156th New York Infantry Regiment's Civil War Newspaper Clippings
Death of Adjt. Cooke.
We are greatly pained to announce the decease of Howard Cooke, of this village, Adjutant of the 156th Regiment. Young impulsive, patriotic, his life has been offered up on the altar of his country.—When amongst us a short time since, his healthful and truly martial appearance was the subject of general remark. Ordered to duty, he promptly obeyed the summons, and about four weeks since repaired to New Orleans to rejoin his regiment. Reaching there he was taken down with the typhoid fever, and expired the third day after his arrival. His remains are in transit, and are expected by the next steamer. We deeply sympathize with the family of our neighbor and friend in this sad bereavement. A son of great promise has been taken from them, but it is their consolation to know that he died in the performance of his duty to his country, beloved and honored by all. Corporal John Rapp, of Co. D, 156th Regiment, died recently in Hospital.
Orderly J. B Quick is again back with company A, 156th Regiment, N. Y. V.—We mentioned a short time ago of his being detailed as hospital steward.
Ira Sheely, of Lackawack, a member of Capt. Neafie's company in the 156th, died week before last. His age was 24 years.
Mr. Charles J. Ackert, late editor of the New Paltz Times, and now a member of the 156th, has, since the capture of Port Hudson, been placed in charge of two printing offices at that place, and superintends the government printing.
Andrew Euens, of Co. E, 156th Regiment, N. Y. V., has been taken prisoner.
At the time of the occurrence he was with a squad foraging for beef.
Milton Blodgett, of Kingston, a member of Captain Donaldson's Company, (G,) 156th Regiment, N. N. .... suddenly as he was going .... transport at Semmesport, La.
The 156th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., at last accounts, were at Donaldsonville. Companies A and D, of the above regiment, are at Port Hudson, doing guard duty at the headquarters of the 19th army corps.
John Tootill, of Co. A, 156th Regiment, died in the General Hospital at Baton Rouge, April 16th, in the 27th year of his age. He leaves a wife and three small children in this village, without adequate means of support.
Charles D. Morrison, of Plattekill, orderly sergeant in Company E, 156th Regiment, N. Y. V., died in a hospital at Baton Rouge, about the middle of May last.
Our Soldiers Dead.
Wm. H. Hoffman, of Shawangunk, a member of Company A, 156th Regiment, N. Y. V., died in the University Hospital, New Orleans, (La.,) May 3rd. Ananias Johnson, who enlisted from New Paltz, in Company E, same Regiment, died in the same institution, some time in May last.
In Town.--Capt. Ferdinand Griggs, of the 156th Regiment, was in town on Wednesday last. The Captain arrived at his home in New Paltz, several weeks since, having been honorably discharged from the service. He had been confined to a hospital in Louisiana the greater part of the time of his "sojourn" in Rebeldom, from sickness. He is now looking very well, though there are still indications of his having experienced a "rough time."
A Little Patriot gone .
DIED.—At Arsenal Hospital, Fort Williams, Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday morning, July 8th, at 8 o'clock, HENRY C. DURHAM, Serg't of Drum Corps, 156th Regiment N. Y. S. V. aged 13 years, 7 months and 19 days son of Elisha Durham, of this village. Disease, Typho-malarial fever.
By foreign hands his dying eyes were closed,
By foreign hands his little limbs composed,
By foreign hands his humble grave adorned,
By strangers honored, and by strangers mourned.
Yet shall thy grave with rising flowers be dressed,
And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast.
There shall the morn her earliest tears bestow,
There the first roses of the year shall blow,
While angels with their silver wings o'er shade
The ground now sacred by thy body made.
DIED FROM HIS WOUNDS.—Major Thomas Fowler, of the One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Regiment New York Volunteers, who was wounded through both legs at the battle of Port Hudson on the 14th of June, died from his wounds in the St. James Hospital, New Orleans, about two weeks since.
Wm. H. Hoffman, of Shawangunk, a member of Company A, 156th Regiment, N. Y. V., died in the University Hospital, New Orleans, (La.)
May 3d. Ananias Johnson, who enlisted from New Paltz, in Company E, same regiment, died in the same institution some time in May. Our informant did not learn the precise day. We believe he was a native of Shawangunk.—New Paltz Times
The 156 Regiment N. Y. S. V. (raised in Ulster County,) took part in the recent successful military operations by the Union forces on the Teche River Louisiana. Among the casualties reported are: Killed Lieutenant Freer, Co. D, S. Fellar, Co. C, E. Delmater, Co. H, DeWitt C. Connover Co. I. Wounded—E.R. Cox, Co. D. (fatally,) Benj. DeWitt, Co. G, (fatally,) Homer Avery, Co. B. (slightly,) P. Terwilliger, Co. G, (flesh-wound,) W. H. Scriber, Co. G. (flesh wound,) Augustus Facks, Co. H. (in the breast,) Frank Van Etten, Co. I. E. R. Cox, enlisted from Ellenville, and is brother to Geo. N. Cox, of Montgomery, and Sergt. Wm. H. Cox, of Co. H, 124th Regt. N. Y. S. V.
Another of the Dead.—Thomas Fowlen, Lieutenant Colonel of the 156th Regiment, died in St. James Hospital New Orleans, July 1st, from wounds received at Fort Hudson, June 14th. He was shot through both legs, one of them being amputated. Col. F. went out as Captain of Co. B. He was a brave and efficient officer, and has closed his career at the age of 32 years.
ONE OF THE OFFICERS.—William H. Van Wagenen, who went out with the 156th Regiment as Captain, it will be remembered, was cashiered on the finding of a court martial. He has been reinstated by some enginery, and promoted to a Majority vacated by the promotion of t h e late Col. Fowler. The death of the latter will probably make Van Wagenen a Lieutenant Colonel. Billy left Rondout last week for his Regiment. He signalized his appearance in Rondout by committing a gross assault upon Mr. C. L. Edmonds, for which he was fined $10, by our Police Justice.
Andrew Euens, of Co. E, 156th Regiment, N. Y. V., has been taken prisoner.-- At the time of the occurrence he was with a squad foraging for beef.
