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We must repel force with force, until the national honor is vindicated, and the constitution reasserts itself over the entire Republic. For the present, our mission is here—under the broad canopy—with branches for our couch, and the forest our shelter—our music the bugle, from reveille to retreat—our town the broad masses of canvass spread under the green pines and oaks.
They form a gipsey [sic] encampment on a scale of grandeur the world has rarely seen. Let the effeminate, the carpet knights, the fogies, the slow coaches, the jaundiced, the peevish, the speculators in blood, the opinionated, the cold hearted, the gangreened, the sore headed, remain at home to discuss what they have neither the wit to understand, nor the capacity to comprehend—while the generous, the warm, the chivalric, the gallant sons of a patriotic race—inspired by a generous emulation for noble deeds and daring—rush to arms, embrace Columbia encircled in the starry folds, and swear "with her to live, for her to die.
We are strong—and move with Gen. We are classed with the reserves—that is, reserved for heavy work. You have heard how the regiment volunteered in November last, to lay the Fredericksburgh [sic] bridge, when the fire was too hot for the engineers; how the gallant Johnson and McConihe with their companies laid the bridge the other day, under the fire of the sharpshooters, while Col. Crocker's horse was shot under him—while Barnes, McNeft, Beckman and Smith, after guarding the bridge at Franklin's crossing to the lively tune of shot and shell, took it up the bridge, not the tune and relaid it just below the city.
Our record is clear and unblemished thus far, and we shall endeavor to keep it so to the end. The good soldier is he who does his duty faithfully, manfully, and strictly obeys orders.
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We notice a movement among a certain class for peace. Is not this a little premature? We have lost nothing in population, as the figures show an increase of over , from natural causes and from emigration into the northern States. The entire present debt would be paid off within five years with the present resources. The new movement of arming the blacks will give us a half million additional troops who have shown at Port Hudson that they will fight, and to the last man.
At least let us grind them out of this State of Virginia, and secure all west of the Mississippi, and then if our statesmen determine that there shall be peace, why, so be it. The camp of this regiment has been removed from Fourth street to Conrad's Park, in order to better accommodate the increased number of men. There was a regimental parade yesterday, in which all officers and men joined. The uniforms for the entire regiment will be ready in a few days. Albany, Tuesday, April 29, A letter from Capt.
McNett of the 93d Regiment gives an account of the capture of Col. Crocker and Major Cassidy.
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Hallooing was shortly after heard in the woods where they were walking. They doubtless fell into an ambush of Rebels and were taken prisoners. Private Letter from Camp. Near Yorktoen, April 27th, We were drawn up in line of battle twice after leaving Newport News, anxiously awaiting to receive the enemy. It was reported that three regiments of the Rebels had crossed Wormsley's Creek, a short distance below Lee's Mills, and were making their way towards us. They did not show themselves however, and we arrived safe in this place April 22d.
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Here we found the 77th N. Regiment, Col. We are now encamped under the guns of the Rebel batteries; the nearest fortifications are something less than half a mile from our camp; our pickets are within talking distance, and it is said throw down their guns and meet each other and take a chew of tobacco, etc. Still nearer to us within one mile is a fort mounting guns.
This is on the Rebel's second line of defence. The front line of entrenchments are within rods of our camp; between the lines is a ravine of low and marshy ground, through which a large creek runs to the York river. On this creek is built dams, intended to flood us should we attempt to charge upon the batteries.
They still hold James river on our left. Near us on our right is Rebel entrenchments, mounting 35 lb. Columbiades, and still further on our right is a battery of 32 lb. These are all the Rebel batteries I can give you any particulars of. You are aware or course that our Colonel and Major have been taken prisoners. This is a great misfortune to us, and we sincerely regret that they should be destined to such a fate, and should be taken from us at this time, when we so much need their counsel. We had placed in our Colonel our utmost confidence that under his watchful care and supervision we would reap the laurels we are so arduously striving to win.
A more patriotic man than Col. He was highly respected by the officers and in fact by the whole Regiment.
Although we have lost our Colonel and Major, we are confident that you will hear a good account of the 93d Regiment in the coming battle. We have learned an important lesson, admonishing us to be cautious in all our movements, which is a safeguard to the soldier. I assure you that whenever our Regiment has a chance to retaliate they will do so with a vengeance. Our batteries keep up a constant fire upon the enemy and they reciprocate in turn. Now and then a shell from the Rebel guns burst near us, but as our position is not exactly known to them, they cannot shell us accurately.
We are expecting every hour to make an advance upon their batteries.
Some of the regiments were drawn up in line of battle and remained in that position ninety hours, sleeping on their arms. This hapepned [sic] just before we joined them. The booming of cannon and rattle of musketry disturbed my slumbers during the first few nights, but now it is a welcome sound, and I have become so habituated to it that the report of a 32 pounder within sixty rods of me does not awake me. Yours truly, H. Letters from Major Cassidy. The prisoners at Richmond have been sent to Salisbury, N.guipturibbir.tk
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Crocker and myself were very much pained and extremely mortified this morning, upon being shown by some friends, Richmond papers containing extracts from the New York Tribune, accusing us of deserting to the enemy. I wrote to you this evening of the day we were captured. We were cautioned to be careful what we wrote, or it might not be forwarded. I could not say our pickets were not on duty, as they were not, judging from our not meeting them, for fear of exposing the negligence of our officers.
I wrote you on the 23d the evening of the same day we were taken prisoners.
Crocker and myself left our camp and started to view the ground in the vicinity and go on as far as our pickets. We had arrived in that locality the night preceding, had been engaged about the camp, and had not had time to look around us. Col Butler went out in the morning mounted. We went out in the evening dismounted. We met none of our pickets, saw none of our troops after leaving 7th Maine. We did see the tracks of men's and horses' feet leading towards our camp.
We had gone but a short distance, as appeared to me, when I saw a person in a gray uniform stationed partially behind a tree, with his rifle aimed at us. I looked in another direction, and saw another similar object, and in a few moments were surrounded, taken prisoners, and conducted by a vile rabble to Col.
Griffin's head quarters. Our captors were Mississippi riflemen. From Col. Griffin's we were taken to Gen. Magruder, when we were examined, and afterwards quarters were provided for us by Captain Alstin. We slept on the floor, a wolf-robe under us, covered with blanket. It was about 2 A. On arriving at the river we embarked on the "Curtis Peck," and were taken to Richmond and placed in the prison where we now are. Is it not sufficient for us to be suffering imprisonment in such a place as this, without being subjected to the infamous charge of such paper as the Tribune?