10th New York Infantry Regiment's Civil War Newspaper Clippings
May 1, 1861
McChesney's National Zouaves were inspected and mustered into service at Washington parade ground, yesterday morning. They were inspected by companies, by Capt. Cogswell, of the U. S. army, and by Dr. Mott. But few recruits were rejected. They were expecting their uniforms last evening, and will probably leave to-day for Fort Hamilton or Schuyler. Company A (Capt. White), a fine body of picked men, are quartered at the Tammany Hotel, having been inspected a few days ago . There are now eight full companies of the National Zouaves ready to march when supplied with arms and equipments.
THE TENTH NEW-YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The Tenth—better known as the "New-York Zouaves"—are now recruiting in the City. This regiment has been all through the Peninsula, and for splendid discipline and military behavior generally has the special honor of being brigaded with DURYEE’S Zouaves and the regulars, under WARREN and Sykes, in Fitz JOHN PORTER'S corps d'armee. Col. BENDIX, its commander, is a fine soldier. Capt. G. F. HOPPER and Lieut. JAS. M. SMITH are detailed for recruiting duty. Their headquarters are at the Mercer House, corner of Mercer and Broome streets .
Col. McChesney's command go into encampment to-day, at Hamilton square, corner of Sixty-sixth street and Fifth avenue.
ARRIVAL OF COMPANY F, TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS.
Company F, of the National Zouaves, Captain Jas. Brady, arrived home yesterday afternoon, and were well received by their friends. The company was raised in Brooklyn by Captain Solomon Winchester, who was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg. He was succeeded by Captain Thomas D. Mosscrop, who was wounded in the second battle of Bull Bun, and the command then devolved upon Captain Brady. The company, when it left Brooklyn, numbered 101 men, and returns with 46 men. They were engaged in the seven days' fight on the York peninsula, at South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. The flag which was presented to them by General Wool, at Fortress Monroe, was brought home by Sergeant Alexander Jameson, and will be preserved as a memento. It is weather-worn and perforated with bullet holes, so that it can hardly sustain its own weight. It will be kept at the home of Captain Mosscrop, No. 168 Myrtle avenue, for the present. The company were entertained by Captain Mosscrop, after which they left for their respective homes.
THE REGIMENTS TO BE MUSTERED OUT—The Tenth Zouaves appeared in front of the City Hall this morning, to be mustered out of the United States service. After remaining some time, the men were notified that they should reassemble on Monday, at one o'clock, for the purpose. There are two months' pay due the regiment, with the discharge bounty to each soldier of $100. At present the Zouaves manifest no disposition to reenlist, but a few days and high bounty may change their intention.
Two of the companies will have invitation balls in a few days, which will be generally attended by the officers. The ball of company I takes place on the 12th in the Apollo Rooms, and that of company F on the 25th instant. The colors, now a mass of shreds, will be conspicuously displayed on each occasion.
The mustering out of the 7th regiment Stanton Rifles, was also postponed until Monday.
INTERESTING TROPHY.—The Bureau of Military Statistics this morning received the following interesting letter and the Colors to which it refers. The latter, a regimental banner, bears the words: "10th Regiment, N. Y. V., Presented by the city of New- York," with the coat of arms of the city in the centre. The banner is much worn, the lower part torn into shreds, portions of which are gone. The spear bears the mark of a shot, and the flag of several. Twice a trophy, no common interest attaches to this banner.
It will be remembered that the Tenth was a two year's regiment, and is now out of service:—
NEW YORK, Feb. 16,1865.
Colonel Lockwood L. Doty, Chief of Bureau of Military Statistics, State of New York:
Colonel—I send you by express to day the colors of the Tenth New York regiment. These colors were re-captured by General Slocum's column of Major General Sherman's army on their recent march through Georgia.
They were taken at the Capitol of Georgia. Col. Rogers, of Gen. Slocum's staff, entrusted them to me, with the request that they should be forwarded to His Excellency, Gov. Fenton.
Will you have the kindness to apprise him of their receipt by you.
Col. Rogers supposes that they were captured from the Tenth New York in the Virginia campaign of 1861-2. I have no knowledge of the present location or organization of that regiment if now in service, or I should return them through its Commander to you.
I am, very resp'y, your ob't sev't,
(Signed) DAN. BUTTERFIELD.
Maj. Gen. Vol.
Saturday Morning, May 10.
The troops left during the night, and at day light could be seen from the wharf, landing at Willoughby's Point, a short distance from the Rip Raps.
Through the influence of Secretary Stanton, I obtained, this forenoon, a permit to accompany Gen. Wool and Gen. Mansfield and Staffs to Willoughby's Point, on the steamer Kansas, and here I am, on sacred soil, within eight miles of Norfolk.
The point at which we have landed is known as Point Pleasant, one of the favorite drives from Norfolk.
The first regiment landed was the 20th New York, known as Max Weber's regiment, which pushed on immediately under Gen. Weber, and were at 8 a. m., picketed within five miles of Norfolk. The 1st Delaware, Col. Andrews, was pushed forward at 9 o'cl'k accompanied by Gens. Mansfield and Viele and Staffs. They were soon followed by the 16th Massachusetts, Col. Wyman. The balance of the expedition consists of the10th New York, Col. Bendix; the 48th Pennsylvania, Col. Bailey; the 99th New York coast guards Maj. Dodge's battalion of mounted rifles, and Cap't. Follet's company of the 4th regular infantry.
