Wednesday, January 28, 2009

54th Regiment in 1865

Earlier I had posted newspaper items related to 54th Regiment, New York National Guard. This includes military articles in the Rochester Union & Advertiser for 1865. These include articles relating to the death of President Abraham Lincoln and activities in Rochester at that time.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: January 11, 1865, p. 2

Military Aspect of Elmira—The Military Prison and Its Inmates—Gaiety Outside
ELMIRA, Jan. 10, 1865
EDS. UNION:—After emerging from the miserable shed used as a passenger depot by the Erie Railway in this place, the peculiarity that strikes a visitor from the interior is the great number of soldiers encountered in the streets, nearly every second man being dressed in either the plain, striped, or strapped uniform of U. S. The rumbling of heavy army wagons, drawn by four horses, as they pass from the commissary stores to the different barracks—the galloping to and fro of orderlies—the measured tread of the provost guard patrolling the streets, ready to pick up any straggler who may be out without the regular pass—together with the two barracks, in opposite outskirts of the city—combine to give Elmira quite a military and war-like appearance.

The military prison is an enclosure of about the size of Brown's Square in your city; and is surrounded by a stout board fence, twelve or fifteen feet high, having a raised platform walk extending around the outside, which, day and night, is patrolled by the sleepless sentinel.

I believe there are about nine thousand prisoners of war now confined in this enclosure.—Some of the sick were sent South to be exchanged, last summer; and since that time a few have been released by proving that they were forced into the rebel army, and on their taking the oath of allegiance. It is now nearly two months since the last batch of about three hundred was received here. But day by day, from eight to ten, and even fifteen pine coffins are carted out and laid side by side, as close as they can fit, in a long trench which is kept dug out in advance, (but full of water when we saw it,) in the north-eastern, swampy corner of the cemetery, which may be seen from the cars, on the border of the city, to the right, as you come from your direction.

The quarters and hospitals are no doubt as comfortable as circumstances and military rule permit; but as visitors can only get a view of the interior from a tower that overlooks the enclosure from without, but little can be known of their real condition. They must suffer considerably from want of necessary change of clothing. We understand that they are allowed to receive food and clothing from under certain restrictions, which may be sent in, addressed to individuals, by relatives or the charitably disposed. But though our Saviour tells us He will say on the last day—"Come ye blessed of My Father, * * for I was in prison and you came to me;" yet I suppose it would be considered "disloyal" to show any sympathy or manifest any charity towards these prisoners.

Outside the prison all is alive with pleasure and gaiety. There is excellent sleighing here—a skating park with a red ball—a theatre in full blast—and numerous sociables, parties and balls, civic and military, are the order of the day.
M. P.
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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: January 14, 1865, p. 2

FIRST BATTALION (ROCHESTER UNION GRAYS) LIGHT ARTILLERY, N.G.S.N.S.—It will be seen by an "order" in another column of this paper, that the Grays (Artillery) are ordered to the Armory on Tuesday evening next, to take into consideration important matters connected with the Battalion. We understand the Major Lewis has lately procured for his battalion the $500 allowed by Section 183 of the State Militia Law; also, the new State artillery uniform, a splendid pattern and the cloth from which it is made is first quality—no shoddy about it. The jacket is of dark indigo blue cloth, trimmed with scarlet cord or piping; the trowsers are of light indigo blue with scarlet cord extending down each outer seam of the leg; the cap is of dark indigo blue with one row of scarlet worsted braid around the top of the crown down the seam to the band and round the band or body of the cap. The cap is surmounted by a pompom ball five and one-fourth inches in circumference, the upper part red, the middle white and the lower blue, with a gilt shell at the base; gilt coat of State arms (small arms) in front, under the pompom, and a gilt letter—the letter of the Battery—underneath; the whole forming one of the finest, most complete, and unique uniforms ever worn by any troops. We learn also from Major Lewis that he is about attaching to his battalion one or two new batteries to be commanded by old military men of experience,—making the Battalion consist of four instead of two companies, as it now does. When his arrangements are perfected the Major will have one of the finest Battalions of Light Artillery (which will be fully equipped) in the State, not excepting New York City—and one which will be a credit to any city.

The Battalion is officered as follows:

Wm. M. Lewis, Major Commanding. Com. Staff—John Wrenn, Adjutant; Calvin C. Merritt, Quartermaster; Surgeon's-Mate, Dr. Chas. E. Rider.

Non-Com. Staff—John Roche, Sergeant Major; Lyman M. Blakslee, Quartermaster's Sergeant; J. Leham, Commissary Sergeant.

Battery B—M. R. Quinn, Captain; W. Darrow, E. J. Kelly and F. W. Parmalee, Lieutenants.
Battery A—Thos. Barnes, Captain; C. J. Sullivan, Geo. Frauenberger and John A. Tholens, Lieutenants.

The equipments of the Battalion consists of four 6-pounder Napoleon pieces, two 10-pound Parrott (rifled) pieces, with caissons complete, to which are to be added, in early spring, two 12-pound howitzers, and battery wagons and forges. The Battalion also has 60 Smith's celebrated carbines, with which to do guard duty if needed, and 90 artillery sabres.

In this connection we are informed that the idea of getting an Arsenal here was first conceived by the officers of this Battalion, and by their efforts—with the untiring zeal and activity of our representative, Mr. M'Connvil—got thro' the lower House last winter, but was lost in the Senate for want of time. An Arsenal at this point is much needed, and the Battalion feel that need greatly, for a place of storage for their equipments, as well as does the 54th Regiment, who are now cooped up, as it were, in quarters unfit in every particular for an Armory or place of deposit of the number of arms and equipments now in their possession; the need of an Arsenal at this point is thus spoken of in Inspector General J. T. Miller's Annual Report, presented to the Legislature last winter, who has given more attention to the wants of the National Guard than any former Inspector General, and has done more to foster and encourage the organization. He says: "The Armory in the city of Rochester consists of a portion of a block of warehouse on Exchange street, the frontage on the street being about 30 feet, with a depth of about 48 feet. The 54th Regiment, occupying the same, have rented portions of the adjacent buildings, but have been unable to obtain sufficient room, and several companies have been obliged to rent quarters at a distance. The Armory is in every way an improper building for the purpose, being mean in appearance, inadequate as to space, inconvenient in shape, and completely indefensible in case of attack.—The city of Rochester is a place of sufficient commercial and military importance to claim the erection of an Arsenal of ample space for the storage of Artillery and other military stores, and I trust the matter will be brought to the favorable notice of the Legislature at its next session. * * * * It is specially desirable, that a proper edifice should be procured, in order to foster and encourage the strong and very efficient military spirit already evinced in that city.:

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: January 16, 1865, p. 2

PERSONAL—Lieutenant Rosenthal, who went to Philadelphia some weeks since to seek medical advice for a difficulty under which he had labored for some time, has returned. He is slowly improving, and is assured that he will recover by spring if he confines himself to his room. The exposure and fatigue incident to the one hundred days he spent with the 54th Regiment at Elmira aggravated his difficulty, and nothing but repose can restore him. His friends will be pleased to hear that he is now in a fair way to recover.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: February 2, 1865, p. 2

HEADQUARTERS 54TH REGIMENT—The commissioned officers of this Regiment will assemble at the Armory Thursday evening, Feb. 2d, at 7½ o'clock.

C. H. CLARK, Colonel

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: February 21, 1865, p. 2

THE TWENTY-SECOND—Major Wm. M. Lewis has ordered the Grays to fire a federal salute of 18 guns at noon to-morrow, in commemoration of the 133d birthday of Washington. The salute will be fired from Court street bridge.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: March 8, 1865, p. 2

The Threatened Raid—A Call to be Made for the 54th Regiment
The Advisory Committee of citizens met this morning at the Mayor's Office to consider the communication lately sent here through the Washington authorities from the Consul at Halifax, as to a threatened raid upon this city from Canada.

The question was what should be done. It appeared to be the unanimous opinion of the meeting that there should be military stationed here. It was, after some discussion, decided to call upon the government for military.

A committee of three, namely Mayor Brackett, Ald. D. D. T. Moore and S. W. D. Moore were requested to go to Albany at once and ask the State authorities to request the federal authorities to call into its service for one year the 54th Regiment N.Y.N.G., to do duty at the frontier here, at Oswego or wherever they may be needed. If the request is granted, as it ought to be, the 54th will of course be credited on the quota of this city. The government is bound to furnish military protection to the frontier and can have it in an easy way by adopting the recommendation made by the Citizen's Committee.

