor.
The procession will move at three o'clock in the afternoon in the following order:—
OBSEQUIES OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL E. A. KIMBALL, NINTH
REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The remains of Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Kimball, late of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves), have been brought to this city by the Sub-Committee of the Committee on National Affairs of the Common
The remains will lie in state in the Governor's Room to-day (Wednesday) from 10 A. M. to 2 P. M., where they may be; visited by the friends of the deceased and such citizens as may desire.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 22d inst., at three o'clock P. M., from the City Hall:
The following will be the programme of procession:—
First regiment of cavalry, N. Y. S. Volunteers, in command or Col. W. W. Price.
Sixty-ninth regiment N. Y. S. Volunteers, in command of Major Bagley.
Officers of the First division N. Y. S. N. G. not on duty, and all officers of the Army of the United States now in the city or vicinity.
Seventy-first regiment N. Y. S. N. G., in hollow square, as the Guard of Honor, and in command of Colonel B. L. Strafford, enclosing the officiating clergyman, in a carnage, and the hearse, drawn by six horses, with guard from Washington on each side, and also pall bearers in carriages, as follows:—
Colonel Postley, Colonel Varian,
Colonel Tompkins, Colonel Roome,
Colonel Maidhoff, Colonel Ward,
Colonel Mason, Colonel Taylor,
Lieut. Col. Satterly, Lieut. Lieutenant Col. Grant,
Col. 8th regt. N. Y.S. N.G. Lieutenant Col. Budke,
Lieutenant Colonel Minton, Major Schwab,
Major Cotten, Major Brick.
Immediate relatives and friends of the deceased, in carriages.
Officers and members and ex-members of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers, now in the city.
Sergeant-at-Arms of the Common Council, with staffs of office, in carriages.
Barouches containing the Mayors of New York, Brooklyn, and Jersey City.
Members of the Common Council, with staffs of office in barouches.
Heads of Departments in carriages.
The Tammany Hall Society, of which deceased was a member.
The procession will move from the City Hall at three o'clock precisely.
The route of procession will be out of the west gate of the Park, and through Broadway, Park row, Chatham street and the Bowery to Bond street, through Bond street to Broadway, and thence down Broadway to the South ferry.
By order of the Committee on National Affairs of the Common Council. Alderman Farley,
Committee on National Attains of Board of Aldermen.
Committee on National Affairs of Board of Councilmen.
RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN.
This Board met yesterday at one o'clock P. M. on an impromptu call, President Walsh in the chair.
Alderman FARLEY offered the following resolutions respecting the late Lieutenant Colonel Kimball, of the Hawkins Zouaves:—
Whereas, the mournful event of the death of Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Kimball, commandant of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers, imposes upon this Common Council the sad duty of paying their tribute or respect to his memory, and of giving expression to their sorrow at the occurrence of the unfortunate circumstance that deprives the country of the services and experience of a brave, skilful and accomplished officer; be it therefore
Resolved, That in the death of Lieutenant Edgar A. Kimball we are called upon to mourn the loss of an esteemed fellow citizen; the nation is called upon to deplore the loss of an intrepid leader and courageous soldier; the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves), are called upon to regret the calamity that deprives them of the leadership of one whom they had learned to regard as the embodiment of all that was brave, chivalrous and courageous, while in the immediate family, and among the relatives of the deceased soldier, a void is created by his death that can never be filled, and we hereby tender them our sincere condolence and heartfelt sympathy in their affliction; and be it further
Resolved, That as a mark of respect for the memory of the deceased, this Common Council will attend the funeral in a body, on Wednesday, the 22d inst., at two o'clock P. M., each member to wear the usual badge of mourning; that the flags on the City Hall and other public buildings be displayed at half-mast, and that the masters and owners of the shipping in the harbor, and the lessees or proprietors of public and private buildings in the city be requested to display their flags from sunrise until sunset on said day; and be it further
Resolved, That the Committee on National Affairs of both branches of the Common Council be, and they are hereby, authorized and directed to make the necessary arrangements for and take charge of the funeral of the deceased, on behalf of the municipal authorities of the city; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions, suitably engrossed and framed be duly authenticated and transmitted to the family of the deceased.
THE FUNERAL OF COLONEL KIMBALL.
GENERAL ORDER—NO. 6.
HEADQUARTERS. SEVENTY-FIRST REGIMENT,
NEW YORK, April 20, 1863.
In pursuance of brigade orders, this regiment will parade on Wednesday, April 22, in full fatigue, without overcoats (with white gloves and belts and the usual badge of mourning), as an escort to the remains of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Kimball, of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers.
The line will be formed in Broome street, right on Broadway, at two o'clock P.M. precisely.
The field and staff will report dismounted to the commandant on the ground fifteen minutes before the hour of formation.
The non-commissioned staff, band and field music will report to the adjutant at fifteen minutes before two o'clock P. M.
Captain Libby, of Company C, will detail a guard of honor to escort the remains from pier 26 North river, Barclay street, to the City Hall, at seven P. M. this evening, April 20, and to remain as a guard of honor until 7 A. M. of the 21st, when they will be relieved by a guard of honor from the Sixty-ninth regiment.
In consequence of the above order, so much of General Order No. 5 as refers to a parade on the 21st inst. is hereby countermanded.
By order of Lieutenant Colonel B. L. Trafford,
Commanding Seventy-first regiment N. G. S. N. Y.
John R. Livermore, Acting Adjutant.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
NEW YORK, April 21, 1863.
In your issue of to-day I see it stated that Lieutenant Colonel Satterlee, of the Eighth regiment New York State National Guard, has been appointed as pall bearer on the occasion of the funeral ceremonies of Lieutenant Colonel Kimball. I feel called upon to write a few lines to the effect that a well known citizen of New York, named Obed F. Wentworth is Lieutenant Colonel of the "Eighth New York State National Guard," and has been connected with that well known and reliable regiment for the last twenty years; and we hope he will remain with us until the old Eighth is no more.
F. A. Van Tassel.
First Lieut., Co. D, Eight regt. N. Y. S. N. G.
Note.—Livingston Satterlee is Lieutenant Colonel of the Twelfth regiment New York State National Guard, Colonel Ward.—Ed. Herald.
9th N. Y. Volunteers.--Hawkins' Zouaves. After an arduous yet gallant campaign of two years in the service of the Union, Colonel Rush C. Hawkins and his noble regiment returned to our city on Saturday last. They were received on their arrival by thousands of welcome hands and glad hearts.
The Zoo-Zoos, as they are called, left Fortress Monroe on Monday in the steamer Kennebeck, and were landed at the Battery about ten o'clock. The regiment numbered 10 companies of 20 files front, looking and possessing
all the traits of veterans. Their steady step and bronzed visage portrayed clearly the years of service which they had executed on the sands of Hatterass, on the Peninsula, and in the field.
The regiment was received by the 12th National Guard, Col. Ward, and were escorted to 14th street. The 12th made a very creditable appearance of 10 companies of 10 files front. Two bands of music enlivened the scene, and the Zoo-Zoos, felt their character while measuring the steady tread of veterans. One feature of the regiment was that the Government permitted them to return under arms—a distinction to the 7th and 8th Regiments.
