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and we had quite a talk. He knew We were ordered to march to their you when you were at Bridgton." camp and quell it, and remained from Have just learned that two lieuten
m. until I p. m.
When I arant-colonels and three captains of vol. rived home, I found a note from John, unteers have been lodged in the saying he had enlisted and was then guard-house for want of proper at the depot. I immediately jumped passes."
into a carriage and drove down, but " Central Guard-House, August 4. found that he had left. I found Have just returned from Mrs. where the regiment he had enlisted King's, wife of Horatio King; passed a very pleasant evening with herself and son, and received an invitation to tea for tomorrow evening. I spent the evening with Mr. Goodwin, M. C. He seems very kind, and very anxious to do something for me.”
AUGUST 18, 1861. “I am on duty as officer of the patrol, and have just brought them in for the men to get their suppers. I go out again about half past eight, and remain out until eleven or twelve. I made a seizure this afternoon of five soldiers in a low den, and carried them to the guard-house ; but as a general thing the streets are pretty clear of volunteer officers and sol
CARTER BROTHERS. diers, and the city is now very quiet. We move
our quarters to-morrow, in was encamped, and started for it; two streets above the present one. after wandering about until u p. m., Booths have been constructed in a I found it, and learned that the relarge open place, and our soldiers are to cruits had not arrived. I could not occupy them. The officers are to have go up the next day, as I was on duty, two furnished houses very near, but but the following day I drove up; we will not get into them for a week, found him, got permission to bring as the furniture has not all arrived. him home with me ; dressed him up I think each officer will have two in citizens' clothes, and had him one rooms, and we will all mess together; day and a half with me; got him as we are now situated, we draw no sworn in, gave him a blanket and a commutation, and have to pay very few necessaries, and started him back largely to live." “I suppose you again. have heard all about the mutiny of "I was very much pleased with the the Seventy-ninth N. Y. Volunteers. colonel, and his regiment generally.
I gave John all the good advice I were the refusal to allow them to go could, and promised to come and see home on furlough to visit their famihim as often as I could. This after- lies, and to reorganize by filling vanoon I saw his regiment march over cancies among their officers, etc. But Long Bridge, and do not know where the true cause arose from discontent it is bound for. Will find out, and in relation to their term of service. see him again.
Having enlisted during the first exOn the morning of Aug. 14, 1861, citement, for two or three years, or General Porter, provost marshal, re- for the war, when they saw the three ceived the following order:
months' regiments returning home
after the disastrous Battle of Bull HEADQUARTERS DIVISION
Run, their dissatisfaction broke out OF THE POTOMAC,
in open mutiny among the men of WASHINGTON, D. C., Aug. 14, '61.
the Second Maine, and Seventy-ninth Brigadier-GENERAL ANDREW Por- New York. In the case of the former, TER, Provost Marshal, etc. :
sixty-three men were sent to the Dry GENERAL: The brigade command- Tortugas, there to serve out the rest er of the Seventy-ninth Regiment of the war as prisoners at hard labor. New York Volunteers having re- The case of the Seventy-ninth New ported that the regiment is in a state of York was covered by G. 0. No. 27. open mutiny, Major-General McClel
The execution of this order was enlan directs that you proceed with a
trusted to Colonel A. Porter, who battery, the two companies of the Sec- took with him a battalion, a squadron, ond Cavalry, at the Park Hotel, and and a battery of regulars. They as many companies of regular in
were drawn up to surround the mutifantry as you may deem proper, to
neers, who promptly submitted. The the encampment of that regiment. ringleaders were placed in irons, and On your arrival there, you will order marched to the guard-house under a such as are willing to move to march
strong escort of cavalry. The colors out of the camp, leaving the disaf
were taken from the Seventy-ninth, fected portion of the regiment by and were sent to General McClellan's themselves. You will then order the headquarters, which at first were on latter portion to lay down their arms,
the corner of Pennsylvania avenue and and will put them under a strong Nineteenth street, afterwards moved guard. The ringleaders you will put to the old “Dolly Madison " house, in double irons. You are authorized,
or later known as the Commodore if necessary, to use force to accom
Wilkes” house, located at the southplish the object. Report the result
east corner of Lafayette square, now as soon as possible.
