Col. Michael Corcoran, 69th New York State Militia, On the Advance

7 07 2020

LETTER FROM COLONEL CORCORAN.

The Herald says:

The following letter was sent to Capt. Jas. B. Kirker*, of this city, by Col. Corcoran, of the 69th Regiment, which is at present on the advance movement with the grand army of the Union:

Headquarters Sixty-ninth Reg’t,
Near Centreville, Va., July 18, 1861.

Capt. James B. Kirker:

My Dear Friend: The night of the 16th we remained at Vienna, and left next morning at six o’clock. Our march from there was very slow indeed, caused by the obstructions placed on the road by the rebels, who had felled trees at several points, and through which we had to cut our way. Coming in view of Fairfax Court-House, the enemy fled, leaving many articles behind them in their very hurried retreat. Three of their Cavalry were made prisoners. We cam along in double-quick time for about a mile, and many threw away blankets and haversacks. One column pushed on towards Germantown, where the enemy had breastworks and four guns mounted, with about nine hundred infantry; but as soon as out battery opened upon them, they retired. From there we pushed on to this point, where the enemy were about 8,000 strong, but retired on our advance. From what we can learn, they are at Centreville, about 15,000 strong, and we start for there in a few minutes. The regiment is in good health and spirits, although they suffered much yesterday for want of water, as the enemy cut the ropes at all the wells along our line of march. Captain Breshle** received a flesh wound in the right shoulder, by the accidental discharge of one of our own muskets yesterday. He will be quite well in about a week. I will have him sent back to the fort as soon as I can. I must close, as the regiment is falling into line. I remain, ever yours truly.

Michael Corcoran, Colonel.

Richmond (VA) Dispatch, 7/26/1861

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69th New York State Militia Roster 

* James B. Kirker was attached to the regimental staff as an engineer.

** Likely Capt. John Breslin, Co. F.

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8 07 2020
joemaghe

Great letter, Harry. This from our mutual friend Damian Shiels: COMPANY F “SHIELDS GUARD”

… Captain John Breslin from Co. Longford had led Company F into Virginia, but was injured when a stand of muskets collapsed on him during a halt in the march. Severely wounded in the shoulder, he was sent to the rear…

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