Gen. Wool and staff remained to superintend the landing of the force, all of whom were landed and off before noon. The President, accompanied by Secretary Stanton, accompanied. Gen. Wool and staff to the wharf, and there took a tug, and proceeded to the Minnesota, where he was received with a national salute.
It is generally admitted that the President and Secretary Stanton have infused new vigor into both the naval and military operations here, and that the country will have no cause for further complaint as to the cause of the rebels in this quarter.
The President has declared that Norfolk must fall: that the Merrimac must succumb to the naval power of the Union; and that the government property at Norfolk must be repossessed at whatever cost it may require. What is more, he has determined to remain here until it is accomplished.
The iron-clad gunboat Galena, accompanied by Port Royal and Aroostook, went up the James river Wednesday night, and although I have been unable to obtain positive information from them since the Galena silenced the forts on the lower part of the river, it is understood that the President has received dispatches from Gen. McClellan that they have given him most valuable aid in driving the enemy to the wall. It is even stated to-day that the Galena not only captured the Yorktown and Jamestown, but has put crews on board and run them up within shelling distance of the river defenses of Richmond! Of the truth of this, however, I can not vouch, as Old Point is becoming famous for its rumors.
REORGANIZATION OF THE TENTH N. Y. VOLS.
In response to a call made by Col. John E. Benedix, an enthusiastic meeting of the 10th Regiment New-York Volunteers (National Zouaves), was held yesterday afternoon at the Mercer House, preparatory to reorganizing for a brief campaign, to resist the Rebel campaign in Pennsylvania. Among the officers present were Col. Bendix, Lieut.-Col. J. W. Marshall. Major J. Missing, and Capt. Dimmick. The meeting having been called to order, Col. Bendix stated that he issued the call at the suggestion of several of the officers of the regiment, in consequence of the Rebel raid in Pennsylvania, and he wanted a vote by companies of all those who were willing to reorganize for a short term of service. Gen. Sandford had agreed to accept them as State Militia.
Mr. Waldo Hutchings was then introduced and said that his object in coming there was to raise a battalion of 400 men from the veterans before him to resist the Rebel Invasion in Pennsylvania under the leave of their gallant commander, Col. Bendix. As far as he was concerned, he was willing to defray the expenses of their journey, and the Government would remunerate them as a military organization for their timely services. If necessary he was ready to shoulder the musket himself. They would go as militia, and would be under the command of Militia Officers.
Col Bendix having conferred with the officers, said he understood that many of the man were desirous of receiving bounties. He suggested, however, that they enroll their names at any rate, and if no bounties were forthcoming, they . would not be held. They could act their own pleasure.
The roll was then signed by about 100 men, and a Committee, composed of Major Missing, Capt. Dimmick, and Lieut. Murray, appointed to wait upon the Committee on National Affairs to obtain uniforms and other necessary aid. The following call was issued yesterday afternoon:
" Returned Volunteers — rally ! Rally! Rally!— All members of regiments who have been in service and will serve again for a short period, not exceeding three months, are requested to meet at the Mercer House, corner of Broome and Mercer streets, and enroll their names, where the l0th Regiment. N. Y. V. are reorganizing to serve with the New- York troops in Gen. Sandford's Division. Col J. E. Bendix, Lieut-Col. J. W. Marshall, Major J. Missing. Capt. R. A. Dimmick, Capt. Thos. Mosscrop."
TENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
The Tenth N. Y. Volunteers are determined again to be in the field, despite any obstacles which may be thrown in their way. Col. Bendix has been temporarily relieved of the command, charged with bringing home some of his men who had enlisted for three years. In justification of the Colonel we have the best authority for saying that he did his utmost to prevent such an occurrence: but it was impossible to prevent a few of the men from eluding the vigilance of their officers, who were stationed at different points to prevent them from going with the returning two years men.
It is an act of injustice to the gallant Colonel, who has so nobly and devotedly battled for his country since the breaking out of the rebellion. The Tenth was organized in this city, and not one cent came out of the public funds of the city, as it was raised by the untiring efforts of the Colonel and his officers. We hope soon that he will be placed at the head of his regiment.
TENTH REGIMENT N. Y. S. V.~0n Thursday, the 14th, another box for our friends at Bonnet Carre will be forwarded by D. DeGraff. All packages received up to Wednesday night at 10 o'clock, at Medical Hall, corner South Pearl and Plain streets.
MUSTERED OUT.—Several members of the Tenth regiment, Hawkins' Zouaves, who enlisted from Troy, are home again—among them "Ike" Warren, brother of our worthy Surrogate.
THE SECOND BATTALION, HAWKINS' ZOUAVES.
About one hundred men who joined the service of the United States some seven months since under the title of the Second battalion, Hawkins' Zouaves, have now been discharged. Those men, it appears, enlisted for nine months, and have since been kept in camp at New Dorp, Staten Island, without receiving pay or bounty. In consequence of their refusal to enlist for three years or the war they have been dishonorably discharged the service.
COL. BENEDIX AND THE TENTH NEW YORK VOLS.
Correction.—We regret to state that a typographical error made us say, last evening, that, "Colonel Bendix brought the colors of the regiment back with him to . this city, which were deserted by the men left behind." The statement should have read—"which were desired by the men left behind." The Tenth regiment has always fought with bravery on many a bloody field, and not a single member ever deserted its honored flag.