The following are the officers of the regiment:—
Lieutenant Colonel _____
Adjutant—T. C. Bartholomew.
Surgeon—S. H. Humphreys.
Company A.—Captain A. S. Graham.
Company B.—Captain W. G. Barrett.
Company C.—Captain V. Kingstobler.
Company D.—Captain _____Perley.
Company E.—Captain E. A. Le Bair.
Company F.—Captain W. W. Hammell.
Company G.—Captain C. Childs.
Company H.—Captain Robert McKechnie.
Company I.—Captain L. Leahey.
Company K.—Captain _____ Whiting.
We publish the following request of Gen. Dix and the letters by Colonel Hawkins in reply to the request made by General Dix to have the Zouaves remain beyond the term of their enlistment:
HEADQUARTERS, DEPT. Of VIRGINIA,
SEVENTH ARMY CORPS, FT. MONROE, Va.,
April 28th, 1863.
To the Ninth Regt. N. Y. Volunteers:—
SOLDIERS—The term for which you were mustered into the service of the United States expires in five days from to-day. You are entitled to transportation to New York, where you will be mustered out. It will be furnished on the day if you ask for it. But you are now holding a post of honor in the face of the enemy. Your experience, your gallantry on numerous battle fields and your familiarity with the special service which has been entrusted to you, make it vitally important that you should remain for a few days — long enough, at least, to supply your place by another regiment. I appeal to you, therefore, for the sake of the cause you are upholding and by the honorable name you have won, to give a short time more to your country in this emergency. Nothing would so gratify the enemy whom you have so often encountered and put to rout as to see you laying down your arms and leaving your comrades in other regiments and corps to abide the issue of the assault which he is meditating; and let me say, in all frankness, that nothing would be less grateful to the hosts of friends at home, who are waiting with gratulating hands and welcoming voices to greet your return, and to testify by the reception they will give you, how much they owe you for upholding with a courage and devotion unsurpassed your country's honor and your own. I would not ask you to remain a single day beyond the expiration of your term of service, if I did not feel, under the circumstances in which you are placed, that it was due to yourselves as well as to the cause. I do not ask you to decide now; take time to consider what I propose to you, and advise me at an early day. I have some claim to your confidence. I was the first general officer who reviewed you when you were organizing. You went to the field under my orders. The chances of war have again placed you under my command when your term is expiring. I feel, therefore, that I have more than an ordinary interest in your fortunes, and in the good name you have earned, and you will believe me when I say that I would make no appeal to you nor give you any counsel which I did not think due alike to your country and yourselves.
John A. Dix, Major General.
The following is the reply of Colonel Hawkins to that document;
HEADQUARTERS, FORT NANSEMOND,
SUFFOLK, VA., April 30, 1863.
Major General John A. Dix, Commanding Department of Virginia:
GENERAL.--Your address of the 28th ultimo to the regiment which I have the honor to command, calls for a reply.
As a regiment we feel that we have performed all our country has any right to expect or demand. Our contract has been fulfilled to the letter. From the first moment of our taking the field we have been in the face of the enemy, never having been in a fort, garrison or camp of instruction, where we could have the opportunity of drilling. Our home has been in the field, where all the exposure and hardships incident to a soldier's life have been endured without a murmur. No matter how hard or difficult the service we have been called upon to perform, it has always been done cheerfully and with alacrity.
The most of my officers and men have some circle of anxious relatives who are expecting to see them return at the earliest moment after their term of service expires. None of them have ever thought that we should be called upon to remain longer. Our situation has always been such that it would not have been consistent with the interests of the service to grant furloughs. The consequence is that not five per cent. of the enlisted men have been home since they entered the service. It is now quite natural that they should desire to return, rather than run the risk of being killed in another action, after their time expires.
I think that you will admit that a regiment which has changed its camp twenty-nine times, spent five months upon the sandbanks of Hatteras, and lost over four hundred men--killed and wounded—in two years, deserve some little consideration from the government and the people, who remain at home in easy chairs.
When the first gun was fired at Sumter, we sprang to arms with all the eagerness and enthusiasm incident to youth. We asked no bounty. No hope of reward was held out to us. We felt that our country was in danger and needed our support. We loved our country and its noble history then, and we love it now; but we feel that others who have been in the background should step to the front and supply our place.
The post of honor is not new to us. We have had it before, and paid for it dearly, with the lives of many of the noblest youth our nation possessed. Many scores of our friends and companions have fallen around us; and to what purpose? Is the war any nearer its end now than it was two years ago? Individual bravery and courage has all gone for naught. The imbecility of many high commanding officers in the field has cast a damning blight and disgrace over the graves of our brave countrymen. Taking into consideration the fact that we have been here nearly three weeks, and that ample time has elapsed to have supplied our place, we do not think it is incumbent on us to remain longer than the third of May, the day upon which our term of service expires. I therefore, on behalf of the regiment, call for transportation to be furnished to us at that time.
If, on account of this refusal to comply with your request, we go home in disgrace, and meet thorns where we had expected to find flowers, we must bear up under it with the same courage which has characterized all our actions since we became defenders of our country's honor.
I am, with the highest esteem and personal consideration, your most faithful servant.
RUSH C. HAWKINS,
Colonel Ninth New York Volunteers.
OPERATIONS OF THE NINTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The Ninth New York Volunteers was organized as the "Hawkins Zouaves" on the 13th of May, 1861, and left the State on the 9th of June, with Rush Hawkins as Colonel, George F. Betts, as Lieutenant Colonel, and the late E.
A. Kimball as Major. The regiment, which was enlisted for two years' service, was first sent to Fortress Monroe, and afterwards to Newport News, where it formed a portion of the late General Mansfield's brigade. In Aug., 1861, in company with the Turner Rifles, the command went on an expedition up the peninsula, after which they were transferred to Fortress
Monroe. When General Burnside organized his North Carolina expedition the Ninth New York Volunteers was one of the regiments selected, and was attached to General J. C. Parke's brigade, the Third of that division. It will be remembered that at the battle of Roanoke, on Feb. 7, 1862, the Ninth Zouaves, led by Major Kimball, dashed along the causeway at a double quick to storm the rebel works, which were carried at the point of the bayonet. This was one of the most brilliant charges during the war. From the account it would seem to have been the most daring onset in that action, so fearfully crowded it was with daring and splendid deeds. It was regarded by one writer as the turning point of the action. While the Massachusetts Twenty-first and Fifty-first New York charged the battery to the right, the left wing of Hawkins' Zouaves, with Major Kimball, charged up the road in the face of the works, at which the panic-stricken rebels fled, and the place was taken, the Massachusetts and New York colors floating from the parapet, amid cheers that shook the forest. George F. Betts, the Lieutenant
Colonel of the regiment, resigned his command, and Major Kimball was promoted to the vacant position, with a commission dated from February 14, 1862, and awarded March 1, 1862. On the 14th of March, 1862, the regiment took part in the battle of Newbern, and acted nobly. On the 2d of April, 1862, the Colonel of the regiment was appointed Acting Brigadier General of the First brigade, Third division, Ninth Army corps, and the Ninth Regiment New York State Volunteers, was placed under the command of Lieutenant Col. Kimball, which position he held from that date to the time of his death. The regiment also took part in the reduction of Fort Macon, April 25, 1862. Shortly after the seven days' battles the command, with others, was ordered to the Peninsula, thence to Fredericksburg, which was held until some time after the battle of Cedar Mountain in August last. The Ninth participated in the battles of South Mountain, September 14, 1862, and Antietam, September 17, 1862, in General Rodman's division. At Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, it served in General Burns' division of the Ninth Army corps, then under General Wilcox, in General Sumner's right grand division. At the beginning of February last, or about the end of
January, the Ninth Army corps was moved to Newport News, and placed under the command of General Wm. F. Smith. Hawkins' Zouaves were first sent to Suffolk, where their commander met his death, and from which vicinity they now return to their homes.
NINTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
Colonel Hawkins, Colonel of the New York Zouaves, Ninth regiment New York Volunteers, is a native of Vermont, and only about thirty years of age. He came to the city prior to the breaking out of the Mexican war a poor and apparently friendless boy, when he enlisted in the volunteer forces, and was subsequently transferred to the command of Colonel Hardee. After his return to the city he commenced the study of law, and after being admitted to the bar associated himself with Dexter A. Hawkins, his cousin, in an office in Wall street. During that time he married a very wealthy lady from one of the up river counties, by which he managed to make the acquaintance of some of the first families in this city. When the Chicago Zouaves were here on a visit last summer their peculiar drill and free and east manners captivated many of our young men, and not long after several companies were organized on a similar plan. One of these companies--the New York Zouaves--having their headquarters on the corner of Fourth and Thompson streets--Colonel Hawkins associated himself with, and on the promulgation of the President's proclamation calling for seventy-five thousand volunteers, the Zouaves, through Mr. Hawkins, offered their services to Governor Morgan, were accepted, and elected Colonel Hawkins to command them. Since the regiment has been in Virginia it has been stationed at Newport
News, at which time it belonged to the brigade of Brigadier General Phelps, and afterwards was despatched to garrison Fort Clark, on Hatteras Island. Colonel Hawkins enjoyed the confidence of Major general Butler, and was the President of the General Court Martial established for the trial of all causes coming under the jurisdiction of the court. The Ninth Volunteers is one of the best light infantry regiments that has left this city, being made up chiefly of young men below the age of twenty-five.
Lieutenant Colonel Betts is the son of Judge Betts, of the United States District Court of this city. He held at one time the position of United States Commissioner.
Major Edgar A. Kimball is an old army officer and has seen active service under General Pierce, in the Mexican war. He is a native of Vermont and was appointed Captain of the Ninth infantry on the 8th of March, 1847. In
August, 1848, he was breveted Major for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Contreras and Cherubusco, his brevet dating from August 20, 1847. He was also distinguished in the battle at Chepultpec. He left the army when the regiment was disbanded on the 26th of August, 1848. He was engaged in civil pursuits until the breaking out of the present war, when he joined the regiment.
THE RETURNING VOLUNTEER REGIMENTS.
Arrival of the Ninth N. Y. S. V., Hawkins' Zouaves--Enthusiastic Reception-Their Escort through the City--The return of Duryee's Zouaves.
Another regiment of the two years' men--the Ninth New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves)--returned this morning from the seat of war. This corps is better known as the "Advance Guard,"--and is the regiment that went out under the command of Colonel Hawkins. Their deeds at Roanoke Island, and through all the North Carolina and many of the Virginia campaigns, are matters of history.
As soon as it was known that the "Kennebec" with the men on board had arrived off the Battery, hundreds of people went down to welcome the returning veterans. Men, women and children assembled on the pier of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, waving handkerchiefs and cheering--which salutations were returned by the soldiers on the boat. The Whitehall boatmen did a very lively business, their craft being in great demand, at exorbitant prices.
The Kennebec was soon surrounded by small boats filled with relatives and friends of the Zouaves, anxious to extend to them a welcome greeting. No one was allowed on board--however, a sentry standing at each gangway with fixed bayonet.
About 9 o'clock, Colonel Hawkins, accompanied by the Adjutant and one or two privates, landed at Whitehall. Although covered by the ample folds of his cloak he was at once recognized and instantly surrounded by a crowd--endeavoring to shake his hands. So great did the pressure become that the gallant Colonel was glad to enter a carriage and drive away. At about 9 1/2 o'clock the 12th regiment, N. Y. N. G., under command of Colonel Ward, and preceded by an excellent band, arrived on the battery, and there awaited the debarkation of the Zouaves from the Kennebec. This being done, the 12th gave rousing cheers of welcome, to which the returned veterans heartily responded. Everything being in readiness, the 12th again formed into line, wheeled into column, and, accompanied by a detachment of the wounded men of the 9th regiment, escorted the Zouaves through Broadway to Union Square, and down Fourth Avenue and the Bowery to Bond street. All along the line of march the returning soldiers were heartily cheered by the people.
The regiment returns home about 850 strong; a number of new recruits, are left behind. They bring their arms and equipments with them.
The following is a list of the principal officers returning with the regiment:
Colonel, Rush C. Hawkins; Lieut. Colonel _____ _____; Major, Jardine; Quartermaster, Parrison; Captain Graham, Co. A; Captain Barrett, Co. B; Captain Klingstolher, Co. C; Captain Perley, Co. D; Captain Le Baer, Co. E; Captain Hammell, Co. F; Captain Childes. Co. G; Captain McKechine, Co: H; Captain Leachy, Co. I; Captain Whitney, Co. K.
ARRIVAL OF A BATTALION OF VETERAN SOLDIERS.—
At noon yesterday a detachment of the 9th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., Hawkins' Zouaves, and the 11th infantry, numbering between 400 and 500 men, arrived in this city, and proceeded direct to the Barracks. They are under command of Senior Major Frazer and Junior Major Gandolfo. During the recent riots in New York, they were under command of the murdered Col. O'Brien. They relieved the 54th Regiment, N. Y. S. N. G., and will, for the
present, remain on duty in this city. They are a hardy looking body of men, and have seen severe service.
ARRIVAL OF HAWKINS’ ZOUAVES.
New York, May 5.
The steamer Kennebec arrived this morning from Fortress Monroe, with Hawkins' Zouaves, whose term has expired. The regiment was met by the 12th New York regiment and escorted up Broadway, where it was greeted by thousands in the most enthusiastic manner. Their colors are tattered, faded and perforated in many places by Rebel bullets.
THE GALLANT HAWKINS' ZOUAVES, than which few regiments are more deserving of honor and national gratitude, returned to the city yesterday, their term of enlistment having expired. In June, 1861, the Hawkins Zouaves left New York, and they have since been engaged in the battles of Roanoke, Bethel, Camden, Hatteras, South Mountain, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, amd Suffolk. Out of 1,046 men it lost 450 in killed and wounded. Four hundred and twenty of the men recruited for the regiment, having enlisted for the war, are now at Suffolk, Va. The total number of returned men is 420, and of these 250 were original members of the regiment. They arrived yesterday morning on the steamer Kennebec.
Crowds welcomed them with enthusiastic cheers, as they marched up Broadway, with their tattered, war- stained but glorious banners.
