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1st Vermont Infantry


1st Vermont Infantry in New York City, Headed South



The first Regiment of Vermont Volunteers under command of Col. Phelps, late Captain in the U.S. Army, in which he served for twenty-five years, arrived this Friday at 7:15 o’clock, by the Hudson River Railroad, en-route for Fort Monroe. The regiments have been in camp at Vermont since Thursday the 2d inst., and the men have been under arms since three o’clock on Thursday morning, consequently they appeared much fatigued, having had very little or no sleep since they left Vermont, and scarcely anything to eat, except in Troy, where the Troyans supplied them with crackers and cheese.

There are ten full companies of regulation strength. The men were really as fine a body of any in the service of the Government.

The following are the names of the officers:

Field and Staff Officers --- Col. J. Wolcott Phelps; Lieut. Colonel, P.T. Washburn; Major. H.N. Worthen; Adjutant; Hiram Stevens, Quartermaster; E.A. Morse, Surgeon; A.R. Sandborn, Asst. Surgeon; Willard Childs, Sergeant Major;; C.D. Chandler, Drum Major; Thomas  R. Clark, Fife Major, Martin J. McManus, Chaplain, Rev Levi H. Stone.

Company Officers; ---

Company A. Brandon; 1st Regiment; Capt. Joseph Bush, 1st Lieut. William Cronan, Ensign, Ebeneezer Ormsbee.

Company B, Middlebury; 1st Regiment; Capt. E.S. Hayward; 1st. Lieut. Chas. W. Rose 2d do, O.W. Heath, 3do, E.P. Russell

Company D, Rutland; 1st Regiment; Captain William Y.W. Ripley, 1st Lieut., Geo. T. Roberts, Ensign, L.G. Kingsley.

Company E, Northfield, 1st. Regiment; Captain, W.W.H. Boynton; 1st Lieut, C.A. Webb, 2d do, F.B. Grove, 3d do, Darius Thomas.

Company G, Swanton: 4th Regiment; Captain L.D. Clark, 1st Lieutenant, A.B. Jewett, 2d do, J.D. Sheridan.

Company A, Woodstock; 2d Regiment; Captain, William P. Pelton, 1st Lieutenant, Andrew J. Dike, Ensign, Solomon E. Woodard.

Company E, Cavendish; 2nd Regiment; Captain, O.S. Tuttle, 1st Lieutenant. A. Clarke, Ensign, S. Dutton.

Company B, St Albans, 4th Regiment; Captain, Geo. G. Hunt, 1st Lieutenant, Hiram E. Perkins, Ensign, F.E. Bell.

Company A, Burlington; 4th Regiment; Captain, D. Brainard Peck, 1st Lieutenant, O.G. Mower, Ensign, G.D. Hager.

Company B, Bradford, 2d Regiment; Captain Dudley K Andross, 1st Lieutenant, John B. Pickett,jr., 2d do, Roswell Farnham, 3d do, John G. Stearns.

[Webmaster's note: these are actually Companies A through K, 1st Vermont Volunteers, but they are using the original militia company and regiment names; also notice the occasional use of the archaic rank Ensign vice 2nd Lieutenant.

There were about thirty servants and attendants.

Among the officers and the ranks are large numbers of Masons, adjutant, Hiram Stevens, Esq, has held some high offices in the Grand Lodge, Grand Chapter, B.A., and at present Grand Recorder of the last named body. Each member wore a twig of evergreen in his cap, emblematic of the “Green Mountains.”

Mr. Peter Hart --- who nailed the flag to Fort Sumter --- was present at the 31st street depot when the Regiment arrived, in charge of a squad of police of the 20th Ward. About half past 7 o’clock the men formed line in front of the cars, and marched down 31st Street in double file, till they came to 5th Avenue, where they again halted, the line reaching from 31st to 27th Streets. Here they took a brief rest, and they broke into column of sub-divisions and marched down 5th Avenue to 17th Street to Union Square, thence down Broadway and through the west gate into the park, where they formed line in front of the City Hall, after which they went to breakfast in the Park Barracks.

There was not much enthusiasm evinced until they came to the 5th Avenue hotel, when they were heartily cheered by guests of the house, the ladies at the windows waving their flags, handkerchief’s &c. Broadway was lined with people, who cheered the troops lustily as they passed, the Colonel giving words “eyes right” “eyes left” as a return to their cordial greeting. The guests of all the hotels they passed cheered them, and waved flags and other demonstrations of applause. All the employees of several large houses turned out and cheered them in a body.

The order for marching was sent by special messenger from Gen. Scott, and arrived on the 5th inst. They were ordered to be sent with “as little delay as possible” by water to Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort Virginia.

On the 8th, at 4 P.M. the regiment was mustered into the service by Lieut. Col. Rains, U.S.A.., before which Governor Fairbanks presented them with the National colors, and Regimental standard, in a patriotic speech.

The national flag is of silk and beautifully finished. The regimental standard is painted on white silk, dimensions five feet by six, design stats, arms with military surroundings, flags, flowers, etc.

The uniforms of the Vermonters is very neat and serviceable --- gray trimmed up with red and black.


I learn from Acting quartermaster Wm. B. Hatch, that Col. Phelps of the Vermont Regiment deemed it for the benefit of his men not to come down Broadway this morning at the beat of the drum, as they were already excited and worn out by a protracted journey.

Will not Col. Phelps give New York Vermonters an opportunity of paying a tribute of respect, and welcome to his military genius and to his gallant command of Green Mountain Boys, by marching his Regiment through Broadway and giving notice, that the same may not be sprinkled. All hail to the descendants of Ethan Allen. Who of Vermont does not feel proud today?          F.E.H.

Ten of the Green Mountain Boys laid down in the park to be measured; their united length was 67 feet and 10 inches. It will take but a few such men to reach the centre of the Southern Confederacy, and raise the stars and stripes again.

Present a lively scene this morning. The addition of the Vermont Regiment has completely filled the entire building. A constant crowd surrounded the park all day to see the soldiers, and how they drill. The finely bearing of the Vermont men called forth many encomia.

The Vermont troops which arrived here this morning, will embark on route to Washington tomorrow (Saturday), on board of the Coatzacolas, which will sail from the foot of Warren Street at noon. NEW YORK EVENING EXPRESS  10th.

Submitted by Deanna French.