The special committee will go to Albany to-morrow and press the matter upon the Governor.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: March 11, 1865, p. 2

THE TENDER OF THE 54TH REGIMENT—The Mayor and his associates of the committee sent to Albany to confer with the Governor on the proposition to put the 54th Regiment again into the Federal service—returned that night apparently well satisfied with the result of their mission. They stated to the Governor that the 54th Regiment proposed to enter the Federal service for one year, to be stationed as a regiment or in companies anywhere on the northern frontier to do duty for the government. They also stated that the regiment had served the government one hundred days last summer with much credit and to the entire satisfaction of all. For that duty that received nothing but ordinary pay. Troops are required on this frontier and if a local regiment is to be engaged the 54th had claims to the service. It would be expected that if the offer is accepted that the city of Rochester would have credit for the men on its quota and that they would draw the bounties paid to other Federal Volunteers.
Governor Fenton said that he could and would fully endorse the application and at his suggestion the proposition was written out in detail, endorsed by him—and sent to Washington with a request from the Governor that it be immediately considered and an answer returned by telegraph, as there is not much time to spare, provided the men of the 54th are to be placed to the credit of this city on the pending quota.

It is hoped by all our citizens that this offer will be accepted, and thus relieve all who are liable to draft, while it will give the members of the 54th a year of pleasant duty with fair pay.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: March 15, 1865, p. 2

OFFER OF THE 54TH REGT. DECLINED—The following dispatch was received last night from Gov. Fenton:

Mayor of Rochester:
The Secretary of War says he cannot accept the 54th Regiment on the terms proposed.
(Signed) R. E. FENTON

The answer was not unexpected. Fry would be consulted by Stanton and he in turn would consult Mr. Haddock, and Mr. H. having the belief that we are bad people here he would say no, of course. If men are to be used on our frontiers they will probably be sent here from Massachusetts.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: March 25, 1865, p. 2

A SUGGESTION—A writer in the Canandaigua Times suggests as a remedy for the recent misfortune of our city [flood of the Genesee River] that we "turn out ye gallant 54th armed with sponges and dry up the Genesee." The suggestion is a good one. It will be acted upon and we will go to Canandaigua for the sponges.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 8, 1865, p. 2

A MILITARY FUNERAL TO-MORROW—THE LATE CAPT. FRENCH—The remains of Capt. French of the 94th Volunteers, killed in the late battles before Petersburg while gallantly leading his command, arrived here last night via the Valley Road, in charge of Chaplain P. G. Cook, who ahd them embalmed them and accompanied them all the way from the field. They were taken to the residence of a friend of deceased, Mr, O'Connor, one of the editors of the Democrat, on Frances street, from which the funeral will take place to-morrow. The 54th Regiment and the "old Thirteenth" will turn out to do honors to deceased and the procession will move at 1:45 P.M. to St. Patrick's church, where services will be held at 2 o'clock.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 8, 1865, p. 2

ATTENTION OLD 13TH—SPECIAL MEETING—Every member is requested to attend a special meeting this (Saturday) evening at 8½ o'clock at the Hall, corner of Hall and Stone streets, for the purpose of making arrangements to attend the funeral of the late Capt. French in a body. The members will meet Sunday afternoon at one o'clock.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 8, 1868, p. 2

ATTENTION, CO. "B," 54TH REGT.—Members of Co. "B" are requested to meet at the Armory to-morrow, (Sunday) at one o'clock P.M., to attend the funeral of Capt. Geo, French of the 94th N. Y. Vols. Prompt attendance is earnestly desired.
Capt. Co. "B," 54th Regt.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 10, 1865, p. 2

FUNERAL OF CAPT. FRENCH—The funeral of the late Capt. Geo. French of the 94th N.Y.V., killed at the battle of Five Forks, took place yesterday and presented a solemn and imposing spectacle. Companies B, D, G and I of the 54th Regiment and the Union Grays Battery turned out with soldiers detached from other regiments. As by the rule a captain is entitled to but one company as an escort, two companies of the 54th were consolidated. The other companies followed as a part of the procession, including the Old Thirteenth and Reserve corps.

The hearse was drawn by four gray horses and the carriage was enveloped in the American flag. Newman's Band gave the solemn strains as the procession moved to St. Patrick's Church and thence to the cemetery at the Pinnacle. A large collection of citizens attended the funeral, thousands more than could enter the church. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Early, Pastor of St. Patrick's, whose discourse was very appropriate to the occasion. He alluded to the career of deceased in defense of his country in complimentary terms. He pointed to rebellion against the laws of God and man as the sources of evil. As rebellion against a good government brought disaster in its train so did rebellion against God produce the sin in which the world abounds. Mr. Early's discourse was listened to by a large audience of both Catholics and Protestants, and all must have approved it highly.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 10, 1865, p. 2

A CARD OF THANKS—Before leaving Rochester for home, I wish to tender thanks in behalf of myself and the remaining relatives of Capt. George French to the members of those military organizations which paid him the last honors of a soldier. To Col. Clark and the officers and men of the 54th Regiment, the Veterans of the Old Thirteenth, the Grays Battery, and the members of the Veteran Reserve Corps who participated, we shall ever feel profoundly grateful.

To Col. McMahon, my brother's true friend and companion in arms, through whose instrumentality, thoughtfulness and personal exertions he received a burial suitable to his profession and cast of character, to Messrs. Sharpe, Casey and others of his old comrades, I feel constrained to offer my public acknowledgements for the part they have taken. In doing so I am fully sensible of how poorly the gratitude I feel to them finds expression in the formula of a card of thanks. Such a sign is very weak and feeble; but it may serve to point out the deep sentiment from which it springs.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 17, 1865, p. 2

Another Raid Threatened
Yesterday morning Mayor Moore was called from church by a telegram from Maj. Gen. J. J. Peck, Commanding Gen. Dix's Department at New York, stating that he had information that a band of 150 men was organized in the County of Carlton, C. W., for a raid upon the frontier, Rochester of Ogdensburg being their probable destination. The Mayor sent for Brig. Gen. Williams, and called together at his office such citizens as he met whose advice he might desire. While the meeting was in consultation at the Mayor's office Gen. Williams telegraphed to the Adjutant General for orders, and subsequently obtained them, authorizing him to call out the National Guard. He acted upon this immediately and took the proper steps to avert danger.

Meanwhile, under the advice of the meeting, the Mayor appointed and Advisory Committee to meet with him from time to time as he might call, to consider what steps were necessary for the preservation of order in the city and the safety of property.

The gentlemen of the Police Commission were present and acted with the Committee and they took such action as they deemed advisable under the circumstances.

A meeting of the Advisory Committee called by the Mayor was held this morning. We append the report of the Secretary, that the public may understand what is being done:

At an informal meeting at the Mayor's office on Sunday, April 16, 1865, the Mayor stated that he had received a dispatch from Gen. Peck, commanding this Department, to the effect that an organized band of desperadoes, numbering about one hundred and fifty, were preparing to make a raid upon some portion of our frontier, probably Ogdensburgh or Rochester, and suggesting the expediency of taking measures to meet the exigencies of the case. It was thought best to appoint an advisory committee of citizens to act with the Mayor in taking the necessary precautions to protect the lives and property of our citizens against invaders. The following committee was thereupon appointed: Gen. Williams, Ex-Mayor Brackett, Col. C. H. Clark, Gen. Gould, Ald. H. L. Fish, D. W. Powers, W. F. Holmes, Geo. G. Clarkson, S. W. D. Moore, Maj. A. T. Lee, E. H. Hollister, C. B. Hill, Abram Karnes, Geo. G. Cooper, C. S. Collins.

The Advisory Committee met this (Monday) morning at the Mayor's office, the Mayor in the chair and Chas. B. Hill acting as Secretary, when His Honor, the Mayor, read the dispatch from General Peck, and Gen. Williams stated that, in accordance with an understanding with the authorities at Albany, he had ordered two companies of the 54th N. G. on duty at the Armory, and the regiment would be ready to respond to the call in case of emergency. Gen. Williams suggested that, in view of the many alarms of invasion along our frontier and at this point, the general Government be solicited to station a force here and at the mouth of the Genesee river for the protection and defense of our citizens. Geo. C. Clarkson offered the following resolution which was adopted:

Whereas, Information has been received by the Mayor of this city, from Major General Peck, that a raid is threatened from Canada by an organized band of desperadoes, therefore be it
Resolved, By this Advisory Committee of citizens, that His Honor Moore be and hereby is requested to represent to His Excellency, Governor Fenton, that it is the belief of this committee that action is required by the Federal authorities to put this city in a state of defense by placing a detachment of troops adequate to the emergency in this city and adjacent frontier for the safety of life and property.

The several Vigilance Committees of the different wards are requested by the Advisory Committee to perfect their organizations and report to the Mayor as soon as possible.
Adjourned to meet upon call of the Mayor.