THE NINTH REGIMENT NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS.
The above splendid corps is about, being reorganized, under command of Col. E. Jardine, late Major of the regiment. The headquarters are at 428 Broome street, where all information can be had by recruits. The prestige which the Ninth has won in the field will insure it a speedy filling up.
STABBING AFFRAY IN THE OLD BOWERY THEATER.—Geo. Augustus Dougherty, a paroled prisoner, had an altercation with John Crawford, a member of Hawkins' Zouaves, in the second tier of the Old Bowery Theatre, last evening. Crawford claimed Dougherty as a deserter. The latter denied that he was, stating that he was a member of the Second New-York Artillery. A scuffle then ensued, in the course of which Crawford stabbed Dougherty, inflicting a fatal wound. Officers Freely and
Bartlett, attached to the theatre, arrested Crawford. Dougherty was taken by Officer McGrath, of the Sixth Ward, to the New-York Hospital, and it was supposed he could not live the night out. The wounded man is eighteen years of age, and a native of Ireland.
We are pleased to learn that Gen. W. B. Burnett has received the following authority from the Governor of this State, and that two regiments have been organized under it as three years men, who were mustered into the service with the minimum number to be filled up to the maximum, as speedily as possible.
The 9th N. Y. S. V., (Hawkins Zouaves) is being re-organized under Col. Jardin, (late Major of that gallant regiment,) and will proceed at once to Riker's Island, were detachments will be received to augment his command.
He has re-enlisted from the veterans of the 9th about 160 of the old organization. They will be completed in the course of a week or ten days. Others of the old regiments will soon be organized under their old commanders.
This affords an opportunity for companies and detachments, to report themselves for immediate organization, under the rules prescribed by His Excellency Gov. Seymour.
Citizens, rally under the veteran, who intends to lead Veteran soldiers.
HEAD QUARTERS BURNETT'S BRIGADE,
CITY ASSEMBLY ROOMS, 446.
BROADWAY, NEW YORK.
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS STATE OF N. Y.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
May 20th, 1863.
The PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES has said he will commission General Ward B. Burnett a Brigadier General in the service of the UNITED STATES, when Governor Seymour turns over to him a sufficient number of
Regiments to warrant it in accordance with the usages of the service.
The Governor has assured General Burnett that he will at the proper time and under proper circumstances cause to be turned over to him two or more regiments of troops, when they are organized and mustered into the service of the UNITED STATES, thus enabling him to form a brigade.
General Burnett is by his EXCELLENCY commended to your consideration, as you may be able from time to time, to give him much valuable information in relation to the progress of recruiting.
I am, very respectfully yours. &c.,
(Signed,) John T. Sprague,
To Col. H. S. Lansing, Commanding Troops,
51 Walker Street, New York.
THE NINTH REGIMENT (NEW YORK CITY ZOUAVES)
NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS. Colonel, Rush C. Hawkins; Lieutenant Colonel, George F. Betts; Major, Edgar A. Kimball. Adjutant, Jas. W. Evans; Quartermaster, Henry H. Elliott, Jr.; Surgeon, Geo. H. Humphreys; Chaplain, Rev. For Additional War News see Second, Fifth and Eighth Pages.
(CONTINUED FROM FIRST PAGE)
L. W. Conway; Quartermaster Sergeant, Edward C. Cooper.
Company A--Captain, Andrew S. Graham; Lieutenant,
C. Chiles; Ensign, F. Klingsohr.
Company B--Captain, William S. Barnett; Lieutenant, G. A. C. Barnett; Ensign, T. L. Bartholomew.
Company C--Captain, Otto W. Varisen; Lieutenant, W. H. Ennis; Ensign, J. D. Mitchell.
Company D--Captain, Henry Wright; Lieutenant, J. S. Harrison; Ensign, J. K. Perley.
Company E--Adolph Lebaire; Lieutenant, J. H. Bartlett; Ensign, W. A. Bartlett.
Company F--Captain, Wm. W. Hammell; Lieutenant, H. C. Perley; Ensign, C. W. Prescott.
Company G--Captain, Edward Jardine; Lieutenant, A. P. Webster; T. V. McElrath.
Company H--Captain, James C. Rodriguez; Lieutenant, L. Leahy; Ensign, T. F. Lefou.
Company I--Captain, Henry W. Copcutt; Lieutenant, F. Burke; Ensign, J. H. Fleming.
Company K--Joseph N. Stinn; Lieutenant, F. A. Silwa; Ensign, G. E. Doughty.
GOV. SEYMOUR AND THE EIGHTH REGIMENT.
On Saturday evening the 18th inst., at the armory of the Eighth Regiment in New York the following incident occurred:
Governor Seymour was greeted by the regiment, and said:
I introduce myself to you as the Commander in Chief of the military forces of the State, to thank you, as your Commander in Chief, for alacrity and promptness with which you flew to the assistance of a sister State in distress and trouble. As your Commander in Chief, I thank you for the honor which you have done the flag of your State. I do not intend to make you a speech, and will only repeat that as your Commander in Chief I sincerely thank you for what you have done. The frequent statement of the fact that I am your Commander in Chief, is worthy of observation; much more so the omission to mention rebellion, the riot, or the cause of the regiment being called unexpectedly home.
At the end of his speech the Governor immediately began to retire, but was stopped by the colonel, who said:
" One moment, if you please, Mr. Governor. I wish to inform your Excellency that the men before you left their homes to do what they could in the time of their service to put down this wicked rebellion. They have uncomplainingly borne the fatigues and burdens and dangers of their thirty days' campaign, sometimes for a week together on half rations. They are law abiding and law enforcing men; and pledged themselves as they neared the wharf in the riot-cursed city of their homes, not even to see their families, until order was restored here, and domestic rebellion subdued. The heart of every man was throbbing with anxiety to reach this city in time to share in the subjugation of the mob whose atrocities have called them from the field, and they chafed at every delay. They are men who are at all times ready to fight the rebellion in any form, as well in New York as in the South.
This speech and the thundering applause which the regiment gave it, non-plusseed the Governor, who could only make, after the hellish scenes of the week the silly reply: "I hope their sweethearts and wives will be glad to see them, and retire abashed from the presence of a man, speaking for a regiment of men."
COL. HAWKINS' REGIMENT OF ZOUAVES TO START FOR FORTRESS MONROE TO-DAY.
The Ninth regiment volunteers, under command of Col. R. C. Hawkins, now in barracks at Riker's Island will embark to-day (Monday) on the Empire City, foot of ..... street for Fortress Monroe. It will land at the ........tieth street, East River, about eleven o'clock, then march to Fifth avenue, down Fifth avenue to Fourteenth street, receiving two stands of colors on the
....... through Fourteenth street to Broadway down Broadway to the place of embarkation. Col. Hawkins was about to proceed to Albany last evening to
...... rifles for his command, when he received orders ...... his departure, which is now definitively fixed for to-day.
PRESENTATION OF COLORS TO HAWKIN'S ZOUAVES. (June 3, 1861)
THE PRESENTATION TO MAJOR KIMBALL—THE REGIMENT TO START TO-DAY OR TO-MORROW.