Charles Mansfield, of Wawarsing, a member of company D, 156th Regiment N. Y. V., died in the University Hospital, New Orleans, La., June 26th.
BOUNTY.—Another good soldier and patriot, Michael Mallady, of the town of Gardiner, a member of Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-Sixth N. Y. V., has gone to his long home. He died in the hospital at Baton Rouge, La., where he has only been removed a few hours, on Sunday the 26th of July.
Benjamin Upright, of Plattekill, and T. C. Decker, of Shawangunk, both members of Company E, One Hundred and Fifty-Sixth Regiment, N. Y. V., died lately in the hospital at Baton Rouge, La.
The Rosendale Agricultural Society will hold their annual fair on the 6th, 7th and 8th of October, 1863.
Col. Sharp, of the 156th sends us the following, which we cheerfully insert:
HEAD-QUARTERS, 156th Reg't N. Y. Vols.,
Before Port Hudson, July 2d, 1863.
SPECIAL ORDER No. __
Corporal JONATHAN SNYDER, Co. F, is hereby appointed Sergeant Major 156th Reg't N. Y. S. V., for gallant conduct displayed at the assault upon the enemy's works on Sunday, June 14th, 1863, to date from February 24th, 1863. By order of
Lt. Col. JACOB SHARP, Com'g.
CLARENCE T. BARRETT, Adj't.
Baton Rouge, (La.) August 10th, 1863. Mrs. Publisher:--The 156th regiment is still in camp at this place. It is unusually warm, and the men complain of the heat. The men are, as a general thing, remarkably healthy; but many are suffering with chronic diarrhoea, which sticks to a soldier "like death to an old negro." There is nothing new to write about; no excitement; no anything. Everything dull and at a stand still. Articles in the vegetable line are extremely high. Potatoes and onions are selling at fifteen cents per pound, and as the Government does not at present furnish the above articles, the soldier buys them for his own use. Eggs are one dollar per dozen, and butter the same price. Sutlers and storekeepers are alike in charging the most exhorbitant prices. Any kind of a breakfast costs from seventy cents to one dollar. So you see by this, that if a soldier wishes anything "extra" it takes his wages and more too. One dollar at home will buy about four times as much as it will here.
The 4th and 48th Massachusetts regiments started for home yesterday. Not satisfied with disgracing themselves previously, before Port Hudson, they destroyed every article that would be of use to soldiers who should occupy their camp ground. Breaking up stoves, pots, kettles, &c. They are nine months men, and as they came on a PLEASURE expedition, they are not so much to blame.
C. J. A.
August 12th, l863.
MRS. PUBLISHER:—The war matters in this section has come to a stand still. Maj. Gen. Banks giving those who have followed him in his late campaign a rest. Well, they need it. From the time the expedition made its first move in the reduction of Port Hudson in March, up to the present time, they have been constantly employed in various ways to bring about the state of affairs which your readers are already cognizant of. Business is quite brisk here, and I noticed several steamers from St. Louis, Vicksburg and Cairo last evening on their way steaming toward the Crescent City as they did in days of yore. .... A work that cost the army so much patient and dangerous labor, and so much heroic fighting.
The next in order is that the Government should deal in a very summary manner with guerrillas and other bands of robbers, that may attempt to impede the trade that will rapidly develope itself it seems to us that measures of retaliation should be adopted that will teach them a useful lesson. If all the buildings were to be burned in every case, where a hostile demonstration occurs, it would interest every property owner on the river, on the side of order, and against the guerillas. As it is, many of them not only permit, but join in these acts of robbery, and should be taught that, unless they stop it, the Government will retaliate at once, without waiting the slow operations of any law of confiscation. Teach them that their homes and buildings of all kinds will be the immediate price of playing guerrilla, and they will find the amusement too expensive to be indulged in.
Among the deaths in our home regiments, we notice that of Capt. EDWARD GIFFORD, of the 128th regiment, N. Y. V. He was a native of Hudson, Columbia county, and died in New Orleans, August 10th.
In our own regiment—the 156th—company G has lost two men by death. Peter Terwilliger, who was wounded at Fort Bisland, died in the United States Barracks, New Orleans, July 31st. Philip Many died of chronic diarrhoea in the Mississippi hospital, Baton Rouge, August 11th. Terwilliger enlisted from Marlborough, and Many at Rondout. The latter, we understand, leaves a large family. C.J.A —Benjamin Upright, of Plattekill, and T. C. Decker of Shawangunk, both members of company E, l56th Regiment N. Y. V., died lately in hospital at Baton Rouge, La., —Another good soldier and patriot MICHAEL MALLADY, of the town of Gardiner, a member of Company A, 156th, Y. V., has gone to his long home. He died in a Hosptal at Baton Rouge, La, where he had only been removed a few hours, on Sunday the 26th, of July. Mr. Mallady's illness, and of which he died, was dysentery in its worst form. He leves a wife and eight small children to mourn his loss. May he who doeth all things aright comfort them in their affliction. As this family is in very needy circumstances, something should be done to assist them.
Lt. Peter Eltinge, of Co. A, has been detailed as acting Aid to General Dunley who is in command of the Post at baton Rouge. Lt. Elting is a son of Edmund Eltinge, esq., of this town. His young friends who staid at home will make a note of the success of their late worthey associate. How much better the above looks in print than to be among the ''drafted patriots." The position of Lt. E is an enviable one, and his friends in this vicinity may feel proud.
— Company A, which was until Capt. F. Grigg's resignation, first in line on the right of the regiment, is now the tenth company, and eighth in line on the left. This is going down hill, but the company will only lose its PRESTIGE. Its reputation still holds good. They will find the difference, however, on the march, when roads are dusty.
— The enlisted men in company G, Capt. John Donaldson, sent home $2,280 in allotment checks.
— Lieut. Robert S. Van Wagenen had presented to him on the day Port Hudson surrendered, by a rebel captain, a neat regulation sword, which had engraved upon its blade, "C. S. A." The captain wished him good luck with it; that he might soon return to his native home and carry the memento along.
KINGSTON, N. Y.
WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCT. 12, 1864.
CASUALTIES IN THE 156th.
Report of Col. Neafie.
HEADQUARTERS 150TH New YORK VOLUNTEERS.
NEAR HARRISONBURGH, September, 1864.
Capt. Charles W. Kennedy, A.A.A. Gen. 3d Brigade:
In obedience to orders, I have to report the following operations of my regiment from the 19th of September to the present date:
I broke camp on the advanced line on the right of the 2d Division, 19th Army Corps, at Berryville, at 1 o'clock A. M., September 19th, and reported with my command at Headquarters 3d Brigade, 2d Division, at 1:30 A. M. Marched from thence to about one and one half miles beyond Opequan Creek, and formed line of battle about 10.30 A. M. My regiment formed the left of the brigade line, and joined the right of the advance line of the 6th Corps, and threw out a line of skirmishers, under the command of Captain Alfred Cooley, which joined with the skirmish line of the 6th Corps, and covering the front of my regiment the line was immediately and warmly engaged by the enemy's skirmish line in the woods on our front.
About 11 A. M. I was ordered to advance and guide on the right of the 6th Corps, which order I executed, and in order to do so I was obliged to oblique my regiment very much to the left. The advance was made under a severe fire across an open field of about 500 yards in width, until we came within 150 yards of the enemy—who were posted in two lines, with cavalry in their rear and a battery directly in our front—when the left of my regiment plunged into a thick woods. From this point our advance was down a slope, exposing us to a terrific fire from both lines of the enemy. We still advanced until we came within thirty yards of the enemy's line, when, finding that we had no support in our rear, and the line on our left and right was giving way, we were obliged to fall back about 200 yards, where we halted, rallied the men on the colors, and opened fire on the enemy, which checked his advance. At this time I saw a line advancing to our support on our right flank, and fell back with my regiment to the woods from whence the right of the 6th Corps had advanced. I there halted, and reformed my line under a severe fire, which was vigorously returned. The enemy now began to fall back, when we charged and drove him in disorder over the hill, capturing some prisoners, the enemy leaving a number of killed and wounded behind him. I halted, re-aligned my regiment at the edge of the woods, and gave three cheers, and then advanced about 75 yards to the brow of the little hill commanding their position. I then ordered my command to lie down, and opened a rapid and effective fire on the enemy's line.
About this time I was notified that Col. Jacob Sharp, commanding 3d Brigade, was wounded, and that the command of the brigade devolved upon me. I then moved the 128th N. Y. V., under command of Captain Anderson, to the right of the 156th, and on the same line, and a portion of the 38th Massachusetts, under Captain Bennett, on the right of the 128th, (a portion of the 38th Massachusetts, under command of Major Allen, being with the 2d Brigade,) and the whole line opened a vigorous fire. About 3 P. M. I saw that the line on our right was advancing at a charge, and I ordered an dvance of the entire brigade line, which was executed in gallant style. The 156th, N. Y. V., Captain James J. Hoyt commanding, had expended all their cartridge and advanced without firing a shot, driving the enemy rapidly before them, capturing a number of prisoners, among them a Colonel and Lieut. Col. The advance was continued up to the works on the top of the hill, when the line was crowded out by the advance of the troops on our right, and the brigade was halted for a short time to replenish our ammunition. The advance was continued to two miles beyond Winchester, where I reported to Gen. Grover, and went into camp for the night. Colonel Foster having joined, he assumed command of the brigade next morning, September 20th. The regiment marched to Strasburgh that day, and on the next day, September 2lst, we went into position on the hills. On the 22d the regiment was moved to a hill in the front of the enemy's line on Fisher's Hill. My regiment occupied the extreme left of the brigade line. I was ordered to fortify the position, and hold it at all hazards. About 12 M. I was ordered to send a working party, without arms, to fortify a hill, in case the 128th N. Y. V. succeeded in driving the enemy's front in. The left wing of my regiment, under command of Captain James J. Hoyt, supported by the 176th N. Y. V., advanced to the hill occupied by skirmishers of the 128th, and fortified the position under a severe fire. The rest of my regiment was subsequently sent forward under my command, where we remained until relieved 28th Iowa. I then marched my regiment back, took our arms, and about 6 P. M. advanced to the left of the 2d Brigade to attack the enemy, and charged them in line battle for a distance two miles.
Since that time I have nothing of unusual importance to report. We have ac- companied the brigade in all its movements to present date. My total loss at Winchester, on 19th, was—
Wounded—Commissioned Officers, ..............................8
Killed—Enlisted men, ..................................................20
Wounded--Enlisted men, ..............................................83
At Fisher's Hill, September 22d, enlisted men wounded, ...4
I cannot close without expressing my appreciation of the bravery and good conduct of the officers and men of my command. To mention one the officers would seem to impute that others did not do their whole duty, which was not case; but I cannot close without expressing my thanks to Lieut. M. Hasbrouck, Acting Quartermaster, who volunteered his services, and rendered me efficient aid. I regret to state that he received a severe wound from a piece of shell during the last charge, which disabled him temporarily. I would further state that the Color Sergeant and four Corporals were shot down under the colors while doing their duty....
Official Report of Casualties in the 156th N. Y. V., in the action before ... Sept. 19th, 1864:
Col. Jacob Sharp, wounded severely
Capt. J. Hasbrouck, leg, flesh wound
Capt. _. S. Baten, Act. Lieut. killed
Color Sergeant A. Brick, arm, slight
Andrew Babcock, killed
Jacob M. Keyser, killed
Benjamin Smith, killed
Thomas Westcott, killed
Isaac Lafarge, killed
Corp Thomas Gadd, leg, slight
Corp Alex Ferguson, back, slight
Corp Abm Fuller, arm & sh'lder, severe
Corp John L. Scott, chest, severe
James H. Atwater, head & arm, slight
Haddock Carpenter, chest, mortal
Thomas Lewis, wounded in hand, severe
Daniel J. Roe, shoulder, slight
Owen Hughes, foot, slight
Peter S. Dubois, missing
Sergt Hiram H. Davis, killed
James P. Relyea, killed
Sergt James Mack, thigh, slight
Corp Samuel Granger, head, slight
Corp Van R Vredenburgh, arm, slight
Jacob Wolbert, hip
James Irwin, arm, slight
Peter Higgins, arm, slight
Jacob Rossi, arm, slight
Alanson Waters, killed
lst Sergt Daniel B Deyo, bowels, severe
Sergt John B Burlison, leg, flesh
Corp John S Hornbeck, thigh, flesh
Corp Wm Shaddock, arm, severe
Stephen R Acker, arm, flesh
Stephen Einhout, foot, severe
Jacob R Slater, head, severe
Abba G Slater, head, slight
Sylvester Waite, knee
Michael Kennedy, slight
Abram Ellsworth, leg, slight
John Valentine, killed
Sergt C H Schoonmaker, prisoner, uninjured
Corp A B Grimly, thigh, severely
Corp. A Morse, body, severe
F H Benson, arm, flesh
Owen Pattison, head, slight
J Waters, arm, slight
I Rudolph, leg, severe
I Hornbeck, bowels
Sergt Andrew Parliman, killed
Corp Alexander Cameron, killed
Conrad Baurice, killed
John S Pover, killed
James H Jansen, killed
Corp A Terwilliger, side, severe
Charles Warring, hand, slight
Wm Dietz, face, severe
George H Ferguson, arm
John C Harpe, leg, slight
John W Scott, hand, slight
Isaac Woolsey, leg, severe
Robert Wylie, shoulder, bruised
___ Crans, leg
Michael Carroll, arm
John W....., arm
George H Mackey, leg
Sergt John H Terwilliger, killed
Francis McManus, killed
Sergt Joseph C Fox, head, slight
Corp Andrew B Hayes, leg, severe
Corp George H Bradshaw, leg slight
Corp Jas Patterson, arm & foot, severe
Dennis Corrigan, leg, severe
Theodore Davis, head
James R Lane, head, slight
Michael McGann, shoulder, severe
Edward Teiter, head
Corp James M Benson, chest, severe
James W Pells, head, severe
Abm Blanjohn, leg, slight
Wm Scribner, head, slight
Melvin Lounsbery, arm, slight
Wm Cohoupt, head, slight
Robert Zelt, leg, severe
Corp John Langan, hip, slight
Peter McGrath, head, severe
George Frank, head, severe
Martin Bart, thigh, severe
Patrick Garretty, missing
John McDonald, killed
1st Sergt W L Cortelyn, head, slight
Corp Harvey Griffin, both thighs, severe
Edmund Blake, both legs, severe
Daniel Collins, hip, slight
John Cole, thigh, severe
Fritz Fisher, slight
Gideon Hassal, leg, slight
Ira McVey, leg broken
Corp James Van Mott, killed
Corp Axel Wehl, leg slight
Henry C Abbott, sholder, slight
Louis Kreue, head, slight
John Kraus, leg, slight
August Leonhardt, back, severe
Christian I Meyer, thigh broken
David Meyers, leg, svere
Charles Poudras, hip, severe
John Thompson, leg, severe
Leopold Glassar, prisoner, uninjured
The regiment went into action with 12 Commissioned Officers, including Colonel Sharp, who commanded the brigade, and 301 men.
At Fisher's Hill, Sept. 22d, 1864.
Co. A—Benj Horton, breast, slight
Co. B —John W Robinson, arm broken
Co. C—Jas E Bridge, head, mortal
Co D—S W Depuy, breast, slight
THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 20
Gen. Sheridan's Army--Our Losses in the Shenandoah Valley.
We are just beginning to get some record of the casualties resulting from the recent campaigns in the Shenandoah Valey. The list is a long one, but below will be found the names of all the New Yorkers thus far reported: Third Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SIXTH REGIMENT, N. Y. V.
Col. Jacob Sharpe, wounded; Capt. J. D. Hasbrouck, D, do; Lieut. M. Hasbrouck, do; Com. Sergt. L. S. Bates, killed; Andrew J. Babcock, A, do; Jacob M. Kelier, A, do; Harvey Otis, A, do; Benj H Smith, A, do; Thomas
Westcott, A, do; Isaac Lafarge, A, do; Corp Thomas Gadel, A, wounded; Corp Alex Ferguson, A, do; Corp A Morse, D, wounded; F H Benson, D, do; J Hornbeck, D, do; O Patterson, D, do; J Rudolph, D, do; J Waters, D, do; Sgt C H Schoonmaker, D, pr; Sgt A S Parliman, E, killed; Corp Alex Lameron, E, do; Conrad Baurice, E, do; J T Poyer, do; J H Sansen, E, do;
Corp A Fuller, A, do; Corp J L Scott, A, do; Jas H Atwater, A, do; Haddock Carpenter, A, do; Thomas Lewis, A, do; Daniel J Roe, A, do; Owen Hughes,
A, do; Peter S dubois, A, missing; Serg Hiram H Davis, B, killed; James P Rulyea, B, do; Ser James Mack, B, wounded; Corp Sam E Granger, B, do; Corp VAN L VREDENBURG, B, do; Jacob Wolbert, B, do; J Irwin, B, do; Peter Higgins, B, do; Sergt E D Deyo, C, wounded; Sgt John R Burlison, C, do; Corp J S Hornbeck, C, do; Corp Wm Shaddock, C, do; Stephen R Acker, C, do; Stephen Ernhardt, C, do; Jacob R Slater, C, do; Abba G Slater, C, do; Corp A Terwiliger, E, wounded; Corp Chas Herring, E, do; Wm S Deitz, E, do; Geo H Ferguson, E, do; John C H..pe, E, do; John Westcott, E, do; ....;
Robert Neylie, E, do; Geo Crans, E, do; Michael ...roll, E, do; John Hyland, E, do; Geo H Macker, E, do; Ser J W Terwilliger, F, killed; Francis McManers, F, do; Sgt Jos C Fox, wounded; Corp Alex P Hays, F, do; Corp Geo M Bradshaw, F, do; Corp Jas Patterson, F, do; Dennis Corrigan, F, do; Theo Davis, F, do; James R Lane, F, do; Michael McGau, F, do; Edward Peiter, F, do; Corp J M Bronson, G, wd; Sylvester Wait, C, do; Michael Kennely, do, do; Abram Ellsworth, C, do; Alanson Waters, C, killed; J Valentine, D, do; Corp A B Grimsby, E, wounded; Corp J Langan, H, do; Peter McGrath, H, do; George Frank, H, do; Martin Bart, H, do; David Easland, H, do; Patrick Garretty, H, prisoner; John McDonald, I, killed; Sergt W L Cortelyou, wounded; Corp Harry Griffith, I, do; Edmund Blake, I, do; Daniel Collins, I, do; John Cole, I, do; Fritz Fisher, I, do; Gideon Hassell, I, do; Ira Mckay, I, do; Jas M Pells, G, do; Abram Blanjohn, G, do; Wm Scrivener, G, do; Melvin Lounsbury, G, do; Robt Zelt, G, do; Wm Coohoupt, G, do; Corp J VanMott, K, killed; Axel Wehl, K wounded; Hy C Abbott, K, do; Lewis Kruter, K, do; John Kaaus, K, do; August Leonhardt, K, do; C C Meyer, G, do; David meyer, G, do; Chas Pondras, G, do; John Thompson, G, do; Leopold Glasser, G, prisoner; Benj Horton, A, wounded; John M Robinson, G, do; James E Bridge, C, do; S W Dupuy, D, do.
[From the Ellenville Journal]
The 156th Regiment received pap for six months on the 18th of July. The checks have lately arrived home. Mr. J. JH. Tuthill, of this village, has received from Lieut. Eltinge, in command of Company C, the money for that Company, which has been disposed of as follows:
Wm Wynkoop, Kingston $40 00
Mrs. Slater $ 50 00
Mrs E. W. Schryver, $30 00
Mrs. P. Olmstead, $60 00
Mrs. Deyo, $60 00
Mrs. Corie, Hurley $60 00
Garlema Smith, $100 00
(Sent to Judge Henry Brodhead, Jr.)
David Bedford, Amesville, $65 00
" " " 70 00
(Sent to A. M. Norris, P. M.)
Mrs. Hungerford, Oak Hill, 80 00
Mrs. Waters, Cairo, 45 00
A Wygatt, East Durham, 40 00
(Sent to John A. Cooke, Catskill Bank.)
J Clearwater, Pleasant Valley, 85 00
(Sent to Thomas Wiggins, P. M., Pleasant
Valley, Dutchess Co., N. Y.)
Mrs. Balcom, Samsonville, 40 00
Nathan Spencer, " 5 00
Casualties of the 156th.
In the last engagement at Poet Hudson, (the 14th ult.,) the 156th N. Y. V., were in the hottest of the contest. Private letters received award to its officers and men the highest encomiums of praise for their gallantry and daring in the conflict. An official list of casualties contains the names of several of our Ulster volunteers. Annexed is a list of the killed and wounded of the 156th.
Major Thomas Fowler, severely.
Lieut. Abm. Eltinge, slightly.
Corp. Jesse Carpenter, slightly.
Simeon Miller, do.
Drummer Abm. Clearwater, do.
Corp. R. T. Terwilliger, do.
George Armstrong, do.
Henry Hess, do.
1st Sergt. R. M. Hines, do.
Corp. Wm. O'Brien, do.
Edward king, do.
Joseph Barter, do.
David Easland, do.
1st Sergt. Charles W. Kennedy, slightly.
Thomas Wright, Co. I, slightly.
Corp. John Thompson, Co. K, slightly.
Evan Riley, Co. K, seriously.
Rodolph Richsteig, Co. K, slightly.
Charles Smith, Co. K, slightly.
Peter Donnelly, Co. F.
Corp. Frank Helfer, Co. K.
The 156th Regt. in Battle.
On the 14th ult. a heavy battle took place at Port Hudson, in which the 156th
Regiment from this county took part.—Annexed we give a list of the killed and wounded:
Major Thomas Fowler, severely.—
Lieut. Abm. Eltinge, slightly. Corp. Jesse Carpenter, do. Harrison Van
Bramer, do. Simeon Miller, do. Drummer Abm. Clearwater, do. Corp. E. T.
Terwilliger, do. George Armstrong, do. Henry Hess, do. 1st Sergt. R. M.
Hines, do. Corp. Wm. O'Brien, do.—Edward King, do. Joseph Barter, do.
David Easland, do. 1st Sergt. Charles W. Kennedy, do. Thomas Wright, Co.
I, do. Corp. John Thompson, Co. K, do. Evan Riley, Co. K, seriously. Ro- dolph Richsteig, Co. K, slightly. Chas. Smith, Co. K, do. Peter Donnelly, Co. F. Corp. Frank Helfer, Co. K.
The 156th Regiment.
We gave last week the casualties of the 156th Reg., N. Y. V., occuring on the 14th ult., at Port Hudson, but we find in the New Paltz Times, from Sergt. Ackert, more and fuller details, and we extract so much as was omitted in our account:
Peter Donnelly, of Co. F, and Frank Heifer, of Co. K, were killed. Major Thomas Fowler was shot through both legs. The following were on the sick list:
In hospital at Baton Rouge—Sergeant Albert Carpenter, Thomas Wescott, Henry C. Durham, Elvy D. Snyder, Jesse N. Carpenter, who was wounded the 14th , Geo. S. M. Smith, David Rhodes and John Turner.
Marine hospital, New Orleans, La.—Charles Cornell, John Dalrymple, Peter S. Dubois, Joseph Close, (discharged,) Peter Richardson and Charles D. Gee.
University Hospital, New Orleans, La.—Alfred M. Freer, Sergt. John S. Humstone, discharged, but not able at present to go home.