CHAS. B. HILL, Secretary

—Carelton Co. is one of the extreme eastern counties of Canada West and Ottawa, the Provincial Capital is thereto. This county lies directly north of Ogdensburg and raiders would have to pass that place if they took a practicable route to this city.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 17, 1865, p. 2

Military Orders
Brigadier General Williams, acting under an order from the State authorities, has ordered the local military to be in readiness for duty. The following are orders issued pursuant to the order of the Government:

ROCHESTER, April 16th, 1865
Special Order No. 3:

In pursuance of instructions from Adjutant General's Office, State of New York, Col. Clark, commanding 54th Regiment N.G.S.N.Y., will detail two (2) companies for frontier duty.
Col. Clark will issue such orders as will enable him to assemble his regiment at a moment's notice.
By order of
Brig. Gen. John Williams
Geo. Hyland, Jr., Brigade Inspector

April 15, 1865

The commissioned officers of this Regiment, field and staff, will meet at Headquarters at the Armory on Monday evening, April 17, at half-past 7 o'clock. Prompt attendance is expected.
C. H. Clark
Col. Comd'g Regiment

ROCHESTER, April 16, 1865
General Order No. 5.

Pursuant to orders from Brigade Headquarters, Companies G and E are ordered forthwith to assemble at the Armory for duty. The members will be mustered into the State service for duty.

Commandants of Companies in this Regiment will notify the members of their respective commands to hold themselves in readiness for any sudden emergency. The signal for assembling, in the absence of time for actual notice, will be a call of six regular strokes upon the City Hall bell. By order
Chas. H. Clark,
Colonel Commanding
C. A. Brackett,
Lieutenant and Adjutant

ROCHESTER, April 16, 1865
Special Order No. 4.

Pursuant to instructions from Adjutant General's office State of New York Wm. M. Lewis, Commanding Battalion of Light Artillery, will hold his command in readiness for duty. The signal for assembly will be six (6) taps of the Court House bell.
By order of
Brigadier General John Williams
Geo. Hyland, Jr., Brigade Inspector

ROCHESTER, April 17, 1865

In compliance with the above order, Capt. M. R. Quinn of Battery B, and Capt. Thos. Barnes of Battery A, will see that the men under their commands are notified to hold themselves in readiness for duty upon the signal as above indicated, and report at once at the Armory.
The Commissioned Officers of this Battalion are requested to meet at the Armory this evening at 7½ o'clock.
By order
Wm. M. Lewis
Major Commanding Battalion

NOTICE—Members of Company I, 54th Regiment N. Y. S. N. G., will report this (Monday) evening at the Regimental Armory.
By order
F. G. Maloney, Capt. Com'd'g
J. Ellis, Acting Orderly

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 18, 1865, p. 2

NOTICE—Members of Battery "B," 1st Battalion Light Infantry, N. G. S. N. Y., will report this Tuesday evening at 7½ o'clock at the Battalion Headquarters. By order
M. R. Quinn, Capt. Comd'g
Jas. E. McNulty, Orderly

ATTENTION, CO. F—The officers, non-commissioned officers and privates of Co. "F," 54th Regt, N. G. S. N. Y., are notified to appear at the Regimental Armory for parade on Wednesday at 11 o'clock. By order
E. H. Sawtelle, Captain
Francis W. Allen, Orderly


ATTENTION, OLD THIRTEENTH—There will be a special meeting on this (Tuesday) evening at the usual place of rendezvous, for the purpose of making arrangements to attend the funeral ceremonials of our late President. It is earnestly requested that every member be promptly on hand at 8 o'clock this P.M.
Geo. Rosenberg, Sc'y

ARMORY LIGHT GUARD, ROCHESTER, APRIL 18TH, 1865—In accordance with orders from Headquarters, the members of Co. "C," 54th Regiment, will report at the Armory at one A.M. to-morrow, in regulation uniform. The line will be formed at 1:30. By order
C. L. Fredenburg, Capt. Com.
F. A. Madden, Acting Orderly

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 20, 1865, p. 2


Fifty Thousand People in the Streets

All Business Suspended

The funeral obsequies of the late President Lincoln were observed yesterday in Washington, and in most of the cities and towns throughout the country. If the display was as imposing elsewhere as in this city, the day has no parallel in the history of our country.

The weather was clear and very favorable for out of door exercises. The whole population of the city turned out, and many came in from abroad to participate in or witness the ceremonies. All places of business were closed, and nearly all displayed mourning emblems of one kind or another. All the flags were floating to a steady breeze at half-mast, and would have given the city a holiday cast but for the black drapery mingled with the bright stripes and glittering stars.

At twelve o'clock, the hour appointed for the services to commence at Washington, the bells tolled, and the people assembled in large numbers at the several churches for religious services. More than half the churches were open—nearly all, we presume—and all were crowded with people. The exercises were interesting. They consisted of prayer, singing and addresses. In some of the churches funeral discourses were delivered, while in others short addresses were made by the clergymen, one or more in a place. The services closed just before two o'clock, the hour appointed for the grand procession to move.


Up to noon various civic societies reported to the Marshal, General Williams, that they would appear in the procession, and places were assigned them. About one o'clock the military and the civic societies began to move to get into places. The people thronged the streets, and the difficulty in getting about was very great; but in time all was in order according to the programme laid down, and the procession began its march through the several streets designated.

First came a detachment of the City Police, who looked remarkably well.

Battalion of two Batteries of Artillery N. Y. N. G., Capt. Quinn.

Police Commissioners and Chief of Police.

Union Blues, Capt. Waydell.

Fifty-fourth Regiment, N. Y. N. G., Col. C. H. Clark. Ten companies, over 450 men—a fine specimen of soldiery.

Newman's Band.

German National Guard.

Officers of the Army and Navy and Retired Officers.

The Catafalque, borne on a funeral car fitted up with excellent taste by the Committee, Ald. Spencer and Capt. C. B. Hill. The guard of Honor was composed of a platoon of United States Volunteers marching in front and rear of the car, commanded respectively by Major Morrison and Colonel Markell. On either side was a file of the Veteran Reserve Corps, under command of Lieut. Lynch of the 1st V. Reserve Corps. On either side were four bearers, viz.: Maj. A. T. Lee, Col. O. H. Palmer, Brig. Gen. I. F. Quinby,, Brig. Gen. Martindale, Messrs. Thomas H. Rochester, Jacob Gould, Aaron Erickson and John C. Nash.

The "Old Thirteenth Regiment," Veteran Reserves and Soldiers from the Hospitals, over 200 in number.

Supervisors and County Officers.

Judges and Court Officers.

Glover's Martial Band.

Carriage containing Mayor Moore, Mayor Daintry of Coburg, and the orators, Messrs. Hart and Robinson.

Civil Officers of the United States in carriages.

Common Council and City Officers of Rochester in carriages.

Clergy in carriages.

Gen. Williams—the Marshal—and Staff.

Knights Templar and other Masonic Societies in regalia, under Marshal W. F. Holmes.

Odd Fellows in regalia—Geo. H. Roberts, Marshal.

Turnverein—Henry Geck, Marshal.


Sons of Hermann, No. 10.

Sculler Lodge 98 A. D. O. U. Herta Lodge No. 26 A. D. O. U.—Philip Schubert, Marshal.

First German Lutheran Benevolent Society—John S. Wagner, Marshal.

St. Joseph's Benevolent Society, in regalia—Col. Ernst, Marshal.

St. Peter's Benevolent Society, in regalia—Henry Heisel, Marshal.

St. Alphonsus Benevolent Society, in regalia.

St. Mary's Benevolent Society, in regalia—M. O'Conner, Marshal.

St. Ignatius' Benevolent Society, in regalia—P. McCullen, Marshal.

St. Bonifacius' Benevolent Society, in reglia.

St. Paul's Benevolent Society, in regalia—P. Fuchs, Marshal.

Zerubabel Lodge, No. 53, Bnai Brith, with many members of the Hebrew Congregation—Geo. Rosenberg, Marshal.

Lodge of Brothers, No. 46.

Swiss Society—Henry Brugger, Marshal.

Bryant, Stratton & Chapman's Commercial College.

Employees of the New York Central Railroad Shops—David Upton, Marshal.

Fenian Brotherhood, 200 strong, J. C. O'Brien, Centre. This society carried a harp bound with crape, an appropriate emblem for the occasion.

Cartmen's Benevolent Society.

Association of young men from "Frankfort."

American Express Co., employees, in wagons neatly draped—Supt. Wells.

United States Express Employees, in wagons also draped.

Pratt's Baggage Express wagons and employees.

Dupree & Green's Minstrel Band, volunteered for the occasion.

The Fire Department under the Chief Engineer, viz.: Alert Hose, with two carriages arrayed in mourning is superb style; Steamers 2 and 3, with hose wagons, all handsomely decorated; the Protectives, with carriages decorated with exquisite taste; Steamer No. 4 and hose wagon, Hook & Ladder No. 1, all suitably decorated with mourning weeds.