An "Indignation" Meeting—The officers of the several Military organizations that were dropped from the service of the State by reason of the consolidation of the Troops at Sprague Barracks held an indignation meeting a few days ago at the Headquarters of the Seymour Light Infantry for the purpose of laying their grievances before the Governor. H. F. Lubenan was called to the chair, and after several nominations a Secretary was finally found to act. A motion was then made to appoint a Committee of three to draw up a set of resolutions.
Pending the motion, Wm. H. Allen, formerly Colonel of the First New York Volunteers, rose to address the meeting. He said that he thought some of the members ought to relate something of what they knew of the matter, that the committee might have some knowledge how to form the resolutions. He said that he was not particularly interested in the matter either one way or the other, that Adjutant General Sprague obtained his position through Ex-Governor Morgan, who impressed upon Governor Seymour the necessity of having a military man in that position, on account of the perilous position of the affairs of the nation. This would have been a good reason in itself had Morgan not had some ulterior object in view, which Sprague was to carry out: that Sprague was a regular army officer and he did all he could to discourage and displease the volunteer officers, which work he was now doing in revoking and consolidating so many regiments. In fact he and Col. Lansing did everything to discourage enlistments that Sprague being a regular army officer had a dislike to the volunteer officers in the field, and had them superseded, and put in their places men of the regular army and also other favorites of his. Now if they would lay all this, and also everything else which they might ascertain, before Governor Seymour, he might change his mind and supersede Sprague. As to Col. Lansing, he was about as bad as Sprague; he was a captain in the regular service, brevetted Major, and he was a protégé of Morgan's, going from New York in command of the 17th N. Y. Vols. The first engagement he was in he left his horse on the fields and was not heard from until he was in New York; while here he obtained the position of Commander of Troops in Camps and Garrison, which he managed to keep when Seymour got in.
After this speech the chair put the motion for a committee of three, which was carried, and the meeting then adjourned.
New York National Zouaves at Fort Monroe.
HEADQUARTERS TENTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS.
Fortress Monroe, Va.,
15th August, 1861.
Editor N.Y. Leader :
DEAR Sir—I observe your cotemporaries designate the Tenth Regiment N. Y. S. Volunteers (National Zouaves) as "McChesney's Zouaves." May I ask you to confer a favor upon a regiment which warmly appreciates the able efforts of your Journal to expose incompetency and abuse, to abstain from using the designation "McChesney's Zouaves" in any way connecting the name of Colonel McChesney with this regiment. The regiment to a man feel thoroughly ashamed at having his name given to them; as it was to his vacillation and incompetency that we very justly attribute our mischances both at Sandy Hook and on leaving the City of New York. Added to the foregoing, Mr. Editor, please observe the subsequent conduct of the aforesaid colonel, in bringing the regiment to the scene of action, and then curiously resigning his command, only a day or two after the unfortunate battle of Big Bethel to another officer, and returning home on the plea of ill-health. This same gallant colonel, it is said, has been heard in New York to speak of his experience at the battle of Big Bethel. This however, can hardly be true! for I assure you, Mr. Editor, that Colonel McChesney was not in the battle, nor near it, as the Tenth Regiment never passed the village of Hampton. We were ordered to take up the line of march for Big Bethel, but this order was subsequently countermanded just before reaching the bridge of Hampton.
I should here observe that Colonel McChesney is not dead yet, nor likely to die; though having resigned on the plea of ill-health.
Colonel McChesney, I may say, absented himself from the regiment nearly the whole time we were at Sandy Hook, and I hear, after resigning, gave the people of New York to understand that our regiment was anything but what he expected. I only wish you had been here yourself to judge of our doings. No regiment, with the exception of the Fifth Duryea and the Third Townsend, have done more than we have. Picket duty and expeditions to destroy schooners and interrupt the perpetual introduction on the coast of arms and supplies to the enemy have been an endless source of employment to us. I was in the last expedition to the Chesapeake Bay, and really felt proud to see the admirable way the boys behaved. Three companies of our regiment accompanied the expedition, and it would have delighted you to have seen Companies C and F, stripped to the skin, pitching coals out of the "Fanny Cadwallader," a gunboat that got aground just under the guns of the enemy. Captain Lowther, of Thirty-seven New York Engine, behaved splendidly, and by his conduct was mainly instrumental in getting the boat off. There is not a company in the regiment that have not firemen among them, and you know their character and disposition too well to think that they will flinch. We have, it is true, seen hardships, but we are all content to gut up with anything ourselves rather than be disparaged by those who were formerly of us, but have since seceded. You know, doubtless, Mr. Allen, formerly of the District Attorney Waterbury's office. He is our Quartermaster Sergeant, and will corroborate my statements.
I ask, Mr. Editor, in the name of the regiment, that the name "McChesney" may never again be associated with the Tenth National Zouaves of New York. We have to thank our present Lieut.-Colonel Elder, now commanding, and Adjutant Patrick for the past and present military knowledge we have acquired; and it is to their untiring and unceasing efforts we may attribute our present efficiency. Excuse my troubling you with this. The Tenth Regiment is industriously working to achieve a name and position for itself among its confreres, the New York Volunteer Regiments, and it wants no name to be associated with it that will not do it credit. The success that has attended its effort to attain thorough efficiency and distinction has been but small as yet, but small as it has been, it has, however, met with the recognition and appreciation both of General Butler and Colonel Dimmick, the gallant commander of our fortress here; and with the approval of such men the regiment looks forward to a glorious future, and watches with an eager, jealous eye for an opportunity to rank itself in the public estimation among the choisest regiments of New York.
