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York State militia Infantry. There were three organizations from New York State known as the Eighth Infantry—the Eighth Regiment State Militia Infantry, or Washington Grays; the Eighth Regiment Infantry, or First German Rifles; and the Eighth Regiment National Guard Infantry. The second of these was organized at New York and mu Eighth New York, 1861 This regiment was organized for three months service in April, 1861, and left for Washington on April 20th. It was known as the Washington Grays. It did duty in the defenses of Washington until July, and took part in the battle of Bull Run on July 21st. It was attached to Porter's first brigade, Hun mustered out at New York City. All of the fanciful regimental names, as well as their variegated uniforms, disappeared soon after the opening of the war, and the Grays, Avengers, Lancers, and Rifles became mere numerical units, while the regiments lost their identity in the universal blue flannel blouse and light-blue kersey trou
es were not clad in the uniform gray till the second year of the war. So variegated were the costumes on both sides at the first battle of Bull Run that both Confederates and Federals frequently fired upon their own men. There are instances recorded where the colonel of a regiment notified his supports to which side he belonged before daring to advance in front of them. In the beginning, each of these companies bore some designation instead of a company letter; there were various Guards, Grays, Rifles—the last a ludicrous misnomer —the rifles being mostly represented by flint-lock muskets, dating from the War of 1812, brought to light from State arsenals, only serviceable as issued, and carrying the old buckand-ball ammunition, Cal. .69. Even this rudimentary armament was not always attainable. When the writer's company was first called into camp, requisition was made upon all the shotguns in the vicinity, these ranging all the way from a piece of ordnance quite six feet long
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New York Volunteers. (search)
ber 27-28. Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Fall of Petersburg April 2. Occupation of Petersburg April 3. Pursuit of Lee April 3-7. Moved to Washington, D. C., April 21-27, and duty there till July. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out July 28, 1865. Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 96 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 89 Enlisted men by disease. Total 195. 47th New York Regiment Infantry--Washington Grays. Organized at New York and mustered in September 14, 1861. Moved to Washington, D. C., thence to Annapolis, Md., September, 1861. Attached to Viele's 1st Brigade, Sherman's South Carolina Expeditionary Corps, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Dept. of the South, to July, 1862. District of Hilton Head, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to April, 1863. Ossabaw Sound and Folly Island, S. C., to July, 1863. Folly Island, S. C., 10th Corps, to August, 1863.
ham Lincoln, X., 16, 17. Washington, N. C., II., 322. Washington,, U. S. S., VI., 82. Washington and Lee University, Va.: I., 17; IX., 122, 130, 132; X., 57, 59, 72. Washington Artillery Company, Charleston, S. C. , V., 60. Washington Artillery, the, of New Orleans (see also New Orleans, La.): L., 14, 199; II., 53, 125; Miller's battery of, II., 59, 95, 122; men of, II., 164, 165; V., 58, 63, 64, 72, 74; VIII., 119, 125, 127, 150; officers of, IX., 329, 343. Washington Grays, N. Y. (see New York Eighth State Militia). Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, S. C.: VIII., 115, 117, 167. Wassaw Sound, Ga.: I., 361; II., 336; VI., 38, 236, 271, 318. Water cart Viii., 213. Water transportation: in Peninsula campaign, VIII., 50. Water Witch,, U. S. S., VI., 189, 312, 320. Waterhouse, R., X., 315. Waterloo, Belgium: battle of: II., 272; X., 120. 122, 124, 140. Waterloo bridge, Va.: II., 42; skirmish at, II., :122. Water
ar here. I hear the report of a brisk cannonade while I write. Our election goes on quietly. Ego. Washington, N. C., May 22. Yesterday the "Washington Grays," Capt. T. Sparrow, numbering one hundred of our best young men, were presented with a beautiful stand of colors, numbering nine stars in the blue field, madbanded, and you will be able to find in Virginia large representations of each of our military companies. I can vouch for the mettle of the Independent Grays, Law Grays and the Maryland Guards. The first mentioned drill like clock-work, and Capt. Clark (a Virginia) is just "the boy for tanning Yankees." The Law Grays will fight fGrays will fight from the "word go," and the Maryland Guards are crack soldiers. The Eye Openers will soon be with you. Keen Cutter. Starksville,Miss., May 13. There is a spirit of resistance pervading the people of this State which the history of the world does not afford a parallel, and this spirit does not confine itself to the
h Regiment North Carolina Volunteers. J. G. Carraway, Ordnance Officer--14. Roanoke Guards, Seventh Regiment North Carolina Volunteers--Capt. John C. Lamb, Second Lieutenant W. Brigs; non-commissioned officers and privates--100. Washington Grays--Capt. Sparren, Lieut. Shaw, Lieut. Whitaker, Lieut. Thomas; noncommissioned officers and privates--58. Tar River Boys--Lieut. M. F. Noyes, Lt. G. M. Daniver; non-commissioned officers and privates--70. Morris Guards--First Lieut. G. W. Grimes, Second Lieut. Morris, Third Lieut. Johnson; non-commissioned officers and privates--66. Lenoir Braves--Captain Sutton, Lieut. Kincey, Lieut. Ezzell; non-commissioned officers and privates--68. Independent Grays--Captain Cohover, Lieut. Hez. Lieut. Talhez; non-commissioned officers and privates--57. Hertford Light Infantry--Captain Sharpe, Lieut Wise, Lieut. Moore; non-commissioned officers and privates--67. Jonesboro' Guards--Captain Duks, Lieut. Bell, Lieut. L