United States Barracks, New Orleans, La.—Abraham Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, John L. Rhodes, Sergt. John B. Quick, Andrew Yorks, James Laforge, Daniel Horton, Solomon Cornell, Eli Lockwood, Benjamin C. Booth, Alexander Furguson and Matthew Matthews—twenty-nine in all.
The Sick of Co. A, 150th.
We take from the New Paltz Times the following list of the sick in Company A, 156th Regiment, and the different hospitals in which they were staying—correspondence dated June 16th, 1863:
In hospital at Baton Rouge—Sergeant Albert Carpenter, Thomas Wescott, Henry C. Durham, Elvy D. Snyder, Jesse N. Carpenter, who was wounded the 14th, Geo. S. M. Smith, David Rhodes and John Turner.
Marine Hospital, New Orleans, La.—Charles Cornell, John Dalrymple, Peter
S. Dubois, Joseph Close, (discharged,) Peter Richardson and Charles D. Gee.
University Hospital, New Orleans, La.— Alfred M. Freer, Sergt. John S. Humstone, discharged, but not able at present to go home.
United States Barracks, New Orleans, La.—Abraham Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, John L. Rhodes, Sergt. John B. Quick, Andrew Yorks, James Laforge, Daniel Horton, Solomon Cornell, Eli Lookwood, Benjamin C. Booth, Alexander Furguson, and Matthew Matthews—twenty-nine in all.
Paroled Prisoners of the 156th.
The "Army Correspondent" of the New Paltz Times furnishes the following
in regard to the paroled prisoners captured at the late battle of Port Hudson:
" Our loss, at the least, was eleven killed and fifteen wounded. They acknowledge three killed and fifteen wounded in their attack upon the convalescents alone, and 'heavy loss on the other side from our artillery.' There were thirty-five of the 156th taken prisoners and paroled, and two killed in the assault: Christian Myre, a German, was shot in his tent door, and Andrew Yerks, company A, was shot at the hospital; Eli Lockwood, also of company A, was sick in the hospital at the time. The names of the others I give in the order of their companies:
D. H. Fay, corporal, Daniel Horton, Alex Ferguson, Benjamin C. Booth, James La Forge, Eli Lockwood, Andrew Yerks, killed, of company A; William Hutton, corporal, Lindsay Howell, John E. Houghtalling, Allen Marshall, Benjamin Clearwater, John Rhinehart, Van Ren Vredenburg of company B; Austin Slater, corporal, Josephus Elmendorf, Clarence Finch, Nelson J. Snyder, Daniel Wyngard, Abram Terwilliger, Nathaniel Frieze, and Jacob Razoo, of company C; Cornelius V. Day, corporal, Silas Van Etten, Epenetus Stratton, A. B. Grimley, N. Lamphere, Calvin Van Gorder, Daniel Branckan and William O'Neil, of company D; L. S. Latting, and S. D. W. Morey, of company E; Henry Hoff , of company F; Daniel T. Ronk and William Cohoudt, of company G; Foster Jump, of company H.
Protest of the 156th.
The following paper, from the 156th Reg. N. Y. V., in regard to the appointment of Wm. Van Wagenen as Major of the Regiment, speaks for itself. It has been forwarded here for publication, and we give it a place in our columns. No comments are needed:
" At a meeting of the officers of the 156th Regt. N. Y. S. V., held at Donaldsonville on the 24th day of July, 1863, and of which Capt. C. D. Jewett was chairman and Capt. H. Cooke secretary, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, it has come to our knowledge through the public journals that the Governor of the State of New York has thought fit to appoint to the vacant Majority of our Regiment, William Van Wagenen, and whereas the said Wm. Van Wagenen--formerly a Captain in the 156th Reg. N. Y. S. V., was duly convicted, (before a General Court Martial convened at Carrolton, La., pursuant to General Orders No. 24, dated January 17th, 1863, from Head-Quarters Emory's Division, and of which Major George M. Love, 116th N. Y. S. V., was president,) of the following charges--viz:
Charge 1st—"Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline."
Charge 2d--"Breach of arrest."
Charge 3d--"Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman."
Charge 4th—" Direct disobedience of orders."
On all of the above charges he was found "guilty" and the Court did therefore sentence him "to be cashiered;" which sentence was approved by the General commanding the Department and carried into effect. Therefore, be it
Resolved—That we most respectfully but emphatically protest against the said appointment as an injury to every officer and soldier in this Regiment, and as calculated to seriously impair the efficiency of the Regiment by placing in a responsible position of command, a person for whom we have no respect or confidence as an officer and with whom we cannot associate as a gentleman.
Resolved—That it is our duty as officers in the service of the United States, and having the interest of that service and of our country at heart, to use all proper means to prevent the confirmation of the above appointment, and to that end be it
Resolved—That the proceedings of this meeting with our names attached, be forwarded through the proper channel to the General commanding the Department, and from thence to the President of the United States, with the earnest request to the officers commanding our Brigade, Division and Army Corps, to protect the service from the injury, and ourselves from the insult, of having a disorderly and disgraced officer placed in a responsible position over us.
Capt. C. D. JEWETT, Chairman.
Capt. HOWARD COOKE, Secretary.
Alfred Neafie, Capt. Co. D,
John Donaldson, Capt. Co. G,
James Jauncey Hoyt, Capt. Co. K,
Edward R. Percy, Surgeon,
Clarence J. Barrett, Adjutant,
I. L. Signer, 1st Lieut. and acting Q. M.
H. M. Bauscher, 1st Lieut. Co. K,
Alfred Cooley, 1st. Lieut. Comd'g Co. E,
J. D. Hasbrouck, 1st. Lieut. Comd'g Co. B,
Alex Eltinge, 2d Lieut. Comd'g Co. C,
Edwaed Openshaw, 2d. Lieut. Co. K,
Albert J. Smith, 2d Lieut. Co. B,
T. James Rundle, 1st. Lieut. Co. I,
Charles W. Kennedy, 2d. Lieut. Co. I,
R. S. Wan Wagner, 1st. Lieut. Co. G,
Peter A. Lefever, 1st. Lieut. Comd'g Co. A,
Peter Eltinge, 2d. Lieut. Co. A
William Steadman, 2d. Lieut. Co. D,
Johannes Lefever, 2d. Lieut. Co. E.
