The Fourth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

As Reported in the

Newspapers

Contributed by Willard Miller


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General:

Below are newspaper articles concerning the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.

The Articles:


The Bayonne Herald. (Bayonne, N.J., April, 1898).

Company  I  Increasing

Four Recruits Received Monday – Coming Smoker

Company I Fourth regiment held drill and business meeting Monday evening at Metropolitan Park. There was a marked improvement in the attendance and Capt. Christie put the men through their work with good effort. Four new members, Anthony Conk James H Frazer, Joseph James and James Getchel were admitted, making a total of 63 on the roll.

The recommendation of the committee to secure a club house or regular quarters, to lease the house No. 83 West Twenty Second Street was favorably received and the committee authorized to acquire and furnish the premises.

Capt. Christie in a pleasant talk to the boys told what he intended doing for the company and congratulated them on their good turnout and the number of recruits received.

The company will go to the armory next Friday evening for battalion drill.



The Bayonne Herald. (Bayonne, N.J., April 30, 1898).

Company I, Fourth Regiment, has not as yet received official orders as to what part they will take in the present dispute with Spain. From Capt. Christie down to the newest recruit the men seem more or less disappointed at not receiving orders for duty. The skirmish drill, which was to have taken place Monday night, was abandoned on account of rainy weather. The company will however, turn out for skirmish Monday night. The rendezvous will be between Avenue C and Newark Bay, from Twenty eight to Thirtieth streets. Eight recruits have been admitted and the company’s roster is now 72. The Fourth Regiment will probably be detailed for duty in this state.



The Bayonne Herald. (Bayonne, N.J., June 18, 1898)

Ready for the Front

A meeting of Company I, Fourth Regiment, was held Monday evening at which the sentiment of the members concerning war was sounded. Capt. Christie called the men before him individually and asked them if in case they were called out for active duty they would respond how their home surroundings were situated etc. At the close of the inquiry the captain said that fully 90 per cent of the company had signified a willingness to go to the front if necessary.



The Bayonne Herald. (Bayonne, N.J., July 2, 1898)

COMPANY I GETS A FLAG

One evening last week Mansfield Circle No. 22 Ladies of the G.A.R., presented Company I, Fourth Regiment, with a handsome new flag of the United States. The presentation address was delivered by the president, Mrs. Mc Farlane. Capt. Christie gracefully responded in behalf of the company.  The flag will be floated from the fine new 92 foot pole at the company headquarters on West Twenty Second Street on Monday.

Last night, in response to general orders all the companies of the Fourth Regiment met at their respective armories where they were given the privilege of entering the regular volunteer service. The regiment will probably go to Sea Girt this week. All young men who comply with the requirements will be received.



The Bayonne Herald. (Bayonne, N.J., July 9, 1898).

CHANCE FOR VOLUNTEERS

Company I Making Ready to Answer the Call

It is now certain that the Fourth Regiment, which is made up of residents of Hudson County, will be called into service. Governor Voorhees has decided to accept six companies. The regiment now consists of twelve companies, but in going to the front the number of men to the company will be increased to 106.

Capt. A. La Rue Christie of Company I is desirous of filling up to the required number.



The Jersey City News. (Jersey City, N.J., July 12, 1898).

FOURTH’S MEN OFF TO WAR

Jersey City Troops Will Leave for Sea Girt Tomorrow.

CITIZENS WILL BID THEM FAREWELL

Jersey City will put on a gala appearance tomorrow in honor of the five companies of brave men who will start for the war. Thousands of persons will turn out to see them off. It will be the first time since the war began that an organized body of Jersey City soldiers left the city.

There are hundreds of brave Jersey City lads fighting at the front or in camp awaiting orders to proceed to Cuba or the Philippines, but they have volunteered individually and are scattered among the regiments that are now in service. The Fourth begged for the chance to volunteer as a whole, but the opportunity was denied it. Had it been called out in the early days of the war it would probably have turned out as large a percentage of its men as any regiment now in service. When the call did finally come for five companies, over 100 of its best soldiers, tired of waiting were already in other regiments, volunteer or regular. Those who remained, however, gladly welcomed the call and hastened with few to volunteer.

