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1898; typhoid fever. Sergeant-Major............... Clarence E. Brayton, September

20, 1898; typhoid fever.'

The casualties of the regiment while in the service numbered 33. The first otficer to die was Captain Lester Boardman Smith, of Company H (First Separate Company, Rochester), who died. of typhoid fever at Rochester, N. Y., on August 17. His death

was announced in the following order:

Headquarters 3rd Regiment, N. Y. V. I.,
Camp near Thoroughfare Gap, Va., in the Field,

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It is with the deepest grief that the Commanding Officer

announces the death of Captain Lester Boardman Smith of this.

regiment, who died at his home in Rochester on the 17th day of August, 1898, of disease incurred in the line of duty with his


Captain Smith entered the service of the State of New York as. a private in the 1st Separate Company, N. G. N. Y., May 19th, 1890, was promoted to Sergeant August 11th, 1890, to Second Lieutenant October 11th, 1992, to First Lieutenant April 19th, 1893, and to Captain June 13th, 1894. Upon the first call for


troops by President McKinley he volunteered with his company on May 1st, 1898, and was mustered into the service of the United States as Captain in the 3rd Regiment, N. Y. V. I., on the 17th of May, 1898.

The death of Captain Smith is a severe loss to the regiment, he having, by his industry and study, become an exceedingly

competent officer by his attention to duty and high character, and by the example he set to his men he has been of great benefit in raising and keeping up the high standard of the regiment. Of

a most genial and happy disposition socially, and possessing to

such a large degree the most lovable traits of character, he

endeared himself to every member of this regiment.

The usual badge of mourning will be worn by the officers of the regiment for thirty days.

By order of Colonel Hoffman :


Acting Regimental Adjutant.

On August 19th occurred the death of Regimental Adjutant

John Aloysius Quigley, who died of typhoid fever at Auburn,

N. Y. His death was announced in the following order:

Headquarters 3rd Regiment, N. Y. V. I.,

In the Field near Thoroughfare Gap, Va.,

August 19th, 1898.

No. 70.

It is the painful duty of the Commanding Officer to announce

the death of First Lieutenant and Adjutant John Aloysius

Quigley of this regiment, who died at his home in Auburn,

N. Y., to-day of typhoid fever, which disease he contracted while

on duty with his regiment.

Lieutenant Quigley entered the military service as private,

Company E, 22nd Regiment, N. G. N. Y., April 6th, 1883, was

promoted to Corporal September 22nd, 1884, to Sergeant January

27th, 1.886, to First Sergeant January 25th, 1887, First Lieuten

ant May 4th, 1887, and honorably discharged February 7th, 1894. He enlisted in the 2nd Separate Company June 5th, 1894,

was promoted to Sergeant November 24th, 1894, and to Second

Lieutenant March 6th, 1896, and volunteered with his company

on the first call for troops by President McKinley on May 1st,

1898, was mustered into the service of the United States as First

Lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant May 17th, 1898. Appointed

Regimental Adjutant August 1st, 1898.

Lieutenant Quigley's military service has been characterized

by a wonderful fidelity to duty and loyalty to the service in

which he was engaged. Of high military attainment, filling to

the fullest extent every position he occupied and every duty

assigned to him with honor and credit to himself and to his

organization. Personally of a retiring disposition, but withal

a most genial and companionable man, honorable and brave to

the highest degree and fulfilling the highest ideal of a man and

soldier. By his genial and happy ways and the many friendly

acts he has performed he has endeared himself to every member

of the regiment.

The usual badge of mourning will be worn by the officers of the

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The deaths of these two excellent officers caused great sorrow

throughout the command. Both were exceedingly popular among

officers and men alike. The only other officer to give up his life

in the service was Second Lieutenant Clarence E. Brayton, who

died of typhoid fever on September 20th, at Harrisburg, Pa.,

after the regiment left Camp Meade. He died without knowing

of his promotion to Second Lieutenant, he having served with

great efficiency as Sergeant Major.

Several other deaths occurred among the enlisted men after

the companies were mustered out of the service, typhoid fever

having developed during the period of furlough. Private Thomas

D. Gill, of Oswego, Company D, died of quick consumption the

day after his company left the service.

This completes the record of the 3rd New York Volunteer

Infantry, unquestionably one of the best that New York sent

into the service. Made up, as it was, of separate companies,

which always maintained the highest standard, it followed that

the regimental standard should be high also.

As an evidence

of the esprit de corps in the regiment it is noted that it was in

service more than three months before it became necessary to

discipline a single member through the medium of a summary

or delinquency court. Officers and men alike worked to a common end. It attained a high degree of efficiency in drill and disci

pline, and, had the fortunes of war thrown it into conflict, it

would have acquitted itself with honor and credit alike to the

National Guard and to the State of New York.



Headquarters 69th N. Y. Vol. Inffy,

Camp L. S. Troops, Tampa, Florida,

June 23rd, 1898.

Hugh Hastings, Esq., State Historian, Albany, N. Y.:

Dear Sir.-. Inclosed please find a report of our doings for the

first month that we have been in camp. I send this in compli

ance with your suggestion of the 31st ult., and will continue to

send reports in monthly.

Very respectfully yours,


Colonel 69th N. Y. Vol. Infantry, Commanding.

On Monday, April 25th, I received a telegram from General

Charles F. Roe, commanding Fifth Brigade, National Guard New York, requesting information as to the number of officers

and men of the Sixty-ninth who would volunteer to serve in the

armies of the United States for a period of two years, unless sooner discharged. On the following day at noon I reported,

personally, to General Roe that the Sixty-ninth Regiment would

volunteer to a unit to serve anywhere that the country might require its services. The regiment at that time consisted of eight companies, numbering 31 officers and 529 enlisted men.

I was at once directed by Adjutant-General Tillinghast to

recruit the regiment to twelve companies, of three officers and

eighty-one men each,

The work was begun without delay, and on Monday morning,

May 2nd, the regiment marched from its armory with full ranks

and proceeded to Camp Black at Hempstead Plains, Long

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