Yesterday afternoon a beautiful stand of colors was presented to Company C, Captain Parisen, of Hawkins' Zouaves, on the parade ground at Riker's Island, by the ladies of Hoboken. The lady of Captain Parisen also presented an elaborately finished set of colors to the officers of Companies A, C, D and G of the regiment. As it was generally understood that the Zouaves would leave this morning for the seat of war. Crowds of people visited the island yesterday for the purpose of exchanging parting greetings with the soldiers so that by three o'clock, the hour at which the ceremony of presentation took place, the whole island was thickly covered by the people, the fairer portion of humanity, of course, being fully represented. The presentation above alluded to, took place on a beautiful plain in the rear of the barracks, which had been used as a parade ground by the regiment, and the scene was one well calculated to inspire both military and patriotic ardor. The regiment, now numbering eight hundred men, was drawn up in line, and though they had had their muskets only three days, every man looked as if he had been perfectly familiar with his piece for as many years--so precise and admirable were the movements performed. The donors of both flags are all fair Hobokenites, and the work displayed on the glorious emblems on the union are well worthy of the delicate hands who performed it in the midst of "Elysian scenery," for which their little city is celebrated. The following are the names of some of the ladies who toiled at and assisted in the presentation of the flags: Mrs. C. E. Moss, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Leager and Mrs. B. G. Campbell. After the presentation the regiment was put through a very rigid drill, in which they acquitted themselves remarkably well.
About four o'clock major Kimball was waited on at his quarters by Mr. Daniel Geary, of the New York Custom House, and a few friends, who presented him with a beautiful pair of epaulettes, the gift of the weighers of that establishment. The regiment are now under marching orders, and expect to get off to-day in the Empire City.
As an instance of the proficiency which has been attained by the Hawkins' Zouaves, it may be stated that at twelve o'clock on Saturday night, while every man was in his bed, four guns were fired off, and some drums beat the "long roll," which is always the signal for an expected attack from an enemy. In an instant all the captains had their companies out, had picket guards posted, and all the men in line, fully equipped and armed inside of nine minutes. This movement was performed in the quickest time on record, the Seventh, of New York, having always taken eleven minutes to do the same.
The greatest order and discipline was observable throughout the camp all day. The stuff of which this regiment is composed is good, and they will undoubtedly give a good report of themselves when they come to "the tug of war."
NEW YORK MILITARY MOVEMENTS. (June 5, 1861)
DEPARTURE OF COL. HAWKINS' REGIMENT.
DEPARTURE OF COL. HAWKINS' NINTH REGIMENT NEW YORK ZOUAVES--PRESENTATION OF A STAND OF COLORS, SPEECHES, ETC.
The New York Zouaves, Ninth regiment, New York Volunteers, Col. Rush C. Hawkins, after many delays and disappointments, succeeded yesterday in starting for Fortress Monroe. The troops left Riker's Island about eleven o'clock in a steam tug, and landed at the foot of Thirteenth street, East river. About noon the men formed on Thirty-fourth street, and marched to the residence of the Hon. A. W. Griswold, in Fifth avenue, for the purpose of receiving a handsome flag at the hands of Mrs. Griswold. The regiment was drawn up in good style opposite Mr. Griswold's mansion, when the Rev. Dr. Gardiner Spring approached Col. Hawkins, and presenting the colors, delivered the following address:
Col. Hawkins, Officers and Soldiers of the Ninth Regiment New York Volunteers--I have been requested by Mrs. Griswold, now here, to present to you this splendid emblem of our nationality, and I desire to do this with a few introductory remarks. I, who for over fifty years have been enlisted under the banner of the Prince of Peace, find myself in exactly such a novel position as yourselves, who have enlisted in the noble cause of defending your country against a band of outlaws who, defying all law and righteousness, are striving to overthrow this, the happiest government on earth. Secession dates as far back as the days when the ten tribes of Israel were lost, and even further, for the devil himself was a secessionist. I look upon this controversy as the most wicked ever got up by man, and give you my blessing. The blessings and prayers of the whole civilized world are with you. I pledge myself that the blessings and prayers of the Brick church shall not be wanting. May the God of battles be with you, and in the house of danger hover over your heads. Accompanying this flag is a letter from Mrs. Griswold, which I will read for you, as follows:--
No. 381 Fifth Avenue, June 5, 1861.
Colonel Hawkins:--Sir--I have the honor to present to you for your gallant regiment of Zouaves these colors. The Union, of which this flag is the emblem, was established by our fathers. Its cost was the price of blood. To their children they have confided the trust of guarding and upholding it. What obligations can be more sacredly binding upon them? For more than three quarters of a century this ensign has commanded the respect of every nation and people on land and sea. While thirty millions of people under its folds were enjoying life, liberty and pursuit of happiness was no other people ever did, traitors have raised their fratricidal hands against it. The government has called upon its loyal citizens to come to its defence. The alacrity and zeal with which you and others have responded to that call, awaken in our bosoms the liveliest emotions of gratitude. It is beyond our province to follow this standard to the field of battle, but we can and will follow with our prayers and blessings those who hear it, imploring Him who holds in His hand the destinies of nations to protect and preserve those who stand by their country's flag in its hour of peril, and that He will speedily restore reason and loyalty to that rash and misguided people who have assailed it. Accept for yourself and fellow officers and your noble regiment of Zouaves my kind wishes.
MARY ADELAIDE GRISWOLD.
Colonel Hawkins, who was affected to tears almost, thanked Mrs. Griswold for the elegant present. As far as he was concerned, he promised never to surrender the banner except with his life. For his men he hazarded little in making a similar promise. He intended that the Stare and Stripes just presented to him should come out of the struggle without stain or blemish, and to this end he pledged his entire command.
The flag was then handed over to one of the color sergeants and exhibited to the soldiers. It proved to be a very costly affair, the trimmings being of heavy gold fringe and the tassels of golden silk. On the lance which surmounted the staff was a square plate of silver, on which was the following inscription:—
MRS. ALMA W. GRISWOLD
NINTH REGIMENT N. Y. V.,
JUNE 5, 1861.
LEXINGTON, APRIL 19, 1776.
BALTIMORE, APRIL 19, 1861.
MEMORIA IN ETERNA.
The ceremonies being concluded the regiment was ordered to march down Fifth avenue to the residence of Mrs. William B. Moffatt, where another flag was awaiting them. Colonel Hawkins was received by the Rev. Dr. Wiley, of Christ's church, who made the presentation on behalf of the fair donor in a manner calculated to produce a deep impression on the troops. In reply Colonel Hawkins again made a neat, patriotic speech and repeated his determination never to surrender the flag except with his life's blood. The regiment was then pledged to stand by the colors at any cost, and bring them back from the war as unsullied as when they were presented.
The banner, which was placed in the hands of one of the sergeants, is a fine specimen of taste and material. It is made of double silk, six by eight feet in size, and heavily fringed with gold. On the flag is the inscription:
NINTH REGIMENT, NEW YOURK VOLUNTEERS.
On a silver plate attached to the staff is the inscription:
" Presented by Mrs. Wm. B. Moffatt, to the New York Zouaves, June 5, 1861," and on the spear surmounting the whole are the words, "Ninth Regiment, New York Volunteers, Colonel R. C. Hawkins."
The presentation being over, the regiment was ordered to march down Broadway, and embark with all possible despatch on board the steamship Maroon, at pier No. 4 North river. As the Zouaves passed the Metropolitan and St. Nicholas hotels they were loudly cheered, and at every corner, from Prince street to the Battery, they were greeted with unmistakeable demonstrations of favor. The men marched pretty well, not withstanding the slippery condition of the Russ pavement; and presented a real soldierly appearance. The bugle and drum corps attracted a good deal of attention, and when, passing by Delmonico's, the buglers sounded the charge, the effect among the spectators was electrical. The echoes of the shrill blast reached far and wide, and brought thousands from the side streets who otherwise would not have known that the Zouaves were approaching.
At the Bowling Green the regiment filed to the right, and passing down Battery place to West street were soon on board the Marion. The troops were all on beard a few minutes before four o'clock, and everything was in readiness to start for the seat of war at a much earlier hour than was generally anticipated. In future commandants of regiments would do well to imitate Colonel Hawkins' punctuality, and not keep the public sir or seven hours waiting beyond the time. Among the passengers on board the Marion we noticed Captain James Turner, who goes as a bearer of despatches to General Butler. There were a number of other military personages on board who fraternized with the Zouaves, and congratulated them upon their imposing appearance and speedy prospect of an engagement with the enemy.
The following is a list of the officers of the New York Zouaves:--
Colonel—Rush C. Hawkins.
Lieuntenant Colonel--George F. Betts.
Major--Edgar A. Kimball.
Adjutant—James W. Evans.
Quartermaster—Henry H. Elliot, Jun.
Surgeon—George H. Humphreys.
Chaplain—T. W. Conway.
Quartermaster's Sergeant—Ed C. Cooper.
Company A, Captain Andrew S. Graham; B, Wm. S. Burnett; C, Otto W. Parisen; D, Henry Wright; E, Adolph Lebraize; F, Wm. W. Hammell; G, Edward Jerdin; H, James C. Rodriguez; I, Henry W. Cofcutt; K, Joseph N.
The uniform of the Zouaves is a very becoming one, and well adapted to campaigning purposes. It consists of a dark blue jacket and pants, trimmed with red cord; blue cloth cap, and a sash of turquois blue. The sash is quite an improvement on the red colored one so much in vogue, and we hope to see it adopted in all our Zouave regiments. The officers' uniform is the same with the exception of the trimmings, which are gold lace instead of red cord. A scarlet cap also distinguishes the officers from the privates, but in nearly every other respect the men are similarly attired.
THE NINTH REGIMENT. (May 4, 1861)
The Ninth have been duly inspected, and have made a return to the Governor of eight hundred and one men, fully equipped and ready for active service the moment they are called upon. They are now anxiously waiting for orders to march, which they expect as soon as a person can be found competent to fill the high and responsible position of Colonel—Col. Van Buren having resigned a few days ago. Capt. Dodge of the United States Army, will probably command them, as he has signified his willingness to do so. The only difficulty in the way is to get permission from the War Department at Washington. The proper application has been made, and they have every reason to believe that they will receive a favorable reply to their request. It will be remembered that the Ninth regiment have volunteered for the war, let it be 1ong or short, and they are, therefore, deserving of some attention at the hands of the department. The men have been all picked, none being accepted that would not have been received in times of peace. The men want action, and General Sandford should accommodate them.
This regiment is rapidly being recruited up to the proper war-standard, having left here, it will be remembered, with only seven hundred and eighty men. The recruiting office is at 545 Broadway. There have thus far been recruited one hundred and seventy-five men. A portion of these have gone to Fortress Monroe, under charge of Lieut. W. G. Andrews
NINTH REGIMENT (HAWKINS' ZOUAVES).
Lieutenant Colonel Betts yesterday sent forward fifty more recruits, besides the band. This raises the regiment to the full complement of 1,046 men. The recruiting being finished, Lieutenant Colonel Betts starts this morning for Newport News, to take command of the portion of the regiment stationed there. The remainder of the regiment, under Colonel Hawkins, is at Fort Hatteras, having participated in the brilliant attack which led to capture of that place.
THE NEW YORK ZOUAVES.
The regiment of Zouaves, in command of Colonel Hawkins, have again been transferred from their quarters near the centre market to their headquarters, at Castle Garden. Yesterday afternoon the command was inspected by Brigade Major Hubbell, of the Second brigade New York State Militia, and accepted by the State authorities. Prior to inspection, those companies which had not yet elected officers did so, of which companies H, I and K were of the number. Company H elected J. C. Boligne commander; Company I, Captain H. W. Copcutt, and Company K, Captain Joseph N. Stiner; Frank T. Foster, First Lieutenant, and S. J. Dockstader, First Sergeant.
Captain Stiner's command was originally recruited for Colonel Baker's California regiment, but being composed of young men of small stature, the captain transferred his command to the Zouaves.
This morning at ten o'clock, Rev. Mr. Conway, chaplain of the regiment, will preach a sermon at Castle Garden. Prior to their departure the United States officers will muster them into the federal service, and the regiment will in all probability leave this city in a day or two.
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN THE CITY.
THE TROOPS ON THE BATTERY.
The Zouaves in Castle Garden are extremely anxious to go into camp as soon as possible, but there is as great a want of tent material as there is of bunting in New York just now. Everything of the kind has been seized upon, including the large circus tents. There are plenty of locations for camps in the vicinity of the city, if the Quartermaster-General would or could furnish the tents. If the Zouaves can be provided, they will go into camp on the Red House grounds, East River, to-morrow. Colonel Hawkins has received an order to draw a full complement of Enfield rifles for his regiment. The crowd of visitors at the Battery within a day or two has been so large as to seriously interfere with the evolution, to say nothing of the comfort, of the soldiers stationed there.
THE NINTH REGIMENT.
We have received the following communication from a member of the Ninth regiment that will explain itself: TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
New York, May 1, 1861. The announcement to-day in the Herald that the Ninth regiment will be detained in the city until the volunteer regiments are despatched for Washington has greatly disappointed every member of the regiment. As it was among the first to offer its services to the government this detention is unjust in the extreme, as many of the members have left situations upon which they depended for their maintenance, and which they cannot now regain; others have been to the expense of purchasing their own uniforms. Trusting, if this should meet the eyes of Governor Morgan, that he will see his error in detaining this noble regiment and that he will issue orders for its immediate departure.
NINTH REGIMENT, NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The Ninth regiment of New York Volunteers, better known as Colonel Hawkins' Zouaves, at present stationed at Riker's Island, have received orders to depart for Washington on Monday morning at ten o'clock. They have received their arms and equipments, and are all ready to start at the word of command. They will land from the island at the foot of Thirtieth street, East River, and will go on board a transport at the foot of North Moore street. Before leaving the city the regiment will be presented with a stand of colors in front of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, and also a set of colors in front of the Moffat Building in Broadway, by Mr. Moffatt.
To-day Major General Dix and staff will inspect the men and see that all is right in regard to their departure.
