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The Goshen Democrat.
Vol. LXXIV. No. 3,845.
Goshen, Orange County. N. Y., September 5, 1907 .
Old Home Day!
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Reunion of 124th Regiment Association
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Unveiling, Presentation and Dedication of the Orange Blossoms memorial.
Today marks the unveiling, presentation and dedication of the monument erected by Col. Thomas W. Bradley, M. C., to the memory of the service dead of the 124th Infantry, the "Orange Blossoms" Regiment which was mustered in at Goshen forty-five years ago today, and participated in forty-three battles and engagements from Manassas Gap to the Appomattax surrender. This gallant regiment which fought with the Third Army Corps in '64 and 63, and with the Second Army Corps in '64 and '65 lost by death in the service 248 men and sustained 609 casualties in action. The complete army record shows in historical panels and inscription plates.
This is a big day for Goshen - an "Old Home Day," bringing back as it does the remnant of the gallant band that marched away Sep. 6, 1862. The ceremonies incident to the dedication began at 8:00 a. m. when the reveille was sounded, by Bugler No. 1 stationed at the old camp ground, Murray Ave. and Erie St. No.2 was stationed at the monument on Main street; No.3 at the Wisner monument, and No. 4 at Col. Cummins' grave. Slate Hill cemetery. Then at at five-minute intervals the other calls were given-first call, water call, stable call, guard mount, sick call, adjutant's call, first sergeant's call, Capt.'s call and drill call. The effect was that of an encampment walking into activity and live in the quiet of the morning. At 9:30 the buglers finished.
From 9:30 until 11:30 o'clock the program provided for a concert of instrumental music by the Goshen, Walden Cornet Band of ???????.
1. Stars and Stripes Forever . . . . . Sousa
2. Gems of Stephen Foster . . . . .Tobani
3. American Patrol (descriptive) . . . . .Mechain
[photo caption] Col. A. Van Horne Ellis,
A Portrait Made in Civil War Times.
4. Renieck's Hits No.III . . . . .Lampe
5. Columbia Polka . . . . . Rollinson
6. Coronation March (Le Prophet) . . . . . Meyerbeer
7. Overture of Old Tunes . . . . . Southwell
8. Waltz-Southern Dreams . . . . . Losey
9. March-Washington Greys . . . . . Graffula
10. Overture of National Airs . . . . . Moses
These two excellent bands, consolidated under the leadership of Howard S. Dayton for the concert music, and under The leadership of E. A. Nichols for the marching music, make one of the finest musical organizations ever heard in Orange County.
The re-union of the "Orange Blossoms" Was held on the old camp ground, on The Merritt lot, Murray avenue. The veterans rallied there at 10:15 when the bugles sounded the Assembly. Ten minutes later the bugles called the veterans to Attention and Maj. J. H. Thompson welcomed them in a stirring address. Then the regular order of business was transacted and reports made. At 11:45 a. m. the mess call sounded and the old boys sat down to a dinner served by an experienced caterer. At one o'clock they formed on the old muster line, and waited for the band just where they stood once before, 45 years ago today.
It 11:45 a. m. the invited guests, the Board of Supervisors and the Village Trustees dined at the St. Elmo; The Goshen- Walden band at the Occidental; the bugle corps, ushers, and the Goshen-Walden police lice at the Orange Hotel.
The afternoon's program is as follows:
12:50 p. m.-Assembly . . . . Bugles
12:55 p. m.-Hail Columbla . . . . Band
1:00 p. m.-At the bugle call the Band and the Fire department will assemble at West Main and Church streets. After music, as above noted, will proceed promptly to position: The Fire Department on West St., with right on Grand Street; the Band proceeding via Church Street and Murray Avenue to the camp ground, north of the residence of Mr. J. L. Cummings and there report to Major C. B. Wood. Use quickstep music: "Camp Fire March No.2," (Johnny Comes Marching. Old Folks at Home, Tramp Tramp.) to Murray Avenue, and then "Lost and Won March," (Dixie, Union Forever, Marching Through Georgia,) to destination. On the return march, vi Murray Avenue and Grand & to Erie station, use quickstep music, "March Religioso," (Onward Christian Soldiers, Brightly Beams Our Banner,) then "American Medley March No.5," (Bugle call, Bonnie Blue Flag, "Viva America" Our Flag Is Still There, Battle Hymn of the Republic,) to destination. Immediately on halting, opposite The St. Elmo, play "The Vacant Chair," in extreme Andantino.
