The custom-house and sub-treasury, in Wall street, were under guard; and General Sanford
, commanding the city military, had collected some men for the protection of the State arsenal, in Seventh avenue. But, throughout the deadly occurrences of the day, he had not dispatched a single body of soldiers to assist the police in quelling the mob.
At the beginning of July, the military post of the city and harbor of New York
was commanded by Brevet Brigadier General Harvey Brown
of the Fifth United States Artillery.
The headquarters of the Department of the East, under General Wool
, were in New York city.
The “post” headquarters were at Fort Hamilton
, where, as Adjutant
of the Fifth Artillery, I performed the additional duty of Acting Assistant Adjutant General
The “post” comprised all the forts and military commands, excepting Governor's Island
, in the vicinity of New York, together with the hospital and convalescent depots at Hart's
and Riker's Islands
and Willett's Point
The garrison of this rather comprehensive post, exclusive of the volunteers who passed through it in a continuous stream, on their way from Northern hospitals, to rejoin their commands in the field, was constituted as follows: At Fort Hamilton
, the headquarters, and two mounted batteries (Dupont
's and Piper
's) of the Fifth Artillery; headquarters Second Battalion Twelfth United States Infantry, Major Bruen
, commanding, and the Eleventh Regiment New York Volunteer Heavy Artillery, Colonel W. B. Barnes
. Fort Ethan Allen (Sandy Hook
), Company F, Twelfth Infantry, Captain It. R. Putnam
Fort Richmond, Company H, Twelfth Infantry, Captain Walter S. Franklin
, commanding. Fort Lafayette, one company of the Ninth United States Infantry, under Lieutenant Wood
; Lieutenant Colonel Martin Burke
, Third United States Artillery, commanding.
Fort Schuyler, Twentieth and Twenty-eighth New York Batteries, First Lieutenant B. F. Ryer
, Twentieth Battery, New York Volunteer Artillery, commanding.
New York city, a volunteer guard at the Park barracks
, designated the Invalid Corps
Beside the above-named commands, there was a company of infantry at Fort Hamilton
known as the “Permanent guard,” which had been organized by myself a few weeks previous in compliance with instructions from department headquarters.
The garrison of that post-being composed of light artillery-had special duties to perform incident to the mounted service which, in addition to their not being armed with muskets, precluded their being detailed for the general garrison guard and fatigue duty.
The “Permanent ”