, bearing the colors, who, on Mrs. Astor
's behalf, said: “Colonel Ellsworth
: I have been requested by the donor of the colors about to be presented to you, to read to you her letter of presentation.
I have accepted the service with the greatest of pleasure, and I regard it as an honor second only to that of commanding such a regiment as I see before me, and of marshalling it under a flag presented by so graceful and patriotic a donor.”
The General then read the following letter from Mrs. Astor
made a suitable reply.
Three cheers were then given for the presentations, three for the Commissioners
of the New York Fire Department, and three more for the Chief Engineer
, who is staying at the St. Nicholas
, reviewed the men as they passed.
Each man, as he went by the veteran general, cheered him most lustily.
The regiment was escorted to the boat by about 5,000 firemen, many of whom carried banners.
Upon the one carried by Company 30 was inscribed,
If our Country calls, the rest are ready.
The regiment, after leaving Canal street, marched up Broadway
to Bond street, then down the Bowery to the Astor House
, from thence up Broadway
, and down Canal, at the foot of which street the steamer Baltic
presentation of colors at the Astor House
Calling a halt at the Astor House
, Col. Ellsworth
's regiment had another stand of colors presented to them from the ladies of the Astor House
. Mr. Charles Stetson, Jr.
, who made the presentation, said on behalf of the ladies:
and officers of the Fire Zouaves
:--I am requested by the ladies of this house to present to your command, the Fire Zouaves
of New York, this stand of colors.
They will be your battle flags; and those whose fair hands have wrought them know, from the past history of the New York Fire Department, in the great cause of liberty and integrity of the Government
these emblems will be manfully sustained.
On behalf of the ladies I bid you and your command God speed, their eyes will follow you, and their prayers will be rendered up for you.
In reply, Col. Ellsworth
said: Mr. Stetson
, I beg of you to return our thanks to the ladies of the Astor House
, and assure them for us that we would rather die than commit any act that would bring disgrace upon this flag.
They would remember the fair donors with a great deal of gratitude, and he hoped that it would not be long before his regiment paraded again before them in front of the Astor House
was lying at the foot of Canal street. The friends and acquaintances of the men who were going off crowded the dock.
The regiment marched on board the boat to the tune of “The red
Many of the men joined in the chorus as they marched along the gangway.
All seemed elated at the prospect of a speedy departure.
At last the order was given for all those who were not going to go on shore.
Hurried adieus were made; women were weeping, and strong stern men were embracing one another with an affection absolutely touching.
A few revolutions of the paddle-wheels brought the Baltic
into the middle of the stream, and amidst the firing of salutes from the various steamers in port, and the cheers of an immense concourse of persons, she steamed quietly away seawards.
When the regiment was in front of the Astor House
, an order was handed to Col. Ellsworth
from Gen. Sandford
, who made an objection to the departure of the regiment on account of their being more than 770 men. It appears that there are about 101 men in every company of this regiment; by law there ought only to be 77, so Gen. Sandford
put his veto on the departure of this regiment.
and Delatour formed themselves into a committee, and waited on Gen. Sandford
, to get him to remove his veto.
He could do nothing, but referred them to Gen. Wool
, who, upon the case being represented to him, immediately took the responsibility on his own shoulders, and allowed the Firemen Zouaves
to start for Annapolis
.--N. Y. Times
, April 30.