Citizens in carriages.

The procession thus made up was nearly two miles in length, and moved slowly along Fitzhugh, Allen, State, Buffalo, Main, Gibbs, Chestnut, Court, Clinton and Main streets to the Court House. As the cortege moved to the slow beat of the drum and the solemn dirge, the bells tolled and minute guns were fired.—The procession was one hour and a half passing a given point, and every avenue was densely crowded with people who were gazing upon the spectacle, many of them in tears. The owners of stores and dwellings along the entire route, with scarcely an exception, had draped their buildings in accordance with the promptings of taste and thereby added much to the effect.—The streets were cleared of teams and given up wholly to the procession and those who stood to witness it. In many places the multitude was so great that the Assistant Marshals had difficulty in passing along the line to convey orders.


An immense stage, capable of holding several hundred people, had been erected over the steps of the Court House facing Buffalo street, and here the exercises were held after the procession had returned, and the people had filled the square and streets adjacent, firming one dense mass.
The Academy of Music, under the direction of Prof. Black, were on the platform and sang a number of pieces during the exercise.

Rev. Dr. Van Ingan made the prayer, a suitable collection being made from the Book. The audience responded.

The addresses were made by Hon. Boswell Hart, and Prof. Robinson, and occupied more than one hour in the delivery.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 25, 1865, p. 2

Reception of the President's Remains
Telegrams have been sent to General McCallum, with a view to induce him to delay the funeral train of President Lincoln for a few hours in Rochester, but, thus far, no answer has been obtained. It is now thought that no change will be made in the time of the train, and, if so, all that can be done in respect to [ ] will be done by the military.

Pursuant to the order of General Williams, Col. Clark has issued the following order to his regiment:

ROCHESTER, April 25, 1865
General Orders No. 7.

Pursuant to orders from Headquarters of the 25th Brigade, the officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates of this Regiment are hereby ordered to be and appear armed, equipped and uniformed in full dress uniform at the Regimental Armory on Wednesday, the 26th day of April inst., at 12 o'clock P.M., to participate in the honors to be paid to the remains of the late President, Abraham Lincoln, on their arrival in this city. The line will be formed at 2 o'clock A.M. precisely.

Commandants of companies will cause due notice to be served on the officers, musicians and privates of their commands, and proper returns to be made of all delinquents to the President of the Court Martial of this Regiment.
By order of C. H. Clark
C. A. Brackett, Adjutant

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: April 26, 1865, p. 2

The Funeral Train—Arrangements for Its Reception Here
The funeral train, with the remains of President Lincoln, will arrive here at 3:20 to-morrow morning, and remain but fifteen minutes. No answer has yet been received to the request made by telegram to Gen. McCallum to make a stop of a few hours in this city, and it is presumed that no change will be made in the arrangements.

Acting upon this, the military and civil authorities are prepared to do what they can to show proper respect to the dead. The military, consisting of the 54th Regiment, National Guard, the Veteran Reserve Corps, the Invalid soldiers at the Hospitals, the Grays Battery and the Union Blues, will turn out and be at the Depot when the train arrives.

The Mayor and Common Council will be there, and a large Police force will be present to ensure order. There will be a salute fired, and minute guns while the train is passing. The bells of the city will also be tolled from the time the train enters the city till it departs.

Mayor Moore has directed the Depot to be appropriately draped for the occasion, but the building is so large that it will be difficult to do that which will make a show in a way of mourning. This matter will not, however, be neglected. Though the train will be in Rochester but fifteen minutes, the illustrious dead will be duly honored.

It is understood that the Common Council will go to Buffalo, as will many of our citizens who can leave on the train that follows closely behind the funeral train.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 1, 1865, p. 2

DEATH OF CHARLES A. BRACKETT—The announcement of the death of Charles A. Brackett will cause sorrow in a large circle in our city. He died this morning after an illness of three days of brain fever. Deceased was the only son of Ex-Mayor James Brackett, and a young man of much promise. He was only 22 years of age, and full of that ambition which characterizes young men setting out in life. He was beloved by his companions no less than his relatives, and all his acquaintances held him in high esteem. Deceased was clearly destined to become a prominent citizen had it been the will of Providence that he should be spared to attain mature years.

In military affairs deceased early took an active part. He was one of the founders of that fine independent corps known as the Union Blues, and held the post of Lieutenant when he died. He was also Adjutant of the 54th Regiment N. Y. N. G., and performed the duties of that important position with great credit.—When the Blues or the 54th turned out to do the honor to the gallant soldiers who had fallen in battle, Lieut. Brackett was among those who were ever ready to perform those sad offices which his military companions must now perform in turn for him. His death must bring to his parents and other relatives sorrow that no sympathy can assuage, but they will not be alone the mourners. Many who have no ties of consanguinity to bind them to the deceased, will mourn his loss as a brother and water his grave with tears. Knowing the worth of the deceased we can fully sympathize with those most nearly affiliated. Elsewhere will be found a becoming tribute to the memory of Charles A. Brackett, by one who knew him well.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 2, 1865, p. 2

Military Orders
ROCHESTER, May 1, 1865
Special Orders:

Charles A. Brackett, Adjutant of the 54th, died this morning at eight o'clock—our companion in the hour of duty—ready for every call—his last duty was performed in connection with his regiment in paying funeral honors to the head of the nation. We now pay them to him.—Therefore ordered, that the Field and Staff, commissioned and non-commissioned officers of this Regiment assemble at the Armory, Wednesday, May 3d, at 1½ o'clock P.M., in full dress uniform, without arms, to attend his funeral.

Ordered, that the commissioned officers of this Regiment wear crape upon the left arm for thirty days after the promulgation of this order.
C. H. Clark, Colonel, Comd'g Reg't
John Flint, Lt., Acting Adjutant
ROCHESTER, May 2, 1865

The Field and Staff and Commissioned officers of this Regiment will meet at headquarters at the Armory, this (Tuesday) evening at 7½ o'clock precisely.
C. H. Clark, Col. Comd'g Reg't
John E. Flint, Lt., Acting Adjutant

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 4, 1865, p. 2

At a meeting of the officers of the 54th Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., held at the Armory May 2d, 1865 the following action was had:

Whereas, God in his providence has removed from us by sudden death our Adjutant, Charles A. Brackett, a comrade who has, with us, responded to every call of duty, and whose reputation as a good soldier and a faithful and competent officer, belongs to the 54th Regiment, therefore,
Resolved, That we deeply feel and deplore the loss of a valuable and efficient officer, a kind and thoughtful companion, whose careful foresight and diligent discharge of his duties have so endeared him in our affections that we cannot find words properly to express our feelings on this sad occasion.

Resolved, That his family, in this hour of sorrow, we have the sympathy and condolence of the officers and men of this entire command.

Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions be published in the daily papers, and be presented to the family of the deceased.
C. H. Clark, Col., Pres't.
J. C. Flint, Lieut., Sec'y

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 6, 1865, p. 2

CO. G, FIFTY-FOURTH REGIMENT—The following officers were elected last evening by the members of Co. G, 54th N. G. S. N. Y.:
Captain—John C. Smith.
1st Lieut.—John H. Loughlin.
2nd Lieut.—John H. Boyd.
Orderly Sergeant—Peter Fletcher.
2nd Sergeant—John O. Kane.
3rd Sergeant—Michael Dolan.
4th Sergeant—John Wilson.
1st Corporal—Wm. J. Pace.
2nd Corporal—G. A. Thompson.
3rd Corporal—Frank J. Raymond.
4th Corporal—Charles Buckley.
President—J. C. Smith.
Vice President—Geo. C. McMahon.
Secretary—John Whitney.
Treasurer—Geo. A. Begy.
Armorer—W. J. Pace.
Drummer—Peter Sheridan.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 17, 1865, p. 2

LOCAL MILITARY DISMISSED—The two companies of the 54th Regiment, ordered into service a few days since on account of a report of a raid from Canada, have been dismissed from duty and mustered out. It is presumed that a suitable guard is retained at the Armory to see that the public property is not injured, or does not fall into the hands of desperate men.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 20, 1865, p. 2

UNION BLUES—At the annual meeting of the Union Blues, held Friday evening, May 19th, 1865, the following named gentlemen were unanimously elected officers of the company for the ensuing year:
Captain—C. Waydell.
1st Lieutenant—L. A. Pratt.
2nd Lieutenant—L. F. Ward.
Orderly—C. F. Paine.
2nd Sergeant—J. F. Poole.
3rd Sergeant—S. W. Updike.
4th Sergeant—C. C. Woodworth.
5th Sergeant—H. S. Dean.
1st Corporal—W. L. Sage.
2nd Corporal—D. Hoyt.
3rd Corporal—J. F. Hawley.
4th Corporal—E. O. Sage.
President—C. A. Dewey.
Vice-President—A. H. Cole.
Secretary—H. L. Robinson.
Treasurer—C. F. Paine.
Chas. A. Dewey, Prest.
L. F. Ward, Sec, pro tem.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 22, 1865, p. 2

AN ORDER LOOKING TO THE REORGANIZATION OF THE NATIONAL GUARD—The following is a copy of an order sent to Brigadier General Williams, commanding the 25th Brigade, 7th division N. Y. State National Guards.