ABUSING AN ABSENT SOLDIER.
ONE OF THE OFFICERS.—William H. Van Wagenen, who went out with the 156th Regiment as Captain, it will be remembered was cashiered on the finding of a court martial. He has been reinstated by some enginery, and promoted to a Majority vacated by the promotion of the late COL. Fowler.
The death of the latter will probably make Van Wagenen a Lieutenant Colonel. Billy left Rondout last week for his Regiment. He signalized his appearance in Rondout by committing a gross assault upon Mr. C. L. Edmunds, for which he was fined $10 by our Police Justice.--Rondout Courier.
This Mr. C. L. Edmunds deserved a much severer castigation than he received at the hands of Major Van Wagenen. He is the gentleman who grossly insulted Mrs. Van Wagenen a few minutes before, by the most abusive denunciations of her husband—representing him as one of the greatest villains of the age, &c., and when called to account for his ruffianly conduct, gave as his sole authority for his assertions, the statements of a degraded, dirty little sheet published at Rondout, by a poor, pitiable, brainless creature, who is a disgrace to the profession.
That Major Van Wagenen was guilty of a breach of the peace is not denied; but there are few men who would have done less under the circumstances. The Police Justice did right in inflicting the fine, and the Major paid it without a word of complaint. The fine, we learn, was founded on the wrong done by the Major in noticing at all one who acted as meanly as Mr. Edmonds did. In that consisted his crime, and he deserved to be fined ten dollars therefor, if not a greater sum.
We shall not attempt to defend Major Van Wagenen against any charge of improper conduct, whatever it may be, that can be sustained against him. But we regard it as exceedingly unfair and cruel that, whilst he is absent, serving his country, at the hazard of his life, he should be assailed here, before his family, relatives and, friends, with low abuse by a coward who would not dare to utter a word of censure of him to his face. It is about as mean as it was in Mr. Edmonds to insult his wife when accompanying him to the boat on his departure.
THE DECISION BY BATTLE.
BY REV. E. G. HOLLAND, CHAPLAIN OF 156TH N. Y.
VOLUNTEERS AT NEW ORLEANS.
History being the light which the Past holds up for the instruction of the present and the future, I wish in this article to trim a few of its lamps, to see in what we ought to confide. In talking with one of the practical, intelligent men of New Orleans last week, a man who sincerely, I think, sympathizes with the Confederates, had occasion to ask, "Is this then a war of the politicians?" He answered, "It is not. Believe it," said he, "it is a war of the people." "What then is its cause?" "It is," said he, "a tenacious difference of opinion on the subject of slavery. You would restrict, perhaps destroy it; we would enlarge and conserve it not only for the good of the African race, but for the beneficial effect it would have on the white people." Asking him how the colossal conflict can be settled, he said, "It can end in but one way, which is by the fate of war." Assuring him that I thought so too, that I yet had undoubting faith in the Divinity of Mars, that his great verdicts, still legible on the scrolls of history, were full of merit, and that, as gods do not grow old, he can and will judge as wisely and as justly in 1862 and 1863 as he did when the Free States of Greece met the vastly superior numbers of Persia at marathon, and so changed the prestige of arms that Europe, from that day to this, has looked down upon the Orientals. "If we succeed, then, against your superior numbers, if we fully triumph, will you consent that God is on our side?" My earnest, unwavering faith obliged me to say, "I will." He answered as frankly. "And if you succeed, I will confess that God is on your side, and will acknowledge the Principle on which you conduct the controversy." On this we parted; but the agreement requires that some of the great battles of history be looked at, to see if no appeal is necessary from Mars to the whole conclave, or from him to the wiseacres that have come up since he wore the cuirass and held up the Argive shield.
As a postulate, it may be more than presumed that this is God's world. Satan is neither pilot, master, nor mate,—purser and contractor if anything in the ship of state,—but the final compensations of justice to all men seem too complete for even this concession. If the world is God's, then his laws must run through it, and prove quite too strong for any and every class of sins and sinners. What says God to us through the greatest victories and defeats of the olden times?—he being ever pledged that the greatest relative merit and truth shall prevail, that Virtue on the Cross shall conquer the age that nailed it there. That two hostile civilizations should have finally come to blows, is not so very wonderful or mysterious after all. Chemists sometimes compromise hostile elements by the introduction of a third; but the third element is wanting which can create a lasting and happy compound out of free and slave states. Granting slavery to be right, it cannot be denied that there are things which decline to mix in the social, moral, and political world, as fatally as they do in the natural. A convention of chemists meet, and pass the resolution; "Resolved, That oil and water, which have heretofore recoiled from each other, (except under a coerced union,) shall, on all future occasions, cordially embrace and cling to each other, whenever and wherever they may meet." Though the unionism of such chemists stands above doubt, oil and water must probably obey the qualities of their own nature in every instance of close neighborhood: so aristocracy and democracy, a slave civilization and a free civilization, ceremony being ended, will do quite the same. "It is," as my neighbor secessionist said last week, "a war of the PEOPLE." No mistake in this; and Mars is on the throne now, holding open court. When Hebrews conquered and drove out the filthy Canaanites, the God of battles is believed to have decided wisely; and justly, too; for the verdict carried forward the human race a great way by enabling the Jews to develop freely their moral religious mission among the nations. Had Canaanites exterminated the Hebrew stock, not then two millions, the event had been against onward march of the world. So every seat of civilization, as Hindostan, Iran, Egypt, Britain, and America, has a story to tell about an aboriginal, conquered race—people standing in the way of civilization, and removed by the agency of war. Every superior race, thus far, has fought its way into position.