1:20 p. m.-The Police Platoon, Grand Marshall and Aides, Major Murray S. Camp, S. or V., Chairman and Board of Supervisors, President and Board of Trustees, and guests will promptly form in a column on Grand Street, with right opposite the Occidental.
- - Line of March - -
From Grand Street via West Main Street to Minisink Square.
Music, slow marches:"Flee as a Bird." and "Silent Comrades."
- Parade Formation - -
Chief of Police. . .
Platoon of Police.
Marshal of the Day.
Aides to the Marshal.
Maj. Murray Camp S. of V.
Chairman J. J. E. Harrison.
Board of Supervisors, (Orange County.)
President R. B. Hock,
Board of Trustees, (Village of Goshen.)
Goshen-Walden Coronet Band.
Col. Chas. H Weygant
Cataract E. & H. Company.
Dikeman Hose Company.
Minisink H. & L. Company.
- The Dedication. - - -
2:00 p. m. Assembly Bugles
2:05 p. m. Attention Bugles
- Order of Exercises.
Sergt. Henry R. Mayette, Presiding.
Music . . . . . . . America
Invocation . . . . . . . Rev. W. H. Moser, Ph. D.
Music . . . . . . . Columbia
Introductory . . . . . . . The Chairman
Unveiling } . . . . . . . The Misses Cummings
Music } . . . . . . .The Star Spangled Banner
Oration . . . . . . . Col. Chas. H. Weygant
"Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," (Mrs. Arthur Decker and Chorus. Cornet introductory by Mr. Barry Smith.)
Address Mr. J. J. E. Harrison (Chairman Board or Supervisors.)
Music . . . . . . . Maryland, My Maryland
Address . . . . . . . Capt. Robert B. Hock (President Village of Goshen.)
Music . . . . . . . Army and Navy Forever
Address . . . . . . . Maj. Gen. D. E. Sickies
Music Maj. Gen. D. E. Sickies Old Hundred
Benediction . . . . . . . Rev. P. J. Mahony, D. D.
Taps . . . . . . .Bugles
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When the band strikes up America all will rise; same when The Star Spangled Banner is played. All will rise for the Benediction, and remain quietly standing
until the note of Taps ha died away.
After Taps, eight young ladies will strew flowers on the turf at base of the monument. The Cornet Band, Major Murray Camp and the Fire Department will form on Main street, left to north, with right on Erie street. The band will play "Nearer My God to Thee," and then lead companies to quarters in quick time, playing "March Missionaire." The band will then give, in the church park, until 4:46 p. m., a program of old tunes, such as Rock of Ages, Pleyel's Hymn, The Harp that once through Tara's Halls, Old Kentucky Home, Annie Laurie, That Last Rose of Summer, Cheer Boys Cheer, Home Again, and close with "Amercan Medley March No.8, by Brooks," including The Girl I left behind me, Home Sweet Home and Auld Lang Syne.
The choral consists of the following voices: Sopranos: Mrs. Arthur Decker, Miss Edna Morgan; Altos: Miss Mineola Fuller, Mrs. W. W. Williams; Tenors: Z. K. Greene, W. W. Williams, Bassos; Rev. W. H. Moser, Ph. D., Howard S. Dayton.
The following young ladies are the flower girls: Misses Marie Parker, Florence Robbins, Katherine Hayne, Ruth Dayton, Hannah Hedges, Mattie Suther1and, Anna Finan and Mary Terwilliger.
The flower girls are gowned in white and present a pretty picture.
A large platform for the band was erected in the church park, the stand not being large enough to accommodate the combined musical organizations.
The speakers' stand, which was erected near the monument, has a large seating capacity and will be filled with those taking part in the exercises and a number of invited guests.
Programs of the day's proceedings have been provided by the thoughtfulness of Col. Bradley, and will be distributed to all comers.
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The monument which stands at the point of the triangle where East and West Main streets converge into Main, known as Minisink Square, weighs close to nineteen tons. The granite base is fourteen feet in heights and has upon it six bronze inscriptions appear below in this article. The base and pedestal are of Stony Creek granite and together with the bronze panels were designed by Henry Hudson Kitson, a noted sculptor, who was born at Huddersfield,England in 1865, studied under Bonnaissieu.