The result is that the five companies of 106 men each will leave for Sea Girt tomorrow will be comprised of as fine a body of men as can be produced in this State. Many outsiders have sought an opportunity to enlist with the members of the Fourth Regiment. Almost enough have volunteered to fill the five companies independent of the National Guardsmen, but they will not be permitted to enlist until every member and former of the Fourth Regiment who desires to go and has no family or business ties which would render him ineligible under the term of Governor Voorhees’ order has been accepted. As there are numbers of married men in the Fourth Regiment and many others whom Col. Smith will not accept, because to go would ruin their business chances, it will probably be necessary to accept a few of the outside Volunteers.

“You may say” said Colonel Smith to a reporter of “The News” “that I will not accept any outsider until every member and former of the National Guard who desires to go has been accepted. Under no circumstances will I permit any undesirable person to be accepted. We will have no “ringers” in our companies. The men we send to the front will be a credit to the Fourth Regiment and to the people of Hudson County.”

Up to ten o’clock Saturday night Dr. John J. Broderick had examined 608 including officers. Of this number about 12 per cent were rejected. Of the privates and non commissioned officers examined 523 passed successfully. Dr Broderick Continued the examinations this morning. It is necessary to have 530 men independent of officers, to fill the five companies. As many more than that number as possible will be examined and passed so that the places of any who fail to appear or who at the last minute are obliged to back out may be filled. There is still a chance too for members of National Guard to enlist.

The tallest man to go with the Fourth will be Thomas Kiely of Company M whose height is six feet and three quarters. He is twenty five years old. Six other six footers will go. They are Sergeant William W. Sparks and privates William N. Sloan and Thomas Warwick of Company I : Olaf C. Nettertoh of Company C Frederick L. Reuter of Company B and Regimental Bugler John McGrann

Several boys were rejected because they were too young and two because of their height, they being each one half inch too short. One boy on volunteering gave his age as eighteen years. After he had passed his examination, however it was learned he was only fifteen years old and was rejected. Another boy was dropped because he was only seventeen years old. There are a number of volunteers who are only eighteen years old. They will be accepted, but only with the written consent of their parent or guardian. Each man has been given the privilege of choosing the under the Captain he will serve.

Colonel Smith has issued orders for the men to assemble at the Armory noon.  The start for Sea Girt will be made promptly at two o’clock. The line of march will be from the Armory to Montgomery Street, to Monmouth Street, to Mercer Street, to Grove Street, to Montgomery Street and thence to the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot. Mayor Hoos and other city officials will review the boys as they pass the City Hall. Chief of Police Murphy will have a squad of 100 policemen along the line of march to keep the crowds in order. The men will go on special cars over the Pennsylvania Railroad. They will be dressed in regulation trousers, blouses and campaign hats. They will carry neither belts, knapsacks nor guns. The only articles the privates will ship in the company chests are a change of underclothes each and towels soap and combs and brushes.  They have been instructed to provide only those things that they will need until such time as the Government furnishes them with their campaign outfits. At Sea Girt they will be given everything they can possible require. The officers are provided with nothing. The majority of them will wait until they reach Sea Girt before purchasing their outfits, as they will know better what they require. The boys will be escorted to the ferry by members of Van Houten Post G.A.R. Colonel Smith will march at the head of his men. The companies will march according to the order of seniority of their Captains.

Word was received at the Armory this morning that Major Henry Lohmann Major by Governor Voorhees.

Major Lohmann enlisted in Company D, old Second Regiment, May 18, 1898 (sic). He was promoted First Lieutenant on August 24, 1886, and was made Captain on July 5, 1887. On May 31, 1892. Company D, Second Regiment was made Company K of the fourth Regiment. On May 16, 1893, Captain Lohmann’s company was disbanded and he was placed on the retired list. Upon the organization of the new Company K in Hoboken, Captain was elected its Captain, October22, 1894. He was elected Major on November 8, 1896. He is one of the sharpshooters of the regiment. Governor Voorhees has appointed Fredrick Frey one of the hospital stewards of the new regiment Frey enlisted in the Brigade Hospital and Ambulance Corps. And was assigned to Company F, Fourth Regiment, April 8, 1893. He was appointed Hospital Steward, June 29, 1893.