Take the battle of Marathon, fought 490 B. C., when the very name of the Medes was a bewildering terror to the Western nations, and had been so to the early Greeks. Who represented the most relative merit on that immortal day, the Greeks or the Persians? The Persians represented Absolute Despotism, a sensual culture, without any new and vital inspirations of Art and of independent Thinking. Greece was divided into Free States; was alive with the most vigorous and beautiful inspirations; rich in poetry, statuary, architecture. In her lay a moral force destined to enrich the civilization of the world for several thousand years. Greece triumphed at Marathon; Providence could not afford to have her extinguished; the Asiatics were driven back, and the War-God decided wisely and justly.
Take another instance. At Arbela, 331 B. C., Alexander conquered the great Persian army, and after that, by his wonderful victories, he spread over a vast area of Asia the elegant culture of Greece, which by common consent was the highest among the nations of antiquity. As he surveyed from his throne at Babylon the several nations that had sworn allegiance to his scepter, he, a man of culture himself, nobly resolved to vitalize the huge mass of humanity under him with the living spirit of the Greek civilization, and so successfully did the Greek culture everywhere take root, that within thirty years after the conqueror had crossed the Hellespont both the language and civilization of Greece were in full command from the shores of the Aegean to the banks of the Indus, from the Caspian and the great Hircanian plain to the cataracts of the Nile. They existed there a thousand years. Their effects are eternal. The middle ages lighted their mental torches at the fires the Greeks had kindled—the Saracenic conquerors getting access to them by subduing the very provinces Alexander had subjected to the Greek influence. Did he not then deserve to prevail? We answer, it was enough that he diffused the Greek culture. The War-God is thus vindicated by events.
The Romans, it is said, conquered the world; and Napoleon remarked, "They were deservedly the conquerors of the World at the time;" they conquered largely; they had the higher form of manliness, and were right regal men. Jews, Greeks, and Romans deserved the scepters they won, and in turn each deserved to lose the scepter at the time their conquerors came. If Roman manliness was stronger than Greek, it conquered at that point; if Greek culture was higher than the Roman—as we know it was —it was at that point that the Greek reconquered the Roman. What race ever conquered anything that was, all things considered, worthier than itself? Twice the Tartars have subdued the Chinese, because they excelled them in warlike energy; and twice has the Chinese civilization subdued and absorbed the rude invaders, because it was higher than they. Rude Germanic peoples, in the Vth century, settled themselves in some of the fairest regions of the Roman provinces as victors, but very soon experienced a moral conquest from the superior arts and refinements of the vanquished in arms.
Indeed, is not the entire lesson of history on this subject fully evolved in the career of the Romans? This race had fully achieved its mission before the barbaric invaders succeeded in dividing the rich inheritance of so vast an empire. What was this mission?
1. The breaking up of the barriers of those narrow nationalities that were composed of the various states and tribes that dwelt around the coasts of the Mediterranean, and the fusing of these, and of many other races, into one organized empire, bound together by a community of laws, of government, and of institutions. Rome established a broader unity, and vitalized with its own manly energy the various peoples it absorbed into its own dominion.
2. An essential element in the Roman mission was, as is often said, the development of the wisdom of Jurisprudence, which they did so successfully that the law student of 1863, in all the universities of Europe, must sit at the feet of Justinian. Rome, through this one agency, has doubtless aided every lawyer and statesman in the civilized world.
3. Under the shelter of her magnificent political power, it was reserved for the Roman empire to witness the birth and the early growth of Christianity; to accept of this divine faith; to nourish it to maturity during the years of her decline; and to spread it abroad into all the provinces that had ever obeyed her sway.
4. The reception and transfusion, through her once ample dominion, of the civilization of Greece.
Here are the four parts of her mission, all fulfilled, and Justice said that Roman nationality ought to die. Invaders came, scenting out her decay from the very highlands of Asia. God said, "Let Rome die; but for the further good of the world I will choose the pall-bearers, and I will appoint the Administrators to preside over the division of her grand estate." So was it, and the whole story is only the record of Justice.
Attila, "The Dread of the World," as he styled himself, like a carrion vulture, had his keen nostrils full of Rome's decay, and came from the wilds of Asia, spreading terror among all the inhabitants of the West of Europe, leading his pagan savages, the Huns, on to the destruction of the Roman Empire. Historical justice said, "This is undeserving. There's nothing in you, Attila, that, can rightly appreciate, absorb, and diffuse this classical and Christianized civilization. Besides, you deserve not to regain for Asia the prestige lost at Marathon." So was it. Grand old Rome, about ready to die, like an old veteran, raised her aged arm for the last time in battle, meeting and beating the invading Huns at Chalons, in France, A. D. 451, then known as Gaul. Attila beaten, the Germanic race, distinguished for the love of liberty, respect for woman, and burly manliness, then came in, act as pall-bearers for the old Roman nationality, and as Administrators on her estate. In all this there is nothing but justice. Mars decided well.
In Germany we find no scholar, no person, whatever, who questioned the necessity, utility, and right conclusion of the Thirty Years' Civil War, viewed as an establishment of new political rights; in France, no Frenchman who questioned either the necessity or utility of the old French Revolution; in England, no Englishman who denies that the American Revolution of 1776 was either unwise in its origin or unjust in the manner and terms of its termination.
So much for the antecedents of the God Mars. He grows on my reverence the more I look at the verdicts he has rendered. I believe in him now. Outnumbering the South by millions, surpassing it in wealth and in a navy, if we do not conquer, the reason will be that we are too mean to be robed in such royal honors; it will be because the love of power is nobler than the sordid love of money, which in the very midst of ruin is, to-day, quite too much the mainspring of Northern movements, the vis activa of the leaders of the honest, loyal masses. The South stands in the Middle Ages, fighting for privilege and for aristocracy; the North is a Democracy standing in the highest ideas of the XIXth century. It is Medieval faith versus the present Age. Which ought to beat? Which will beat? If nobody else does it, the South will, ere long, teach the North how to beat. Still put faith in Mars, and believe what the Southerner said, that this is a War of the People.
WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCT. 5, 1864.
From the 156th.
Harvey Otis and Abraham Huggins are reported killed, and George Bradshaw, James Brink and Samuel E. Granger wounded. Bradshaw and Brink severely. They were all from Kingston, and were under command of Sheridan.