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

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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 

Pvt. Joseph Marfing, Co. E, 14th New York State Militia, Parole of Honor

7 05 2020

Thanks to reader Bryan Ross for passing along this Parole of Honor for First Bull Run prisoner of war Joseph Marfing of the 14th New York (Brooklyn) State Militia. I’m not sure where Marfing went between signing this parole and being formally exchanged. The rules for prisoner exchanges varied, and for a good period of time paroled soldiers spent that period in a camp (you can read a pretty good account of one camp in Richard Moe’s The Last Full Measure), but he did wind up with his regiment again (the 14th NYSM became the 84th NYVI), and later still served in the Veteran Reserve Corps.

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Transcription by Bryan Ross

Parole of Honor

We hereby pledge our word of Honor after our release from the Confederate States Military Prison at Tuscaloosa, Alabama to proceed forthwith to Norfolk Virginia by way of Petersburgh and City Point and report ourselves to General Huger. And that we will not under any circumstances take up arms against or do anything against the prejudice of the Confederate States, or any State composing said Confederacy, or the people thereof, until regularly exchanged, under such penalty as the Confederate States shall see proper to inflict for a violation of this Parole if taken thereafter. Transportation being furnished for this purpose.

Tuscaloosa Alabama February 26th 1862.

Joseph Marfing Company E 14th Regiment

Taken at battle of Manassas

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14th NYSM Co. E Roster

Joseph Marfing at Fold3

Joseph Marfing at FindAGrave (possible)