(1896) occupied by the Cosmos Club. I am, sir, very respectfully, your The colors were returned to this regiobedient servant,
ment in just one month from the A. N. COLBURN,
time they were taken from them, as Assistant Adjutant-General.
a reward for good conduct and for The alleged causes for discontent gallantry in a skirmish at Lewinsville, Va. It redeemed itself by good One very comical incident connectservice in connection with General ed with this event, is related by T. W. Sherman's expedition to South Captain Edward Lynch, U. S. Army, Carolina, and subsequent deeds upon retired, who was then at General the battle-field, as did also the gallant Sykes's headquarters. When the old Second Maine in the Army of battery had been posted, and the inthe Potomac, whose colors had not fantry and, cavalry had surrounded been taken from them. The follow- the camp, and it looked as though ing letter explains itself:
the wretched mutineers were about HEADQUARTERS
to be blown from the face of the ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
earth by this formidable array of WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 1861.
regular troops; the Adjutant had GENERAL W. F. SMITH,
ceased reading the order command
ing them to surrender when a very Chain Bridge: The colors of the Seventy-ninth tall, thin sergeant of the culprit will be sent to you to-morrow. Please Highlanders marched out, holding a return them to the regiment, with the very long pole, and waving from the remark that they have shown by their end of it was an empty, striped bed conduct in the reconnoissance of the tick, which, after a few moments of eleventh instant, that they are worthy grotesque pause, mingled with some to carry the banner into action, and surprise and amusement, was recogthe commanding general is confident nized as the fag of truce by which
the stubborn members of the they will always in future sustain and confirm him in the favorable opinion Seventy-ninth, now driven to this he has formed of them.
last resort, wished to convey to Sykes's (Signed) Geo. B. MCCLELLAN,
regulars that they had unconditionMajor-General, Commanding.
ally surrendered. (Rebellion Records, vol. v, p. 168.)
Although he had strongly advised
against another brother's enlistment, At the time of the mutiny the when he returned from this unpleasSeventy-ninth (Highlanders) was en- ant duty it was to find the note camped on the east side of Four- awaiting him (already referred to) teenth street, between that and stating that this brother had enlisted Tenth, and just south of the south in the Fourteenth Massachusetts erly slope of Columbia Heights Volunteers, and
at the (but what is
Florida ave- depot. Our eldest brother, John H. nue and S
or T streets). Lieu: Carter, who had enlisted under the tenant W. W. Averill, afterwards a president's first call in Company E., major-general, commanding the cav- Fourteenth Massachusetts Volunters, alry of the Army of the Potomac,
mustered into the service was battalion adjutant. When the August 16, 1861. The regiment was command marched out, he read the mustered into the service July 5, order for the Seventy-ninth to lay 1861, at Fort Warren, Boston Hardown their arms.
bor. It left the state July 7, 1861,
(Washington Intelligencer records its and battalion adjutant of the First arrival August 10, 1861), and was Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, was immediately placed upon garrison mortally wounded by a shell in the duty in the various forts about Wash- charge upon the enemy's works at ington, garrisoning principally Forts Petersburg, Va., June 16, 1864, dying Albany, Runyan, Tillinghast, Craig, on the 17th. His father, William and Scott, most of which it built. Powell Caldwell, also from Redfield, On the first of January, 1862, in Me., was a private in the Third accordance with orders from the war Maine Volunteers, was detached for department, it was changed into the duty with the Mississippi River AloFirst Regiment of Heavy Artillery, tilla in February, 1862, and had and consequently received fifty new charge of Mortar Boat No. 38, in recruits for each company, and two the operations about Memphis, Isladditional companies of one hundred and No. 10, and Vicksburg, and died and fifty men each to fill it to its from the effects of a congestive chill maximum standard and complete its on
the ordnance gunboat Judge organization. In addition to their Torrence, July 14, 1863, and was duties of garrisoning the forts, they buried on the Louisiana shore Auwere, with the exception of one short gust 20, 1861. General McClellan period, employed in throwing up new directed the provost marshal to hold works and connecting all with infan- in readiness to march at a minute's try parapets and covered ways, and warning, the entire guard to put building bomb proofs. It was labori- down a mutiny in Colonel (E. ous; they were unused to it, and D.) Baker's California regiment. they chafed under such work. Our “Should any portion of that regibrother was not a very frequent ment mutiny (and there is now some writer; many of his letters have reason to suppose that they will), you been lost.