(The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 14, 1898).

 Company E Is Mustered in
The First of the “Governor’s own to Become Real U.S.V.

Other Companies Could Not Be Mustered in Because Their Rolls were not Complete

Camp Voorhees, Sea Girt, N.J., July 4. Company E the “Mother of Companies” of the Fourth Regiment N.G.N. J. was mustered into the United States services yesterday, and was the first the first company of the Fourth Regiment of Volunteers which is mobilized here to undergo the ceremony. It is now Company E, Fourth New Jersey Infantry, U.S.V. Capt. Waldo E. Gibbs feels highly elated. He worked hard to bring a full company to the camp and succeeded with the help of his Lieutenants E. Harrison Randolph and Charles W. Schoonoven. Company came down with 102 men, most of whom had been in E or Company F, from which company Lieut. Randolph was selected. Two field musicians and two bandsmen completed in Capt. Gibb’s quota of 106 and three officers. It was the only company yesterday which had enough men to be mustered in. All the other companies were short a few men. When Capt. Buttler, the United States recruiting officer stationed here, expressed a desire to commence his work. Col Robert G. Smith ordered Capt Gibbs to assemble his company at 2 p. m.

HOW WAS IT DONE

The company was marched over the parade ground to the Governor’s cottage. In the rear of which the recruiting officer’s tent is located. The company was drawn up in two ranks outside, and owing to its’ size made an imposing appearance. The ceremony which followed was very impressive.
Capt. Gibbs entered the tent, accompanied by Second Lieut. Schoonoven, while First Lieut. Randolph assumed command of the company.
Capt. Gibbs and Capt. Buttler verified the company’s roll and the muster roll. Then with Capt. Gibbs on the right and Lieuts. Randolph and Schoonoven on his left, Capt. Buttler asked Capt. Gibbs:

“Do you accept this man as your First Lieutenant?” After an affirmative reply a similar question was asked concerning the Second Lieutenant. After the officers had been accepted the First Sergeant, Sergeant and Corporals were accepted. Then the remainder of the company was accepted by Capt. Gibbs in a body.

A new company was formed with Sergeants and Corporals on the right. Then each man’s name was called and each man ran in double time to form a new line nearer the tent. The officers identified the men as their names were called. Officers and all men raised their right hands; While Capt. Buttler read the oath of allegiance.

THE GOVERNOR’S OWN

“So help me God” all solemnly said at the conclusion of the reading, and “Company E” marched back to camp U. S. Volunteers.
Gov. Voorhees, Col. Robert G. Smith, Capts. Geradin and Broderick and other officers witnessed the ceremony. After it was over Col. Smith introduced Capt. Gibbs to Gov. Voorhees as the commandant of the first company mustered into the “Governors Own” regiment. Gov. Voorhees accepted the compliment and made several gracious remarks. The news of the christening of the new regiment and the acceptance by Gov. Voorhees of godfather spread rapidly over the camp and was approved by the men, who cheered the Governor and the “Governor’s Own”
The officers and men of Company E were happy last night, and seemed to bear themselves more erect and with an air of superiority over the National Guardsmen. Delegations from the other companies visited E’s street and cheered it. The Morris Guards of Atlantic City paid Company E a visit and were well received. The Morris Guards are eager to be mustered in today. Col Smith said last night that any company which has its muster roll ready and has 102 men will be mustered in.

WANT MORE MEN

Capt. Edward See of Company D expected to be mustered in yesterday, but found himself short of men. The wants of Captains Derrom of Company B, Seymour of Company m, and Christie of Company I, make the recruiting of twenty men necessary. Col Smith sent Lieut. Reinhard of Company B to Jersey City yesterday to get them. He is to return today if the length of time was not too short to get good men. No difficulty is on that score is expected.



(The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 14, 1898).

FORTY RECRUITS GOING TO SEAGIRT

The announcement in the Journal that forty more recruits were needed to fill the ranks of the Forth Regiment at Sea Girt caused fully 200 young patriots to gather about the Armory last night, in the hope that some recruiting would be done.