I remain very obediently yours,
Co. E., Tenth Regm't New York "National Zouaves.''
THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
The regiment of Zouaves, under the command of Colonel W.W. McChesney, at present camping at the City Arsenal, corner of Elm and White streets, were yesterday formally inspected and mustered into service. Lieutenant M. Cogswell, of the United States Army, acting as inspector on the occasion. The regiment is undergoing the m o s t rigid discipline, and is constantly engaged in drilling. The troops are nearly all equipped, as far as the uniform is concerned, with the exception of the caps, which are at present under contract.
The armament for the regiment has not yet come to the city, which is the main cause of their protracted stay. The officers are very anxious to remove their troops from New York, and to attain this object various attempts have been made to secure adequate quarters for a camping ground in the suburbs. Up to yesterday but poor success has crowned the efforts of those endeavoring to find a suitable place for an encampment. Quartermaster Biddle went yesterday to the Fashion Course, but has not received a definite answer whether the same may be secured or not. The proprietor, however, has agreed to let him know to-day whether the regiment can encamp on the course, and, if so, they will probably take possession to-morrow.
The tents and camp utensils being contracted for will doubtless be ready for the regiment as soon as they are in the position to take up their quarters in the camp. The best possible thing that could happen to the command would be to leave the city, inasmuch as it is composed of such material, that only the severest kind of discipline will in a measure subdue their pugnacious spirit. The troops are a fine body of men, of small stature, and well developed muscular proportions.
The main cause of the trouble among themselves seems to arise from their anxiety to get into actual service. They have already been in close quarters for nearly two weeks, and the surroundings are not proof against their anticipated removal from this city to a sphere of usefulness. Once out of New York the National Zouaves will be a credit to the volunteer troops accepted by the federal authorities. The regimental roster is now very near full, yet numbers of recruits are offering daily, and four of five are refused.
The election of officers has taken place and none but thorough drilled and disciplined men have been placed in command. The board of officers have been very careful in selecting the staff, and altogether it is doubtful whether any New York regiment can boast of more accomplished officers than the National Zouaves. Below we present a complete list of the field, staff and
Line Officers—Colonel W. W. McChesney; Lieutenant Colonel, Alexander B. Elder; Major, John W. Marshall; Adjutant, F. M. Patrick; Quartermaster, James Biddle; Assistant Quartermaster, J. B. Chapman; Surgeon, Dr. J. Lovejoy; Paymaster, Aaron Seeley; Commissary, Marshall B. Shaw; Chaplain, Rev. W. B. Meschutt.
Company A—Captain, Frank White; First Lieut., Alfred Chamberlain; Ensign, James C. Jones.
Company B—Captain, James Fairman; First Lieut., Robert A. Dimick; Ensign, Thomas Culhane.
Company C— Captain, Thomas J. Louther; First Lieut., Wm. Lee Monaghan; Ensign, vacant.
Company D--Captain, Thomas Cloudsley; First Lieut., John Minor; Ensign, Volney Wright.
Company E—Captain, John Missing; First Lieut., Edgar A. Brown; Ensign, Daniel Finley.
Company F—Captain, S. Winchester; First Lieut., Rufus Farnsworth; Ensign, Thomas Mosscroft.
Company G—Captain, Joseph Newburgh; First Lieut., Frank C. Stott; Ensign, Charles Hill.
Company H—Captain, George F Hopper; First Lieutenant, Eugene F. Roberts; Ensign, Theodore H. Rogers.
Company I—Captain, James H Briggs; First Lieutenant, Thomas Wildes; Ensign, George M. Dewey.
Company J is an engineer corps, in command of Sergeant Wm. H. Johnson, and is, according to regulations, the right flank company of the regiment. This company numbers eighty men. The Engineer of the regiment has not yet been appointed. Colonel McChesney is endeavoring to get a graduate of West Point to accept the position. The same may be said of the surgeons. Dr. Valentine Mott having been charged with their appointments, has not yet as settled definitely upon any one. There are scores of applicants for the positions.
THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
This command was to have taken up their quarters yesterday at Hamilton park, Sixth-fifth street and Third avenue, but the state authorities could not by any possibility furnish them with tents and camp equipage. The regiment, in consequence thereof, had to pass another night in their close and confined quarters at the City Arsenal and Tammany Hall.
Col. McChesney yesterday called upon the Union Defence Committee to assist him in this dilemma, and get his regiment, into quarters out of the city; but this body referred him to Col. Scott, and that officer promised positively to order the Zouaves to a camping ground near this city. The exact locality, however, has not been designated, but it is likely to be at Sandy Hill, where temporary barracks are now being erected.
Yesterday afternoon the field, staff and line officers underwent a strict medical examination by Dr. Mott, Surgeon of the second brigade, after which they were sworn into the United States service, the men having been mustered in the day previous.
The officers are of the opinion that, owing to the despatch of the Secretary of State to Governor Morgan, on the 30th ult., in reply whether any more troops would be needed from this State, answering that forty thousand more volunteers, to serve for three years or during the war, would be accepted, the National Zouaves will leave for the scene of action in a very few days.