He is directed to inquire and report upon the following points in his district:

1.The number of regimental organizations.
2.The number of company organizations, with the actual number of men now present for duty.
3.The actual force each regiment could parade for inspection or duty on five days' notice.
4.The number of arms and equipments complete in each company organization.
5.The number of men fully uniformed, and where only a part of the uniform has been issued, report the special deficiencies.
6.The number of arms, equipments and uniforms, actually required by each regiment to perfect an organization, sixty-four privates to each company.
7.Whether requisitions have been forwarded to the Inspection General for clothing or camp and garrison equippage, which have not been filled, and if any, the date of requisition and amount required.
8.Whether any regimental district has not yet been organized, also, whether in your opinion the service would be benefitted by the disbandment or consolidation of any regimental or company organizations in your brigade district.
9.Please add any suggestions relative to the organization and discipline of your brigade district.
10.Your report should be arranged in the form above adopted and forward directly to the Inspector General.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 23, 1865, p. 2

ROCHESTER A MILITARY RENDEZVOUS—It has bee decided at length to make seven places of rendezvous for returning soldiers in this State and our city has been designated as one. The places named are Albany, Elmira, Plattsburg, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Sackett's Harbor. To all these stations regiments will be ordered to be mustered out of the service and paid. It is presumed that the assignments will be made so as to be most convenient for the soldiers when discharged to reach their homes. The regiments recruited in this and counties adjoining, will probably be sent to Rochester. The process of mustering out is not very rapid, and the men will be sometimes detained at the rendezvous several days.

The plan adopted of distributing the men at different points id a judicious one in point of economy and for the protection of the soldiers. Wherever the soldiers are paid, the scalpers will abound and stand ready to plunder the unwary. The more the regiments are scattered, the smaller will be the groups of thieves to rob the soldiers.

Maj. Lee will have charge of this rendezvous. He is endeavoring to obtain the use of the Fair Ground in Brighton, as a station where the men can be taken care of, and he will probably succeed.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 24, 1865, p. 2

THE FAIR GROUNDS AS A RENDEZVOUS—It is out of the question for the County Agricultural Society to let the government have the Fair Ground for a rendezvous for mustering out the returned soldiers. The managers say that they have two shows advertised to take place there—one on the 4th of July—and they are now about to commence repairs necessary to use the buildings. If taken as a rendezvous it will of course be impossible to hold the Fairs proposed. It is hoped that other grounds will be procured which will be more central and quite as convenient.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 30, 1865, p. 2

THE RETURNING SOLDIERS—Major Lee has information that the 108th, 140th and 8th Artillery will be sent to this city to be mustered out of service and paid off forthwith. They are probably, ere this, on the way from Washington, and will arrive, no doubt, on Thursday. Nothing is stated as to the number of men in either regiment. The 108th has not probably more than 200 men left. A letter from Washington states that 15 men of the regiment have been transferred to the 59th Veteran Corps. There are, no doubt, late recruits whose terms have not expired.

Major Lee is making preparations to receive the regiments as they arrive. He will quarter one or more upon the Falls Field, and others upon the flat below the Falls, on the est side of the river.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 30, 1865, p. 2

MILITARY FUNERAL—Jacob Brichler, a member of company D, Fifth-fourth regiment, was buried yesterday P.M. with military honors. His company turned out as an escort with Newman's Band, and some of the German benevolent societies appeared in regalia. The procession was large and imposing.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: May 31, 1865, p. 2

ROCHESTER, May 31, 1865
General Orders No. 43:

The commissioned, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates of this Battalion are herebu ordered to be and appear at the Armory in full uniform, with side arms, at 4 o'clock this P.M., to participate in the reception to be given our veteran regiment, the 108th.

Battalion line to be formed at 6 o'clock precisely.

Lieut. Frauenberger, of Battery "A," is hereby detailed to fire a National salute on the approach of the train containing the troops.
By order of Wm. M. Lewis
Major Commanding Battalion

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: June 21, 1865, p. 2

THE UNION BLUES IN THE FIELD—Yesterday was a lovely day, and was a fortunate one to the Union Blues, which corps went to Charlotte on its annual field day excursion. The day was spent in field exercises, target shooting, &c. The company under command of Capt. Waydell made a fine appearance. A large number of citizens went to Charlotte to see the parade. The drill was regarded by all as a fine exhibition of proficiency. Two prizes were awarded by a committee appointed for the purpose, consisting of Col. C. H. Clark, Lieut. Col. C. R. Babbitt, Col. Grantayn and Major Parsons for proficiency in drill. The first prize fell to W. B. Burke—the second to Benj. S. Swift.

There was target practice on the beach of the Lake. The first place—a revolver was won by S. A. Ellis, the second—a fishing rod by W. R. Lansing.

The company dined at Stutson's, and spent the day in a (....)
a presentation of an elegant sword to Capt. Waydell by the corps. Capt. C. B. Hill, the late commander, was called upon to make the presentation, which he did in a very happy speech. Capt. Waydell had no intimation of what was to be done for him and was a little confused. He managed, however, to make a suitable acknowledgement and accepted the gift. It was well bestowed. He has been a faithful member of the Blues.

The excursion of the day being over the company returned to the city under the safe guidance of Conductor Shaw, who attends to all who travel with him in the politest manner possible.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 3, 1865, p. 2

Military Order
ROCHESTER, July 3, 1865
Special Order No. 1.

The inspection of this regiment will take place on Fitzhugh street, between Troup and Spring streets, at 8½ o'clock A.M. July 4th. The street will be closed to all vehicles during the time, and guards posted for that purpose.

Captain Arndt Rosenthal is appointed Officer of the Day, and Lieutenant Q. Van Voorhis Officer of the Guard.

Co. A one Sergeant, Co. B one Corporal, Cos. C, D, E, F, G, H, I and Keach one Private.
C. H. Clark, Colonel
John N. Flint, Lieut., Acting Adj.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 5, 1865, p. 2

INSPECTION OF 54TH REGT.—At half-past eight yesterday morning the 54th Regt. N. Y. S. N. G., was inspected by Major Hyland, Brigade Inspector, on Fitzhugh st., between Spring and Troup sts. The regiment turned out but a small number, but Major H. expressed himself well pleased with the appearance and evolutions of the men. A large crowd was gathered to witness the inspection.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 7, 1865, p. 2

The Armory Bill
The late Legislature passed an act providing for a State Armory at Rochester, upon certain conditions. A bill was framed which appropriated fifty thousand dollars for the Rochester Armory and Messrs. D. D. T. Moore, James Brackett and John Williams were named in the bill as Commissioners to superintend the expenditure of the money. The bill thus framed passed the Assembly and was sent to the Senate. There it was materially changed. The appropriation was cut down to $30,000 and the names of Messrs. Moore and Brackett were stricken out and those of the Quartermaster General and Inspector General substituted.—When the bill went back to the Assembly Mr. McConvill was naturally displeased at the changes, but he had no alternative nut to assent or lose the bill altogether.

The first section of the bill appropriates $30,000 for the purpose of erecting a building at Rochester to be used as an Armory and Arsenal.

The second section designates the Quartermaster General, Inspector General and Brig. Gen. John Williams of this city, as Commissioners, to control the expenditure, and further that the building is to be erected upon grounds provided and paid for by the city of Rochester and duly conveyed to the State in such manner as a majority of the Commissioners shall determine.
The third section provides how the money shall be drawn and prohibits the Commissioners from receiving pay for their services.

The fourth section requires the last named commissions to execute a bond for fifty thousand dollars for the faithful performance of his part of the duty of expending thirty thousand.
The fifth section imposes a penalty of five thousand upon any commissioner who shall be interested in any contract for the erection of this arsenal or the furnishing of material for the same.