They were not disappointed. Soon after 6 o’clock Lieut. Reinhardt made his appearance and the waiting patriots were admitted into the armory. Lieut. Reinhardt selected forty of the most healthy looking applicants, and after taking their names and addresses, provided the recruits with transportation to Sea Girt.

 The recruits left on the 8:30 train this morning.


(The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. Bayonne, New Jersey, July 16, 1898)

"OFF TO SEA GIRT
Company  I Given a Hearty Send-off on Tuesday

‘Mid the cheers of a multitude, Captain A. La Rue Christie and his men left their headquarters No 83 West Twenty Second Street last Tuesday for the state camp at Sea Girt. From early morn until the departure of the company the crowd, which consisted of fathers mothers sisters and brothers and sweethearts and a motley crowd the curious being about the headquarters. There was tearful leave taking and words of patriotic advice such as “Remember the Maine,” “Give the Dagos ______”  “Shoot one for me” and “Be Good.”

The night before fully two hundred Bayonnese went to the armory at Jersey City in the hopes of being accepted. Many were doomed to disappointment and had to content themselves with seeing their more fortunate brothers “off to war” the following day. An instance of the earnest desire of one Bayonne man is shown in the following: “I was in the crowd at the armory “he said “ but I wasn’t togged up any way fancy like some like some of the other fellows who had chokers collars and knobby clothes. I wanted to go with the regiment and so did lots of others just like me, but when they gave preference to the dressed up fellows. “Clothes don’t make the soldier, I said to the fellow doing the picking out and I also told him that if I had him outside of the armory I would show him the kind of stuff he was rejecting.”

Owing to the manner in which the companies were made up Company  I contained many men not residents of this city. When the call was issued by the governor each of the five companies was permitted to bring its compliment up to the maximum, 106 men including officers. Members of the regiment were given the preference and could attach themselves to any company they choose. Captain Christie’s popularity soon brought Company  I ranks up to the limit.

The Captain said just prior to his departure: “Company  I will be the finest in the regiment and if we only get the chance you may depend upon it we’ll be heard from.”

Captain Christie and thirty five of his men were photographed in different groupings on the lawn of Metropolitan Park by Photographer Herman N. Lay.

As the special car drew out from twenty second street the crowd set up a great shout and every one of the soldier boys joined in singing the “Red White and Blue.”

They went direct to the armory where the out of town members were in waiting. Hundreds of people saw the boys away at the Pennsylvania railroad depot in Jersey City.

Many of Company  I’s original did not volunteer, while others after doing so were prevailed upon for family reasons to remain home.

The mother of a rather youthful volunteer caused a mild sensation by calling at headquarters with a parcel containing her son’s uniform. “He was to young” she said “to go to war.”

Second Lieutenant George G. Rhodrick, who had been detailed to Company D, accompanied the Bayonne men to Jersey City.

The roster of the Bayonne men who left with the company was as follows;

ORIGINAL MEMBERS

Captain A. La Rue Christie
Second Lt. George G Rhodrick
First Sgt. William W. Sparks
Quartermaster’s Sgt. George A. Wheeler
Corporal August H. Bahr
Musician Michael Burnell

PRIVATES

W. C. Covert
James Frazer
Charles Golden
J. W. James
Alexander S. Lawson
W.C.Luebbers
Joseph Miller
James F. O’Brien
James H. Roake
T. H. Roes
James F. Smith
Henry Schmeizer
Henry Schlitt
J. Zellman

RECRUITS

A. Burton
Frank Clarkson
Andrew Coughlin
J. E. Mc Donald
Ray Miller
A. McDonald
Jacob Odenwalder
M. Schermerhorn
Michael Mountain
William Leck
E. H. Bryant
G. M. Boyd Jr.
H. A. Cranston
Patrick Cogan
Albert Miess
James L. Murphy
Raymond Miller
W. A. Patterson
M. T. Reynolds
W. N. Sloan
L. H. Watts"



(The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 16, 1898).
 

Co. M of Hoboken N.J. was the last company from Hudson County to join the ranks of Uncle Sam’s Fighters ---- All the men enjoy sea bathing ---- Strict attention to business.