ost. Although his life in the are authorized to use force if necesforts was comparatively monotonous sary to quell it. If they refuse to and his service devoid of severe obey, you are authorized to fire on hardships until 1864, his journal of them.” It was not, however, necesevents have a smack of humor to sary to use this display of force, and them, and a decided interest in con- our brother's letters do not mention nection with those more important this incident. movements of which the defenses of August 28, the young regular Washington seemed at times to be writes as follows: “We are on duty the central point. On Sunday, every day, and the duties are not very August 18, 1861, it marched across pleasant. Since I commenced this Long Bridge and took up its quar- letter, I have had no less than twenty ters in Virginia. In Company E, persons to see me, and have had to Fourteenth Massachusetts was also talk with them all." "I enjoy army a cousin, Lewis Powell Caldwell from life very much." “ John is now enAmesbury, Mass., but born in Read- camped on the Virginia side. I will field, Me., who as a first lieutenant try to make him comfortable and
will go to see him as soon as possible. We got any quantity of melons, We were under orders to be ready tomatoes, and peaches on the road, at a moment's notice last night, but for the white population have nearly did not have to
General all left, and there are nothing but McClellan keeps everything to him- niggers left.” “Gene has now gone self and none of us know anything to General Porter's office to prefer of the movements, but rest assured charges against his orderly sergeant, that Washington will never be at- whom he left in charge of some gov. tacked, and if they do they will get ernment prisoners while he was at most woefully whipped.”
dinner. The sergeant got very drunk Our brother of the Fourteenth and G. says he will • break’him for writes his first letter from the John it, as it was a very important duty. B. Floyd house September 5, 1861. G. is quartered in the traitor Floyd's “ Through Gene's influence I have former residence, and a splendid been granted a furlough until to- house it is, too. Our camp is in a night." “There are better writing constant state of alarm, and we sleep facilities here than at Fort Albany, on our arms every night in case anywhich is about five miles distant. thing should happen. Twelve men I got up early, answered to my name from each company in our regiment, at roll-call,' and immediately start- joined by an equal number from the ed for the city, furnished with a pass Michigan and New York regiments by Brigadier-General Richardson who attached to the brigade, went out last commands our brigade. I am very night to attack a rebel work on Munmuch pleased with a soldier's life, son's Hill, about three miles distant, taken as a whole, but sometimes our and were successful, driving the duties are severe, for instance: We devils from the fortification and had to be up at five o'clock for roll. taking a number of prisoners, who call; breakfast at six ; guard mount- are now in our little guard-house, ining at seven ; and such as are not on cluding one captain. The country guard have to go on fatigue duty, here is literally swarming with troops, which consists as follows: Chopping and you may expect to hear some down the woods and digging trenches good news soon. Everything is kept around different forts with pickaxes secret from the soldiers, and we all and shovels, and I feel about as lame move in the night. All you see in and stiff as a man can feel who is the
is 'gammon.' Banks unused to such work. Monday I with his whole army is within five was on guard, Tuesday I was detailed miles of us, he having moved very for 'fatigue, but when we had secretly under orders from McClellan worked during the forenoon and (who is a general whom our country started for dinner,' I with two or will be proud of soon), and you will three of my comrades fell in the soon hear of a great Northern vicrear 'in the bushes, and started for tory, for our army is now thoroughly Blenker's brigade, about two miles organized, and if we do not beat distant, and we had a good time. them now never can.”