However much of any Armory Building is required in this city we fear that one will not be soon erected under the provisions of this act. The city has given the State a pile of money in the last four years and the people are burthened with taxation in part on that account. They will hardly consent to pay half or more of the cost of a State arsenal. No steps have yet been taken to procure a site. If the Assembly bill had not been changed in the Senate, we are confident the work would have been under way ere this, and the foundation of an arsenal would have been laid.
The amendments of the Senate killed the bill we fear.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 13, 1865, p. 2

CO. E, 54TH REGT. ELECTION—At a regular meeting of this company last evening an election was held for Captain in the place of Capt. R. Macauley, jr., resigned, which resulted in the choice of Lieut. Henry B. Henderson to fill the vacancy. The choice was made by a large majority, showing in what estimation Capt. Henderson is held by the members of his company. He will make a good and popular officer.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 25, 1865, p. 2

PRESENTATION—Last evening, a pleasant affair came off at the Armory, in Company I's room. The occasion was a presentation by the members of the company to their Captain, F. G. Maloney, of a beautiful gold ring, suitably inscribed. Sergeant Isaac Ellis did the honors for the company, and the Captain responded in Frank's well known pithy and happy style. Good feeling was the order of the evening, and the boys entered into it with a will. There was no lack of good whistles, songs, etc. We are pleased to see this many of our veterans of those regiments which have returned and been mustered out and joining the 54th. This is as it should be, and there is no reason why we may not have the 54th filled up to a thousand strong with good and efficient soldiers.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 27, 1865, p. 2

ELECTION OF OFFICERS—Of Co. E, 54th Regiment, N. G. N. Y. S., held at their rooms, July 26, 1865, for 1st and 2nd Lieutenants and non-commissioned officers, which resulted in the choice of Sergeant George M. Dannals as 1st Lieutenant and Sergeant Byron D. Wilson as 2nd Lieutenant.

The commissioned and non-commissioned officers of this company are as follows: Captain, Henry B. Henderson; 1st Lieutenant, G. M. Dannals; 2nd Lieutenant, B. D. Wilson; 1st Sergeant, Lafayette W. Udell; 2nd Sergeant, William H. Henderson; 3rd Sergeant, William T. Macauley; 4th Sergeant, Walter S. Crowell; 1st Corporal, Wm. Walsh; 2nd Corporal, Frederick Edgell; 3rd Corporal, Charles A. Parny; 4th Corporal, A. Whitney; Secretary, Beverly W. Jones; Treasurer, Thomas F. Chadwick.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 28, 1865, p. 2

FUNERAL OF CAPT. SCHOEN—The remains of the late Capt. John C. Schoen, who fell at the battle of Coal Harbor, Virginia, were brought here on the 23rd inst., and will be formally interred on Sunday next, with appropriate ceremonies.

Capt. Schoen was 2 years old at the time of his death, and was a native of this city. He was for nine years a member of Capt. Miller's Company in the 54th Reg. N. Y. N. G. In 1862 he went to the field as Lieutenant in Co. K. 84th N.Y. Cavalry. He was subsequently transferred to Battery D, 1st N.Y. Artillery, and failing in health he was discharged from the service. He came home, recovered his health, and engaged in the summer of 1862 with Capt. Ime in recruiting a company which went into the 151st N.Y. as Co. E, under Col. Emerson. Mr Schoen then took the position of Lieutenant. Subsequently when Capt. Ime resigned, Lieut. Schoen took command. He led the company in a number of engagements, and went with Gen. Grant on the memorable overland march to Richmond. On reaching Coal Harbor on the 3rd of June, 1864, Capt. Schoen was killed and Lieut. Oaks took command.

Capt. Schoen was a splendid soldier, knew his duty, and always performed it bravely, and had in a high degree the respect and confidence of all—not only the men of his company but the officers of the regiment.

His funeral will be attended on Sunday by sincere mourners. His late company will appear as such in the procession. Co. B of the 54th will furnish the escort. The officers of the 54th will attend, and some of the late 151st will be present from abroad. The military will form at the Armory at one p.m. The funeral ceremony will commence at two p.m. at the house, corner of Chatham and Kelly streets, in the 23th ward.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: July 31, 1865, p. 2

FUNERAL OF CAPTAIN J. C. SCHOEN—The funeral ceremonies of the late Capt. Schoen of the 151st New York Volunteers, who was killed at Coal Harbor, took place yesterday, and were attended by a large number of people.

The line officers of the 151st were present. Capt. Oaks of that regiment, who succeeded to the place of Capt. Schoen, had general charge of the funeral. Capt. Baetzell's Company of the 54th Regiment did escort duty. Companies A, B and G of the 54th were also in attendance in uniform, together with officers of the 54th, and of the Artillery. Capt. Miller turned out his "Old Guard" in citizens' dress.

Chaplain Foote, late of the 151st, conducted the service and preached a discourse at the grave. The ceremonies were solemn and becoming to the occasion.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: August 9, 1865, p. 2

EXCURSIONS OF THE GRAYS—The 1st Battalion Light Artillery (Rochester Union Grays,) Maj. Wm. M. Lewis commanding, are making preparations to make a day in a pleasure excursion some time next week, on the steamer Cygnet. They will probably march to the landing early in the morning and take the boat down the river, stopping at Charlotte and the "Seabreeze," arriving at the Newport House at about 10 o'clock A.M., where a dinner will be provided for them and their many friends. They will remain at the Newport House until evening, when they will return on the Cygnet—making a nice little trip of 26 miles, down and back. No doubt the "Grays" and their friends will have a delightful trip. Its just the route for a pleasure trip at this season of the year.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: August 16, 1865, p. 2

MILITARY EXCURSION—The Rochester Union Grays will take up their time of march from the Armory, on their contemplated excursion to the Newport House, to-morrow morning at 7 o'clock. They will use their new Smith's carbine for target practice, as the ammunition for artillery practice has failed to reach here on time. One of the six-pounders, with what ammunition the corps have on hand, will be sent to the Bay, and the day spent in firing at targets with the "big and small guns," fishing, etc. Dinner will be furnished by Messrs. Waltzer at 1 o'clock P.M. The Grays will return in the evening. That they will have a good time we cannot doubt.

Those who cannot make it convenient to leave in the morning will have an opportunity to go down on the Cygnet at 1 P.M., at which time she will leave the dock.

All members of the Grays are requested to be at the Armory this evening at 7½ o'clock.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: August 23, 1865, p. 2

MILITARY PARADE—The 54th Regiment N. G., Col. . H. Clark, will parade to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, on Jones Square. This is the first appearance of the regiment this season for battalion drill. The regiment will undoubtedly turn out in full force.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: August 25, 1865, p. 2

REGIMENTAL PARADE—The 54th Regiment, Col. Clark, came out last evening for parade and drill, and went to Jones Square. The companies were not out in very full numbers, but they appeared very well and showed superior discipline. The attendance of spectators was fair, but less than used to appear at the parades of this regiment before the war. The stern realities of military life have been experienced in the last four years, and many have lost their relish for the displays of our citizen soldiery. But we know the need of military; hence we should not lose the germ that yielded so much.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 18, 1865, p. 2

DEATH OF ALFRED R. HOYT—Our young townsman Alfred R. Hoyt—son of Alfred Hoyt, connected with this establishment for many years—expired yesterday after a protracted illness. His death is a matter of deep regret to all who knew him for he was truly an estimable young man. He had those manly qualities that ensured him respect, while by those who knew them intimately he was beloved. He was stricken down at the early age of 23, as he had commenced a career of manhood that promised much for his future. The blow is a severe one to his parents and relatives, and they have the sincere sympathy of many friends who are powerless to afford the consolation they would so freely give. The following communication has been sent to us by a lady who knew the deceased from infancy. It gives some particulars of his illness and last hours, and pays but a just tribute to his memory:


Beloved and gone to his rest. On Sunday, when the sun shone gloriously, at high noon, his Pastor praying and loved ones singing eternal rest, he fell asleep, and who can tell the glories on which his eyes opened in immortality!

The writer of this has known and loved him from his birth. As child—youth—man, he walked among us blameless, taking upon himself in early life the yoke of Christ and finding it easily borne, imparting strength unto the end.

One year ago, while on duty in the 54th Regt. at Elmira, he contracted severe disease, but after a time convalesced, and through the winter loving eyes watched and hopefully the symptoms of disease which seemed vanishing. With the spring came a slight faltering in the elastic step. Summer weakened the strength, and early autumn garnered among its choicest stores this young life with its aims and hopes. The light of the household has gone out, but not in darkness. The brief life was not in vain. The transition of the spirit full of hope and cheer. Patient and uncomplaining—firm in his Saviour's strength—gentle and loving to the last—longing to be with Christ, but willing to bide his time, and suffer all God's will, this beloved son and brother waited. And as he wished the release came. On the glorious day of days, with all his loved ones near him, gently, and almost without a sigh, he fell asleep. Such a life is full of meaning. He bore the cross in his youth, and exemplified its teachings in health, and in his sickness all that was precious in its promises was granted him. Verily his reward is sure. "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 18, 1865, p. 2

Death of Capt. A. R. Hoyt—Meeting of Co. "H"
A meeting of Co. "H" 54th N. Y. State National Guard will be held this evening at their Session Room. A Punctual attendance is requested for the purpose of making arrangements for the funeral of the late Capt. A. R. Hoyt.
J. W. Hason
Lieut., Comd'g "H" Co.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 20, 1865, p. 2

THE FUNERAL OF CAPT. A. R. HOYT—The funeral of the late Capt. Alfred R. Hoyt of Co. "H'" 54th Regt. N. G., takes place to-day at 3 P.M., from Christ's Church. Co. "G," Capt. Smith, is detailed for escort duty. The funeral will be attended by the field, line and staff officers of the 54th Regt. and the officers of the "Union Grays."

