21st New York Independent Battery's Civil War Newspaper Clippings
GOOD MEN WANTED FOR THE
21st N. Y. BATTERY.
CAPT. JAMES BARNES.
Now in the Field in active services, and stationed at Port Hudson, La.
Men in this Battery have no fatiguing marches to perform, no picket duty or knapsack to carry. The Artillery Service is by far the most desirable and easy branch of the service.
$852 Bounty to Veteran Volunteers.
$677 Bounty paid New Recruits.
Recruiting Office on West First street, second door north of Bridge street, Oswego.
LIEUT. HENRY H. COZZENS.
PRESENTATION-DEPARTURE—The men of the 21st New York Battery, recruited by Lieutenant Cozzens, last evening presented him with a magnificent gold watch--a chronometer balance. Its cost was $275, and bears the manufacturer's mark; "Paul H. Matthew, Newchatel;" it is a splendid gift; and its presentation bears testimony to the cordial feeling existing between officer and men.
The Lieutenant leaves here to-day for Elmira under orders, and will certainly feel gratification in having the confidence and friendly respect of those he will soon lead on his country's battle field.
The 21ST N. Y. BATTERY.—This Battery which was recruited in this city by Capt. BARNES, occupied a prominent position before the rebel works at Port Hudson during the entire siege. By a letter received by a lady in this city from her husband who is attached to the battery, we learn that it received a high compliment from the commanding General for the bravery of its members and the execution committed upon the rebel works by their guns. The letter states that since the capture of the rebel stronghold the men are rapidly recruiting from the hard service they were subjected to during the siege. At the time of writing they had just received the intelligence of LEE'S defeat in Pennsylvania, which, coupled with the capture of Vicksburg, highly elated them as they are in hopes a few more such victories will end the war and enable them to return to their families and friends.
Oswego, Thursday Evening January 21.
PRESENTATION--DEPARTURE. THE men of the 21st New York Battery, recruited by Lieutenant COZZENS, last evening presented him with a magnificent gold watch, a chronometer balance. Its cost was $275, and bears the manufacturer's mark; "Paul H. Matthew, Newchatel;" it is a splendid gift, and its presentation bears testimony to the cordial feeling existing between officer and men.
The Lieutenant leaves to-day for Elmira under orders, and will certainly feel gratification in having the confidence and friendly respect of those he will soon lead on his country's battle field.
From Captain Barnes' Battery.
Port Hudson, La., April 8, 1864.
Editor Oswego Commercial Times:
I take the liberty of sending you this for publication, as being the most ready and effectual means of conveying information to the relatives and friends of members of the Battery of whose misfortune it has become my duty to inform them.
Yesterday morning a detail of 100 cavalry was sent down the road towards Baton Rouge, with the telegraph repairer, to put up the wires which had been cut. I was directed by the General commanding to send a detachment and one gun to accompany them. I accordingly sent Sergeant John L. Wood, with a portion of his men, consisting of two corporals, eight mounted cannoniers and three drivers, with their teams, all under command of Lieut. George Potts. They left here at 8 o'clock A. M.—When about two miles beyond Plain Store and seven from Port Hudson, our troops were attacked by a force of rebel cavalry and forced to fly, the rebels rapidly pursuing. At Plain Store they left the main road and took a shorter one through the woods, intending to cut off the retreat of our men, while these continued their retreat by the main road. One of our team horses was shot at the commencement of the attack, so that we had but two teams to haul the gun, and the roads were heavy from recent rains. When our troops had arrived within two or three miles of Port Hudson, the rebels suddenly dashed out of the woods at a short distance from the gun and charged upon it so rapidly that there was no time to bring it into action. Our cavalry were flying across the field and the gun was thus left entirely without supports. After a short and sharp chase our boys were surrounded and seven of them captured, viz: Corporals Charles Barnard, of Oswego, and Jas. Campbell, of Phoenix; Privates—Charles Dexter, of Schroeppel, John Walker, of Oswego, Moses Potter and David M. Roberts of Hastings, and Alonzo Dunham of Lenox, Madison county. I have not learned that any of them were hurt. Corporal Barnard who, with Corporal Campbell, was riding upon the limber, turned and fired every barrel of his revolver at the closely pursuing rebels.
Very respectfully, your ob't serv't,
Capt. comd'g 21st N. Y. Battery.