in sixty engagements with the enemy during their four years of service, and the little guidon above mentioned, which is now in possession of Captain Stevenson
, was completely riddled with bullets.
It may not be amiss to state that not only was the present Secretary of the Interior
our first colonel, but that Charles B. Evarts
, a son of the present Secretary of State
, was a soldier in the regiment.
This young man was at college, but reading in the New York papers of the daring and seemingly romantic deeds of the First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry, he ran away from school and enlisted in the regiment as a private soldier, his father being at the time in Europe
He served faithfully and with much credit during the severe campaign of 1864, and on our return from the Lynchburg
raid he was commissioned a lieutenant by President Lincoln
and assigned to duty as an aide on the staff of General William H. Seward
, son of the then Secretary of State