The friends of the members will be permitted to visit Riker's Island on Sunday. The steamboat Thomas Hunt will leave Peck slip at one o'clock. No other boat will be allowed to land passengers. By order of Colonel Rush C. Hawkins.
THE NEW YORK ZOUAVES.
This command, temporarily stationed at Castle Garden, were assigned garrison in the armories of the Sixth, Eighth and Seventy-first regiments, over the Centre market. Colonel Hawkins, the efficient commander, made several efforts to secure quarters outside of the city for his command, and in almost every instance he failed. Lieutenant Dodge, commander of Bedloe's island, was requested to allow the regiment to encamp on the island, but there being at present two hundred and fifty United States troops stationed there, the room afforded to a regiment would be comparatively small. The Club grounds at the red House, Harlem, were secured, but owning to the want of camp equippage, the State authorities not having a sufficient supply on hand, the regiment was assigned the above mentioned quarters.
Recruiting for the regiment has almost totally ceased, and no one is accepted except first class men. Contracts for uniforms and equipments have been made, and the Zouaves will be in marching order in less than a week.
At two o'clock yesterday afternoon the regiment took its departure from Castle garden and marched to their new headquarters.
The Late Adjutant Gadsden, of the Ninth Regiment New York State Volunteers.--At a meeting of the officers of the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves) held at Roanoke Island on the 22d of April, a preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted complimentary to the late Adjutant Charles Gadsden, speaking of him as a gentleman, a beloved brother officer, and a gallant soldier, and that in his death, which occurred while bravely leading on his to victory, they have met with an irreparable loss. The officers and members of Company K, Seventh regiment New York State Militia, of which company Adjutant Gadsden was a member, also held a similar meeting, their armory in this city, and passed resolutions of condolence.
FROM FORTRESS MONROE.
Reported Resignation of Colonel Bendix—The Rebels Mounting Guns at Sewell's Point.
Fortress Monroe, August 4, via BALTIMORE,
August 5.--The Vermont regiment is now embarking at Newport News, and will sail for home via New haven early to-morrow morning.
It is said that Colonel Bendix has sent in his resignation, but he still remains at Newport News.
More order and discipline prevails since the prohibition of intoxicating drinks. Hereafter all packages sent to Old Point, belonging to officers or privates are to be examined by the Provost Marshal, and the spirituous liquors found in them will be turned over to the Hospital.
General Butler has gone home. Various cases of wines and liquors have been forwarded to him as presents.
The S. R. Spauldin will carry to Boston the celebrated Winan's steam gun.
La Mountain has discovered that the confederates are mounting two very large guns on Sewall's Point, probably with an idea of annoying the ship-ments to Old Point if not the fortress itself.
OUR NEWPORT NEWS CORRESPONDENCE.
NEWPORT NEWS, June 9, 1861.
Arrival of the New York Zouaves, Colonel Hawkins—Death of a Zouave by Drowning—Landing at Fortress Monroe—A Battle Hourly Expected, &c.
The Ninth regiment, New York Volunteers, Colonel Rush C. Hawkins, arrived here this (Sunday) morning at about eleven o'clock. The steam transport Marlon, which took our regiment from New York, started from
Quarantine on Friday morning, at five o'clock, where we were compelled to lie to on account of the storm. While about starting, one of our men, named Warren fell overboard and was drowned. A number of our men were about jumping overboard to rescue the man, but prevented by the officers, who would not unnecessarily risk more lives to save one. Every effort was made to cut loose the longboat, but upwards of ten minutes elapsed before it could be launched, and then it was too late to do any good. As the steamer Marion was small to accommodate more than half of our regiment, five companies were transferred to the George Peabody, which accommodated us as a tender. Our voyage was pleasant, and, with the exception of the poor fellow drowned, we did not lose a single man.
In running up the river we passed a number of batteries belonging to the rebels, but they did not seem to notice us. We also beheld a number of secession flags flying. The guard boat at the mouth of the river saluted, but did not board us. The Marion stopped at Fortress Monroe to land Major James M. Turner, of the First regiment, Colonel Allen, who came as passenger with us from New York. We have arrived here only a short time ago, and are not yet settled in our encampment. I will write again in a day or two. We are expecting a battle very shortly.
General Head Quarters, State of New York,
Adjutant General's Office,
Albany, May 20, 1863.
Colonel:—The President of the United States has said that he will commission General Ward B. Burnett a Brigadier General in the service of the United States, when Gov. Seymour turns over to him a sufficient number of regiments to warrant it in accordance with the usages of the service.
The Governor has assured General Burnett that he will, at the proper time, and under proper circumstances, cause to be turned over to him two or more regiments of troops, when they are organized and mustered into the service of the United States, thus enabling him to form a Brigade.
General Burnett is by his Excellency commended to your consideration, as you may be able from time to time to give him much valuable information in relation to the progress of recruiting.
I am, very respectfully, yours, etc.,
(Signed) JOHN T. SPRAGUE,
Adj.-Gen. State of New York.
To Col. H. S. Lansing, Commanding
Troops, No. 51 Walker St., N. Y.
We are pleased to learn that General Ward B. Burnett has received the foregoing authority from the Governor of this State and that two Regiments have been organized under it as three years' men, and mustered into the service with the Minimum number, to be filled to the Maximum as speedily as possible.
The 9th N. Y. S. Vols. (Hawkins' Zouaves) is being re-organized under Colonel Jardine (late Major of that gallant regiment), and will proceed at once to Riker's Island, where detachments will be received to augment his command. He has re-enlisted of the 9th about 160 of the Veterans from the old organization.—The regiment will be completed in the course of a week or ten days. Other of the old regiments will soon be reorganized under their old commanders.
This affords an opportunity for companies and detachments to report themselves for immediate organization under the rules prescribed by his Excellency Gov. Seymour.
Rally under the Veteran who intends to lead Veteran Soldiers.
Head Quarters Burnett's Brigade, C
Assembly Rooms, 446 Broadway, N. Y.
Ensign Benjamin H. Porter, whose gallant conduct before Charleston was spoken of in our last, says the New York Post, distinguished himself with equal gallantry in an engagement in the early part of the war. A correspondent thus relates the story: "At the battle of Roanoke Island, when much younger, he commanded a launch of six Dahlgren howitzers from his vessel, in the advance of the center, which he dragged through a swamp, the mud up to the hubs of the wheels, took his position under a galling fire from the enemy, which he maintained, returning fire until most of his men had fallen, when one of the guns exploded, and one man alone remained with him, of whom he thus wrote (boy-like, of seventeen years,) to his mother: "He alone remained, when a slug passed into his throat, from which the blood streamed out; he looked in my face, choked, fell down, and died.—
This made me madder than ever, and I went in on my muscle. He bravely remained alone with his battery, cleaning, loading and firing his guns himself, until, with Hawkins' Zouaves, they won the day. His truly wonderful conduct elicited the admiration of all who beheld it. A testimonial was written, signed, by his commander and officer."
THE BATTLE OF SOUTH MILLS.
OFFICAL REPORT OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL KIMBALL, COMMANDING NINTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
Headquarters, Ninth Regiment, N. Y. V.,
ROANOKE ISLAND, N. C., April 21, 1862.