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 20, 1865, p. 2

GRENADIERS' TARGET SHOOT—The annual target shoot of the Grenadiers, which was postponed on account of the weather, will take place to-morrow on the Flat below the Upper Falls on the east side of the river.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 22, 1865, p. 2

RESOLUTIONS OF CO. H ON THE DEATH OF CAPT. HOYT—At a meeting of the members of Company "H," 54th Regiment N. G. S. N. Y., held at their session room, the following resolutions were adopted:

Whereas, God, in His overflowing Providence has seen fit to remove by death our friend and genial companion, Capt. Alfred R. Hoyt,

Resolved, That in his death we have sustained a great and severe loss, he being a good soldier, a kind officer, always ready to discharge his duty; encouraging, by his example, all whose fortune it was to serve in his command.

Resolved, That in the loss of Capt. Hoyt we have lost a dear friend, always pleasant and social in his conversation, prompt in his manners and possessing all those qualities which tend to make a gentleman.

Resolved, That we will always cherish his memory, and strive to follow his good example.

Resolved, That the rooms of this company be draped in mourning for the period of thirty days.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be published in the daily papers, and also a copy of the same be sent to the parents of the deceased.
Fred W. Avery, Sec'y

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 22, 1865, p. 2

GRENADIERS TARGET SHOOT—The Grenadiers, Capt. Schoen, had a pleasant time yesterday on the Flats in target shooting. The following prizes were awarded for shooting:

1st. Jacob Koons—Photograph Album
2nd. Peter Reinhard—A Castor
3rd. Ernest Hoffman—Photograph of General Grant
4th. Rudolph Rohr—A Lamp
5th. Peter Selfried—A Vest
6th. Henry Stull—Silver Spoons
7th. William Kingell—Cigar Case

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 28, 1865, p. 2

REGIMENTAL REVIEW AND PARADE—The Fifty-fourth Regiment, Colonel Clark, will turn out this afternoon at 3 o'clock and march to Jones Square for review and parade.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 29, 1865, p. 2

PARADE AND DRILL OF THE 54TH—A military friend who has the best interests of the 54th Regiment at heart favors us with the following account of the parade and drill yesterday:

The 54th Regiment, or a skeleton of the Regiment, turned out yesterday afternoon for field or battalion drill. The turn-out was a poor one, many of the Companies having out less than half their members; indeed we hear that some were represented by only nine or ten men. We failed to see in line Cos. "G" and "H." They must have been on the ground; if so they must have been swallowed up by some consolidation. This should not be so, for both of these companies are composed of active and energetic young men, and their officers have been classed as among the best in the Regiment. The movements in battalion were bad—caused by the unequal size of the companies and divisions. In battalion movements companies should be equalized. Another thing: in execution of the commands the men did not seem to move with that promptness which has been their wont. The Regiment has done better than it did yesterday, and what has been done well can be done so again. There is material in the organization to make a first-class Regiment. Then why not have it? If the Colonel finds he has slothful and dilatory officers in his command, he should commence at once to "weed them out," and give those a chance who will build up the companies. He owes this much to himself and to the best interests of the Regiment.

The 54th has been a regiment of which out citizens have been proud. While doing duty at Elmira last fall it was the best drilled and best disciplined regiment of men at that camp, which numbered some eight or nine regiments,—we will not except the Veteran Reserve Corps on duty there. Then why not let it be so to-day? Let new life and energy be infused in the rank and file, and we will soon have a regiment again, as of old. Non-commissioned officers should be drilled, so that when the regiment is on duty they may know their post. And more especially, sentinels on guard should know and be taught their duty. The annual inspection of the Regiment, we learn, is to be held on Tuesday, the 17th of October, or thereabouts.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: September 30, 1865, p. 2

A Few Words About the Location of the Arsenal
ED. UNION & ADV.:—There has been a great deal of talk lately relative to the location of an Arsenal in this city, but as yet no definite conclusion is arrived at upon the subject. Several location have been talked of, but by some mysterious coincidence no suitable place could be found, only upon the west side of the river, and many have come to the conclusion, or been persuaded, like the writer thereof, that it must of necessity be located on that side of the river,—because certain Aldermen say so.

In the Common Council at its last meeting, three locations were proposed; two on the west and one on the east side of the river. The location on the east side certainly has one redeeming about it—it is high and dry: which cannot be said in favor of those mentioned on the west side. But the lot spoken of as having a redeeming feature, though centrally located, is too small.

The lots mentioned on the west side of the river, (with all due difference to the opinion of the Council Committee,) are not in our humble opinion fit lots for the Arsenal. In the first place, either of them are liable to be inundated every spring by flood. The "Rochester House," we understand, could be purchased for $15,000; while the Washington Street "Skating Pond" would cost as much, if not more.

We [are] aware that it would be a nice thing to have the old "Rochester House" torn down and a fine Arsenal erected on its ruins; for it would add to the appearance of our beautiful city—beautifying its centre somewhat. But would it be such a place as any individual member of the Committee would wish to purchase for that amount of money? Then again, are there any advantages there for an arsenal to accommodate the National Guard? We say not. No military man, to give the subject a little reflection, would for a moment recommend this lot for an Arsenal. The frontage on Exchange street certainly is no place for the formation of infantry and artillery. The advocates of this location may say "it has been used for that purpose!" But granted that it has, it has been done so at great disadvantage, and if we were going to have a building for military purposes, let it be built to accommodate the military. A building located on the cite [sic] of the "Rochester House" certainly would not, and we are of the opinion that if the Commission were made aware that this lot was flooded last spring, it would not be accepted by them.

The "Skating Pond" lot has the requisite room and is nor objectionable only as to distance and as a water lot, and liable to be flooded every spring. One great objection to this lot also is the price. While other locations can be had which lay "high and dry," for less than half the cost of this lot, and one which will accommodate at least three-fourths of the military. Why buy this property, unless it is to favor some individual? Now then, we don't propose to be charged as advocating this or that side of the river, but we do wish to be understood as advocating what we consider to be for the best interests of the city, the State and the military, when we present our location for the arsenal on the east side of the river. We have no other interests than that of all the parties concerned, and more particularly that of the military.

Our location of an arsenal is the three lots on South St. Paul street—the first three lots of Bouton's Tavern—near Court Street Bridge. We have taken the trouble, with others, to make the inquiry about this property, and find that it can be bought for $11,000. The frontage is 204 feet on St. Paul street and 155 feet deep. The lots are "high and dry," and if the Committee will visit them, and the members of the Common Council will do their duty, they will examine this location before deciding to take either the "Rochester House" or the "Skating Pond" property. Taking the prices and location into consideration, this is the finest property by all odds that has been spoken of or mentioned by the Committee. All we ask is to have them visit it—go unprejudiced for this or that side of the river—and we are inclined to believe they will say with us, "This is just the spot,"—and we know it will not be objectionable to the Commission.
Whatever is to be done by the Council in this matter should be done at the next meeting. For I tell you, gentlemen, delays are dangerous. Do not let this thing get the go-by. The military have worked hard to get the appropriation, and if the building can be for the giving of the site, it will eventually be a great saving to the tax-payers, for the law now compels the Supervisors to appropriate for each company of the National Guard in the city the sum of $250 annually, and there are thirteen companies in the city, making the snug little sum of $3,250 to be taxed pro rata. This amount can be saved by the prompt action of the Common Council. Shall it be done?

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: October 16, 1865, p. 2

MILITARY INSPECTION—The annual inspection and review of the 54th Regiment, Colonel Clark, and the 1st Battalion Light Artillery, (Rochester Union Grays,) Major W. M. Lewis, will be inspected to-morrow afternoon on Jones Square by Inspector Major George Hyland, jr. The review will take place by Brigadier General John Williams, at 2½ P.M. The Artillery are to leave the Armory at 10 o'clock A.M., and remain out all day for drill and muster.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: October 17, 1865, p. 2

REGIMENTAL PARADE—The 54th Regiment turned out this P.M. pursuant to orders for the annual fall inspection and review, which is to take place at Jones Square. Col. Clark commands, Major Hyland inspects, and Gen. Williams reviews. This will be the last public parade of the season.

