95th New York Infantry Regiment's Civil War Newspaper Clippings
This regiment, Col. George H. Biddle, is now encamped at the Red House, Harlem. There is no regiment recruiting in the city that will enter the war under more flattering auspices. It is to be placed under command of the rave and lion-hearted General Burnside, and pains are being taken to fit it, in every respect, to take position under so distinguished a leader. Looking at the men already recruited, it is evident that it is to be a first-class regiment in every respect. Encamped in fine, capacious, and airy quarters, they avail themselves of the splendid opportunities afforded them to perfect themselves in health, drill, and all the qualifications essential to make good soldiers. The men also receive prompt pay and good rations from the moment of enlistment; and the families of recruits are aided at once by the State. The men are to be armed with the Minnie rifle and sword-bayonet. The head officers are, Colonel George H. Biddle, late of the Fifty-ninth Brigade, N. Y. S. M.; Lieut. Colonel, William Jarvis; Major, William S. Dunham, and Adjutant, George M. Curtis. Lieut. Colonel Jarvis has seen service in the Mexican War. All the officers are first-class, and have extended military experience. The recruiting head quarters are at 474 Broadway.
RETURN OF THE NINETY-FIFTH.
On Tuesday afternoon Co. I, 95th Regiment, under command of Lieut. Hays, arrived from the seat of war after an absence of nearly two years. They numbered 30 men all told, every one of whom, we are informed, have re-enlisted and will receive their bounty and return to the field after a furlough of 35 days. They were received at the depot by the Fire Department, Benjamin & Phelps' Cadets, Churchill's Cadets, and a deputation of citizens and members of Co. F, 17th Regiment. The line was formed with Churchill's Cadets, preceded by the Brass Band, on the right, followed by the returned Volunteers, after whom came the citizens and Co. F; then Benjamin & Phelps' Cadets and the Firemen. The procession marched through Main Street to the St. Cloud Hotel, where a brief address was read by Colonel Dudley. The escort was then dismissed; the soldiers stacked arms, and proceeded without use of powder and shot to attack a substantial dinner which had been prepared in the hotel. It is almost useless to state that they were victorious, and withdrew heavily laden with the spoils.
Although no public announcement had been made that the company was expected, there was a large turn-out of people, including many of the fair sex, whose manifestations of welcome were doubtless most acceptable and cheering to our brave defenders.
The men presented a remarkably good appearance; health smiled on their faces, and their attire differed somewhat, we imagine, from the ragged and vari-colored uniform of their foe.
We extend to them a cordial welcome; we admire their patriotism in determining to see the war its end; we wish them a happy furlough, and any victories in the coming campaign. But all have not come back. Some have fallen. All honor to their memories. For no nobler cause or better country could they have sacrificed their lives, and how much more sacred does their suffering make our principles of government. New obligations are now devolved upon us to preserve intact our free constitution.
SING - SING:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1864.
RECEPTION OF COMPANY I, NINETY- FIFTH REGIMENT, N. Y. V.
This company, after two years' hard service, has re-enlisted for another term of three years or during the war, and on Tuesday last arrived in Sing Sing, having been granted a thirty days' furlough. This company is now commanded by Capt. Hays, Capt. Bard, formerly in command, having been promoted to Major. As the officers and many of the men were originally enlisted from the town of Ossining, and as the town is to pay their bounty, and receive the credit of their re-enlistment, it was deemed proper to give them a hearty reception on their arrival here.
On Monday night a dispatch was received, which stated that they would arrive in New York at 10 o'clock, and would take the 1 o'clock train for Sing Sing on Tuesday afternoon. A meeting of the citizens of the village was held at Sherwood's Hall. Stephen M. Sherwood, Esq., was called to the Chair, and Casper C. Childs, Jr., appointed Secretary. James M. Bard, Esq., in addressing the meeting, said:
We have met, gentlemen, for the purpose of making arrangements for a reception to Company I, Ninety-fifth Regiment N. Y. V. Two years since these men left our midst, to peril their lives in defense of their country. Their ranks were then full many of them will never return to us; their remains lie buried on the field—the scene of many a fell-fought battle; the remainder of them will to-day revisit their homes, to remain a short time, and then again to take up their arms and march to battle. Let us, then, honor these brave men, that they may see that we are not unmindful of their claims of gratitude upon us; Let us all unite in giving them a hearty welcome.
It was moved and seconded that a Committee of citizens be appointed to make and carry out the necessary arrangements. Nothing was known to a certainty as to the time of their coming until 12 o'clock, when a dispatch was received, stating that they would leave New York at 3 o'clock. The committee set themselves to work in arranging matters in the best way they could in the short space of time allowed them, and at half-past 2 o'clock proceeded to the depot.. At 46 minutes past two the train arrived, and the veterans were received amidst the cheers of the crowd. The line of march was then taken up in the following order: Leggett's Brass Band; pupils of Churchill's Military Academy; the returned veterans; pupils of Benjamin & Phelps Military Academy; a number of the members of Company F, Seventeenth Regiment, returned volunteers, in citizens dress; reception committee; citizens of Sing Sing; members of the F i r e Department. Col. D. K. Sherwood was selected by the committee as Grand Marshal, and great credit is due him for the manner in which the arrangements were carried out. The procession then marched up Main street to the St. Cloud Hotel, where Col. J. G. Dudley addressed them as follows:
SOLDIERS,—On behalf of your fellow citizens I welcome you to your homes, and for them return to you our most heartfelt thanks for the manner in which you have performed your duty to your country since you left here for the theatre of war. Your course has been followed by anxious and loving hearts. We know your gallant services at Rappahannock Station, Gainesville, Groveton, second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Upperville, Union, first and second Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, and elsewhere; have sympathized with you in your midnight marches, in all your dangers, in all your sufferings, and, with gratitude to God, we thank you, and extend the right hand of welcome home. You have fought for the right; YOU HAVE DONE YOUR DUTY. To you we award the meed of praise—for it is true, "That in all human story, The path of duty is the road to glory."
But we cannot forget those of your comrades who are not here to participate in this joyous occasion. Marsh, Jell, Connelly, Lang, Gonnell, Dolan, Connors, and. others, have sealed with their lives their devotion to the Union. They sleep in honored graves. While we drop a tear to their memories, we are consoled by knowing that
"They fell devoted, but undying;
The very gale their names seems sighing;
The smallest rill, the mightiest river,
Rolls murmuring of their fame forever."
Whether this unholy and unnatural war is nearly over, or has but just commenced, no human being knows; but this we do know, the North will never give up the fight until the rebels are crushed and the Union restored. Talk of dissolution of this Union!—what does dissolution mean? It means death!—and it would be death to the hopes and aspirations of suffering millions all over the world, who are crushed to the earth by the tyranny of kings nobles, and aristocrats. The war must go on until victory is gained; and the only way to victory and peace is through war, and war carried on in the same manner we are taught to worship our Creator—that is, with our whole souls, might, minds, and strength.
"We must conquer this rebellion;
Let the beating heart be still;
We must conquer it or perish—
We must conquer, and we will."
This speech was received by the cheers of all present, and after its conclusion the members of Company I were marched into the St. Cloud Hotel, and partook of a collation. The whole affair passed off in a manner highly satisfactory to all concerned.—
SING SING, THURSDAY, OCT 13, 1864.
Every citizen owes allegiance to the Government, and he who denies its authority, or fails to support the honor of its flag, is an abettor of treason.
JOSEPH J. CHAMBERS, EDITOR OF THIS paper, died at his residence in Sing-Sing, on Wednesday evening, the 12th inst. To his friends in the immediate vicinity, the event was not unexpected. The months of lingering disease, attended by acute physical suffering, through which he has recently passed, have fully prepared those for the change who knew intimately of his daily life. During this period, which embraces the whole time in which he has latterly conducted this journal, it has been to them a matter of wonder that in the midst of unremitting bodily pain, his attention to the editorial and business management of the paper has been kept up so assiduously. All of the late productions of his pen have been written while lying upon his back, oftentimes in excruciating agony; and yet, with patient endurance, he labored on, without a murmur, without a repining word, till at last the end came. Told by his physician, that death was near at hand, he calmly received the intelligence, called around him his family, and after bidding each an affectionate farewell, quietly and peacefully breathed his last.
An eventful life has closed. Its record of trials and hopes, pains and pleasures, care, anxiety, longings, and disappointments, will remain indelibly written in the memories of those who knew him well.
An early and intimate connection with the affairs of the State and county, has given prominence to the name of Col. Chambers—a prominence which none who knew his rare ability to direct and control in public matters, will say was undeserved. An indomitable will, untiring energy, and watchful forethought, fitted him for the discharge of any duty with which he was intrusted. Throughout the whole of his official career, and during his recent connection with the army as Lieut.-Colonel of the 27th N. Y., and Quartermaster of the 95th N. Y., the same remarkable faculty to command, combined with prudence, tact, and skill, shone conspicuously.
None who knew Col. CHAMBERS as a friend will cease to remember how warm, confiding, unchanging, his friendship was. The tears that will trickle silently down the cheek, at the mention of his departure, will be the best memorials of the constancy of his love; and the place which he filled in the hearts of others, where his memory will ever remain as a sacred memento of the past.
Let the grave receive its trust, and cover with its dark shadows the few failings which in common with erring humanity he may have possessed, while we cherish the many virtues which so endeared him to an extended circle of relatives and friends.
THOMAS ATRIDGE, of this village, a member of the 95th N. Y. Vols., was with 94 others of the Regiment, taken prisoner during the battles of the Wilderness, and is now in Libby Prison.
[Written for City and Country.]
Lines Written in Memory of Colonel Edward Pye,
Who Died June 11th, 1864, from Wounds received in his Country's Services.
Hearts of oak! in battle tried,
Nobly striving side by side,
Our liberties to save!
Lo! in sympathy sincere
To each martyr-patriot's bier
We give the tributary tear—
All honor to the brave!
We shall miss a noble form
Passed in battle's wildest storm
Untimely from our view;
Wrapped in glory's mantle bright,
He has vanished from our sight,
While we mourn the parting light,
And weep the patriot true!
Yet we will not count him lost,
Here his memory lingers most,
Where most our tears are shed;
Stately step and kindling eye,
Thoughts heroic, free-born, high,
O! to us he cannot die!
For us he is not dead!
Let us think of him as one
To Freedom's very birth-place gone,
And blest in His embrace
Who, from His throne of light above,
Looks on th' oppressed of earth with love,
And kindles hero-hearts to move,
And suffer for their race!
Years may pass, and still shall we,
Dwellers in a land all free,
Remember him with pride!
And oft in summer twilight gray,
Pause at his silent grave and say,
" He nobly gave his life away,
In Freedom's cause he died!"
Piermont, June, 1864. SIGMA.
THE RESIGNATION OF CAPT. HARRISON.
RESPONSE OF GEN. POPE.
WASHINGTON, August 3, 1862.
Gen. Pope has sent the following reply to Capt. Harrison's letter denying that he deserted:—
HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA,
WARRENTON, Va., July 30, 1862.
Capt. Samuel L. Harrison, 95th Regiment N. Y. V.:
Your communication of July 27 is received. It is not necessary to inform you that a commissioned officer, by absenting himself without leave, is guilty or desertion as well as a noncommissioned-officer or private, and is subject to the same process of recovery, and to the punishment for the offence. Nor do you need to be told that neither your Colonel nor any other officer except such as are designated by law and regulation, has any right to accept your resignation, nor, under existing orders of the War Department, to give you any leave based on such tendered resignation.
You state that you received some injury on the rail road, and that the medical officers of your regiment advised you to resign. This may be true, but until your resignation be accepted by proper authority you are not discharged from your obligations as an officer of the army. Neither your resignation, the certificates of the medical officers—if there were any—nor any other papers bearing on the subject, have ever reached this officer.
It is needless to tell you, as you must of necessity know it, that under these circumstances you are a deserter from the service of the United States. In time of active operations in the face of the enemy, it is not possible to try an officer for such offences, especially is it not so when he is beyond the immediate reach of the military authorities of this army, and his company about to march upon the enemy without a captain; it is, therefore, my deliberate intention to adopt the course which seems most effective to prevent such desertions. Every officer of this army absent without authority will be advertised in the public papers, and disgraced before his people if it be possible to do so.
No resignation of any officer whatever will be accepted except upon medical certificate of the most conclusive character, or proof of worthlessness. It is therefore to be distinctly understood that any officer of this army whose resignation has been accepted without medical certificate has proved himself worthless and incompetent. Neither with credit to himself, nor with any sort of fair dealing toward the private soldier, can any volunteer officer tender his resignation. The soldier has agreed to go into the service of the United States, with the understanding that certain persons who persuaded him to enlist shall continue to command him.
If he had thought otherwise there is no doubt that in many cases he would have declined to volunteer. When he has been sworn in, he is bound for the whole term of service, and there should be no one exempt, nor, so far as I can control this army, shall he be exempt from the same restriction, in that respect, which has been imposed on the private soldier.
A large part of the dissatisfaction justly felt by the private soldiers of the volunteer regiments has arisen from this very practice. As soon as a commissioned officer grows tired of the fatigue and hardship of service he tenders his resignation, and in very many cases has found means to have it accepted. A private soldier has no such means of freeing himself from an obligation which he imposed on himself, with the full understanding that the officer who persuaded him to volunteer was equally bound with himself, and would remain with him.
The practice of abandoning the private soldiers who have volunteered at their instance, reflects little credit upon officers, and will only be tolerated in this army when I can no longer control it.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN POPE, Maj. Gen. Commanding.
The Ninety-fifth Veterans arrived yesterday morning from Washington, via the New-Jersey Railroad, and for a time got lost in their native city, scarcely knowing where to go to, as the New-York depot agent failed to make connection. They finally found themselves at the Battery. The regiment numbered 181 men, under command of Lieut.-Col. Jas. Creney, and will, no doubt remain in the city until finally mustered out.
The Ninety-fifth New-York was raised in this city in October, 1861, and entered the service of the United States Government in February, 1862, joining soon after the First Corps, then under the command of Gen. MCDOWELL. During POPE'S Virginia Valley campaign, in the Summer of 1862, it participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain and Mannassas Plains, and subsequently entering with its corps into the Army of the Potomac, fought to every battle seen by that army. Just previous to the overland campaign by Gen. GRANT, in 1864, the First Corps was broken up and merged into the Fifth Army Corps, and in that corps fought all the way through from the Wilderness to the surrender of Lee. At the time of its leaving the field, the Ninety-fifth was serving in Gen. Crawford's (Third) Division of the Fifth Corps.
The following is the Ninety-fifth's battle record: 1862—Cedar Mountain, Va., Aug. 9; Mannassas Plains, Va., Aug. 30; Antietam, Md., Sept. 17; Fredericksburgh, Va., Dec. 13. 1863—Chancellorsville, Va., May 1-5; Gettysburgh, Penn., July 1-5; Williamsport, Md., July 13; Rappahannock Station, Va., Oct. 21; Mine Run, Va., Nov. 26--Dec. 1. 1864—Wilderness, Va., May5--6; Laurel Hill, Va., May 7; Spottsylvania, Va., May 8—9;. Tolopotomy Creek, Va., May 20; North Anna, Va., May 22; Cold Harbor, Va., June 1; Bethesda Church, Va., June 7; Siege of Petersburgh, Va.; Cemetary Hill, Va., July 30; Weldon Railroad, Va„ Aug. 21; Poplar Grove Church, Va., Sept. 29—30; First Hatcher's Run, Va., Oct. 27; Warren’s raid against the Weldon Railroad, Dec. 6—12. 1865—Siege of Petersburgh, Va., January to April; Second Hatcher's Run. Feb. 4; assault upon the enemy's works, March 26; White Oak Road, Va., March 29; Five Forks. Va., March 30—April 1; Appomattox Court-house, Va., April 8-9; Surrender of Lee's army, (Appomattox Hollow, Va.,) April 9.
The following comprise the list of officers:
Field and Staff— Lieutenant Colonel, James Creney; Major, Robert Bard; Surgeon, G. M. Ramsey; Assistant Surgeons, James Hadden and ____ Sargent; Adjutant, Wm. Ramson.
Captains—S. C. Timpson, Geo. D. Knight, W. L. Sherwood, Reuben Riggs.
First Lieutenants—Scott Dean, John Campbell, Chas. Roberts.
Second Lieutenants—John J. Titus, John Hall, F. G. Voigt.
(N. Y. Times
July 18, 1865)