Colonel--I have the honor to report that in pursuance of your order of the 18th inst., I left this camp at eleven o'clock of that day, and proceeded to your headquarters with the Ninth regiment New York Volunteers, numbering an aggregate force of seven hundred and twenty seven men, with whom I embarked on the transport steamer Ocean Wave. I then proceeded to land my command at the point designated by you, the whole force having to wade middle deep in water in order to reach the shore from the surf boats.
I landed with the first detachment, Company A, Capt. Graham, whom I ordered forward to take possession of a house about one-eighth of a mile from the point of landing, and also to throw forward a picket on the road toward Camden, which order he promptly executed. I then formed the remaining companies of the regiment in line of battle and awaited your order, which I received from you in person at about two o'clock on the morning of the 19th.
From this time until you were seriously wounded, while gallantly leading your command in a charge against the enemy, I shall not attempt to enter so fully into details as I otherwise should had not your regiment during that period been constantly under your eye and immediate command. Allow me, however, to express my gratitude and admiration at the cheerful and determined manner with which the men endured every hardship and fataigue of the march, and notwithstanding they had no sleep the night before they made the entire march (of not less than thirty miles) in their wet clothes and stockings in a broiling sun, and arrived at the field of battle in less than eight hours. At this time the troops were so exhausted they could hardly drag one leg after the other; but when the order to charge was given they replied with a cheer, and attacked the enemy in a manner so intrepid and determined as to force him back; and, although not at the time entering his position, the object of the charge was accomplished, as, upon being partially repulsed, our movement to the woods on his left led him to suppose he was to be attacked on his flank and rear, when he immediately evacuated his position. The bravery and intrepidity displayed by every one in the charge--which was made across an open field of seven hundred yards in front of the enemy, who was deep in the woods on our left and in front, and consequently completely enfilading us by his fire—has but few parallels.
Where all behaved so gallantly it would be invidious to mention this particularly distinguished one above the other; but I would take this opportunity to call your very favorable attention to Major Jardine (slightly wounded), who on this occasion (as well as on all others when required) displayed a care for the regiment and gallantry on the battle field seldom equalled. Captains Graham and Hammill, Lieutenants Bartholomew, Klingsohr, Powell and McKechnie, wounded (the latter being in command, the Captain of the company having been left in command of this camp); Captains Le Baire, Parisen and Leahy, also Captain Whiting, Lieutenants Morris and Herbert, in charge of the battery of the regiment, did splendid service. Lieutenants Childs and Barnett (the Captain being absent recruiting), John K. Perly (the captain falling out from exhaustion, being sick when he joined the expedition); Lieutenant Webster, in command of
Company H, after the Captain was wounded—all commanding companies, are entitled to great credit.
Lieutenants Fleming, Cooper, Burdett, Donaldson, Henry Perley (the latter in command of Company F after the Captain was wounded), sustained their previous high reputation. Surgeon Humphries, of this regiment, Acting Brigade Surgeon, is entitled to very great credit, having been constantly in attendance on the wounded till after their arrival at this place, and upwards of twenty-eight hours without sleep. I would also, on behalf of Surgeon Humphries and myself, express our own and the thanks of the entire regiment to Surgeon Jones, of the United States Navy, attached to the flagship Philadelphia; and Squires, of the Eighty-ninth New York Volunteers, and Assistant Surgeon Cooper, of the Sixth New Hampshire Volunteers, for assistance rendered to our wounded.
I cannot close this report without bearing testimony to the good conduct on the battle field and in the field hospital of the Rev. T. W. Conway, chaplain of this regiment. He not only encouraged the men on the field, but remained after the army had left, and aided the regiment, and particularly so in the loss of its Adjutant--that gallant soldier and gentleman--Lieutenant Charles A.
Gadsden. He was but lately appointed and had been only on duty with the regiment for a short space of five days; yet in that time he had shown his ability as a soldier and endeared himself to all with whom he had come in contact. He died gallantly at the head of the regiment and in the honorable performance of the duties of his profession, which he had so lately adopted. All regret his death, and will ever kindly and proudly remember him and his connection with us. The deaths of Corporals Otto Von Grieff and William Saward and privates Dillman, Kehy, Shephard, Caranaughe, Mayne and Daly are deeply felt by their companions and the entire regiment. Their friends may know that they died as true soldiers are willing to die--honorably fighting for the flag of their country—and that their names are embalmed in the hearts of their comrades, and will ever when spoken be revered by a grateful people. After the battle the regiment bivouacked on the ground from which the enemy was dislodged, and scarcely had the men thrown themselves down, when, notwithstanding the rain was falling fast, they were in a profound sleep, from which they were soon after with difficulty awakened, with an order to immediately take up their march for our transports. Upon arising from the ground I found myself almost totally disabled from the pain of a sprained knee and foot, with which, you are aware; I had been suffering during the day; and, as my horse was shot from under me during the action, I was compelled to temporarily place Major Jardine in command of the regiment, who formed it in the most admirable manner in the short space of ten minutes, not a word being spoken except the commands of the officers, given in whispers—shortly after which a horse was procured for me, when I resumed command. I then, in accordance with orders, marched the regiment at a quick pace through mud ankle deep, in almost pitch darkness, a distance of twelve miles to the draw bridge near Camden, which we held till the entire army had passed over, at daylight. I then, as previously directed, cut away the bridge, and then with my command brought up the rear of the last division, arriving at our transports at about nine o'clock A. M., with many of the men barefooted, completely exhausted, and their feet blistered and skinned, after which nothing worthy of note transpired.
The following is a list of the prisoners taken by the Ninth New York Volunteers, on or near the battle field at South Mills, Camden county, April 19, 1862::—
D. E. Elder, Company L, Third regiment Georgia Volunteers.
James Y. Banes, Company B, Third regiment Georgia Volunteers.
Hardey Jennigan, Company C, Third regiment Georgia Volunteers.
Falman Berry, supposed North Carolina Militia.
Peter Sawyer, supposed North Carolina Militia.
Tinley Brown, supposed North Carolina Militia.
Lemuel Sawyer, supposed North Carolina Militia.
William Williams, supposed North Carolina Militia.
Benjamin Clark, supposed North Carolina Militia.
In conclusion, allow me again to express my thanks to every officer and man of the regiment engaged in this action, and to bear testimony to their coolness under the hottest fires, and general good conduct as soldiers under all circumstances, and also to express our united thanks and gratitude to yourself for the consideration you bestowed upon us, and gallantry with which you led us upon this as well as other occasions.
Very respectfully, I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
E. A. Kimball,
Lieut. Colonel commanding Ninth New York Volunteers,
To Col. RUSH C. HAWKINS, Ninth New York Volunteers, commanding brigade.
… wounded in hospital, and buried and performed the funeral services over all the dead of the different regiment. He then collected, took command of, and brought safely into camp, detachments from the different regiments of about forty stragglers who had fell out by the roadside from exhaustion.
I would call particular attention to the wounded noncommissioned officers and privates whose names accompany this report, all of whom patiently endured their painful wounds till they could be properly attended to, without murmur, many of them with cheerfulness, thereby showing their discipline as soldiers and determination as patriots.