the section, while I went to breakfast at a restaurant, in the next block, to accompany a detachment under Colonel O'Brien
, Eleventh New York Volunteers, to Yorkville
, where fighting was reported to be in progress.
The lieutenant was refused permission to notify me, and when I returned to the arsenal I was thunder-struck to find that my guns, and men, and horses had disappeared, nobody seemed to know whither!
Seeking out the staff officer who had performed the brilliant coup
, I gave him my opinion of his conduct in the language it merited, and had the satisfaction of being informed, in return, that “the regular army officers were always trying to ride over the militia!”
My occupation in that quarter being gone, I returned to General Brown
, for assignment to whatever other duty might offer itself.
It was no easy matter to accomplish this.
No street cars were running, and it would have been sheer fool-hardiness to undertake to make the trip on foot, alone.
Two livery stables were near by, but in neither could I induce a driver to undertake the risky job. Finally, the proprietor of one of the stables declared that he would drive me down himself.
A coach was driven out, and cautioning me to keep the curtains down and to have my revolver ready for use, he started briskly across the town.
It seemed like passing through a deserted city!
Up Thirty-sixth street to Fifth avenue, and down that thoroughfare to Fourteenth street, every house we passed was closed, with curtains down and blinds tight shut. :Neither cars nor stages were running, and, excepting occasional glimpses of people grouped together at distant points down the side streets, we did not see a living creature until, after turning into Broadway
, we approached Amity street. From that point Broadway
was crowded as far, almost, as the eye could reach, with citizens eager to hear what was occurring in the disaffected districts.
I found General Brown
at the St. Nicholas Hotel
, and was instructed to serve on his personal staff, Lieutenant Colonel Frothingham
, having been detailed as his adjutant general.
In the meanwhile, the section with Colonel O'Brien
's command had encountered a mob at Second avenue and Thirty-fourth street. Carpenter
's policemen had just before inflicted a severe punishment upon this gang, and threatening demonstrations were made toward O'Brien
, who attempted to awe the crowd by a discharge of blank cartridges.
This cleared the streets and Colonel O'Brien
, who appears to have been operating thus far on his own responsibility, marched down town and reported to General Brown
As he was in too excited a condition to be fit to intrust with a command, his services were declined, and