Pvt. Peter W. Ostrander, Engineer Corps, 14th N. Y. S. M., On the Battle

1 03 2019

14th Regiment of Brooklyn.

The following extract of a letter from one of this regiment will be interesting to his and its friends in this city:

Arlington Heights,
Wed. July 24, ’61.

We marched Sunday morning from our camp beyond Fairfax Court House in Brigade about 4 o’clock, arrived at Sutter’s Creek about 12, having made one or two little rests, and marching slowly through 5 or 6 miles of woods, throwing out skirmishers and stopping once ten minutes to fill canteens and eat a cracker. The Regiment was put into action at once and fought with the rest till after four – the enemy were reinforced, out numbered us, and were intrenched – they were 80,000 strong, and under Beauregard in person. The battle was fought obstinately, and with great loss on both sides, we finally retreated through the enemy’s woods 6 or 7 miles to a bridge which was so blocked I could not cross it, nor could one out of ten, I waded the stream, and marched all night and next morning steadily, with Newman, Scofield, McLear, Hull and self and others to Camp Porter on Arlington Heights, making with the morning’s march 60 miles continuous marching, except the time of the fight from 12 M., to 4 P. M. When I waded the Bull’s Run, six miles at least by our circuit from our battle ground, the bridge was shattered to pieces by shots from secession batteries fired at our retreating men. It was an awful battle and an exhausting retreat – forty miles marching on retreat – I came through straight to Camp Porter, and am used up, foot sore, blistered, limb weary and exhausted. Thank God alive and unhurt.

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P. W. Ostrander,
Engineer Corps 14th Regt., N. Y. S. M.

Brooklyn Evening Star, 7/25/1861

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Contributed by John Hennessy

84th New York Infantry (14th N. Y. S. M.) Roster

Peter Wilson Ostrander at Ancestry.com

Peter Wilson Ostrander at Fold3

Ostrander, Peter Wilson, A narrative of the work of the Commission appointed by an Act of the Legislature of the State of New York, passed in the session of 1906: In purchasing a site and erecting thereon a monument in memory of the men who fell in the battles of the First and Second Bull run, Gainesville and Groveton. 


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