Civil War Newspaper Clippings

New Cavalry Regiment. (1863)
Captain Gray of the 13th New York cavalry regiment, has opened a recruiting office at Lyceum Hall, for the purpose of enlisting men for this new regiment now raising in this State. The regiment will be raised by special authority from the War Department and will be one of the very best in the service, as all of the line officers have seen sevice. Captain Gray who is stationed here, has served five years in the regular cavalry, and of course knows how to take good care of his men. Men elisting in this regiment will receive $175 bounty money. Abraham Freeman is the first recruit who has enlisted here. He will assist Captain Gray in the recruiting service, and we believe will meet with good success. Recruiting offices have been or will be opened at several points on the line of the Northern railroad. It is the intention to raise one battallion in the Northern part of the State. To young men who desire to join a cavalry regiment, no better opportuniy can be afforded.

Col. LANSING'S DEPARTMENT.-- The following organizations, pursuant to orders from General Headquarters, Albany, have been consolidated: 
Thirteenth New York Cavalry.
Horatio Seymour Cavalry, and
Tomkins cavalry.
The above to be known hereafter as the 13th Regiment Cavalry, N. Y. S. V.
Seymour Light Infantry, Blair Rifles, Burnside Rifles, Defenders, Pratt Guard and Westchester Light Infantry, to be known hereafter as the 178th Regiment of Infantry, N.Y. S. Vols.
The 12th Regiment Artillery, Col. Gibson, was consolidated with the 15th Regiment Artillery, Col. Howard, and is now known as the 12th Regiment Artillery.

Offers to re-enlisting soldiers a Federal Bounty of $402. This with the State bounty of $150 makes 
THE DRAFT is upon us. It has absolutely taken place in various parts of the State, and orders have been issued to enforce it here the moment enrollment papers are completed, which may be tomorrow. With the draft, all bounties must cease. Be wise in time, and secure them before it is too late.
Beware of enlisting in regiments not in the field, that are unauthorized to offer this bounty.

13th N. Y. Cavalry! COL. E. H. DAVIES, JR.
The Best and Most Dashing Arm of the Service.
Bounty for Re-Enlistment - - - $263.00
Bounty for Recruits - - - - - - - - - - - - $188.00
A new Regiment of Cavalry is now being formed, to be Commanded by MAJOR DAVIES of the Harr Light Cavalry, and this is probably the LAST opportunity that will be offered to enlist in the Cavalry Come Forward and Enlist Before the DRAFT!
Regimental Head Quarters
B. H. DAVIES, Jr., Colonel Commanding.
N. COLES, Lieutenant Colonel. E. M. WHEELER, Maj.
Recruiting Office - - -- NO. 8, ARCADE,
Under charge of LIEUT. CRAMER

13th New York Cavalry,
Col. Henry Gansvoort, Com'g.
200 Recruits Wanted
For this Regiment, now in the field, stationed at Frederick, Maryland.
$550 Bounty
All can be enlisted over the age of 18 years, by orders from Washington.
For information apply to 
Lieutenant CHARLES B. LYELL,
jy28 Recruiting Officer, No. 1 Green street, Albany.

Of the Regular Army, Col. Commanding.
In consequence of the addition to its ranks of the Seymour and Tompkins Cavalry, this regiment musters over 700 men, and has six companies now in the field. New companies are being sent every week, and its full number will undoubtedly be made up within a month. Men enlisting in this Regiment will not be forced to lie months in camp without Bounty, but will be paid, equipped and sent to the field at once.
The authorization for this Regiment was not granted merely with a view of securing a few men through the personal popularity of a single individual who could be thrown out by consolidation, and have his men given to officers not of their choice. 
Boys, "Look Before You Leap!" 
All new regiments must be consolidated. For this reason alone authorizations have been granted to men who will never be permitted to lead their recruits.
The Thirteenth will be commanded by Officers with clear Records. Brave, gentlemanly and temperate men who will never abuse those under their command, or desert them in the face of the enemy, or recklessly sacrifice their lives by incompetence or drunkenness. This is a consideration of the utmost importance, for thousands of soldiers have fallen victims to the intemperance or cowardice of their officers. None but sober men should be entrusted with the terrible responsibility of these lives. Rum has been the bane of our army. A drunken Commander is a deadlier enemy to his men than a whole rebel division. 
Boys, Enlist Only with Sober Men!
Wives and Sisters, use your influence to this end.
By a recent order of the War Department, all old soldiers, having served not less than nine months, who reenlist in a regiment in the field, are entitled to a Federal Bounty of $402 00, which, with the State Bounty of $150 AND $13 ADVANCE PAY,

"Makes a Grand Total" of
Beware of Imposition.
Regiments NOT IN THE FIELD, are advertising the above Bounty. THEY CANNOT PAY IT. Read the Law and you will see this.

There is but one way to avoid the Draft, left, viz. to fill the ranks by volunteering. Every man who enlists avoids an even chance of compulsory service, and secures a bounty that he can only get by going in before the Draft. Every citizen who induces another to volunteer, lessens his own chance of conscription.
Secure your Bounty by applying at once at the office. No. 19 COURT St., WATERTOWN.
Capt. J. W. PAINE.

The co-operation of all those who desire their fellow-soldiers to enlist under good officers, and to save them from bad ones, is earnestly solicited. Suitable arrangements made with a properly qualified Lieutenant and two or three recruiting Sergeants.

BOUNTY $263.
The 13th Regiment of New York having been nearly filled by the consolidation of two other regiments with it, will be FIRST IN THE FIELD,
As all other authorizations for cavalry have been revoked, preparatory to the draft, this offers the only chance for those desiring to enlist as mounted men.
The regiment is rapidly filling up and application must be made early.
Bounty and advanced pay to soldiers re-enlisting $263. $30 down on re-enlisting, $158 when with the Regiment and $75 when discharged.
Bounty and advanced pay to volunteers...............$188. 
$10 down on enlisting, $103 when with the regiment, and $75 when discharged.
A soldier is paid from the date of enlistment.
Horses, arms and all necessary equipments furnished by the government on joining the camp.
Soldiers returning from the war having served two years, must re-enlist within thirty days after being mustered out of service to entitle them to the extra bounty of $75.
Able-bodied men desiring to enlist will apply at the head quarters now open at LYCIUM HALL,
(ap28d&wtf) Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

In pursuance of my business as a recruiting officer, I have advertised that the "13th Regiment N. Y. Cavalry will be commanded by officers with clear records, brave, gentlemanly and temperate men &c," with general commendations on these qualities—a bill, in short, which may be found in another column. This it seems has given mental offence to certain parties here. I am sorry that any gentleman should feel so distinguished for the opposite vices as to believe himself specially hit, and bound to avenge the wrong, either personally or by proxy. I was not aware that any man had enjoyed a monopoly of those little weaknesses, but thought they had been far to general to justify an undisputed claim to the coat. Capt. J. W. PAINE.

Whereas a complaint has been made to Gen. Sprague, by a gentleman styling himself Capt. Harry Duke, charging me with having wilfully induced three men to desert from him and enlist in the 13th N. Y. Cavalry, and, whereas similar reports--with misrepresentations calculated to injure business—have been industriously circulated here, by the same gentleman, a word in answer may not be inappropriate.
This brilliant leader of the "Heavy Moustache Brigade," who resented my advertisement that the 13th would be "commanded by Brave, Gentlemanly and Temperate Officers, with Clear Records," as "personal" to himself, by swaggering threats of violence to a man not half his size;—who promised "a challenge" which he prudently withheld because he couldn't first reduce its non-acceptance to a moral certainty;--who ostentatiously paraded two revolvers with which he swore to make, a "cold corpus" of me if I took off the men in question, (though he subsequently saw me do it, without letting off even a remonstrance,) bases his claim to the men on the assertion that he enlisted and "swore them in himself."
One of the men admits that after he was made "blind drunk," he was induced to hold up his hand and take a perfectly harmless preparation of the oath, that he knew was not binding.
From the extent to which whiskey has been employed as an agent of "moral suasion," in the gentleman's recruiting tactics, few persons here will doubt the story.
The aforesaid Hon. Mem. of the H. M. B., boasts of having received medals from the Sultan of Turkey and Queen Victoria, for gallant services at Alma and elsewhere—of having participated as a Captain in all the battles of the old Thirteenth, and of now holding a commission in the 14th Artillery, on the strength of which he claims authority to swear in his men. 
Yesterday morning I was informed at the office of General Sprague, that no such man ever held a commission in "the Old Thirteenth," and that "Captain Harry Duke" had not even an authorization to recruit for it, much less a "commission to swear men in on." As I hav'nt yet had time to see Her Britannic Majesty, or write the Sultan of Turkey respecting the other statements, any authoritative contradiction on those points would be premature. 
A similar charge, having about the same foundation in fact, has been preferred against me by a rival Colonel, who alleged that my course here had actually closed his Watertown office for several days, and that "if it was'nt for the looks of the thing," he might as well keep it shut. No doubt the superior advantages of the 13th Cavalry have kept many from the sickly organizations about here. For this, their managers must blame their own folly or want of energy—not me. 
Scores of their victims come to me lamenting their choice, and asking if they cannot get into a better regiment? Any such who have been made the dupes of a humbugging enlistment—who have merely smelled the cheese, without springing the trap—I feel perfectly justified in putting where they will do the most efficient service, viz: in a REGIMENT IN THE FIELD.
Recruiting Officer for 13th N. Y. Cavalry,
19 Court Street, Watertown.

100 Men Wanted
For the 13th N. Y. Cavalry. Sergt. Allen Banks, and privates Worcester S. Burrows and James C. Lakin, late of the gallant 27th regiment, are now recruiting for a Battalion to be raised in this vicinity by Capt. Charles A. Wells, which will be attached to the 13th regiment N. Y. Cavalry, now being formed by Col. H. E. Davies, Jr. Young men of Broome and Delaware now is your time to enlist in your country's cause. This is the best and most attractive arm of the service, commanded by Col. Davies, late Major of the Harris Light Cavalry, and is probably the last opportunity that will be offered to enlist in the cavalry service. Old volunteers re-enlisting within thirty days after being mustered out of service, will receive $240 bounty; new recruits will receive $175 bounty. Drafted men will receive no bounty!
Recruiting office up stairs in Henry Evans' building. 
Capt. CHAS. A. WELLS, Recruiting Officer.
Deposit, June 16, 1863.

13TH N. Y. CAVALRY.--A recruiting party for this regiment has just established a recruiting office in this place, under charge of Capt. J. W. PAINE. Superior advantages are offered to all who enlist in this arm of the service, and the Captain assures all whom he enlists that they will at least be commanded by competent and honorable officers.

The 13th New York Cavalry has been strengthened by the addition to its ranks of nearly 300 men from the Thompkins and Seymour Cavalry, giving it about seven companies, six of which are now at Washington. This regiment will unquestionably be the first in the field, and the men enlisting in it will get their bounty earlier than by going into any other, and avoid months of tedious waiting in camp without money; Captain J. W. Paine will receive recruits for this regiment at 19 Court Street, Otis Block, Watertown.
The highest bounties paid.

Major P. M. Wheeler, of the 13th New York cavalry, has opened a recruiting office at Watertown, for Volunteers. The regiment to be recruited, will be commanded by Col. Davis, the associate of Kilpatrick, in the late raid round Richmond.

12TH CAVALRY.—Capt. R. M. Taylor has received orders from Gen. Dix to use all dispatch in forwarding to headquarters the men recruited here by him. His troop is nearly full, lacking less than 20 men. Capt. T. will pay down to each recruit $5 over and above all bounty, and will also pay $5 to each person bringing a recruit. Two experienced men are wanted — one for Orderly and one for Commissary Sergeant. Office over 157 Main street. ault4

A Federal Scout of 150 Men Gobbled Up by Mosby's Cavalry.
A letter from Anandale, Va., six or eight miles west of Alexandria, says a scout of 150 men from the 2d Mass and 13th New York cavalry under the command of Maj. Forbes went up in the vicinity of Aldie, where they met Mosby with a large force and a piece of artillery and riflemen. Mosby charged on them and killed 10 or 15, and captured nearly the whole party, horses and accoutrements. On receipt of the news Col. Lowell started at midnight with 200 men from the 2d and 13th regiments and Capt. McPherson of the 16th New York cavalry, joined him at Fairfax, when they proceeded to Aldie, where they found 25 wounded men and 11 dead, whom they buried. They scoured the country about that region, and found it was of no use to pursue Mosby, as he had 12 hours the start of them towards Upperville, where he had taken his booty. Our party returned this evening with the wounded men of the 13th New York and 2d Mass. cavalry.
Capt. Stone, of the 2d Mass. cavalry, of Newberryport, is lying dangerously wounded at Centreville. 
Thirty Rebels were at Fairfax Court House yesterday.

THIRTEENTH NEW YORK CAVALRY.—Attention is directed to an advertisement in another column offering $175 bounty for men for the Thirteenth New York Cavalry, Col. H. E. Davies, commanding. The recruiting officer in this city is Charles B. Lyell, whose office is at No. 1 Green street.

Capt. C. H. Bentley, late of the 16th Regiment, has opened a recruiting office in this village, for the 13th N. Y. Cavalry, now being organized in the city of New York. Capt. B. has been two years in active service and his experience in warfare is of great importance to himself as well as those who may be induced to enlist under him.—The members of the old 16th and others who intend to enter the service can not do better than to join his company.
For further particulars call at his office on the north side of Bridge Street,
over LAFOUNTAIN'S Saloon.

(A New Version)

' Two Irishmen out of employ
And out at the elbows as aisily,
Adrift in a grocery store,
Were drinking and taking it lastly.
The one was a broth of a boy,
His cheek bones turned out and turned in agin,
His name it was Paddy O'Toole,
And the other was Mr. McFinn'gin.

"I think of inlistin'," said Pat,
" Because—do you know what o'clock it is?—
There's nothin' a-doin' at all,
But dhrinkin' at Mrs. O'Dockarty's;
It isn't till afther the war
That business times will begin agin,
An' fightin's the duty of all—"
" You're right, sir!" said Mr. McFinnigin.'

"But the question is where'll I go?
An' it's that that'll puzzle me, maybe;
They tell of the "Infantry Corpse",
(I wonder is that a dead baby?)
Is it goin' on fut, do you say?—
There's few that first tried that has been agin,
An' that's a bad sign for the same—"
" You're right, sir!" said Mr. McFinnigin.

"If they'd thrate me to whiskey enough
To make me a perfect distillery,
An' promise TWO bounties, be dad,
I wouldn't go in the artillery!
As the sharp shootin' rebs pick 'em off,
No sane man would wager a pin agin
Dollars, on my coming back—"
" You're right, sir!" said Mr. McFinnigin.

"Thin there's the three dhrills you must learn,
Which greatly the throuble increases,
(An' I think the big guns often burst,
There's so much talk of "savin' the pieces!")
There's the fut drill an' horse drill to boot,
An' thin the big gun drill comes in agin;
They'll work a poor fellow to death—"
" You're right, sir!" said Mr. McFinnigin.

"But the CAVALRY! that is the thing!
We'll be beautiful ducks for the saddle;
We can 'sthrike from the showldher' wid swords,
An' make the ould 'pa'peens skedaddle!
It's often they've run from our b'yes,
An' you an I'll soon make 'em shin agin—
Be touchin' 'em up in the rear—"
" You're right, sir!" said Mr. McFinnign.

" I t is not in New Rigimints, though,
I'd be hangin' 'round here in the county,
An' rottln' in barracks six months,
With niver a penny of bounty!
Ooh! wouldn't I feel like a fool!
Not a sixpence for whiskey or gin agin,—
Nor a cint's worth of 'backy to shmoke—"
" You're right, sir!" said Mr. McFinnigin.

"An' thin the big bounties they ....--
That's blarney for Rigimints new, sir;
It's only the ones "IN THE FIELD''
That can promise that same and be true, sir!
I'll be better paid 'listin in thim,
An' help the cause soonest to win agin;—
Be dad! I'll go in wid Cap. PAINE—"
" YOU'RE RIGHT, SIR!" said Mr. McFinnigin.

Those desirous of learning the reasons that led to this just decision, are referred to the advertisement of the advantages of the THIRTIETH N. Y. CAVALRY, in another column.
Office 19 Court street, Watertown.

The War in Virginia--A Splendid Charge under Spinola.
The Washington Star says that on Thursday last, while the 3d and 5th Army Corps of Gen. Meade were lying at the mouth of Manassas Gap, this side, information was received that Gen. Longstreet was sending a brigade of his corps forward, in order to possess himself of it. Gen. Spinola commanding the Excelsior Brigade, with 800 muskets of that corps, was at once ordered forward. The commanding General supposed the rebels were only in small force on and behind the crest of a hill, about one mile from the Gap, between it and Front Royal, and therefore supposed this brigade sufficient to dislodge the enemy. About a quarter of a mile from the crest of the hill there was a stonewall, and behind that also there was a small rebel force. Gen. Spinola at once took an observation of the ground, and after pointing out to his regimental commanders the work they would have to perform, he ordered his brigade forward, and with fixed bayonets and a yell that betokened their determination to succeed, they rushed forward, when the rebels quickly fled from the hill and took refuge behind the stone wall. 
Up to this the brigade rushed also when from behind it rose a whole brigade of Georgians and two regiments of North Carolina sharpshooters, all under command of Gen. Anderson. But our troops heeded them not, and amid a shower of rifled bullets and artillery fire in front and on the flank, they pushed forward, and with the bayonet drove the rebels from their protection and sent them scampering over the fields. The rebel loss was not less than 500 killed, wounded and prisoners. We had no artillery, while the rebels had at least 17 pieces.
That night, our soldiers bivouacked on the battle field, ond the next morning they marched into Front Royal. In this fight, it is the opinion of military men that the rebels outnumbered us at least 6 to 1, but they appeared to be completely fagged out; and after being dislodged from the stone wall they could not move up a hill on their way in an upright position, but crawled up on their hands and knees, thus giving our men an opportunity of pouring in an effective fire, of which they eagerly availed themselves. In this fight Gen. Spinola received two very severe wounds, one in the right foot which tore open the heel for two or three inches, and one through the fleshy part of the right side.