Camp Voorhees, Sea Girt, N.J., July 16 --- Bright and early yesterday morning Company M of Hoboken, with Capt. George F. Seymour in command, marched across the parade ground to the tent of Capt. Buttler, U.S.Army and became by oath of allegiance a United States Volunteer. The customary cheers greeted, M upon its return to camp. The men were immediately measured for the clothing, which the state furnishes and Uncle Sam pays for...

[note roster of Company was part of this article. To see the roster, click here]

Bathing in the ocean is much enjoyed by the officers and men, who daily take a dip. Capt. Seymour and Company M took a bath after dark last evening. A big diamond solitaire ring, which the Captain was proud of slipped off and was lost in the surf.

Company M has an excellent cook in Emile Rateller



(The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 16, 1898).
 

RECEIVED NEW CLOTHING

Companies E and M have received their new clothing, and it was distributed today. Each man was measured and he received a campaign hat, three pairs of socks, two suits of underclothing, pair of shoes, leggings, blue shirt, blouse, and trousers. The clothing is all of good texture. The uniforms are particularly well made and contain good cloth. The trousers are short, reaching to a point just below the knee, where they narrow and are tightened to the leg by three buttons. They are fashioned after golf trousers in a way. It is intended that leggings shall always be worn with these trousers. The removal of cloth which formerly encased the leg makes the trousers cooler.

The men look well in the new uniforms and are proud of them. More companies will be outfitted today. The men sign for the clothing and are responsible for it. If any part is lost the loser must replace it. In the National Guard commandants of companies are held responsible by the state for clothing issued. In the volunteers the men are individually responsible.

SIXTH COMPANY

Great joy was occasioned in camp when it became known that Col. Robert G. Smith had been called upon by Gov. Voorhees to furnish another company, in addition to the five already in camp. The increase in Hudson County’s quota was very gratifying to the Colonel. He had offered Gov. Voorhees six companies, but only five had been accepted.

The more the merrier was the comment of the members of the old Fourth when news spread in the new Fourth.

PRAISED BY THE GOVERNOR

In calling upon Col. Smith for another company Gov. Voorhees congratulated him upon the rapidity with which he had assembled five companies and the quickness of their muster in after arrival. He also complimented Col. Smith upon the appearance and conduct of the men in the Hudson County companies.

“I am proud of the boys” said Gov. Voorhees. The conduct of the men has been very good. They seem to realize that they are not soldier, as at state camp, but are down here for business. Few have been in the guard house. Taps are sounded at 9:00 PM, and in a half hour the camp is perfectly quiet and the men asleep. Cases of drunkenness are very rare, and in fact very little drinking of alcoholic stimulants is done.

Eleven companies are now in camp, but only seven have been mustered in. The seven comprise five Hudson County companies and a company from Trenton commanded by Capt. Bailey, and one from Atlantic City with Capt. Bryant as Commandant.

SHORT OF MEN

The two Trenton companies of Capts. Whitehead and Rogers are as far from muster as when they arrived They are short of men, and if extra men accompany the new Jersey City  they will be utilized in the Trenton companies.

Gov. Voorhees desired to have the entire regiment mustered in tomorrow with impressive ceremony. The presence of a large number of visitors who are expected if the day is clear would have added to the occasion.

Col. Robert G. Smith cannot be mustered in until all twelve companies have undergone the ceremony. Lieut. Col. Gilmore was sworn in as soon as six companies had mustered in. Maj. Lohmann also became a U.S.V. yesterday.

COMPANY MASCOTS

All the companies have mascots and the supply of live stock is daily increasing. Company B has “Dewey” a pup of which Hugh Callahan is guardian. Company E has a goat, which Corporal Harry Wright owns. Louis Liebgold, the well known walker, is training the goat to do stunts. Some companies have roosters and hens in their collection.

Bandmaster Salem R. Davis is expected down today with the band of twenty four pieces, which he has been organizing. Drum Major John Brownlee has started rehearsals in the fife, drum, and bugle corps.



(The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 18, 1898)

Camp Voorhees, Sea Girt, N.J.

More mustering in was done yesterday. It was by battalions, and the First and Second Battalions of the Fourth New Jersey Regiment of Volunteers were mustered in as such by Capt. Buttler U.S.A. The First Battalion comprises Companies A, Capt. Whitehead of Trenton; Company D, Capt. See of Jersey; Company H, Capt. Du Bois of Woodbury; Company M, Capt Seymour of Hoboken. The second Battalion contains Companies G Capt. Rogers of Trenton; Company I, Capt. Christie of Bayonne; Company K, Capt. Fries of Camden, and Company E, Capt. Gibbs of Jersey City.

The Third Battalion was not mustered. Its companies are: Company B, Capt Derrom of Jersey City; Company L, Capt. Bailey of Trenton; Company F, Capt. Bryant of Atlantic City, Company Capt. Springstead of Jersey City. Company C was not ready to be mustered in, and this delayed The Battalion’s muster. In consequence the regiment could not be mustered. Gov. Voorhees and Col. Smith were much disappointed. Both were especially of seeing the ceremony performed.

Col. Robert G. Smith and the field staff officers cannot be mustered in until the entire regiment undergoes the ceremony by battalions. It is expected that Capt. Springsted’s company will be ready today. He had enough Saturday night, but four wandered away yesterday and he was short of the number required. Maj. Field, the regimental surgeon, was very severe in applying physical tests to the recruits, and about one third of the total number brought from Jersey City were turned down, mostly because they were too young, the assistant surgeon said. They will be sent back to Jersey City today.

As soon as the regiment is mustered in the following general order No. 1 from the headquarters of the Fourth Regiment, New Jersey National Guard Volunteer Infantry will go into effect.



(The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 20, 1898)

The following order was issued yesterday:

Headquarters Fourth Regiment, N. G. N. J. Vol.Inf., July 20, 1898
Special Order No.2

I the following assignments are announced:

1st Battalion
Major     Henry Lohmann Jr.
1st Lt & Batt Adjutant  Gouverneur V. Packer
1st Lt & Asst. Surgeon John J.Brodrick
Batt Sgt Major   Albert Van Keist
Hospital Steward   William J. Mulford
Company A   Capt. Richard R. Whitehead
Company D,   Capt. Edward See
Company H   Capt. Edmund Du Bois
Company M,   Capt George F. Seymour

2nd Battalion
Major     Thomas S Chambers
1st Lt  & Batt Adjutant  Fredrick G. Glikyson
1st Lt  & Asst. Surgeon Paul M Meeray
Batt Sgt Major   William J. Schoonoven
Hospital Steward
Company G    Capt. Bernard Rogers
Company I   Capt. A. LaRue Christie
Company K,   Capt.Claud S. Fries
Company E,   Capt.Waldo Gibbs

3rd Battalion
Major     Allan B Wallace
1st Lt  & Batt Adjutant  Ulysses G. Lee
1st Lt  & Asst. Surgeon Joel W. Fithian
Batt Sgt Major   Mahion F. Lyin Jr.
Hospital Steward   Louis H. Mullikin
Company B,   Capt Andrew Derrom
Company L   Capt. Clayton J. Bailey
Company F   Capt. Louis T. Bryant
Company C   Capt. Charles H. Springsted

II Acting Ordinance Officer, 1st Lt & Batt Adjutant, Gouverneur V. Packer
Acting Com. Of Subsistence, 1st Lt  & Batt Adjutant  Fredrick G. Glikyson

 By order of Col. Smith.

Benjamin M Gerardin, Adjutant Official:

William R. Clements, Sgt Major

 Another special order made Lt. Col Gilmore the field officers court. He will try all petty violations of rules and regulations. More serious offenses will be tried by court martial.

 Lt. William S. Righter, whom Gov Voorhees appointed Second Lt, of Company C, in order that he might be assigned to Brig. Gen. Plume’s staff, has obtained a seven days leave of absence, pending said assignment. Lt. T. Bergen Gaddis, whom Col .Smith had selected as Second Lieutenant of Company C, has gone home. He was much disappointed.


(The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. (Bayonne, N.J., February 25, 1899)

Soldiers Coming Home

It was announced on good authority in the fore part of the week that all regiments quartered at Greenville S.C. will be mustered out of service. The news caused rejoicing among the troops, especially in the New Jersey Volunteers, whose members would much prefer going home as long as there is no prospect for active service. On Monday Gen. Jacob Kline, commanding the First Brigade, paid an excellent tribute to the boys of the Fourth, who, he said were fit to be transferred to the regular army as they are.