THE NATIONAL ZUOAVES
This regiment, quartered at Sandy Hook, have received marching orders, and will probably leave in a day or two. A few more recruits will be taken if application is made at Lafayette Hall, in Broadway. The regiment is also in need of a few buglers, who will aslo apply at the above place.
COLONEL McCHESNEY'S ZOUAVES.
THEIR ENCAMPMENT AT SANDY HOOK AND EXPECTED DEPARTURE
The Tenth regiment New York Volunteers (National Zouaves), under command of Colonel Waters McChesney, is expected to leave for Fortress Monroe within a few days. The regiment, for the past three weeks, has been encamped on a small island at the mouth of Shrewsbury river, about thirty miles below the city. The island is a mass of white sand, wholly destitute of vegetation, except a few stunted trees which grow near its centre. A large lighthouse and three or four frame buildings are erected upon it, and these are now used as barracks for the troops. The air is very pure, coming directly from the sea, and its bracing effects have added much to the health and vigor of the men. The bath facilities are most excellent, and are daily appreciated— both officers and men availing themselves of the opportunity afforded for delightful sea bathing. As an encampment for the drilling of recruits the place can scarcely be excelled, the only drawback being the sand, which in some places permits them to sink too deep for quick movements. The troops have, however, made great proficiency in marching, manoevering, combinations and evolutions. They have not yet been fully supplied with rifles? but by drilling in squads this impediment to their progress in that branch of their exercises has been overcome. Nine of the companies composing the regiment were mustered into service on the 30th of April, the remaining one on the 10th of May. The uniforms are to be sent to the encampment to day, and are the improved Zouave costume, the jacket and pants being of blue pilot cloth, trimmed with red, with vest of the same cloth, trimmed with stripes of blue, and ornamented in front with a row of gilt buttons; a havelock of linen, Zouave boots, and a blue sash with crimson border, complete the costume. Several tailors are sent with the uniforms, and each man is to be properly fitted. Colonel McChesney was the first person who organized a company of Zouaves in this city, he having previously been connected with the Chicago Zouaves, under the lamented Colonel Ellsworth. Captain Frank J. White of this regiment, was also one of the Chicago Zouaves. A portion of the recruits are firemen from this city, and one company, commanded by Captain Winchester, late of the Brooklyn Fire Department, is composed entirely of young men from Brooklyn; the rest are mostly young mechanics and clerks. The Brooklyn company is entitled to the right of the line, and Company C, commanded by Captain Southern, the left. Its staff and line officers are:—
Waters M. McChesney, Colonel.
Alexander B. Elder, Lieutenant Colonel.
John W. Marshall, Major.
Frederick M. Patrick, Adjutant
James Biddle, Quartermaster.
John A. Brady, Sergeant Major.
James Fairman; Captain Company A.
Frank J. White, Captain Company B.
James C. Souther, Captain Company C.
Thomas Cloudsley, Captain Company D.
John Messing, Captain Company E.
S. Winchester, Captain Company F.
James Newberg, Captain Company G.
George F. Hopper, Captain Company H.
James H. Briggs, Captain Company I.
Most of the officers have been connected with military affairs for some years, and a few have seen active service. This is the case also with many of the men. The regiment will by Monday be perfectly equipped , and intend early in the week to parade in the city.
MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN THE CITY
FINAL DEPARTURE OF THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES (TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS).
The transport State of Georgia, with the regiment of National Zouaves, left her anchorage in the North river yesterday about noon and sailed for Fortress Monroe. Some forty or fifty of the absentees are yet on shore. They will be forwarded in accordance with the following notice, which has been issued for their benefit;—
COL. McCHESNEY'S NATIONAL ZOUAVES (TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS).
The members of this regiment left behind will report themselves as early as possible at Lafayette Hall, Broadway, as they will be forwarded immediately to join the regiment at Fortress Monroe. A few good men wanted.
Lieut. Aaron Seeley,
Paymaster, Tenth Regiment
NATIONAL GUARD ZOUAVES.
More than 70 members of the old National Guard, the pride of the city, have applied for commissions in the new volunteer regiment, which it is intended shall in every respect be of the first class. Many of the applicants, seeing that it will be impossible for all to get commissions, declare their willingness to go in the ranks, if necessary, under their old commander. Another fact, which speaks for itself is, that some who were appointed in other regiments have withdrawn from them to take a lower rank in the Zouaves, in consideration of the rule that all the officers must be members of the New York 7th, or gradates of West Point.
THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES (TENTH REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS).
The National Zouaves, Colonel McChesney, were unable to get off yesterday, contrary to expectation, owing to the continued absence of a number of the men. Many complaints have been uttered against the command of the regiment, and the troubles of Tuesday are attributed to want of judgment on the part of the officers. The tiresome march of that day, from the foot of Twentieth street, North river, to Sixty-fifth street, and thence to the wharf at Canal street, where they expected to be sent on board without an opportunity of bidding their friends and families farewell-- a march made without any meat after breakfast— all contributed to render the men very much dissatisfied, if not rebellious. The ''seceders" numbered some two hundred, a portion of whom returned during yesterday, and it is probable that all are now on board. The men did not wish to desert, but only desired an opportunity of seeing their friends before going, and if a promise of furlough had been given to them, on their arrival in the city on Tuesday, these troubles would have been avoided. The State of Georgia sails this morning....
NEW YORK MILITARY MOVEMENTS.
DEPARTURE OF Mc CHESNEY'S ZOUAVES. FOR FORTRESS MONROE.
FLAG PRESENTATIONS AT JUDGE WHITE'S HOUSE IN FIFTH AVENUE, AND AT MR. J.L. BROWN'S, CORNER OF SIXTY-SECOND STREET AND LEXINGTON AVENUE--APPEARANCE OF THE REGIMENT--BRILLIANT RECEPTION ALONG THE ROUTE, ETC.
The Tenth regiment, New York Zouaves, otherwise known by the name of McChesney's Zouaves, took their departure about noon yesterday on board the steamboat Maryland, from Sandy Hook for New York, and landed at the foot of Twentieth street, North River, at about a quarter past two. In accordance with prior arrangements, the whole regiment marched up Twentieth street to Fifth avenue, and thence to the residence of the Hon. Judge White, of the Supreme Court, where they were to be honored by the presentation of a regimental flag, the gift of Mrs. Benson, whose son goes out with company A, as private. As the Tenth were expected to arrive at the residence of Judge White, at the corner of Fifth avenue and Thirty-fifth street, at as early an hour as half- past eleven o'clock, the whole neighborhood was thickly thronged by the fashionable and less pretending phase of humanity. Balcony, piazza, stoop, and housetop were occupied from the Fifth Avenue Hotel up to Thirty-fifth street, by the fair and elegantly attired ladies of that abode of luxury, and long before the gallant Zouaves made their appearance the scene presented was one of the liveliest character.
About half-past three o'clock the roll of drums was heard by the expectant throng, and presently the regiment debouched in gallant style from Twentieth street into Fifth avenue amidst a perfect frenzy of applause. They wheeled into Fourth avenue, and came round by Thirty-fifth street to Judge White's residence. Steady, compact, erect, firm and with not the breadth of a hair's difference between the line of their muskets, they marched onward until they arrived opposite the house where the amiable and interesting family of the judge surrounded by a host of ladies, stood on the stoop awaiting them. The regiment was at once thrown into line by Colonel McChesney, and simultaneously with the movement, the beautiful daughter of Judge White, Miss Genett White, attired in a snow white robe and decorated with a magnificent silk scarf of red, white and blue, made her appearance on the stoop, holding the emblem of liberty in her delicate hand, and proceeded to present it to Captain Winchester, of Company A on behalf of the regiment. Casting the gorgeous bunting to the summer breeze, the fair presenter of the flag advanced a step towards Captain Winchester, and and addressed the regiment as follows:
Gallant soldiers -- I feel highly honored in having been chosen by the patriotic donor, Mrs. Benson, to present you with the colors which you have so nobly volunteered to defend. I hope that the Stars and Stripes will ever be so fondly cherished by you as they now are. (Applause.) When on the field of battle let your watchword be -- "Union - better die than yield." But let valor and humanity be united, and in the victory which awaits you, be just but merciful. Let your sentiments be those of pity, not revenge. If at times the clouds seem dark remember the motto, "Nil desperandum" for right is might, and the flag of our Union shall wave. Be assured if you stand true to God and your country He will guide and protect you. Hoping you may ever proudly and valiantly support it, I will consign to your care our Star Spangled banner.
Captain Winchester received the gift with head uncovered and bent low on his breast, while the throats of the soldiers rang out loud cheers. As soon a s silence had been restored, he spoke in response as follows:-- On behalf of the regiment allow me to return you thanks for this beautiful emblem. We are now soldiers going out to action and consequently have no time to loose in words. Allow me simply to thank you, and to say that we will do our best not to have this flag disgraced. It is not in mortals to command success, but we will do our best to deserve it.
The regiment were then formed into marching order, when they proceeded to the house of Mr. Brown, corner of Sixty-second street and Lexington avenue, where they were presented with two splendid guide colors by Miss Elder, sister of the Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment, and Mrs. Masters, on behalf of the ladies of the Nineteenth ward. The colors were beautiful specimens ladies' handiwork. One was made of red silk, and bore the inscription, pro libertat patrice.
The presentation was made by the ladies in the following appropriate and choice language:--
New York, June 4, 1861.
SOLDIERS OF THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES—The ladies of the Nineteenth ward of this city, feeling the deepest interest in your welfare, many of us being connected to said regiment by the sacred ties of blood and friendship, beg you to accept these tokens of our regard. On this, your entrance into the field of battle amid the cannon's roar, should your eyes revert to these mottoes, may you realize the full force of their meaning; and hear the voice of the people calling upon you to keep inviolate the liberty of your country. We know you will do your duty. A world's freedom depends upon you—not a thousand past but a thousand future generations are looking at you. May the God of battles protect you, and grant you all a speedy return without one star torn from the glorious flag of our Union.
Strike! till the last armed foe expires!
Strike! for your alters and your fires!
Strike! for the green graves of you sires! God and your native land!
Mrs. O. Hull,
and several others.
The regiment then reformed and proceeded via Third avenue, Broadway, Canal street, &c. to the foot of North Moore street, where they embarked on board the State of Georgia lying there to receive them. As it had been published in the Herald that the regiment would pass in review before the Mayor and Common Council at the City Hall, thousands of people were congregated there but they were destined to go away in disappointment in consequence of the course adopted by the regiment. They lay out in the stream last night, and started for Fortress Monroe at an early hour this morning. The regiment numbers eight hundred strong hale men. Mr. John A. Brady, an attaché of the New York World, goes over as Sergeant Major.