??? three gold medals, one by the Mass. Charitable Mechanics Assn.; a gold medal of honor by the American Art Assn. of New York; a decoration, Royal Order of Bene Merenti from the King of Roumania; and medals at the Chicago and Paris Expositions.
The work on the granite was by the Norcross Brothers, of Worcester, Mass., and the panels were made by the John Williams Co., New York City.
The statue which is known as "The Standard Bearer" surmounts the pedestal and measures eighteen feet to the top of the eagle, the figure being eight and a half feet high. The statue was designed by Theo. A. Ruggles Kitson, a native of Brookline, Mass., who in 1893 married Henry Hudson Kitson, the sculptor above referred to. She studied under her husband and Dagnan-Bouvert. She has exhibited at the Paris Exposition and received honorable mention, and in 1890 received honorable mention at The Paris Salon, being the only American woman sculptor to receive honors there. She was selected by the women of Michigan to make two bronze figures for the World's Columbian Exposition, and has made many statues of soldiers' monuments, including the Minute Man of '76, at Framingham, the Massachusetts monument at Vicksberg; others at Newburyport and Ashburnham, Mass. and medallions of Gens. Dodge, Ransom, Logan, Blair. Howard, Smith, Grierson and McPherson for the Sherman monument at Washinqton.
"The Standard Bearer" which may be regarded as her masterpiece is original and especially made for the Brad1ey monument. It is extraordinary as to he wide flowing flag, this effect in so great a degree having never before been attained. The statue was cast by the Roman Bronze Co. of Brooklyn.
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Erected by Hon. Thomas M. Bradley M. C. in memory of his comrades of the 124th New York Infantry who died in the service of their country, presented by Colonel Charles B. Weygant in the name of the donor and of the regiment, to the people of Orange County. Accepted for the people by John J. E. Harrison, chairman of The Board of Supervisors of Orange County. And by Capt. Robert B. Hock, president of the Village of Goshen, September 6,1907.
"Stand by the Flag! Immortal Heroes Bore It.
Through sulphurous smoke, Moat and Armed Defence.
And their Imperial Shades still Hover O'er It.
A Guard Celestial From Omnipotence."
124th Regiment New York Infantry Volunteers, "Orange Blossoms." Third Army Corps, 1862, 1863; Second Army Corps, 1864, 1865. 1886. Army of The Potomac. Mustered into The United States service Goshen,
[photo caption] (R)uggles Kitson Sculptor 1907
Sept. 5, 1862; disbanded at Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh, June 16, 1865.
Battle Record: Manassas Gap, Waterloo, Fredricksburg, Hartwood Church, Chancellorsville, Beverly Ford, Gettysburg, Jones' Cross Roads, Wapping Heights, Auburn, Kelly's Ford. Locust Grove, Mine Run, Wilderness, Corbin's Bridge, Po River, Laural Hill, Spottsylvania, Salient, Landorn House, Harris' Farm, Chesterfield Bridge, North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Assult of Petersburg, Jerusalem Plank Road, Strawberry Plains, Mine Explosion, Deep Bottom, Poplar Spring Church, Boydton Plank Road, Hicksford Raid, Siege of Petersburg, Hatcher's Run, Watkins House, White Oak Road, Fall of Petersburg, Deatonsville Road, Sailors' Creek, High Bridge, Farmville, Appomattox Surrender.
Service death record, 248; killed in action, 105; died of wounds, 52; wounded not mortally, 393; wounded and captured, 25; captured not wounded, 34; died in captivity, 12; died of disease, 79; discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability, 196; discharged for wounds, 140; casualties in action, 609.
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Died For The Union.
Colonel A. Van Horne Ellis, Bvt. Brig. Gen. U. S. V.; Major James Cromwell; Hospital Steward Isaac Ellison.
Company A.-Lieut. Charles T. Cressy, Lieut. Jonathan T. Birdsall, Serg. Peter L. Wood, Serg. Peter H. Rose, Corp. Henry Arcularius, Corp. Jacob Lent, Daniel Ackerman, Joseph Brownley, James G. Ciles, Samuel Clark, Isaac L. Conklin, James L. Johnson, John H. Judson, Thomas Kelley, George Mason, Charles McVeigh, William Odell, John Polhamus, Samuel Potter, Frank Rhinefield, John Robinson, Jacob Wilson.
Company B.-1st. Serg. Chas. A. Wheeler, Serg. William Valentine, Corp. Elisha B. Benjamin, Corp. George Shawcross, Corp. Robert W. Gardner, Corp. Henry O. Smith, Daniel Babcock, George Boon, Martin V. Campbell, John N. Carey, Matthew Crawley, John W. Garrison, John Glanz, William Hamilton, Robert J. Holland, Edward N. Lain, William Lamoreaux, W. Dewitt Millspaugh, Samuel L. Sherman, Samuel Shultz, William Slauson, Stephen B. Smith, William Snyder, Harrison H. Storms, John Van Houten, Alfred Youmans.
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Company C.-Capt. William Silliman, died Colonel 26th U. S. C. T., Capt. James Finnegan, Color Serg. Thomas Foley, Serg. John W. Foley, Color Corp. C. H. Schatfield, Corp. Andrew M. Boyd, Corp. Daniel O'Hara, Corp. William R. Owen, James H. Barnes, Thomas M. Brooks, Stephen W. Brown, James Curry, Samuel Dodge, George Dold, Henry Drilling, Charles P. Fisher, Benjamin F. Flagg, Robert H. Foley, Charles H. Goodsell, Henry Hoffman, George G. King, Frederick R. Lamoreaux, Ilsaiah Rumsey, Robert Rush, James D. Tilton, James A. Ward, David L. Westcott.
Company D.-Serg. John Cowdrey, Jr., Serg. William E. Hyatt, Corp. Francis A. Benedict, Cornelius Allison, David D. Barrett, Charles E. Benedict, James H. Bertholf, Joseph S. Brooks, Joel H. Brown, Jesseniah Dolson, John Edwards, Isaac Garrison, Charles Gordon, John S. Gray, John Hall, John W. Lepper, Michael McMorris, James Pembleton, Thomas P. Powell, Joseph B. Roy, James Ryerson, John A. Travis, Zopher Wilson.
Company E.-Serg_ John J. Scott, Corp. William J. Dailey, Corp. Austin W. Lamoroeaux, Corp. George C. Godfrey, Corp. Adam W. Miller, Corp. William H. Howell, Corp- John Scott, Lewis W. Baxter, William L. Dougherty, Isaac Ferguson, Jonathan Force, Willis Furman, Zebulon Hallock, Hezekiah Harris, Josiah Harris, Charles C. Haxton, Joseph H. Johnson, Philetus Loomis, William Mackay, James B. Moores, Charles Newell, James N. Parsons, John H. Service, John C. Staples, John W. Taylor, Miles Vance, Horace Wheeler.
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Company F.-Capt. Edward J. Carmick, 1st Serg. John D. Drake, Col. Corp. Orlando U. Knapp, Corp. Fred S. Barkley, Corp. William W. Decker, Henry B. Appelman, Harry R. Brodhead, William V. C. Carmer, Martin Covel, Isaac G. Gillson, Sanford L. Gordon, Peter A. F. Hanaks, William H. H. Hunt, Thomas H. Jeffery, Bernard F. Kean, John C. Ogg, Amsey W. Quick, Jesse Terwilliger, David Titsworth, Ira Wilcox.
Company G.-Capt. Isaac Nicoll, Isaac Decker, Ser. Frederick F. Wood, Sanford T. Estabrook, Walter Barton, Grant B. Benjamin, Garrett B. Bennett, William Campbell, William E. Cannan, John Chambers, George W. Coleman, John H. H. Conklin, Thomas Corbett, Charles T. Cornelius, William D. Dawkins, Nelson De Groat, David W. De Witt, Cyrenus Giles, William Hawxhurst, Peter Higgins, Eli Hughes, Oliver Miller, Napoleon B. Odell, Isaac W. Parker, Nathan W. Parker, William Rake, James Roke, John H. White, Joseph Vradenburgh.
Company H.-Capt. David Crist, Lieut. Henry Gowdy, 1st Serg. John Rowland, 1st Serg. William H. Cox, Serg. Aldert R.
(Continued on fourth page.)