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COURTS MARTIAL—Gen. Williams has issued an order constituting Courts Martial for the trial of delinquencies in each regiment of the 25th Brigade, N. G. S. N. Y. The courts will assemble at Rochester, Penn Yan, Lyons and Mt. Morris, on the 15th of November, at 1 o'clock P.M.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: October 18, 1865, p. 2

Review of the Fifty-fourth Regiment N. Y. S. N. G.
The 54th Regiment N. Y. S. N. G., Col. Clark commanding, and the First Independent Light Artillery, Maj. W. M. Lewis commanding, were at Jones Square yesterday afternoon for muster, review and inspection. The inspection was by Lieut. Col. Higgins, Assistant Inspector General of the State, and Brigade Inspector Major Hyland, both of whom expressed satisfaction with the excellent condition of the troops.

Brig. Gen. Williams reviewed the regiment and artillery. After evening parade Gen. Williams was escorted by the soldiers to his residence on Jay street. The Democrat gives the following list of the force:

Brigadier General John Williams.
STAFF—Major George Hyland, Jr., Brigade Inspector.
Major John McConvill, Judge Advocate.
Capt. Wm. H. Ward, Brigade Paymaster.
Capt. George Darling, Brigade Quartermaster.
Colonel Charles C. Clark, Colonel Commanding.
Lieutenant Colonel L. Sellinger.
Major Warner Wescott.
Captain Arndt Rosenthal, Engineer.
Lieutenant Flint, Acting Adjutant.
Lieutenant Van Voorhis, Acting Quartermaster.
Lieutenant Fleming, Acting Assistant Engineer.
Band—Capt. Newman, 15 pieces.
Co. A—Capt. Mayer, 37 men.
Co. D—Capt. Betzel, 38 men.
Co. K—Capt. Ridley, 39 men.
Co. E—Capt. Henderson, 31 men.
Co. B—Capt. Schoen, 60 men.
Co. G—Capt. Smith, 35 men.
Co. C—Lieut. Woodbury, 20 men.
Co. H—Lieut. Hason, 21 men.
Co. F—Capt. Sawtelle, 24 men.
Co. I—Lieut. Griffin, 32 men.
Major W. M. Lewis, commanding.
Battery B—Capt. Quinn, 81 men and three guns.
Battery A—Capt. Barnes, 72 men and three guns.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: November 16, 1865, p. 4

Common Council Meeting - November 13, 1865
Petitions and Claims

Ald. Qualtrough presented the following petition:

To the Honorable the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Rochester:
We, the undersigned, officers of the 54th Regiment, N. Y. S. N. G., do most respectfully petition your honorable body to purchase the site on the corner of Allen and Washington streets for the erection of the proposed Arsenal:

C. H. Clark, Colonel; B. Rosenthal, Captain and Engineer; W. H. Briggs, Surgeon; J. E. Flint, Quartermaster; C. S. Fredenburg, Captain commanding Company C; J. H. Woodbury, 1st Lieutenant Company C; E. H. Sawtelle, Captain commanding Company F; F. G. Maloney, Captain commanding Company I; F. C. Schoen, Captain commanding Company B; John N. Weitzel, 2nd Lieutenant Company B; C. E. Sabin, 2nd Lieutenant Company I; S. P. Robins, 1st Lieutenant Company F; Charles Reinfeld, 1st Lieutenant; G. M. Dannals, 1st Lieutenant Company E; J. C. Smith, Captain Company G; James Hason, commanding Company H; H. B. Henderson, Captain Company K; James H. Williams, 2nd Lieutenant Company K; Adam Young, 1st Lieutenant Company B.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: November 20, 1865, p. 2

FESTIVAL OF THE VETERAN GRAYS—The Veteran Corps of the Rochester Union Grays will celebrate the twenty-eighth anniversary of the Old Grays, at the Brackett House to-night with a supper prepared for the occasion in the best style of the host. Mr. Kellogg was himself one of the Grays, and will see that his old "comrades in arms" lack nothing that may be requisite to a hearty old fashioned celebration of the anniversary, provided they respond to the invitation to attend. The old Grays will meet at the north wing of the market at 7 o'clock and march to the hotel at 8:30 for supper.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: November 20, 1865, p. 4

In Common Council, Nov. 18th, 1865

To the Hon. The Common Council of the City of Rochester:

GENTLEMEN: Our attention has been called to the minority report of your committee on the location of the site for the proposed Arsenal and Armory in this city, which is signed by Aldermen Qualtrough and Groot, and especially that portion which reads as follows, we must emphatically enter our protest:

"That the location in question is inconvenient and unsatisfactory to the officers and soldiers of the 54th Regiment, N. Y. S. N. G., and 1st Battery Light Artillery, N. Y. S. N. G., for whose especial convenience and comfort, as well as for the safety and protection of State military stores, arms, ammunition, &c., the Legislature of the State authorized the appropriation for the erection of an Arsenal in Rochester. The location is so unsatisfactory that in the contingency that the scheme should prevail and the building be erected, the military of the city (or regimental district), will decline to occupy it."

We have never stated to either of the members of the Committee, or intimated to them by word or deed, that the location as made by the majority of your committee was "so unsatisfactory" that in case the building be erected thereon, the military of the city will decline to occupy it. On the contrary, we have deemed it for the best interest of the National Guard that the Arsenal be located on the east side of the river; for the reason that we shall have no fear of being disturbed by floods; and that a large majority of the members of this Battalion and the 54th Regiment reside on the east side of the river. Our Battalion numbers 183 men—only 42 of them reside on the west side of the river. We dare say that the same proportion may be said of the 54th Regiment. Co. B of the 54th Regiment has over sixty members, as we are informed, and but four of them reside on the west side of the river.

We think the site agreed upon by the majority of your committee is the one best adapted for the convenience of a large majority of the members of our military organizations, and for the safety of the State property entrusted to them.

We make this protest simply for the reason that we do not wish to be represented, or have that portion of your committee which have located the Arsenal on the east side unjustly censured.
Wm. M. Lewis, Major Com'dg Batt.: Thos. Barnes, Capt. Batt'y A; M. R. Quinn, Capt. Batt'y B; C. C. Merritt, Lt. And Q. M.; W. Darrow, 1st Lieut Battery B; F. W. Parmelee, 2nd Lieut. Battery B' Geo. Frauenberger, 2nd Lieut. Batt'y A.

Rochester, Nov. 17th, 1865.
We, the undersigned, officers of the 54th Regiment, coincide and join in the within protest, and deem it unwise in the minority of your committee to assert that the Armory would not be occupied by the military if located on the east side of the river, we deem it for the best interest of the military that it should be so located.

F. C. Schoen, Capt. Co. B; John N. Weitzel, 2nd Lieut Co. B; J. O'Loughlin, 1st Lieut. Co. G; Quincey Van Voorhis, 1st Lieut. Co. L; J. George Baetzel, Capt. Co. D; Michael Sellinger, 1st Lieut. Co. D; Capt. Benj. Ridley, Co. K; Capt. Frank Maloney, Co. I; J. C. Smith, Capt. Co. G; John B. Boyd, 2nd Lieut. Co. G.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: November 21, 1865, p. 2

ANNIVERSARY OF THE VETERAN GRAYS—The Veteran Corps of the Rochester Union Grays celebrated their 28th anniversary last night. The Veterans met at the north wing of Centre Market at 7 o'clock, that now being what was in early days their drill room and armory. There were so many pleasant recollections of the time spent there it was desired that the party should assemble there last night to begin the celebration of their anniversary. The attendance was very good. When al was in readiness, the Grays fell into line and marched to the Brackett House, where they found a repast worthy of the occasion. Mr. C. A. Kellogg, of the Brackett House, had attended to this matter—being an old Gray himself he would not see his comrades neglected whatever might come to other guests. The manner in which the courses were disposed of as laid, indicated that the Veterans are still alive and can take full rations.
This organization comprises those who were members of the Grays in the early days of the Corps, and is in no sense a military association. Col. James L. Angle is President, and sat at the head of the table last night. John Wegman, Vice President, sat opposite.

The usual round of toasts, speeches and songs was gone over after the supper was eaten. Geo. W. Fisher, the Secretary, introduced his "extra minutes," which were a feature in the youth of the Grays and are no less with the Veterans at their anniversaries.

All passed off pleasantly last night. The party before separating joined hands as of old and sang Auld Lang Syne with the words prepared by the late Alfred Judson, who meets the Veterans no more on earth.

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Rochester, NY Union & Advertiser: December 9, 1865, p. 2

GRENADIERS ASSEMBLY—The German Grenadiers, Capt. Schoen, will give their 18th annual assembly at Armory Hall on the night of January 1st, and promise their friends a most agreeable party as they always give.

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FLOUR CITY CADETS—The Fourth Annual Soiree of this company, it will be seen by advertisement, will be given at the Armory on Wednesday evening next, under the management of a committee of the corps.

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