FREEMEN TO THE RESCUE!
TO THE CITIZENS, OF CORTLAND AND ADJOINING
Loyal Friends:- It behooves us to
you a few earnest and practical words in behalf of our
It cannot be unappreciated by you that
this moment the greatest issue of the age is pending; that the
best, and mildest, and freest Government ever known to mankind
is in imminent peril; that the national enemies are fully armed,
alert, banded and desperate, while the peaceful and home-loving
loyalists of the great and powerful North are comparatively unaroused;
that within the next ninety days the enemy must be crippled, or
otherwise this great people, now familiar only with the arts of peace,
must know also the arts is well as the calamities of war; that nothing
but a prompt rally to the nation's standard, to the flag of our
fathers, can avert the necessity of passing this war down to
the next generation, when it should be only a war of to-day.
does but invite foreign interference.
With these evident and startling facts before
and impelled by duty, it has been deemed advisable to make a
strong and united effort to organize, arm, equip and bring to
the field, at once, a well-drilled regiment of infantry from
central counties; and looking into our own hearts and knowing the
tone and character and the patriotism of these counties-the heart of
the Empire State, whose great past has so well illustrated its motto of
"Excelsior,"-it has not been doubted that to open the way for
such an enterprise would be to insure its success.
Having this end in view, the
procured from the Adjutant-General of the State the necessary
authority and made the following arrangements, viz:-"That
whenever eight companies for the force now organizing under
General Order No. 78, of not less than 32 men each, shall have
assembled at (Cortland Village), and shall have been inspected and mustered
into the service of the United States, that said point of rendezvous
shall be considered a branch of the Depot at Albany, and 30 cents per
day for subsistence shall thereafter be allowed for each recruit, until
the regiment shall be organized or ordered into service."
Therefore the attention of our fellow citizens is called to the
Any and all persons wishing to organize a
company for the above regi-
First-Ascertain how many able-bodied
between the ages of 18 and 45 can be enrolled in their locality.
Second-If 64 men cannot be so
(exclusive of officers, of whom there will be 16, to wit:- 8
corporals, 5 sergeants, and 3 commissioned officers), then to
unite with one or more other towns or neighborhoods, until the
requisite number can be made up.
Third-When 32 of the said number are
enrolled, to report the fact
immediately by mail to Nelson W. Green, Cortland
N. Y., and proceed at once to enrol the remaining number of 64
privates, and when that number is completed, to also report that
fact as above,
Upon application, the necessary papers of
enlistment will be sent to
those wishing to organize companies.
The undersigned would add that they have
confidence in the competency of Nelson W. Green, Esq., to whom
the reports of enrollments are asked to be made, he having
received a military education at West Point.
The volunteers, as they arrive will have the
benefit of a perfect drill
under Mr. Green.
Dated Cortland Village, Cortland Co.,
Sept. 2, 1861.
HIRAM CRANDALL, County
Persons wishing to form companies will be
furnished with speakers to
R. H. DUELL, M.
HENRY S. RANDALL,
WM. R. RANDALL,
A. W. OGDEN, County
A. J. GROVER, Pastor M. E.
GEO. B. JONES, District
JOSIAH HART, Jr.,
CHARLES P. COLE, Editor
E. D. VAN SLYCK, Editor
A. P. SMITH,
P. B. DAVIS,
H. A. JARVIS,
L. H. UTLEY,
F. GOODYEAR, M. D.,
G. N. COPELAND
D. C. CLOYES,
M. GOODYEAR, M. D.
address public meetings, upon application to N. W.