(The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. (Bayonne, N.J., April 15, 1899)

Welcome the Soldier Boys

To the Editor of the Bayonne Herald:

Bayonne, April 13,1899 Sir – As an old veteran of Grant’s army, I write you hoping you will publish in any way, shape or form these few words in appreciation of the bravery and pluck of the recently returned boys of the Spanish American War. Our city has home once again her brave soldier boys, some from garrison grounds, and others from southern fever camps, and there should be a warm spot in the hearts of the people of Bayonne for those brave lads it was no fun for them to leave home and dear ones to serve their country. The silent army in the camps of the men who did garrison duty in Cuba and elsewhere served their country and flag as well as those who nobly charged up San Juan Hill. They were holding, defending and reserving the results of the war. Garrisons are as necessary as storming parties and reserves are as useful as the men on the firing line. It is not a soldier’s duty to select and chose where how he shall do his service. What they did they did cheerfully and loyally. At the call for troops to do battle in the cause of liberty and humanity Bayonne was well represented and the flower of the young manhood sprang to arms.

While all were not given the opportunity of facing the enemy on the battlefield; they did meet and battle with a more deadlier foe – fever on the camp grounds. Those boys nine long months sacrificed their all, suffered much, followed the colors gallantly and uncomplainingly endured the hardships, privations and dangers of a soldier’s life with heroic self-sacrifice. By the fortunes of war, all had not the equal opportunity to win distinction in actual battle, but all are equally entitled to the tribute earned by high courage and devotion to their country and their flag. Bayonne should be proud of her brave sons and the brave boys should be made to feel that their service to their country is appreciated.

Through the patriotic columns of the Herald let the boys have a royal welcome home.

VETERAN OF 61



The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. (Bayonne, N.J., August 12, 1899)

A BIG DAY FOR BAYONNE
Fourth Regiment to Hold Exercises in this City

REGIMENTAL PARADE AND SHAM BATTLE PLANNED
Militiamen From Newark and Elizabeth Expected to participate Gov. Voorhees and Other Celebrities to be Invited

The members of Company I, Fourth Regiment, N.G.N.J. are preparing to give the citizens of Bayonne a gala day during the last week in September. The plan is to hold a regimental field day, similar to those held in other cities by the regiment in past years. The entire regiment with companies from the Third Regiment, of Elizabeth, and the First Regiment, of Newark, will be invited to take part in the exercises of the day. The program will include a parade from the Morris Canal to the Kills, a review by Governor Voorhees, General Wanser, Mayor Seymour and other military and civic officers. There will also be an extended order drill and sham battle along the Newark Bay shore, a guard mount and probably the pitching of a camp. It is expected that the militiamen will be served with rations in a regular army style after the sham battle. The day’s program will terminate with a grand picnic at Arlington Park in the evening.

It is anticipated that the event will attract to Bayonne ten or fifteen thousand visitors from other cities.

At a special meeting of the company held Monday night the general committee of arrangements was appointed as follows: Lieutenant James R. Gatchel  Sergeant George S. Bogart; Corporals Fred Roake and August H. Bahr, Privates Andrew A. Walsh, William H. Frevert and Anthony Conk.

The movement has the hearty approval of Col. Robert G. Smith, the regimental commandant.

The plan has already struck a popular chord among our citizens and the affair will, no doubt, prove a great benefit to Bayonne as the thousands of visitors who will come to spend the day in our pretty city will of necessity leave some of their money behind and as in the cases of former public events, such fire parades and athletic carnivals, many will be so impressed with the town splendid natural advantages for business and residential purposes that they will return to stay.



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"Camp Voorhees, Sea Girt, N.J.," The Evening Journal. (Jersey City, N.J., July 18, 1898).

"The following order was issued yesterday" (The Evening Journal. Jersey City, N.J., July 20, 1898).

"Soldiers Coming Home," The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. (Bayonne, N.J., February 25, 1899).

"Welcome to the Soldier Boys," The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. (Bayonne, N.J., April 15, 1899).

"A Big Day for Bayonne," The Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register. (Bayonne, N.J., August 12, 1899).
 


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