Capt. William L. B. Stears, Co. E, 14th New York State Militia, On Company Casualties

19 06 2020


To the Editor of the Brooklyn Eagle

Seeing a number of contradictory reports in reference to the killed and wounded of my company, I take the liberty of using your widely circulated paper, with your permission, to set the matter entirely at rest so far as relates to facts.

The friends of my unfortunate comrades whose names are here annexed, will receive this as the truth of the case.

For the first few days after the battle consequent on the confusion incident thereto, I refrained from publishing an account of the members of my command not heard from, hoping that many would rejoin their Regiment, but the returns today do not vary materially from those of Monday. Hoping still against hope and deeply sympathizing with their distressed relatives I now proceed to my most unhappy task.

Killed and Wounded. – C. C. Schell, R. Scott, W. J. Wade, P. McManus, J. Kirchoeffer, C. C. Davenport, A. Copely, G. H. Rogers, M. TenEyck. F. Hardaman, J. Marfing, M. Stone, J. Ryan, Stiles Middleton.

Slightly Wounded. – R. Owen, L. T. Wiggins, but the latter was left on the field.

None but those mentioned are in any way hurt, and I have this to say that they behaved most gallantly, my greatest difficulty being to keep them back.

Wm. L. B. Stears
Capt. of Co. E, 14th Regiment.

Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle, 7/29/1861

Clipping image

Clear Copy at 

Contributed by John Hennessy

84th New York Infantry roster (the 14th NYSM became the 84th New York Volunteer Infantry)

William L. B. Stears at Ancestry 

William L. B. Stears at Fold3 



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: