Departure of the 76th New York from Cortland

DECEMBER 19, 1862 VOL 1, NO. 12 Pg 3, COL 2,3


The glorious Seventy-Sixth Regiment - comprising as fine a body of men as ever entered the service in the defence of our country's flag - left for Albany yesterday morning.

It had been announced that they were to leave on Tuesday morning. In pursuance of this notice, the people from the surrounding country commenced pouring into town at an early hour and before the announced for their departure, our streets were completely filled with people. It was then accompanied that the order had been countermanded, and tat the Regiment would not leave until the following day.

But the people were not satisfied. Many of them had come a considerable distance, some as far as twenty miles, and they expressed a desire to see the Regiment at all events. Accordingly, the men were formed and marched from Camp Campbell, under command of Col. Green, through the principal streets of our village, being received everywhere with cheers and demonstrations of approbation. Flags were displayed in all parts of the town, the ladies waved their handkerchiefs and clapped their hands from the balconies and windows, men heartily cheered upon the streets, a salute was fired from Court House Hill, and in short every demonstration was made that could lend in any way to encourage and cheer the heat of the soldier.

On arriving at the centre of Main street, the Regiment was invited to visit the beautiful garden and grounds of William R. Randall, Esq. On arriving within the enclosure, the crowd which gathered was intense. Col. Green addressed the people, in vindication of his course, and promising to serve his country faithfully on the field of battle, fighting for the stars and stripes.- Rev. H.S. Richardson, Chaplain of the Regiment, then sung, with pleasing effect, the war song, entitled "Take your gun and go, John." The Union version of "Dixie" was also sung, and heartily cheered.

After leaving the grounds of Mr. Randall, the Regiment marched around the square, and thence back to camp.

Early yesterday morning our streets began again to fill up, and long before the time for the Regiment to leave, were alive with human beings. About 8 o'clock, the procession reached the north end of Main street, en route from Camp Campbell to the depot. The officers and men presented a splendid appearance. The prompt command of the former and the measured tread of the latter presented truly a military appearance.

Each soldier carried his blanket, and some a satchel, containing such articles of wearing apparel s they were allowed to carry, and little tokens of remembrances which had been presented to them by the loved ones at home. As the brave men filed by, there was many an eye moistened at the thought at the patriotism which the strong arms and stout hearts of these troops were showing in leaving kindred and friends, and the comforts of home, to g forth to battle for the glorious flag of our fathers.

At the Depot, such a spectacle was no never before presented to our people. The immense throng could be measured by hords, and enumerated by thousands. The enthusiasm was unbounded. Yet grief was depicted upon the countenances of many.- In that vast concourse of people, were many who were about to part - perhaps forever - with some one of their kindred. Fathers and mothers were to bid adieu to moms, sisters and brothers to brothers, wives to husbands, children to fathers, and not a soldier, but was to leave behind some friend or relative. We will not undertake to enumerate the many affecting scenes which occurred - the good-byes spoken, and the hand shaking. We could not if we would. When the cars started, hearty cheers were given, the ladies waved their handkerchiefs, and with smiles and tears, bid them farewell.

Farewell, soldiers of the Seventy-Sixth. Go, and bravely defend your country's flag. And if any of you shall live to come back to us with honor, we will scatter garlands in your paths for the living, weave cypress wreaths for the tombs of your dead, and crown every hero's brow with those laurels which so well become the brave. Go, with our blessing! and come back, until you come to announce the rebellion crushed, and the traitors punished. Then, amid the plaudits of your grateful countrymen, and the bright smiles of leaving women, you may bend your swords into plowshares and your spears into pruning hooks, and every man under his own vines and fig tree." Become the honored recipient of a Nation's gratitude and cure.

Next week, we shall give a complete list of the officer and soldiers of the Regiment.

We have secured the services of the Rev. H.S. Richardson, Chaplain of the Regiment, our correspondent, who will keep our readers posted in regard to the movements of the 76th.

Transcribed by B. Conrad Bush from The Gazette and Banner from microfilm in the files of the Cortland Public Library, Cortland, NY.

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