SERVICES BY REV. MR. W.B. MATCHETT BEFORE THE NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
Yesterday morning, at eleven o'clock, religious services were observed by the National Zouaves, Col. W.W. McChesney, at the City Arsenal. Owing to the general orders issued for the regiment to march to-day, the major portion of the command was absent on furlough, attending to domestic affairs. However, a good many of the troops were present, paying particular and marked attention to the service.
The Rev. Mr. Matchett, chaplain of the regiment, officiated. The exercises were opened with prayer, after which the reverend gentleman gave out the following text:—Proverbs, ix., l: "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her pillars; she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine, she hath also furnished her table."
From this subject Mr. Matchett proceeded to preach an eloquent sermon, showing that religious and moral culture is necessary in all walks of life. The duties of a soldier are hard, arduous and vexatious, but by the infusion of morality and a fear in God, the labors are considerably lightened. He spoke of the present national troubles, stating that, before many hours, the clash of arms would be heard among men who are defending our glorious flag from insult and a rebellious party, who aim at dissolving this once happy confederacy. If the Zouaves are called into action, continued the speaker, let every man remember that his cause is just, and let him be animated by the spirit of such men as Washington, Adams, Hancock and others, who in the dark days of '76, pledged their honors, their fortunes and even their lives in the cause of their country. The reverend gentleman also alluded to the Christian spirit that animated the valiant hero of Fort Sumter in the midst of the roaring of artillery, nor forget the obligations he owed to his Creator. The history of war shows that many heroes that have distinguished themselves with their swords have religiously attended Divine service—for instance, General Havelock, Captain Vickers and hosts of others. A soldier's life is fraught with many dangers; their Sundays are turned into week days, and their nights into day. When on active duty the regular Sabbath services must sometimes be omitted; but every man may in his own mind observe the thought of serving his Lord, who will certainly not forsake him in the hour of trial. In this strain the reverend gentleman continued for some time, .... patriotically to the feelings of his ... to stand by that hallowed flag that has for so many years floated proudly, defiantly and undisgraced in every portion of the habitable globe. After a benediction and the singing of a hymn and congregation was dismissed. Among the attendants were a number of ladies, friends of the chaplain and the soldiers.
The Tenth Regiment New York Volunteers. Among the regiments which have distinguished themselves during the present rebellion, stand prominent the N.Y. 10th Volunteers, now in Fortress Monroe, Va. One year ago when the peon of war first sounded, they sprang to arms, and gave themselves up to service of their common country. Under the able and efficient service of Col. W. W. McCHESNEY, supported by his able and gentlemanly officers, the regiment soon became one of the first in drill and military discipline. They were immediately ordered to Fortress Monroe, where for months they suffered hardships that were truly severe, yet without the least complaint. Soon the health of the Colonel became such as to render a furlough and a few months' stay at the North necessary. The command devolved on the late Lieutenant Colonel ALEXANDER B. ELDER, to whom, from the mutual privations suffered, both officers and men became much attached, when he fell a victim to the fevers of the climate, and was borne to his home, in New York, from whence he was buried with distinguished military honors, amid the grief and sympathies of a great portion of that city. The command of the regiment thus fell to Major John W. Marshall, long known in New York city, and one of the most gentlemanly, able and efficient officers in the volunteer service. No officer in the regiment has ever stood higher in the estimate of its men. He has a deep and abiding hold upon the hearts of all, and we apprehend not a single man in the regiment but would follow wherever he should lead. He was soon commissioned by Governor Morgan as Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment, which position he has filled with distinction, and conferred honor upon his State. He is also known and beloved for his urbanity and gentlemanly deportment outside of his own immediate regiment, and at the same time that we should rejoice in his promotion to some more worthy position in the service of the Government, yet we should regret exceedingly to take him from the 10th regiment. Col. Marshall has done more to keep the regiment together, during the vicissitudes through which it has passed since its organization, than any other officer. They have looked up to him. and reposed in him the most entire confidence, both as a brave man and an upright Christian gentleman. Among the officers of the line who have done honor to the regiment, are Captains B. Winchester, Geo. F. Hopper, John Missing, Geo. Briggs, and G.G. Richardson, and Dr. J. W. Hunt, 1st Surgeon, whose untiring attention to his duties during the past season has saved the lives of very many of its members.
This regiment was held in reserve last summer in the Big Bethel fight, and were not permitted to share in the engagement, to any extent. We understand that Col. McChesney is again able to be in the field, and is now about returning to his command. When the 10th is put into the active field they will report well.
THE NATIONAL GUARD ZOUAVES
This regiment was organized rendering its services to the federal government three years or during the war. number of the line and non-commissioned officers have been members of the Seventh regiment.
A pleasing little episode occurred last evening at the fort. At roll call at retreat, Company I, of the Tenth regiment New York Volunteers, presented their First Lieutenant, Geo. M. Dewey, with a superb sword belt, sash and epaulets, as a mark of respect. The present was as unexpected as it was handsome, and took Lieutenant Dewey completely by surprise. The sword is one of the celebrated Solingen blades, richly mounted, and bears the following inscription:—
Presented to First Lieutenant George M. Dewey,
Company I, Tenth regiment N. Y. V.,
By the members of said company, as a token of esteem. Fortress Monroe, April 28,1862.
The presentation was made in a neat speech by private Martin Lawless. A singular circumstance connected with this presentation was that the day on which it occurred was the birthday of Lieutenant Dewey, of which however, the company was not aware. The usual convivial time on such occasions was indulged in by the officers of the regiment and the members of Company I.
Among the list of arrivals from Baltimore to-day is that of J. Warren Fuller, agent of P. T. Barnum, of the American Museum. He visits the Army of the Potomac to procure rebel trophies for exhibition in New York.
TENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS, NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
Superior inducements are offered to young men to enlist in this splendid regiment. It gained great popularity and distinction while at Fortress Monroe, and since McClellan's army has performed such deeds of valor and courage as to place it high upon the roll of fame. Its commander, Colonel John E. Bendix, is highly respected and beloved by all who have ever served under him. Captain Geo. F. Hopper, the recruiting officer, is still at the Mercer House. All young men inc1ined to enlist should call at once. Liberal bounties are promptly paid and a magnificent outfit furnished, including a new and attractive Zouave dress, just finished.
NATIONAL GUARD ZOUAVES
Have their headquarters, where recruits will be received, at the corner of Lafayette place and Fourth street. The regiment is still in its infancy but is fast filling in.
A SPECIAL MEETING HELD AT the house of Engine Co. No. 29 on Sunday evening, Oct. 18th, 1861, these resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, It hath pleased the All-wise Ruler of the Universe to remove from the sphere of his usefulness our late lamented associate, JAMES EVERS, who died at the hospital at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, Oct. 9th, 1861, he then being a member of Co. A, Ninth Regiment of New York Volunteers, under command of Col. Hawkins; and
Whereas, The many sterling and manly qualities of heart, the stern integrity, the promptness, alacrity, and cheerfulness with which he always entered upon the discharge of his duties, however arduous they may have been, demand a befitting expression of regret at his unfortunate demise. Therefore, be it
Resolved, That the death of our late associate has deprived us of an efficient member, a manly companion, and a generous friend.
Resolved, That we recognize in the action of the deceased that of a true patriot. When his country called, he nobly entered the service, and while performing his duty as a soldier of the Republic, incurred the malady which resulted in his untimely death.
Resolved, That we can all bear testimony to the manly bearing of the deceased, to his generous devotion, to the cause of the unfortunate sense of personal obligation in the discharge of his duty, and to his faithful service as a member of this organization.
Resolved, That we bow submissively to the decree of Providence which has brought upon us this bereavement, and that, as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, we wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days and that a copy of these resolutions be engrossed and forwarded to his family, to whom we tender our heartfelt sympathy in their great affliction, and that such resolutions be published in the NEW YORK MERCURY.
Committee :—Jno. H. Berdan, Jos. Chapman, Jno. W. Totten.
ELI BATES, Chairman.
Thos. P. OKIE. JR , Secretary.
TENTH REGIMENT, NATIONAL ZOUAVES.
Col. J. E. Bendix is now recruiting in this city to fill up to 1,048 men. Lieut. Col. Elder and Lieut. Aaron Seeley, the Quartermaster, are here on recruiting service. The regiment is at Fortress Monroe. The Lieutenant Colonel being very sick, the duties devolved on Quartermaster Seeley, who is working night and day for the regiment, sending off by most every tram a large squad of recruits. Those wishing to join may apply at 480 Broadway and corner of Third avenue and Fifty-eighth street.
THE VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT IN THE CITY.
FIRST REGIMENT NATIONAL ZOUAVES. The First regiment National Zouaves, Col. Morgan, mustered yesterday at their headquarters in the Mercer house. Lieut. Col. McChesney immediately started for Albany to receive orders from the governor. The regiment is quite full, numbering nearly 1,000 men; a few more suitable recruits can, however, be taken. The following is the list of officers who have been temporarily appointed:
Captains—Frank J. White, Tieman, Allen Elder, John W. Marshall, John Missing, S Winchester, Michael Snyder, Fred. M. Patrick, E. Jackson.
Lieutenants—Alfred Chamberlain, E. A. Dimmick, Sherman J. Southers, Thomas Clousky, Edgar Brown, Rufus Lawson, H. Beaver, G.H. Rodgers, James H Briggs.
Ensigns—W, H. Wilcox, E. J. Newburgh, Wm. L. Moneghan, Charles Miner, Daniel Finley, Thomas Morscrop, Henry Schucke, Thomas Wilds.
The regiment consists of nine companies, and will probably receive marching orders in a day or two. A request for a share of the fund of $22,000 raised in this city for recruits was made yesterday, and was refused on the ground that the fund was only intended for the militia. It was added, however, that if the request was repeated and sustained by the recommendation of a general of division, it would receive some attention. As many of the men attached to this regiment are unable to defray the cost of an outfit, any contribution in the shape of undershirts, drawers and stockings, would prove very acceptable. Any such contributions can be sent to Captain E. Jackson, at the Mercer house. Each member of the regiment will be required to carry two revolvers and a bowie knife, together with the arms furnished by the state. A fund is being raised to purchase the required arms, and any so disposed can send any donation for this purpose to Captain White, of Company A, at the Mercer house.